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Sand flood triggered by heavy rain buries cars, houses in Vietnam tourism site

Several cars, motorbikes and even homes were buried under a flood of sand as it invaded the Ham Tien-Mui Ne tourism site in coastal Binh Thuan Province on Tuesday.
Several cars, motorbikes and even homes were buried under a flood of sand as it invaded the Ham Tien-Mui Ne tourism site in coastal Binh Thuan Province on Tuesday.
At around 3 a.m., following heavy rain that lasted for hours in the night, floodwater rushed from the hills and reached coastal road 706, which connects Ham Tien-Mui Ne, where several tourist sites are located.

A sand flood coming down from a hill belonging to a resort also buried parts of Huynh ThucKhang Street in Mui Ne Ward of Phan Thiet City of the south central province, encroaching into two seaside restaurants.

Motorbikes parked on the streets are also buried in the sand. Authorities said there are around a dozen motorbikes in the area buried by the sand. Two trucks in the area also could not move due to the sand.


Best of the Web: Tornado devastates Iowa town, killing multiple people as powerful storms rip through Midwest

Multiple people died Tuesday and at least a dozen were injured when a powerful tornado tore through a small Iowa town, carving a bleak landscape of destroyed homes and businesses, shredded trees, smashed cars, and widely strewn debris.

The tornado destroyed much of Greenfield, a town of about 2,000 around 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) southwest of Des Moines, during a day that saw multiple tornadoes, giant hail and heavy rain in several states.

"We do have confirmed fatalities," Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Alex Dinkla said at a news conference Tuesday night. He said authorities were still determining the total number but thought they had accounted for all of the town's residents.

Dinkla said there were at least a dozen injuries amid widespread devastation in Greenfield, including at the community's small hospital. Patients there had to be transferred to other facilities in nearby cities.

Cloud Precipitation

Major hailstorm causes damage in Yuma, Colorado

A major Colorado hailstorm pelted Yuma on May 20, 2024, causing damage around town.
© JJ UngerA major Colorado hailstorm pelted Yuma on May 20, 2024, causing damage around town.
Severe storms on Monday night pelted northeast Colorado with damaging hail that shattered windows and covered the ground like snow in the plains community of Yuma.

Volunteer firefighter JJ Unger told FOX31 there was hail damage across the area after the severe storm. And with the town already under a flash flood warning — and facing the threat of tornadoes — it had begun to flood with the hail backing up drainage flows.

"There's going to be a lot of cleaning up to do in this town," Unger said.

"Widespread" power outages were reported Monday in northern Yuma County and the eastern edge of northern Washington County, according to Y-W Electric Association, Inc. Both counties were under tornado warnings at points in the night.


Raging bull attacks woman on Mexican beach as tourists scream in horror: video

Wild video shows a loose bull attacking a woman in a horrific attack as panicked onlookers scream in horror, a terrifying new video shows.
A wild and violent bull that was loose on a popular Mexican beach attacked a woman several times as panicked onlookers screamed in horror, a terrifying new video shows.

The heart-stopping video, which was shot Saturday at Cabo San Lucas, shows the black beast charging and ramming the woman more than six times after she tries to snatch her bags away from the animal. Cabo San Lucas is a resort city on the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula and is popular among tourists.

The video first shows the black beast under a canopy with the woman who appears to be feeding the horned animal food from a bag and then from a silver bowl.


Man killed by stray bull in Uttar Pradesh, India

A 58-year-old deputy nazir of district court died after being attacked by a stray bull while he was out for a morning walk in Kalyanpur area of the city on Sunday. The bull also injured a woman.

The deceased, identified as Devendra Kumar Yadav of Nankari locality, was going for a morning walk when the bull attacked him. Devendra was taken to a hospital where doctors declared him dead.

Meanwhile, citing negligence, the family members of the deceased have demanded necessary action against the authorities deputed to check stray animal menace.

Locals have complained that earlier also several locals had sustained serious injuries on being attacked by the same bull in the area.

Assistant commissioner of police Kalyanpur Abhishek Pandey said, "After conducting the postmortem, the police handed over the body to the family members. The postmortem report has confirmed the death due to head injury and excessive bleeding."

Several judicial officers and employees reached the postmortem house and consoled the family members. The deceased is survived by his wife and three sons.


