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Hurricane Bill becomes stronger storm

Hurricane Bill becomes stronger stormWashington - Hurricane Bill gained strength over the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, with winds reaching speeds of 215 kilometres per hour as US forecasters predicted its effect would soon be felt in Bermuda.

The US National Hurricane Centre in Miami said Bill, the first hurricane of the season, had become a category 4 hurricane, only one step below the highest strength on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.

Bill becomes first Atlantic hurricane of season

Bill becomes first Atlantic hurricane of season Washington - Forecasters said Monday that the first hurricane of the season had developed in the Atlantic Ocean and was continuing to strengthen.

Hurricane Bill became a category one storm early Monday and could strengthen into a major hurricane by Wednesday, the National Hurricane Centre in Miami said. The storm had winds of 150 kilometres per hour and was slowly moving westward.

Bill was located about 1,735 kilometres east of the Lesser Antilles at 1500 GMT, and was following behind Tropical Depression Ana, which was dumping heavy rains on Puerto Rico.

Foreign aid arrives for Taiwan mudslide survivors

Foreign aid arrives for Taiwan mudslide survivors Taipei - Foreign aid began to arrive in Taiwan Friday for the survivors of typhoon-triggered mudslides, as hundreds of survivors are still trapped in mountains while hundreds more are buried in mountain valleys under tons of rocks and mud.

Israel became the first country to respond to Taiwan's appeals for foreign aid, sending water purifying and water transporting equipment, which arrived Friday night, and was immediately sent to the disaster regions in south Taiwan.

Taiwan seeks foreign aid to typhoon-hit areas

Taiwan seeks foreign aid to typhoon-hit areasTaipei - Taiwan, facing the worst typhoon-related flooding and mudslides in half a century, on Thursday sought aid from foreign countries.

The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry stated that the country needed equipment and materials to clear roads, recover bodies and shelter survivors, as well as helicopters and pilots to deliver these materials.

In addition, disinfectants, sterilizing agents and portable water purification systems were need in large supply to prevent the breakout of disease.

450 feared buried alive as typhoon kills 15 in Taiwan

450 feared buried alive as typhoon kills 15 in TaiwanTaipei - Rescuers searched Monday for some 450 villagers whose homes in a southern Taiwan were buried by rockslides after Typhoon Morakot left at least 15 dead in the island's worst flooding in 50 years.

The National Fire Agency said they first found 43 survivors from Hsiaolin Village, and later spotted another 100 taking shelter in a slope near the village said to have 600 villagers.

"We have so far found 43 people and air-lifted 32 of them from Hsiaolin Village," said Huang Chi-min, director of National Fire Agency, earlier Monday.

China evacuates 1 million people as typhoon approaches

China evacuates 1 million people as typhoon approachesBeijing/Taipei - China evacuated around 1 million people from south-eastern coastal areas as deadly Typhoon Morakot approached Sunday, local media reported.

More than 473,300 residents from Zhejiang province as well as at least 480,000 in neighbouring Fujian had been relocated, and 35,440 ships had returned to shore as Morakot moved towards the coast at a rate of 10 kilometres per hour, official Xinhua news agency reported.

US predicts fewer Atlantic hurricanes for remainder of season

US predicts fewer Atlantic hurricanes for remainder of season Washington - US weather experts predicted Thursday that there would be fewer Atlantic hurricanes than initially expected this year.

There is now a 70 per cent chance of seven to 11 named storms, of which three to six could become hurricanes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. One to two of those could be major storms, category 3 or higher, with winds above 178 kilometres per hour.

Weather forecast spoils UK bid to set new world record of most women in bikinis!

Weather forecast spoils UK bid to set new world record of most women in bikinis!London, Aug 3 : A UK bid to set a new world record for the most number of women wearing bikinis in one place is said to have failed, after only 42 of the expected 1,924 turned up for the event.

The disappointing turnout was blamed on the poor weather forecast in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

Organisers had hoped to enter the record books by getting more than 1,923 women wearing swimwear on the sands of the Essex seaside town, beating the number reached in Russia last year.

Floods leave thousands homeless in eastern India

Floods leave thousands homeless in eastern India New Delhi - Thousands of people were rendered homeless in India's eastern state of Bihar after a river driven by monsoon rains breached its embankment, flooding nearly 200 villages, news reports said Sunday.

An estimated 100,000 people were affected after the swollen Bagmati river inundated the northern Sitamarhi district bordering Nepal, the IANS news agency reported.

The stranded villagers were living under open skies without food and drinking water, waiting to be rescued.

