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'Bomb cyclone' triggers flooding on Mississippi, Missouri rivers

'Bomb cyclone' triggers flooding on Mississippi, Missouri riversNebraska Governor Pete Ricketts issued an emergency declaration for the state, citing forecasts of up to 2 feet (0.61 m) of snow and high winds that are expected to make travel “difficult to impossible” on roads. “Nebraskans should watch the forecast closely in the coming days and be prepared for severe weather events in conjunction with potential historic flooding,” Ricketts said in the declaration. “Widespread and extremely dangerous flooding will continue today and tonight,” the National Weather Service office in Omaha, Nebraska, said on Friday in a statement.



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India seeks to control rivers into Pakistan as punishment

India seeks to control rivers into Pakistan as punishmentNEW DELHI (AP) — India says it is building dams to stop its share of water from flowing into Pakistan-controlled Kashmir as it seeks to punish its longtime rival for an attack on paramilitary soldiers last week that left 40 dead.



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Rivers Rise, Rescues Continue As Florence Rain Pounds North Carolina

Rivers Rise, Rescues Continue As Florence Rain Pounds North CarolinaLUMBERTON, N.C. — The roar of a fan boat echoed through a flooded



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Hawaii volcano: Aerial footage shows rivers of lava flowing to the ocean

Hawaii volcano: Aerial footage shows rivers of lava flowing to the oceanNewly-released aerial footage of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii shows lava flows that extend to the ocean. The footage, released by the United States Geological Survey, is from an unmanned aerial craft hovering over one of the main fissures. Authorities have warned that even small pieces of molten rock can be fatal.



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Hawaii volcano eruption latest: Families flee as rivers of lava from Mount Kilauea engulf entire neighbourhoods

Hawaii volcano eruption latest: Families flee as rivers of lava from Mount Kilauea engulf entire neighbourhoodsPeople in Hawaii forced to flee a volcanic eruption that has destroyed dozens of homes and other buildings have taken advantage of a brief respite in its activity to rescue their pets and belongings. Rivers of lava from Kilauea have already accounted for entire neighbourhoods, and those of the 1,700 evacuees from the Leilani Estates neighbourhood on Big Island who returned home during the lull on Sunday and Monday to retrieve animals, medication and important possessions were warned to be prepared to flee at any moment. Residents of a second area, Lanipuna Gardens, were barred from returning home on Monday due to the risk of deadly sulphur dioxide gas.



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Rivers of lava threaten thousands of homes in Philippines

Rivers of lava threaten thousands of homes in PhilippinesGlowing red lava rolled down the slopes of a Philippine volcano on Tuesday morning as authorities maintained a warning of a possible hazardous eruption.  The lava was quietly flowing in some places but at times Mount Mayon was erupting like a fountain, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. Lava had advanced up to 2km (1.24 miles) from the crater, and ash reached up to 2km and fell on nearby communities.  Nearly 15,000 people have fled the danger zone within 6 to 7km of Mayon, and the institute strongly advised people not to re-enter the area.  Several small pyroclastic flows were generated by fragments in the lava streams and not by an explosion from the crater vent, like occurred with Mount Pinatubo, said Renato Solidum, who heads the volcano institute. Pyroclastic flows are superheated gas and volcanic debris that can race down slopes and incinerate everything in their path, and are feared in a major eruption.  Lava cascades down the slopes of Mayon volcano, about 210 miles south-east of Manila, Philippines Credit: AP "The pyroclastic flows, there were several, were not generated by an explosion from the crater with lava, molten rocks and steam, shooting up the volcano then rolling down," Solidum said. "These were generated by lava fragments breaking off from the lava flow in the upper slopes."  He also said Mayon has not seen enough volcanic earthquakes of the type that would prompt scientists to raise the alert level to four, which would indicate an explosive eruption may be imminent. Emergency response officials previously said they may have to undertake forced evacuations if the alert is raised to four.  Thousands have fled their homes Credit: AFP After steam explosions Saturday and lava rising in the crater on Sunday, the alert was raised to three on a scale of five, indicating a hazardous eruption is possible "within weeks or even days."  Dark pyroclastic ash rises into the sky Credit: APTN Mayon lies in coconut-growing Albay province about 340km southeast of Manila. With its near-perfect cone, Mayon is popular with climbers and tourists but has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently.  In 2013, an ash eruption killed five climbers who had ventured near the summit despite warnings. Mayon's first recorded eruption was in 1616 and the most destructive in 1814 killed 1,200 people and buried the town of Cagsawa in volcanic mud.  The Philippines lies in the so-called Ring of Fire, a line of seismic faults surrounding the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common.  In 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the northern Philippines exploded in one of the biggest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century, killing about 800 people. 



