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After Seeing Floods, Indonesian Leader Visits Quake Zone

MAMUJU, Indonesia (AP) — Relief workers struggled Tuesday to clear the rubble of collapsed buildings on an Indonesian island where a strong earthquake killed at least 90 people and left thousands homeless. The 6.2 magnitude earthquake on Friday was one …

Waterfront Homes Evacuated Due To Landslide in Wash. State

LOFALL, Wash. (AP) — Eight waterfront homes along Hood Canal in Washington have been evacuated due to a fire and a landslide that has destabilized the hillside and pushed trees into at least one home, emergency officials said. Firefighters responded …

AIR Worldwide and KCC Project Hurricane Sally Insured Losses From $1 to $3 Billion

Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates that industry insured losses to onshore property resulting from Hurricane Sally’s winds, storm surge, and inland flood will range from $1 billion to $3 billion, with wind representing the majority of the losses. …

Jakarta Hit by Flooding as Cyclones Trigger Extreme Rainfall

Parts of Indonesian capital and its suburbs were flooded after two tropical cyclones off the nation’s coast triggered extremely heavy rainfall, inundating houses in low-lying areas and forcing evacuation of hundreds of residents. More than 200 spots of flooding were …

Forecast Storms Bring Both Relief and New Risks for Fire-stricken Australia

MELBOURNE — Severe storms are expected to bring some relief in the coming days from huge bushfires scorching Australia but the heavy downpours could also carry the risk of landslides and water pollution, officials said on Wednesday. Australia is battling …

Researchers Say Climate Change to Blame for Hurricane Maria’s Extreme Rainfall

WASHINGTON — Hurricane Maria dropped more rain on Puerto Rico than any storm to hit the island since 1956, a feat due mostly to the effects of human-caused climate warming, new research finds. A new study analyzing Puerto Rico’s hurricane …

Flooding in North Prompts UK Government to Hold Emergency Session

Hundreds more people were told to leave their homes in northern England Sunday as Prime Minister David Cameron said more troops would be deployed to protect peoples’ lives and property after weeks of heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding. Cameron said …

Landslide Danger Remains High in Switzerland

Swiss authorities say the risk of landslides remains a danger in drenched areas with two lakes near flood levels and abundant snowfall expected in southern Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment is warning that water levels are climbing …

North Korea Reports 31 More Deaths From Downpours

North Korea says dozens more people have been killed or reported missing because of heavy rainfall this week. The announcement Wednesday comes a day after U.N. staff visited storm-pounded areas to assess damage and investigate the needs of flood victims. …

Texas Sinkhole Could Help With Runoff Study

A Central Texas sinkhole that’s grown to about 20-feet deep has offered researchers a way to study runoff into the Edwards Aquifer. Officials in Austin say the parking lot hole opened Jan. 25 after heavy rainfall, leading to discovery of …