Wildlife

Anthrax – Kenya

Officials with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) are reporting the death of ten buffaloes at Lake Nakuru National Park. Anthrax infection is the suspected cause of the die-off of the animals. The area is suffering an extreme drought. Anthrax tends to manifest itself during times of stress in wildlife.

Wildlife

Lions Suspected In Drowning Of 400 Buffaloes In Botswana

More than 400 buffaloes believed to have been chased by lions drowned in a river in northern Botswana this week. The mass drowning occurred in Chobe River near the border with Namibia.

Early investigations by authorities in both countries “suggest that an exceptionally large buffalo herd was grazing in Namibia when they stampeded into the Chobe River,” Botswana’s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism said in a statement late Wednesday. “Initial indications are that they were being chased by a pride of lions,” the ministry said. “It is estimated that more than 400 animals drowned due to the massive movement of buffalo trampling, and falling from steep river banks.”

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 05s (Joyce), located approximately 68 nm east of Port Hedland, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone 06s (Six), located approximately 455 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, iss tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

Newsbytes:

USA – Low temperatures, fierce snow and ice storms buffet large areas of the Tennessee Valley, the Ohio Valley and the Northeast as Winter Storm Hunter moves east through Friday and Saturday. The heaviest snowfall is predicted from the eastern Great Lakes to northern New England, but snow is also expected to gather further to the south.

Sahara Desert – A snowstorm in the Sahara desert has turned the normally sandy landscape into what looks like arctic tundra after up to 16 inches fell on areas of Algeria Sunday. The freak occurrence—it is only the third time in almost 40 years—surprised locals as their homes and surrounding iconic red sand dunes were covered in snow.

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Philippines – A heavy downpour early Friday, triggered floods and a landslide in some localities. Local authorities said more than 3,000 families were affected in Victorias City where tech-deep floods were reported, and about 80 in Talisay City, while a landslide was reported in Silay City. Several houses were also destroyed.

Buffalo, New York – More than a hundred homeowners in South Buffalo are cleaning up from flooded basements after a huge ice jam by the South Park lift bridge backed up the Buffalo River Friday morning.