Dam spill floods kill 17 in Ghana

ACCRA (AFP) – At least 17 people have drowned in northern Ghana in recent weeks after nearby Burkina Faso opened spillway gates to dams following heavy rains, the country’s relief agency said on Friday. “As at yesterday, the death toll

New Delhi faces flood threat

The rising river level in New Delhi is posing a new threat to the the Indian capital as it struggles to prepare for the Commonwealth Games. People living in low-lying parts of New Delhi were evacuated as the city’s Yamuna

Moderate quake strikes Indonesia

A moderate 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s North Maluku province, the meteorology and geophysics agency said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake struck at 14:12 pm (local time), 198 kilometres south-east of Labuha at a depth of 10 kilometres,

Climate threatens food security

STOCKHOLM (AFP) – The drought in Russia and floods in Pakistan are part of a global trend of unpredictable weather patterns and rainfall that threaten food security, experts gathered in Stockholm said. “We are getting to a point where we

Charles baffled by climate sceptics

The Prince of Wales has said he finds the views of climate change sceptics “extraordinary”. The heir to the throne made the comment in an interview with ITV’s new breakfast show hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley to highlight his

4 dead 3 missing after Hermine flooding

SAN ANTONIO – At least three people were still missing early Friday after flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine swept vehicles from Texas roads and overpowered swimmers in the Guadalupe River. With at least four people killed

Government told cut 2020 biofuels target

Britain should cut its target for biofuels use by 2020 so that tropical forests are not cut down to make way for biofuel crops, government climate advisors said on Friday. Energy and climate minister Chris Huhne asked the Committee on

Wildfires destroy over 400 homes in Siberia

Wildfires swept through several villages in Siberia, burning down over 400 homes on Wednesday, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said, following a wave of blazes that killed over 50 people earlier in the summer. No casualties were reported from the flames in

Mexico Floods To Get Worse: State Governor

VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico (AFP) – Floods that have affected almost one million people in the south and east of Mexico will likely worsen after the opening of a dam and predictions of more rain, a state governor said Wednesday. “Heavy rains

Turkey’s Ararat glaciers shrink

The glaciers atop Mount Ararat, the peak in eastern Turkey where Noah’s Ark is believed by devotees to have settled after the biblical flood, have shrunk by 30 percent in surface area over the last 30 years, a researcher said

Christchurch warned of stronger aftershocks

Christchurch residents have been warned they may not be through the worst of the strong aftershocks which continue to hit the New Zealand city. The agency charged with dealing with Saturday’s earthquake is telling residents that aftershocks stronger than any

Quake Strikes Off Chile Coast

A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of central Chile on Thursday, the US Geological Survey reported. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has not issued an advisory on the quake, which hit at 3:28am (local time) about 35 kilometres

Strong Quake Near Vanuatu

A strong 6.2-magnitude quake struck near the Pacific island of Vanuatu on Wednesday, US seismologists said. No tsunami alert was issued. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck at 10:37pm (local time) at a depth of 54 kilometres,

Pakistan, 1 million animals dead

Muzaffargarh, Pakistan – Floodwaters swept away Ghulam Hussain’s house in Pakistan, $1,100 in jewelry, and $400 cash in a box set aside for his daughter’s wedding. But the biggest financial blow to his family – and to many thousands of

Mexico Floods, Thousands Homeless

VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico – Tens of thousands of people have abandoned their homes across southern Mexico to escape flooding from weeks of torrential rains, and forecasts are predicting even more rainfall. The situation worsened for some areas Tuesday when authorities began

Contamination leaves 1.2 million Malaysians without water

More than 1.2 million Malaysians were without piped water Tuesday, authorities said, as contamination from a landfill forced a treatment plant to close. National water distribution company Syabas said it was sending water trucks and tanks to residents in the