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Rain-Triggered Landslide Covers Building, Killing 18 in China

More than 400 rescuers battled to find people among debris

© Zhang Hongzhong/China DailyRescue workers search for survivors at the site of a landslide in Lueyang, Shaanxi province, on Tuesday.
Xi'an - Eighteen people were confirmed dead and four were injured when a rain-triggered landslide hit Lueyang county in northwestern Shaanxi province on Tuesday, local authorities said on Wednesday.

Torrential rain pounded Lueyang from 3 am to midday on Tuesday, triggering the 5,000-cubic-meter landslide that engulfed a two-story building in the county seat at 11:15 am, the government of Hanzhong city, which administers Lueyang, said in a statement.

The local government sent more than 400 people to the site to carry out rescue operations.

The teams reached 22 trapped people but 17 were already dead. One died after treatment failed. The four who were injured were treated in hospital.

Also in Lueyang, 80-year-old villager Sun Guiying remains missing after she was swept away while crossing a fast-moving river on Tuesday.

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India: Landslides Kill Six Personnel, Injure Seven

In a tragic incident of nature taking toll on human, a massive landslides along NH 53 today killed six personnel of Indian Reserved Battalion (IRB) and Manipur Rifles even as seven personnel were critically injured.

According to police report, the convoy led by AC 2nd IRB S Ingo was heading to Jiribam district headquarters to escort loaded freight trucks and oil tankers.

They had just reach Sinam Khul near Kotlen about 25 km from Imphal when the landslide struck them hit the bus in which they were travelling.

The bus was travelling with five commando teams and some personnel on other vehicles as Road Opening Party (ROP) .

The six ill fated personnel who were killed in the tragic accident were Havildar Yaima of 5th IRB, rifleman Diamond of 5th MR, rifleman Surchandra of 5th MR, rifleman Maradona of 6th IRB, rifleman Lakshman of 8th MR and rifleman Nasir Khan of 2nd MR.The injured personnel were 1st MR rifleman T Sandang Maring (31), 3rd IRB personnel Takhellambam Sushil (23) of Thoubal Athokpam Mayai Leikai, 2nd MR rifleman Ningrei (42) of Nunghu, 3rd IRB rifleman Thaimei (27) of Khoupum, 6th IRB rifleman Sapam Inao of Waikhong, 1st IRB rifleman Ambang (37) of Tumnoupokpi and 6th MR rifleman Athokpam James (30) of Kongba Laishram Leikai.

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Colorado, US: Flood Damages Buildings in Vail

Mud, water create big cleanup job, do minimal damage

A combination of rainfall, snowmelt and crumbling debris dams pushed Middle Creek in Vail out of its banks Tuesday, causing minor flooding at two lodges and two town buildings.

The Vail Library was closed Wednesday so crews could clean mud and water from the floors. Town crews were also cleaning mud from the entryway and the ice sheet at Dobson Ice Arena.

Meanwhile, maintenance crews were cleaning the pool and some of the conference rooms at the Evergreen Lodge, as well as the parking garages at the Lodge at Lionshead.

While none of the condos were damaged, guests at the Lodge at Lionshead spent a mostly-sleepless night Tuesday.

"We asked a couple of people to move out of their units, and the cars were moved out of the underground parking garages," Joy Dunham, of the Lodge at Lionshead, said. "As water continued to flow into the garages, one had water almost knee-deep before the flooding started to subside around midnight."

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Torrential Rains Continue to Wreak Havoc in China

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The western part of the of Sichuan Basin and the northeastern part of the southwest China's Sichuan Province had been hit by a three-day continuous downpour.

Cities such as Bazhong and Guangyuan in northeastern Sichuan suffered most, with a precipitation over 300 millimeters at some areas during the new round of heavy rainfall.

The water level was recorded at 368.20 meters at a hydrometric station in Bazhong on Wednesday, 5.27 up from the alarm level.

Statistics of the Sichuan Provincial Command Center for Flood Control and Earthquake Relief show that 1.5 million people had been affected, with two dead and six missing, in 21 counties of cities of Guangyuan, Mianyan, Suining and Bazhong, by 20:00 on Wednesday.

More than 170,000 people had been evacuated and 10,000 houses were destroyed by torrential rain.

Mudslides triggered by the heavy rain had caused damages to a bridge on National Highway No. 212 and National Highway No. 317. Road traffic was suspended due to blocks on two provincial highways.

