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Nearly 140 Dead after Heavy Rainfall in Pakistan, Afghanistan

Nearly 140 Dead after Heavy Rainfall in Pakistan, Afghanistan Islamabad, 18 Apr (ONA) --- The death toll from storms in Afghanistan and Pakistan has risen to at least 137 in the past few days and more heavy rainfall is expected in some areas. At least 67 people in Pakistan have died, according to the country's disaster control authority today, amid unusually heavy rainfall for the time of year. A state of emergency was declared in the southern city of Karachi. The city is vulnerable to the effects of storms. InAfghanistan, some 70 people have died and 56 were injured in ...

9 Injured in 6.6-Magnitude Earthquake West Japan

9 Injured in 6.6-Magnitude Earthquake West Japan Tokyo, 18 Apr (ONA) --- At least nine people were injured as a result of 6.6-magnitude earthquake which struck several prefectures in western Japan last night. Officials from the Japan Meteorological Agency said that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 39 km, injuring nine people with minor injuries, as they were taken to hospital, according to (Kyodo) News Agency. The earthquake's magnitude was in the lower range of 6 on the Japanese seismic scale, which ranges from 0 to 7, in parts of Ehime and Kochi Prefectures, and in ...

Most Violent Floods in 80 Years Submerge 18,000 Homes in Russia

Most Violent Floods in 80 Years Submerge 18,000 Homes in Russia Moscow, 18 Apr (ONA) --- The Rescue and Emergency Service in Russia confirmed that the number of homes flooded by spring floods increased by 1700 during the last 24 hours, reaching nearly 18,000 homes. By this morning, spring floods had submerged 17,808 residential homes in 210 towns and 175 plots of land belonging to rural homes. The increase reached more than 1700 within one day, especially in the Orenburg and Kurgan provinces, authorities said, adding that the water flooded 32,593 plots of land belonging ...

Volcano in Indonesia Spews Lava and Smoke

Volcano in Indonesia Spews Lava and Smoke Jakarta, 18 Apr (ONA) --- Indonesian rescuers raced to evacuate thousands of people today after a volcano erupted five times, forcing local authorities to close a nearby airport and issue a warning about falling debris that could cause a tsunami. The crater of Mount Ruang flamed with lava against a backdrop of lightning bolts overnight after erupting four times yesterday, forcing authorities to raise its alert level to the highest of a four-tiered system. The volcano in Indonesia's outermost region was still billowing a ...

Death Toll From 4 Days of Rains Rises to 63 in Pakistan

Death Toll From 4 Days of Rains Rises to 63 in Pakistan Peshawar, Pakistan, 17 Apr (ONA)--- Lightning and heavy rains led to 14 deaths in Pakistan, officials said today, bringing the death toll from four days of extreme weather to at least 63. Flash floods have also killed dozens of people in neighboring Afghanistan. In Pakistan, most of the deaths were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in the country’s northwest. Collapsing buildings have killed 32 people, including 15 children and five women, said a spokesman for the Disaster Management Authority. ...

More Homes Flooded in Russian Region Bordering Kazakhstan, Other Areas

More Homes Flooded in Russian Region Bordering Kazakhstan, Other Areas Moscow, 16 Apr (ONA) --- Nearly 14,500 homes have been flooded in a Russian region bordering Kazakhstan after water levels spiked in a local river, local authorities said today. The floods sparked evacuations of thousands in the Orenburg region, located some 1,200 kilometers (745 miles), southeast of the capital of Moscow after a dam on the Ural River burst last week under the pressure of surging waters. Local authorities have classified the deluge as an emergency of federal importance, and ...

Fire Rages Through the 17th-century Old Stock Exchange in Copenhagen

Fire Rages Through the 17th-century Old Stock Exchange in Copenhagen Copenhagen, 16 Apr (ONA) --- A fire raged through one of Copenhagen’s oldest buildings today, causing the collapse of the iconic spire from the 17th-century Old Stock Exchange as passersby rushed to help emergency services save priceless paintings and other valuables. Danish Culture Minister Jakob Engel-Schmidt said it was “touching” to see how many people lent their hand “to save art treasures and iconic images from the burning building.” One man jumped off his bicycle on his way to work to ...

