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Floods kill at least 45 in central Kenya after dam bursts

Floods kill at least 45 in central Kenya after dam bursts

HEAVY rains in central Kenya killed at least 45 people when floodwaters swept away houses and cars in the town of Mai Mahiu, a government minister said. The police said the flooding was caused by a dam that burst, although two local residents said the water had actually broken through a railway embankment after a tunnel that had channelled the water under the tracks was blocked by an earlier landslide. The floodwaters also carried away trees and railway lines. Hours after the rain had let up, local residents pulled motorcycles and household belongings from the mud. Joel Kuria, a farmer,…
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Ukrainians face homelessness, disease risk as floods crest from breached dam

Ukrainians face homelessness, disease risk as floods crest from breached dam

UKRAINIANS abandoned inundated homes as floodwaters crested across a swathe of the south after the destruction of a vast hydroelectric dam on the front line between Russian and Ukrainian forces that each blamed on the other. Residents waded through flooded streets carrying children on their shoulders, dogs in their arms and belongings in plastic bags while rescuers used rubber boats to search areas where the waters reached above head height. Ukraine said the flood would leave hundreds of thousands of people without access to drinking water, swamp tens of thousands of hectares of agricultural land and turn at least 500,000…
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31 killed as bus swept away by flood waters in Kenya

31 killed as bus swept away by flood waters in Kenya

AT least 31 people drowned at the weekend when a bus carrying a group of religious faithful was swept away by flood waters as the driver tried to cross a river in the eastern Kenyan county of Kitui, the county governor said. Many parts of the East African nation have been experiencing unusually heavy rainfall in the past week. At least 17 people were rescued after the bus was swept into the River Enziu, the governor, Charity Ngilu, said. "This afternoon tragedy has struck Kitui county," she wrote on Twitter, adding that rescue operations were being carried out by personnel…
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‘It’s terrifying’: Merkel shaken as flood deaths rise to 188 in Europe

‘It’s terrifying’: Merkel shaken as flood deaths rise to 188 in Europe

RALPH BROCK and ROMANA FUESSEL GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel has described the flooding that has devastated parts of Europe as "terrifying" after the death toll across the region rose to 188 and a district of Bavaria was battered by the extreme weather. Merkel promised swift financial aid after visiting one of the areas worst affected by the record rainfall and floods that have killed at least 157 in Germany alone in recent days, in the country's worst natural disaster in almost six decades. She also said governments would have to get better and faster in their efforts to tackle the…
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Floodwaters still rising in western Europe with death toll over 110

Floodwaters still rising in western Europe with death toll over 110

MARTIN SCHLICHT and DAVID SAHL MORE than 1,000 people were missing in flood-stricken regions of western Germany and Belgium on Friday, where waters were still rising with the death toll already well over 100 and communications in some areas cut. Entire communities lay in ruins after swollen rivers swept through towns and villages in the western German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, Belgium as well as the Netherlands. "It was terrible not to able to help people," Frank Thel, a resident of Schuld in Rhineland-Palatinate, told Reuters in front of a pile of rubble. "They were waving at us…
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