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Lightning strike kills 3 children, injures one in Madhya Pradesh, India

Neem tree stripped by lightning strike in Dhar district on Tuesday
Neem tree stripped by lightning strike in Dhar district on Tuesday
Three children lost their lives, and one was critically injured when lightning struck a neem tree under which they had taken shelter from the rain, in Dhar on Tuesday afternoon.

Kotwali police station in-charge Sameer Patidar said the incident took place at around 4.30 pm. The victims, Pankaj (15), Ganesh (10), and Vijay (10), along with Shubham (10), had been playing in an open field on Phadke Marg, in front of the CMHO office. The area is a popular playground for local children.

As the rain intensified, the children took refuge under a neem tree. Unfortunattely, lightning struck the tree, sending the children sprawling on the ground. The intensity of the strike was so great that the bark of the tree peeled off.

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Alligator attacks 9-year-old boy in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana

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A 9-year-old boy sustained a laceration and puncture wounds to his left leg in an alligator attack Sunday evening while swimming with family in Lake Pontchartrain, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.

Capt. Stefan Schmidt of Engine 13, who rendered aid along with personnel from New Orleans Emergency Medical Services, credited the boy's father for saving his life.

"I really feel he would have pulled him under, drowned the kid and killed him," Schmidt said of an alligator he estimated at 6 feet in length. "The dad jumped on the gator and was literally beating it, and it let go of his son."

The family was swimming at dusk near the mouth of Bayou St. John where it meets Lake Pontchartrain — a popular spot to cool off due to the nearby sandbar, according to the New Orleans Fire Department. Swimmers spotted the gator swimming toward the boy and yelled to warn him.

But the child thought people were joking. His injury was "pretty bad," said Schmidt, who along with EMS workers helped wrap the boy's leg before transporting him to a hospital.

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Landslide triggered by heavy rains buries van and kills 11 in Ha Giang, Vietnam - 11.4 inches of rainfall in just 12 hours

A 16-seater van is buried in a landslide in Bac Me District of Ha Giang, July 13, 2024.
© VnExpress/Pham BinhA 16-seater van is buried in a landslide in Bac Me District of Ha Giang, July 13, 2024.
At least eleven people have been confirmed dead when a 16-seater van traveling in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang Saturday was buried by a landslide triggered by heavy rains.

Ma Van Toe, vice chairman of Bac Me District, where the tragic incident occurred, said the landslide occurred at around 4 a.m.

By 9:15 a.m. rescue teams had extricated 13 people from under the debris.

Nguyen Van Giao, director of Ha Giang's Health Department, said seven of the victims were dead and the other six critically injured.

Rescue forces found three more dead victims by 2 p.m. and are still looking for five more people.

"Rain and the large area caused difficulties to the search and rescue efforts as well as the counting of victims," Giao said.


Comment: Later the same Saturday in the evening : 12-hour downpour floods roads, causes evacuations in Phu Quoc, Vietnam - 4.7 inches in just an hour


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Seven killed in landslide triggered by incessant rain in Karnataka, India

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At least seven people, including five members of a family, were killed in a landslide on a highway near Shirur town in Karnataka's Uttara Kannada district on Tuesday.

Incessant rainfall in the area for a week triggered the landslide.

Authorities have launched a search operation, fearing more people may be trapped under the debris.

The fire department, emergency services, and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel have launched the search operation.


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World's rarest whale may have washed up on New Zealand beach

Rangers inspect what is believed to be a rare spade-toothed whale on July 5, 2024, after it was found washed ashore on a beach near Otago, New Zealand
Rangers inspect what is believed to be a rare spade-toothed whale on July 5, 2024, after it was found washed ashore on a beach near Otago, New Zealand
Spade-toothed whales are the world's rarest, with no live sightings ever recorded. No one knows how many there are, what they eat, or even where they live in the vast expanse of the southern Pacific Ocean. However, scientists in New Zealand may have finally caught a break.

The country's conservation agency said Monday a creature that washed up on a South Island beach this month is believed to be a spade-toothed whale. The five-meter-long creature, a type of beaked whale, was identified after it washed ashore on an Otago beach from its color patterns and the shape of its skull, beak and teeth.

"We know very little, practically nothing" about the creatures, Hannah Hendriks, marine technical adviser for the Department of Conservation, said. "This is going to lead to some amazing science and world-first information."

