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Kajang in Malaysia hit by flash flood

The sudden rain in Klang Valley has caused flash floods and traffic congestion in Kajang.

Videos and images shared on social media showed parts of Kajang inundated by waters almost at knee length, with vehicles caught in the flood waters.

The flash floods also caused several main roads in Kajang to be closed, with social media users informing others to use alternative roads and to be careful.


Bariloche, Argentina buried by 4-8 feet of early-season snowfall

The snow storm caused roads and schools in the area to close.
The snow storm caused roads and schools in the area to close.
Patagonia is experiencing a "historical" Fall.

Spring showers are bringing May flowers north of the equator, but our friends to the south are bundling up as Fall settles in.

Bariloche, Argentina, on the other hand, has skipped Fall entirely and has jumped straight into Winter with four to eight feet of snow falling in the first week of May of 2024.

Ski resorts aren't expected to open for over a month, but as you can imagine, that's not stopping skiers from getting after it.


Rare snow blankets Chile's capital and other parts of the country

According to local media, snow hit parts of communes such as Lo Barnechea, Las Condes, Vitacura, Puente Alto, La Reina and Pirque.

Authorities have advised locals in the Santiago Metropolitan Region to dress accordingly and drive carefully. According to data from the Office of the Superintendent of Electricity and Fuels, 225,000 people are currently experiencing electricity supply issues.

While snow in the capital is unusual, it is not unheard of. In July 2020, snow appeared in the eastern part of the capital, specifically in the commune of Lo Barnechea. In July 2017, Santiago residents woke up to rare snowfall that blanketed the capital and caused widespread power outages.


Shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits Vanuatu

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted the Vanuatu Islands at 08:17:18 GMT on Wednesday, the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 15.26 degrees south latitude and 167.94 degrees east longitude, reports Xinhua.

Arrow Down

Sinkhole swallows 2 cars in Las Cruces, New Mexico

A large sinkhole on the 1700 block of Regal Ridge Street
© LAS CRUCES POLICE DEPARTMENTA large sinkhole on the 1700 block of Regal Ridge Street swallowed two vehicles and forced the temporary evacuation of occupants from three homes Monday evening.
A large sinkhole in the front yard of a Las Cruces home swallowed two vehicles and forced the temporary evacuation of occupants from three homes Monday evening. About 9:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, Las Cruces firefighters were dispatched to the report of a sinkhole on the 1700 block of Regal Ridge Street.

Fire crews arrived to find a large sinkhole measuring approximately 30-feet wide and 30-feet deep. The sinkhole engulfed two vehicles that were parked in the driveway.

Firefighters reported the mass depression was still settling when they arrived on scene. No injuries were reported.

"I didn't feel or hear anything, but my parents did," said Dorothy Wyckoff, who lives across the street from the affected homes. "They said there was a loud rumbling and thought nothing of it. They didn't realize anything happened until I told them.

Cloud Precipitation

17 killed in northern Haiti as heavy rains flood thousands of homes (UPDATE)

At least a dozen people are dead in northern Haiti, where heavy rains have triggered deadly landslides and washed out thousands of homes.

Most of the deaths occurred in Cap-Haïtien, where heavy downpours on Thursday destroyed a home in the southern part of the city, Barrière Bouteille. The house then took out two other homes below it.

"Initial assessments show 2,225 houses flooded and 15 houses damaged," Haiti's Civil Protection office said in its latest situation report.

The agency said heavy and moderate rains over the last four weeks have affected several regions of the country but the second largest city, Cap-Haïtien, has been hard it. Since gangs began launching coordinated attacks against key government infrastructure on Feb. 29 in the capital in hopes of bringing down the government, Cap-Haïtien has increasingly become a place of refuge for those trying to escape the violence or leave the country through its Hugo Chavez International Airport. The migration, however, is creating pressure on an already crowded city.

Comment: Update May 7

The Miami Herald reports:
The first days of Haiti's rainy season continue to prove destructive and deadly for the country's vulnerable population. The death toll from heavy rains has risen to 17, while the number of homes flooded has doubled to more than 4,000, the country's Civil Protection authorities said.

Most of the destruction has occurred in the northern region of the country in Haiti's second largest city, Cap-Haïtien, the office said in its most recent update on the weather-related disaster.

The report shows that in addition to the loss of lives, more than 4,910 homes have been flooded while at least 40 homes have been either been damaged or destroyed during the rains.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 6 in 4 districts of Bangladesh

Six people were killed in lightning strikes in four districts across the country from morning to afternoon on Monday.

Among them, three people lost their lives in Shariatpur district while one died each in Sylhet, Netrokona and Faridpur districts.

The deceased were identified as Amena Begum, 26, Kulsum Begum, 38, and Abdul Hannan, residents of Shariatpur district, Mahtab Uddin Matai, 45, a resident of Sylhet district, Md Dilware Mia, 35, a resident of Netrokona district, and Murad Mollik, 50, a resident of Faridpur district.


'Mile wide' tornado in Oklahoma causes mass destruction

Tornadoes have made landfall in Oklahoma, causing extensive damage, with police in Bartlesville saying a tornado a "mile wide" had struck the local area, according to a post by TV meteorologist Collin Myers on social media platform X.

The city of Barnsdall, with a population of around 1,000, was particularly badly struck, the second time it has been hit by tornadoes in a month

Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden said that one person had died in Barnsdall on Monday, Tulsa TV station KOTV reported.

Newsweek has reached out to the sheriff's office for further information via email.


Sverdlovsk region in Russia covered in May snow after the April flood

Tens of thousands of people were left without electricity due to snowfall in the Sverdlovsk region in the Urals, and water supply was also suspended in some settlements, the press service of the prosecutor's office reported.

Due to bad weather, trees fall and power lines break in cities, and there are also problems with cellular communications in the region.

Due to snow removal work, buses and trucks were restricted from traveling along the Perm-Ekaterinburg federal highway in two districts in the Perm region.


May snowstorm delivers over 2 feet of Californian snowfall in 24 hours

The Palisades, Sunday 5 May, 2024
The Palisades, Sunday 5 May, 2024
A massive May snowfall has delivered over two feet of snowfall in 24 hours to the Lake Tahoe region.

A winter storm warning has been in force and some key roads in the region were closed for a time or required vehicles to have snow chains as a result of one of the heaviest snowstorms of the season.

The Palisades, one of the ski areas still open in California, reported 26" (65cm) of fresh snowfall in 24 hours at the weekend.

The snowfall was driven in on gale force winds, but resulted in deep snow conditions for skiers and riders on Sunday.