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Flooding hits Indonesian capital Jakarta, hundreds displaced

Widespread flooding hit the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Tuesday after heavy overnight rain fell across the city, emergency services have confirmed.

UN: More than 5 million in need of food aid in South Sudan

About 5.2 million people are facing food insecurity in South Sudan, or nearly half of the population, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Monday.

California declares state of emergency amid fears for dam spillway

The governor of California declared a state of emergency in three northern counties late Sunday after an emergency spillway of one of the largest dams in the United States threatened to fail and unleash severe flooding.

Severe weather kills 119 people across Afghanistan in four days

Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures have killed at least 119 people across Afghanistan over the past four days, an official said Monday.

Heavy snowfall, avalanches leave 96 dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan

At least 37 people died due to heavy snowfall, rain, avalanches and severe cold in several parts of Afghanistan over the past three days, an official said on Sunday.

Close to 50 killed in heavy snow, severe cold in Afghanistan's north

At least 47 people have died in the last three weeks because of the severe cold and heavy snowfall in northern Afghanistan's Jowzjan province, an official said Tuesday.

5 Indian soldiers rescued, 21 people dead in Kashmir snowfall

Five soldiers trapped under snow in the Machil area of India-administered Kashmir have been rescued, an army spokesman said Saturday, amid fresh avalanche warnings for the region.

Cold snap kills 27 children in northern Afghanistan, officials say

A cold snap and heavy snowfall across northern Afghanistan's Jawzjan province has killed 27 children, officials said on Thursday. 

Freezing fog disrupts flights, prompts air pollution alert in London

Heavy fog and freezing temperatures caused the cancellation of dozens of flights Monday and prompted London Mayor Sadiq Khan to issue his first alert for "very high" air pollution.

85 dead in flood-battered southern Thailand as heavy rain persists

Flash floods in southern Thailand left 85 people dead and affected more 1.7 million others since December, the country's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said Monday.

Deadly storms descend on south-eastern US, killing 15

A severe storm packing high winds and heavy rain hammered Georgia and other states in the US south-east, leaving 15 dead, reports said Sunday.

Serbia struggles with river ice; Croatia hit by snowstorms

Two Hungarian icebreakers tasked to clear the Danube between Croatia and Serbia may be unable to continue downstream and the Croatian army could be asked to use explosives, according to news reports Tuesday.

France braces for cold; nearly all homes reconnected after windstorm

France was bracing for a cold snap on Sunday and preparing for a surge in power demand just days after a windstorm knocked out electricity for some 330,000 homes.

More than 32,000 without power in France following violent wind storm

Approximately 32,500 homes in France were without electricity on Saturday morning following a strong wind storm, a spokesman for electricity provider Enedis said.

Towns evacuated as storm surge threatens to batter English coast

Residents of a seaside village in eastern England are flouting police advice to evacuate their homes despite being told their properties could be flooded by up to 3 metres of sea water.

Vatican lets homeless take shelter in church due to extreme cold

The Vatican is letting the homeless sleep in one of its churches in Rome so they can escape a cold snap, the Holy See said in a statement Friday.

Massive snow storm triggers chaos across Germany

A massive snow storm triggered chaos in Germany on Friday, causing severe disruption to transport nationwide and leaving parts of the country without power amid hurricane force winds.

Wind storm knocks out power for hundreds of thousands in France

A fierce wind storm that struck France late Thursday and early Friday knocked out power for more than 330,000 people, electricity provider Enedis said.

State of emergency in effect in 13 municipalities as cold snap grips Serbia

After six days of heavy snowdrift and sub-zero temperatures, snow has stopped falling and temperatures are rising in Serbia but a state of emergency is still in force in 13 municipalities and navigation along the Sava, the Tisza and the Danube has been suspended due to ice.

Snow storm hammers north and central Japan

A blizzard hammered northern and central Japan on Thursday, bringing more snow and sub-zero temperatures to the region, weather authorities said.