If the cetacean is confirmed to be the elusive spade-toothed whale, it would be the first specimen found in a state that would permit scientists to dissect it, allowing them to map the relationship of the whale to the few others of the species found, learn what it eats and perhaps lead to clues about where they live.


Cloud Precipitation

40 killed and nearly 350 injured in eastern Afghanistan storm

Taliban officials said at least 40 people were killed and nearly 350 others injured by heavy
© Shafiullah Kakar/APTaliban officials said at least 40 people were killed and nearly 350 others injured by heavy rain in eastern Afghanistan
At least 40 people died and nearly 350 others were injured during a powerful storm which brought heavy rain to eastern Afghanistan, Taliban officials said on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, at least 17 people died when a bus overturned on a main highway, official media reported.

Public Health Ministry spokesman Sharafat Zaman Amar confirmed that 40 people were killed in Monday's storm and that 347 others had been taken to the regional hospital in Nangarhar from Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, and nearby districts.

The dead included five members of the same family who were killed when the roof of their house in Surkh Rod district collapsed, according to provincial spokesman Sediqullah Quraishi. Four other members of the family were injured.

About 400 houses and 60 electricity poles were destroyed across Nangarhar province, Mr Quraishi said. Power was cut in many areas and there were limited communications in Jalalabad city. The damage is still being assessed, he added.


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Flood death toll climbs to 8 in Bangsamoro, Philippines

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The death toll in the massive flooding that hit the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) rose to eight with the drowning of a 22-year-old male in Pagalungan, Maguindanao del Sur on Sunday.

Benjamin Alip, municipal disaster officer of Pagalungan, said in a radio interview Monday that the victim tried to rescue his cow in Barangay Damalasak.

Pagalungan was among the 22 of 24 towns in Maguindanao del Sur that were submerged by floodwaters following heavy downpour, which also affected neighboring North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao del Norte provinces.

Special Assistant to the President Anton Lagdameo and Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rex Gatchalian arrived in Maguindanao del Norte on Sunday morning and visited the most affected town of Matanog, where five children perished due to flash floods on July 9.


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Hail with a diameter of 10 centimeters fell in Slovenia and Croatia

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A storm raged over Slovenia with heavy rainfall and gusts of wind, which then moved in the direction of Slovenska Bistrica and Ptuj.

In Slovenska Bistrica, between Celje and Ptuj, hail with a diameter of up to 10 centimeters fell, reports "H1".

The storm moved from Slovenia to Croatia, in the Varaždin County, and hail fell in Zlogonje, Petrijanac, Virje Otok, Ceštica, Cvetlin, Vinica Brega and Gornji Vratna.

Rain also fell in Međimurje district, and the town of Lopatinec was left without electricity.


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12-hour downpour floods roads, causes evacuations in Phu Quoc, Vietnam - 4.7 inches in just an hour

Soldiers wade through a flooded street on Phu Quoc Island to carry a patient to hospital, July 14, 2024.
© VnExpress/Duong DongSoldiers wade through a flooded street on Phu Quoc Island to carry a patient to hospital, July 14, 2024.
Many roads in Cua Duong Commune on Phu Quoc Island briefly turned into rivers, with some over a meter deep, on Sunday following prolonged rains.

The downpour lasted from late Saturday night to Sunday morning in Cay Thong Trong, Cay Thong Ngoai and Ben Tram hamlets, which are usually flooded every time it rains heavily.

A woman named Nga said the water was nearly a meter deep in some places and entered people's houses.

Many had 20-30 cm of water inside, damaging belongings and forcing them to stay up all night bailing the water out.

Thang of Ben Tram was worried because the water levels were rising quickly in streams near his house.

"It has never not flooded this badly in the past," he said.


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State of Emergency declared in Kyrgyzstan's Osh after deadly flooding, mudslides - at least 5 killed

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Authorities in Kyrgyzstan's southern city of Osh have declared a state of emergency after mudslides and flooding caused by heavy rains killed at least four people on July 14.

As of July 15, the deaths of a 44-year-old woman and her three daughters, as well as the death of another woman, have been confirmed.

The Ak-Buura River's currents became extremely dangerous over the weekend, officials said, and its banks were breached, flooding the local market as well as a village near the city.

Kyrgyz officials said earlier that mudslides and floods caused by heavy rains in recent months killed 17 people.