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  • Boston area expects a flood of claims after record winter
    Boston area expects a flood of claims after record winter Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    After the Big Dig-out, it's time for the Big Payout. Or will it be the Big Denial? New England's epic winter is on pace to produce a corresponding number of claims as thousands of homeowners seek to repair ... More »

  • Northern Chile works to recover after floods kill 9
    Northern Chile works to recover after floods kill 9 Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Communities in Chile's northern desert region dug houses and cars out of the mud and worked to reopen roads Friday after floods pummeled several cities and left nine people dead. More »

  • Floods in Chile and landslides in Peru after heaviest rain in 80 years
    Floods in Chile and landslides in Peru after heaviest rain in 80 years Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The heaviest rainfall in 80 years has caused massive flooding in the Atacama region of northern Chile and devastating landslides in Peru. The death toll in Chile currently stands at seven, with 19 others unaccounted for as the military rushed to rescue stranded villagers. Rivers have burst their banks, flooding towns, making roads impassable and forcing miners in Chile, the world's top copper exporter, to suspend operations. More »

  • Seven die in Chile floods, military rescues stranded residents
    Seven die in Chile floods, military rescues stranded residents Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The death toll in Chile rose to seven after rains battered the north and caused flooding, the government said on Thursday, while 19 others were unaccounted for as the military rushed to rescue stranded villagers. Rivers have burst their banks, flooding towns, making roads impassable and forcing miners in Chile, the world's top copper exporter, to suspend operations. Chile, a sliver of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains in one of the world's most seismic zones, is used to dealing with natural disasters. Military helicopters flew in supplies and evacuated residents from three villages in the Atacama region that were entirely cut off and only reachable by air, Mahmud Aleuy, the deputy interior minister, said on Thursday. More »

  • Miners suspend operations in Chile as heavy rains flood roads
    Miners suspend operations in Chile as heavy rains flood roads Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Fabian Cambero SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Torrential downpours in the north of Chile, the world's biggest copper producer, have forced companies to suspend operations at several of the area's major mines, putting an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of capacity of the red metal on hold. The country, which produces a third of the world's copper, is likely experiencing the largest impact on output since an April 2014 earthquake. World No. 1 copper miner Codelco suspended mining operations at its Chuquicamata, Ministro Hales, Radomiro Tomic, Gabriela Mistral, and Salvador deposits due to the state of roads and mine access following the rains, the state-run firm said on Wednesday. The plants at Gabriela Mistral, Radomiro Tomic and Salvador were operating with mineral stocks, Codelco said, but was not able to say if the same applied to the other two mines. More »

  • Chile declares state of emergency in flood-hit desert region
    Chile declares state of emergency in flood-hit desert region Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile's government declared a state of emergency for the Atacama desert region Wednesday after flooding from heavy rains blocked roads, caused power outages and affected some 600 people in the normally bone-dry region. More »

  • Chile sends army to flood-hit region
    Chile sends army to flood-hit region Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Chile rushed in the army and urged people to flee Wednesday after heavy rains flooded towns across the northern region of Atacama, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency. More »

  • MPs in flood protection warning
    MPs in flood protection warning Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    England's ability to sustain current levels of flood protection for homes and businesses faces "major risks", MPs have warned. More »

  • David Copperfield's rooftop pool ruptures, floods penthouse Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Now you see it, now you don't. More »

  • Floods hit city in Brazil's Amazon jungle state of Amazonas Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian civil defense officials say more than 20,000 people have been affected by flooding in the city of Boca do Acre in Brazil's northern state of Amazonas. More »

  • Colorado experts to update snowpack, flood outlook Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Colorado water officials will get an update on mountain snowpack and an early look at potential flooding threats from spring runoff Tuesday. State task forces on water availability and on floods are holding ... More »

  • Ohio River to stay above flood stage for most of the week
    Ohio River to stay above flood stage for most of the week Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    The Ohio River was very slowly receding Monday after reaching its highest level in two decades, and forecasters expect it to stay above flood stage for most of the week. Melted snow and rainfalls have ... More »

