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Tropical Cyclone Imelda

Tropical storm Imelda has slightly intensified. It is moving in a general southerly direction at about 10 km/hr. Imelda is located about 500 km to the north north east of Mauritius and 550 km to the north west of Rodrigues.

A Cyclone Warning Class I is currently in force in Mauritius and Rodrigues. Moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast in Rodrigues this afternoon.

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Landslide at Mine in Utah, USA

Massive landslide has occurred at Bingham Canyon Mine, Salt Lake City, Utah. No injury has been reported but the landslide has damaged roads, buildings and vehicles inside the pit.


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Tornado in Kemper County, Mississippi, USA has killed one person.

Heavy storm in Meghalaya, India has claimed the lives of three people and injured more than 50 others.

Hail storms in Georgia, Russia have caused extensive damage in the Tsinandali, Kisiskhevi and Kondoli areas.

Thunderstorm in Bangkok, Thailand has caused flooding and downed many trees. Numerous railway cars were also inundated.

More heavy rains in Argentina bring floods to Santa Fe.

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Cyclone Victoria Weakens in Indian Ocean off Western Australia

Tropical Cyclone Victoria has weakened overnight to a Category Two storm as it continues a southerly path several hundred kilometres out to sea south east of Christmas Island.

Spring Storm Batters USA

A large spring storm delivering heavy snow, strong wind and rain has caused travel problems from Wyoming to Chicago, closing large stretches of highways and delaying hundreds of flights.

Strong wind gusts caused 21 train cars to derail on Tuesday in eastern Nebraska, west of North Bend. No injuries were reported.

In Denver, about 16.51cm of snow fell at the airport, but the weather prompted nearly 500 flight cancellations and deicing planes delayed departures. Flights going to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, meanwhile, were being delayed an average of nearly four hours because of dense fog.

Many areas of Wyoming and western Nebraska received more than a foot of snow. In western Nebraska, road crews reported 8- to 9-foot drifts.

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A lightning strike in Nigeria has killed a 19 year old student in Lagos.

Recent floods in Kenya have claimed the lives of 32 people and displaced more than 18,000.

Tornado in Botkinburg, Arkansas, USA today has injured three people and damaged more than a dozen structures.

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Tropical Cyclone Imelda, which has strengthened significantly east of northern Madagascar, was forecast to veer southward later in the week towards La Reunion, Rodriguez Island and Mauritius.

Tropical Cyclone Victoria forms off Western Australia

The storm system has strengthened into a massive Category three cyclone in the Indian Ocean, off Western Australia’s North-West coast. Tropical Cyclone Victoria, a large system which is about 400km south-west of Christmas Island, is moving south and gathering strength.

Snowstorm Hits Denver, USA

A spring snowstorm hit Colorado on Tuesday, cancelling flights and closing schools as forecasters warned residents in the middle of the United States to brace for sleet, gusty winds, flash floods and tornadoes.

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Lightning in Brownsville, USA hits 2.

Flooding in Helmand region of Afghanistan. Heavy rainfall caused flash flooding in Sangin, Kajaki, Greskh, Marja, Nad Ali and Nawa districts of Afghanistan.

Landslide on Jammu-Srinagar highway in India has killed one.

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Landslide in Umbria, Italy

Landslide in central Umbria, Italy has injured twenty five people. The train traveling towards the city of Perugia got derailed by landslide.

Tropical Cyclone Imelda

Tropical Cyclone Imelda forms in the southern Indian Ocean 490 nm west-southwest of Diego Garcia. It is forecast to cause a potential threat to Mauritius.

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Albanian authorities say continuous rainfall is hampering efforts to address severe flooding that has left hundreds of homes swamped and without electricity or drinking water for the past three weeks.

Floods sweep across several Russian regions, people evacuated. Hundreds of people have been forced from their homes, their houses ‘particularly flooded’, in a number of Russian regions where river floods have intensified over the past 24 hours due to record snowfalls.

Tornado near Denver, in Colorado, USA has destroyed one mobile house and damaged two others.

Hailstorms with hail from 1 to 2 inches diameter hit Trego, Ellis and Rush counties in northwest Kansas, USA.

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Flooding in Luanda, Angola

Floods in Luanda, Angola have killed at least nine people. Four people are still reported to be missing.

The floods have damaged more than 500 homes in Samba and Coreia areas.

A road near Luanda’s port has been closed due to landslide.

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Flooding in coal mine in China. Two dead and seven people are reported to be missing in a flooded coal mine in Guizhou Province of China.

Flash floods and landslide in Penang, Malaysia. Heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslide in Penang, Malaysia. About 168mm rainfall has been recorded within three hours.

Storm in Japan over weekend has claimed the lives of at least three people. Deaths occurred in Yakushima, Hokkaido and Mie prefectures. Storm wind speeds of 41 m/s in Hokkaido and 33 m/s in Wakayama prefecture were recorded. More than 200 flights have been cancelled due to the bad weather.

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Floods in Argentina – Update

The death toll in the Argentinian floods has risen to 59.

Tornado in Tehama County, California

A tornado touched down near Gerber in Tehama County of California. The tornado touched down just before 7 p.m. south of Red Bluff and east of Interstate 5.

Flash Flooding in Redding, California

The National Weather service in Sacramento has issued a flash flood warning for Shasta county in Northern California including Redding. The weather service predicts that excessive run off from heavy rainfall would cause flash flooding in Redding, CA.

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Hailstorm in West Nicholson, Gwanda region in Zimbabwe has destroyed several houses. Hail damage roofs of at least 70 houses in Freda Mine alone.

