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Floods kill 16 in Somalia, affect over 200,000 others

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At least 16 people have died while more than 200,000 others have been affected by torrential rains and riverine floods since the Gu (April-June) rains started in Somalia a month ago, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday.

OCHA said 10 other people are missing due to floods and at least 2,000 farms have been swamped by water.

"The rains are likely to increase the risk of water-borne diseases," OCHA warned in its latest report on the impact of floods in Somalia.

The forecast by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) indicates that the moderate to high flood risk is likely to persist at least through mid-May.


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Flooding inundates streets in Okinawa, Japan

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Flood warnings were issued for Okinawa as heavy rain fell on the Japanese island on May 6.

Local media reported that around 110 millimetres of rain had fallen in the region around Itoman City on Okinawa by 6:40 am.

Japan's Meteorlogical Agency warned of inundation and ground-loosening in various parts of the island.


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Powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake shakes Indonesia

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A powerful earthquake shook islands in eastern Indonesia on Wednesday evening, but no damage or injuries were expected.

The quake measured a preliminary magnitude 6.8 and was centered below the sea at a depth of 107 kilometers (67 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was located 205 kilometers (128 miles) northwest of the nearest city, Saumlaki, it said.

The earthquake triggered moderate shaking and was unlikely to cause injuries or economic losses, USGS said.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 260 million people, is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

Source: AP

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - April 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

April 2020 brought us some chilly Earth Changes surprises, from record snow in parts of the US and Europe, to huge hail in Asia and the Middle East.
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An arctic system blasted Canada, the Midwest, Northeast and Southern US, causing power outages in Manitoba, and Maine, leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Snow records were broken in Colorado (30 inches), South Dakota (15 inches), and Iowa (11 inches).

Snow also fell in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, for the first time in 26 years... in spring!

Global food production not only has been disrupted by the economy-killing plandemic, severe cold and frost also destroyed crops across Europe and the US.

Hail also got nasty around the globe this month, killing 5 people, ravaging crops, and damaging 6,000 homes in Vietnam. Hailstorms also left 4,2000 people homeless in Tripura, India, and covered in white parts of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and China... with flooding added to the mix as it melted.

Severe storms, hail, tornadoes, and strong winds ripped through parts of the Midwest and South US, causing damage to many homes, especially in Indiana and Arkansas.

While all this water got dumped around the world, the Czech Republic is facing the worst drought in 500 years.

All this and more in this month's SOTT Earth Changes Summary:


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'Cool, weird & scary': Skies over Niger's capital dyed blood red as massive sandstorm engulfs city

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An enormous sandstorm over Niger's capital turned the skies a deep crimson red as a towering wall of dust swept the city, creating an impressive and menacing spectacle that was captured on film by eyewitnesses.

The immense storm swept through Niamey on Monday, shrouding the city in an eerie reddish darkness, aptly summed up by an onlooker as "Kind of cool, kind of weird, kind of scary" in footage obtained by Ruptly.


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Severe hailstorm hits Abha, Saudi Arabia on May 5

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Abha (Arabic: أَبْهَا‎, ʾAbhā) is the capital of 'Asir Region in SaudiArabia. It is situated 2,270 metres (7,450 feet) above sea level in the fertile Asir Mountains of south-western Saudi Arabia, near Asir National Park. Abha's mild climate makes it a popular tourist destination for Saudis.


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Calgary ties its longest streak below 20C (68F) in recorded history

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The COLD TIMES are returning. This isn't a conspiracy theory. Prepare.


As vast pockets of the planet currently battle anomalous May cold, it's come to light (via iceagenow.info) that the cosmopolitan Alberta city of Calgary has tied its longest stretch of temps <20C (<68F) in recorded history:

Calgary low temperatures

Comment: Some other related articles in recent weeks include:


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South Dakota is battered by hailstones the size of baseballs as severe thunderstorms bring winds of up to 72mph

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the storm system brought large hail to portions of the Black Hills, western South Dakota (pictured) plains and northeastern Wyoming on Sunday

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the storm system brought large hail to portions of the Black Hills, western South Dakota (pictured) plains and northeastern Wyoming on Sunday
Severe thunderstorms swept through the Plains and parts of the South bringing hailstones the size of baseballs and damaging winds up to 72mph from the Dakotas to Tennessee as forecasters warn the Northeast to brace for some mid-May snow.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the storm system brought large hail to portions of the Black Hills, western South Dakota plains and northeastern Wyoming on Sunday.

'The largest hail reported occurred in Jackson County between Potato Creek and Wanblee, where tennis ball- to baseball-sized hail was reported,' the NWS said.

Hail larger than 1 inch in diameter and wind gusts of up to 58mph were reported in multiple locations.

But the largest hail fell near Potato Creek, where it measured 2.75 inches in diameter.



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Lightning kills over 100 animals belonging to nomads in Kashmir

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A few nomadic families of Bakerwal community, en route seasonal migration towards hilly areas, suffered a major loss on Tuesday after more than a hundred sheep and goats were killed in the lightning and thunderstorms in a village of Rajouri.

Officials told that three nomadic families from Kalakote Tehsil were on their seasonal move; they were spending the night under an open sky in Potha village of Rajouri when the lightning and thunderstorms struck about 2 AM in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

"More than one hundred goat and sheep were killed in the incident triggering loss of lakhs for the poor families." they said.

Police have registered a case in Kalakote police station.


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Softball-sized hail pounds parts of Northwest Arkansas shattering windshields

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Softball-sized hail pounded parts of Northwest Arkansas on Monday morning, shattering windshields and denting cars, said Pete Sydner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa.

Thunderstorms moved quickly through the area in the morning, and by 3 p.m. Monday, a line of thunderstorms was moving across eastern Oklahoma heading east toward Arkansas. A second round was expected, with the potential to spawn tornadoes, but those chances dwindled by Monday night.

Travis Shelton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock, said around 9 p.m. Monday that there was a chance for severe weather over the northwestern quarter of Arkansas, but a forecast showed the storms diminishing by the time they reached Perryville and Conway in the central part of the state.