  • Floods in Angola kill at least 64, toll expected to rise Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    At least 64 people have died in flooding following heavy rain in western Angola, the state-run news agency reported on Friday. Most deaths have been in the coastal city of Lobito in Benguela Province, with 35 children among the victims, Angop said. "People were sleeping which was part of the problem, it surprised people," Nuno Macedo, who works for Christian Aid in Angola, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "There are searches underway to try and find those who are still missing, so it is anticipated the number of fatalities will rise," Tomilola Ajayi, a Christian Aid spokeswoman in London, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. More »

  • FEMA sets up review process for Sandy flood insurance claims Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have agreed to provide Superstorm Sandy victims who think their insurance claims were not fairly paid out a chance for a review. More »

  • FEMA to review every Sandy flood insurance claim Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have agreed to reopen and review every flood insurance claim filed by Superstorm Sandy victims. The review will involve approximately 144,000 claims and not ... More »

  • Boat schools bring classroom to Bangladesh's flood-hit children Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    By Syful Islam DHAKA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Anna Akter, a nine-year-old student at a floating school in Bangladesh's remote Natore district, says she might have missed out on her education during annual monsoon floods without her boat-based classroom. The same goes for Khushi Khatun, who also studies at the boat school where she gets free tuition and materials. Hundreds of students in the northern Bangladesh district are taught in floating schools, an initiative to make education available to children whose lives are complicated by regular flooding. “Instead of the students going to school, the school reaches them,” said Mohammed Rezwan, founder of Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, the non-profit organisation that introduced the country’s first floating school system. More »

  • Floods wipe out Christmas gifts in snow-battered Kentucky
    Floods wipe out Christmas gifts in snow-battered Kentucky Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Floodwaters ruined hundreds of toys wrapped and ready for delivery next Christmas season to needy children, part of wild weather swings in Kentucky that dumped up to 2 feet of snow in some areas and trapped travelers on highways for nearly a day. More »

  • Floods kill 42 people in Tanzania, authorities say Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AP) — Floods from a heavy 30-minute storm in Tanzania killed at least 42 people in an area close to Lake Victoria in Kahama district, authorities said. More »

  • German spy agency HQ damaged in 'Watergate' flood
    German spy agency HQ damaged in 'Watergate' flood Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    The future headquarters of Germany's spy agency was flooded after thieves made off with water taps from the site, in a costly incident local media on Thursday dubbed "Watergate". More »

  • Tanzania floods kill at least 38, damage roads Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Flash floods have killed at least 38 people in north-western Tanzania after strong winds and hail battered villages, the president's office said on Wednesday. "The floods, which occurred after hail and strong winds, have affected some 3,500 people," Jakaya Kikwete's office said in a statement. Local media quoted police saying the floods had also destroyed food crops in the agricultural region located about 1,000 km from the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. More »

  • Gaza floods: dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams'
    Gaza floods: dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams' Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Once again this winter, following days of very heavy rainfall across the region, the banks of a riverbed running through central Gaza were breached, flooding dozens of Palestinian homes. More »

  • Devastation and disease after deadly Malawi floods
    Devastation and disease after deadly Malawi floods Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Tens of thousands stranded after southern Africa country's record floods face rising risk of disease outbreak. More »

  • Israel denies causing Gaza floods by opening dams
    Israel denies causing Gaza floods by opening dams Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Palestinians have been evacuated from their homes after heavy rains flood Gaza More »

  • Blizzard, Snow And Flood Warnings For UK
    Blizzard, Snow And Flood Warnings For UK Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    The UK is braced for blizzard conditions that could cause travel disruption until well into Tuesday. There will be no sign of spring in northern parts of the UK, where winds of up to 60mph and fresh accumulations of snow are predicted. Parts of Scotland can expect up to 20 centimetres (eight inches) of the white stuff. Sky News Weather Producer Rebecca Yussuf said: "There will be gusts of 50-60mph around the coasts and hills in the North and West. More »

