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Lightning strike kills 9 farmers in Bangladesh

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Nine farmers have been killed in Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj district after they were struck by lightning.

The deceased were known as Mokam Hossain, 55, Monnaf Hossain, 20, Shamsher Ali, 52, Shaheen, 32, Aktar Hossain, 65, Abdus Kuddus, 60, Shah Alam, 42, Ritu Khatun, 14, another one remained unidentified.

The incident occurred around 5:00 pm on Thursday (September 8) in Panchakashi Union's Matikora area.

Panchakashi Union Parishad Chairman Tawhidul Islam Firoz said, 15 farmers were working in a field when the lightning struck. Five died on the spot and another four died under treatment at the hospital.

Ullapara Model police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Nazrul Islam confirming the.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Uzzal Hossain said, we have visited the spot. The family of each deceased victim killed in the incident is provided a maximum of Tk 25,000 as compensation.

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Unusual waterspout tornado seen in Scotland amid thunderstorm warnings

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A tornado was spotted in Scotland as heavy rain and thunderstorms swept parts of the country.

People in Midlothian were surprised to see the unusual weather event on Tuesday afternoon.

A Met Office yellow warning of thunderstorms was in force until 11pm on Tuesday for much of central, eastern and north eastern Scotland.

The Met Office said the tornado was a waterspout, a type of tornado that forms over open water.

Twitter user Aisling posted a video of it passing Rosewell, Midlothian and wrote: "Never seen anything like it. It went right by our house. The video doesn't capture how intense it was."

Others shared their surprise, with one person writing: "Never seen a tornado before in Midlothian" while another tweeted: "Tornado in Midlothian. Crazy weather."


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Shark kills US tourist snorkeling in Bahamas

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A shark attacked and killed a U.S. cruise ship passenger who was snorkeling in waters around the Bahamas on Tuesday, according to authorities.

The incident involved a 58-year-old woman from Pennsylvania and occurred at a popular snorkeling spot near Green Cay in the northern Bahamas, police spokeswoman Chief Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings told The Associated Press.

"It's unfortunate," she said.

Skippings said the woman's family identified it as a bull shark.

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - August 2022: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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Heavy rain, floods, and huge hail continued to wreak havoc worldwide in August. The solar minimum has triggered three consecutive years of La Niña and stronger monsoons in Asia, bringing wetter and colder conditions in some parts of the world, and drier and hotter conditions in others. Yet, this pattern also predicts a significant impact in the northern hemisphere during the winter, with colder temperatures and more snow precipitation.

One-third of Pakistan has been hit with non-stop rains and floods for the most part of this summer. The catastrophic monsoon rain and floods are unprecedented in scale and scope. So far, 33 million people have been affected and the country's agriculture, a pillar Pakistan's economy, has been overwhelmed. Nearly half the cotton crop has been lost.

In Afghanistan, several provinces across the eastern, central, southern, and western regions were also hit by heavy rains, resulting in flash floods and landslides that caused the deaths of more than 180 people, displaced at least 8,000 others, and damaged at least 3,000 houses.

As much as 15 inches of rain fell in 24 hours in parts of northern Texas, triggering flash floods across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Meanwhile, heavy rain and floods took their toll in parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Las Vegas got its second mayor flood in the span of 2 weeks caused by an unusually wet monsoon season for the desert city.

In West Virginia, the Governor declared a state of emergency after heavy floods caused damage to dozens of homes in Fayette and Kanawha counties. Some residents had to be rescued and evacuated from flooded areas. Roads and bridges were also damaged.

Massive hail hit parts of China, South Africa and France, causing widespread damage to buildings, cars, and crops. At least a dozen people sustained significant injuries.

In Catalonia, a 20-month-old girl died after being struck by a large hailstone as fierce storms raged across parts of the northeastern Spanish region. It was the largest hail seen in two decades.

Hailstones rarely poses a safety threat to people, but it has happened:
The World Meteorological Organization reported that the highest mortality associated with a hailstorm happened near Moradabad, India, on April 30, 1888. The deadly storm killed 246 people with pieces of hail as large as "goose eggs, oranges and cricket balls."
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In spite of the enormous crop and property damage that hailstorms cause, only three people are known to have been killed by falling hailstones in modern U.S. history: a farmer caught in his field near Lubbock, Texas on May 13, 1930; a baby struck by large hail in Fort Collins, Colorado, on July 31, 1979; and a boater on Lake Worth, Texas, on March 29, 2000.
And last but not least, an unseasonable and sudden bout of heavy snow hit multiple mountainous areas in Altay Prefecture, northwest China. A rare sight for this time of the year.

