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Dominica pleads for help as storm death toll tops 30

Roseau - Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is pleading with world leaders to come to the rescue of his Caribbean island nation after it was battered by a tropical storm that killed at least 31 people.

New Orleans mourns dead, celebrates life on Katrina anniversary

New Orleans - New Orleans remembered the dead and celebrated its painstaking comeback from disaster, a decade after Hurricane Katrina ripped through the "Big Easy" leaving devastation and chaos in its wake.

Tropical storm Erika drenches parched Cuba

Havana - Tropical storm Erika broke up as it raked across Cuba, drenching the drought-parched island in heavy rain after killing at least 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

Tropical Storm Erika unleashes deadly floods in Dominica

Roseau - Tropical Storm Erika churned across the Caribbean on Saturday, a day after sweeping over the tiny island nation of Dominica and leaving at least 20 people dead.

Flash floods kill 40 people in N. Korea: Red Cross

Seoul - Flash floods caused by heavy rain killed 40 people in North Korea's northeastern border area over the weekend, the International Federation of the Red Cross said Wednesday.

Typhoon Goni slams into Japanese mainland

Toukyo - Typhoon Goni slammed into the Japanese mainland Tuesday, leaving at least one person missing, more than 70 others injured and disrupting rail and flight services, as authorities urged more than 600,000 people to leave homes.

Typhoon Goni threatens Japan after killing 26 in Philippines

Manila - Typhoon Goni killed at least 26 people in landslides and floods in the Philippines, officials said Monday, as the storm bore down on Japan.

Typhoon Goni ravages Philippines, heads towards Japan

Manila - A weakened Typhoon Goni was headed towards Japan on Sunday, after leaving at least 10 dead in the northern Philippines and causing thousands of people to be evacuated in Taiwan.

Ten killed in Philippines, thousands flee as typhoon strikes

Manila - Ten people were killed while thousands fled to higher ground as powerful typhoon Goni brought torrential rains to the northern Philippines, triggering landslides and floods, officials said Saturday.

Danny becomes first hurricane of Atlantic season

Miami - Tropical Storm Danny was upgraded to be the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, strengthening slightly as it barrelled through the Caribbean, forecasters said.

Uruguay flooding forces 4,000 from their homes

Montevideo - Flooding from days of heavy rain in Uruguay has forced nearly 4,000 people from their homes, officials said Monday.

Egypt heatwave 'kills 21'

Cairo - Twenty-one people have died and 66 others were hospitalised with exhaustion as soaring temperatures and high humidity hit Cairo and other parts of Egypt, the health ministry said Monday.

Myanmar flood death toll tops 100, one million affected

Yangon - The death toll from severe flooding across Myanmar has topped 100, state media reported Monday, with nearly one million people affected as fears intensify for the country's crucial rice bowl region.

Spain wildfire brought under control: Authorities

Madrid - Around 500 firefighters battling a wildfire in western Spain that has destroyed nearly 6,500 hectares (16,000 acres) brought the blaze under control Sunday, local authorities said.

Typhoon Soudelor toll rises to 17 in China: state media

The number of people killed by Typhoon Soudelor in China rose to 17, state media reported on Monday, with five more missing.

Spain wildfire forces evacuation of 2,500 people

Madrid - A wind-stoked wildfire that officials suspect was started deliberately has forced the evacuation of nearly 2,500 people from their homes in three villages in western Spain, local authorities said Saturday.

Drought causes Panama Canal to reduce ship size

Panama - The Panama Canal will temporarily limit the size of ships using the waterway due to a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, authorities said.The Panama Canal Authority said the maximum ship draft will be cut to 11.

Typhoon churns towards China after killing five in Taiwan

Shanghai - Typhoon Soudelor moved towards China on Saturday, weaker but still packing a punch, after killing at least five people and leaving a trail of destruction in Taiwan.

Two die, thousands flee as typhoon bears down on Taiwan

Taipei - Typhoon Soudelor will make landfall in Taiwan on Saturday, after an eight-year-old girl and her mother became the first casualties of the impending storm which has forced thousands to evacuate.

Spain wildfire forces evacuation of 1,400 people

Madrid - A wildfire raging in western Spain on Friday forced the evacuation of 1,400 people from towns and campsites, officials said.

Protesters leave as Taiwan readies for year's biggest typhoon

Taipei - Students who have been camping outside Taiwan's education ministry for almost a week to protest curriculum changes said Thursday they were packing up, as the country braced for the biggest typhoon of the year.

Three children among four killed in Macedonia storm

Skopje - A storm in northwestern Macedonia left at least four people dead, including three children, and injured 16 others, government said Tuesday.The torrential rain and strong winds that swept Tetovo town late Monday uprooted trees and caused flooding.

Soudelor targets Japan, China as most powerful storm of 2015

Hagatna - Super Typhoon Soudelor developed into the world's most powerful storm of the year Tuesday as it took aim at Japan, Taiwan and China after trashing the Northern Marianas.

Rescuers search for 20 feared dead in northeast India landslide

Guwahati - Rescuers were searching Sunday for 20 villagers feared killed in a landslide in remote northeast India, as the death toll from days of torrential rains elsewhere in the country rose, officials said.

Vietnam hit by flooding, toxic sludge from coal plants

Hoan Kiem - Vietnam is struggling to help communities hit by toxic mudslides after torrential rain in a major coal-mining area in northern Quang Ninh province, home to the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay tourist site.

UN warns Myanmar flood toll to rise as rains lash region

Yangon - The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar caused by days of torrential rain is likely to rise, the UN warned Sunday, as monsoon downpours heaped misery on thousands across the region.

Severe flooding hampers Myanmar rescue efforts, at least 27 dead

Yangon - Severe flooding across Myanmar hampered rescue efforts on Saturday as thousands sheltered at monasteries after rising waters triggered by torrential rains killed at least 27 people, officials said.

Thousands evacuated as cyclone heads for Bangladesh

Dhaka - A cyclone set to hit the Bangladesh coast later Thursday has already killed three people and forced the evacuation of thousands from mainly poor fishing communities, police and other officials said.

Storm surges amped by rain increase U.S. flood risk: study

Paris - Sea storm surges amplified by heavy rain are a greater flood threat to US coastal cities than previously understood, and are occurring more frequently according to a study published Monday.

Wildfire in Spain ravages 1,200 hectares

Barcelona - A wildfire raging in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia on Monday has destroyed over 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of land and forced the evacuation of some 800 people, local officials said.
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