Western Canada declares fire emergency as evacuations climb

Canada’s western province of British Columbia declared a state of emergency Tuesday, with wildfires expected to grow even larger in the coming days due to high heat and winds. “We have reached a critical point,” said provincial public safety minister Mike Farnworth. “Based on the advice of emergency management and wildfire officials, and my briefingContinue reading “Western Canada declares fire emergency as evacuations climb”

Germany sets out flood relief funding, hopes of finding survivors fade

Politicians face criticism over preparedness for floods Government plans initial emergency aid up to 200 mln euros Minister says more funds can be made available if needed A relief official dampened hopes on Wednesday of finding more survivors in the rubble of villages devastated by floods in western Germany, as a poll showed many GermansContinue reading “Germany sets out flood relief funding, hopes of finding survivors fade”

Central China: 25 dead in flooded Zhengzhou metro, landslides

President Xi Jinping says situation “extremely severe” after city of Zhengzhou saw a year’s worth of rain in just three days. At least 25 people were killed as torrential rain lashed China’s central province of Henan, causing landslides and flooding that partially submerged the underground rail system of Zhengzhou. About 200,000 residents were evacuated asContinue reading “Central China: 25 dead in flooded Zhengzhou metro, landslides”

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