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Heavy rain caused terrifying flash floods and landslides in Indonesia today (May 13). The downpours struck the Paya Tumpi area of Aceh Province dragging trees down from mountains and even washing away cars.

“Panic-stricken locals fled when the torrent carrying rocks and mud began surging through their village. While others screamed as they watched the devastation being unleashed.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/terrifying-flash-floods-landslides-hit-130000680.html


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Typhoon Vongfong is raking the central Philippines Thursday and is expected to unleash flooding rainfall, landslides and damaging winds as it tracks through the northern Philippines through Saturday.

“Vongfong, which is locally known as “Ambo” in the Philippines, made landfall just after midday Thursday, local time…”

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2020-05-13-typhoon-vongfong-ambo-forecast-philippines


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Hawke’s Bay farmers [NZ] are in “uncharted territory” as drought conditions in the region worsen.

“The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council on Thursday said it had “grave concerns” for farmers, particularly in the central part of the region, as dry conditions continue to be unrelenting.”

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/rural/2020/05/grave-concerns-for-hawke-s-bay-farmers-with-no-end-in-sight-to-drought.html


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In the past, indigenous communities would patrol their lands every week or fortnight to find criminals looking to loot the forest

“Since April, though, these patrol have largely stopped. The risk of coronavirus is too high, posing a new threat to both the Amazon and its protectors.”

https://earther.gizmodo.com/a-new-pandemic-coronavirus-threatens-indigenous-people-1843422131


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“…the artificial passage between the Pacific and the Atlantic [the Panama Canal], opened in 1914, has suffered one of its worst natural crises since last year and has nothing to do with the efforts involved in keeping it running in times of coronavirus…

“…it is running out of water.”

https://www.explica.co/the-reasons-why-the-panama-canal-is-running-out-of-water-and-has-nothing-to-do-with-the-coronavirus-prensa-libre/


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A mother of five got pelted by hail in a thunderstorm last week and suffered several injuries [Missouri, US]

““If the hail was any bigger, coming down any harder, I’m almost positive we would have died,” Langston said, “we held each other behind a few trees, it was very scary.”

https://www.wwlp.com/weather/weather-news/we-couldve-died-missouri-mother-grateful-to-survive-recent-hail-storm/


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Well, it’s official. Boston broke a record low this morning set back in 1882, when the mercury dropped to 37 degrees.

“Temperatures have already begun to recover, but it’s still chilly in central and western Massachusetts.”

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/05/13/boston-weather-record-low-late-week-warm-up/


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Parts of the UK saw some of their lowest May temperatures on record overnight, according to the Met Office.

“Katesbridge and Castlederg in Northern Ireland plunged to -6.1C and -3.9C respectively overnight thanks to a combination of clear skies and Arctic air coming in from the north.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-forecast-met-office-freezing-temperature-heatwave-a9513471.html


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Radiation from atomic bomb tests during the Cold War era caused changes in the atmosphere that led to increased rainfall in Scotland in the 1960s, scientists have found.

“Even though the detonations carried out in the 1950s and 1960s occurred in remote areas, the scientists said these tests resulted in changes to rainfall patterns in certain parts of the UK…”

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18447053.nuclear-bomb-tests-made-scotland-rainy-1960s/


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Israel is heading into a heat wave, with temperatures expected to rise to more than 43°C (109°F) in some regions of the country over the weekend, the Israel Meteorological Service has forecast…

“The high temperatures are expected to persist into next week, with Bet She’an potentially reaching up to 46°C (114.8°F) and Tiberias 45°C (113°F) by Tuesday.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-braces-for-weekend-heatwave/


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East Africa has suffered devastating floods after heavy rain in recent weeks, with Kenya particularly badly affected

“The water levels in Lake Victoria have risen sufficiently over the past week to impact settlements along its banks.”

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/may/13/kenya-bears-the-brunt-as-floods-devastate-central-africa


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The population of Russian doves is declining fast as its illegal hunting goes on unchecked in different parts of Hazara division, a source told Dawn here on Wednesday.

The brown-dark brown-white dove is a migratory bird that travels from Siberia and Russia to parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan [Pakistan every year…”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1556919/extinction-of-russian-dove-feared-due-to-excessive-hunting-in-hazara


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Residents of Chita, a Russian city in Siberia north of Mongolia, experienced a frightening storm on Wednesday as powerful winds blew roofs off buildings, picked up metal garages and scattered them throughout neighbourhood yards…

“…a video shows a garage being picked up and thrown several meters as a frightened resident runs for cover.”

https://sputniknews.com/russia/202005131079295278-hurricane-winds-blow-roofs-off-buildings-flatten-cars-in-russias-siberia/


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Consider extreme weather, ranked the No. 1 global risk in terms of likelihood.

“While the chance of catastrophic floods, heat waves, storms or wildfires is unaffected by the pandemic, vulnerability to these events has increased massively. Governments, companies and households are stretched to a breaking point: They are all less able to cope and less able to recover.”

https://www.brinknews.com/how-will-climate-catastrophes-be-handled-in-the-face-of-coronavirus-climate-change-natural-disasters/


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April 2020 was the planet’s second warmest April since record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) on Wednesday.

“April 2020 came in just 0.07°C below the record set in April 2016, according to NOAA, but was the warmest April on record, 0.04°C above 2016, according to NASA.”

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/eye-of-the-storm/april-2020-earths-2nd-warmest-april-on-record/


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