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IMF approves $118.2 mn rapid credit for Mozambique

Washington - The International Monetary Fund board on Friday approved an $118.2 million credit that will be rushed out for cyclone-devastated Mozambique to help with the recovery efforts.

Strong 6.1-magnitude quake hits Taiwan, injuring 17 people

Taipei - A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, disrupting traffic and injuring 17 people.

Lightning strike at Acropolis, Greece, injures four

Atenas - A lightning strike injured four people Wednesday at the Acropolis in Athens, which was closed for the rest of the day, the Greek culture ministry said.

Mozambique town marks Palm Sunday amid cyclone ruins

Beira - Christians in the cyclone-devastated Mozambican town of Buzi on Sunday celebrated Palm Sunday among ruins -- a month after Cyclone Idai tore through the country leaving a trail of destruction.

76 dead in Iran floods as Tehran weighs costs

Tehran - Floods in Iran have killed 76 people and caused more than $2.2 billion in damages in recent weeks, officials said Sunday, with warnings still in place for large swathes of the country.

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.

IMF says could roll out storm aid for Mozambique 'next week'

Washington - The International Monetary Fund will consider a $130 million accelerated aid package for storm-hit Mozambique as soon as next week, a senior IMF official said Friday.

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.

Brazil flooding unleashes caimans in Rio neighborhood

Rio De Janeiro - Residents of a hillside Rio de Janeiro favela risk finding hungry caimans at their front door after the city was hit hard by heavy flooding caused by torrential rain.

Cyclone Idai's death toll nears 1,000 in Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Harare - The death toll from Cyclone Idai, which devastated Mozambique and Zimbabwe last month, is nearing 1,000, according to the latest figures released by the two governments.

After cyclone ruin, back to square one for Mozambique's Beira

Maputo - Daviz Simango, mayor of Beira on the Mozambican coast, had worked to shore up the city's climate defences, drawing on World Bank help to build deterrents against rising seas, flooding and storms.

Iran floods death toll reaches 70

Tehran - Floods in Iran since March have killed 70 people the head of the emergency services said on Friday according to the official IRNA News Agency.

US blames Iran for flood toll, says ready to help

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday blamed Iran for the level of devastation from major floods, and said Washington was ready to help.

Australia sees record temperatures for fourth month in a row

Sydney - Australia continued a string of "hottest ever" months in March, the government said Monday, as global warming emerges as the hot button issue in national elections just weeks away.

Nepal whirlwind storms kill 27, injure hundreds

- A freak storm tore down houses and overturned cars and trucks as it swept across southern Nepal killing at least 27 people and leaving more than 600 injured, officials said Monday as a major rescue operation gathered pace.

Cyclone-hit Mozambique fears cholera epidemic

Beira - Doctors and nurses wearing Wellington boots and face masks tended to patients in tents at a hastily-erected treatment centre in Beira, Mozambique following the devastation of cyclone Idai and its aftermath.

Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique reports five cholera cases

Beira - Five cases of cholera have been confirmed in Mozambique following the cyclone that ravaged the country killing at least 468 people, a government health official said Wednesday.

Mozambique families devastated by cyclone tragedy

- Twelve people perched precariously on a branch of a mango tree, sheltering from the floodwaters of tropical Cyclone Idai which wrought devastation across southern Africa.

23 dead as Iran battles heavy rain and floods

Tehran - Iran battled torrential rain and floods across most of the country on Tuesday, warning citizens to stay vigilant after unprecedented flash flooding killed 23 people.

Up to 500,000 displaced by southern Africa cyclone

Beira - A cyclone which struck southern Africa has affected almost three million people, of whom nearly 500,000 have been driven from their homes, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Death toll in 'unprecedented' Iran floods rises to 21

Tehran - The death toll from major floods swamping much of Iran has risen to 21, emergency services said Tuesday, as authorities sent safety warnings to mobile telephones across the country.

At least 19 dead in unprecedented Iran floods

Tehran - Major floods across much of Iran have left 19 people dead and more than 90 injured, blocking roads and triggering landslides with warnings of more heavy rain to come, emergency services said Monday.

Mozambique cyclone survivors face 'ticking bomb' of disease

Beira - Survivors of a powerful cyclone that pummelled southern Africa were to begin receiving emergency medicine, food and tents on Tuesday as floodwaters receded, while the Red Cross warned of "a ticking bomb" of disease in the storm-struck region.

At least 12 dead in Iran floods: emergency services

Tehran - At least 12 people were killed and 68 injured in floods that have swept across most Iranian provinces, the country's emergency services said Monday.

Africa cyclone survivors face 'ticking bomb' of disease: Red Cross

Geneva - A powerful cyclone that pummelled southern African countries earlier this month has left survivors facing "a ticking bomb" of looming disease outbreaks, the Red Cross chief warned Monday.

'Lots of dead', 'water full of snakes': cyclone survivors recount

Beira - "It was very scary, we were running in all direction, the water was full of snakes," recalls 39-year-old Otelea Jose after arriving from one of the areas worst hit by southern Africa's deadly cyclone.

Disease fears mount for Africa cyclone survivors

Beira - Disease is threatening to aggravate the already dire conditions facing millions of survivors following the powerful tropical cyclone which ravaged southern Africa 10 days ago, officials warned on Sunday.

Twin cyclones batter Australia

Cairns - A "very destructive" category 4 cyclone slammed into Australia's remote northern coast on Saturday, while a second, equally powerful storm bore down on the country's west.

In Zimbabwe, grief and hunger stalk storm victims

Chipinge - Eunica Simango sits with downcast eyes as she waits at a relief centre in Chimanimani.

Africa cyclone death toll surges past 600, 'worst yet to come'

Beira - The death toll from a powerful cyclone that pummelled swathes of southern African countries, flooding thousands of square kilometres, on Saturday surged past 600 as diseases stalked tens of thousands of survivors.
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