Extreme cold claims six lives in Serbia

Extremely low temperatures have claimed six lives in Serbia, prompting local authorities to declare a state of emergency in 11 municipalities in the country's south where temperatures of minus 27 degrees Celsius have been reported lately.

Freezing cold claims six lives in Bosnia

Freezing cold in Bosnia and Herzegovina has claimed two more lives thus bringing the number of deaths caused by extreme cold to six, the local media reported on Wednesday.

Sydney issues air pollution alert as temperatures soar

An air pollution alert has been issued for Sydney as much of city and surrounding areas brace for sweltering summer heat, according to health officials. 

Thousands of migrants freeze along Balkan route, aid group says

Thousands of migrants in Greece and in the Balkans are suffering under the current freezing temperatures as local authorities have failed to prepare emergency measures, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Monday.

Floods kill 25, impact more than one million in southern Thailand

Flash floods in southern Thailand have left 25 dead and affected over one million others since the start of the year, as heavy rains caused the worst floods in the region in decades.

13 die from hypothermia in Ukraine and Belarus amid unusual cold

At least eight people have died from hypothermia in Ukraine and another five in neighbouring Belarus in recent days, local media reported Monday, as temperatures sank below minus 20 degrees Celsius amid an unusual cold spell affecting much of Europe.

Stuttgart, "smog capital" of Germany, issues its first alert for 2017

The south-western German city of Stuttgart issued its first air pollution alert of the new year on Monday as a wave of haze settled over the area called the country's "smog capital."

Deep freeze across Europe threatens lives of refugees, homeless

The extreme cold that has claimed lives and caused travel chaos across parts of Europe was also posing a new danger to the thousands of vulnerable refugees stranded in Greece.

More than 600 flights cancelled due to snowfall in Istanbul

Heavy snowfall in Istanbul has prompted major delays at Turkey's largest airport, where all domestic flights have been cancelled up to Sunday night, according to airlines and Turkish media.

Below-freezing temperatures cause deaths in Poland, Czech Republic

Temperatures have plummeted to -25 Celsius in Poland and the Czech Republic, killing at least 12 people over the last two days, the authorities said Sunday.

19 dead in flood-battered southern Thailand

Flash floods in southern Thailand have left 19 dead and affected nearly a million others since New Year's day, the country's Crisis Prevention Centre said Sunday.

Freezing cold sends shivers across Europe

Freezing conditions struck many parts of Europe on Saturday, causing several deaths in hundreds of weather-related incidents from France to Turkey.

Snowstorm blasts Balkans with traffic and power lines hit

A winter storm descended on the Balkans Friday, wreaking havoc with traffic and energy supplies while threatening the lives of migrants and people in isolated areas.

Severe winter weather batters large parts of Europe

Parts of Europe faced chaotic travel conditions on Thursday as temperatures across the region plunged below zero amid heavy snowfalls, blocked roads, dozens of accidents and the worst coastal storms in a decade.

Extreme weather events dominated Australia in 2016

Australians weathered unusually warm and wet conditions in 2016 with fierce fires and damaging floods, a government agency said Thursday in its new annual climate report.

Germany prepares for major coastal floods as severe winter hits

Germany was preparing for what could be the worst flooding to his its north-eastern coast since 2006, amid severe winter conditions across the country on Wednesday, according to weather services.

Damaged power lines cut power to Istanbul

Power outages in temperatures hovering around freezing tested the patience of Istanbul's residents on Saturday as the Turkish Energy Ministry revealed that heavy snowfall and storms had damaged power lines to the metropolis.

At least 50 dead in Congo floods

At least 50 people have died in western Congo after flooding caused by heavy rains at the start of the week.

Lightning forces emergency landing amid heavy storms over Scandinavia

Lightning struck two airplanes headed to Copenhagen during a Boxing Day storm, forcing one of them to make an emergency landing on the Danish island of Bornholm, police reported Tuesday.

One dead, many missing when ferry sinks during Philippines typhoon

A ferry sank during the height of Typhoon Nock-Ten killing one person and leaving 18 other crew members missing, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Tuesday.

