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At least 29 dead, 60 still missing after heavy rains in southern Brazil

The death toll from heavy rains in Brazil’s southern Rio Grande do Sul state jumped to 29 as of Thursday night, with another 60...

Tornadoes kill two in Oklahoma as state of emergency declared in 12 counties

At least two people, including a child, have died after tornadoes swept through the US state of Oklahoma, authorities said. Emergency crews are assessing extensive...

Tornadoes in US flatten homes in Nebraska and leave trails of damage in Iowa

A tornado in the US plowed through suburban Omaha and Nebraska on Friday, damaging hundreds of homes and other structures as it tore for...

Utility firm admits facilities ‘involved in igniting Texas wildfire’

Utility provider Xcel Energy has said that its facilities appear to have played a role in igniting a massive wildfire in the Texas Panhandle...

Los Angeles records more than 300 mudslides during violent storm

Los Angeles Fire Chief Kristin Crowley said on Tuesday that crews had responded to 307 mudslides and that five buildings had been deemed uninhabitable...

Three dead and more than 100 homes damaged in earthquake in western China

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in a remote part of China’s western Xinjiang region killed at least three people and caused extensive damage in freezing...

Hundreds evacuate homes after flooding in south-east Australia

Hundreds of people have been ordered to evacuate their homes after flooding inundated parts of Victoria state, as wild weather continues to batter Australia’s...

Japan issues tsunami warnings after series of strong earthquakes on west coast

Japan issued tsunami alerts and ordered evacuations on Monday following a series of earthquakes which started a fire and trapped people under rubble on...

Woman killed in Belgium after high winds topple 65ft Christmas tree

A storm has brought heavy rain and strong winds to northern Europe, felling trees and prompting warnings of flooding on the North Sea coast. A...

More than 300 rescued from floodwaters in northeast Australia

More than 300 people were rescued overnight from floodwaters in northeast Australia, with dozens of residents clinging to roofs, officials said. Cairns Airport was closed...

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