Flash flood rages down historic Maryland mainstreet, kills two

World 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

National 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 ...

Fresh rain brings more misery to flood-hit Joso

National 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 ...

National Aug 22, 2014

Over 100,000 Fukuoka residents urged to evacuate amid flood threat

An evacuation advisory was issued to more than 100,000 residents of Chikushino in the central part of Fukuoka Prefecture Friday morning, amid heavy rain and a high danger of rivers overflowing, NHK reported Friday. According to the Meteorological Agency, rainfall of about 110 mm per ...

Weakening Typhoon Halong still brings heavy rains to Hokkaido

National Aug 11, 2014

Weakening Typhoon Halong still brings heavy rains to Hokkaido

Typhoon Halong weakened into an extra-tropical depression Monday in the Sea of Japan after claiming 10 lives and leaving two others missing. The Meteorological Agency called for vigilance as the season's 11th typhoon spun northward after the downgrade, dumping rain and strong winds on Hokkaido. Torrential ...