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Cyclone Ianos: Rare Mediterranean hurricane sweeps Greece, 3 dead

Three people died  after a rare hurricane-like storm swept across Greece, flooding streets and homes and cutting power. At least two people remain missing Hundreds of people became trapped as Cyclone Ianos, known as a “medicane” – Mediterranean hurricane – hit areas north of Athens before heading south. As Ianos churned eastwards overnight Friday and […]

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Karachi records highest rainfall in a single day; Floods kill at least 19

Karachi, Pakistan’s financial capital plunged into chaos on Friday with power cuts, streets under water and cellphone outages caused by heavy rains as officials said at least 19 people had been killed in downpours the previous day. Record torrential rainfall flooded streets, damaged homes and buildings on Thursday. The provincial government declared a public holiday […]

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China’s Three Gorges Dam to see largest ever flood peak since construction; 100,000 people evacuated

Over 100,000 people were evacuated from the upper reaches of China’s Yangtze river as flooding threatened a 1,200-year-old World Heritage Site. Volunteers and police used sand bags to protect the 71-metre (233-foot) Leshan Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage site in southwestern Sichuan province, as muddy water rose over its toes for the first time […]

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China: Historic floods wet feet of giant Buddha statue first time in 70 years

A 71 metre tall statue stature of Buddha in China has had its toes dampened by floodwater for the first time since the 1940s. The UNESCO heritage site was carved out of a rockface near Chengdu in Sichuan province around the eighth century AD. It is normally high above the waterline, but the area has […]

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After failing to tame swollen rivers, China looks to build water-retaining cities

For centuries, China’s response to its unruly rivers has been to try to restrain them with levees, dams and canals. China’s National Climate Centre has records of natural disasters going back 500 years, and in almost every one of them there was a major flood. Yet the rivers continue to burst and China’s rapid urbanisation […]

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Flooding has caused $25 billion direct damage to the Chinese economy

The torrential rainfall in China this year killed more than 200 people an caused  $25 billion in direct damage, an emergency management official said Thursday. The floods struck major river systems across the central and southern parts of the China. Major cities have been largely spared by the flooding, but the impact compounds losses to the […]

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President Xi Jinping’s launches campaign against food waste amid pandemic and historic flooding

China has stepped up measures to reduce food waste, after President Xi Jinping launched a “Clean Plate Campaign” to fight food waste, calling it “shocking and distressing.” “It is necessary to further enhance public awareness of the issue, effectively cultivate thrifty habits and foster a social environment where waste is shameful and thriftiness is applaudable,” Xi […]

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China Floods: Road suddenly collapses swallowing parked lorry in viral video

A video of a Chinese road collapsed swallowing a parked lorry by devastating floods has gone viral. Footage shows the street alongside a riverbank suddenly ripped in half as the large vehicle being dropped and washed away by raging floodwaters. No casualties have been reported from the incident that occurred today in China’s south-western province […]

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Now floods ravage China’s walled city of Xi’an

The walled China’s Xi’an appears to be the latest victim of the massive flooding that has ravaged much of China over the past two months. The city was suddenly hammered by intense rains. The metrological department issued an orange warning on multiple occasions. Chinese state-run mouthpiece Cnwest described the torrential downpour as a sudden “baptism” […]

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Satellite images capture China’s Yangtze river dams discharging floodwater

Images captured by NASA’s Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 satellite shows floodwater from reservoirs in the Yangtze river being discharged after excess rain since the onset of the monsoon beginning June 1, 2020. The flooding in the Yangtze River Basin has displaced millions. The flood waters  was being held, or “absorbed,” by 2,297 […]

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World’s largest dam, Three Gorges Dam on the verge of collapse amid massive floods

The world’s largest dam in China, Three Gorges Dam is being tested to its limits as widespread flooding continues along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, with all of its major arteries already swamped. Constant rain has raised concerns about the integrity of the dam in recent weeks. Officials deny claims the dam is […]

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Heavy rains threaten more flooding across large parts of China

Large parts of China are expected to receive heavy rainfall on Sunday and Monday, triggering warning of fresh floods. Torrential rains are expected in parts of Chongqing, Guizhou, Guangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui and Jiangsu, the National Meteorological Centre said, warning that some areas would experience up to 7 inches of rainfall. Some of these […]