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Heavy floods hit Port St Johns, South Africa

The entire town of Port St Johns has been filled with water as heavy rain persists.

The entire town of Port St Johns has been filled with water as heavy rain persists.
Heavy flooding in Port St Johns this afternoon has brought the town to a standstill.

It started raining heavily around 14:00 today, 23 March and the rain is still pouring down.

According to Public Relations Officer for Sajonisi Woods Forum, Andile Mzungule, who is situated in Port St Johns, the heavy floods have brought the entire town to a standstill.

"Community members are not able to leave their current locations. We are just standing here. We do not know what to do because there is water all over the town," he said.


Boat

Return of Tulare Lake: Farmland impacted as lake basin fills in Kings County, California

Tulare Lake, drained decades ago, may return after California’s record-breaking storms

Tulare Lake, drained decades ago, may return after California’s record-breaking storms.
In Kings County, floodwater is now covering a large area of agricultural land in the Tulare Lake Basin.

The water levels are something we haven't seen in nearly four decades.

The winter of 1982-83 was the last time we saw water going into the Tulare Lake basin.

That's because that water is diverted to the San Joaquin River.

However, an increased flow in all waterways leading to the basin has caused Tulare Lake to begin to reemerge.


Snowflake

Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort, California 5th resort to surpass 700 inches snowfall this winter

Dodge Ridge, CA. Deep. 700 inches deep.

Dodge Ridge, CA. Deep. 700 inches deep.
Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort, CA, just became the latest ski area to join the 700 Club after receiving another 30″ of fresh snow in the last 72 hours.

Five resorts have now exceeded 700″; three in California and two in Utah.
"WELCOME TO THE 7️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ INCH CLUB! After another 30 inches in the last 72 hours, we crossed that milestone. 700 inches (just over 58 feet) equals about 175 pairs of ski goggles, keep an eye on the forecast to see how many more we can add!"

- Dodge Ridge social post

Cloud Precipitation

Cyclone Freddy flooded 3 African countries, killed 579

Malawi (pictured above) and Mozambique were devastated by the Cyclone Freddy, which lasted at least 36 days and made landfall twice in Mozambique.
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Malawi (pictured above) and Mozambique were devastated by the Cyclone Freddy, which lasted at least 36 days and made landfall twice in Mozambique.
Tropical Cyclone Freddy is a record-breaking storm that has astonished meteorologists with its longevity. As part of its final act, the cyclone unleashed destructive floods and landslides on the southern African countries of Malawi and Mozambique and the island nation of Madagascar off Africa's southeastern coast.

After a record-breaking rampage, Freddy has caused 579 deaths in the three countries. Malawi was hit the hardest with at least 476 victims and nearly half a million people displaced.

"In the face of crisis and chaos, it is children who are the most vulnerable," said Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF's regional director for East and Southern Africa.

In Malawi more than 490,000 primary and secondary school-aged children are unable to attend school due to the damage caused by Cyclone Freddy, the nonprofit Save the Children says. The government has closed all schools in the affected southern districts, as classrooms and toilets are unsafe as the result of heavy rains, floods and landslides due to Cyclone Freddy, which first made landfall in Malawi 10 days ago.

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


Arrow Down

British teenager killed in avalanche while skiing in Switzerland

A British teenager has died in an avalanche while skiing in Switzerland
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A British teenager has died in an avalanche while skiing in Switzerland
An 18-year-old British man has been swept to his death in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps.

Search teams are currently looking for a second person who remains buried in the snow after the incident on Tuesday (22 March) in the resort area of Meiringen.

Police in Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland area received a report shortly before 4.25pm on Tuesday that an avalanche had occurred which left two skiers buried under the snow. Officers say according to initial investigations, the two skiers were part of a larger ski tour group.

They suggested that the avalanche was triggered when the two went down the Gstelliwang slope on the Wellhorn mountain, which has a height of more than 2,100m.

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Tornado rips through Montebello, California damaging multiple buildings

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A tornado ripped through parts of Montebello Wednesday morning, damaging multiple buildings.


Tornado2

Confirmed tornado damages mobile homes in Carpinteria, California

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On Tuesday, a tornado struck a mobile home park in Carpinteria, damaging more than two dozen homes. No serious injuries were reported. MORE: https://abc7.com/landspout-montebello...


Doberman

Pack of dogs kill 5-yr-old in Surat, India - 3rd such incident for the city in 6 weeks

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In a horrific incident in Bhestan area of Surat, a 5-year-old boy was bitten to death by about 10 stray dogs on Wednesday. The child was attacked when he went to attend nature's call nature nearby while his parents, who are construction workers, were away.

According to sources, the boy's father Ratul Pandor and his mother live and work at a concrete mixing plant near Bhestan Fire Station. On Wednesday evening, when Pandor and his wife were working at the site, their son went to attend nature's call. Right then, a pack of dogs pounced on him and bit him several times around his stomach and head. The attack by dogs was so brutal and vicious that the boy's body was torn apart.

Comment: Details of the other 2 attacks:


Cloud Precipitation

Brazil - Hundreds displaced after floods in northern states

Floods in Itupiranga, Pará, Brazil, March 2023.
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Floods in Itupiranga, Pará, Brazil, March 2023.
Thousands of people have evacuated their homes after flooding and landslides in several northern states of Brazil. At least 6 people have lost their lives in the state of Maranhão and 3 in the state of Ceará.

Maranhão

Authorities in the state of Maranhão report that multiple municipalities in the state have declared a state of emergency in response to the recent heavy rainfall. Around 800 households have been displaced. Federal and state governments are distributing relief supplies including mattresses and food, mostly in Pedreiras and Santa Luzia.

One of the hardest hit areas is the municipality of Santa Luzia, where 2 people died in a landslide. Firefighters and the Tactical Air Center (CTA) participated in an operation to provide assistance to the population. In Açailândia, a vehicle was swept away by the flood and three people died. Dam failures caused flooding in the municipalities of Barra do Corda and Santo Antônio dos Lopes.


Seismograph

6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Jujuy, Argentina

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An earthquake measuring 6.5 magnitude struck Jujuy, Argentina on Wednesday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said.

The quake struck at a depth of 200 km (124.27 miles), EMSC said.

Source: Reuters