Biodiversity's Role in Boosting Mental Well-being through Nature: Study

Biodiversity's Role in Boosting Mental Well-being through Nature: Study London, 16 Apr (ONA)--- New research from King's College London reveals that diverse natural spaces significantly boost mental well-being compared to less diverse environments. Published in Scientific Reports, the study employed the Urban Mind app, collecting data from nearly 2,000 participants on real-time mental well-being and natural diversity. Environments rich in features like trees, birds, plants, and waterways were associated with stronger mental health benefits, lasting up to eight ...

50 People Died Across Pakistan Due to Heavy Rains, Lightning

50 People Died Across Pakistan Due to Heavy Rains, Lightning Islamabad, 16 Apr (ONA) ---- Pakistani authorities have put rescue services on high alert after heavy rains, thunderstorms and lightning wrought havoc across the country.The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has asked emergency services to be vigilant as more severe weather moves in.The death toll from the heavy rains over the past four days has risen to 50, according to officials from provincial wings of the authority on Tuesday.At least 21 people, including seven children, died when lightning struck in central ...

Flood Death Toll in Afghanistan Rises to 50 People

Flood Death Toll in Afghanistan Rises to 50 PeopleKabul, 16 Apr (ONA) --- Flooding caused by heavy rains over the past four days has claimed the lives of at least 50 people in Afghanistan, the country's National Disaster Management Authority reported today.Another 36 people were injured in the floods, agency spokesman Janan Sayaq said.Officials previously reported 33 deaths nationwide.Sayaq added that the floods caused significant damage, including destroying agricultural land and homes. --- ...

Flood Waters Peak in Russia's Southern Orenburg Region

Flood Waters Peak in Russia's Southern Orenburg Region Moscow, 14 Apr (ONA) --- The spring flooding that has hit the Russian region around Orenburg - some 1,200 kilometres to the south-east of Moscow - has passed its peak, local authorities in the region reported today. Water has begun draining from more than 1,500 homes and 1,400 gardens, the regional administration said. Water levels in the Ural River have fallen sharply in the city of Orsk, near the border with Kazakhstan. The city was hit by flooding some 10 days ago. In the regional capital of Orenburg, also on ...

Taiwan Earthquake Injuries Exceed 1,000

Taiwan Earthquake Injuries Exceed 1,000Hualien,4 Apr(ONA)---The number of people injured in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in eastern Taiwan climbed past 1,000 today though the death toll remained steady at nine, with dozens of workers on their way to a hotel in a national park mostly now found safe.The temblor, the strongest in 25 years, hit on Wednesday morning just as people were readying to go to work and school, centred on the largely rural and sparsely populated eastern county of Hualien, Reuters reported.--- Ends/Anas ...

3 Killed, 3 Injured in Helicopter Crash in Switzerland

3 Killed, 3 Injured in Helicopter Crash in Switzerland Bern, 3 Apr (ONA) --- Three people were killed and three others were injured after a helicopter carrying six people crashed on the northern side of the Petit Combin area in the Swiss canton of Valais. The B3-type plane was damaged at the mountain landing site in Petit Combin. After reaching the top of the mountain, 3,668 meters above sea level, it slid to the northern slope, regional police said in a statement. The Swiss Safety Investigation Service opened an investigation to determine the causes of the ...

7 Killed, 736 Injured Following Taiwan Earthquake

7 Killed, 736 Injured Following Taiwan Earthquake Taipei, 3 Apr (ONA) --- The death toll from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Taiwan today rose to 7 people, while the number of injured reached 736, according to Taiwan's National Fire Agency. All the victims died in Hualien, a mountainous area on the east coast of Taiwan, close to the epicenter. Local officials said that the earthquake that struck the island was the strongest in decades, and they warned of the possibility of more tremors in the coming days. The US Geological Survey identified the epicenter of ...

Germany's Warmest-ever March Follows Record Heat in February

Germany's Warmest-ever March Follows Record Heat in February Berlin, 2 Apr (ONA) --- Temperatures in Germany during March were the warmest on record since measurements began in 1881, according to preliminary figures released by the German Weather Service (DWD) today. The record-breaking March came after temperatures in February were also the warmest on record in Germany. In March, the average temperature was 7.5 degrees Celsius, exceeding the previous record set in 2017, when it was 7.2 degrees. The average temperatures were four degrees above the average for 1961 to ...

