Missouri and other areas along the Mississippi river are facing major flooding events after intense rainfall and rising river levels. At least 20 people have been killed, and 19 levees along the river are still vulnerable.
A weather pattern that could be associated with El Nino has turned winter upside-down across the U.S. during a week of heavy holiday travel, bringing spring-like warmth to the Northeast, a risk of tornadoes in the South and so much snow in parts of the West that there are concerns about avalanches. On Christmas Day, it could be warmer in New York City than Los Angeles.
BEIJING (AP) — A landslide collapsed and buried buildings at and around an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Sunday, leaving 27 people missing, authorities said.
They’ve been unable to return to their home in New Jersey since Superstorm Sandy damaged it three years ago. And a single mother of three, who needs a kidney transplant, is still rebuilding after years of fighting with insurers, contractors and state aid programs. But she’s not even sure she’ll be able to move in to the new home rising 15 feet higher than her old one.
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Two days of torrential rain caused flooding and landslides across much of Japan this week. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said three people died, including a woman in her 60s who was found after a landslide hit houses in Kanuma city, and a woman in her 40s who was in a car that washed away in Kurihara city. A man in his 20s died after falling into a drainage ditch in Nikko city.
Some 190 miles north of Joso, another river overflowed into the city of Osaki on Friday morning, swamping homes and fields and stranding at least 60 people, according to media reports.
But the hardest-hit place appeared to be Joso, 30 miles northeast of Tokyo. The fast-rising waters in the city of 60,000 people led to a series of dramatic rescues by helicopters on Thursday.
Police and other emergency workers fanned out the next morning to search for the missing, while helicopters and boats brought in more of the stranded. More than 280 people have been airlifted out since the serious flooding began.
City officials said 22 people were missing after they had lost contact with them following requests for rescue. Three others were injured, one seriously. More than 3,500 people were staying in schools, community centers and other buildings converted to evacuation centers.