Seismic storm hits Italy's Campi Flegrei super volcano with strongest earthquake in 40 years

The Solfatara crater, part of the Campi Flegrei Volcano in Pozzuoli, the biggest caldera of southern Italy.
© Salvatore LaportaThe Solfatara crater, part of the Campi Flegrei Volcano in Pozzuoli, the biggest caldera of southern Italy.
A 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck Italy's Campi Flegrei super volcano Monday evening, causing mild damage in the town of Pozzuoli, the epicenter, and as far away as the city of Naples, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) away, according to Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV).

Cracks in walls and falling cornices were reported, Italy's Fire Brigade spokesman confirmed to CNN.

The 4.4 earthquake at a depth of 3 kilometers is the strongest earthquake to hit the highly seismic area in the past 40 years, according to INGV data. The quake is part of an ongoing "seismic storm" that has seen more than a dozen events over 2.0 magnitude in the past 48 hours.

The 4.4 tremblor at 8:10 p.m. local time was preceded by a 3.5 earthquake an hour earlier.

The INGV recorded 1,252 earthquakes in the Campi Flegrei area in the month of April 2024, most with a magnitude less than 1.0.

Cloud Precipitation

Freak storm leaves Polish city blanketed in hail

A hailstorm left streets in the western Polish city of Gniezno flooded on Monday as storms passed over the country.

Footage shot by the private broadcaster TVN24 showed vehicles and people passing through the flooded streets, and hailstones floating on the surface of the water.

Poland's weather agency said the 'violent' storms would continue into Tuesday, with areas of the west and south-east particularly affected by hail, heavy rain and strong winds.


Mount Semeru eruption accompanied by hot clouds in Indonesia

Mount Semeru erupted with a column height of volcanic ash observed about 800 meters above the peak on Tuesday (21/5/2024) at 08.17 WIB.
© ANTARA/HO-PVMBGMount Semeru erupted with a column height of volcanic ash observed about 800 meters above the peak on Tuesday (21/5/2024) at 08.17 WIB.
Mount Semeru on the border of Lumajang Regency with Malang, East Java erupted accompanied by hot clouds.

"The Semeru Monument erupted and the eruption accompanied by hot clouds with an unknown sliding distance because the mountain was covered in fog," said Mount Semeru Observation Post Officer Sigit Rian Alfian as reported by ANTARA, Tuesday, May 21.

According to him, the visual eruption this morning was not observed because it was covered in fog, but the eruption was recorded on a seismograph with a maximum amplitude of 22 mm for 262 seconds.

The highest mountain on the island of Java erupted again at 08.17 WIB with a height of volcanic ash column was observed to be about 800 meters above the peak or 4,476 meters above the peak.

Comment: Just 4 days prior on May 17: Indonesia's Semeru volcano erupts 5 times


Man dies in moose attack in Homer, Alaska

A man died in a moose attack in Homer Sunday, Alaska State Troopers said.

The circumstances of the attack — as well as the exact location — were not immediately clear as of Sunday.

Troopers received a report around 11:50 a.m. about a man attacked by a cow moose in Homer, according to an online statement. Medics as well as troopers from Anchor Point responded to the incident.

The man died on the scene, troopers said.

According to the report, the cow moose charged two men, kicking one of them.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3 in Sunamganj, Bangladesh

Three day labourers were killed and several other injured being struck by lightning at Dowarabazar upazila in Sunamganj district on Monday.

The incident took place around 10.30am near East Chargaon Kheyaghat area under Narsingpur union of the upazila, reports our local correspondent.

Among the deceased, two were identified as Dulon Mia, 28, son of Ansar Uddin, a resident of Noagaon village, and Kuddus Mia, son of Muslim Mia, of Bahadurpur village under Islampur union of Chatak upazila while detailes of another deceased could not be known immediately.

According to locals, it was raining since 10.30am in the morning. The trio along with others were working in the Chela River amid the heavy rainfall. At that time, a streak of thunderbolt hit them suddenly, leaving two dead on the spot and several others critically injured.

The injured were rescued and taken to the hospital where another one succumbed to his injuries, they said.

Dowarabazar Police Station officer-in-charge Badrul Hasan confirmed the matter and added that these bodies will be handed over to the families after completing the legal actions.