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Lightning strikes kill 3 in Ebonyi, Nigeria

Lightning has struck three persons dead in Afikpo, Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi State.

The incident happened during a rainstorm during a a heavy downpour which lasted for over five hours.

The lightning struck around 3pm on Friday, it was learnt.

A resident of Afikpo, Iheukwumere Okogwu Otu, said one of the deceased was an indigene of Cross River State based in the area.

He said: "Yes, it is true that lightning killed three persons in our place. There was a heavy rainfall that day which was accompanied by serious thunderclaps.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe flooding after heavy rains in Barquisimeto and Cabudare, Venezuela

This Friday, through social networks, users reported heavy flooding in different areas of Barquisimeto and Cabudare . The Palavecino municipality has been one of the most affected by rainfall.

Sectors such as Valle Hondo, La Puerta, Villas Tabure, among others, have reported severe flooding, while in Barquisimeto, vehicles plow through the large lagoons caused by the waters.

So far, local and regional authorities and Civil Protection have not offered balances on the heavy rainfall.

In videos published on social networks, it was possible to see how the waters ravage Cabudare, where vehicles have been swept away by the strong current , while homes are also beginning to suffer the rains.

Translated by Google.


Five-week-old baby boy mauled to death by family Staffie dog at home in Australia

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A NEWBORN baby was mauled to death in his family home after their dog pounced on him in the middle of the night.

The family's American Staffordshire terrier had attacked their neighbour's dog just weeks before the tragic death.

The five-week-old tot died at his family's home on Jeffs Close in Kariong on the NSW Central Coast, Australia, about 2.18am on Sunday

Emergency services rushed to the scene and tried to revive the little boy but he was declared dead at the scene.

A crime scene was established, though police concluded there were no suspicious circumstances.

Detective Superintendent Darryl Jobson has described the awful situation as a "matter of tragic proportions".

Cloud Precipitation

Flash foods cause chaos in Eastern England - nearly 2 months' rain in 2 hours

Floods in Peterborough, July 2021.
© Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service
Floods in Peterborough, July 2021.
Heavy rainfall in eastern England, UK on 09 July 2021 caused streets to flood, disrupting traffic and damaging homes and businesses.

The city of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire was the worst affected. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said they responded to over 160 incidents of flooding in the space of a few hours during the evening of 09 July 2021. Around 20 elderly people were evacuated from a retirement home. Flooding also damaged a local sports stadium.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said, "Heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding in Peterborough this evening. Please do not attempt to drive through flooded roads. Bourges Boulevard area is among the areas badly affected. Roads are looking like rivers so please avoid the area until the water subsides.


California wildfire advances as heat wave stifles US West

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© AP Photo/Noah Berger
Firefighters battle the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, in Doyle, Calif., on Friday, July 9, 2021.
Firefighters struggled to contain an exploding Northern California wildfire under blazing temperatures as another heat wave hits the U.S. West this weekend, prompting an excessive heat warning for inland and desert areas.

On Friday, Death Valley National Park in California recorded a staggering high of 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 Celsius) and could reach the same high on Saturday. If verified, the 130-degree reading would be the hottest high recorded there since July 1913, when the same Furnace Creek desert area hit 134 F (57 C), considered the highest reliably measured temperature on Earth.

The Beckwourth Complex — a merging of two lightning-caused fires — headed into Saturday showing no sign of slowing its rush northeast from the Sierra Nevada forest region after doubling in size only a few days earlier.

Cloud Precipitation

Japan issues evacuation orders for 365,000 people on Kyushu amid heavy rainfall - 13 inches of rain in just 12 hours

Evacuation orders have been issued for 365,000 people in three of Japan's prefectures amid heavy rains in the country's south-west, the NHK broadcaster reports.

NHK said on Saturday that over 90,000 households in Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto prefectures received evacuation orders and 236,000 people got the highest (level five), "beyond evacuation" warning.

Another 128,500 people on the island of Kyushu got urgent (level four) evacuation orders.

According to the latest forecasts, up to 200 mm of rainfall are expected on Kyushu in the coming 24 hours. Around 330 mm of rainfall were recorded in Kagoshima prefecture in the past 12 hours.

Reports of landslides and river flooding have started to come in. The NHK broadcaster cancelled all of its morning programs in order to report on the situation in the country's south-west.


Giant waterspout filmed off Singapore


Sightings of a waterspout off East Coast Park were reported by several people on social media on Saturday morning (July 10).

Ms Carrie Koh, a reader of The Straits Times, said that she saw the waterspout from her apartment in Bedok at around 7am, in the direction of Bedok Jetty, and posted a picture on social media. The waterspout lasted around 10 to 15 minutes.

Facebook user Anj Arcega Subion spotted the waterspout from her home at Riviera Residences near Upper East Coast Road at 7.03am.


M5.9 quake kills 5 & destroys dozens of homes in Tajikistan

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The magnitude 5.9 quake struck 27km (17 miles) east of Rasht district, authorities say.

At least five people have died after an earthquake struck eastern Tajikistan, according to authorities in the mountainous country.

The magnitude 5.9 quake hit 27km (17 miles) east of Rasht district on Saturday morning.

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M6.1 earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

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© Phil McCarten / Reuters
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Indonesia's Sulawesi island Saturday, said the United States Geological Survey.

As per reports, the strong quake hit 258 kilometres (160 miles) northeast of the city of Manado in North Sulawesi at a depth of 68 kilometres.

Indonesia experiences frequent quakes due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity where tectonic plates collide that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

Earlier, in January, more than 100 people were killed while thousands left homeless by a 6.2-magnitude quake that struck Sulawesi.


Flood situation in India's Bihar worsens, causing deaths, migration and property damage as heavy monsoon season arrived earlier than usual

This year, the monsoon season arrived slightly earlier than usual in some parts of India. While urban regions like Mumbai that are situated near water bodies are facing power cuts and road blockages due to rising water, rural Indians living near rivers are losing their lives, livelihoods, and homes.

Several villages in India's Bihar state have been flooded due to heavy monsoons, disrupting the normal lives of local people. At least 21 people have lost their lives in the rain and flood-related situation, including lightning strikes, media reported.

So far, Bihar's administration has not set up relief camps for villagers who have been compelled to leave their homes, residents have told local media.

Talking to Sputnik, police officer Rajiv Rajak of Bihar's Lauriya district said that while the flooding of river-side regions in the state is not uncommon during monsoons, this year the rains arrived early and people were unprepared.