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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

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

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

Survivors sought after Colombia mudslide kills 262

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WASTELAND. Women stare at damages caused by mudslides, following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo department, southern Colombia on April 2, 2017. Luis Robayo/AFP

Survivors recount stories of scrambling onto roofs or hanging onto trees as a sea of mud, boulders and debris engulfed the village of Mocoa

MOCOA, Colombia (Apr. 4, 2017) — Rescuers clawed through mud and timber Monday, April 3, searching for survivors of a mudslide in southern Colombia that killed 262 people, including 43 children, and left relatives desperately seeking loved ones. Continue reading Survivors sought after Colombia mudslide kills 262

Rescuers race to reach Japan quake victims

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SAVED. Rescue workers save a person from a collapsed building in Kumamoto, Japan, on April 16, 2016. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP
At least 41 are confirmed dead, with 11 others still missing, feared buried in shattered houses or under torrents of mud

MINAMI-ASO, Japan (Apr. 17, 2016) – Rescuers used shovels to dig through mountains of soil Sunday, April 17, as they raced against the threat of more landslides to reach people still trapped by two big earthquakes in Japan.

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