Typhoon kills five people, 380,000 evacuated in Philippines

Five people were killed and more than 380,000 were evacuated, officials said Monday, as Typhoon Nock-Ten brought howling winds and heavy rains to the Philippines.

Four killed as Typhoon Nock-Ten pounds the Philippines

Four people were killed and more than 380,000 were evacuated, officials said Monday, as Typhoon Nock-Ten brought howling winds and heavy rains to the Philippines.

Typhoon slams into the Philippines, more than 200,000 evacuated

Typhoon Nock-Ten slammed into the eastern Philippines on Christmas Day, forcing more than 100,000 people to flee their homes, officials said.

Thousands evacuate as Typhoon Nock-Ten nears the Philippines

Hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes in the Philippines on Christmas Day as powerful Typhoon Nock-Ten barrelled towards the country’s eastern coast.

Philippines braces for Christmas Day typhoon

A tropical storm barreling towards the Philippines has gained strength and could further intensify into a typhoon before hitting the country on Christmas Day, the weather bureau said Friday.

Red Cross to reduce North Korea flood aid after failed funding drive

Red Cross flood relief efforts in North Korea will have to be scaled back after the aid agency failed to meet funding goals, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Wednesday. 

10 dead, thousands evacuated as cyclone batters south India

At least 10 people were killed and thousands evacuated as Cyclone Vardah lashed coastal areas in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu on Monday, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

All 2,775 stranded tourists rescued from storm-hit Indian islands

A fleet of ships and helicopters evacuated 2,775 tourists, including many foreigners, stranded due to a cyclonic storm on islands off the east coast of India, officials said Saturday.

800 tourists stranded on Indian island amid heavy rains

The Indian Navy Wednesday launched operations to evacuate 800 tourists stranded on an island in India's Andaman and Nicobar Island archipelago amid heavy rains.

Number of southern Africans needing aid rises by one million

The number of people in southern Africa needing food aid and related assistance has risen by more than a million to 13.8 million since July, the UN said Tuesday.

Reports: Vietnamese floods kill 13

At least 13 people have been reported dead in central Vietnam's most recent spate of floodings.

Palestinian official criticizes arrests in response to wildfire

A senior Palestinian official on Monday criticized the Israeli government for several arrests in connection with wildfires that have left large swathes of the country ravaged.

Nearly three dozen arrested in connection to wildfires across Israel

Nearly three dozen people, most from the Palestinian territories, have been arrested on suspicion of arson since the outbreak of wildfires across the country, Israeli radio said Sunday.

Italy's flooding crisis eases, leaving trail of death and destruction

A flooding crisis which plagued several Italian regions in the past 48 hours eased on Saturday, leaving authorities the task of assessing the damage and looking for survivors from the natural disaster.

Israel fires spread, worsen in West Bank as three seriously injured

Wildfires in Israel, some of which are believed to have been caused by arson, have spread further, including to areas of the West Bank, injuring at least three people seriously, authorities said Saturday.

Hurricane Otto leaves at least nine dead in Costa Rica

At least nine people have been killed in Costa Rica in the wake of late-season Hurricane Otto, the government said Friday.

Freezing weather kills 20 children in Afghanistan

Some 20 children have frozen to death in the northern Afghan province of Jowzjan and dozens of others are at risk, an official said on Friday.

Firefighters in Israel warn of exhaustion; arson suspects held

Firefighters in Israel warned Friday that their networks were on the verge of collapse after five days of fighting blazes in the north of the country, while 14 suspects were arrested on suspicion of arson and inciting violence.

Italy's original Nutella factory to close due to flooding threat

Italy's biggest chocolate confectionery factory, which produces Nutella and Kinder eggs and other well-known products, will shut temporarily on Thursday due to severe weather, parent company Ferrero said.

Thousands evacuated as wildfires rage in Israel

Around 60,000 people have had to leave their homes in Haifa as severe bush fires burn in and around Israel's third-largest city, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Tokyo sees first November snow in 54 years

Tokyo residents experienced the first November snowfall in 54 years on Thursday as a cold air mass brought snow to eastern Japan, weather authorities said.

