Natural Disasters And Extreme Weather

Fire warnings as temperatures to reach 40C in NSW and Queensland.

Total fire bans and severe and extreme danger ratings in place in northwest NSW and southeast QueenslandParts of New South Wales and Queensland face record-breaking heat this week, with some areas under total fire bans and severe fire danger ratin...

Hurricane Lorenzo: Ireland braces itself for powerful storm.

Damage expected from the largest recorded storm to make it so far east in north AtlanticIreland is bracing for strong winds, downed power lines and coastal flooding when Storm Lorenzo barrels in from the Atlantic before hitting Britain.Met Éireann...

India: monsoon rains flood Bihar and Uttar Pradesh states.

More than 100 dead in deluge after delayed rains overwhelm inadequate drainage systemsMore than 100 people have died in flooding in the Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, where vast areas have been inundated by delayed monsoon rains.Videos ...

Dozens die in northern India as late monsoon rains trigger floods.

Retreating monsoon rains have led to deadly floods across wide areas of Uttar Pradesh stateA heavy spell of retreating monsoon rains has flooded wide areas of northern India, killing dozens of people in the past week.A spokeswoman for the Disaster...

Prolonged monsoon brings floods and chaos to many parts of India.

Unprecedented late rainfall causes buildings to collapse as crops rot in fieldsIndia’s monsoon season has overrun by almost a month, with unprecedented rainfall causing deaths from collapsing buildings and many crops beginning to rot.Normally the ...

Pakistan earthquake leaves 19 dead and 300 injured in Kashmir region.

A shallow earthquake near Mirpur has struck northeastern Pakistan, tearing huge cracks in roadsAt least 19 people have been killed and 300 injured after a shallow earthquake struck northeastern Pakistan, tearing car-sized cracks into roads and hea...

'This is daytime': bright red haze from Indonesian rainforest fires envelops village.

Surreal footage shows the village of Jambi swamped in thick cloud of pollution It looks like a scene from a dystopian future, but in reality it is the Indonesian island of Sumatra this week – enveloped in a toxic red haze as hundreds of hectares o...

Countries must triple climate emissions targets to limit global heating to 2C.

United in Science report ahead of UN summit says climate is changing faster than forecast, and current plans would lead to ‘catastrophic’ global temperature rise An assessment backed by the world’s major climate science bodies has found commitmen...

'Critical': parts of regional NSW set to run out of water by November.

WaterNSW warns without significant rain, Macquarie River will run dry, wiping out supply to Dubbo, Cobar, Nyngan and NarromineParts of regional New South Wales could run out of water as early as November with data showing the worst-case scenario f...

Bankrupt California utility blamed for deadly wildfires agrees to $11bn payout.

PG&E to pay insurers of claimants from two years of blazes, including Paradise fire that left 86 dead, in tentative dealA utility company with a history of sparking wildfires has agreed to pay $11bn to a group of insurance companies representing c...

Bahamas: new cyclone threatens Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.

Tropical Cyclone Nine expected to drop up to 15cm of rain as operation to provide food and shelter continuesA tropical cyclone carrying heavy rain and strong winds has neared the already devastated Bahamas, threatening to complicate Hurricane Dori...

Bahamas: Dorian aid operation proves unusually complicated.

Sprawling set of islands provides logistical challenges as people from US and Caribbean islands offload suppliesA highly complex aid operation is under way in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, with an array of international non-gov...

Indonesia forest fires spark blame game as smoke closes hundreds of Malaysia schools.

Indonesia environment minister says smog is also from fires in Malaysia and VietnamIndonesia has shot back at claims the country is solely responsible for the fires that have created a thick haze across parts of Malaysia this week and forced the c...

US not planning to offer protected status to Bahamians after Dorian.

Officials say 2,500 people registered as missing but list has not been checked against shelter recordsThe United States does not plan to invoke temporary protected immigration status for Bahamians after the archipelago was battered by a Category 5...

'You can smell death': Treasure Cay questions how to rebuild after Dorian.

Twenty miles north of Abaco’s biggest town, Treasure Cay faces the daunting challenge of recovery and clean-up after the hurricane left it looking like a ‘war zone’Visitors to Treasure Cay in the Bahamas used to enjoy a traditional dish of steamed...

Bahamian evacuees find welcome in Florida but politics dog their presence.

Thousands forced to flee their homes by Hurricane Dorian found refuge in the Sunshine State but Trump has cast aspersionsThey descended the cruise ship’s gangplank at the Port of Palm Beach looking like refugees from a war zone. Some carried babie...

Devastation 'still unfolding' in Bahamas as Dorian death toll rises to at least 50.

UN estimates 76,000 left homeless after hurricane as emergency officials say mortuary facilities ‘overwhelmed’ with bodiesAid workers in the Bahamas said the devastation of Hurricane Dorian is “still unfolding” on Tuesday after the official death ...

'Trees snapped like toothpicks': how Dorian laid waste to Marsh Harbour.

Clean-up appears near-impossible in town that has been smashed to pieces by the hurricaneVeneta Collins remembers clinging to her children for dear life as Hurricane Dorian pulverised the Bahamas. “I was scared for my two girls,” she says of Occal...

Australian natural disasters minister David Littleproud: 'I don't know if climate change is manmade'.

Minister tells Guardian he is unsure of causes of crisis, saying he wants farmers to have tools to adapt to changeAustralia’s minister responsible for drought and natural disasters, David Littleproud, has said that he doesn’t “know if climate chan...

Queensland and NSW bushfires: mass evacuations as fires threaten more homes – live updates.

Firefighters fear significant losses on Sunshine Coast, while more than 50 blazes are burning across New South Wales. All the latest news here, as it happens• Peregian homes destroyed after ferocious bushfire rips through Sunshine Coast community ...

World 'gravely' unprepared for effects of climate crisis – report.

Trillions of dollars needed to avoid ‘climate apartheid’ but this is less than cost of inactionThe world’s readiness for the inevitable effects of the climate crisis is “gravely insufficient”, according to a report from global leaders.This lack of...

Peregian homes destroyed after ferocious bushfire rips through Sunshine Coast community.

Firefighters fear significant property losses, with scores of blazes still burning in Queensland and NSWHundreds of people are holed up in evacuation centres on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast as crews wait to see how many homes have been lost to a fe...

Hundreds of Bahamian evacuees ordered off boat due to lack of US visas.

Crew said people without visas must disembark ferry to Florida because of CBP’s ‘last-minute call’ that they would not be admittedHundreds of Bahamian citizens desperate to escape the devastation of Hurricane Dorian were ordered off a ferry to Flo...

Search for survivors continues after hurricane in Bahamas.

Large swaths of Greater Abaco Island were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian, which was the worst disaster in Bahamas historyRescue workers wearing white hazard suits continued their grim search for bodies and survivors in the hurricane-ravaged Bahamas...

Typhoon Faxai batters Tokyo, causing evacuations, blackouts and transport chaos.

Japanese capital bears brunt of 216kmh winds as 290,000 households lose power and Monday commute severely disruptedA powerful typhoon with potentially record winds and rain has battered the Tokyo region, sparking evacuation warnings to tens of tho...

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