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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.

Paris museums on alert as flood chaos hits France, Germany

Paris - Floods in Germany and France have killed at least 10 people and forced thousands from their homes, officials said Thursday as Paris' Louvre museum announced it would move treasures out of reach of the swollen Seine.

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.

One dead, several injured as lightning storms hit Europe

Paris - One man was killed and several people, including children, were injured Saturday as lightning strikes hit parts of Europe, including a park in Paris and a football pitch in Germany.

Lightning strikes German football pitch, 35 injured, 3 seriously: Report

Frankfurt - Lightning struck a football pitch in western Germany on Saturday, injuring 35 people, three of them seriously, news agency DPA reported.

11 injured as lightning strikes Paris park

Paris - Eleven people, most of them children, were injured Saturday when lightning struck a birthday party in a Paris park, officials said, adding that six of the victims were seriously injured.

Expect more storms this Atlantic hurricane season: U.S. scientists

Miami - More storms are expected during the coming Atlantic hurricane season which should be "near-normal," after three years of unusually low storm activity, US government scientists said Friday.

Flood-hit Sri Lanka pulls more bodies from landslides

Colombo - Sri Lankan soldiers pulled more bodies from landslides and distributed food and water to hundreds of thousands of residents camped in shelters on Sunday after major floods hit the island.

23 dead, 500,000 flee as Cyclone Roanu hits Bangladesh

Chittagong - Cyclone Roanu battered the coast of southern Bangladesh on Saturday, forcing half a million people to flee their homes and leaving 23 people dead in floods and rain-triggered landslides.
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