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Deadly California mudslide ‘like Niagara falls’ as hills turn to rivers of debris

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Inside a home in Montecito, California, which was hit by the mudslide. Photograph: Reuters

At least 17 people have been killed, with the death toll expected to rise, after heavy rains caused a violent mudslide exacerbated by recent wildfire damage

January 10, 2018 — The mud cascaded down scorched, blackened slopes still blanketed with ash. With no trees or vegetation to slow the surge it swept rocks and boulders from the Verdugo mountains into a thunderous river. Continue reading Deadly California mudslide ‘like Niagara falls’ as hills turn to rivers of debris

‘Storm of the century’ Maria pummels Puerto Rico

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STREWN AROUND. Lightposts lay on the ground after being damaged in the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

After killing at least 9 people in the Caribbean, Maria slams into Puerto Rico’s southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Sept. 21, 2017) — Hurricane Maria caused devastation across Puerto Rico Wednesday, September 20, as 150 mile-an-hour winds from the island’s worst storm in living memory flooded the capital and sent thousands scurrying to shelters. Continue reading ‘Storm of the century’ Maria pummels Puerto Rico

6 die in mudslide, plane stuck as heavy rain lashes parts of India

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Authorities in the remote Himalayan state of Sikkim say the 6 died when their home was swept away by a landside following a monsoon deluge

MUMBAI, India (Sept. 21, 2017) — Six people were killed on Wednesday, September 20, in a landslide in northeast India, while heavy rain in the western city of Mumbai caused havoc after a plane skidded off the runway and became stuck in mud. Continue reading 6 die in mudslide, plane stuck as heavy rain lashes parts of India

Category-5 Maria makes landfall in ‘potentially catastrophic’ hurricane

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BRACING FOR MARIA. A man and a boy nail a board over a window on September 18, 2017, in Trois-Rivieres, on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, as Hurricane Maria approaches the Caribbean. Cedrick Isham Calvados/AFP

The maximum-strength storm made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica around 0115 GMT Tuesday with top winds swirling at 160 miles (257 kilometres) per hour, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says

GUADELOUPE, France (Sept. 19, 2017) — Hurricane Maria strengthened into a “potentially catastrophic” Category Five storm as it barreled into eastern Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma, forcing residents to evacuate in powerful winds and lashing rain. Continue reading Category-5 Maria makes landfall in ‘potentially catastrophic’ hurricane

Hurricane Maria grows on Irma’s path

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Caribbean Islands. NOAA

Storm warnings and watches go up in many of the Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma’s destructive passage

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 18, 2017) — Maria was forecast Sunday, September 17, to surge to major hurricane strength as it nears the storm-battered eastern Caribbean with 85 mile (140 kilometer) per hour winds, the US National Hurricane Center said, on a path similar to that of mega storm Irma earlier in the month. Continue reading Hurricane Maria grows on Irma’s path

Irma is ‘extremely dangerous’ Category Five hurricane – NHC

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Irma is expected to make landfall along the string of French islands that includes Guadeloupe late Tuesday before heading to Haiti and Florida

MIAMI, USA (Sept. 6, 2017) — Irma picked up strength and has become an “extremely dangerous” Category Five hurricane as it approached the Caribbean on Tuesday, September 5, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center reported. Continue reading Irma is ‘extremely dangerous’ Category Five hurricane – NHC

Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

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DISASTER SITE.A general view of the site of a mud slide in the Sierra Leone capital Freetown on August 15, 2017. Saidu Bah/AFP

With 600 people still missing in Freetown, President Ernest Bai Koroma described the humanitarian challenge ahead as ‘overwhelming’

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Aug. 17, 2017) — Sierra Leone began a week of mourning Wednesday, August 16, as it emerged that 105 children were among more than 300 people who perished in mudslides and torrential flooding, in one of the country’s worst natural disasters. Continue reading Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

I’ve seen how perilous life in Sierra Leone can be. We cannot ignore this disaster

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‘Whole families have been destroyed in this disaster.’ People wait in a line to identify their relatives’ bodies at after the mudslides. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

As the weather gets more extreme, the poorest suffer the most. As well as helping the mudslide’s survivors, we must face up to the effects of climate change

August 17, 2017 — “We have lost everything,” my friend cried as we talked on the phone. I had last seen her the week before, after returning home after a year working as a doctor in Sierra Leone. She Continue reading I’ve seen how perilous life in Sierra Leone can be. We cannot ignore this disaster

Canada’s army rolls in after devastating floods

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FLOODED. Homes in the Montreal borough of Pierrefonds are flooded on May 8, 2017. Catherine Legault/AFP

Some 2,500 homes in Quebec and more than 300 in Ontario have been flooded, and at least 1,500 people have been ordered to evacuate – most of them in the Canadian capital region

PIERREFONDS, Canada (May 9, 2017) — Canada mobilized its army to help thousands of flood victims try to hold back waters and save their homes Monday, May 8 after the worst flood in half a century struck, but authorities were optimistic that rising water levels would soon crest. Continue reading Canada’s army rolls in after devastating floods

More troops deployed as Canada braces for worse flooding

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MEANS OF TRANSPORT. Residents in a canoe paddle on the flooded streets in Pierrefonds, Canada on Sunday May 7, 2017. Catherine Legault/AFP

A combination of torrential rains and runoff from melting snow has caused rivers to overflow their banks from Ottawa to Montreal

MONTREAL, Canada (May 8, 2017) — With heavy rains persisting and waters still rising over much of waterlogged eastern Canada, the nation’s military on Sunday, May 7, tripled the number of troops urgently working to evacuate thousands of residents. Continue reading More troops deployed as Canada braces for worse flooding