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Extreme weather events marked the course of 2020

The past year has seen a number of extreme weather events, including storms, wildfires and heat waves. The causative link is climate change. A number of the events have caused considerable damage. Some of the most extreme events are presented.

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 PM pledges billions for flood-hit region

Apo - Japan will allocate $3.7 billion for the recovery of regions hit by devastating flooding and landslides that killed at least 72 people, the country's prime minister pledged Monday.

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.

52 dead in Japan floods as more troops join rescue

Tsunagi - Japan will deploy more troops to search for survivors of devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 52 people in the southwest of the country, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Tuesday.

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.

Dozens dead, missing in Japan as heavy rain causes floods, mudslides

Apo - About 34 people are either confirmed or feared dead -- including 14 at a nursing home -- after torrential rain in Japan triggered massive floods and mudslides, authorities said Sunday.

Dozens dead, missing in Japan as heavy rain causes floods, mudslides

Apo - About 34 people are either confirmed or feared dead -- including 14 at a nursing home -- after torrential rain in Japan triggered massive floods and mudslides, authorities said Sunday.

14 feared dead in nursing home as heavy rain lashes western Japan

Apo - Fourteen people were feared dead at a nursing home in western Japan Saturday as record rainfall triggered massive floods and landslides, forcing authorities to issue evacuation advisories for more than 200,000 residents.

Two feared dead, 13 missing as heavy rain lashes western Japan

Apo - At least two people were feared dead and 13 others went missing in western Japan Saturday as record heavy rain triggered massive floods and landslides, forcing authorities to issue evacuation orders for more than 76,000 residents.

Rescuers hunt for missing as landslides, floods kill 10 in Japan

Apo - Rescuers worked by hand to clear debris from a landslide triggered by heavy rains in central Japan on Saturday, as the toll from the storms rose to 10 dead with a further three people reportedly missing.

Late monsoon fury kills 100 in north India

Patna - At least 100 people have died in northern India over the last three days in unusually heavy late monsoon rains which have submerged streets, hospital wards and houses, officials said Monday.

Toll in Japan rains hit 3, some evacuation orders lifted

Apo - The death toll from heavy rains in Japan rose to three on Thursday, as authorities urged local authorities to stay on alert despite the lifting of some evacuation orders.

Two dead as Japan orders 870,000 to flee heavy rains

Apo - Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday as heavy rains pounded southwest Japan, prompting flood and landslide warnings and orders for 870,000 people to seek safety.

Two dead as Japan orders 670,000 to flee heavy rains

Apo - Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday as heavy rains pounded southwest Japan, prompting flood and landslide warnings, and orders for 670,000 people to seek safety.

Another death as heavy rains prompt evacuations in Japan

Apo - Torrential rains killed one woman and caused flooding and landslides in southern Japan on Thursday, authorities said, as they began lifting evacuation orders that had been in place for over one million people.

Two dead after apartment buildings collapse in rain-soaked Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - At least two people were killed when adjacent apartment buildings collapsed in an impoverished neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro on Friday, Brazilian officials said, days after torrential rain wreaked havoc in the city.

Two killed as buildings collapse in rain-soaked Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - At least two people were killed in Brazil on Friday when two buildings collapsed in a hillside neighborhood near Rio de Janeiro, a region hard hit by heavy rain and flash floods, firefighters said.

Torrential rain in Rio de Janeiro leaves 10 dead

Rio De Janeiro - Torrential rain left at least 10 people dead in Rio de Janeiro, officials said Tuesday, as emergency workers rescued people trapped by the downpour and clean-up efforts gathered pace.

Torrential rain in Rio de Janeiro leaves seven dead

Rio De Janeiro - Torrential rain left seven people dead in Rio de Janeiro, officials said Tuesday, as emergency workers raced to rescue people trapped by the downpour and clean-up efforts got under way.

Japan PM meets rain disaster survivors, pledges more aid

Apo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Friday with survivors of devastating rains that killed at least 204 people in flash flooding and landslides, as the government pledged more aid.

Japan tackles clean-up as rains toll tops 200

Apo - Japanese rescue workers searched the ruins of homes Thursday looking for dozens of people still missing after deadly rains that killed more than 200 people.

Japan tackles clean-up as rains toll nears 200

Apo - Japanese rescue workers searched the ruins of homes Thursday looking for dozens of people still missing after deadly rains that killed nearly 200 people.

Forced from home by floods, Japanese go back to school

Kurashiki - Kaon Omori peeked into her classroom in the Japanese town of Kurashiki, gawping at evacuees forced from their homes by devastating flooding and landslides that have killed 179 people.

Japan PM meets stranded evacuees in flood disaster zone

Kurashiki - Japan's prime minister met Wednesday with people forced from their homes by devastating rains that have killed at least 179 people, as the government said it would review its disaster management plans.

Survivors of deadly Japan floods face uncertain future

Nihon - As Tomie Takebe looked at the ruins of her flood-ravaged home in the Japanese town of Kurashiki, she struggled to say whether she would ever live there again.

Japan rescuers go house to house as flood toll hits 156

Apo - Hopes of finding survivors were fading on Tuesday as rescue workers carried out house-to-house searches after days of deadly floods and landslides that have claimed 156 lives in Japan's worst weather-related disaster for decades.

Flood-postponed EU-Japan summit moved to Tokyo

Apo - Tokyo will now host an EU-Japan summit on July 17 to sign a free trade accord after the Japanese premier cancelled the talks in Brussels because of deadly floods at home, the European Commission said Monday.
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The first massive, huge thunderstorm to hit the city of Toronto this summer (2010).
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Rain drops still cling to the leaves of a shrub after a thunderstorm.
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Sunset after a thunderstorm.
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Clouds left over from a thunderstorm.
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