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Australia Flood Crisis Enters 3rd Week as Heavy Rains Lash East
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Australia Flood Crisis Enters 3rd Week as Heavy Rains Lash East

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Already-flooded towns across Australia's east were on high alert on Monday after a weekend of heavy rains, with authorities warning a wild weather system could persist until later this week and trigger renewed riverbank bursts.Thousands of homes and farms over a wide swathe of New South Wales and Victoria, Australia's two most populous states, have been inundated and five people in the country have lost their lives as the year's fourth flooding crisis in the east enters its third week.About 200 flood warnings remained in place in both states as of Monday morning, with 132 of those in New South Wales."The flood warnings are incredible ... there are so many rivers experiencing flooding from southern Queensland all the way down into Northern Victoria," Bureau of Meteorol...
Australia PM to Tour Flood-Hit Victoria as Flood Crisis Continues
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Australia PM to Tour Flood-Hit Victoria as Flood Crisis Continues

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Sunday he would tour flood-hit parts of Victoria including Melbourne as three states continued to grapple with a flood crisis sparked by days of heavy rain.Emergency warnings were current for flood-impacted parts of Victoria, southern New South Wales and northern regions of Tasmania after a weather system earlier this week dumped more than a month's worth of rain on the southeast.The 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."I'm flying into Bendigo this morning, I'll be meeting up with the (Victorian) Premier, Daniel Andrews, and we'll be going to the Emergency Centre ... then I'll be a...
Some 349,000 Still Without Power in Puerto Rico After Fiona
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Some 349,000 Still Without Power in Puerto Rico After Fiona

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An estimated 349,000 homes and businesses were still without power in Puerto Rico on Wednesday after Hurricane Fiona hit on Sept. 18, causing an island-wide power outage for its 3.3 million people.After hitting Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, Hurricane Fiona turned north and slammed into eastern Canada on Sept. 24, leaving over a third of Nova Scotia without power.Nova Scotia Power, a unit of Canadian energy company Emera Inc, said about 104,000 customers were still without power early Wednesday.Fiona hit Puerto Rico about five years after Hurricane Maria knocked out all power on the island.PowerOutage.us, which estimates outages based on utility data, said 349,000 customers were without service on Wednesday based on information from LUMA Energy, which opera...
Puerto Rico Struggles to Reach Areas Cut off by Fiona
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Puerto Rico Struggles to Reach Areas Cut off by Fiona

By DÁNICA COTO, Associated PressCAGUAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Fiona left hundreds of people stranded across Puerto Rico after smashing roads and bridges, with authorities still struggling to reach people four days after the storm smacked the U.S. territory, causing historic flooding.For now, government officials are working with religious groups, nonprofits and others braving landslides, thick mud and broken asphalt by foot to provide food, water and medicine for people in need, but they are under pressure to clear a path so vehicles can enter isolated areas soon.Nino Correa, commissioner for Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency, estimated that at least six municipalities across the island had areas that were cut off by Fiona, which struck as a Category 1 hurricane and was u...
UN Issues Flash Appeal for $160 Million to Help Pakistan With Floods
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UN Issues Flash Appeal for $160 Million to Help Pakistan With Floods

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The United Nations issued a flash appeal on Tuesday for $160 million to help Pakistan cope with catastrophic floods that have killed more than 1,100 people, destroyed infrastructure and crops, and affected 33 million people.Early estimates put the damage from the floods at more than $10 billion, the government has said, adding that the world had an obligation to help the South Asian country cope with the effects of man-made climate change."Pakistan is awash in suffering," U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a video message for the launch of the appeal in Islamabad and Geneva."The Pakistani people are facing a monsoon on steroids - the relentless impact of epochal levels of rain and flooding."He said the scale of needs, with millions of people forced fro...
Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Power Outages in Appalachia
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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Power Outages in Appalachia

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Heavy rains unleashed high water and people lost electricity as storms kept pounding parts of central Appalachia on Thursday.There were reports of flash flooding, mudslides and power outages across a mountainous area where thunderstorms have dumped several inches of rain over the past few days. Flood watches and warnings were in effect.Poweroutage.us reported more than 20,000 power outages in eastern Kentucky, and nearly 10,000 more in southern West Virginia among the mountains of western Virginia.Floyd County in eastern Kentucky declared a local state of emergency due to significant rainfall and flooding, Gov. Andy Beshear said. He said the Kentucky Emergency Management crews have been deployed there.In West Virginia's Greenbrier County, firefighters pulled peo...