  • Floods, storms and heat projected to cost SE Asia $34 billion per year Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Falling crop yields, damage to infrastructure and heat-related illnesses brought on by climate change could cost the four Southeast Asian countries of the lower Mekong River basin $34 billion per year, researchers say. Southeast Asia is one of the regions hardest hit by the impacts of climate change, such as floods, typhoons, droughts and saltwater intrusion - when seawater flows up rivers, threatening agriculture and infrastructure. More »

  • Super Tide And Strong Winds Brew Up Flood Risk
    Super Tide And Strong Winds Brew Up Flood Risk Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    There are also dozens of lower-level amber flood alerts - meaning flooding is possible. "It's possible we could see some large waves and spray and urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades and not to drive through flood water," said the EA's flood risk manager Jonathan Day. More »

  • Australia prepares for floods in aftermath of major cyclones
    Australia prepares for floods in aftermath of major cyclones Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    By Jason Reed ROCKHAMPTON, Australia (Reuters) - Australia braced on Saturday for heavy rains and floods after weather authorities downgraded two cyclones that lashed its north and northeast, damaging homes and snapping power links, but there were no reports of casualties. Troops were on standby to help with clean-up efforts in the northeastern state of Queensland after heavy rains and winds in excess of 200 kph (125 mph) brought by Cyclone Marcia on Friday. "At this stage, everyone is breathing a deep sigh of relief that there has been no loss of life," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters in state capital Brisbane. The worst of the rain would pass by Sunday as the storm is moving quickly back out to sea, the weather bureau said. More »

  • Spring tides trigger floods warning
    Spring tides trigger floods warning Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Strong winds and high tides are set to bring large waves to parts of the country this weekend as coastal communities brace themselves for floods. More »

  • 7 dead, 4 missing in floods in central Argentina Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    CORDOBA, Argentina (AP) — Seven people are dead and four others are missing in central Argentina after heavy rain led to street floods that swept up several people, including a 5-year-old girl. More »

  • %xhl(US judge dismisses La. flood board's coastal damage suit against dozens … Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — US judge dismisses La. flood board's coastal damage suit against dozens of energy companies. More »

  • Flood-hit 'not getting aid cash'
    Flood-hit 'not getting aid cash' Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    A year on from David Cameron's promise to flood-hit families that "money is no object" to help them, only a small proportion have received Government cash, Labour has claimed. More »

  • Indonesia: 6,000 people evacuated from homes and businesses as floods inundate …
    Indonesia: 6,000 people evacuated from homes and businesses as floods inundate … Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Nearly 6,000 people were evacuated from parts of Indonesia's capital Jakarta on Tuesday (10 February) after floods caused by torrential rain inundated residential and business districts in the city, according to the country's national disaster mitigation agency. In a commercial area in northern Jakarta, one of the worst hit areas, malls and shops were closed while people were moved from their homes using rubber boats or horse-drawn carriages. Many parts of Indonesia are regularly inundated during the annual rainy season, bringing already strained transport systems to a halt, while Jakarta tends to experience annual flooding due to a poor underground sewage system and overflowing, clogged canals. The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) said it had set up at least 14 evacuation centres for victims of the floods. More »

  • Concern over flood defence funding
    Concern over flood defence funding Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    It will be "difficult" to raise hundreds of millions of pounds from private sources to help pay for flood defences over the next six years, MPs have warned. More »

  • More Floods Hitting Midwest States
    More Floods Hitting Midwest States Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Floods have become more frequent in the central United States over the past 50 years, a new study finds. However, even though the events are striking more often, floods aren't bigger in size, said study co-author Gabriele Villarini, a hydrologist at the University of Iowa. "It's not that the largest floods are getting larger, but that we are experiencing a larger frequency of flood events," Villarini told Live Science. The new research was sparked by a 2013 study by Villarini and his colleagues that discovered heavy rainfall days are becoming more frequent in the Midwest. More »

  • Memorial held for flood death boy
    Memorial held for flood death boy Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    A memorial service has been held in memory of a schoolboy who died during heavy flooding last year as his parents continue to campaign for answers surrounding his death. More »