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Over 50 killed in Indian Himalayas as rain triggers landslides

Rescue workers remove the debris as they search for survivors after a landslide following torrential rain in Shimla in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, India, 14th August, 2023

New Delhi, IndiaReuters Torrential rain in India’s Himalayas triggered landslides over the weekend that have killed over 50 people, with the death toll expected to rise as more than 20 remain trapped or missing, officials said on Monday. Unusually heavy rain and melting glaciers have brought deadly flash floods to the mountains of India and […]

Digging with scant hope, families search for dozens missing in Ecuador landslide

People dig amid debris as they look for relatives, following a landslide, in Alausi, Ecuador, on 28th March, 2023.

Alausi, Ecuador Reuters Families and rescue groups in Ecuador worked to find dozens of people still missing after a landslide smothered buildings and a stadium in the small city of Alausi, with the official death toll of seven expected to rise. An avalanche of earth ploughed into Alausi, in Ecuador’s Andean Chimborazo province, on Sunday […]

Brazil downpours leave at least 50 dead as rescue ship arrives

Members of the Brazilian Navy unload a vehicle from the ship Navio Atlantico as part of relief operations for victims of landslides in Sao Sebastiao, Brazil February 23, 2023.

São Paulo, BrazilReuters A Brazilian Navy ship arrived in the coastal city of São Sebastiao on Thursday to help rescue victims of the heavy rains afflicting southeast Brazil, which have killed at least 50 people and displaced thousands. The Navy’s multi-purpose aircraft ship, its largest vessel, will serve as an emergency field hospital, and is […]

Death toll from Brazil downpours rises to 46; more rain forecast

Volunteers and firefighters work to find victims in one of the landslides sites after severe rainfall at Barra do Sahy in Sao Sebastiao, Brazil, February 21, 2023.

São Paulo, BrazilReuters The death toll from heavy rains that devastated coastal areas of Brazil’s southeastern São Paulo state rose to 46 people on Tuesday, according to officials, with more precipitation expected. Massive rainfalls over the weekend have caused landslides and flooding in coastal towns in the south-east of the country. Almost 2,500 people are […]

Landslide kills 14 in eastern India, nearly 50 others feared dead

India Manipur landslide rescue

Guwahati, IndiaReuters At least 14 people have died and another four dozen are feared to have been killed after a massive landslide in a remote area of the north-eastern Indian state of Manipur, officials said on Thursday. Rescue workers battled heavy rains to pull out 19 survivors from the rubble on Thursday morning after the […]

South Africa braces for more flooding as rains restart in east

South Africa KwaNdengezi Station floods1

Kwandengzei, South AfricaReuters Rains that have killed around 400 people and left thousands homeless in South Africa this week began pounding the east coast again on Saturday, threatening more flooding and forcing many to take refuge in community centres and town halls. The heavy downpours in Kwazulu-Natal Province have already knocked out power lines, shut […]

Landslides kill at last 30 in Mumbai after heavy rain

India Mumbai landslide

Reuters At least 30 people died in three Mumbai suburbs after several houses collapsed when heavy rain triggered landslides, officials said on Sunday, and forecasts of further downpours could force authorities to relocate people living in danger zones. Rescuers resorted to using their hands to dig up the ground in an attempt to find survivors, local television […]

Updated: Heavy rain forces parts of Sydney to evacuate, downpour to continue

Australia NSW Taree floods2

Updated: 9.15am (AEDT), 22nd MarchMelbourne, AustraliaReuters Heavy rains along Australia’s east coast over the weekend have brought the worst flooding in half a century in some areas, authorities said on Sunday, forcing thousands to evacuate and damaging hundreds of houses. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the downpour across the state, Australia’s most populous […]

Australia welcomes drought-easing drenching, even as it brings floods

Sydney, AustraliaReuters The east coast of Australia welcomed the heaviest drenching in years on Friday, dousing some of the country’s most damaging and long-running wildfires and easing a drought that has crippled farming across two states. Sydney alone had seen more than 60 millimetres of rain in the past 24 hours and was forecast to […]

Australian tourism industry seeks urgent help as cost of bushfires grows

Australia bushfires injured kangaroo

Melbourne, AustraliaReuters Australia’s peak tourism body estimated the country’s bushfire crisis has so far cost the industry almost $A1 billion and called for urgent help from the government to lure back visitors. Industry bosses were due to meet with Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham later on Thursday as storms and heavy rain brought some respite from […]