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13 Are Now Dead in California Mudslides

But rescuers save a 14-year-old girl

(Newser) - At least 13 people were killed and homes were torn from their foundations Tuesday as downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California last month. Rescue crews used helicopters to pluck people from rooftops because debris blocked roads,... More »

Sierra Leone Prepares for Mass Funerals

Mudslides kill more than 300, another 600 are still missing

(Newser) - Sierra Leone's government urged family members to come to the capital's overwhelmed mortuary Wednesday to identify their loved ones' remains as the West African nation prepared to bury hundreds of mudslide and flood victims , the AP reports. Crews continued the grim work of extracting bodies from tons of... More »

Mudslides, Flooding Kill at Least 250 in Sierra Leone

More bodies expected to be found

(Newser) - Mudslides and torrential flooding killed at least 250 people in and around Sierra Leone's capital early Monday following heavy rains, with many victims trapped in homes buried under tons of mud, the AP reports. Survivors and volunteers dug through the mud and debris at times with their bare hands... More »

Sri Lanka Mudslides: 151 Dead, 102K Displaced

More rain is forecast in battered, soaked nation

(Newser) - Sri Lankan rescuers on Sunday pulled out more bodies that were buried by enormous mudslides as the death toll in the disaster climbed to 151, with 111 others missing, reports the AP. Although the weather has cleared, more rains are forecast for Monday, threatening to bring further misery to over... More »

In Mudslide's Grim Aftermath, 'Bodies All Over'

Colombia dealing with aftermath of devastating flooding, blames hard rain

(Newser) - A grim search for the missing resumed at dawn Sunday in southern Colombia after surging rivers sent an avalanche of floodwaters, mud, and debris through Mocoa, killing at least 200 people. People pried through piles of rocks and wooden planks that entombed homes. Streets were covered in thick sand, mud,... More »

'Mountain Came Down': Village Vanished in Mudslide

30 dead, 100 missing as Indian rescuers comb through mud

(Newser) - More than 24 hours after yesterday's landslide in western India, authorities said the chances of survival were slim for anyone still trapped under the mud. The mudslide in Malin—a village of some 700 people about 95 miles southeast of Mumbai—has killed at least 30 people and left... More »

Landslides Kill 23 in Uganda

At least 6 of the victims are children

(Newser) - Landslides buried homes and killed at least 23 people in an eastern district of Uganda today, says a rescue official. The landslides came after heavy rainfall in Mabono village in the Bulambuli district, 167 miles east of Kampala. The Red Cross has retrieved 15 of the 23 bodies, including those... More »

Terrifying Video Captures South Korea Mudslide

Plus: Residents warned of landmines

(Newser) - The death toll from South Korea's massive landslides has reached 67, with at least 10 still missing, Reuters reports, and this terrifying video shows some of the destruction. In the wake of the flash flooding and mudslides, caused by the heaviest rains in a century, residents were warned to... More »

Rains, Mudslides Kill 38, Cause Havoc in S. Korea

Officials say rains could be biggest in a century

(Newser) - Heavy rains caused flash floods and mudslides around South Korea today, killing at least 38 people, reports the Korea Herald . Ten students were killed when a wall of mud buried the resort cabin they were staying in about 68 miles east of Seoul; 24 others in the town were injured.... More »

With Break in Rain, Brazil Airlifts Aid to Mudslide Victims

But survivors largely left to own devices

(Newser) - A break in near-constant rain today allowed Brazilian rescue helicopters to deliver desperately needed food and water to neighborhoods buried under tons of earth in mudslides that have killed more than 600. Rain clouds lifted, allowing about a dozen helicopters to buzz around the craggy peaks of the emerald-green mountains... More »

Guatemala Mudslides Kill 28; 60-Plus Missing

President declares national emergency, shutters highway

(Newser) - Mudslides buried at least two buses on a Guatemalan highway that leads toward Mexico yesterday, reports the AP, leaving 28 dead and at least 60 more missing. Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom closed the highway and declared a national emergency, saying, "There are several hillsides that are loose and could... More »

Scores Dead, Thousands Missing After China Landslides

Torrential rain triggers flooding, mudslides in northwest province

(Newser) - More than 100 people are dead and 2,000 missing after heavy rains triggered flooding and landslides in a remote corner of northwest China. Tens of thousands of Gansu province residents were evacuated. Widespread power outages have slowed rescue operations, and sludge as much as 6 feet deep covers some... More »

Scores Killed in Rio Flooding

City on brink of collapse in biggest storm in decade

(Newser) - At least 100 people have been killed in Rio de Janiero state as the most torrential rains in a decade flooded homes and triggered deadly landslides. The government has declared a state of emergency as rescuers dig through mud burying Rio shanty towns in a desperate bid to unearth survivors... More »

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