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Landslides, floods sweep Indonesia's South Sulawesi, killing 15 people

Indonesia's disaster management agency says 115 people were evacuated to mosques or relatives' homes and more than 1,300 families were affected by the latest floods and landslides
© Wajo Regional Disaster Management AgencyIndonesia's disaster management agency says 115 people were evacuated to mosques or relatives' homes and more than 1,300 families were affected by the latest floods and landslides
Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rains in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province have killed at least 15 people after dozens of homes were swept away and roads damaged, the country's disaster management agency said.

Indonesia is prone to landslides during the rainy season, which began in January, with the problem aggravated in some areas by deforestation, and prolonged downpours caused floods in parts of the country that comprises 17,000 islands.

The landslides struck Luwu regency in South Sulawesi on Friday, said Abdul Muhari, spokesperson of Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), in a statement on Saturday.


21-tonne giant whale shark washes up on shore in Kerala, India

Beachgoers were left amazed after a giant whale washed up on a beach in India's Kerala, a video of which went viral on social media.

The video, shared on Instagram by an account titled Vlogettan, showed people gathered around a giant whale shark carcass that washed up on the shore.

The sea creature reportedly weighed around 21 tonnes as two heavy machinery were used to move it back to the sea.

In the viral video, the whale appeared to be alive at first, however, it was later pronounced dead as the rescue workers struggled to relocate the carcass.

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Lightning strike kills woman and 48 goats in Karnataka, India - Another 300 goats killed by bolt in Somalia

A woman died on the spot when lightning struck her at Ganagalu village near Hoskote on the outskirts of Bengaluru on Friday. Bengaluru and its surrounding areas received moderate rain accompanied by thunder and gusty winds in the afternoon.

The deceased has been identified as Rathnamma, 55, of Ganagalu. She was grazing her goats when lightning struck her around 2pm. In all, 48 goats died in the incident. Tirumalashetty Halli police have registered a case of unnatural death.

Rathnamma is survived by her husband and two sons. Bengaluru Rural district administration has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 6 lakh to Rathnamma's family. Of the amount, Rs 4 lakh will be given on Saturday, according to a police officer.

According to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), Nayandahalli recorded 29.50mm rain, RR Nagar 29mm, Maruthi Mandir 26.50mm, Bilekahalli 24mm and Horamavu 17.50 mm. Meanwhile, officials of the India Meteorological Department have forecast light to moderate rain in the city for the next two days.

Comment: Over in Africa 3 days earlier, 300 goats were also reportedly killed by lightning in Somalia.

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Heavy rain triggers flood-like situation in Assam, India; disrupts road, rail links

Railway sRailway services have also been disrupted ervices have also been disrupted between Jatinga-Lampur and New Harangajao due to landslides
Railway services have also been disrupted between Jatinga-Lampur and New Harangajao due to landslides.
Heavy rainfall led to a flood-like situation and landslides in Assam's Dima Hasao district, snapping road and rail communication at several places in the hill district. The entire Barak Valley was also cut off from rail connectivity due to severe waterlogging in many areas.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has directed authorities to ensure connectivity is restored at the earliest and all assistance is provided to those affected due to incessant rain.

"Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma is monitoring the flooding & landslides caused by heavy rainfall in Dima Hasao and Barak Valley. CM has directed authorities to ensure connectivity is restored at the earliest and all assistance is provided to those affected," the Chief Minister's Office said in a tweet.

Incessant rain led also to waterlogging in several areas of the district, including Haflong Town. Schools have been closed in Haflong and people advised to avoid unnecessary travel by local authorities.

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UK weather: New thunderstorm warning from Met Office after 200,000 lightning strikes overnight

Lightning seen in the skies over Bow, East London at 5.30am on Thursday
© Dylan ReynoldsLightning seen in the skies over Bow, East London at 5.30am on Thursday.
England and Wales are set to be battered by thunderstorms on Thursday as the Met Office issued a 12-hour warning for bad weather.

Lightning strikes, sudden flooding, and strong winds are expected between 12pm and midnight the forecaster has said.

It comes after more than 35,000 lightning strikes lit up the skies of southern England overnight - two of which destroyed the roofs of properties in West Sussex.

Overnight, a care home in Elmer, West Sussex, was struck by lightning and sustained damage to its roof, according to West Sussex Fire & Rescue.

A university building in Chichester was also struck, causing damage to its roof and power system, the city's fire service said.


