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Torrential rains hamper hunt for Indonesia quake survivors

Mamuju - Torrential monsoon rains hampered the hunt Sunday for anyone still buried alive under buildings flattened by a powerful earthquake on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, after the huge tremor killed at least 81 and left thousands homeless.

Thousands without power, planes delayed as storm Bella lashes France

Rennes - Thousands were left without electricity and planes were delayed or forced to re-route Sunday as storm Bella caused torrential rain and heavy winds in much of northern France.

Two dead, hundreds flee floods in Philippine storm

Manila - At least two people were killed and hundreds forced to flee their inundated homes in the Philippines as torrential rain triggered flooding and landslides in the storm-battered archipelago, officials said Saturday.

Rain and dam discharge cause flooding in southern Mexico

Villahermosa - Torrential rain from Hurricane Eta and water discharged from a dam that had reached capacity meant continued flooding in parts of the southern Mexican state of Tabasco Thursday.

Eta hits Cuba with strong winds, rain

Havana - Tropical storm Eta brought strong winds and torrential rain to Cuba on Sunday after having earlier cut a destructive and deadly path through parts of Central America and southern Mexico.

Storm Eta death tolls rise in Mexico, Honduras

Gutierrez - Torrential rain and a bitter cold front linked to storm system Eta have claimed at least 20 lives in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, officials said Saturday.

Hurricane Eta hits Nicaragua with strong wind and rain: official

- A powerful Hurricane Eta lashed the north coast of Nicaragua on Tuesday with heavy rain and winds of more than 130 miles per hour that ripped up trees and roofs, authorities said.

Hunt for missing rescue team in flood-hit Vietnam, more rain forecast

Hanoi - A search operation has been launched for a missing rescue team as severe flooding and landslides battered central Vietnam, authorities said on Wednesday, as the country braced for further heavy rain.

One missing as torrential rain hits southern France

Marseille - One person was reported missing on Saturday and hundreds evacuated from their homes after torrential rains swept southern France, authorities said.

Hurricane Sally leaves downtown Pensacola, Florida underwater

Hurricane Sally slammed ashore between Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida as a Category 2 storm, dumping rain measured in feet, not inches, and turning streets into rivers, and trapping people in homes.

As Brazil's wetlands burn, rain is 'only hope'

Matupa - Lieutenant Silva's face is grim as he watches his firefighters try -- and fail -- to control one of the thousands of wildfires ravaging Brazil's Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands."It needs to rain. We've got low moisture, intense heat.

Around 50 feared dead in DR Congo mine flooding

Bukavu - About 50 people are feared dead after an artisanal gold mine flooded in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after torrential rain, a provincial governor said Saturday.

Violent typhoon heads for Japan packing 'record' winds and rain

Apo - An extremely powerful typhoon was barrelling towards southwestern Japan on Saturday as authorities issued evacuation advisories to thousands of residents, warning of unprecedented violent winds, heavy rain and high waves.

North Korea on flood alert as heavy rain kills 16 in South

Seoul - Days of heavy rain could cause flooding or landslides across North Korea, officials warned, as the South said Thursday 16 people had died in the downpours lashing the peninsula.

Hurricane Hanna expected to make landfall in southern Texas today

Hanna is now a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph, and is headed toward a South Texas landfall later today, bringing with it dangerous heavy rain and the potential for flash-flooding that will extend well inland.

Torrential rains unleash havoc in South Asia

Guwahati - Torrential monsoon rains swept across South Asia on Thursday, having killed more than 100 people in recent days and almost entirely flooding a massive park reserve, officials said.

Japan rescuers battle to reach thousands trapped by floods

Takayama - Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled Thursday to reach people cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage, with more torrential rain forecast.

Rain pounds central Japan as 58 feared dead in south

Kurume - Torrential rain pounded central Japan Wednesday as authorities said 58 people were feared dead in days of heavy downpours that have triggered devastating landslides and terrifying floods.

Brave Japanese rafters paddle against the floods

Apo - When torrential rain flooded his scenic neighbourhood in western Japan, Kentaro Oishi had no hesitation: he jumped in the inflatable normally used for taking tourists white-water rafting and paddled off to rescue stranded locals.

Rain hampers rescue efforts after deadly Japan floods

Kumamoto - Torrential rain hampered the efforts of tens of thousands of rescue workers in southwestern Japan Monday as they hunted for survivors from deadly floods and landslides, with more downpours forecast.
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