Extreme Drought in Southern Africa Leaves Millions Hungry

Extreme Drought in Southern Africa Leaves Millions Hungry Mangwe, Zimbabwe, 31 Mar (ONA) --- The drought in Zimbabwe, neighboring Zambia and Malawi has reached crisis levels. Zambia and Malawi have declared national disasters. Zimbabwe could be on the brink of doing the same. The drought has reached Botswana and Angola to the west, and Mozambique and Madagascar to the east. A year ago, much of this region was drenched by deadly tropical storms and floods. It is in the midst of a vicious weather cycle: too much rain, then not enough. It’s a story of the ...

More Than 10 Thousand People Evacuated in Kazakhstan Due to Floods

More Than 10 Thousand People Evacuated in Kazakhstan Due to FloodsAstana, 31 Mar (ONA) --- More than 10 thousand people were evacuated from seven regions of Kazakhstan due to freshets, the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Trend reported.The affected regions include Turkestan, Aktobe, Kostanay, West Kazakhstan, Akmola, Ulytau, and Abay. Among those evacuated, 5,101 are children. According to the information, rescue efforts involve over 6 thousand people, nearly 2 thousand pieces of equipment, and 12 aircraft. Local emergencies were declared in areas severely ...

Job Flexibility Linked to Lower Anxiety: Study

Job Flexibility Linked to Lower Anxiety: StudyLondon, 31 Mar (ONA) --- A recent study published in JAMA Network Open suggests that job flexibility and security are crucial for reducing anxiety and psychological distress among employees.Analyzing data from over 18,000 full-time workers, researchers found that those with flexible schedules and job security reported lower odds of experiencing severe psychological distress and anxiety.Lead author Monica Wang from Boston University highlighted the importance of organizational approaches like flexible work schedules, remote options, ...

Melting Polar Ice Alters Earth's Rotation: Study

Melting Polar Ice Alters Earth's Rotation: Study California, 28 Mar (ONA) --- A recent study from the University of California, San Diego, revealed that melting polar ice is causing shifts in the Earth's rotation, leading to the potential subtraction of a second from global timekeeping. This phenomenon, unprecedented in history, is attributed to human-induced global warming accelerating polar ice melt. Originally projected for 2026, the negative leap second is now expected around 2029 due to the delayed impact of ice melt on Earth's rotation. The study emphasizes the significant role of ...

Inflation Heats up with Climate Change: Study

Inflation Heats up with Climate Change: Study Berlin, 27 Mar (ONA) --- Rising temperatures and extreme weather threaten global agriculture, according to a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Annual food inflation could surge by 3.2% and overall inflation by 1.18% by 2035 due to increased temperatures. The research analyzed historical data on climate impacts on inflation but didn't specify the most affected food items. Study findings reveal that rising temperatures correlate with increased food prices, particularly in hot regions ...

Major Bridge in US State of Maryland Collapsed

Major Bridge in US State of Maryland Collapsed Washington, 26 Mar (ONA) --- A major bridge in the US state of Maryland collapsed after a container ship collided with it early today. The 2.7 km Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed after the ship crashed into a support pylon, causing the collapse of the bridge into the Patapsco River. Video footage shows the moment the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed after it was struck by a large ship. Authorities concerned have opened investigations into the cause of the collision. Rescue crews are searching ...

Geomagnetic Storm from Solar Flare Could Disrupt Radio Communications and Create Striking Aurora

Geomagnetic Storm from Solar Flare Could Disrupt Radio Communications and Create Striking AuroraColorado, 25 Mar (ONA) —- Space weather forecasters have issued a geomagnetic storm watch through today, saying an ouburst of plasma from a solar flare could interfere with radio transmissions on Earth. It could also make for great aurora viewing.There’s no reason for the public to be concerned, according to the alert issued Saturday by NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.The storm could interrupt high-frequency radio transmissions, such as by aircraft trying to ...

