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Report: Record storms kill 152 in China

Record rainfall this week triggered floods, landslides and mud flows that killed 152 people in China and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands, state media reported Sunday.

Since the start of the annual rainy season in June, floods have hit nearly half of China's regions and killed at least 400 people, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

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Texas flooding strands passenger train

KNIPPA, Texas - Storms dumped more than a foot of rain on parts of Texas on Saturday, stranding more than 170 passengers on an Amtrak train for hours and forcing rescue crews elsewhere to pull at least 50 people to safety.

A horse stands in floodwaters Saturday, July 21, 2007, near D'Hanis, Texas, after heavy rains caused the Seco Creek to overflow its banks, flooding the town and closing U.S. Highway 90.

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Hail storm buries Mexican town just over the border

These are pictures of a fierce hail storm that pounded the town of Cananea Sonoroa, Mexico, last night.

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"I was talking with my mother this morning," writes international viewer Ing. Héctor Manuel Germán Gardner, "and she says that in her whole life she didn't remember something like yesterday ever happening in Cananea, and she's almost 80 years old!!!"

You can see, hail the size of golf balls and bigger fell upon the town, along wth flooding rain.

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Flooding continues in southern Britian

Villagers told to stay away from flooded homes.

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Floodwater near the flooded village of Langley Burrell

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Two months of rain in just one day - Worst in living memory

· Met Office: deluge in south is worst in living memory
· Battered north braced for more as front advances

Some of the heaviest rainfall in living memory deluged southern Britain yesterday, inundating places with up to one sixth of their entire annual rainfall in less than 24 hours.

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Torrential rain causes chaos in Britain

Torrential rain and thunderstorms struck Britain on Friday, causing travel chaos, forcing television stations off the air and delaying a cricket match between England and India.

At London's Heathrow airport, 141 flights were cancelled, 25 stations on the London Underground were closed because of flooding and rail company First Great Western advised travellers against taking the train.

"Even if the flooding subsides, all our trains will be in the wrong places and there will still be severe delays," said a spokesman for the operator, whose services in the west of England were badly hit.

Homes around England and Wales faced flash flooding and police reported a slew of weather-related car and truck crashes.


Sweeping in from the south-west, the rain struck first in southern and central England and Wales.


Utah wildfire threatens 2 dozen homes

Firefighters battled to keep a wildfire that already burned thousands of acres from reaching a small town as residents of at least two dozen homes were told to be ready to evacuate quickly.

The 24-square-mile fire raced toward the town of Indianola on Friday, a day after burning through a campground and motel and forcing rescues. Officials said the blaze may have been started by sparks from a flat tire.

With a highly skilled team on its way from Florida, 150 area firefighters were fighting the flames amid extraordinary heat and drought, with no immediate relief predicted.

"It only takes a cigarette or a match and this stuff will explode," said Fred Burns, owner of Burns Brothers Ranch RV Resort in nearby Fountain Green, which was not affected.


Fox attacks restaurant worker in Md.

A bizarre fox attack at a Salisbury steak house had patrons and employees jumping and scrambling for cover.

The attack happened near closing time Thursday, when customers encountered a wild fox in the parking lot. Feeling threatened, they ran inside the slow-release door at Chef Fred's Chesapeake Steakhouse, Bar & Grill. The fox followed them inside.

"It was a bizarre thing," said Sara Hall, a manager at Chef Fred's Chesapeake Steakhouse, Bar & Grill. "I've never been so scared in my life."

Once inside the building, the fox scampered into the dining room area, into the bar area and back to the dining area, causing employees and patrons to take cover. Several jumped onto tables or chairs.

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At least 50 feared dead in 2 Pakistan villages

Peshawar - Lightning and heavy rain destroyed homes in two remote villages in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing at least 50 people, police said.

Seven houses were destroyed and several more damaged in villages in Dirbala district, 250 kilometres north of Peshawar, said local official Nisar Khan Wardak.

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Europe experiencing freak weather

A heat wave sweeping central and southeastern Europe killed at least 13 people this week, with soaring temperatures sparking forest fires, damaging crops and prompting calls to ban horse-drawn tourist carriages.

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Two cars are left stranded after torrential rain caused flash flooding on a road in Wallington, South London, on Friday.