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Qatar suffers flooding as almost a year's worth of rain falls in one day

World Oct 21, 2018

Qatar suffers flooding as almost a year's worth of rain falls in one day

Qatar was hit by widespread flash flooding on Saturday as the desert state received almost a year's worth of rainfall in one day. Roads became impassable, air traffic was disrupted and homes were flooded, while shops and universities closed. Qatar broadcaster Al Jazeera's senior meteorologist, Steff ...

Hurricane Michael, fiercest in 80 years, pounds Florida with 250-kph winds

World Oct 11, 2018

Hurricane Michael, fiercest in 80 years, pounds Florida with 250-kph winds

Hurricane Michael, the third-most-powerful ever to strike the U.S. mainland, battered Florida's Gulf coast with roof-shredding winds, raging surf and torrential rains before it was downgraded to a tropical storm as it headed through Georgia. Michael, whose rapid intensification as it churned north over the ...

As typhoons get stronger, Asia must build better, experts say

Asia Pacific Sep 21, 2018

As typhoons get stronger, Asia must build better, experts say

by Michael Taylor

Population growth, rapid urbanization and unfettered development of coastal areas in the Asia-Pacific region are increasing the risk of heavy damage from powerful typhoons, experts said. They urged governments and the private sector to collaborate on improving urban planning, protecting mangroves and developing "sponge cities" ...

Landslide in Philippines kills at least 10; dozens missing

Asia Pacific Sep 20, 2018

Landslide in Philippines kills at least 10; dozens missing

A massive landslide buried dozens of homes near a central Philippine mountain Thursday, killing at least 10 people and sending rescuers scrambling to find survivors after some sent cellphone text messages pleading for help. The avalanche surged down on about 30 houses in two rural ...