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Rainstorms douse bushfires across eastern Australia

Sydney - Rain and thunderstorms doused long-burning bushfires across much of eastern Australia Saturday, but they also brought a new threat of flooding in some areas.

Fiji cyclone leaves two missing, 119 in emergency shelter

Suva - A father and daughter were swept away in a swollen stream as Tropical Cyclone Tino caused widespread flooding in Fiji, forcing more than 100 people to take refuge in evacuation centres.

Iran floods kill at least three: reports

Tehran - Flooding in southern Iran has killed at least three people and left hundreds of villages cut off following days of heavy rainfall, official media reported on Tuesday.

More than 130 dead as severe weather hits Pakistan, Afghanistan

Islamabad - Avalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather has killed more than 130 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent days, officials said Tuesday, as authorities struggled to reach people stranded by heavy snowfall.

Nine dead after Indonesian capital hit by New Year flooding

Jakarta - Nine people died after Indonesia's capital was hit by its deadliest flooding in years, authorities said Wednesday, as torrential rains on New Year's Eve left vast swathes of the megalopolis submerged.

Two dead, thousands of homes without power as storms hit France

Peyrehorade - Two pensioners have been killed and tens of thousands of homes left without electricity as gale force winds and flooding hit southwestern France.Eleven departments remained on orange alert weather warnings late Saturday.

Two dead, tens of thousands of homes without power as storms hit France

Peyrehorade - Two pensioners have been killed and tens of thousand of homes left without electricity as gale force winds and flooding hit southwestern France.Eleven departments remained on orange alert weather warnings late Saturday.

Three die as storm front batters Greece

Athens - Three people died in Greece on Monday as a storm front battered parts of the country, causing flooding and landslides, officials said.

Deadly rainstorms sweep northern Italy, southern France

Venice - Torrential rains across northern Italy and southern France killed three people at the weekend, sweeping away part of a motorway viaduct in northern Italy and causing fresh flooding in Venice on Sunday.

Two missing as France's Cote d'Azur hit by flooding

Le Bar - Two people were missing and hundreds of homes flooded Saturday as heavy rains hit the Cote d'Azur in southern France, disrupting air and rail transport and leading to hundreds of evacuations.One of the missing was a 77-year-old man.

Australian, Dutch police break up massive ecstasy smuggling operation

Sydney - International police have broken up a huge drug smuggling operation preventing millions of ecstasy pills flooding into Australia, officials said Friday, as a minister claimed the drugs were timed to target holidaying teens.

Climate crisis threatens 60 percent of toxic Superfund sites

Washington - Hundreds of polluted Superfund sites face an increased risk of inundation from sea-level rise, flooding exacerbated by global warming or wildfires, Congress’s watchdog warns.

Climate impacts 'to cost world $7.9 trillion' by 2050

Paris - Climate change could directly cost the world economy $7.9 trillion by mid-century as increased drought, flooding and crop failures hamper growth and threaten infrastructure, new analysis showed Wednesday.

Venice comes up for air after week of record flooding

Rome - Venice sought to return to normal life on Monday after a week of unprecedented flooding that devastated the city, submerging homes, business and cultural treasures.

Devastated Venice braced for third major flood

Venice - Venice was braced Saturday for an unprecednted third major flooding in less than a week, with sea water due to swamp the already devastated historic city where authorities have declared a state of emergency.

Climate change blamed for floods overwhelming Venice

Venice’s mayor declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after “apocalyptic” floods swept through the lagoon city, flooding its historic basilica and inundating squares and centuries-old buildings.

Flooding drowns St Mark's priceless mosaics in sewage

Venice - Dirty water swirls around marble tombs inside the 12th century crypt of St Mark's Basilica in Venice, which suffered untold damage when an unprecedented high tide swept through the city.

Venice underwater as exceptional tide sweeps through canal city

Venice - Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late Tuesday, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind whipped up waves in St. Mark's Square.

Italy hit by heavy rains, flooding in Venice

Rome - Powerful rainstorms hit Italy on Tuesday, with the worst affected areas in the south and Venice, where there was widespread flooding.

East Africa reels from deadly floods in extreme weather

Nairobi - A powerful climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean stronger than any seen in years is unleashing destructive rains and flooding across East Africa -- and scientists say worse could be coming.
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