Billion-plus at risk as cities remain unprepared for extreme weather and natural disasters

Billion-plus at risk as cities remain unprepared for extreme weather and natural disasters

The global institution predicted that by 2050, worsening rivers and coastal floods alone would affect 1.3 billion people.

South American floods kill 12, force mass evacuations

 Severe storms and flooding across South America`s "southern cone" have killed at least 12 people and forced thousands to evacuate, with more bad weather on the way.

Storm Desmond causes destruction in parts of UK

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16 killed in France storm, flooding

At least 16 people were killed and three remain unaccounted for after a violent storm and subsequent floods hit the French Riviera, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday.

Taliban attempt to seize airport in Afghan city of Kunduz: Official

Taliban fighters were attempting to seize control of the airport in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz late on Tuesday, after the militants seized a provincial capital for the first time since their ouster 14 years ago.

Tidal flooding alert for Indian coastline issued

Tidal flooding alert for Indian coastline issued

An alert on tidal flooding of the Indian coastline for September 25-30 has been sounded, including for low-lying areas in coastal Kerala.

Japan hit by record-breaking rain

 Many areas in Japan are on high alert as record-breaking heavy rains and flooding continued for the second day on Thursday

Myanmar appeals for international assistance for flood relief

Myanmar said on Tuesday it had appealed for international assistance to help provide food, temporary shelter and clothing for more than 210,000 people affected by widespread flooding following weeks of heavy monsoon rains.

Jammu & Kashmir: Rail traffic suspended on Banihal-Qazigund section

Jammu & Kashmir: Rail traffic suspended on Banihal-Qazigund section

Flooding of tracks in heavy rainfall has led to the suspension of rail services between Banihal area of Jammu and Qazigund belt of Kashmir Valley, rail officials said.

Flooding in Texas, Oklahoma prompts rescues, evacuations

Up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain fell over 24 hours in parts of Texas, prompting numerous evacuations and rescues overnight and into Sunday, while a firefighter in northeast Oklahoma died after being swept away in floodwaters.

Hail, snow, floods, a tornado and tropical storm for Mother's Day in US

  Hail, snow, flooding, a tornado and a tropical storm made it a "severe weather" Mother`s Day in much of the center of the United States and on the Carolina coast on Sunday.

Four dead in Chile floods, military rescues stranded residents

  The death toll in Chile rose to four after rains battered the north and caused flooding, the government said on Thursday, while 22 others were unaccounted for as the military rescued stranded villagers.

New tools to breed 'anti-flood' cereal crops

 In a significant find, scientists have identified the mechanism used by plants in stress conditions to sense low oxygen levels that may lead to the introduction of cereal crops better able to tolerate flooding.

US coastal areas face major flood threats

 Come 2050 and most of the US coastal areas are likely to be threatened by 30 or more days of flooding every year due to dramatically accelerating impact of rising sea level, says a study.

Urgent action urged to save major global cities from sea-level rise extinction

Urgent action urged to save major global cities from sea-level rise extinction

 A new study has revealed that an immediate action is needed to be taken as the world's deltas that accommodate major cities such as Shanghai, Dhaka and Bangkok will be drowned in the next century by rising sea levels.

Flooding fears mount in snowed-in area of New York state

Record-breaking snowfall that buried towns near Buffalo, New York, and killed at least 14 people, posed a major flooding threat Saturday with temperatures forecast to rise.

Offshore islands actually increase Tsunami flooding by 70%

Offshore islands actually increase Tsunami flooding by 70%

A new study has revealed that offshore islands actually amplify the power of tsunamis, increasing flooding on the mainland by up to 70 percent.

Storms to hit Britain Monday

Stormy conditions are set to hit parts of Britain Monday, with strong winds and heavy rain bringing the risk of travel disruption and flooding, the Guardian reported Sunday.

Toll from cholera outbreak in South Sudan reaches 27: UN

The number of people dying of cholera outbreak has reached 27 in South Sudanese capital of Juba with suspected cases turning more than double from 395 cases last week to 892, the UN humanitarian agency said Saturday.

Three dead in China rain storms: Government

Three people have been killed and thousands evacuated in several days of rainstorms in southern China, flooding major cities and affecting air and rail transport, authorities said Monday.