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  • Man drowns as floods hit Russian Olympic city of Sochi
    Man drowns as floods hit Russian Olympic city of Sochi Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A man drowned on Thursday when severe flooding hit the Russian resort of Sochi which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, destroying homes and cutting off transport links. More »

  • Floods hit Russia's Olympic city of Sochi
    Floods hit Russia's Olympic city of Sochi Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Flash floods brought the Black Sea resort of Sochi to a standstill on Thursday and apparently killed at least one person as it halted trains and left cars half-submerged in the city where Russia staged the Winter Olympics. Policemen, who had been sent to evacuate people from some areas outside Sochi after several hours of torrential rain, found one male corpse, a regional Internal Ministry said in a statement on Thursday evening. Russian Railways said train service had been partly restored after a halt to the station in Adler, the district that hosted many of the Olympic events. More »

  • Kujira causes flash floods in Vietnam
    Kujira causes flash floods in Vietnam Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Tropical Cyclone collapses in the hills above the Red River Delta More »

  • Floods leaves 41 dead in western India
    Floods leaves 41 dead in western India Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Flash flooding triggered by torrential rains has killed 41 people in India's western Gujarat state, as the annual monsoon season hits the country, a disaster management official said Thursday. More »

  • Flash floods kill 7, leave 4 missing in northern Vietnam Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A disaster official says flash floods triggered by a tropical storm have killed seven people and left four others missing in a northern Vietnamese province. More »

  • 9,000 'Electric Yerevan' protesters flood Armenian capital
    9,000 'Electric Yerevan' protesters flood Armenian capital Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    More than 9,000 demonstrators rallied in the Armenian capital on Wednesday, an AFP reporter said, defying police calls to abandon their protest against electricity price hikes and police violence. More »

  • Former White House chef drowned while hiking: What to do in a flash flood Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Mr. Scheib’s body was discovered in a stream near a hiking trail above the Taos Ski Valley, ABC News reported. Scheib, 61, was last seen on June 13 before his hike in Taos. After he didn’t come home, his girlfriend reported him missing, setting off an eight-day search-and-rescue mission that would end up deploying officers from the New Mexico State Police, National Guard, and US Air Force. More »

  • FEMA rebuffs Vermont on flood resilience Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Ever since Tropical Storm Irene struck in 2011, Vermont has been pushing to make sure bridges and culverts are rebuilt to more flood-resistant standards. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency is ... More »

  • Ghana destroys hundreds of homes in capital in bid to prevent floods
    Ghana destroys hundreds of homes in capital in bid to prevent floods Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    By Matthew Mpoke Bigg ACCRA (Reuters) - Bulldozers razed hundreds of homes and businesses in the poor Sodom and Gomorrah neighbourhood of Ghana's capital on Saturday so the authorities can start widening a lagoon to prevent a repeat of this month's deadly floods. "What they have done is not good for us because this is where some of us work and take care of our families," said scrap metal merchant Muhammed Abdul Karim as he surveyed the wreckage of his shack and the motorised tricycle he uses to haul iron. Flood control has become an urgent problem for President John Mahama's government since more than 50 people drowned in torrents caused by blocked drains on June 3-4, a tragedy that exposed the country's creaking infrastructure. More »

  • 13 states catalog culverts to protect fish, mitigate floods
    13 states catalog culverts to protect fish, mitigate floods Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    DUXBURY, Vt. (AP) — Bridges get a lot of attention when they fail, but scientists are working to eliminate what they say can be an even greater scourge, because of their sheer numbers and their effect on wildlife: culverts. More »

  • Georgia still to host youth sports festival despite floods Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia's government says the country will still host the European Youth Olympic Festival next month after floods left at least 19 dead and caused a mass escape of zoo animals. More »

  • Greek island swamped by refugee flood; no relief in sight
    Greek island swamped by refugee flood; no relief in sight Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    MYTILENE, Greece (AP) — An inflatable dinghy touches the shore in darkness. Dozens of men, women and children jump into the shallow water, stumbling on unseen rocks as they scramble onto a narrow strip of seaweed-strewn beach. More »

  • Bill's remnants flood Oklahoma along path to US midsection
    Bill's remnants flood Oklahoma along path to US midsection Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The remnants of a tropical storm that moved in from the Gulf of Mexico this week focused most of its fury Thursday on Oklahoma and Arkansas, pushing rivers to record-high levels and causing flooding as it crawled northward through the central U.S. More »

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  • Macedonia backs law to cope with flood of migrants
    Macedonia backs law to cope with flood of migrants Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Macedonian lawmakers on Thursday amended the country's asylum law in a bid to better cope with the thousands of migrants who have been pouring in the Balkan country, heading towards the EU. More »

  • Runaway tiger kills man in Tbilisi after flood damages zoo
    Runaway tiger kills man in Tbilisi after flood damages zoo Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — A tiger that broke loose after severe flooding at the Tbilisi Zoo mauled a man to death in the Georgian capital before being shot by police Wednesday, a day after officials said all the zoo's tigers had died. More »

  • GEORGIA FLOOD Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Graphic locates Tbilisi Georgia.; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm; More »

