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2 children killed in lightning strike in Madhya Pradesh, India

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Two children were killed in a lightning strike on Tuesday in Madhya Pradesh's Shahdol district as several areas in the state received heavy rain and hailstorms, officials said.

In Bhopal, strong winds uprooted trees in several localities.

A six-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl were struck by a bolt from the sky while collecting wood near a tree at Chhatwai village, resulting in their death, said Sohagpur police station in-charge Bhupendra Mani Patel.

Both the deceased belonged to a tribal community, he said.

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Streets turn into rivers of ice as severe hailstorm hits Zhejiang, China on February 21

Recently, China has been grappling with a surge in extreme weather occurrences.

On February 21st, 2024, multiple regions across Zhejiang Province were besieged by intense hailstorms, resulting in streets being blanketed with a thick layer of hail.

This was soon followed by torrential downpours, where swift currents of rainwater swept through the streets, carrying the accumulated hailstones and creating a mesmerizing spectacle akin to rivers of ice.

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2.1 million animals dead as extreme winter weather hits Mongolia

This winter has been more severe than usual in Mongolia, with lower than normal temperatures and very heavy snowfall
© Byambasuren BYAMBA-OCHIR / AFPThis winter has been more severe than usual in Mongolia, with lower than normal temperatures and very heavy snowfall
The landlocked country is no stranger to severe weather from December to March, when temperatures plummet as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 Fahrenheit) in some areas.

But this winter has been more severe than usual, with lower than normal temperatures and very heavy snowfall, the United Nations said in a recent report.

As of Monday, 2.1 million head of livestock had died from starvation and exhaustion, Gantulga Batsaikhan of the country's agriculture ministry said.

Mongolia had 64.7 million such animals, including sheep, goats, horses and cows, at the end of 2023, official statistics show.

Comment: Mongolia experiences largest winter snowfall in 49 years

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Two climbers killed by lightning on Mount Manglayang, Indonesia

Two climbers camping at Batu Kuda, Mount Manglayang in West Java were struck and killed by lightning on Friday night.

The victims, both students, have been identified only as MRAP and BAP, from Bandung-based Padjadjaran University.

"They died as a result of being struck by lightning on Friday night," Cipta Endyana, deputy dean of the university's Faculty of Geology, said on Sunday, as quoted by

Besides MRAP and BAP, another student, A, was hospitalized.

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Flash floods, landslides hit Sumbawa Island, Indonesia

Flash floods and landslides again hit several regions in Sumbawa District, Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara Province (NTB) on Saturday (February 24) afternoon, according to Sumbawa Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD).

Acting Head of BPBD-Sumbawa Office Muhammad Nurhidayat informed that heavy rainfall triggered floods and landslides at 4.30 p.m. local time, affecting the villages of Labangkar and Ropang in Ropang Sub-district.

"The flash floods and landslides were induced by high-intensity rain in the upstream area of Ropang Sub-district," he remarked in Mataram City on Sunday.

In Labangkar Village, he said, the floods inundated dozens of houses and were followed by landslides that resulted in material losses.

Nurhidayat then noted that a total of 30 families were affected by the floods, while four houses were damaged by the landslides in Labangkar.

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Parts of Queensland, Australia grappling with flash flooding after heavy rain

North Queensland battered by 300mm of rain as towns cut off by flooding
© Queensland Fire and EmergencyNorth Queensland battered by 300mm of rain as towns cut off by flooding
Parts of Queensland continue to battle flash flooding following wild weather across the north, with flood warnings in place in several areas.

Flash flooding has cut off businesses, homes and major highways in Northern Queensland after a night of wet weather.

More than 300 millimetres of rain was recorded near Tully in North Queensland yesterday, while more rain and potential flash flooding is predicted to occur in the area today.


Amazing footage of waterspout spotted off coast of Jersey, UK

A twister was spotted off Jersey's south coast this afternoon as the Island was hit by a severe hail storm.

Several Islanders captured images of the waterspout (a tornado which forms over water) as it tracked east.

This video was captured by Caroline Duffy as she landed back at Jersey Airport.


Snow depth exceeds gauge limit for the first time at Gangwon site in South Korea at almost 63 inches

A water deer is stuck in the snow
© YonhapA water deer is stuck in the snow on a mountainous area in Inje-gun, Gangwon Province, Thursday.
Many parts of Gangwon Province have recorded substantial snowfall, with some eastern mountainous regions setting new records, according to a weather agency Friday.

The Korea Meteorological Administration announced that its weather station on Hyangro Mountain in Goseong reached its snow measurement limit of 160 centimeters for the first time. By 11 p.m. on Wednesday, the station had recorded 146.4 centimeters of snow.

The accumulation of snow is impeding access to the gauge used to measure the snow, an official from the weather agency said.


Heavy snowfall in the Alps - 2 feet in 24 hours

What is forecast to be the biggest snowfall of 2024 so far is getting underway in the Alps, with snow also falling in the Dolomites and Pyrenees.

The snow is expected to keep falling in many areas through the weekend but there have been reports of up to 60cm (two feet) already on high slopes for some areas during the last 24 hours.

Among the big winners so far are Italy's Cervinia posting 40cm (16") and Livigno with 32cm (13") as well as Passo Tonale, pictured below. In France Bonneval-sur-Arc posted 30cm (12") and Les Carroz 28cm (11"). Austria's Axamer Lizum has had 25cm (10"), Serfaus Fiss Ladis 20cm (8"), but Switzerland has seen the biggest falls with 60cm (2 feet) for Glacier 3000 near Gstaad (pictured above), which opened at 11am today to allow staff to dig out lifts and make runs safe.

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Brazil - 8 killed in floods and landslides as rain lashes state of Rio De Janeiro

At least 8 people have lost their lives after heavy rain triggered floods and landslides in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Stormy weather late on 21 February 2024 swept over southern parts of the state from late 21 February 2024. In just one hour early on 22 February, the Recreio dos Bandeirantes neighbourhood in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro city recorded 42.8 mm of rain and the neighbourhood of Bangu, also in the West Zone, recorded 43.2 mm.

However, the worst of the damage, in particular landslides, was reported in municipalities outside the state capital, including Barra do Piraí, Japeri, Mendes and Nova Iguaçu.

Videos shared on Social Media showed the dramatic recuse of a mother and her two daughters who were swept away by fast-flowing flood waters through the streets of Nova Iguaçu.