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India: Heavy rains lash Bhopal

Heavy rains lashed the city following which water-logging was reported in some of the low-lying areas.

The Raja Bhoj Airport here recorded a rainfall of two cms in around three hours last evening.

Before the showers started, cloud cover had reduced the visibility.

Power supply was also disrupted in some areas due to high speed winds and rains.

MeT officials said that more rainfall is expected in the days ahead.

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South Carolina, US: Forecast: Heavy rains causing flooding in Pee Dee

Scattered thunderstorms continue in the Pee Dee Tuesday evening. Very heavy downpours and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning are occurring with the storms. Some areas are seeing three inches or more of rain which is causing flooding.

A Flood WARNING is in effect for central Florence and Marion counties until midnight tonight. Flooding is occurring in these areas, especially along and south of Highway 76.

As of 10:00 PM, Progress energy reports 750 customers without power in Marion County and around 560 in Florence County.

The majority of us will remain warm and muggy overnight with a chance for thunderstorms. Temperatures tomorrow will climb to near 90 along the coast with low 90s inland. There is once again a chance of storms tomorrow afternoon. Not everyone will see rain but those who do will likely experience very heavy downpours and frequent lightning.

A large area of high pressure parked in the Atlantic will continue to pump heat and humidity into the region right on through the weekend. The increased humidity also means increased rain chances as we head later into the week.

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US: Arizona Washes Away Dust Deposited by Massive Storm

© Rob Schumacher/The Arizona RepublicA giant dust storm covers Phoenix, Ariz., Tuesday, July 5, 2011.
Arizonans are calling it the mother of all dust storms.

The mile-high wall of ominous, billowing dust that appeared to swallow Phoenix and its suburbs is all that locals can talk about.

It moved through the state around sundown Tuesday, halting airline flights, knocking out power to nearly 10,000 people, turning swimming pools into mud pits and caking cars with dirt.

The sky was still filled with a hazy shade of brown Wednesday as residents washed their cars and swept sidewalks.

Because dust storms, also known by the Arabic term haboobs, are so hard to predict, Tuesday's took everyone by surprise.

Seemingly out of nowhere, the 100-mile-wide storm moved like a giant wave, the dust roiling as it approached at up to 60 mph. Once it hit, visibility dropped to zero in some areas, the sky turned nearly black, trees blew sideways, and even downtown Phoenix skyscrapers became invisible.

"Just the height of it looked like a special-effect scene from a movie, like a dust storm out in Africa," said Charlotte Dewey, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Phoenix. "It looked so huge, looking at the city down below, it was just specks of light and miniature buildings.

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Rainstorms in China kill 25 in less than a week

Chinese state media say heavy rains across the country have killed at least 25 people in less than a week.

The deaths add to more than 260 people who were killed or left missing last month from seasonal floods in eastern and southern China.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday that seven people have died in Sichuan province since new downpours started last Thursday. They included a villager who was killed Tuesday when a wall collapsed while he was removing water from his yard.

It cited rescuers in northwest Shaanxi province as saying a rain-triggered landslide there killed 18 people on Tuesday.

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US; Shoshone floods campgrounds while storms damage radio towers

© Martin Kidston/Gazette StaffPortions of Wapiti Campground and others in the North Fork drainage west of Cody remain closed due to flooding of the Shoshone River.

Wapiti, Wyoming - High winds and lightning knocked out two U.S. Forest Service communication towers and flooding along the Shoshone River prompted the agency to close several campgrounds over the weekend.

Wapiti District Ranger Terry Root of the Shoshone National Forest said the campground closures will last another week, as the Shoshone River continues to flood low-lying areas within the drainage.

"We still have numerous camping sites in Wapiti Campground closed because the sites flood at night," said Root. "We had to close Big Game Campground over the weekend, too. The water is flowing through our horse pasture and into the campground."


Rains to cut Ukraine wheat harvest, USDA says

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London--Ukraine could lose up to 30% of its grain in some regions as heavy rain hammers crops just as the harvest gets underway, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wednesday.

A powerful cyclone--abnormal for this time of year--has hit the center of the country, with some parts receiving 150 millimeters of rain in four days, compared to a monthly average of 80 millimeters, according to Hydrometcenter.

Some industry analysts project a 10% decline and some say the losses may reach 20%-30% in the affected regions if heavy rains continue for another week, as forecasters expect, said the USDA.

"Rains in Ukraine that lasted for over a week in the last part of June will definitely have a negative impact on the production of major winter crops, including wheat and barley," it said in the report.