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13 dead as flooding hits southwestern France

TOULOUSE, France: At least 13 people died when violent rainstorms turned rivers into raging torrents in southwest France on Monday, prompting some of the deadliest flooding in years, officials said. The equivalent of three months of rainfall was dumped overnight in the Aude region in just a few hours, swelling rivers and flooding fields and towns, officials added. President Emmanuel Macron's office said he would visit the affected areas "as soon as possible," while Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who is also the…

North Carolina coast feels Florence’s first blast of wind, rain

WILMINGTON/SEA BREEZE, NC: Hurricane Florence’s winds began whipping coastal North Carolina on Thursday as the slow-moving tempest began to unleash fierce rains that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the US southeast. The center of Florence is expected to hit North Carolina’s southern coast Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, enough time to drop as much as 40 inches (1 meter) of rain in places, according to the National Hurricane Center. An estimated 10…

SC summons details of funds spent on Islamabad airport

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Sunday summoned details of the funds spent on the construction of the New Islamabad International Airport. Headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar a two-judge was hearing a suo motu case pertaining to rainwater flooding the newly constructed Islamabad airport at the apex court's Lahore registry. He directed the authorities concerned to furnish CCTV footage of the airport awash with rainwater on next hearing. He also summoned the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) managing director…

Pakistan to observe doubling in high-end flood risk by 2040: report

ROME: Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions more people to river flooding particularly in the United States and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe, researchers have said. The study in the journal Science Advances calculates how much more flood protection will be needed to keep the risks of high-end floods constant in the next 25 years. Unless actions are taken - such as enhancing dykes, boosting building standards, relocating settlements and managing rivers - the number of people…

More than 100 dead in Philippine mudslides, flooding: officials

MANILA: A tropical storm in the southern Philippines triggered mudslides and flash floods that killed more than 100 people, while dozens are missing, police and disaster officials said on Saturday. The casualties, most of them caused late on Friday, were all on the main southern island of Mindanao, they said, adding three provinces were hardest hit. Disaster officials said many residents had ignored warnings to leave coastal areas and riverbanks. “Many people were swept to the sea as flood waters quickly rose…

Nearly 90 dead in Philippine mudslides, flooding as storm hits: officials

MANILA: A tropical storm in the Philippines triggered mudslides and flooding that killed nearly 90 people, while dozens are missing, police and disaster officials said on Saturday. The casualties, most of them inflicted late on Friday, were all on the main southern island of Mindanao, they said. “We’re are still trying to confirm reports of a farming village buried by a mudslide,” said Ryan Cabus, an official in Tubod town. He said power and communication lines to the area had been cut, complicating rescue efforts.…

Typhoon Lan heads out to sea, leaves three dead and flooding

TOKYO: A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo. Three people were reported killed, hundreds of plane flights canceled, and train services disrupted in the wake of Lan, which had maintained intense strength until virtually the time it made landfall west of Tokyo in the early hours of Monday. At least three people were killed,…

Besieged Houston braces for more flooding as Harvey lingers

HOUSTON: The epic flooding that Tropical Storm Harvey unleashed on Houston will likely worsen as federal engineers release water from overflowing reservoirs to keep it from jumping dams and surging uncontrollably into the homes they protect, officials said on Monday. Some 30,000 residents of the nation’s fourth-largest city were expected to be left temporarily homeless by Harvey, which became the most powerful hurricane to strike Texas in more than 50 years when it came ashore on Friday near Corpus Christi, about 220…

Troops deployed as Canada braces for worse flooding

OTTAWA: Waterlogged parts of eastern Canada were hit with more rain on early Sunday, as freshly deployed troops helped evacuate residents ahead of peak flooding expected in the coming days. Torrential rains combined with runoff from melting snow have caused rivers to overflow their banks, posing a critical situation from Ottawa to Montreal. The worst is yet to come, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard warned on Saturday. “The water will continue rising over the next two or three days,” he said after visiting the town of…

Colombia mudslide, flooding kill 254 in midnight deluge

MOCOA, COLOMBIA: Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing onto houses in the early hours of Saturday morning, killing 254 people, injuring hundreds and sending terrified residents scrambling to evacuate. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks onto buildings and roads in the capital of southwestern Putumayo province and immobilizing cars in several feet of mud. "It was torrential rainstorm, it got really strong between 11 p.m. and 1…