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1 dead, 26 missing after landslide in East China

Fifteen people have been rescued, but more than 20 are missing after a landslide in east China's Zhejiang Province Wednesday, authorities said Thursday.

One body was found around 1 p.m. Thursday, and rescuers are racing against time to dig out another victim, after Typhoon Megi brought landslides to Sucun Village, Suichang County at 5:28 p.m. Wednesday.

Ten people are receiving treatment in hospital, according to a statement issued by Suichang county government.

"Roughly 400,000 cubic meters of debris slid down the mountains and buried 20 houses. Seventeen other homes were flooded. A township official who went to help villagers is among the missing," said county official Zhou Ruichen.

Zheng Quanwei, 56, was having dinner 200 meters away from the scene when he heard a loud noise and ran outside. "It was getting dark, but I could see some collapsed houses on the hillside," he said. "There were still some noises."

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Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2016 shows the accident site after a landslide hit Sucun Village of Suichang County, east China's Zhejiang Province.
Video footage from the scene shows debris cascading down the hill around 5:28 p.m. as a landslide engulfed the hillside and people screamed in terror.

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70,000 people displaced by severe flooding in North Korea after Typhoon Lionrock

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"About 600,000 people have some level of immediate effect from the disaster"
More than 70,000 people displaced by severe flooding in North Korea nearly a month ago are urgently in need of supplies and shelter before winter sets in, a Red Cross official in Pyongyang said Wednesday.

The floods were caused by a typhoon that hit the country's northernmost province late last month. Officials estimate that more than 130 people died and another 400 are missing. Typhoon Lionrock, amplified by a low-pressure system in the area, created floods that submerged, severely damaged or destroyed 30,000 homes and displaced 70,000 people.

"The disaster was pretty horrendous for the people affected," Chris Staines, head of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in North Korea, said in an interview with The Associated Press. "About 600,000 people have some level of immediate effect from the disaster."


Mythical Saraswati river did exist claim Indian scientists

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Scientists at the Dehradun-Based Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG) have debunked established belief that river Saraswati is just a 5,000-year-old myth.

They claimed to have found after extensive research that the river did exist during ancient times, but got buried because of tectonic changes in the Himalayas.

The mythical Saraswati forms the Hindu holy triumvirate along with the Ganga and Yamuna, and the hypothetical confluence of these three rivers in Allahabad is the source of humanity's biggest gathering every 12 years during the Kumbh Mela.

Scientists said the Saraswati flowed from its origin at Adi Badri in the Shivalik range of Haryana's Yamunanagar to its meeting point with Chautang river in the plains.

This is the course the river followed when it flowed in the Vedic era.

They confirmed that tectonic activities along the Shivalik Himalayas separated the river course from Adi Badri and it was never recharged because of a series of climatic disasters.

The river died eventually. But rainwater collected at scattered hollow locations above the buried river gives proof of Saraswati's existence and the course it took.

Physical and chemical analysis of nearly 22 samples from a 60-km buried water stream confirmed that of it was indeed the ancient Saraswati, now entombed by five feet of top soil, the scientists said.

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Flooding in Siracusa, Italy caused by heavy rains

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Flooding in Siracusa Italy
The flood occurred due to heavy rains in Syracuse. In the last hours in Sicily fell more than 100 mm of precipitation.

Comment: More recent flooding:

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Three children killed after flash floods hit Tunisia

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Villagers in the Governorate of Kairouan recovered the body of a young girl earlier today after she had been washed away by flash flooding on Friday. Elsewhere, two boys from the city of Ryadh in the governorate of Sousse were also killed during the flash flooding that saw large parts of the country's transport network rendered unusable due to heavy rains.

Speaking on MosaiqueFM, the girl's father Mohamed Lotfi Kotii explained that the three year old, who was one of seven, had been left on her own by her siblings. The girl had apparently been trying to locate her sisters when the storm broke on Saturday, causing the flash flood which swept her away.

Neighbors from their village of Rhima in Hajeb Laayoun, within the governorate of Kairouan had been searching the area since, finally locating the girl's body in a ditch earlier today.

The two boys killed in Ryadh were reported to have been swimming in flood water on Sunday, before being swept away by additional water. The bodies of the two boys were recovered by civil protection officers later the same day.


Climate Swindle - Who wants to be a carbon trillionaire?

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Eat your heart out, Al Gore. Being a carbon billionaire is so passé now that we're in the age of the $100 trillion climate swindle. So the real question is who (or at least which corporate front) will be the first carbon trillionaire? Will it be a carbon eugenics promoting Rockefeller or a global government promoting Rothschild, or a carbon divesting Saudi government, or one of the shady hedge funds that are spearheading weather derivatives and other Enron-developed financial instruments to try to cash in on the carbon fraud?

Whatever the answer, one thing is for certain: you won't see this question asked (let alone answered) in the establishment gatekeeping press. Instead you will see endless iterations of the accusation that anyone who disbelieves in the woo woo pseudoscience of climate catastrophism is funded by the very Big Oil oiligarchs who stand to benefit from the debunked climate scare.

