Super typhoon causes devastation as it rips through Philippines – BBC News

A popular tourist island is among areas left devastated after a powerful typhoon ripped through the southern Philippines, officials say. Super typhoon Rai made landfall on the holiday island of Siargao on Thursday, bringing winds of about 195km/h (120mph) and heavy rainfall. The tropical storm has levelled homes on islands along its path, displacing hundredsContinue reading “Super typhoon causes devastation as it rips through Philippines – BBC News”

Lithuania successfully tests power link to continental Europe, minister says

Lithuania last week successfully tested a coupling of its power grid to the European continental system, boosting the country’s energy security, Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys said on Wednesday. Power grids of EU members Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are working in concert to those of Russia and Belarus, and depend on Russia to ensure stable powerContinue reading “Lithuania successfully tests power link to continental Europe, minister says”

Ukraine charges 5 hackers allegedly working for Russia

Ukraine has filed charges of espionage and attempted state overthrow against five people who allegedly were part of a hackers group controlled by Russia. The Security Service of Ukraine said Friday that the hackers group known as “Armagedon” was responsible for some 5,000 cyberattacks on Ukrainian state agencies since 2014. The service said it hadContinue reading “Ukraine charges 5 hackers allegedly working for Russia”

Weather disasters jump fivefold and will get worse: UN

Extreme weather and climate events have become more frequent, intense and costlier since the 1970s — and that’s unlikely to change, a UN agency has said. But thanks to early warning systems, fewer people are dying. Disasters caused by extreme weather have become much more frequent and costly since the 1970s even as warning systems haveContinue reading “Weather disasters jump fivefold and will get worse: UN”

U.S. declares a public health emergency post-Hurricane Ida

U.S. health officials Monday declared public health emergencies for Louisiana and Mississippi, seeking to suspend government red tape that may get in the way of providing help to people affected by Hurricane Ida. The emergency declaration by Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra puts a pause on certain payment rules and other requirements thatContinue reading “U.S. declares a public health emergency post-Hurricane Ida”

Problems at Taishan nuclear plant in China serious enough to warrant shutdown, co-owner warns

The French power company that co-owns a nuclear plant in China has said they would shut it down if it was up to them, because of damage to its fuel rods. However, the decision to close the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, located in the southern province of Guangdong, is ultimately up to its Chinese operator.Continue reading “Problems at Taishan nuclear plant in China serious enough to warrant shutdown, co-owner warns”

Two dams in China’s Inner Mongolia collapse after torrential rain

Two dams in China’s northwestern region of Inner Mongolia have collapsed after torrential rain, the Water Ministry said on Monday (July 19), highlighting the safety risks posed by ageing infrastructure during the summer flood season. The dams, in the Inner Mongolian city of Hulunbuir, collapsed on Sunday afternoon. They had formed reservoirs with a combinedContinue reading “Two dams in China’s Inner Mongolia collapse after torrential rain”

Iran protests: One killed in water crisis demonstration

A man has been killed during a second night of protests over severe water shortages in south-west Iran, state media reports. An official in Khuzestan province said the protester was accidentally hit by people who were firing in the air, according to state news agency IRNA. Opposition sources accused the security forces of causing theContinue reading “Iran protests: One killed in water crisis demonstration”

Dozens die in floods in western Europe, others missing

Houses collapse after Ahr river bursts banks south of Bonn More dead in cellar floods, two firefighters lose lives Transport disrupted, Rhine shipping suspended More heavy rain due in southwestern Germany At least 33 people have died in Germany and dozens were missing on Thursday as record rainfall in western Europe caused rivers to burstContinue reading “Dozens die in floods in western Europe, others missing”

Millions in India’s northern states sizzle in severe heatwave

Heatwave pushes temperature to a nine-year high in New Delhi as monsoon rains run behind schedule. Tens of millions of people in India are suffering under a severe heatwave that has pushed the temperature to a nine-year high in capital New Delhi as monsoon rains run behind schedule. Heatwaves have killed at least 6,500 peopleContinue reading “Millions in India’s northern states sizzle in severe heatwave”

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