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Elephant crushes scholar to death in Sri Lanka - 121 people killed in 2019 - "The trend is getting worse"

Charging elephant
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Charging elephant
A young university scholar has become the latest victim of a deadly wild elephant attack in Sri Lanka, officials said Monday, after a growing spate of similar incidents across the island nation.

The 32-year-old was returning to her hostel at the University of Jaffna on Sunday when she was trampled.

"She was with another friend who managed to escape the attack," a local police officer told AFP.

"Wildlife authorities have tried to track down the elephant, but with no luck."

She sustained multiple head injuries and died in hospital on Monday, officials added.

Cloud Precipitation

Death toll from the flash flood in South Sulawesi, Indonesia rises to at least 36 with 40 still missing

Three rivers in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province have overflowed after intense rainfall

Three rivers in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province overflowed after intense rainfall
The death toll from flash floods that hit Indonesia's South Sulawesi province has risen to 36, while 40 are still reported missing, officials say.

Wisnu Widjaja of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said in an online press conference that the number of those wounded was 58 while 14,483 people have been displaced and are staying in 76 shelters in Sabbang, Masamba and Baebunta sub-districts.

Three rivers in the area overflowed following intense rainfall that lasted two days, triggering a flash flood that struck the North Luwu area last Monday evening.

"The flash floods were caused by land conversion. A joint team has been deployed to clear the roads that are blocked by the mud using excavators," BNPB spokesman Raditya Djati said in the press conference.

He said the mud-clearing process is expected to finish by Monday.


Snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, India - a month earlier than normal

In gloomy times of the Covid pandemic, any good news is welcome. For Himachal Pradesh, it has come in the form of early snowfall, spreading cheer among residents and officials. The state's remote Baralacha and Shinkula regions received snowfall in the first week of July—a month earlier than usual. With the weather bureau predicting a normal monsoon, which should keep temperatures low, more spells of snowfall can be expected in the higher reaches in the weeks to come.

Sixty per cent of Himachal Pradesh receives snowfall, which is critical not only for the state's ecology but its economy as well. Weather experts say the early snowfall this year could well be owing to the lockdown-induced drop in vehicular traffic and industrial activity in the foothills, which may have brought pollution levels down.

The impact of the 90-day lockdown in the state is also visible in other ways, such as cleaner rivers and lakes. This year, the state is witnessing heavy rainfall in the major tourist hubs, such as Kullu-Manali, Chamba-Dalhousie and Shimla-Rampur, as well as the remote tribal districts of Lahaul and Spiti. This will help recharge the natural water sources even as the early snowfall acts as a buffer water source in the upper reaches.

Cloud Precipitation

Oman floods due to heavy rains

The low-pressure system in the Arabian Sea caused heavy rains in eastern parts of the Dhofar Governorate. Most of the coastal and desert areas received moderate to heavy rains.

Salalah city also witnessed heavy rain in the wee hours on Sunday. The rain has completely subsided now. Some low lying areas were waterlogged due to the rain.

Mirbat recorded heavy rain and rescue operations had to be carried out on Sunday to protect a stranded person in the city.

Cloud Precipitation

Houses crumble as drain in Delhi overflows after heavy rain

house fall
As heavy rains whipped several parts of Delhi and nearby areas this morning, houses at a slum in Delhi's upscale ITO area collapsed when a canal running through the slum overflowed.

Dramatic visuals, shared on social media, show water gushing into the basement of a building under construction from the overflowing sewage drain.

As houses topple over and get washed away by the rushing water, residents can be heard screaming in the background. No one was present in the building at the time of the incident, officials told NDTV.

Centralised Accident and Trauma Services (CATS) and fire engines are present at the spot.


Italy's deadly Stromboli volcano suddenly explodes again without warning

Stromboli volcano eruption

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology spotted some debris and lava travelling down the slope of the volcano which could have been dangerous for potential hikers
A violent eruption jolted residents of the Italian volcanic island of Stromboli awake at 3 a.m. Sunday.

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology's observatory at Etna reports that its network recorded a loud explosion and eruption, sending lava and debris falling around the crater of the volcano and slope known as the Sciara del Fuoco, which is sometimes visited by hikers.

Webcam video shows "lava bombs" raining down on the area.

Data from the Laboratory of Experimental Geophysics at the University of Florence indicate that the eruption lasted for about four minutes before conditions on the island returned to relative normal


Dead humpback whale found floating offshore near Montauk, New York - 4th for Long Island since April

The dead whale was about 4.5 miles off Montauk
© Independent/Rob DiGiovanni
The dead whale was about 4.5 miles off Montauk Friday afternoon.
Boaters should be on the lookout for a floating humpback whale caracass in the ocean waters off Montauk.

The dead whale, first discovered Friday morning, is not being removed from the water just yet. The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMSEAS) said that due to current conditions in the ocean and the location of the whale, its team has decided the best course of action is to place a location tag on the carcass and track its movements.

AMSEAS will be tracking the data collected from the tag to determine the next steps.

As of Friday afternoon, the whale is 4.5 miles offshore near Montauk. It is fairly decomposed, which would make towing a lengthy and difficult process, AMSEAS said.

No necropsy examination is planned at this time.

Comment: A day earlier on the west coast another dead humpback was discovered on the shoreline of Humboldt County, California:

A humpback whale calf, mouth agape, lies dead on beach about a half mile north of the Mattole River mouth.
© Russ Namitz
A humpback whale calf, mouth agape, lies dead on beach about a half mile north of the Mattole River mouth.

Cloud Lightning

10 killed in lightning strikes in Bihar, India - 160 such deaths in 3 weeks for the state

A representational image of lightning.

A representational image of lightning.
Ten people were killed after being struck by lightning in Bihar on Sunday and heavy rains inundated low-lying areas in Delhi, with a man drowning while trying to maneuver his truck through a waterlogged underpass.

In Assam, the death toll in flood-related incidents increased to 84 after five more fatalities were reported, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on the flood situation in the state.

The total number of people losing their lives in flood and landslides in Assam this year is 110.

While 84 died in flood-related incidents, landslides claimed 26 lives.

Floods have affected over 25 lakh people in 24 of the 33 districts of Assam and has destroyed houses, crops, roads and bridges at several places.

Comment: On the same day 2 were killed by lightning strikes in the state of Jharkhand and 2 boys were killed by a strike on the prior day in Feni, Bangladesh.


Ice Age Farmer Report: Global AI surveillance "climate tracing" of all activity via emissions data

A powerful, global AI surveillance system has been announced this week by Al Gore. The system is powerful enough to detect emissions from every power plant, each farm, and every wood-burning stove on the planet. This system affords total information awareness to the powers that be -- and is being plugged in to the DoD's AI weapons system, in a war being perpetrated against all of humanity. Christian breaks it down in this Ice Age Farmer report.



China: At least 14 dead as Yangtze river rises 50 feet above flood level - 33 other rivers at record levels

Rising water levels of the Yangtze river in Jiujiang, in China's central Jiangxi province

Rising water levels of the Yangtze river in Jiujiang, in China's central Jiangxi province
China's longest river has risen more than 50ft (15m) above flood level, as the country struggles with some of the most severe flooding in years.

At least 14 people have died and tens of thousands of others evacuated as central and southern parts of China are ravaged by floods caused by torrential rain.

Communities along the Yangtze, which flows from west to east, have been the worst affected by the annual monsoon season.

Three floodgates of the Three Gorges Dam that spans the Yangtze were opened as the water level behind the massive structure rose more than 15m above flood level, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.