  • Tropical Storm Bill moves into Texas with more flood threats
    Tropical Storm Bill moves into Texas with more flood threats Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — Tropical Storm Bill moved slowly over inland Texas on Tuesday, bringing another round of heavy rain to a state weary from recent deadly floods, evacuations and washed-out roads. More »

  • Tbilisi Zoo Flood Kills All Lions And Tigers
    Tbilisi Zoo Flood Kills All Lions And Tigers Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    All of the lions and tigers missing from Tbilisi's zoo after severe floods destroyed their enclosures have been found dead. More »

  • Lions Feared On The Loose After Deadly Floods
    Lions Feared On The Loose After Deadly Floods Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    A number of dangerous animals are still believed to be on the loose in the Georgian capital after flash floods wrecked Tbilisi Zoo and killed at least 12 people. Rain turned the River Vere, which flows through the city, into a torrent that swept away dozens of buildings and cars. Three zoo workers were among the dead and 24 other people are still unaccounted for, according to officials. More »

  • Tbilisi flood searchers in nervous lookout for zoo animals
    Tbilisi flood searchers in nervous lookout for zoo animals Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Workers and volunteers labored Monday in a flood-ravaged area of the Georgian capital to help victims while nervously watching for traces of dangerous animals that may have escaped the city zoo when it was inundated by the surging waters. Officials in the ex-Soviet republic said 14 people were confirmed dead. More »

  • Fourteen dead, hundreds of zoo animals wiped out in Georgia floods
    Fourteen dead, hundreds of zoo animals wiped out in Georgia floods Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Nine people were missing in Georgia's capital Tbilisi on Monday, a day after freak floods killed 14 people and swept away zoo animals, some of which were shot after being found prowling the streets. More »

  • Why did Tbilisi flood?
    Why did Tbilisi flood? Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The River Vere roared with wild water, too small for the thundery downpour in the mountains. More »

  • Levee breaks, floods Louisiana ATV park, 113 evacuated Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    COLFAX, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say 113 people were rescued from an all-terrain vehicle park in central Louisiana after a temporary private levee broke, trapping festival-goers on high ground. More »

  • Zoo animals on the loose in Georgia amid deadly floods
    Zoo animals on the loose in Georgia amid deadly floods Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Nine dead and Tbilisi residents warned to stay indoors after tigers, lions, bears and a hippo escape from their pens. More »

  • Lions, tigers on the loose in deadly Tbilisi floods
    Lions, tigers on the loose in deadly Tbilisi floods Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Lions, tigers and even a hippopotamus escaped from a zoo in the Georgian capital Tbilisi Sunday, adding to chaos caused by severe flooding that killed at least 12 people, officials said. More »

  • Tbilisi flood: Zoo animals still loose in Georgia capital Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Massive flooding in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, on Sunday set loose about half of the residents of the city zoo, among them big cats, wolves, hyenas, and a hippopotamus, multiple news agencies have reported. More »

  • Flash Floods Warning As Mercury To Hit 27C
    Flash Floods Warning As Mercury To Hit 27C Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    It could be the hottest of the year today - but "intense thunderstorms" risk bringing flash floods and travel chaos. Thunder and lightning are expected as stormy weather moves across the Channel from France to the South West and Wales. The Met Office has warned of potential flooding, issuing a yellow severe weather alert. More »

  • Homes, farmland flood in rural northwest Louisiana
    Homes, farmland flood in rural northwest Louisiana Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Homes and farmland remain under water in rural northwest Louisiana, and damage is spreading as the floodwaters from storms in neighboring Oklahoma and Texas overwhelm the Red River. More »

  • Higher temperatures drive risk of flash floods: study
    Higher temperatures drive risk of flash floods: study Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Warmer temperatures have a dramatic effect on rainfall patterns, heightening the risk of flash floods, according to an Australian study published on Monday. More »

  • Tornadoes, storms and floods sweep through Colorado
    Tornadoes, storms and floods sweep through Colorado Sat, Jun 6, 2015

    BERTHOUD, Colo. (AP) — Violent storms across Colorado have swirled into tornadoes that destroyed homes, popped open a sinkhole that swallowed a police cruiser and dropped so much hail on a Denver neighborhood that residents had to dig out of waist-deep ice with shovels. More »

  • Ghana's capital cleans up after fire, floods kill 150 Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    By Kwasi Kpodo ACCRA (Reuters) - Authorities in Ghana cleared wreckage on Friday and braced for more rains, a day after flooding and an explosion at a packed gas station killed 150 people in the capital. Emergency workers in protective gear retrieved household goods, fridges and wardrobes from Accra's clogged storm drains while security officials collected another body from a house near the gutted downtown filling station, witnesses said. "Rain or no rain, it is our responsibility to rescue life and property and we'll continue to do that until we are convinced that no person or vehicle is trapped anywhere," said James Buka of the National Disaster Management Organisation. More »

  • Baseball-sized hail, floods, and tornadoes rock US Central Plains Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The Central Plains were battered by heavy rain and baseball-sized hail on Wednesday and Thursday, and severe weather could continue into Friday.  More »

  • More than 150 killed in Ghana petrol station blast, floods
    More than 150 killed in Ghana petrol station blast, floods Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    More than 150 people have died in a devastating petrol station blast during heavy flooding in Ghana's capital, prompting the nation's leader to call three days of national mourning over the "catastrophic" loss of life. More »