Climate change blamed for China flood disaster

Laos weather bureau official dispels Mekong flood concerns. “Floods are one of the biggest natural disasters affecting Laos, but it is difficult to predict when they will occur.” Full story:

Climate change blamed for China flood disaster

Torrential rains and rising river waters have swept across southern and central China.

At least 140 people are dead or missing. Nearly 24 million people are affected by the worst floods to hit China in decades.

Weather experts say global warming is partly to blame. Al Jazeera’s Katrina Yu reports from Beijing, China…


Indonesian flash floods kill at least 36

The death toll from flash floods that hit Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province has risen to 36, while 40 are still reported missing, officials say.

Wisnu Widjaja of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said in an online press conference that the number of those wounded was 58 while 14,483 people have been displaced and are staying in 76 shelters in Sabbang, Masamba and Baebunta sub-districts.

Three rivers in the area overflowed following intense rainfall that lasted two days, triggering a flash flood that struck the North Luwu area last Monday evening.

“The flash floods were caused by land conversion. A joint team has been deployed to clear the roads that are blocked by the mud using excavators,” BNPB spokesman Raditya Djati said in the press conference…


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