Both mainstream press and pseudo-alternatives religiously trot out hit pieces from attack sites like Desmogblog to smear scientists and avoid actual scientific debate (which, for the record, the alarmists always lose). Conveniently left out of this chapter-and-verse reliance on Desmogblog is the fact that it is a PR front itself whose primary benefactor is a convicted money launderer. More to the point, they can't even research or accurately report on the most basic facts. I should know; when I started my ClimateGate.tv website with a free WordPress template and about $5/month of GoDaddy hosting they produced a laughable article claiming that the website was a tv station that was being funded by Big Oil.

No, there's not time at all in the mainstream press to raise even the slightest question about the hundreds of billions that are already being pumped into the carbon scam from government and institutional investors around the world or the tens of trillions that are expected to be spent in the coming decades. Instead, all of the media coverage is focused on the other side of the issue: who funds those who critique this (demonstrably incorrect) "consensus" on global warming?

A perfect case in point is the "exposé" that was published in the LA Timesand InsideClimate News last year alleging that Exxon had the entire global warming puzzle solved as far back as the 1970s...and then actively worked to cover up that information. Never mind that they didn't actually withhold any of their research or findings from the public, and never mind their conclusion (namely, that the massive uncertainty surrounding climate variables meant that they had no clear picture of what is actually happening in the climate) was neither well-informed nor cause for panic; the narrative was already set.

A massive "#ExxonKnew" campaign was organized around the reports and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's claim that he would organize a posse of state AGs to investigate and prosecute Exxon for...something. Unsurprisingly, that campaign has disintegrated, not least because "investigators simply don't know what a climate model is."

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Rain-triggered landslide tears down buildings, school in Dayao County, China

A rain-triggered landslide occurred on Thursday night in a village in Dayao County, Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture of southwest China's Yunnan Province.

Up to 10:00 Friday, the landslide has torn down the buildings of the village committee, a village clinic, a primary school and 44 other residences. The road surface of a highway sank more than eight meters and the traffic has been blocked.

Thanks to timely evacuation, all the 158 villagers from the 44 families and 59 teachers and students from the primary school have been guided to safety and properly settled.

The local government immediately sent rescue teams and relief supplies to the site for disaster-relief work. The landslide mass is under 24-hour monitoring while geologists are working at the site.

A medical team has arrived at the shelters for medical treatment and epidemic prevention. Construction workers are busy repairing damaged road at present.

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Town in New South Wales, Australia evacuated ahead of 'once in a generation' flood

An aerial view of the Lachlan River in and around Forbes.

Rising floodwaters expected to inundate two rural NSW towns may cause problems with power and sewage for several days, despite lower and later-than-predicted peaks.

Residents at Forbes are being advised to evacuate as the Lachlan River swells to an estimated peak of 10.7m by midnight Sunday following 17mm of rain overnight Saturday.

The ADF, NSWFRS, RFS and SES are at nearby Condobolin, building barricades with sandbags as they wait for the water to arrive, and it's likely authorities will be busy in the area for another few weeks, SES spokeswoman Sue Pritchard said.

"It's slow to rise and slow to fall," she said on Sunday evening.

Since the rain began on August 30, the SES has received 2343 calls for assistance and has performed 96 flood rescues.

No people needed rescuing on Sunday but volunteers were kept busy saving horses, cattle and sheep at properties expected to be impacted.

Comment: Earlier this month flooding affected Victoria and South Australia following record rainfall.

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Roads turn into rivers, parking lots submerged after heavy rain in Andhra Pradesh, India

Flooded streets near Mahboob Mansion Market Malakpet in Hyderabad on Thursday.
Heavy rains wreaked havoc in parts of Hyderabad and its suburbs for the fourth consecutive day as water entered residential areas, submerged parking lots in commercial complexes and flooded the streets.

Storm water drains overflowed and water entered residential colonies in Nizampet, Balanagar and Alwal on Wednesday.

Parking lots in several commercial complexes had submerged while roads turned into rivers with three to four feet water.

An Indian man speaks on his mobile phone outside his flooded home, following heavy rain in Nijampet a low lying area on the outskirts of Hyderabad on September 21, 2016.
People were confined to apartments in some flooded areas like Bhandari Layout in Nizampet.

Vendors were seen throwing drinking water and milk packets to those on first floor on Wednesday.

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Deadly flash floods and landslide hit West Java, Indonesia

Landslide in Sumedang
Indonesia's National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) have reported that the death toll from devastating floods and landslides in West Java province, Indonesia has now risen to 26. At least 19 people are still missing.

The flood water in Garut has receded revealing the extent of the destruction. Photos showed houses reduced to rubble and upturned cars strewn across streets covered in mud and flood debris. At least 23 people have died in the Garut floods, with 18 still missing. The search continues for the missing.

Over 400 people remain homeless in Garut as a result of the floods
and temporary shelter has been provided by BNPD.

Three people died and one is missing after the landslide in Sumedang regency.