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Flash flood rages down historic Maryland mainstreet, kills two

Aug 1, 2016

Flash flood rages down historic Maryland mainstreet, kills two

Flooding from torrential rain killed two people in Ellicott City, Maryland, with floodwaters that tore through the U.S. town's historic downtown, collapsing a street and sweeping away cars. Ellicott City was pounded by almost 6 inches (15 cm) of rain in two hours late on ...

New emergency icon system denotes disaster shelters

Mar 24, 2016

New emergency icon system denotes disaster shelters

by Reiji Yoshida

The government has urged prefectures and municipalities to put five redesigned emergency icons into use to guard against tsunami, floods, landslides and other disasters. The standardized icons were designed to be easily universally understood as Japan prepares for an influx of foreign tourists for the ...

Nov 6, 2015

Casualties unknown after Brazil mine dam bursts, submerging homes

A dam burst at a mining operation in southeastern Brazil on Thursday, submerging nearby homes and vehicles. Authorities said there are dead and missing but have not yet given any figures. Rescue teams were searching for survivors or bodies, and residents living in an area ...

Fresh rain brings more misery to flood-hit Joso

Sep 18, 2015

Fresh rain brings more misery to flood-hit Joso

As more rain fell Thursday on flood-stricken Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, residents who had been scraping mud away from their homes and businesses had to abandon the effort. The fresh downpour came on the heels of a disaster that left at least eight people dead and ...