Residents of multiple communities in the Australian state of Victoria received evacuation warnings due to flood emergencies. Photo: Xinhua

Australia PM tours flood-hit Victoria state; thousands evacuated

Crisis comes after Australia’s eastern states were hit by severe flooding in early 2022 as the country endures a third consecutive La Nina weather event, bringing heavy rains.

16 Oct 2022 - 1:31PM

Japan urges evacuation in southern city ahead of ‘very dangerous’ typhoon

Japan’s weather agency classified the typhoon as a “violent” storm with wind speeds of up to 270km/h, and issued evacuation instructions for some 330,000 residents in Kagoshima

Japan’s weather agency classified the typhoon as a “violent” storm with wind speeds of up to 270km/h, and issued evacuation instructions for some 330,000 residents in Kagoshima

17 Sep 2022 - 5:57PM

More rain lashes South Africa’s flood-ravaged east as death toll nears 400

The latest rains, which have left at least 40,000 people with no shelter, power or water this week, are expected to continue until early next week.

The latest rains, which have left at least 40,000 people with no shelter, power or water this week, are expected to continue until early next week.

17 Apr 2022 - 12:30PM

South Africa’s Ramaphosa visits flood victims as death toll rises to 259

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa pledged to help the victims of devastating east coast floods following heavy rains that washed out roads and disrupted shipping in one of Africa’s busiest ports.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa pledged to help the victims of devastating east coast floods following heavy rains that washed out roads and disrupted shipping in one of Africa’s busiest ports.

13 Apr 2022 - 11:30PM

45 people dead in South Africa floods, mudslides

Days of pounding rain flooded areas and shut roads across the city of Durban, while landslips suspended train services across KwaZulu-Natal province.

Days of pounding rain flooded areas and shut roads across the city of Durban, while landslips suspended train services across KwaZulu-Natal province.

13 Apr 2022 - 1:42AM

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Houses are seen on the bank of overflowing Woronora river on Thursday as inclement weather triggered evacuation orders in several suburbs of Sydney’s south and southwest. Photo: AFP

Rising rivers force more Sydney flood evacuations as rain eases

Australia’s east coast has been hammered by three separate wild weather patterns in the past six weeks as devastating floods submerged entire towns.

8 Apr 2022 - 11:08AM

Australia declares national emergency as thousands flee deadly floods

Government now has more powers to deploy aid and personnel; Prime Minister Scott Morrison says “Australia becoming harder country to live in’.

Government now has more powers to deploy aid and personnel; Prime Minister Scott Morrison says “Australia becoming harder country to live in’.

9 Mar 2022 - 5:26PM

Australia flood toll rises to 20 as thousands evacuate Sydney

Flood warnings stretched across Australia’s east coast as tens of thousands of Sydney residents fled their homes as torrential rains pummelled the country’s largest city.

Flood warnings stretched across Australia’s east coast as tens of thousands of Sydney residents fled their homes as torrential rains pummelled the country’s largest city.

8 Mar 2022 - 1:17PM

Major storm batters Europe, killing 9 and ripping roof off London O2 Arena

The storm caused mayhem across Britain, shutting the English Channel port of Dover, closing bridges linking England and Wales and halting most trains in and out of London.

The storm caused mayhem across Britain, shutting the English Channel port of Dover, closing bridges linking England and Wales and halting most trains in and out of London.

19 Feb 2022 - 10:40AM

Explainer | Is it too late to save Earth from climate catastrophe?

The world is under unprecedented pressure to avert climate change catastrophe. What action China, the United States and other major polluters take after the 2021 COP26 summit in Glasgow could shape humanity’s fate.

The world is under unprecedented pressure to avert climate change catastrophe. What action China, the United States and other major polluters take after the 2021 COP26 summit in Glasgow could shape humanity’s fate.

1 Nov 2021 - 12:45PM

Tropical Storm Henri makes landfall in Rhode Island

US President Joe Biden declared disasters in much of the eastern US region, opening the purse strings for federal recovery aid.

US President Joe Biden declared disasters in much of the eastern US region, opening the purse strings for federal recovery aid.

23 Aug 2021 - 1:40AM

India monsoon death toll climbs to 159, dozens still missing

India’s west coast has been inundated by torrential rains since Thursday, with the country’s meteorological department warning of further downpours.

India’s west coast has been inundated by torrential rains since Thursday, with the country’s meteorological department warning of further downpours.

26 Jul 2021 - 11:25PM

‘One in 100 year event’: evacuations ordered as Sydney faces more flooding

Authorities warned of potentially ‘life-threatening’ situation as the torrential rains pummelled the New South Wales state.

Authorities warned of potentially ‘life-threatening’ situation as the torrential rains pummelled the New South Wales state.

21 Mar 2021 - 6:36PM

Sicily’s Mount Etna continues its spectacular explosions

Ash and small lava stones rained down on eight villages on Etna’s slopes on Sunday morning.

Ash and small lava stones rained down on eight villages on Etna’s slopes on Sunday morning.

8 Mar 2021 - 1:29AM

Biden travels to Texas to survey damage from paralysing winter storm

The US president and first lady met the Republican governor, Houston mayor and visited a food bank and a health centre where Covid-19 vaccines are being distributed.

The US president and first lady met the Republican governor, Houston mayor and visited a food bank and a health centre where Covid-19 vaccines are being distributed.

27 Feb 2021 - 9:38AM

Rainy season floods hit greater Jakarta, displacing thousands of people

In Indonesia’s capital, some homes were submerged under two metres of water and vehicles were swept away on the streets.

In Indonesia’s capital, some homes were submerged under two metres of water and vehicles were swept away on the streets.

21 Feb 2021 - 6:32AM

Joe Biden approves Texas disaster declaration following deadly freeze

A winter storm in the southern US state killed at least two dozen people and caused widespread blackouts and water shortages.

A winter storm in the southern US state killed at least two dozen people and caused widespread blackouts and water shortages.

21 Feb 2021 - 4:23AM

politico | Joe Biden to declare major disaster for Texas amid crippling freeze

The US president said he will travel to Texas as the state remains locked in the throes of a days-long freeze that has brought power and water systems to their knees and endangered millions.

The US president said he will travel to Texas as the state remains locked in the throes of a days-long freeze that has brought power and water systems to their knees and endangered millions.

20 Feb 2021 - 3:11AM

Magnitude-5.9 earthquake jolts parts of Central and South Asia

Officials said they expect reports of losses in the remote mountainous areas might not reach them until Saturday.

Officials said they expect reports of losses in the remote mountainous areas might not reach them until Saturday.

13 Feb 2021 - 5:29AM

Netherlands hit by first snowstorm in a decade as Europe shivers

Britain was also bracing for heavy snow from what Dutch meteorologists have called Storm Darcy, with winds of up to 90 kilometres (55 miles) an hour.

Britain was also bracing for heavy snow from what Dutch meteorologists have called Storm Darcy, with winds of up to 90 kilometres (55 miles) an hour.

8 Feb 2021 - 5:53AM