Tag: Floods

North Korea, Fighting to Hold Back Virus and Floods, Says No Thanks to Outside Aid

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, says the nation is facing “two crises at the same time” — fighting the spread of the coronavirus and coping with extensive flood damage. But Mr. Kim has ordered his country not to accept any international aid for fear that outside help might bring in Covid-19, […]

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Hurricane Forecast: ‘One of the Most Active Seasons on Record’

Following a record number of Atlantic Ocean storms over the past two months, including five that struck the United States, government scientists on Thursday updated their forecast for the remainder of the hurricane season, saying it was likely to be extremely active. “It’s shaping up to be one of the most active seasons on record,” […]

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Hurricane, Fire, Covid-19: Disasters Expose the Hard Reality of Climate Change

A low-grade hurricane that is slowly scraping along the East Coast. A wildfire in California that has led to evacuation orders for 8,000 people. And in both places, as well as everywhere between, a pandemic that keeps worsening. The daily morning briefing from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, usually a dry document full of acronyms […]

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A Quarter of Bangladesh Is Flooded. Millions Have Lost Everything.

Torrential rains have submerged at least a quarter of Bangladesh, washing away the few things that count as assets for some of the world’s poorest people — their goats and chickens, houses of mud and tin, sacks of rice stored for the lean season. It is the latest calamity to strike the delta nation of […]

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Rising Seas Could Menace Millions Beyond Shorelines, Study Finds

As global warming pushes up ocean levels around the world, scientists have long warned that many low-lying coastal areas will become permanently submerged. But a new study published Thursday finds that much of the economic harm from sea-level rise this century is likely to come from an additional threat that will arrive even faster: As […]

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Hurricane Douglas: Hawaii Braces for ‘Triple Threat’

Officials in Hawaii on Sunday prepared for the arrival of Douglas, a hurricane that was downgraded to a Category 1 but still packed maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour. Hurricane warnings were in effect for the counties that include the islands of Kahoolawe, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau, the National Hurricane […]

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Flooding in India Kills Scores of Animals, Including Endangered Rhinos

GAUHATI, India — More than 100 animals, including 10 one-horned rhinoceroses, have died in massive flooding at the famed Kaziranga game reserve in northeastern India, officials said. The flooding prompted Britain’s Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, to express their concern in a letter to park authorities, officials said on Saturday. “Since […]

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A Climate Plan in Texas Focuses on Minorities. Not Everyone Likes It.

Pleasantville, a few square miles of bungalows and industrial sites stuck between Houston’s railways and freeways, resembles a shallow bowl — quick to flood, like much of the city. But like other neighborhoods with large Black and Hispanic populations and low property values, it never qualified for the pricey flood-control projects that protect wealthier parts […]

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Monsoons Slam South Asia, Displacing Millions in Bangladesh and India

When heavy floods started inundating her riverside home last week in the village of Madarganj, northern Bangladesh, Habiba Begum chose to stay put with her family instead of moving to shelter. Ms. Begum’s family, desperate to save what few possessions they had, chained their only suitcase to their house, a makeshift structure of bamboo and […]

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New Data Show an ‘Extraordinary’ Rise in U.S. Coastal Flooding

WASHINGTON — Parts of the United States saw record levels of high-tide flooding last year as rising seas brought water further into coastal homes and infrastructure, government scientists reported Tuesday. The increase in high-tide flooding along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts since 2000 has been “extraordinary,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported, with the […]

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