Storms Sweep the US from Coast to Coast

Storms Sweep the US from Coast to CoastBoston, 25 Mar (ONA) —- Heavy rains and quarter-sized hail fell in Southern California as the National Weather Service predicted lightning and wind gusts approaching (97 kph) in the mountain area earlier in the day.The California storm was moving south from the Sierra Nevada, where areas around Lake Tahoe received about a foot (30 cm) of new snow and Mammoth Mountain reported up to (45 cm) by Sunday morning. A day earlier, the resort was forced to close several ski lifts after a (147-kph) wind gust was recorded.The National Weather Service also warned ...

6.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Papua New Guinea

6.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Papua New Guinea Port Moresby, 24 Mar (ONA) --- An earthquake measuring 6.9 magnitude on the Richter scale today hit northern Papua New Guinea, according to US Institute of Geophysics. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that there is no threat of a tsunami due to the earthquake which occurred at a depth of approximately 35 km. The earthquake occurred about 88 km southwest of Wewak, a town of 25,000 people and the capital of East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. There were no immediate ...

Discovery Uncovers New Species of Ancient Armored Crocodile Ancestor

Discovery Uncovers New Species of Ancient Armored Crocodile Ancestor Texas, US, 21 Mar (ONA) --- Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin unveiled the discovery of a new species of ancient armored crocodile ancestor, shedding light on life 215 million years ago.Dubbed Garzapelta muelleri, the species belongs to the aetosaurs, akin to modern crocodiles, thriving during the Triassic Period.The fossils, including a 70% complete dorsal carapace, offer unprecedented insights into the creature's anatomy, resembling a modern crocodile transformed into an armadillo.Contrary to its ...

Remains of Ancient Giant Dolphin Discovered in Amazon

Remains of Ancient Giant Dolphin Discovered in AmazonIquitos, 21 Mar (ONA) --- In a groundbreaking discovery, scientists have unveiled the remains of an ancient giant dolphin, marking a significant find in the annals of paleontology.The 16-million-year-old skull, unearthed in Peru's Amazon belongs to a species dubbed "Pebanista yacuruna," named after mythical aquatic beings.This creature, the largest river dolphin ever identified, is a remarkable find, with physical features suggesting it was adept at navigating freshwater environments.Surprisingly, genetic analysis reveals its ...

A Starburst Event Occurs Once in Sky

A Starburst Event Occurs Once in Sky Washington, 20 Mar (ONA) --- Astronomers are expecting a “new star” to appear in the night sky anytime between now and September, and it promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime celestial sight, according to NASA. The expected brightening event, known as a nova, will occur in the Milky Way’s Corona Borealis, or Northern Crown constellation, which is located between the Boötes and Hercules constellations. While a supernova is the explosive death of a massive star, a nova refers to the sudden, brief explosion from a collapsed ...

Seven Dead as South Korea-flagged Tanker Capsizes off Japan Coast

Seven Dead as South Korea-flagged Tanker Capsizes off Japan Coast Tokyo, 20 Mar (ONA) --- Seven sailors have died after a South Korean-flagged tanker overturned off the west coast of Japan. Rescuers found two other crew members - one of them is conscious, while the condition of the other is unknown, Japan's coast guard told the BBC. The Keoyoung Sun capsized off Yamaguchi prefecture after the crew radioed for help. The search is still on for another two sailors who were on board. The ship was reportedly at anchor because of stormy weather. No details of ...

16 Killed in Coal Mine Explosion in Pakistan

16 Killedin Coal MineExplosion in Pakistan Islamabad, 20 Mar (ONA) --- At least 12 people were killed and eight others were rescued today in a coal mine explosion in Harani district in Balochistan province, southwestern Pakistan. Local media said that ten miners were working in the mine run by a private company in the Khost mining region, at a depth of 244 meters, when the explosion caused by methane gas occurred and led to the collapse of a large part of the mine. Following the explosion, a group of local miners tried to rescue the trapped workers, but they were trapped there ...

700 People Stranded by Cyclone in Northern Australia

700 People Stranded by Cyclone in Northern Australia Canberra, 19 Mar (ONA) --- A cyclone today hit the Borroloola region in northern Australia, cutting it off from the rest of the country and stranding 700 people. The Australian Army said that it tried to evacuate residents of the area located in the Northern Territory community, but attempts to land aircraft were hampered by wild weather. Local authorities asked residents to take shelter in their houses. The Category 3 cyclone pummeled the area with heavy rainfall and strong winds of around 170-200 kilometers per ...