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Sierra Leone landslide: More than 300 killed as roads turn into 'churning rivers of mud'

Sierra Leone landslide: More than 300 killed as roads turn into 'churning rivers of mud'More than 300 people have been killed after a mudslide and heavy flooding in Sierra Leone. Relatives were left digging through mud in search of their loved-ones, as a mortuary in the capital of Freetown was overwhelmed by bodies. Houses were submerged in mud after a night of heavy rain that saw a hillside in the Regent area collapse, with roads described by witnesses as being turned into "churning rivers of mud". Dramatic footage of deadly #Freetown#floods#Sierraleone#climatechangeisreal = more intense rains, flash flooding pic.twitter.com/yvHiceM13y— S4CCC-SL (@scccsierraleone) August 14, 2017 A coroner's official said that more than 200 bodies had been taken to the city mortuary, which was left struggling to cope. The Red Cross said the death toll had risen to 312. However, a precise death toll is not yet clear and is likely to rise as many people might have been asleep when the mudslide happened in the early hours of Monday.  An estimated 2,000 people have also been made homeless after heavy rains caused properties to disappear under water. Houses were left submerged in mud after a night of heavy rain that saw a hillside in the Regent area collapse Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone Speaking at the scene, Sierra Leone's Vice President, Victor Foh, said: "It is likely that hundreds are lying dead underneath the rubble." He added: "The disaster is so serious that I myself feel broken. We're trying to cordon (off) the area (and) evacuate the people." People cried as they looked at the damage under steady rain, gesturing towards a muddy hillside where dozens of houses used to stand. Cars submerged in muddy water in streets in Regent Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone/AFP Sinneh Kamara, a coroner technician at the Connaught Hospital, told local media that the number of those killed had overwhelmed the facility. "The capacity at the mortuary is too small for the corpses," he told the Sierra Leone National Broadcasting Corporation. Youngsters flee flooded homes in Regent, near Freetown Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone/AFP Sierra Leone's national television broadcaster interrupted its regular programming to show scenes of people trying to retrieve the bodies of loved-ones. Others were seen carrying relatives' remains in rice sacks to the mortuary. Military personnel have been deployed to help in the rescue operation in the West African country. Flowing water floods the streets in an area on the outskirts of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone  Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone Fatmata Sesay - who lives on the hilltop area of Juba - said she, her three children and husband were woken at 4.30am by rain beating down on their mud house, which was by then submerged by water. She managed to escape by climbing onto the roof. "We have lost everything and we do not have a place to sleep," she told AFP. Villagers look on in this image that shows the aftermath of the Sierra Leone mudslide Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone Images shared by local media showed people waist-deep trying to navigate streets of flowing water. Locals carry belongings after the mudslide early on Monday in this picture said to show the scene near Freetown Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone Other pictures showed scenes after a section of a hill in the Regent area was reported to have collapsed. #SierraLeone#Flood alert Heavy rains cause landslide at Regent, back of GUMA reservoir – Eyewitness report section of hill has collapsed pic.twitter.com/gUEznTqHaQ— S4CCC-SL (@scccsierraleone) August 14, 2017 Freetown, an overcrowded coastal city of 1.2 million, is hit annually by flooding during several months of rain that destroys makeshift settlements and raises the risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera. Many of the impoverished areas are close to sea level and have poor drainage systems, exacerbating flooding during the country's rainy season. We are saddened to hear about awful flooding in areas of Freetown. The strong spirit of the people of SL & Hull will help you get through. pic.twitter.com/OfTEbPl1d1— The Freetown Society (@FreetownSociety) August 14, 2017 Flooding in the capital in 2015 killed 10 people and left thousands homeless. #freetown #rainseason #myafricanadventure #Komba A post shared by Jacob Lund (@jacobluund) on Aug 14, 2017 at 1:06am PDT Sierra Leone was one of the west African nations hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014 that left more than 4,000 people dead in the country and it has struggled to revive its economy since the crisis. About 60 percent of people in Sierra Leone live below the national poverty line, according to the United Nations Development Programme.  The mudslide happened in Regent, a town near Freetown in Sierra Leone Hundreds of bodies recovered after mudslides in Sierra Leone 00:58  



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As rivers recede, another death from Midwest flooding

As rivers recede, another death from Midwest floodingST. LOUIS (AP) — A man has died after his vehicle was swept off a road near a flooded creek in Missouri, marking the 10th death blamed on flooding in the Midwest, authorities said Friday.



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10 most endangered rivers in the United States for 2017

10 most endangered rivers in the United States for 2017American Rivers compiled a list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the United States for 2017. Threats range from water demand and global warming to fracking and open-pit sulfide mining. The organization is calling upon the Trump administration and Congress to prioritize and support innovative water management solutions to help protect rivers and clean water, calling it one of the most important conservation issues of our time.



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Colombia: 193 dead after rivers overflow, toppling homes

Colombia: 193 dead after rivers overflow, toppling homesBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — An avalanche of water from three overflowing rivers tore through a small city in Colombia while people slept, destroying homes, sweeping away cars and killing at least 193 unsuspecting residents.



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