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Severe Brazil Flooding Spreads in Bahia and Beyond

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP–A total of 116 cities in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia were in a state of emergency because of flooding on Tuesday due to heavy rains that have been pounding the region since the end of November. …

Forecaster Says Philippine Supertyphoon Rai ‘Exceeded All Predictions’

SINGAPORE–The rapid intensification that turned this week’s Typhoon Rai into the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year surpassed all predictions, forecasters said, leaving nearly 400 people dead and almost a million displaced. While it’s unclear exactly how global …

Typhoon Deaths in Philippines Top 140; Mayors Plead For Food

MANILA, Philippines (AP)–The death toll in the strongest typhoon to batter the Philippines this year has reached at least 146, and the governor of an island province especially hard-hit by Typhoon Rai said there may be even greater devastation that …

Russia Evacuates 128 Coal Miners Amid Reports of a Fire

MOSCOW (AP)–Authorities in Russia evacuated 128 coal miners Sunday from a mine in Siberia amid reports of a fire in one of its sections. The news comes weeks after a devastating blast in another Siberian coal mine killed 51 people. …

Rescuers Battle Strong Typhoon Lashing Southern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP)–A powerful typhoon slammed into the southeastern Philippines on Thursday, toppling trees, ripping tin roofs and knocking down power as it blew across island provinces where nearly 100,000 people have been evacuated. Coast guard personnel were rescuing residents …

27 Still Missing After Indonesia Volcanic Eruption Kills 22

SUMBERWULUH, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers dug out the body of a 13-year-old boy with their bare hands on Monday, as improved weather condition allowed them to resume their search for bodies after the highest volcano on Java island erupted with …

Wind-Pushed Fires Burning Near Great Falls, Browning, Denton

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Fires pushed by strong winds burned east of Browning, south of Great Falls and north of Stanford on Wednesday, leading to some evacuations and temporary road closures, while other areas of Montana reported record high …

Heavy Rains in Southern India Kill 14 People, Flood Chennai

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 14 people have died in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu during days of heavy rains, officials said Thursday. Several districts in the state are on high alert, bracing for more torrents as …

Virginia Beach Confronts Inescapable Costs of Rising Seas

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Voters in the sprawling coastal city of Virginia Beach will decide whether to approve one of the larger municipal bonds in the U.S. that would be used to protect against rising seas and intensifying hurricanes. …

Heavy Rains Trigger Floods in Northern India, Killing 22

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — At least 22 people have died and others are missing in floods triggered by heavy rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, officials said Tuesday. The Indian Meteorological Department predicted that heavy to very heavy …