Record floods threaten pyramid sites in Sudan

Laura: The Latest Climate Disaster for Low-Income Americans

image credit: Hurricane Laura became a Category 4 prior to making landfall in southwest Louisiana and causing damage as far north as Arkansas.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Paige Hause

Cameron, Louisiana was devastated for the third time in 15 years when Hurricane Laura came ashore. In 2005, Hurricane Rita pushed 12 to18 feet of water through this town. In 2008 Hurricane Ike sent 10 feet of surge before making landfall in Galveston, Texas. In so many ways, this area has been recovering from disasters for the past fifteen years. Climate change guarantees that it won’t be the last one.

Now this community, and many others stretching from Port Arthur, Texas to Lake Charles, Louisiana and beyond are reeling from the 10 feet of storm surge, torrential rains, and record-breaking winds that Laura brought.

“There ain’t nothing to come back to,” Cameron resident Adley Dyson Jr. told the Washington Post. “I’m 47 years old. I had to start over in my late 20s. I had to start over in my 30s. This is my fourth time starting over. I don’t want to have to start over again.”…

Record floods threaten pyramid sites in Sudan

Record floods in Sudan have threatened sites housing the royal pyramids of Meroe and Nuri, two of the country’s most important archaeological areas, an official said on Tuesday.

The royal bath at Meroe, a basin that fills during the annual flooding of the Nile, was at risk from unprecedented water levels, and teams have been working since Monday to protect the site from being swamped, said Hatem al-Nour, director of Sudan’s antiquities and museums authority.

Meroe is an ancient city on the east bank of the River Nile about 200 km (125 miles) northeast of the capital Khartoum. It was the capital of the Kush dynasty that ruled from the early 6th century B.C…

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