"Revolutionary" weather satellite launched in US

The United States launched a "revolutionary" new weather satellite from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Saturday, the Washington Post reported.

Four killed in South Africa floods

Four people have died in flash floods which swept over South Africa's economic metropole Johannesburg and nearby areas, the South African Government News Agency reported Thursday.

At least two drown in Albanian floods

At least two people drowned in flash floods following two days of heavy rainfall in Albania, the authorities confirmed Tuesday. 

Tornado strikes north of Rome; two people dead

Two people were killed Sunday after a tornado struck north of Rome, Italy's civil defence agency, said Sunday.

Flash floods kill 26 in Egypt, state media reports

Twenty-six people have been killed in accidents related to flash floods in parts of Egypt this week, state television reported on its website Saturday.

Typhoon Haima kills eight, displaces thousands in Philippines

Typhoon Haima blew out of the Philippines on Thursday after pummeling its northern provinces and leaving at least eight people dead and more than 90,000 displaced, officials said.

Thousands evacuated in Philippines as Super Typhoon Haima approaches

Thousands of people were evacuated from towns and villages across the northern Philippines on Wednesday as a powerful typhoon threatened to pummel the region with record-breaking flooding and landslides, officials said.

Vietnam next after typhoon leaves two dead in the Philippines

Typhoon Sarika slammed into the north-eastern Philippines on Sunday, leaving at least two dead and forcing more than 12,000 to flee their homes, officials said.

WHO sends 1 million cholera vaccines to Haiti

The World Health Organization (WHO) is sending 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Haiti to stem the disease in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the UN agency said Tuesday.

Downgraded to tropical storm, Matthew heads out to sea off the US

Hurricane Matthew has been downgraded by the US National Hurricane Centre to a tropical storm and was beginning to turn out to sea Sunday after thrashing parts of the south-eastern US coast.

Haiti announces three days of mourning for hundreds of hurricane dead

Haiti on Saturday announced three days of national mourning for the hundreds of people killed by Hurricane Matthew earlier this week.

Hurricane Matthew weakens, still a threat as it moves up US coast

Hurricane Matthew has made landfall in the south-east US state of South Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Centre, reporting maximum sustained winds of 120 kph and and expecting serious inland flooding.

Severe storm causes floods in western Greece

Severe weather on several Greek islands early on Saturday has led to flooding that caused serious damage in the west of the country, according to local media.

Hurricane Matthew crawls up Florida coast, as 600,000 lose power

Hurricane Matthew continued to batter the east coast of the US state of Florida with its eye just kilometres offshore, as some 600,000 homes in the state were left without power.

Thailand's floods kill three, submerges tens of thousand of homes

Monsoon floods in Thailand have killed three people and submerged more than 68,000 households, officials said on Friday.

Hurricane Matthew bears down on US; at least 283 killed in Haiti

Millions of Americans evacuated coastal areas of three states in the south-eastern United States ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew on Friday, a powerful storm that ravaged the Caribbean earlier in the week, killing at least 283 in Haiti.

"This storm will kill you": Matthew strengthens en route to Florida

Millions of Americans evacuated coastal areas of three states in the south-eastern United States on Thursday ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, a powerful storm that ravaged the Caribbean earlier in the week, killing more than 260 in Haiti.

"Devastating" Hurricane Matthew on course for Bahamas and US

A slightly weakened Hurricane Matthew continued its march Wednesday towards the Bahamas and the south-east United States after pummelling eastern Cuba as well as Haiti, which was forced to postpone presidential elections because of the storm.

Hurricane Matthew slams into Haiti as it charts course toward Cuba

Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on Tuesday as an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm, unleashing life-threatening winds and torrential downpours on the poorest nation in the Americas.

