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'Unfathomable': Millions of dead fish blanket river near Menindee, Australia in latest mass kill

Millions of fish have died in another mass kill in the lower Darling-Baaka river near Menindee, in New South West's far west.

Photos supplied by Menindee residents show dead fish - mostly bony bream, but also Murray cod, golden perch, silver perch and carp - blanketed across the river's surface.

It is the latest in a series of large-scale fish deaths that have prompted questions about the management of water levels in the Murray-Darling Basin. Menindee residents who spoke with Guardian Australia on Friday said the latest fish kill appeared larger than previous mass deaths.

About a million fish died during a sustained drought in the same area in 2019 after a rapid drop in temperature led to an algal bloom de-oxygenating the river.

Resident Graeme McCrabb said the scale of the mass kill on Friday was "unfathomable".

"It's horrendous here today," he said, speaking from the riverbank about 5km upstream of Menindee. "The river is just white. I'm looking at probably a kilometre or a kilometre-and-a-half of fish and they're all dead. It's unfathomable."

Cloud Precipitation

Cyclone Freddy dumped 6 months worth of rain in 6 days on Malawi - 326 killed, 200 still missing and 500,000 affected

Flooding in Nsanje, Malawi, 16 March 2023.
© Malawi Red Cross Society
Flooding in Nsanje, Malawi, 16 March 2023.
As the full extent of the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Freddy becomes clear, disaster authorities in Malawi report a steep increase in the number of fatalities, people missing and people displaced from their homes.

Around 500,000 people are estimated to be affected by floods, mudslides and wind damage following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Freddy in southern Malawi. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Malawi estimated Cyclone Freddy dumped the equivalent of 6 months of rainfall in 6 days.

Affected areas now include Balaka, Blantyre City and District, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu, Machinga, Mangochi, Mulanje, Mwanza, Neno, Nsanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, and Zomba City and District.

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Huge avalanche at Slopestyle World Cup in Tignes, France captured on video

The avalanche hurtled toward the Slopestyle course.

The avalanche hurtled toward the Slopestyle course.
Incredible images have been shared across social media after an avalanche in Tignes, France, was hurtling towards the FIS World Cup Slopestyle course, where the world's best freestyle skiers were training and about to compete in the qualification round on March 16, 2023.

US Freestyle skier Cody La Plante shared footage in his Instagram stories of the avalanche mercilessly making its way towards the Slopestyle course and skiers, course officials, and shapers scrambling to get away from the snow plumes. According to La Plante, everyone is okay, but qualifiers had to be postponed by a day.

Other athletes who captured incredible footage of the avalanche include Sweden's Jesper Tjäder and Switzerland's Andri Ragettli.


50 feet of snow buries chairlifts at California ski resorts

Ski resorts in California are enjoying an epic snow season with more than 50 feet of snow having fallen in some areas. But is it too much snow?

It was for at least two ski resorts where chairlifts were literally buried in snow, as seen at Sierra-at-Tahoe and Bear Valley Resort.

"This historic year is a sight to see," Sierra-at-Tahoe stated Monday on Facebook. "Chairs have significant rime ice buildup that must be manually removed, lift shacks + ski patrol stations are completely buried, Puma chairs in West Bowl have been covered.

"Historic days for a historic year are on the horizon with clear days in the forecast later this week!!"

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills two college students in Assam, India


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Two college students were killed after being struck by lightning at Assam's Abahyapuri town in the Bongaigaon district.

The deceased were identified as Dwipjyoti Roy and Jintu Kumar Rai.

According to reports, the duo was heading to the market when lightning struck them at Rajbari.

Later locals rescued them and rushed them to a government hospital where they were declared brought dead.

© India Today
Assam: Lightning strike kills two college students in Abhayapuri

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Lightning kills mother, son in Uganda


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Two members of the same family in Rukungiri district died on the spot on Wednesday after they were struck by lightning.

Kigezi region Police spokesman Elly Maate identified the victims as Enoth Tukwasibwe, 30, and his mother, Jolly Baryakabuza, 75, both residents of Keita Village in Nyabitete Parish, Bugangari sub-county.

Maate told journalists that the unfortunate incident occurred at their home during a heavy downpour while the old woman was in the kitchen preparing supper and the son was in the main house with his father, who was not affected.

Police were alerted by area LC1 chairperson Alex Warugaba, and the scene was visited.

Bugangari sub-county chairperson Gastone Byamukama was among the leaders who came to comfort the family. He said this was the second incident of lightning in the area in two weeks after a 26-year-old woman was also struck by lightning.

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Lightning in Telangana, India claims life of man, leaves 40 goats dead


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Telangana saw a tragic incident yesterday, as heavy rainfall, hailstorm, and lightning were witnessed in the state. The lightning in Telangana claimed the life of a young tribal shepherd and over 40 sheep in the Nagarjunasagar mandal of Nalgonda district.

The young man named Saidanayak from Chintala Thanda used to make a living by rearing goats. He had taken the goats to the forest for grazing and stopped them under a tree after grazing since morning. While it was raining heavily, suddenly there was a thunderbolt with a loud noise. As a result, the young man and about 40 goats under the tree died on the spot due to lightning in Telangana.

Video of disaster due to lightning in Telangana went viral

The villagers came to know about the incident and reached the spot. Uncomfortable scenes of the disaster due to lightning in Telangana went viral on social media.


Karangetang volcano (Api Siau Island, northern Indonesia): incandescent avalanches separate from lava dome

Glowing lava blocks emanating from the lava dome
© Andi/VolcanoDiscovery Indonesia
Glowing lava blocks emanating from the lava dome
The effusive eruption of the volcano remains intense.

We are regularly given first-hand information from our local expedition leader and volcanologist, Andi, about the volcano's behavior. Glowing lava blocks continue to detach from the actively growing lava dome, located within the Crater 1, and roll over the western and eastern slopes, most of which reach the base of the dome area. Feel free to enjoy a noteworthy video from the ongoing activity here.

Some people have been evacuated to avoid being affected by large hot rock falls that may result in dangerous pyroclastic flows.

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So much snow is causing roofs to collapse in the Sierra

The old AT&T building collapsed due to snow load.
© Doug Greenwood
The old AT&T building collapsed due to snow load.
Weeks of storms have put so much stress on homes and buildings in the Sierra, that roofs are caving in. NBC Bay Area's Raj Mathai spoke to Captain Martin Goldberg, with the Lake Valley Fire Protection District, for some insight.

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100,000 Californians have no power as storms whip hurricane-force winds, flood homes

California has been slammed by 11 atmospheric rivers this season, and a 12th is on the way.
© Alekz Londos
California has been slammed by 11 atmospheric rivers this season, and a 12th is on the way.
The storm system that's hammered California this week is heading east - but not before dousing the state with more torrential rain and knocking out power with ferocious winds.

Daily rainfall records were shattered Tuesday in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. The deluge will keep hitting Southern California on Wednesday before moving east, threatening 25 million people in the central US.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded a state of emergency to cover 43 of the state's 58 counties Tuesday night as high winds and intense rain wrought havoc in the state.

Some cities endured hurricane-force winds. Top wind gusts of 97 mph were measured at Santa Clara County's Loma Prieta, 93 mph at Alameda County's Mines Tower and 74 mph at San Francisco Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

In San Francisco, firefighters believe fierce winds sent out glass falling from a downtown high-rise building, they said.