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Chennai in India grapples with floods again: Schools closed, traffic disrupted amid rain fury

Chennai residents are yet again grappling with waterlogging and floods after incessant rains. Many roads and subways have been closed for traffic, even as surplus water continued to be released from reservoirs.

Traffic diversions were enforced at many places and barricades were put up to caution road users. While there were disruptions in the state-run local bus services, suburban railway services were unhindered. Vehicles, mostly two-wheelers, were found stranded on several roads covered under sheets of water.

Reservoirs, including Poondi and Chembarambakkam here that cater to the drinking water needs of Chennai, released over 10,500 cusecs of surplus water in view of continuous showers in catchment areas, authorities said.

The release of surplus from Poondi dam in Tiruvallur district was stepped up (from an initial 4,253 cusecs to about 8,000 cusecs) in a phased manner up to about 12,000 cusecs by evening.


Powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Peru

Video footage shows debris on a street after an earthquake, in Bagua, Peru
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Video footage shows debris on a street after an earthquake, in Bagua, Peru

The U.S. Geological Survey says a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 has struck in northern Peru.

The earthquake took place at 5:52 a.m. Sunday local time (10:52 GMT).

While it was extremely strong, it was relatively deep, — measured at 112 kilometers — which usually reduces damage and casualties.

The epicentre was 42 kilometers (26 miles) north northwest of the coastal city of Barranca.

Cloud Lightning

Seasonal farm worker dies after lightning strike near Darwin, Australia

The man had left his home in Timor-Leste to work on a mango farm in Berry Springs.
© Matt Brann
The man had left his home in Timor-Leste to work on a mango farm in Berry Springs.
A 34-year-old man has died overnight in hospital after being struck by lightning earlier last week, while working on a mango farm in Berry Springs.

NT WorkSafe said in statement "preliminary findings indicate three men were working from the back of a trailer being towed by a tractor on a mango farm when lightning struck a nearby tree."

"It appears the lightning has arced from the tree towards the trailer, injuring three workers."

The trio was taken to hospital.

Germenino De Deus, 34, was admitted to the intensive care unit at Royal Darwin Hospital and on Saturday died from his injuries.


Storm Arwen: 3 people killed after winds of almost 100mph hit UK

Fallen masonry on a car in Roker, Sunderland.
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Fallen masonry on a car in Roker, Sunderland.
Three people have died after being hit by falling trees as Storm Arwen brought winds of almost 100mph to parts of the UK overnight.

A headteacher in Northern Ireland died after a tree fell on his car, another man was hit by a falling tree in Cumbria, and a third died after his car was hit in Aberdeenshire.

Tens of thousands of homes have been left without power as the storm lashed electricity lines and caused significant travel disruption across the country.

High winds, rain and snow brought "damaging gusts" across a wide swathe of the UK overnight, according to the Met Office.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Strange winds blowing across the Earth

Tamerlane gets a bath.
© Andrey Kudryashov/Fergana.media
Tamerlane gets a bath.

Record Sea Effect Snow Japan, Largest ever dust storm Uzbekistan, India paralyzed with dust in Delhi and surrounds. Polar vortices and outbound Earth's electric circuit flow shifting global growing zones.


Cloud Precipitation

Acute hailstorm hits Klerksdorp, South Africa

A hailstorm is one thing, but a severe one during November is something else.

Residents in Klerksdorp were puzzled as much as the rest of us.

Klerksdorp had an acute hailstorm on Thursday. You only have to see it to believe it. Plenty of evidence has been made available, thanks to social media.

Cloud Precipitation

Central Queensland residents in Australia flee rising floodwaters for the 2nd time in 8 months - up to 10.6 inches of rain in 48 hours

This is the second time since March Clive Nesbitt's home has been inundated.
© Peter Earl
This is the second time since March Clive Nesbitt's home has been inundated.
For the second time in eight months, Clive Nesbitt has lost everything.

Several emergency alerts for flash flooding were issued at The Gemfields in Queensland's Central Highlands between 8pm and midnight last night.

In the past 48 hours, an average of 150 millimetres fell throughout the catchment, but falls of up to 270mm were recorded near Theresa Creek.

Some residents in Rubyvale and Sapphire evacuated before alerts were issued, but Mr Nesbitt only managed to flee his place as it was inundated.

Cloud Precipitation

Cars carried away by floodwaters as month's worth of rain in a day pelts Malta

The scene in an Msida street on Thursday morning.
© Chris Sant Fournier
The scene in an Msida street on Thursday morning.
Flash floods carried away cars, collapsed walls and trapped motorists in their submerged vehicles after a month's worth of rain fell in a matter of hours on Thursday.

Police and army units were deployed as roads turned into rivers, leading to multiple water rescues and road closures throughout the day.

An overwhelmed Civil Protection Department appealed for people to avoid valleys and areas close to the sea. There were no reports of fatalities.

But two of their own officers had to be rescued by an Armed Forces of Malta helicopter as they got into difficulty rescuing an elderly man trapped in his car in Burmarrad. All three were airlifted to safety.


6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Myanmar (Burma)

6.2 magnitude earthquake 20 km from Hakha, Chin, Myanmar

UTC time: Thursday, November 25, 2021 23:45 PM
Your time: Thursday, November 25, 2021, 11:45 PM GMT
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.2 - 19 km SW of Falam, Myanmar
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 268 people


6.0-magnitude earthquake hits 75 km E of Lata, Solomon Islands - USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted 75 km E of Lata, Solomon Islands at 12:04:10 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 39.91 km, was initially determined to be at 10.7464 degrees south latitude and 166.4849 degrees east longitude.