All this and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for August 2022:


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Woman found dead from apparent dog attack in Malaysia

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A woman has been found dead with multiple animal bites in Sabah's east coast Semporna district.

Police were alerted to the discovery of the body by villagers at a junction to Kampung Batu at 8am on Sunday (Sept 4).

Semporna OCPD Supt Mohd Farhan Lee Abdullah said upon reaching the location, police found the 29-year-old local woman face down on the ground.

He said animal bites were found all over the woman's body including on her back, right thigh, one arm and her head, adding that it is believed that the bites were inflicted by stray dogs.

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Death toll rises to 10 after Typhoon Hinnamnor hits South Korea

Crew said they rescued two people, who reportedly survived by clinging to ceiling pipes for over 12 hours
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Crew said they rescued two people, who reportedly survived by clinging to ceiling pipes for over 12 hours
Ten people are reported to have died after the most powerful typhoon to hit South Korea in years battered the southern part of the country, flooding roads, and buildings and causing landslides.

The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said on Wednesday that 10 people had died and two remained missing as a result of Typhoon Hinnamnor, which barrelled through on Monday and Tuesday, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

Seven of the dead were found in a flooded underground car park attached to an apartment complex in Pohang City in the southeast, and two other people who were also trapped in the parking lot were rescued alive, the news agency said.

The seven victims are believed to have become trapped underground when they went to move their vehicles as torrential rains flooded Pohang city, which was one of the areas hardest hit by the typhoon.


Comment: Evacuations as Typhoon Hinmanor hits Japan, China & South Korea


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Flash floods in Saxony, Germany

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On Tuesday, there was a lot of local rain due to strong thunderstorms, notably in the Ore Mountains. The Neukirchen neighborhood of Adorf saw flooding and debris-filled basements. There were 30 firefighting operations in that area alone in the afternoon. Videos posted on social media in Adorf shows mudslides sweeping cars off the road. Debris destroyed cars, flooded basements, and damaged properties.


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'Over 100mm rain in an hour': Hérault and Gard, France hit by heavy downpour

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The two southern French departments faced torrential rain yesterday leading to flash floods in places - they remain on storm alert today

The southern French departments of Hérault and Gard faced heavy rains yesterday (September 6) where over 150mm of rain fell in just a couple of hours in some parts.

This led to flooding in places, notably Saint-Gély-du-Fesc (Hérault), just north of Montpellier.

Both Hérault and Gard were briefly placed on red alert for rains and flooding yesterday by Météo-France, the highest alert level.


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36,000 lightning strikes recorded around the UK in just 12 hours

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Lightning pictured above Mow Cop in Staffordshire
Parts of the West Midlands have been hit by thunderstorms overnight.

Pictures show forks of lightning breaking across the sky in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Wolverhampton and Warwickshire.

BBC Weather Watchers have shared images of the dramatic scenes in their area.

The Met Office had issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms across the region between 14:00 BST on Monday and 02:00 BST on Tuesday.

It said up to 3in (8cm) of rain could fall within the area in the space of three hours.

The overnight storms came after more than 36,000 lightning strikes were recorded around the UK in just 12 hours on Sunday night.


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Colombia - Floods in Caldas leave 3 dead, thousands affected

Flood damage in Supía, Caldas, Colombia, September 2022.
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Flood damage in Supía, Caldas, Colombia, September 2022.
Raging floods swept through areas of Caldas Department in Colombia leaving at least 3 people dead and damaging hundreds of homes.

Flooding struck on 03 September 2022 after heavy rain caused the Supía river and the Rapao creek to overflow. Areas of the town of Supía and surrounding villages in the the municipality of the same name were all affected. Parts of the municipality of Riosucio, situated to the west of Supía, were also severely impacted.

According to Colombia's disaster agency UNGRD, 1 person died in floods in the municipality of Supía, and 2 others in Riosucio.