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Northern Vietnam struck by powerful storm, one dead

Hanoi - A powerful storm rolled across northern Vietnam on Thursday killing one person, delaying flights and felling hundreds of trees in the capital Hanoi.

Four officials suspended over deadly China flooding

Bejing - Four Chinese officials have been suspended following devastating floods that left more than 200 dead and missing and provoked widespread outrage over an alleged cover-up by the authorities, state media reported Sunday.

United global thinking needed for El Niño devastation

The devastating effects of the El Niño weather formation require a coordinated international response, according to the United Nations. The key requirements are outlined in a new report.

Last month was hottest June on record: US scientists

Washington - Last month was the hottest June in modern history, marking the 14th consecutive month that global heat records have been broken, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday.

Tropical storm kills 21 in China, 13 missing

Bejing - A tropical storm in China has left 21 people dead and 13 missing, reports said Thursday, after it lashed Taiwan with typhoon-grade winds and rain.

Tropical storm Nepartak kills six in China, eight missing

Bejing - A tropical storm in China left six people dead and at least eight more missing, reports said, after it lashed Taiwan with typhoon-grade winds and rain.

Tropical storm Nepartak makes landfall in China

Bejing - A tropical storm made landfall in China on Saturday afternoon, the country's national meteorological center said, a day after super Typhoon Nepartak lashed Taiwan with powerful winds and torrential rain.

Over 15,000 evacuated as super typhoon hits Taiwan

Taipei - Super Typhoon Nepartak brought chaos to Taiwan on Friday, forcing more than 15,000 people to flee their homes as the strongest winds in over a century lashed part of the island.

Taiwan cancels flights as super typhoon bears down

Taipei - Taiwan cancelled more than 100 flights and shut schools and offices Thursday as the island braced for a direct hit from Super Typhoon Nepartak, the first major tropical storm of the season.

Flash floods kill 43 in northern Pakistan: officials

Peshawar - Overnight flash floods killed at least 43 people in northern Pakistan, the majority in a remote village that did not receive an evacuation warning before the waters hit washing away most of the settlement, officials said Sunday.

China mounts rescue efforts as tornado toll hits 98

Yancheng - Survivors scrabbled through the rubble of their homes Friday after hurricane-force winds and a tornado left at least 98 dead in China, with hundreds more injured.

78 dead, 500 hurt by storms in eastern China

Bejing - Hurricane-force winds, freak hailstorms, pounding rain and a tornado killed 78 people in China's eastern province of Jiangsu on Thursday and injured nearly 500 others, Xinhua reported.

Man electrocuted as heavy storms batter Netherlands

Den Haag - Heavy storms swept the Netherlands Thursday leaving one man dead after he was electrocuted in his flooded cellar where he was growing cannabis, police and media said.

Lightning kills at least 93 as monsoon sweeps India

New Delhi - At least 93 people have been struck by lightning and killed in India over the past two days, disaster management officials said Wednesday, as annual monsoon rains swept the country.

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.

Paris soaked by wettest spring in 150 years

Paris - Parisians, never ones to suffer in silence, have had good cause to grumble of late: meteorologists confirmed Monday it has been the wettest spring in the French capital in nearly 150 years.

Floods in south China kill 22: State media

Bejing - Heavy flooding in central China has killed 22 people and displaced 197,000 since Saturday, state media said on Monday.A total of 20 people are still missing, the official Xinhua news agency said, after summer rainstorms were heavier than usual.

'Abnormal is the new normal': May breaks another global heat record

Washington - Last month was the hottest May in modern history, marking the 13th consecutive month that global temperature records have been shattered, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

Australian storm death toll rises to four

Sydney - The death toll from a powerful storm that lashed Australia's east coast and left homes hanging over the edge of the sea rose to four Tuesday, with three people still missing.

Australian storms leave three dead, others missing

Sydney - Wild weather that smashed into Australia's east coast and whipped up giant waves on Sydney beaches has left at least three people dead and others missing, police said Monday as the clean-up began.

Hollande seeks to lift glum France as Euro 2016 looms

Paris - President Francois Hollande on Sunday sought to dispel the threat of strikes and dread of terrorism hanging over France as the country readies to host the Euro 2016 football championship.

French floods, strikes cast pall over Euro 2016

Paris - Flood damage, strikes and terror fears are the ingredients of a malaise gripping France five days before the Euro football tournament.

Eight seriously hurt by lightning at German rock festival

Berlin - Eight people were seriously injured after being struck by lightning at a rock festival in western Germany on Friday night, the festival organiser said."The emergency services said that at least 42 festivalgoers were taken to hospitals in the region.

France floods ease as River Seine starts to recede

Paris - The rain-swollen River Seine in Paris began to recede Saturday after reaching its highest level in three decades, easing fears after floods sent the Louvre and other riverside museums scrambling to protect their treasures. From a peak of 6.

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.

US army probes death of nine soldiers in Texas base floods

Washington - A probe has been launched into the death of nine soldiers caught in a flash-flood during a training exercise in Texas, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said Saturday.

Paris holiday landmarks blighted by floods

Paris - The trappings of a dream Paris holiday -- a visit to the Louvre, cruising the Seine under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower -- have been drowned under torrential rainfall this week.

Paris museums close doors as Seine peaks

Paris - Paris' Louvre and Orsay museums shut on Friday to remove art treasures from their basements as the swollen River Seine neared its highest level in three decades.

Paris museums shut as swollen Seine reaches peak

Paris - Paris' world-famous Louvre and Musee d'Orsay museums shut on Friday to rush valuable artworks out of their basements, as the rain-swollen River Seine reached its highest level in three decades.

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.
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