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Floods in Argentina – Update

Flash flooding has affected at least 350,000 people. The government in Argentina has declared three days of national mourning after flash floods killed 54 people. One of the heaviest storms ever recorded moved through the province hitting both the capital, Buenos Aires, and the city of La Plata. At least 48 people were killed in La Plata and six others in Buenos Aires. The provincial governor said La Plata had “never seen anything like it”.

More than a quarter of a million people were without power in Buenos Aires by Wednesday. Thousands of cars were carried away by the floodwaters and hundreds of families had to be evacuated from their homes.

The city authorities said it was the heaviest April rainfall in a century.


Landslide in China

A landslide in Tongxin County, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in China has claimed the lives of at least five people and injured two others.

The landslide occurred at 9:27 am Thursday morning when villagers were digging in a hill for a kind of fossil used as traditional Chinese medicine.

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Kenya: Passenger train services along the Nairobi-Mombasa railway line have been suspended after a bridge was swept away by raging floods near Mtito-Andei Township. Police and leaders said the flash floods have cut off rail services for the last two days. Heavy rains have been pounding many parts of the East African nation, causing floods and forcing thousands of people to evacuate.

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Violent Storm Kills Six In Argentina

Six people were killed after torrential rain and powerful winds battered Buenos Aires, knocking out power, downing trees and damaging homes. More than 155 mm (six inches) of rain fell between midnight on Monday and 7am on Tuesday. That is a record for rainfall in April in the Argentine capital.

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Mudslide in Arusha, Tanzania

A mudslide in Arusha, Tanzania has claimed 13 lives. Four people are still missing. The mudslide occurred at a gravel mine in the Moshono area of northern Tanzania.

Storm and Tornado in Torda, Serbia

A storm which spawned a tornado in Torda, Serbia has damaged more than 100 buildings. The tornado damage is estimated in the millions of dollars.

Avalanche in Italian Alps

An avalanche in the the Ortles region of the Italian alps has claimed the lives of three skiers.

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Landslide in Papua New Guinea kills mother and five-month-old baby. The mother was found holding tightly onto five-month-old baby under the rubble of their house.

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Hail storms in Hitchcock, Texas, USA damage seven police cars.

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Summer Storm Hits Chiang Rai, Thailand

A severe summer storm in Chiang Rai province of Thailand has damaged more than 1,400 houses. It is the biggest summer storm in 50 years.

Flash Flood in Jonglei State in Sudan

A flash flood in Jonglei state in Sudan has displaced more than 12,000 people.

The Nile River flooding in Sudan has affected Jalle, Twic East, Maar and Lith payams districts.

Flooding in Kajiado, Kenya

Flooding in Kajiado district of Kenya has claimed at least four lives.

The floods have mainly affected Nkoroi, Magadi and Kiserian areas of Kajiado district in Kenya.

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Heavy rains with hailstorms have hit Islamabad and Rawalpindi areas in Pakistan.

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Flash floods in Port Louis, Mauritius

The death toll from the flooding in Port Louis has risen to 11. Officials have declared April 1, 2013, a mourning day and a public holiday.

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Tornado in Peterborough, England. The tornado hit around 2:30 p.m along Fane Road, Walton. It lasted for a maximum of four minutes and only caused minor damage.

Supercell storms caused severe hail storms in Norman, western Oklahoma City, Mustang and Noble, Oklahoma.

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Flash floods in Mauritius

Massive flash flooding in Mauritius has claimed eight lives. The floods have injured 82 others. Six people died in the flooding in Caudan underground tunnel.

Several accidents have been reported across Mauritius. Dozens of vehicles collided each other at Port Louis.

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Lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh, India

Lightning strikes have claimed eight lives and injured nine others. Lightning claimed three lives in Chandauli and Meerut each, two in Ghazipur and one in Sambhal.

Avalanche close to the Glencoe Ski Centre, Scotland

One person is reported to be missing in an avalanche in the Etive Glades, close to Glencoe Ski Centre.

Around 30 people including Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team are involved in the search operation.

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North Dakota Governor has declared a state wide flood emergency. The worst spring flooding is expected on the Red River in eastern North Dakota, USA.

Tornado in Hokitika, New Zealand has injured one person. The twister touched down about at 12.30am and tore off roofs from several houses including Railway Hotel Motel in Weld Street.

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Landslide in Tibet

Landslide in Tibet has trapped at least 83 mine workers in the gold mining area of Maizhokunggar county of Lhasa.

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Landslide in Washington State, USA.

A landslide thundered through a subdivision in Washington state’s Whidbey Island north of Seattle on Wednesday, destroying one home and threatening more than 30 others.



Landslide in Puchong, Malaysia

A landslide in Puchong, Malaysia has displaced about 300 people. However no casualties have been reported.

Hailstorm in Assam, India

Hailstorm in Assam, India has injured six people and damaged more than 50 houses.

The hailstorm caused damage in the following areas: Titabor, Rajabahar, Madhupur, Tipomia, Majuli, Numaligarh and Bongaon.

Wind Gust in Australia Claims 2

A wall collapsed due to strong wind gust on Swanston Street in Melbourne has claimed the lives of two pedestrians. A 19-year-old woman was also injured.


Floods in Malawi

Thousands of residents have been rendered homeless in the area of Traditional Authority Kilupula in Karonga district following severe floods that have destroyed their houses.

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Russian coal mine flooding disaster: 4 missing

At least four miners are missing in a coal mine flooding disaster in the Kemerovo region, Russia. The flooding was caused by construction work at the Osinnikovskaya.

139 other miners however, managed to escape the flooding. Three of the miners sustained minor injuries.