Flood kills 76 in Fushun

People walk through a flooded area after the floods in Fushun, in northeast China's Liaoning province. The floods have killed 76 people. Photo: AP

Chinese state media say a river flood triggered by torrential rains has killed 76 in a northeastern city.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 5:48pm

Germany sends thousands of soldiers to help cities cope with flooding

Dr Angela Merkel inspects the town of Pirna. Photo: Reuters

Germany yesterday sent thousands of soldiers to help cities and towns cope with flooding from the rain-swollen Danube and other southern rivers, a day after the Bavarian city of Passau saw its worst flooding since 1501.

5 Jun 2013 - 1:03am

Tokyo bolsters defences for storms that would dwarf Hurricane Sandy

If Tokyo's Arakawa River breaks its banks in a storm, about 2,000 people are likely to be killed and 860,000 would be stranded, the government says. Photo: Bloomberg

Tokyo, the world's most populated city, is building defences for a once-in-200-years flood that could dwarf the damage Hurricane Sandy wrought on the US east coast.

1 Jun 2013 - 3:58am

Flood toll mounts in Argentina

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner (centre) visits residents affected by the flood, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

The death toll from massive flooding in Argentina has risen to 56, prompting the government to declare three days of national mourning and drawing a message of concern from Pope Francis.

Most of the victims were found on Wednesday after a second day of record rainfall in Buenos Aires and nearby La Plata, where flooding submerged cars and sent people scrambling to rooftops for safety.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:03pm

Thousands isolated by Australian floodwaters

Thousands of people on Australia’s east coast were cut off on Sunday by floodwaters which have claimed two lives, while violent thunderstorms and a series of reported “mini-tornados” destroyed homes south of Sydney.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Dam breached in Shanxi leads to flooding and evacuation

The breached dam at the Quting reservoir. Photo: SCMP

The top of an irrigation duct at the Quting reservoir in Hongtong county caved in on Friday morning, leading to the partial collapse of its dam walls, the report said, citing an unidentified local official.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:38am

Briefs, February 7, 2013

Protesters angry at Molla's conviction. Photo: Xinhua

The Maldives is to hold a presidential poll on September 7, the first since the archipelago's first democratically elected leader was toppled in what he called a coup, the government said. 

7 Feb 2013 - 2:38am

Heavy rain kills 34 in Pakistan

Vehicles drive along a flooded street in northwest Pakistan's Peshawar on Wednesday. Photo: Xinhua

Days of torrential rain have killed 34 people in Pakistan, mostly on the northwestern border with Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday.

The worst-hit region was Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the northwest where 25 people were killed and 57 injured as a result of heavy rain from Sunday to Tuesday, the provincial disaster management authority said.

6 Feb 2013 - 6:30pm

Military sent in to aid Australia's flooding victims

Flooding in Maryborough in the Australian state of Queensland. Photo: AFP

Storms triggered by tropical cyclone Oswald have claimed four lives - the most recent a three-year-old boy killed by a falling tree - as heavy rains brought flooding to the states of Queensland and New South Wales.

30 Jan 2013 - 4:22am

Twenty rescued as floods sweep northeast Australia

A screengrab shows a rescue in surging flood waters.

A teenage boy was dramatically rescued from surging floodwaters as he clung to a tree on Friday, while others were plucked from stranded cars and homes as floods swept northeastern Australia.

25 Jan 2013 - 2:39pm

Jakarta floods claim 11 lives as waters recede

A rescue team looks for people stuck in their homes in a flooded area of Jakarta as the murky brown waters caused chaos for a second day. Photo: AFP

Floods in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta have left at least 11 people dead, authorities said on Friday as murky brown waters submerged parts of the city’s business district, causing chaos for a second day.

18 Jan 2013 - 8:02pm

Briefs, December 15, 2012

Zhou is a protégé of President Hu Jintao. Photo: Choi Chi-yuk

Zhou Qiang has relinquished his position as party secretary of the standing committee of the Hunan provincial people's congress, Xinhua reported yesterday. 

15 Dec 2012 - 4:32am

800 homes flooded as Britain soaked by more heavy rain

People use canoes to travel through floodwaters in Malmesbury in Wiltshire, western England, on Sunday. Photo: AFP

More than 800 homes in England and Wales have been flooded as heavy rain and strong winds battered the country and environmental officials warned of more downpours to come on Monday.

Two people have died since heavy rain began on Wednesday, including a woman killed by a falling tree in the southwestern English city of Exeter and a man trapped in his car in rising waters in Somerset.

26 Nov 2012 - 12:50pm

2 dead, 500 homes affected as storm soaks southwest England

The British government has pledged to help victims of widespread flooding across the country, as gale-force winds and torrential rain claimed the lives of two people.

A 21-year-old woman was killed when a tree smashed into her tent while she was sleeping, near the Exeter city centre, while a 70-year-old man died after his car crashed into a swollen river in Cambridgeshire.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Asia’s mega-cities more vulnerable to disasters

Residents commute along a flooded stretch of road in Calumpit town, north of Manila on August 11. Photo: AFP

Asia’s cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters as they struggle with poor planning, population explosions and climate change, the Asian Development Bank warned on Tuesday.

13 Nov 2012 - 9:51pm