Evacuations ordered in Texas due to life-threatening flooding after torrential rainfall of 10 inches in 24 hours

This image shows a road that was washed away by raging floodwaters in Walker County, Texas, on Thursday, May 2, 2024.
© Walker County Pct 4 Commissioners OfficeThis image shows a road that was washed away by raging floodwaters in Walker County, Texas, on Thursday, May 2, 2024.
A life-threatening situation continues to unfold across portions of Southeast Texas on Thursday as torrential rain and severe weather pounded the region, causing rivers and streams to overflow their banks, flood numerous communities along the Trinity and San Jacinto rivers and trigger urgent evacuations.

That region of Texas has been pounded by relentless rain since Sunday, with rain gauges near Trinity reporting 6-9 inches and Groveton picking up nearly 11 inches of rain from a round of storms at the end of last weekend and into the start of the workweek.

Multiple Flash Flood Warnings were in effect Thursday for several Texas communities as more precipitation fell across many of the same areas Tuesday and Wednesday, only adding to the epic rainfall totals.

Waterwood picked up more than 10 inches of rain Wednesday, and Sebastopol wasn't far behind with 9 inches.

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Lightning strikes kill 11 in 5 districts of Bangladesh

At least 11 people died and nine others were injured in lightning strikes in five districts on Thursday.

In Cumilla, four people, including two farmers, were killed in lightning strikes in Chandina, Sadar South, Debidwar, and Bhurichang upazilas in the evening.

The victims are Daulatur Rahman, 47, of Chandina, Atikul Islam, 50, of Sadar South upazila, Mukhlesur Rahman, 58, of Debidwar, and Alam Hossain, 22, of Burichang upazila.

Additional Superintendent of Police (Cumilla Sadar Circle) Kamran Hossain confirmed the matter.

In Rangamati, three people died and seven others were injured in the morning, reports UNB.

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Woman dies as mudslide hits home during fierce storms in France

A woman has died in the north of France after fierce storm conditions caused a mudslide to hit her home during the night (overnight May 1-2).

The husband of the unnamed 57-year old was also injured but managed to escape the torrent of water and mud in the incident in Courmelles (Aisne).

The Aisne prefecture announced the death in a press release, saying it was the result of an "intense and very localised rainfall event [which] caused run-off and a mudslide." The incident happened around midnight.

The house, located at the bottom of a hill, was ripped open by the mudslide, which was over 1m60 in height. The force of the water was so strong it ripped out some of the walls, leaving furniture in the middle of the street and the inside of the home completely exposed.

You can see photos and a video of the destruction via local media site L'union.

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Heavy rain closes metro stations in Ankara, Türkiye on April 30

Due to heavy rainfall that began yesterday evening in the capital, metro services between OSB Törekent and Atatürk Cultural Center stations were suspended.

Yesterday evening's heavy rain in Ankara also disrupted transportation. Following the downpour, which also caused damage to some metro stations, passengers encountered warning signs when heading to the stations to use the metro in the morning.

Information hung at metro entrances stated: "Due to disruptions in certain sections of our line caused by heavy rains affecting our city on April 30, the metro service will not be available between OSB Törekent and Atatürk Cultural Center stations. Service between these stations will be provided by buses."

Passengers are being transported by buses between OSB Törekent and Atatürk Cultural Center metro stations due to their temporary closure.

Heavy rain was effective in the evening hours, causing pools to form on streets and avenues in Sıhhıye and other parts of the city, as well as electrical cutouts. As a result, vehicles encountered difficulties moving forward due to the accumulated water. In certain areas, cars grappled with the challenges posed by heavy rain and flooding, navigating through difficult conditions to reach their destinations.

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Flight makes emergency landing at Bhubaneswar airport in India after hailstones crack windshield

A Vistara flight bound from Bhubaneswar to New Delhi was compelled to make an emergency landing after being caught in a hailstorm, resulting in damage to the aircraft, officials confirmed on May 1.

Moments after take-off, the aircraft encountered adverse weather conditions and swiftly returned to Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Odisha. The emergency landing, executed merely 10 minutes after departure, ensured the safety of all 169 passengers and crew members on board, authorities stated.

Preliminary reports indicate that the aircraft's windshield sustained damage due to the hailstorm, which swept through several parts of Odisha earlier in the afternoon. "A windshield has been damaged, while no harm was caused to the passengers," affirmed BPIA Director Prasanna Pradhan.

The incident underscores the critical role of quick decision-making and proficient handling during emergency situations, as the crew successfully navigated the aircraft back to safety amidst challenging weather conditions. Further investigations into the extent of the damage and necessary repairs are underway.