Powerful Typhoon Chaba hits Japanese islands

Powerful Typhoon Chaba battered southern Japanese islands early Tuesday, bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall to the region

Evacuations in Jamaica and Haiti as Hurricane Matthew looms

Evacuations were under way across parts of the Caribbean on Sunday as Hurricane Matthew made its way toward land, bringing fierce winds and life-threatening rainfall.

Hurricane Matthew barrels across Caribbean toward Jamaica

A powerful Category 4 hurricane was threatening lives and properties across a large swathe of the Caribbean as it slowly moved westward toward Jamaica on Saturday.

Body pulled from mud and rubble in China after typhoon, 26 missing

A body was retrieved from the debris of dozens of houses destroyed in a landslide in eastern China's Zhejiang province as a result of heavy rains brought by typhoon Megi, the authorities said on Thursday.

Several people missing in China as typhoon rains trigger mudslide

More than two dozen people were missing in China's eastern Zhejiang province after torrential rains from Typhoon Megi triggered a large mudslide that buried dozens of homes on Wednesday, local media reported.

Four dead, scores injured by Typhoon Megi in Taiwan

Typhoon Megi hit Taiwan's east coast and travelled across the island Tuesday, causing at least four fatalities and nearly 170 injuries as well as major power outages, flooding and damage, authorities and local media reported.

Residents evacuated amid floods in Indian IT city Hyderabad

Residents living in low-lying areas of Indian information technology hub Hyderabad were being evacuated Saturday and IT firms asked their employees to work from home as days of rain led to floods in the city, officials and news reports said.

Four hikers killed in Nepal landslide

Four hikers were killed and at least six wounded on Thursday when a landslide struck a popular trekking route near Nepal's Mount Manaslu, local police said.

Flash floods, landslides kill 19 in Indonesia

Nineteen people have been killed and nine are missing after landslides and flash floods in Indonesia's West Java province, officials said Wednesday. 

Powerful Typhoon Malakas batters Taiwan and southern Japanese islands

A powerful typhoon accompanied by strong wind and heavy rain pounded Taiwan and islands in the southern Japanese archipelago Saturday, authorities said.

Typhoon Meranti kills seven in China, Malakas to hit Taiwan and Japan

Super Typhoon Meranti has left seven people dead and another nine missing in China's eastern Fujian province, officials said Friday. 

Typhoon Meranti batters south-eastern China and Taiwan

China issued its highest weather warning as Typhoon Meranti made landfall on the southeastern coast on Thursday, bringing heavy rains and gales of up to 48 meters per second.

Storm Rai leaves five killed, 10 missing in Vietnam

At least five people were killed and ten others went missing after storm Rai brought flash floods across Vietnam, authorities said Thursday.

Super Typhoon Meranti lashes Taiwan, causes floods and power outages

Super Typhoon Meranti left more than 867,000 households in Taiwan without electricity and one person missing on Wednesday, as the eye of the storm passed close by the south of the island nation.

More than 130 killed in North Korean floods: UN report

More than 130 people have died and nearly 400 are missing in North Korea after Typhoon Lionrock caused severe flooding, according to a United Nations report released on Monday.

Greek island firefighters work to limit blaze to southern half

The southern part of the Greek island of Thasos is in flames as efforts to control a forest fire continue, Greek broadcaster Skai reported Monday.

Large forest fire rages across Greek island

A forest fire on the Greek island of Thasos in the northern Aegean Sea has destroyed several homes.

Hurricane-strength Hermine makes landfall in Florida

Hurricane Hermine hit the Gulf Coast of Florida early Friday, CNN reported, hours after the US National Hurricane Centre upgraded it from a tropical storm.

Hermine reaches hurricane strength as Florida braces for landfall

The US National Hurricane Centre on Thursday afternoon upgraded Tropical Storm Hermine to a hurricane after maximum sustained winds increased to 120 kilometres per hour as the spinning storm continued to bear down on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Rural areas isolated after deadly typhoon pounds Japan

Rural communities in northern Japan were cut off Thursday after a powerful typhoon triggered mudslides and flooding in the region, authorities said.