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1,000-metre Spiders- wed cloak Greek lake.

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Lake Vistonida in northern Greece has become an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare after it was cloaked recently by massive webs spun by hundreds of thousands of small spiders.



Biologists say the recent phenomenon, though rare, is not unheard of and is caused by unseasonally warm weather prompting an increase in the local population of mosquitoes and gnats.


“It’s caused by an overpopulation of spiders…there is an abundance of food available,” local environmental park biologist Euterpe Patetsini told Newsmen.

Draped over roadside bushes, fences and small trees, the webs have a combined length of about 1,000 metres.

“Weather conditions are ideal for them to multiply,” she said.

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The spiders are from the genus Tetragnatha, known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. They are known to build webs near watery habitats, with some species even said to be able to walk on water.

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A similar case was noted in the western Greek coastal town of Aetoliko last month.

The webs are expected to recede as temperatures drop and heavier rainfall sets in.

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More than 30 killed as flooding strikes Durban, South Africa

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Heavy rainfall caused deadly flooding and turned roadways into raging rivers in parts of eastern South Africa Monday night into Tuesday.

Durban was one of the hardest-hit areas with more than 150 mm (6 inches) falling on the city within a 12-hour period. Normal rainfall for the entire month of April is only around 90 mm (3.5 inches).

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) stated on Tuesday that at least 32 people had been killed due to flooding and mudslides, according to Independent Online.

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Satellite image showing the storm system that brought deadly flooding to Durban, South Africa on Tuesday, April 23.
The number of deaths may continue to rise as rescue crews work to dig through debris from mudslides and floodwaters continue to surge through the area.

The flooding resulted in damaged homes, collapsed walls and mudslides across the Durban area.

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More than 2,000 emergency calls have been placed since Monday night and numerous power outages have been reported.

The combination of flooding and rough seas has also caused extensive beach damage.

While some additional light rainfall is possible into Tuesday night, flooding downpours are no longer expected for Durban.

A local shower or thunderstorm is possible on Wednesday and Thursday; however, much of the time is expected to be dry both days.

Further dry weather is expected from Friday into Saturday with plenty of sunshine each day.

There will be a renewed chance for rainfall across the area on Sunday.

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A Poacher Was Killed By an Elephant & then Eaten by Lions. Double Whammy!

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This is what you call a double whamy! You woke up and set out to go poach (a nice word for stealing) rhino’s only to get yourself trampled on by elephants. The story just does not stop there. A pride of lions then come by seeing you all battered up decided it would be good to gobble you all up. All happened at Kruger National Park, South Africa.

His accomplice poachers were left to break the sad story to the victim’s family. The search party after struggling to find the dead man stumble on a skull that bore some resemblance to his poaching head PLUS a pair of recognizable trousers on thursday.

The managing executive of the park extended his condolences to the family.”Entering Kruger National Park illegally and on foot is not wise,” he said. “It holds many dangers and this incident is evidence of that.”

Kruger National Park has an ongoing problem with poaching and there remains a strong demand for rhino horn in Asian countries.

On Saturday, Hong Kong airport authorities seized the biggest haul of rhino horn in five years, valued at $2.1m (£1.6m). WOW!

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