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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...

145 Killed in Central America Storm

Guatemala sinkhole swallows 3-story building

(Newser) - The first tropical storm of the season has claimed 145 lives and officials fear many more people have been buried by landslides in remote parts of Central America. In Guatemala, the hardest-hit country, at least 120 people were killed by tropical storm Agatha and its aftermath, including a man who...

200 Buried, Feared Dead in Rio Mudslide

Slide hits shantytown perilously built on top of landfill

(Newser) - At least 200 people, buried under the latest landslide to hit a slum in Rio de Janeiro's metropolitan area, are feared dead, authorities said today. If confirmed, the deaths would raise the toll sharply from the 153 people already known to have died this week in slides triggered by record...

Mudslides Strand Machu Picchu Tourists

Peru sends helicopters to airlift thousands stuck at ruins

(Newser) - Helicopters are ferrying to safety some 2,000 travelers who have been stranded at the country's top tourist destination. The tourists were trapped at the Inca holy site of Macchu Picchu and the surrounding villages since a mudslide Sunday blocked off a railway, the only way in or out of...

LA Residents Evacuated as New Storm Bears Down

Another pummeling for southern California

(Newser) - Evacuations have been ordered in mudslide-prone Los Angeles neighborhoods as the third storm in as many days bears down on the city. Heavy storms early this week resulted in flooding and a tornado warning. Police officers have been going door-to-door in vulnerable neighborhoods telling hundreds of residents to be out...

Dalai Lama to Visit Taiwan
 Dalai Lama to Visit Taiwan 

Dalai Lama to Visit Taiwan

(Newser) - Taiwan has agreed to let the Dalai Lama visit the island to comfort survivors of a devastating typhoon, a decision that could anger China. Beijing considers the Buddhist spiritual leader a "splittist" for promoting autonomy in the Chinese region of Tibet. Allowing him to visit Taiwan could undermine the...

Hundreds Rescued from Taiwan Mudslides

(Newser) - Some 700 people feared dead in Taiwan's mudslides have been found alive and rescued from the disaster zone, the BBC reports. Military helicopters have been evacuating people from rural areas in southern Taiwan, where mudslides caused by Typhoon Morakot engulfed several mountain villages. Hundreds of other people are still missing...

Taiwan Mudslide Buries 500 in Wake of Typhoon

Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, China hit; at least 35 dead

(Newser) - A typhoon-spawned mudslide engulfed a mountain village in southern Taiwan, burying up to 600 people, a police official and a rescued villager said today. Earlier, Typhoon Morakot had struck the Philippines, leaving at least 22 dead. Another typhoon slammed into Japan's west coast today, bringing heavy rain that triggered floods...

186K Homeless in Deadly Brazil Floods

(Newser) - At least 19 people have been killed and close to 200,000 driven from their homes by floods and massive mudslides in northern Brazil, reports CNN. Over 1000 tons of emergency food are being delivered in six northern states as residents negotiate streets with boats amid roofs jutting from rivers...

Scorched SoCal Hills Ripe for Mudslides

(Newser) - A Southern California recently ravaged by wildfires will now have to contend with its heaviest rainfall in 9 months—and the possibility of destructive mudslides, the Los Angeles Times reports. The denuded hills of Yorba Linda and Montecito are prime spots for mud flows, having lost vegetation that stabilizes the...

China Mourns; 200 Rescuers Buried by Mudslides

A week after quake, flags fly at half-mast amid national silence

(Newser) - Millions across China bowed their heads and observed 3 minutes of silence today in the first of 3 official days of mourning for the 71,000 dead or missing in last week's earthquake. Flags flew at half mast, rescue workers paused in their efforts and trading was halted on stock...

2 Skiers Die, 2 Missing in Calif. Avalanches

Rain-drenched state braces for more storms, mudslides

(Newser) - Winter weather has wreaked havoc in southern California, leaving two skiers dead and at least two more missing in avalanches in the San Gabriel mountains. The avalanches followed days of pounding storms, tornadoes, and mudslides, and the area is bracing for another major storm tonight, AP reports. Some 11,000...

Storm Battering Northern Calif.
Storm Battering Northern Calif.

Storm Battering Northern Calif.

300K lose power under onslaught of wind, rain; enormous snowfall totals forecast

(Newser) - Thousands of Northern California residents are without power today as a massive storm buffets the region with winds over 80 mph and heavy rains. As many as 313,000 lost power in the San Francisco Bay Area, where some bridges were closed and ferry service was interrupted, the Chronicle reports....

Flooding Claims 9 in Caribbean
Flooding Claims 9 in Caribbean

Flooding Claims 9 in Caribbean

Tropical storm batters Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Olga set off flash floods in the Dominican Republic yesterday, killing at least 8 people, reports Reuters. Another man died in a mudslide in nearby Puerto Rico. The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression by the end of the day, and predicted to head between Jamaica and...

Mudslide Buries Mexican Village
Mudslide Buries Mexican Village

Mudslide Buries Mexican Village

More than 30 missing after mountain slides down valley onto Chiapas town

(Newser) - Landslides yesterday sent a muddy torrent through the village of San Juan Grijalva in flood-ravaged southern Mexico, burying more than 100 homes. At least 30 people were missing, according to media reports. Rescuers were sheltering some 70 survivors and searching for the rest. "A mountain fell into the river...

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