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Lightning strike kills 2 in Telangana, India

Two persons lost their lives after being struck by lightning in Medak on Wednesday night. The victims were identified as Siddaiah, 33, and Nandu, 22, both residents of Shamnapur village in Haveli Ghanpur, who worked as daily labourers.

On Wednesday night, while the duo were traveling home on a two-wheeler during heavy rain accompanied by lightning and thunder, they sought shelter near a hillock on the outskirts of the village.

But lightning struck, resulting in their death. Locals informed the police officials, who initiated an investigation.

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Lightning strike kills 40 goats in Maharashtra, India

Lightning Strike Kills 40 Goats in Satara District: Shepherd Narrowly Escapes
Lightning Strike Kills 40 Goats in Satara District: Shepherd Narrowly Escapes
Lightning strike has killed 40 goats in Satara district on Wednesday. However, the shepherd, Jagannath Shripati Kolekar, narrowly escaped the death.

The incident took place in the Phaltan tehsil of Satara district.

Upon receiving information about the incident, the staff of the Wai Tehsil official arrived at the scene and conducted a Panchnama.

In the past two days, Wai, Phaltan and Kahtav tehsils has experienced sudden pre-monsoon rains, resulting in water entering nearby shops due to flooding at Bavdhan Naka.

The onset of rain at 4pm on Wednesday proved fatal for the goats in Pasrani, with strong winds and lightning. However, the shepherd, who was fortunate to be standing at a distance, remained unharmed.


One dead, multiple injured after another tornado outbreak in the US

A tornado near cars in Montgomery County, Maryland.
© Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson Pete PiringerA tornado near cars in Montgomery County, Maryland.
The latest tornado outbreak in the U.S. has damaged parts of Michigan and Maryland.

One tornado just outside Detroit killed a 2-year-old boy after it toppled a tree onto his house.


500,000 stranded in Bangladesh after rain-triggered flooding

More than half a million people have been marooned after vast swathes of land were inundated in north-eastern Bangladesh.

Officials said that a district of Sylhet was hit by sudden flooding triggered by heavy rain upstream on Friday.

According to the local administration, the government opened nearly 550 temporary shelters as the flooding affected some 533,202 residents in remote villages and townships in the district.

"We are trying to move the flood-affected people to safety," said Sheikh Rasel Hasan, chief administrator of the district.


Blizzard in the Himalayas traps trekkers, killing 9

Snow-covered Nanda Devi mountain
© Reuters File PhotoSnow-covered Nanda Devi mountain is seen from the town of Auli in the northern Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, India.
At least nine Indian trekkers died in the Himalayas after getting trapped during a blizzard, authorities said on Thursday, as rescue teams airlifted their bodies and five survivors to safety.

The Indian Air Force shared footage on Thursday that showed rescue teams working near a helicopter in the snow-covered mountains.

The group of climbers from the southern state of Karnataka were hit by heavy snowfall in the remote mountains of Uttarakhand state in north India, said Krishna Byre Gowda, a top Karnataka minister.

"Snow intensified into blizzard. By 6 PM, 2 trekkers succumbed to bad weather. Snow and wind made movement impossible. Visibility dropped to nil. They huddled together for the night on the route. Some more succumbed in the night," Gowda wrote in a social media post on Wednesday.

A guide with the group alerted rescuers about the situation on Tuesday evening after trekking for a while to find mobile network connectivity, and teams reached the spot early on Wednesday, the minister added.

(Reporting by Shivam Patel and Tanvi Mehta; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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Lightning strike kills 2 women in Karnataka, India

Two women were killed in a lightning attack, when they were working on the field, at Doddamagga village, in Arkalgud taluk, Hassan district, on Wednesday afternoon. Three others, who were with them, have been injured.

The deceased are Dyavamma (60) and Puttamma (60). Three others - Marigowda, Usha and Saroja, have been seriously injured and have been admitted to the government hospital in Arkalgud town.

Allegedlly, they were working on the agricultural field, sowing jowar at around 1 pm on Wednesday. As it started raining, they sought refuge under a tree, when the lightning struck, killing two on the spot.

Arkalgud MLA A Manju visited the hospital, consoled the family members and inquired about the health of the injured. He also directed the tahsildar to ensure the grieving families get government compensation.

Comment: On the same day in adjacent Pakistan a lightning strike killed 2 brothers in Punjab.

