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77 whales dead after mass stranding in Orkney, Scotland

Seventy-seven whales were stranded on
© British Divers Marine Life RescueSeventy-seven whales were stranded on Sanday, Orkney.
A pod of 77 pilot whales has died after a mass stranding on a beach in Orkney.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) rushed to Tresness beach on the Isle of Sanday just before 11am on Thursday to reports of a mass stranding of whales.

They found 77 whales, including several males up to 22ft (7m) long, as well as calves and juveniles.

Only 12 survived what is believed to be the largest mass stranding in Scotland since 1975.

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More than 60 people missing after two buses swept into river by landslide caused by heavy rain in Nepal

The accident took place in the central district of Chitwan
© AFPThe accident took place in the central district of Chitwan
Vehicles swept off highway by landslide caused by rains, with three survivors rescued after they swam to safety.

Two buses carrying more than 60 people were swept by a landslide into a rain-swollen river in Nepal, with three survivors rescued after swimming to safety.

The vehicles, carrying at least 65 people between them, were swept off the Narayanghat-Mugling highway near Simaltar, about 120km (75 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu, early on Friday.

Government administrator Khima Nanada Bhusal said the three survivors, who reportedly jumped into the Trishuli river and swam to the banks, were taken by residents to a nearby hospital, where they are now being treated.

Authorities mobilised the military and police to search for the missing passengers but the continuous rain was making rescue efforts difficult with landslides blocking the route leading to the area in several places, said Bhusal.

Police spokesman Dan Bahadur Karki said there were 41 people in the first bus travelling from Kathmandu to Gaur, while the second from Birgunj to Kathmandu had 24 passengers. It is thought that more may have boarded en route.

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Lightning kills man riding horse in Naryn mountains, Kyrgyzstan

Lightning killed a 51-year-old man in Kosh-Dobo village of Ak-Tala district in Naryn region, according to the regional department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

The accident occurred at the Ak-Zhar pasture on July 10.

The man herded sheep. That day he did not return home from the pasture in the evening. Relatives went to look for him and found his body on the pasture.

It was later determined that the man was struck by lightning. In addition, a horse that the man was presumably riding died.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 bikers in Cavite, Philippines

A lightning strike Thursday killed two bicycle riders in General Trias City, Cavite, authorities said.

The Region 4A police said "Gerald" and "Renzo" were cycling amid heavy rains and thunderstorms when lightning struck them around 3:30 p.m. in Barangay Tapia.

Rescuers rushed the victims to the hospital, but they were declared dead on arrival from severe burns.


Shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.4 rumbles southwestern Canada, Vancouver Island

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook southwestern Canada near Vancouver on Thursday.

The epicenter of the quake was around 130 miles from Tofino, a small district on Vancouver Island in the Pacific Ocean off Canada's west coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Tofino is around 130 miles west of Vancouver. The quake's depth was around 6.2 miles.

A population of around 2,000 in Tofino would be exposed to light shaking, the Survey said.

The rumbling was first detected just after 8 am local time. Its magnitude was first estimated at 6.5 by the USGS, before it was downgraded to 6.4 minutes later.

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Record-breaking rainfall wreaks havoc on Montreal roads

Some drivers had to abandon their cars during the afternoon commute on Wednesday after Montreal was soaked in a heavy, record-breaking downpour of rain that wreaked havoc on the roads.

The Decarie was one of the roadways that were partially closed during the rainfall, turning the expressway into a lake. Some drivers braved the deluge of rain and plowed through it while others got their vehicles stuck in the floodwaters.

The Decarie was closed between Côte-Saint-Luc Road and Highway 40 due to "water accumulation," according to the Transports Quebec 511 X account, before it was reopened several hours later.


71-year-old woman dies after being attacked by dog in Florence, South Carolina

A 71-year-old woman has died after being attacked by a pit bull in the area of 1800 Brigadoone Lane in Florence, according to Captain Stephen Starling with the Florence Police Department.

Officials were dispatched to the area about an injured bicyclist.

Fire department members were on the scene and discovered the 71-year-old female who was riding a bike in the area when a dog got loose and attacked her, knocking her from her bike.

The dog bit the woman, causing traumatic injuries according to officials.

The victim was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead, according to officials.

He said Animal Control intends to get the dog and take it into custody for the time being.

The incident remains under investigation by Florence Police and the Florence County Coroners Office.


Dog mauls five-year-old girl to death in Nigeria

A five-year-old identified as Moriana Maruf died after a dog attacked her in Adagbada, Apete, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The canine, owned by one Mrs Eunice Kolade, mauled the girl around 7:40 am on Sunday. She was initially taken to a local hospital and later referred to University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, where she passed away.

Mr Sunday, a resident, euthanised the dog after the incident.

An anonymous source revealed the gravity of the attack, saying that the deceased was mauled beyond recognition.

"The dog attacked the little girl beyond recognition. She was taken to a private hospital and was later referred to UCH. She did not survive it."

When contacted on Wednesday, Adewale Osifeso, the Public Relations Officer of the state police command, said that the investigation was ongoing.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 38 in India's Uttar Pradesh state in 24 hours

At least 38 people have been killed across Uttar Pradesh state due to lightning during the last 24 hours, Indian media reported on Thursday.

The deaths have been reported as the state grapples with flooding, which brought normal life to a standstill.

With 11 deaths, Pratapgarh accounted for the most fatalities due to lighting strikes, followed by seven in Sultanpur, six in Chandauli, five in Mainpuri, four in Prayagraj, one each in Auraiya, Deoria, Hathras, Varanasi and Siddharthnagar. Dozens of people have suffered burn injuries as well.

In Pratapgarh, the deaths happened in five different regions and the bodies were sent for postmortem.

Comment: In the same state on the day prior: Lightning bolts kill 10, injures over 20 in Uttar Pradesh, India


Magnitude-7.1 earthquake strikes off southern Mindanao Island, Philippines

A powerful magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck south of Mindanao Island in the Philippines at approximately 10:13 AM local time on Thursday.

According to reports from the US Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake's epicenter was located in the northeastern Celebes Sea, about 106 kilometers (66 miles) west-southwest of Sangay. The quake occurred at a depth of approximately 620 kilometers (385 miles).

Although the earthquake was strongly felt across central and southern parts of Mindanao Island, there have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Authorities have not issued a tsunami warning following the earthquake.

Emergency response teams are on standby to conduct thorough assessments of any potential damage, especially in remote areas where communication may be limited.