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Report: 90% of US Counties Hit with Disaster in Last Decade

Ninety percent of the counties in the United States suffered a weather disaster between 2011 and 2021, according to a report published Wednesday. Some endured as many as 12 federally-declared disasters over those 11 years. More than 300 million people …

Puerto Ricans Await Aid, Fret About Post-Hurricane Recovery

TOA BAJA, Puerto Rico (AP) — City worker Carmen Medina walked purposefully through the working-class community of Tranquility Village under a brutal sun, with clipboard, survey forms and pen in hand — part of a small army of officials trying …

Canadians Clean Up After Fiona Sweeps Homes Out to Sea; One Dead

PORT AUX BASQUES, Newfoundland — It will take several months for Canada to restore critical infrastructure after the powerful storm Fiona left an “unprecedented” trail of destruction, officials said on Sunday, as crews fanned out in five provinces to restore …

Trailers Offer Kentucky Flood Victims Temporary Home

David Stephens’ children romped around the small patch of grass they’ve turned into a makeshift playground, running and laughing – seemingly without a care in the world. Their father, though, is gripped by worry about the future. And he marvels …

Kentucky Flood Victims File Suit Against Mine Companies

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) _ Dozens of eastern Kentucky flood victims have filed a lawsuit that says two coal companies contributed to the damages they suffered. Nearly 60 people who live along River Caney in the Lost Creek community of Breathitt …

Climate Change a Factor in ‘Unprecedented’ South Asia Floods

SYLHET, Bangladesh (AP) — Scientists say climate change is a factor behind the erratic and early rains that triggered unprecedented floods in Bangladesh and northeastern India, killing dozens and making lives miserable for millions of others. Although the region is …

Musk’s Starlink Connects Remote Tonga Villages Still Cut Off After Tsunami

SYDNEY —Elon Musk’s satellite venture has launched a free high-speed internet service to connect remote villages in Tonga that have been cut off since a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami in January. Tonga’s prime minister, Siaosi Sovaleni, said in a …

Floods Top of Mind as Canadian PM Trudeau Outlines Priorities to Parliament

OTTAWA — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will add rebuilding from British Columbia’s devastating floods to his list of priorities when he outlines plans on Tuesday for the new parliamentary session, which include firmer measures to fight climate change. Trudeau’s …

Canada Struggles to Reach 18,000 Stranded by Flood Waters

ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia — Canada was still trying to reach 18,000 people stranded on Thursday after floods and mudslides destroyed roads, houses and bridges in what could be the costliest natural disaster in the country’s history. Receding flood waters were …

Claims Process ‘Challenging’ as Insurers Suffer Record Winter Losses, Aon Says

US insurers suffered record-breaking winter storm losses during the first quarter of 2021 while also grappling with several high-profile cyberattacks, according to a report released Thursday by Aon. Maybe claims departments are becoming a little testy. Aon’s quarterly Global Market …