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NASA confirms the lowest solar activity in 200 years starts in 2020 with a global temperature drop

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SEVERE #HEATWAVE KILLS AT LEAST 92 AS #TEMPERATURES SOAR TO #50C IN #BIHAR, #INDIA

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At least 92 people have died in Bihar, India as the severe heatwave takes hold which is also affecting most of India.

The country is experiencing droughts and hundreds of cases of heatstroke.

Other deaths have been recorded in Aurangabad, Gaya, and Nawada, where temperatures have been around 45C.

At least 562 people have endured heatstroke and admitted to various hospitals.

Government officials fear the death toll will rise.

 

Millions of #locusts targets #Sardinia, #Italy

Locust Alert

Millions of locusts have been causing “considerable damage” to crops and food for livestock, according to a local farmers’ union.

Italy’s farming association Coldiretti says millions of locusts are causing “considerable damage” to parts of the island, which runs a risk of “seriously compromising part of the harvest”.

Leonardo Salis, the president of Coldiretti’s Nuoro chapter, said the locusts were “devouring everything they encounter” and in some cases “leaving animals without grassland”.

#SevereFlooding #Kills At Least 23, Many #Missing, Thousands #Displaced, #PowerOutages In #Malawi, #Africa

Severe Flood Warning

Heavy rains and flooding in southern Malawi have killed at least 23 people, and a further 11 are missing, the ministry of homeland security said on Friday.

Search and rescue teams have been deployed, and more than 22,000 households, or 110,000 people, were affected by the floods, Homeland Security Minister Nicholas Dausi said in a statement.

Power-generating capacity and water supplies have been knocked out in some areas.

Around 270 megawatts of Malawi’s 320 megawatts of available hydropower capacity was offline, electricity company EGENCO said in a statement, adding that teams were working to restore power supplies and clear debris at power stations. Malawi generates hydropower along the Shire River which flows out of Lake Malawi.

Malawi relies heavily on financing from foreign donors and is an importer of fuel and other essential commodities.

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More than 33,000 cattle and 45 people killed and also 17,400 homes destroyed by flooding in Niger, Africa

Disaster Alert

Forty-five people have died in the arid west African country of Niger in flooding since June, and nearly 209 000 have been affected, the UN said on Tuesday.

The rains destroyed nearly 17 400 homes, killed more than 33 000 livestock and damaged crops, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

Nearly 8 000 hectares of millet, maize and bean fields were inundated, it said.

The government had given a far lower figure, citing 469 people affected.

The three-month rainy season is coming to an end but it has caused flooding in many areas, including in the desert north.

Courtesy of news24.com

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Heavy snowfall in China – 1,100 vehicles stranded

Snow Alert
In the early morning of October 3, the reporter learned from the Ganzi State Public Security Bureau of Sichuan Province that after more than 430 police officers at the city and state levels worked all night in the snow and went up to the mountain, the direction of returning to Kangding from the folded hills has been basically dredged. Because of the low temperature and high altitude, folded mountains formed ice surface, a large number of vehicles are still slowly withdrawn and folded under the guidance of the police organizations. Its mountainous.
 
Last night, Ganzi vice governor Gao Zhan arrived at the scene of the mountain fold, organizing and directing traffic work. In addition to arranging a large number of police to carry out rescue and relief, the government has arranged for special personnel to send food, drinking water, high-drug and other supplies to the trapped, but due to snow congestion, delivery vehicles can not go up the mountain, medical personnel on foot to carry out medical relief, some of the police carrying supplies to the mountain rescue.
 
After an all-night fight, the current folding mountain to the direction of Kangding basic dredging, which ensures that all trapped folding mountain personnel and vehicles can return to the main town as quickly as possible. People warned reporters that in the middle of the night, the temperature dropped to below zero, snow and ice on the road surface, most of the drivers stranded from Chengdu and other places, basically no ice and snow driving experience, extremely slow speed, folded mountain section blocked about 1100 vehicles, has been evacuated back to Kangding direction.
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