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Rescuers race to those trapped by unseasonal floods in China’s Guangdong

Qingyuan, China Reuters Rescuers on boats in China’s flood-hit Guangdong province raced to evacuate trapped residents, carrying some elderly people by piggyback from their homes and deploying helicopters to save villagers caught in landslides. Situated in the densely populated Pearl River Delta, the province once dubbed the “factory floor of the world” is prone to […]

Brazil will need to resettle those hit by climate disasters, minister says

Davos, Switzerland Reuters Brazil will need to relocate citizens in areas that have been hit repeatedly by storms and other disasters supercharged by climate change, the country’s Environment Minister Marina Silva told Reuters in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday. Climate change globally is expected to make certain areas unlivable and drive the migration of hundreds of […]

Quakes and storms cause $US95 billion in insurance losses in 2023 -Munich Re

Munich, GermanyReuters Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, storms in the United States and other natural disasters caused an estimated $US95 billion in insured losses in 2023, down from the previous year but still above the long-term average, Munich Re said on Tuesday. The tally of losses from natural catastrophes covered by insurance is less than […]

North-west Europe struggles with floods and snow after latest Atlantic storm

Members of French Civil Security rescue team evacuate local residents by boat as the Aa River overflows in Arques near Saint-Omer, after heavy rain caused flooding in northern France, on 3rd January, 2024

Arques, France Reuters Parts of north-western Europe struggled on Wednesday to cope with the impact of the latest in a series of Atlantic storms which dumped rain or snow on already saturated ground, while northern Scandinavia experienced extreme cold. In northern France, rescue crews helped evacuate residents from inundated homes in the town of Arques […]

Nine dead in Australia after thunderstorms

Updated: 4pm (AEDT)Sydney, AustraliaReuters Nine people were killed in Australia after severe thunderstorms battered the country’s east over the Christmas holidays, authorities said on Wednesday, with tens of thousands of properties still without power. Wild weather lashed the states of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland on 25th and 26th December bringing large hailstones and […]

Alberta wildfire fighters hope rain, cooling bring relief

Firefighters gather for a morning briefing at Rainbow Lake Fire Hall before heading out to tackle the Long Lake wildfire HWF036, in Rainbow Lake, Alberta, Canada, on 18th May, 2023.

Reuters Alberta authorities hope cooler temperatures and showers forecast for the coming week will help firefighters battling blazes in the oil-rich Canadian province, although storms could complicate efforts.  Amid hot, dry conditions, forecasters were tracking a front likely to move into the province on Sunday that should bring much-needed relief, including humidity and even rain, […]

Governments urged to use COVID-19 stimulus to adapt to climate threats

Honduras floods Nov 2020

Barcelona, SpainThomson Reuters Foundation Spending to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic will determine whether countries are better able to adapt to more extreme weather and rising seas as the planet warms – a challenge they have failed to meet so far, top UN officials said this week. In the fifth edition of its Adaptation Gap Report, […]

Updated: Fiji says two dead as powerful cyclone tears across Pacific nation

Fiji Cyclone Yasa 2

Updated 6.45pm (AEDT)Reuters A powerful cyclone pounded Fiji, killing two people, including a three-month old baby, and leaving a trail of destruction across the Pacific Island nation, authorities said on Friday. Cyclone Yasa, a top category five storm, made landfall over Bua province on the northern island of Vanua Levu on Thursday evening, bringing torrential […]