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India flood death toll jumps to 357

KOCHI: The death toll from the worst flooding to hit India's Kerala state in a century has jumped to 357, authorities said Sunday, with losses to infrastructure pegged at some $3 billion. The idyllic tourist hotspot has been badgered by torrential monsoon rains since the end of May, triggering landslides and flash floods that have swept away entire villages. "Since May 29, when the monsoon starts in Kerala, a total of 357 people have lost their lives until now," a statement from the state's information officer said,…

Flood toll rises to 77 in India’s Kerala state

KOCHI: The death toll from floods in India´s tourist hotspot of Kerala increased to 77 on Thursday, as torrential rainfall threatened new areas, officials told AFP. Over 60,000 people have now entered relief camps and the army and navy have stepped up rescue operations in the southern state, using a helicopter to airlift people, a Kerala disaster management official said. "All districts are under red alert as more rains are expected in the next 24 hours," the official added. The death toll rose by 10 overnight and…

Video: Cop rescues bride from wedding day flood

BOGOTA: Police were in the right place at the right time for a bride and groom stranded in New Jersey floodwaters Saturday. More than an inch of rain flooded Bogota, New Jersey, within an hour's time, bringing floodwaters from upstream to more than four feet high, according to police. Due to the quickly rising flood waters, a bride, her new husband and wedding party "got a rough start on things," per the Bogota Police Department. "The fortunate thing is we were able to help them through their first rough patch," the…

Thailand braces for floods,lay bricks, sandbags

BANGKOK: Businesses blocked doors with sandbags and bricks on Tuesday as Thailand’s southwestern Petchaburi province braced for flooding over fears that a dam in the area could overflow. Local media showed residents in Petchaburi, 168 km (104 miles) from Bangkok, laying bricks outside shops and buffering entrances to banks with sandbags. Thailand is in the middle of its rainy season which often generates flash storms. The Meteorological Department said more storms are expected between Aug 7-9. Thailand suffered…

Artificial lake causes flood in Gilgit-Baltistan after glacier melting

GILGIT: An artificial lake that had sprung up in the Ishkoman valley of Ghizer district in Gilgit-Baltistan region, is now overflowing and created flood-like situation in the adjoining areas. Army medical corps has been deployed in the area and it has started to provide aid and rescue to the affected people. The flood flow has affected the adjacent areas and many including Gahkuch and other low lying areas are now being evacuated to avoid the wrath of the disaster. There have been no reports of dead however the flood has…

China floods wreak havoc, block roads and railways; more rain due

SHANGHAI: Heavy rain and thunderstorms are wreaking havoc across China, with floods along major rivers destroying bridges, blocking roads and railways and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate, state media reported on Saturday. Weather authorities are forecasting more downpours throughout the country on Saturday, with floods and landslides expected in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Heavy rain and flooding hit much of China this time every year, often with hundreds killed, but the number of casualties this…

Japan flood toll nears 200,thousands battling thirst

KURASHIKI, JAPAN: Intense heat and water shortages raised fears of disease outbreaks in flood-hit western Japan on Thursday as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years neared 200. More than 200,000 households had no water a week after torrential rains caused floods and set off landslides across western Japan, bringing death and destruction to decades-old communities built on mountain slopes and floodplains. The death toll rose to 195, with several dozen people still missing, the government said on…

Japan races to find survivors of floods that killed nearly 100

JAPAN: Rescuers in Japan dug through mud and rubble on Monday, racing to find survivors after torrential rains unleashed widespread floods and landslides that killed nearly 100, with dozens missing. The rain tapered off across the western region battered by last week’s downpour, revealing blue skies and scorching sun forecast to push temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86°F), fuelling fears of heatstroke in areas cut off from power or water. “We cannot take baths, the toilet doesn’t work and our food stockpile is…

Three killed as floods swamp India’s financial hub Mumbai

MUMBAI: Rescuers battled through floods swamping India's mega city of Mumbai Wednesday to evacuate thousands of stranded people, after heavy rain triggered inundations that have left three dead. Days of intense monsoon downpours have deluged India's financial hub of more than 20 million people, paralysing crucial local train services and leaving commuters to wade through swirling waist-high waters. Two houses collapsed in Mumbai's suburbs late Tuesday, killing a 40-year-old and two toddlers, a local police official…

Flood threat rises as Harvey dumps torrential rains on Texas

ROCKPORT, Texas: The most powerful hurricane to hit the US state of Texas in more than 50 years moved slowly inland on Saturday, dumping torrential rain expected to cause catastrophic flooding after battering the coast with 130 miles per hour (209 km per hour) winds. Texas utility companies said just under a quarter of a million customers were without power. Wind and rain continued to lash the coast as residents began to assess the damage. Harvey is the strongest storm to hit Texas, the centre of the U.S. oil and gas…