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Floods Cripple Indonesian Capital, 2 Dead

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Much of the Indonesian capital is under waist-high water, after several days of unusually heavy monsoon rains caused floods that forced thousands to seek shelter. Rising flood waters in Jakarta forced many government offices and businesses to close Thursday, and many roads were unpassable in the low-lying, flood-prone city of 14 million. Forecasters warn the […]

2 Killed in Flooding in Indonesia

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Indonesian officials say at least two people have been killed in floods that have driven thousands of people from their homes in the capital, Jakarta. A disaster management official told the French news agency that days of torrential rain have caused rivers to overflow and have triggered floods up to three meters. Seasonal downpours cause […]

Torrential Rains Kill 37 in Beijing

Posted July 22nd, 2012 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Beijing say the death toll from the heaviest rains in six decades has reached 37. China’s official Xinhua news agency reports 25 people drowned, six died in house collapses, five were electrocuted and one person was killed by lightning. The torrential downpours began on Saturday, dumping an average of 17 centimeters of rain […]

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Torrential Rains Kill 10 in Beijing

Posted July 22nd, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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The heaviest rains to hit Beijing in more than six decades killed 10 people and forced the evacuation of at least 50,000. China’s official Xinhua news agency reports Sunday that massive flooding trapped scores of residents and left cars floating in the streets. It also reports that Beijing international airport canceled hundreds of flights, stranding […]

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Torrential Rains Kill 10 in Beijing

Posted July 22nd, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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The heaviest rains to hit Beijing in more than six decades have killed at least 10 people and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands. The official Xinhua news agency reported Sunday that the storms, which began Saturday, could continue through Monday. The government says Beijing’s suburban Fangshan district received 46 centimeters of rain Saturday, […]

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Bangkok Residents Empty Supermarket Shelves as Flood Fears Grow

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Residents of the Thai capital Bangkok have cleared supermarket shelves of food and water as they brace for flood waters to reach the city in the coming days. One cashier said his store’s shelves were almost empty Wednesday, as customers stocked up on rice, instant noodles and other non-perishable items. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra […]

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Bangkok Supermarkets Empty as Flood Fears Grow

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Supermarkets across Bangkok say they are running out of food and supplies as residents prepare for massive flooding making its way toward the Thai capital. One cashier said his store’s shelves are almost empty. He said rice and instant noodles were among the first items to be purchased. Crews are erecting flood barriers along the […]

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Record Mekong Flooding Threatens Bangkok, Phnom Penh

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations officials say the capitals of Thailand and Cambodia are at risk as the worst flooding in modern times sweeps through the Mekong Basin. Kirsten Mildren, spokeswoman for the U.N.’s humanitarian affairs agency, told VOA Tuesday that officials in Bangkok are taking urgent measures as the floodwaters bear down on the city. Mildren said […]

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Thai PM: Nation Faces Flood Crisis

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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VIDEO: Reuters BC-ASIA-OCT07-THAILAND-F, ASIA: STORY 5268AS Thailand’s prime minister says the nation is in a serious flood crisis and the capital Bangkok will be affected. Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday in a televised address that 252 people have died across the country due to more than two months of heavy rains. She warned that major flooding […]

Thai Death Toll at 244, as Rains, Flooding Wreak Havoc

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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The death toll from Thailand’s worst flooding in five decades has risen to 244, as torrential rains continue to pound large swaths of Southeast Asia. United Nations’ relief officials in the region say nearly 200 others have died in neighboring Cambodia and Vietnam. Authorities north of Bangkok evacuated 1,700 prisoners Thursday, after a wall of […]

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