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20+ million affected by African droughts

Like its neighbours in the horn of Africa, Kenya is experiencing extreme drought conditions. Some 3.5 million people are suffering from starvation.

Like its neighbours in the horn of Africa, Kenya is experiencing extreme drought conditions. Some 3.5 million people are suffering from starvation.
Historic droughts have hit Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia today, on May 19th 2022.

The worst drought in over 40 years has affected over 20 million people on the horn of Africa.

Crops and food supplies have been ruined following delayed rains, for the fourth successive year.

The impact has been increased following a rise in food prices following events elsewhere in the world.

Dry weather has also led to sandstorms and dust devil's, causing further impacts in the area.

Aid services are working to help affected citizens, as this situation looks set to worsen in the coming weeks.

Cloud Precipitation

Over 718,000 affected, 10 killed, as floods worsen in Assam, India (UPDATE)

Troops from the Assam Rifles rescue flood victims
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Troops from the Assam Rifles rescue flood victims by boat in Cachar District, Assam, India, 17 May 2022.
The flood situation has worsened in the state of Assam, India, where authorities report over 400,000 people are now affected across 1,089 villages in 26 districts. Rivers are at record high levels in Nagaon district.

Heavy rain, flooding and landslides have also affected other parts of the region, including Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya states in India, and Sylhet Division in Bangladesh.

Assam, India

Heavy rain, flooding and landslides have affected Assam since 13 May 2022. Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) reported 24,681 people affected by floods in 94 villages across the districts of Cachar, Dhemaji, Hojai, Karbi Anglong West, Nagaon and Kamrup. Three people lost their lives in a landslide in Dima Hasao district. The worst of the flooding occurred in Cachar district where the Barak River broke its banks.

Flooding has continued or worsened in areas of the state since then, and as of 17 May, ASDMA reported 403,352 people were affected, including 96,697 in Cachar, 88,420 in Hojai, 58,975 in Nagaon and 56,960 in Darrang.

Comment: UPDATE MAY 19

Press Trust Of India reports:
The flood situation in Assam deteriorated on Thursday with one more person losing his life and nearly 7.18 lakh people in 27 districts remaining affected by the deluge, an official bulletin said.

According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person drowned in Kampur revenue circle of Nagaon district.

Besides, two more persons are reported to be missing at Kampur, it said.

With this, the total number of people losing their lives in this year's flood and landslides has gone up to 10 across the state.

ASDMA said that more than 7,17,500 people are hit due to floods in Bajali, Baksa, Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Cachar, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Hojai, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Karbi Anglong West, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sonitpur and Udalguri districts.

Nagaon is the worst hit with over 3.31 lakh people suffering, followed by Cachar (1.6 lakh) and Hojai (97,300).

Till Wednesday, over 6.62 lakh people were affected in the deluge in 27 districts in the state.

At present, 1,790 villages have been inundated and 63,970.62 hectares of crop areas damaged across Assam, ASDMA said.
It further said authorities are running 359 relief camps and distribution centres in 14 districts, where 80,298 people, including 12,855 children, are taking shelter.

The bulletin stated the Army, paramilitary forces, NDRF, SDRF, civil administration, trained volunteers, Fire and Emergency Services and local people have evacuated 7,334 people from various flood-hit areas using boats and helicopters.

The authorities have distributed 7,077.56 quintals of rice, dal and salt, 6,020.90 litres of mustard oil, 2,218.28 quintals of cattle feed and other flood relief items.

Air Force helicopter services continued in Dima Hasao, which is completely cut off from the rest of the country, for emergency airlift of stranded passengers and supply of essential food grains, officials said.

"A team of 20 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel with all necessary equipment have been air transported today from Guwahati to Haflong, Dima Hasao for further search and rescue operation of the stranded people," ASDMA said in a statement.

Massive erosions have been witnessed in Bajali, Baksa, Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Charaideo, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, South Salmara, Tamulpur, Tinsukia and Udalguri districts.

More landslides have taken place in the already devastated Dima Hasao district, causing more hurdles in the efforts to restore normalcy in the hill district.

Embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructure have been damaged by flood waters in Morigaon, Udalguri, Darrang, Karbi Anglong West, Biswanath, Barpeta, Cachar, Dhemaji, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Nagaon, Lakhimpur, Nalbari, Sonitpur, Bajali, Dibrugarh, Hojai, Kamrup, Kokrajhar and Majuli, ASDMA said.

A total of 3,13,712 domestic animals and poultry have been affected in the deluge across 13 districts, it added.

The mighty Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat, while its tributaries Kopili at Dharamtul and Kampur, and Disang at Nanglamuraghat are flowing above the danger levels, the bulletin stated.

