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Floods in north-west England prompt criticism over missing defences

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Rebecca Till in her flooded property in Galgate. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Cumbria MP says government is dragging its feet, as torrential rain causes flooding in area hit by Storm Desmond in 2015

November 24, 2017 — Torrential rain has forced dozens of families from their homes and caused disruption across the north-west of England, prompting a local MP to accuse the government of Continue reading Floods in north-west England prompt criticism over missing defences

70 rescued from floods as severe UK weather continues

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Flooding at Carnforth railway station in Lancashire, where heavy rain caused flooding and travel disruption. Photograph: @Bloo_Bel/Twitter/PA

People evacuated in Lancashire as rain causes widespread flooding and power cuts in north-west England and north Wales

November 23, 2017 — Firefighters have rescued more than 70 people as torrential rain caused widespread flooding and power blackouts across north-west England and north Wales. Continue reading 70 rescued from floods as severe UK weather continues

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

Nepal, India floods leave more than 90 dead

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An Indian forest ranger sits on the front of a vessel as it approaches a ranger’s building through floodwaters in The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Morigoan district, some 70kms from Guwahati, in India’s north-eastern state of Assam on July 27, 2016. Biju Boro/AFP

Nepal has been worst hit, with homes and bridges destroyed after days of torrential monsoon rains, although water levels were now slowing receding

KATHMANDU, Nepal (July 29, 2016) — Floods and landslides in Nepal and India have killed more than 90 people in recent days, with at least two million residents forced to flee their homes, officials said Thursday, July 28.  Continue reading Nepal, India floods leave more than 90 dead

Introducing “vulnerability” to vulnerable people

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In this 2010 file photo, residents fill their containers with drinking water from a water tanker provided by the state government at Jaipur in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan. REUTERS/Parivartan Sharma

Can those most at risk from climate change adequately prepare if they don’t understand their risks

July 20, 2016 — “We need a cemetery,” came the united voice of residents of Nayi ki Thari, a slum in India’s city of Jaipur, when they were questioned about their top priority needs in meeting climate threats.  Continue reading Introducing “vulnerability” to vulnerable people

China landslide leaves at least 20 missing

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The landslide hit early Friday morning and buried 29 people in the village of Pianpo, in the southwestern province of Guizhou

BEIJING, China — Heavy rain unleashed a landslide Friday, July 1 that killed one person and left 20 others missing in China, state media said.

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Indonesia landslide kills 15 students on holiday

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STUDENT VICTIMS. Indonesian police and villagers carry the body of a flash flood victim in Sibolangit, North Sumatra. AFP PHOTO / ALBERT DAMANIK

There are fears the death toll could rise

SIBOLANGIT, Indonesia (May 16, 2016) — Fifteen students holidaying at a popular tourist spot in western Indonesia have been killed in a landslide, an official said Monday, May 18, with fears the death toll could rise. Continue reading Indonesia landslide kills 15 students on holiday

Pakistan rains leave 42 dead

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Dozens of homes are also damaged as Pakistan deals with heavy downpours

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Mar. 14, 2016) — The death toll from torrential rain that has lashed Pakistan for the past 5 days has risen to 42, authorities said Monday, March 14, with collapsed roofs blamed for the fatalities.

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At least 5 dead, 2 missing in Pakistan coal mine collapse

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More than 30 miners are trapped in the far-flung district of Orakzai after a shaft collapsed amid heavy downpours

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Mar. 14, 2016) — At least 5 laborers were killed when a coal mine collapsed in northwest Pakistan, officials said Sunday, March 13, with two more still missing.

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Over 160,000 flee worst floods in 50 years

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Authorities estimated that it could take months for some affected areas to recover from the floods [AP]
Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Bolivia have been battered by heavy rains blamed on the El Niño phenomenon.

January 1, 2016 — More than 160,000 people have been displaced over the past several days by the heaviest floods to hit South America in 50 years.

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