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Ports close in China island province Hainan as tropical storm Chaba looms

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SHANGHAI, July 1 (Reuters) – Local authorities in China’s Hainan province on Friday announced the closure of three ports as weather forecasters reclassified Chaba as a severe tropical storm that was expected to make landfall over the weekend. Chaba, currently east of Hainan, will move at a speed of 15-20......

N.Korean leader convenes latest party meeting amid pandemic, heavy rains

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SEOUL, June 28 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over another meeting of the ruling party to tighten discipline, state media said on Tuesday, as Pyongyang continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and gears up for potential flood damage from heavy rains. The enlarged meeting of the......

Yellowstone partially reopens after historic flooding

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June 22 (Reuters) – Yellowstone partially reopened under restricted conditions Wednesday after historic flooding forced the entire national park to close on June 13 for the first time in 34 years. According to notices on its website, 80 percent of the 2.2 million-acre park was open via three entrances to......

Afghan quake kills at least 920; toll expected to rise

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KABUL, June 22 (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 killed 920 people in Afghanistan early on Wednesday, disaster management officials said, with more than 600 injured and the toll expected to grow as information trickles in from remote mountain villages. Photographs on Afghan media showed houses reduced to rubble,......

Bangladesh military scrambles to reach millions marooned after deadly flooding

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DHAKA/GUWAHATI, India, June 20 (Reuters) – Soldiers on small boats delivered relief material on Monday across flooded towns and villages in Bangladesh, after more than nine million people were marooned in the low-lying country and neighbouring India following heavy rains, officials said. At least 32 people have been killed in......

Monsoon floods kill 42 people, millions stranded in Bangladesh, India

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DHAKA/ASSAM, India, June 19 (Reuters) – At least 25 people were killed by lightning or landslides over the weekend in Bangladesh while millions were left marooned or homeless in low-lying northeastern parts hit by the worst monsoon floods in the country’s recent history, officials said. In the neighbouring Indian state......

Southern China hit by severe rains, floods as ‘dragon boat water’ peaks

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BEIJING, June 19 (Reuters) – Vast tracts of southern China were pounded by severe storms, triggering flooding in cities and mudslides in rural areas, as the first bout of summer rains reached the peak of their power. Streets turned to swollen rivers as cars and single-storey houses were swept away......

Millions stranded as floods ravage parts of Bangladesh, India, more rain forecast

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DHAKA/GUWAHATI, India, June 18 (Reuters) – Monsoon rains caused widespread flooding in northeastern Bangladesh and India, stranding nearly 6 million people, authorities said on Saturday, warning the situation could worsen. The flooding in Bangladesh, described by a government expert as potentially the country’s worst since 2004, was exacerbated by the......

Mexico death toll from storm Agatha drops to 9, with 4 missing

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MEXICO CITY, June 1 (Reuters) – The death toll caused by Hurricane Agatha in Mexico fell to nine after initial reports of 11 dead, state authorities said on Wednesday. Another four are currently missing, authorities told local media. Agatha made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Monday afternoon, touching......

Death toll in Brazilian floods rises to 106, 10 still missing

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A man carries a ladder amid rubble from houses damaged by heavy rains, in the Coqueiral neighbourhood, in Recife, Brazil, May 31, 2022. REUTERS/Diego Nigro. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 31 (Reuters) – At least 106 people have died and 10 are still missing in......

Mexico works to clear debris as storm Agatha weakens on southern coast

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Palm trees sway in the wind as Hurricane Agatha pounds the southern coast of Mexico, in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca state, Mexico, May 30, 2022. REUTERS/Jose de Jesus Cortes Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register PUERTO ESCONDIDO, Mexico, May 31 (Reuters) – Mexican officials worked into Tuesday to......

Hurricane Agatha makes landfall in southern Mexico, soaking beach towns

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PUERTO ESCONDIDO, Mexico, May 30 (Reuters) – Hurricane Agatha plowed ashore on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast shortly before 4 p.m. local time Monday, lashing beach resorts in the state of Oaxaca with torrential rains. A Category 2 storm and the first hurricane to form in the eastern Pacific this year,......

Hundreds evacuated amid renewed flooding in South Africa’s coastal province

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JOHANNESBURG, May 22 (Reuters) – Hundreds of people have been evacuated to safety after heavy rains once again hammered South Africa’s coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal, flooding roads and houses and damaging properties, a government official said on Sunday. The province is still restoring damaged infrastructure and making plans to re-home......

Powerful storm rips through Ontario, killing at least two

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A dust cloud swrils in the wind in Toronto, Canada May 21, 2022, in this screengrab obtained from social media video. Dr. Liza Egbogah/via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TORONTO, May 21 (Reuters) – A thunderstorm that nearly packed the power of a tornado rolled......

Climate change is hurting insurers, report says

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LONDON, May 17 (Reuters) – Climate change is hurting the insurance industry and only 8% of insurers are preparing adequately for its impact, consultants Capgemini and financial industry body Efma said in a report on Tuesday. Insured losses from natural catastrophes have increased 250% in the last 30 years, with......

Texas grid operator calls for power conservation as temperatures, prices soar

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An electrical substation is seen after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in Houston, Texas, U.S. February 20, 2021. REUTERS/Go Nakamura/File Photo/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HOUSTON, May 13 (Reuters) – The state of Texas’ power-grid operator on Friday called on residents to cut their......

Trevali says caught unawares by downpour that flooded Burkina mine

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PERKOA, Burkina Faso, May 13 (Reuters) – Executives at Canada-based Trevali Mining Corp (TV.TO) said the company was caught unawares by a torrential downpour during the dry season last month in Burkina Faso that left eight men trapped underground in its Perkoa zinc mine. Rescue efforts are continuing since the......

Dust storm, hurricane-force winds tear destructive path across U.S. upper Midwest

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CHICAGO, May 13 (Reuters) – Hurricane-force winds tore across the U.S. upper Midwest Thursday evening, sending walls of dust across cities and rural towns, causing widespread property damage and killing at least two people. Straight-line winds up to 105 miles per hour (169 kph) reached from Kansas to Wisconsin, pushing......

North Korea mobilises office workers to fight drought amid food shortages

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North Korean farmers work in a field of a collective farm in the South Hwanghae province, North Korea, September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, May 4 (Reuters) – North Korea’s office workers and factory labourers have been dispatched to farming......

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