Earlier report: India - 5 fatalities after heavy rain, floods and landslides in Assam and Meghalaya - 2 feet of rain in 3 days


National Weather Service: Rare tornado strikes in New Hampshire, knocks over 1,000 trees

Charlestown tornado

Charlestown tornado
A rare EF1 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 90 mph traveled between two New Hampshire towns bordering Vermont on Monday, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

Reaching 330 yards at its largest size, the weak tornado traveled 4.8 miles during the approximately six minutes it was on the ground, according to NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Donald Dumont.

He said it moved from the 4,800-population town of North Charlestown to the neighboring city of Claremont between 6:22 p.m. and 6:28 p.m.

The NWS verified that a dash camera video taken by a man driving a vehicle in Claremont accurately depicted the tornado that passed through the area, Dumont told USA TODAY.


Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes off Macquarie Island

An island located 1,600km southeast of Tasmania has been struck by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported the earthquake near Macquarie Island in the Southern Pacific Ocean at 8:49pm on Thursday (AEDT).

The quake, which was revised from an initial magnitude of 7.4, had a depth of 10km, according to the United States Geological Survey (USCS).


New Mexico wildfire — one-quarter the size of Delaware — now largest in state's history

A wildfire in northern New Mexico
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A wildfire in northern New Mexico has now burned through 405 square miles, an area bigger than Dallas, Texas. Overgrown mountainsides covered with Ponderosa pine and other trees sucked dry of moisture over decades are fueling the flames.
A monster blaze churning in northern New Mexico for more than a month has blackened enough acreage to earn a place in the state's record books.

Aside from being the largest wildfire currently burning in the U.S., the fire moving over the Sangre de Cristo mountain range is now the largest in the arid state's recorded history. It covers more than 465 square miles, or an area nearly one-quarter the size of Delaware.

More than 260 homes have burned and more evacuations were prompted over the weekend as the blaze moved through dry — and in some cases dead — stands of pine and fir trees. Huge columns of smoke could be seen from miles away, and fire officials and weather forecasts continue to refer to it as an unprecedented situation.


100km/h Cyclone Yakecan hits Uruguay & Brazil, sea foam covers coast

Subtropical cyclone Yakecan hit the coastlines of Brazil and Uraguay today, on May 17th 2022.

Wind speeds of over 100km/h were measured as the Cyclone approached the coast, including in Rio Grande do Sol.

As the Cyclone approached, high winds caused large volumes of sea foam in coastal areas.

Alerts are in place, with power outages reported and buildings damaged by the storm.


Video shows apparent tornado touch down in southern Saskatchewan, Canada

An apparent landspout tornado on the ground south of Keller, Sask. reported on May 17, 2022.
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An apparent landspout tornado on the ground south of Keller, Sask. reported on May 17, 2022.
A landspout tornado appeared to touch down in south central Saskatchewan Tuesday night.

While not confirmed by Environment and Climate Change Canada as of 9 p.m. CST, the tornado was spotted by Rob Been near the village of Keeler around 7 p.m. CST.

Been told CBC News he was taking a post-supper nap when he was awakened by loud thunder. The next thing he knew, a tornado appeared to be forming.

"You're awestruck at just the sheer power and the volatility of it," said Been.

"The winds came up so quick, the hail came down in a hurry. That thing formed almost out of nowhere."


Tornado filmed in Czech Republic

The tornado was observed and recorded by Tomáš Launa.

Cloud Precipitation

'Looks like snow!' - Hailstorm catches Gauteng suburb by surprise in South Africa

The hailstorm hit Randfontein shortly after midday on 17/05/2022

The hailstorm hit Randfontein shortly after midday on 17/05/2022
Snow, floods, or record-breaking heatwaves - the weather is just getting weirder in this country. On Tuesday, a surprise hailstorm managed to catch residents of Randfontein off-guard, as the wild conditions created a rather wintery scene in this part of Gauteng.


Just after midday, the white stuff barraged the East Rand, blanketing busy commuter routes and suburban settings with a layer of ice and slush. The hailstorm was so powerful, droplets formed a white covering, looking something more like a blizzard.

Driving proved to be difficult for those negotiating their way through the icy blasts, and as seen in this footage here, conditions became hazardous for commuters who were travelling through Randfontein at the time.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills teen while swimming at Bustos Dam in the Philippines

A 17-year-old died when he was struck by lightning while swimming in the water of Bustos Dam in Barangay Tibagan, province of Bulacan on Sunday, May 15.

In a report to Col. Charlie A. Cabradilla, acting Bulacan police director, Maj. Leopoldo L. Estorque Jr., Bustos police chief, identified the victim as Reniel Villante Buela of Barangay Bintog, Plaridel, Bulacan.

Initial investigation conducted by the Bustos police showed that while the victim, together with his relatives, were swimming, heavy rain poured with occasional thunderstorms.