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Obama defends Louisiana flood response

Baton Rouge - After a much-criticized delay, President Barack Obama visited flood-stricken Louisiana Tuesday, defending his administration's response and urging citizens to pitch in and help ravaged communities.

Underfire Obama heads to flood-hit Louisiana

Washington - Fresh from a two-week vacation, President Barack Obama visits flood-hit Louisiana on Tuesday, hoping to offer support to devastated communities and silence his critics.

Aid workers struggle to help floods homeless in Sudan

Kasala - Aid workers are struggling to get hundreds of tonnes of aid to people made homeless by widespread flooding in Sudan after torrential rains severed a highway and other roads.

Flood-hit elephant that travelled 1700km dies in Bangladesh

Dhaka - An elephant thought to have travelled at least 1,700 kilometres from India into Bangladesh after becoming separated from its herd by floods died on Tuesday despite last-ditch efforts to save him.

Five dead, tens of thousands flee Philippine floods

Manila - Five people have been killed in the Philippines and tens of thousands have fled from floods caused by days of unrelenting rain, rescuers said Sunday.

Sudan issues flood warning as Nile rises

Khartoum - Sudanese authorities on Wednesday warned people living near the banks of the Nile to be wary of flooding, after two weeks of heavy rainfall killed dozens across the country.

Crowds hamper effort to save flood-stranded elephant in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Huge crowds of villagers following a wild elephant stranded in Bangladesh for more than a month by floods are hampering efforts to rescue it, forest officials said Saturday.

Bangladesh, India mount rescue for flood-hit elephant

Dhaka - Bangladesh and India are mounting a major rescue effort for a wild elephant struggling to survive after it was separated from its herd by floods and then washed across the border.

Monsoon-triggered floods kill more than 50 in India

Guwahati - Floods triggered by days of torrential monsoon rains have claimed more than 50 lives in eastern India this week, the country's home minister and reports said Saturday, with millions of people affected by surging waters.

Flood kills 26 wedding guests in Pakistan

Peshawar - At least 26 people, mostly children, were killed Saturday when a vehicle carrying wedding guests was washed off a mountainous road by floods and flung into a gorge, officials said.The dead included 18 children and six women.

Nepal, India floods leave more than 90 dead

Kathmandu - 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.

Floods in central India leave 15 dead

New Delhi - Flash floods from torrential downpours in the in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have killed 15 people, with seven deaths over the weekend, and left thousands of people displaced, authorities said Sunday.

China floods leave more than 100 dead or missing: Report

Bejing - Flooding in China's Yangtze river basin has left 112 people dead or missing in recent days, media said Tuesday, with more damage feared from a typhoon expected to land within days.

West Virginia disaster declared as U.S. flood toll hits 24

Washington - The death toll from flooding in the US state of West Virginia rose to 24, as President Barack Obama declared a major disaster, releasing federal aid for the hardest-hit areas.

23 dead in West Virginia floods

Washington - Flooding in the US state of West Virginia killed 23 people and stranded others who had to be plucked from rooftops and rescued from fast-moving waters, state officials said."The damage is widespread and devastating.

At least three dead in Japan landslides, floods

Toukyo - At least three people have died and three are missing after landslides and floods hit a region in southern Japan that was recently battered by major earthquakes, officials said Tuesday.

Death toll from Indonesia floods, landslides rises to 47

Banyumas - The death toll from landslides and flooding in Indonesia rose to 47 on Monday, an official said, after hundreds of homes were engulfed by surging torrents of mud and rock.

35 dead in Indonesian floods, landslides

Banjarnegara - Flash floods and landslides in central Indonesia have killed at least 35 people and destroyed dozens of homes, an official said Sunday, as searchers scoured devastated villages for survivors.

Paris soldier statue is time-honoured flood gauge

Paris - For well over a century, the gallant soldier standing below the Alma bridge has been Parisians' favourite way of measuring the rising Seine when floodwaters strike.

Nepal seeks to drain giant glacial lake near Everest

Kathmandu - Nepali soldiers have kicked off efforts to partially drain a giant glacial lake near Mount Everest, fearing possible flooding that could threaten the lives of thousands, an army official said Friday.

Louvre to evacuate artworks as Paris flood waters rise

Paris - The Louvre museum in flood-hit Paris said it would close on Friday to evacuate artworks held in its underground reserves as the River Seine began to burst its banks.

Four found dead in flash floods in France, Germany

Berlin - Four bodies were found floating in homes in France and Germany in flash floods that left water lapping at the doors of one of the Loire Valley's most famous chateaux.

Torrential downpours wreak havoc in north Europe

Paris - Torrential downpours have lashed parts of northern Europe in recent days, leaving four dead in Germany, breaching the banks of the Seine in Paris and flooding rural roads and villages.

Four dead in Germany floods

Berlin - Four people died and several more were injured in southern Germany after violent storms with torrential rains caused severe flooding, authorities said on Monday.

Sri Lankan troops search for 100 missing after landslides

Aranayaka - Sri Lankan troops were digging through tonnes of mud Thursday to search for more than 100 people reported missing after landslides buried two villages, claiming at least 24 lives.

Landslides kill nearly 50 in Rwanda

Kigali - At least 49 people were killed this weekend in landslides caused by torrential rains in rural Rwanda, the government said on Monday.

Four rescued six days after Kenya building collapse

Nairobi - Four people were pulled alive Thursday from the rubble of an apartment block that collapsed six days ago when heavy rains hit Nairobi, causing floods and landslides in the Kenyan capital.

Woman rescued six days after Kenya building collapse

Nairobi - A woman was pulled alive Thursday from the rubble of an apartment block that collapsed six days ago when heavy rains hit Nairobi, causing floods and landslides in the Kenyan capital.

Uruguay storms kill seven, displace 3,600

Nueva Helvecia - Storms and floods in Uruguay have killed seven people and driven 3,600 from their homes in recent days, authorities said.

Uruguay storms kill seven, displace 2,000: authorities

Nueva Helvecia - Storms and floods in Uruguay have killed seven people and driven 2,000 from their homes in recent days, authorities said Sunday.
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