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Eight die in Vietnamese storms

Flash floods triggered by a tropical storm have killed eight people in Vietnam, while 14 others remain missing and another was killed by a falling tree.

In the Central Highland province of Daklak, four people were killed on Sunday and 14 others are still missing, including a family of five whose house was washed away by flash floods, said provincial disasters official Phan Thi Thu Hien.


Dubrovnik Croatia menaced by major fire

A state of emergency has been declared in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, whose suburbs are threatened by a major forest fire.

The mayor of the medieval port city said emergency services were ready to evacuate residents from the hillside districts above the city centre.


Montana Gov. Declares Fire Emergency

HELENA, Mont. - A state of emergency was declared in Montana on Sunday because of wildfires, including one northeast of Missoula that crept to within a mile of some of the 200 nearby homes that were evacuated.

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Prediction of major hurricanes lowered

The United States' leading storm forecaster has slightly lowered the number of hurricanes expected to form in the Atlantic basin this year.

Colorado State University Professor William Gray is still predicting an above-average hurricane season but he expects only four storms to be classified as major or intense, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.

His latest prediction of major or intense storms is one less than Gray and his team forecast in late May.

At that time, Gray predicted a 2007 hurricane season with 17 named storms and nine hurricanes, five of which would be intense, Category 3 or above.


Millions left homeless by Asia's monsoon floods

Death toll could hit thousands as abnormal rain swamps Bangladesh, Nepal and northern India, bringing threat of mass starvation and waterborne disease.

Women and children were seen screaming for help from treetops yesterday as monsoon floods struck three countries in south Asia, leaving at least 280 people dead and 20 million washed out of their homes.


India: Police fire on flood victims, one killed.

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SWAMPED: An aerial view of a part of Darbhanga district in North Bihar on Saturday.

The State Government on Saturday owned the blame for the police firing on flood victims in which one person was killed and three others were injured in Madhubani on Friday.

A two-member administrative team, comprising Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah and Additional Director General CID Yashwant Malhotra, held the police firing "unwarranted" and placed Havildar Aditya Narain Singh, who opened fire, under suspension.

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Iceland: Eruption imminent?

A series of small earthquakes around Upptyppingar north of Vatnajökull since this February has prompted speculations from geologists that a volcanic eruption could be imminent in the area.

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Flood waters overwhelm Cleveland


For much of the afternoon and early evening Thursday this lakefront city looked much more like a lake.

A strong isolated thunderstorm formed over the downtown area and brought down with it torrential rains the likes of which many lifelong Clevelanders said they had never seen.

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Minor earthquake rouses German from their sleep

An earthquake jolted the German town of Koblenz early Friday, but caused no casualties or damage, police said.

The quake, which measured 4 on the Richter scale, roused people from their beds at 5 a.m. It was followed half-an-hour later by a less powerful aftershock.

Hundreds of anxious residents telephoned the emergency services asking for advice, a police spokesman said.


European heat waves double in length since 1880

The most accurate measures of European daily temperatures ever indicate that the length of heat waves on the continent has doubled and the frequency of extremely hot days has nearly tripled in the past century. The new data shows that many previous assessments of daily summer temperature change underestimated heat wave events in western Europe by approximately 30 percent.

Paul Della-Marta and a team of researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland compiled evidence from 54 high-quality recording locations from Sweden to Croatia and report that heat waves last an average of 3 days now - with some lasting up to 4.5 days - compared to an average of around 1.5 days in 1880. The results are published 3 August in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, a publication of the American Geophysical Union. The researchers suggest that their conclusions contribute to growing evidence that western Europe's climate has become more extreme and confirm a previously hypothesized increase in the variance of daily summer temperatures since the 19th century.