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At least 40 more people die in floods and landslides in DR Congo

Bukavu, Democratic Republic Of Congo Reuters At least 40 more people have died in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local authorities said, after heavy downpours overnight on Tuesday unleashed floods and landslides that left residents digging through the mud to find bodies.  In the city of Bukavu, onlookers gathered to watch on Wednesday as a […]

Torrential rain, floods kill 22 across northern India

A man on his motorbike wades through a flooded street after heavy rains in New Delhi, India, on 8th July, 2023.

Reuters Torrential rain across northern India has killed at least 22 people, as well as causing landslides and flash floods in the region, authorities and local media said on Monday. Schools in New Delhi were closed after heavy rains lashed the national capital over the weekend, and authorities in the Himalayan states of Himachal Pradesh […]

“Dangerous” Tunisian droughts threaten food security

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Siliana, Tunisia Reuters Three years of drought have dried up Tunisian reservoirs, threatening harvests that are critical to the North African country’s battered economy and pushing the government to raise tap water prices for homes and businesses.  Since September only 110 million cubic meters of rain fell in Tunisia, about a fifth of the normal […]

Dying lands: Farmers fight to save the “skin of the Earth”

China Jiangxi crops

ROD NICKEL, AYENAT MERSIE, DAVID STANWAY and XIAOYU YIN, of Reuters, report on how human efforts to preserve soil are proving no match for increasingly extreme weather, which is damaging the living system and depleting its ability to produce food…

Sydney records wettest year since 1858 as Australia braces for more floods

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Sydney, AustraliaReuters Sydney recorded its wettest year in 164 years as authorities braced for major floods in Australia’s east on Thursday, with more heavy downpours expected to fall over the next three days. With almost three months of 2022 still to go, Australia’s largest city has recorded 2,200 mm of rain in a year for […]

Flood-hit Pakistan breaches lake to avert overflow

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Karachi, Pakistan Reuters Authorities in flood-hit Pakistan breached the country’s largest freshwater lake on Sunday, displacing up to 100,000 people from their homes but saving more densely populated areas from gathering flood water, a minister said. Record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in Pakistan’s northern mountains have brought floods that have affected 33 million people […]

Heavy rain in Sichuan forces evacuation of 80,000 people – state media

China Henan floods

Shanghai, ChinaReuters More than 80,000 people have been evacuated because of heavy rains and floods in the south-western Chinese province of Sichuan, state media reported on Monday. Water levels at major rivers in the province were above warning levels following heavy rainfall from Friday to Sunday. One reservoir in the city of Dazhou exceeded its […]