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Lightning strike kills 3 in Bulacan, Philippines

A teen and two children were killed Tuesday by a lightning strike in a rice field in this town.

Pulilan police chief Colonel Jerome Jay Ragonton identified the victims as Rexter Enriquez, 16; April Almorade, 11; and Roxane Enriquez, 12, all of Sitio Tangos, Barangay Inaon.

Ragonton said the lightning strike occurred around 3 p.m. when the victims, with five cousins, were playing under a mango tree in the middle of the rice field.

An initial investigation showed that the victims decided to head home when they noticed the sky darkening and rain approaching.

Comment: A day earlier in the same country a strike killed a fisherman in the province of Antique.

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Sri Lanka monsoon floods kill 22 (UPDATE)

Flash floods, mudslides and falling trees have killed at least 14 people in Sri Lanka as the island nation is battered by monsoon storms, the country's disaster centre said Sunday.

Some drowned, including three members of the same family swept away near the capital Colombo on Sunday.

Others were buried alive in mudslides, including an 11-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.

Nine other people were crushed and killed when trees fell on them in seven districts since the monsoon intensified on May 21, the DMC said.


Comment: Update June 5

PTI reports:
At least 30 people have died due to extreme rains and floods that have devastated Sri Lanka since May 15, State Minister of Defence Premitha Bandara Tennakoon told Parliament on Wednesday.

Heavy monsoonal showers have destroyed 71 houses while another 9,300 suffered partial damage. Some 825 small and medium-scale industries have suffered damages alongside 63 infrastructure system setups, Tannakoon said.

The deaths have been reported from 10 districts, including the capital Colombo, where torrential rains exceeding 300 mm caused flash floods, fallen trees, high winds, lightning, and earth slips.

The Disaster Management Centre has issued flood warnings for the basins of several rivers from different districts as more rains and high winds are expected.

Earth slip red notices have been issued in respect of four districts by the National Building Research Centre.

Earlier on Monday, Sri Lanka closed schools as heavy rain triggered floods and mudslides in many parts of the island nation.

By Monday, over 5,000 people were moved to evacuation centres.

Navy and army troops have been deployed for rescue work and also to provide food and other essential items to the affected areas.

More than 19,000 persons from over 5,000 families were marooned over the weekend as severe monsoonal downpours inflicted widespread devastation in 20 of the 25 administrative districts that have been severely affected, authorities said on Sunday.

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At least 22 dead in flooding on South Africa's eastern coast (UPDATE)

Severe flash floods hit the Eastern Cape over the weekend.
Severe flash floods hit the Eastern Cape over the weekend.
Twelve people have died in flooding caused by torrential rain on South Africa's eastern coast, local authorities said on Monday.

In Eastern Cape province, "the death toll is currently sitting at seven," a spokesperson from Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, at the heart of the floods, told AFP.

More than 2,000 people have been evacuated from Nelson Mandela Bay, notably from makeshift homes in the municipality's slums.

Local authorities launched an appeal for donations of clothing, food and blankets.

Near the port city of Durban in neighbouring KwaZulu-Natal province, "five people have sadly lost their lives in the eThekwini Metro, which has been hardest hit, and dozens of people are being treated for injuries in health care facilities", the provincial government said in a statement.

Comment: Update June 5

AFP reports:
Flooding caused by torrential rain and fierce winds on South Africa's eastern coast have killed at least 22 people, local authorities said on Tuesday.

Flooding hit several locations in two eastern provinces, two rare tornados were spotted, temperatures plunged and snow fell in some central regions.

At least 11 people died in Eastern Cape, a spokesperson from Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, at the heart of the floods, told AFP.

More than 2,000 people have been evacuated from Nelson Mandela Bay, notably from makeshift homes in the municipality's slums.


Austria closes river Danube for shipping as deadly floods spread across central Europe

River traffic on the Rhine has been badly affected
© ALEX KRAUS/BLOOMBERGRiver traffic on the Rhine has been badly affected
Flooding caused by torrential rain that killed five people in Germany over the weekend has spread across Austria and Hungary overnight Tuesday.

The entire Danube in Austria has been closed after its banks burst in Linz, the country's third-largest city.

The river, which flows over 350 kilometres of Austria, was shut down for shipping after heavy rainfall caused floods in both Austria and Germany.

The decision to close comes after flooding turned deadly in southern Germany on the weekend, where five people were killed.

Comment: See also: Flooding hits Germany (5 killed) and Italy following torrential rain