Flames and smoke surround Mação, making it impossible to enter or leave – the latest in country’s deadliest year for fires Forest fires have cut off a town of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggle to control two large blazes in the centre of the country.
Flames and smoke surround Mação, making it impossible to enter or leave – the latest in country’s deadliest year for fires Forest fires have cut off a village of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggled to control two major blazes in the centre of the country. “It’s impossible to leave or to enter Mação because of the flames and the smoke,” Vasco Estrela, the mayor of Mação village, told the Lusa news agency.
Drone footage taken on Wednesday shows the devastation wrought by the mudslides in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Rescuers are still searching for hundreds of missing people the devastating mudslide and floods engulfed the capital and the surrounding areas on Monday
Hundreds of people have been killed and millions displaced across the region as rescue missions set up shelters and strive to get food and water to victims Nearly 250 people have died in the last few days as a result of flooding and landslides that have devastated parts of northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Millions of people have been displaced across the region, and 245 people are recorded to have been killed by collapsed buildings or by drowning.
The city has seen rain almost every day since April – but pumps continue to malfunction as water board administrators offer wrong information It is true: New Orleans lives and dies by its water. We eat from the Gulf, lake and wetlands and we breathe deeply of a sweltering, airborne humidity. We get our drinking water from the muddy Mississippi river, which carries the effluvia of half the country. Thousands upon thousands of rainy years have amplified the continuing decay in wetlands surrounding the city, creating vast pockets of valuable petroleum and natural gas which generate a major portion of our economy. The same rainfall and river provide continual growth in one of the lushest plant environments in America. But we occasionally have our homes ruined, and we occasionally drown, in water.
“The greatest percentage of annual loss in tree cover occurred in New Orleans, Houston and Albuquerque. Researchers expected to find a dramatic loss of trees in New Orleans and said that it is most likely due to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.”
Sierra Leonean emergency services and aid agencies are working to find victims of the heavy mudslides and flooding which devastated areas around the country’s capital Freetown on Monday. Thousands of people are still missing
Death toll from shallow 6.5-magnitude quake that struck at dawn rises to 97, as officials call for excavation equipment and emergency supplies The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island at dawn on Wednesday has risen to 97, with more people feared trapped in collapsed buildings. Search and rescue teams in Aceh province, an area previously devastated by , used tractors to shift the rubble in attempts to reach people buried in their houses.
We immediately ran outside the house but it crumbled. Everything from the roof to the floor collapsed.
A 28-year-old man has been arrested in Pavia, Lombardy, on suspicion of setting fire to hedges and rubbish bins A volunteer firefighter has been filmed starting a blaze in northern Italy at a time when the country is struggling to cope with a spate of wildfires.
A 28-year-old man was arrested in Pavia, Lombardy, on suspicion of setting fire to hedges and rubbish bins before returning to his force’s base, alerting colleagues and rushing with them to put the blaze out. Police said he was suspected of having started at least seven fires since 2014.
Mitch Landrieu says: ‘We are at risk if we have a massive rain event’
Fire at power station on Thursday reduces city’s ability to drain stormwater
With heavy rains forecast for Thursday, New Orleans is in a “vulnerable position” following a fire at one of the power stations that runs the city’s flood-control water pumps, its mayor has said. “We are at risk if we have a massive rain event,” Mitch Landrieu said at an emergency 3am press conference on Thursday.
Power networks struggle in Baghdad and building work halted in Riyadh, while high humidity affects coastal cities While Europe does battle with a , the Middle East is enduring a summer so brutal that even those accustomed to Baghdad’s searing August are labelling it “ungodly”. As temperatures rose towards 51C on Thursday, Iraq’s government declared a mandatory holiday, allowing civic servants to shelter at home.
Families living on riverbanks of north-east India claim pleas for help following devastating floods have been ignored on religious and racial grounds The Indian government has been accused of religious and racial discrimination after members of the Chakma ethnic group said their pleas for help following the and landslides that swept the country’s north-east have fallen on deaf ears.