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Cyclone kills 16 in India, Bangladesh and cuts power to millions

Satkhira, Bangladesh Reuters Strong gales and heavy rain triggered by the first major cyclone of the year lashed the coastlines of India and Bangladesh on Monday, killing at least 16 people and cutting power to millions. The winds had not stopped as night fell, with water rising in many places and overwhelming drainage systems, Bangladeshi […]

Heavy rains return to southern Brazil, flooding even higher ground in Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre, Brazil Reuters Heavy rains once again pounded parts of Brazil’s southernmost state on Thursday, ruining days-long clean-up efforts and flooding areas which had previously been untouched in Rio Grande do Sul’s capital city of Porto Alegre. Record flooding over the past month has killed 163 people and displaced around 600,000 more. Another 64 […]

Fifty dead in heavy rain, floods in central Afghanistan, official says

Kabul, Afghanistan Reuters At least 50 people are dead following a fresh bout of heavy rain and flooding in central Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday. Mawlawi Abdul Hai Zaeem, the head of the information department for the central Ghor province, told Reuters that there was no information about how many people were injured in […]

Uprooted by Brazil floods, foreign refugees start all over again”

Porto Alegre, Brazil Reuters Tens of thousands of Haitians and Venezuelans who found refuge in southern Brazil after escaping hunger, violence and natural disasters are being forced once more to rebuild lives now wrecked by record flooding in Rio Grande do Sul state. Reginald Descilong left Haiti after he lost family and friends in the […]

Brazil flooding forces plan for ‘tent cities’ to house the displaced

Porto Alegre, Brazil Reuters Brazil’s southernmost state is planning at least four “tent cities” to accommodate some 8,000 people currently in improvised shelters due to the historic floods that have devastated the region. Heavy rains since the end of April caused record floods that killed at least 151 people in the state of Rio Grande […]

Brazil flooding will take weeks to subside, experts warn

Porto Alegre, Brazil Reuters Brazil’s southernmost state capital may suffer severe flooding for weeks to come, experts warn, compounding the struggles of half a million people forced to abandon their inundated homes. Parts of Rio Grande do Sul state have seen more than 630 mm of rain so far this month, national weather service INMET […]

Indonesia’s toll rises to 62 from deadly Sumatra floods, 25 still missing

Tanah Datar, Indonesia Reuters The death toll from weekend flash floods and mud slides in Indonesia’s West Sumatra province rose to 62 on Wednesday, authorities said, while rescuers were searching areas near rivers for 25 people who are still missing. Officials said some of those earlier unaccounted for were found dead during the day, which […]