Monsoon floods have killed at least 175 in India since June

2016-08-24 18:58

Heavy monsoon rains have ended two successive drought years in India with the Ganges and its tributaries exceeding the danger level, triggering evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people in north and eastern India.

Obama visits flood-hit Louisiana

2016-08-23 21:03

President Barack Obama has touched down in flood-stricken Louisiana, hoping to offer support to devastated communities and silence his critics who say he should have visited sooner.

After drought, southern Africa threatened by floods

2016-08-18 20:56

UN agencies have warned that southern African countries are at risk of another year of food shortages as the drought-hit region is expected to be hit by above-average rainfall likely to trigger floods.

Free State lecturer awarded for drought forecasting tool

2016-08-18 07:29

A Free State academic has developed a drought forecasting tool to help small-scale farmers decide when to plant.

Summer floods in Sudan kill over 100, destroy 14 000 homes

2016-08-17 20:12

The United Nations says heavy rains and flooding this summer has killed more than a hundred people and destroyed thousands of houses in central, eastern and western Sudan

Eight dead, 40 000 homes flooded in Louisiana

2016-08-16 22:08

The death toll from historic flooding in the US state of Louisiana has gone up to eight, as the expanding flood zone prompted authorities to declare disasters in a dozen parishes.

Sudan floods kill 100, destroy villages

2016-08-14 21:22

Thousands of houses have been destroyed and several villages submerged after flooding triggered by torrential rain killed 100 people across Sudan.

Bangladesh has jumbo problem with rescued elephant

2016-08-14 17:36

Wildlife officials are trying to bring an elephant to a safari park outside Bangladesh's capital after it was carried from India to Bangladesh by raging floodwaters and became stuck in a swampy area.

Solar power plant in African bush brings hope

2016-08-09 21:33

A solar power plant being built in Uganda is bringing hope to parts of the energy-starved country.

Six dead in landslides caused by Tropical Storm Earl in Mexico

2016-08-07 09:17

Six people have died in landslides in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz as what had been Tropical Storm Earl dumped copious amounts of rain on the region.


Obama defends Louisiana flood response

2016-08-24 08:55

After a much-criticised delay, President Barack Obama has visited flood-stricken Louisiana, defending his administration's response and urging citizens to pitch in and help ravaged communities.

Flooding in Indian holy city halts cremations

2016-08-23 18:37

India's holy city of Varanasi has been forced to halt cremations along the banks of the sacred river Ganges as deadly floods from monsoon rains have hit parts of the country.

Louisiana death toll rises as flood waters recede

2016-08-18 16:02

The death toll from historic flooding in Louisiana has risen to 13 as receding waters exposed the extent of devastation in the hard-hit southern US state.

July was Earth's hottest month in modern times

2016-08-17 20:21

July has been marked the Earth's hottest month in modern times, setting a new record for planet-wide heat that has not been seen in 137 years of record-keeping, US government scientists said.

Getting aid to flood victims in Sudan a struggle - NGOs

2016-08-16 23:40

Aid workers have been struggling to get hundreds of tons of aid to people made homeless by widespread flooding in Sudan after torrential rains severed a highway and other roads.

Melting glaciers pose threat beyond water scarcity - floods

2016-08-16 17:30

South American glaciers are dying from soot and rising temperatures, threatening water supplies to communities that have depended on them for centuries and experts warn the deterioration also raises the danger of sudden, dangerous glacial floods.

Rains wreak havoc on Louisiana, 'snakes everywhere'

2016-08-14 18:52

Emergency crews have worked through the night to rescue scores of south Louisiana residents from homes and stranded cars, with one woman saying there were "snakes everywhere".

Mali floods leave 14 dead in a month

2016-08-10 07:14

Floods caused by heavy rains have killed at least 14 people in Mali over the past month, as well as causing serious damage.

Macedonia storms kill at least 20

2016-08-07 16:20

Fierce storms packing strong winds and torrential rains have killed at least 20 people in Macedonia's capital of Skopje, the health minister says.

Nature's 2016 resource 'budget' already used up - report

2016-08-04 20:42

In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year's allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air - the quickest rate yet, according to a new report.

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