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Thousands of homes damaged by floods in Bandung, Indonesia

Officers carry the bodies of victims who died in the flash floods in Citengah Village, South Sumedang District, Sumedang Regency, West Java
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Officers carry the bodies of victims who died in the flash floods in Citengah Village, South Sumedang District, Sumedang Regency, West Java
Heavy rain on 25 March caused the Citarum river and its tributaries to overflow in Bandung Regency, West Java, Indonesia.

Flooding was reported in Dayeuhkolot, Baleendah, Bojongsoang, Cicalengka and Rancaekek districts, with a depth of over 1 metre in some areas.

According to disaster authorities, as of 26 March more than 10,000 homes have been damaged, along with schools, public buildings and roads. A total of 60,539 people have been affected by the floods, with 39 people reported displaced.

The region is extremely flood-prone. Similar flooding occurred in January this year, as well as January, March, April and May of last year.


Shallow 5.4 magnitude earthquake in China's Xinjiang kills 3

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwestern China claimed the lives of three people, media reported on Wednesday.

The tremor occurred on Tuesday at 9:14 p.m. local time (0:14 GMT) about 100 kilometers (62 miles) away from Aksu county. The epicenter of the earthquake lay at a depth of 10 kilometers.

Seismologists recorded 10 repeated aftershocks, the strongest of them had a magnitude of 3.4.

As of Wednesday, three deaths have been registered as a result of the tremor. A total of 65 houses were also reported damaged or destroyed by the earthquake, 16 of which collapsed along with the roof.

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Once on the verge of extinction America's bald eagle population continues to soar

American bald eagle
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An American bald eagle sits on a branch at Mill Pond on July 21, 2018 in Centerport, New York.

The population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states of the US has quadrupled to more than 316,000 federal wildlife officials say.

The population was once on the verge of extinction but a new survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service found more than 70,000 breeding pairs of the iconic bird.

Experts say that in the late 1960s there were less than 500.

The success of the raptor, which is the national symbol of the United States, is a "historic conservation success story," said newly confirmed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.

"The bald eagle has always been considered a sacred species to American Indian people, and similarly it's sacred to our nation as America's national symbol," said Ms Haaland, the first Native American Cabinet secretary.


Taiwan experiencing worst drought in half a century

Tourists visit the Baoshan second reservoir amid low water levels during an islandwide drought, in Hsinchu, Taiwan
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Tourists visit the Baoshan second reservoir amid low water levels during an islandwide drought, in Hsinchu, Taiwan on Mar 6, 2021.
Taiwan will from next month ration water for more than 1 million households in the centre of the island because of a drought but the technology hub of Hsinchu will not be affected, Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua said on Wednesday (Mar 24).

Sub-tropical Taiwan is experiencing its worst drought in half a century, after rain-soaking typhoons failed to make landfall last year, with shortages most severe across a swathe of western Taiwan, where most people live.

Wang told reporters that from Apr 4, water supplies in parts of Taichung and Miaoli would be cut for two days every week, with water tankers being sent out to supply residents as needed.

Hsinchu, home to companies such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), the world's largest contract chip manufacturer with clients including Apple and Qualcomm, would not be affected, she added.

Hsinchu's reservoirs are low but its supplies are being topped up by water being piped in from Taipei where water levels are plentiful, and also by desalination.

Comment: Parts of southern and eastern China are also facing their worst drought in 50 years as a result of months of reduced rainfall.

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Olympic snowboarder and guide die in Alps avalanche

In this file photo, Julie Pomagalski from France

In this file photo, Julie Pomagalski from France speeds down the course 23 February, 2006 during the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics Ladies’ Parallel Giant Slalom in Bardonecchia, Italy.
"Suddenly there was an avalanche for reasons that are still unknown," the police statement said

Julie Pomagalski, a former Olympic snowboarder from France, has died in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps. She was 40.

Pomagalski competed in the parallel giant slalom at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2006 Turin Games. She won gold in the snowboard cross at the world championships in 1999.

The French ski federation said Wednesday that Pomagalski died Tuesday but did not specify the location. French and Swiss media widely reported that the avalanche took place on Gemsstock mountain in the Swiss canton of Uri.


Overnight snow puts March 2021 second all-time for snowiest Marches in Denver, Colorado

Also puts this month tied for fifth place all time for snowiest months ever in Denver

Denver International Airport picked up 1.6 inches of snow Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, putting it at 32.5 inches of snow so far this month and putting March 2021 in a tie for second place for snowiest Marches ever in the city.

The 32.5 inches of snow that have fallen so far this month ties March 1944 for second place in the record books. The March snow record for Denver was set in 2003, when 35.2 inches of snow fell.


Late March storm brings snow, wind to New Mexico

Damaging Winds and Snow Sweep Across Central New Mexico as Severe Storm Hits

Damaging winds and snow sweep across central New Mexico
A late March storm is bringing snow, rain and strong winds to northern and central New Mexico.

The storm ramped up around midnight.

At 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, PNM reported that more than 14,000 customers were without power in the Albuquerque area. However, service had been restored to most customers by midday.

The storm has also prompted dozens of closures and delays across the state.

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Skier dies in avalanche near Colorado's Beaver Creek Resort - 35th such death for US this season

A skier has died in an avalanche in the backcountry near Beaver Creek Resort, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center reports.

The avalanche happened at about 3 p.m. Monday in a steep, northwest-facing chute at an elevation of around 10,500 feet (3,200 meters), said the center, which is still investigating.

The victim was Gary Allen Smith, 37, an Eagle County resident, the coroner's office told the Vail Daily.

Smith was a backcountry skier, worked at a backcountry ski shop and was a gear editor for a backcountry skiing website, the newspaper reported.

Smith's death is the 35th avalanche related fatality in the U.S. this season and the 12th in Colorado, matching the state's 1992-93 avalanche death toll.

Source: AP

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Avalanche kills at least 5 in Pakistan-administered Kashmir

At least five people were killed when an avalanche hit a village in Pakistan-administered Kashmir late Wednesday, according to state-run media.

A house in the Sargan village of Neelum Valley was buried under snow resulting in the death of a woman and her four children, Radio Pakistan reported.

Local people and police retrieved the bodies while rescue work is still underway.

The country's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and Kashmir were lashed by heavy rain and snow during the last three days.

According to the provincial rescue service 1122, at least two people were killed in rain-related accidents on Tuesday.


Flash floods cause severe damage in Antioquia, Colombia - extreme weather during March leaves 45 dead for the country

Flash flooding in Dabeiba, Antioquia, Colombia, 22 March 2021.
© Flash flooding in Dabeib Dagran Antioquia,
Flash flooding in Dabeiba, Antioquia, Colombia, 22 March 2021.
Heavy rain caused severe flooding in the municipality of Dabeiba in Antioquia Department on 22 March.

The departments disaster agency Dagran Antioquia reported 237 buildings damaged, 10 vehicles damaged along with road and infrastructure, including a local market square. As of 185 families affected. No major injuries were reported.