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More than 150 wild birds in Iraq killed by lightning strike

More than 150 wild birds die in lightning strike
A large number of birds died in a lightning strike in the Kurdistan Region's Halgurd-Sakran National Park on Friday, officials have confirmed.

"At this time of the year, these [birds] migrate from the hot to cold places. While flying towards the Caspian sea in Iran, a lightning strike hit them," Mohammed Abdulla, an employee at the Halgurd-Sakran National Park, told Rudaw English. "We have so far managed to discover around 150 of them."

"There are many others that we have not yet been able to discover as their bodies have dispersed across the mountain," he added.

Sulaiman Tameer, head of the Kurdistan Organization for Animal Rights Protection categorized the birds as common cranes, a medium-sized species most commonly found in Europe.

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Power outages as spring storm brings heavy snow, freezing rain to Manitoba, Canada

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Gusty winds and freezing rain led to numerous power outages in southern Manitoba Thursday

A potent low triggered a series of snowfall warnings, special weather statements, and freezing rain warnings across the eastern Prairies and northwestern Ontario Thursday, many of which still remain Friday morning.

There were reports of several early-morning highway closures, along with roughly 3,000 power outages by Thursday morning. By the evening, Manitoba Hydro tweeted that they were "finishing up" restoring power to the last of their affected customers.

As the storm tracks east, heavy snow will still continue behind it for parts of northern Manitoba, meanwhile, freezing rain and the risk of ice pellets remain for northern Ontario.


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Flash floods hit Castellón, Spain after highest rainfall in 30 years - nearly 8 inches in 24 hours

Flood rescue in Castellon, Spain, April 2020.
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Flood rescue in Castellon, Spain, April 2020.
Torrential rain caused flash flooding in coastal areas of Province of Castellón in the Valencia Region of Spain on 01 April 2020.

Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) said some areas recorded their highest daily rainfall totals in more than 30 years. La Pobla Tornesa recorded 197.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 01 April. On the same day, 48 mm of rain fell in 4 hours in Vilafamés.

The worst affected areas were the towns of Almassora, Borriana, Oropesa and Vilafamés. The provincial government also reported some flooding in Benicàssim, Villarreal, Vinaròs, Traiguera, Benicarló and Peñíscola.


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Winterlike storm dumps up to 23 inches of fresh snow in Montana and Wyoming

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The proverb 'April showers bring May flowers' might not apply to the north-central United States this year as the start of the new month brought a far-reaching snowstorm to the region.

The largest snowfall accumulations were reported in the higher elevations, with a general 10 to 20 inches of snow falling over the mountains of Wyoming and Montana. One mountain just north of Cooke City, Montana, was buried under 23 inches of fresh snow, the highest snow total reported across the region.

By daybreak on Thursday, most of the snow had shifted over the Dakotas as the storm tracked eastward, covering the Black Hills with nearly a foot of snow.

Rapid City, South Dakota, measured 6.5 inches on Wednesday, making it the snowiest start to April on record, according to the National Weather Service office in Rapid City. The previous snowfall record for April 1 was 3 inches set back in 1927. A few more inches of accumulation are in the forecast before the snow tapers off by the weekend.

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Volcanoes, earthquakes, storms, floods and wildfires in March 2020

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Heavy April snowfall closes roads on Mount Hortiatis in Greece - foot of snow overnight

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Eleven snow ploughs were dispatched by municipal authorities in northern Greece to clear roads on and around Mount Hortiatis, which received more than 30 centimeters of snowfall overnight and on Thursday morning.

Heavy snowfall in the highlands and strong downpours at lower altitudes continued to cause problems on the roads between the village of Hortiatis and Agios Vasilios, Oraiokastro and Melissohori, and also between Langada and Iraklio, the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA) reported.


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Lightning strike on high-voltage power line kills 20 in Congo

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Twenty people were killed Wednesday when a lightning strike damaged a high-voltage power line in a suburb of the Congolese capital Brazzaville, the local mayor and witnesses said.

The mayor of Kintele, Stella Mensah Sassou Nguesso, told state radio that seven bodies had been sent to a nearby morgue and another 13 to a mortuary in the capital.


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Another storm in Murcia and Alicante, Spain results in muddy conditions delaying crop harvest

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This is already the third heavy storm recorded in Murcia and Alicante since the start of the autumn and winter season, which accounts for the largest volumes of vegetable production in Europe. These climatic adversities come at a bad time for the field, which for about two weeks has been adapting to the limitations and difficulties derived from the spread of the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

In some areas of Murcia, more than 100 liters per square meter of rain have been recorded in less than 24 hours, while in the province of Alicante, the regions of Marina Alta and Vega Baja recorded more than 50 liters per square meter. There has also been a lot of rain in the province of Valencia and in Almería, but the rivers have not overflowed.

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Heavy snowfall, strong wind and coronavirus isolate northernmost Norway

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No spring in the north: European route E6 to Finnmark is closed due to snowy storms and alternative drive through Finland is not allowed with closed borders.

Bad weather with heavy snowfalls and low viability have stopped traffic at the only road to Finnmark over Kvænangsfjellet mountain.

Organized convoy driving behind a snow-plow and even fully closed roads are nothing new for drivers inside the Arctic Circle in wintertime. This March, though, has been exceptional with record amounts of snow, and one storm followed by the other.

"We have very demanding driving conditions and have many closed roads both in recent days and throughout this winter," says Siril Veiåker Nilsen with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration to news-agency NTB.


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Lightning bolt kills two in Rwanda

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Residents of Nyabihu District on Monday evening discovered bodies of two persons who are suspected to have been struck by lightning during the weekend heavy downpour.

The bodies were found in a cow barn where the victims had sought shelter during the downpour.

According to accounts by some residents from Basumba cell in Bigogwe Sector where the incident took place, they had experienced heavy downpour notably on Saturday in which thunder would be heard.

The executive secretary of Basumba Cell, Justin Gashegu said that the incident took place over the weekend, however, noting that the bodies were not found on time due to the lockdown that the country is currently observing amid coronavirus pandemic.