Heavy rain cripples Mumbai, as city prepares to face high tide

Heavy rain cripples Mumbai, as city prepares to face high tideMumbai, July 23 : Life in Mumbai has been crippled again due by heavy rains and the city is preparing itself to face high tides from the Arabian Sea.

Met department communiqués said that Mumabi has received 40mm rain till 8.39 in the morning. It is also predicted heavy rains in next 24 hours.

According to Brihan Mumbai Muncipal Corporation (BMC) officials, heavy downpour has led to water logging in lower parts of the city and the suburbs.

Air, road and rail traffic has been affected by the heavy rains.

Tree lands on bus as tropical storm passes through Hong Kong

Tree lands on bus as tropical storm passes through Hong Kong Hong Kong  - Three people were injured and a double-decker bus was hit by a falling tree as tropical storm Molave barrelled past Hong Kong early Sunday.

The territory went on alert early Sunday morning as the storm came within 40 kilometres, bringing high winds and torrential rain.

The severe storm signal was raised for three hours from 1:30 am as Molave came neared the former British colony.

Twenty two die as monsoon batters Pakistan's largest city

Twenty two die as monsoon batters Pakistan's largest city Islamabad  - At least 22 people died in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi as it received the first spell of monsoon rains at the weekend, media reports said on Sunday.

Most of the casualties were caused by falling roofs and walls or electrocution, the private Geo News television channel said. More than 60 people were also injured in rain-related incidents.

An average of 15 centimeters of rain fell across the metropolis of 16 million people on Saturday, disrupting road transport and affecting train and airline schedules.

Five dead as heavy rains fall over South Korea

Five dead as heavy rains fall over South KoreaSeoul - At least five people have died in landslides, a drowning and an electrocution as hundreds were left homeless after heavy rains fell on South Korea, its disaster management agency said Friday.

The southern part of the country was the worst affected by Thursday's rains, which left more than 1,200 houses and 3,00 hectares of farmland under water, the National Emergency Management Agency said.

Monsoon to remain active in western India

Monsoon to remain active in western IndiaThe western coast of India is experiencing heavy rains, and the entire region has been completely engulfed by the monsoon. The Konkan-Mumbai region experienced exceptionally heavy rainfall during the last 24 hours.

The Meteorological Department (IMD) and international weather agencies have forecast moderate to heavy rainfall, as the monsoon may remain active over these regions during the next three days.

Heavy rains continue to disrupt life in Mumbai

Heavy RainfallMumbai, July 15 : Mumbai and parts of its suburbs continued to receive heavy rainfall on Wednesday morning.

Till 5.30 this morning, the MET department had recorded 77 mm of rainfall at Colaba and 240 mm of rainfall at Santa Cruz.

Water logging was reported from some areas, but road and rail traffic is running normally till now.

As a precautionary measure, people have been warned to leave their houses only if necessary. The incessant showers began on Monday night. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.

Heavy rains cripple normal life in Mumbai

Heavy rains cripple normal life in MumbaiMumbai, July 6 : Heavy rains in Mumbai crippled normal life on Wednesday.

A number of low-lying areas such as Dadar, Hindmata, Chembur, Parel and Sion have been inundated and the situation is expected to worsen.

According to sources air traffic at the Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport was also affected by poor visibility this morning. Visibility was restricted to 800 meters, sources said.

Thunderstorms lash Germany after a day of heat

Thunderstorms lash Germany after a day of heat Berlin - Thunderstorms lashed western and southern Germany Friday after a day of summer heat, with torrential rain flooding highways and lightning strikes causing non-fatal injuries.

In one case, five people at a hill-country camping ground, at Hauenstein near the French border, were injured by a lightning bolt. Lightning set fire to a pigshed in Bavaria, killing 20 animals.

Similar storms hit the region on Thursday. In some places, 100 litres of rain per square metre fell in a few minutes, causing local flash floods.(dpa)

Sharad Pawar dismisses possibility of draught

Sharad PawarUnion Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Sunday hoped that monsoon will soon advance further, ruling out draught like situation in any part of the country. In the meantime, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted that south-west monsoon may hit north-west region including Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir after July 1. The department has forecasted isolated rain or thundershowers in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in next two days.

Monsoon may advance further in few days

Monsoon may advance further in few daysWith entire North-West region grappled with scorching heat, there are some glimmers of hope as the southwest monsoon may hit Delhi, UP, Punjab, Haryana and adjoining areas within the next few days. The north-west region, including Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, may experience rain or thundershowers, bringing respite from un-announced power cuts and the ongoing heat wave.

Death toll in Czech flash floods rises to 13

Death toll in Czech flash floods rises to 13 Prague  - Flash floods in the northern Czech Republic have claimed 13 lives, according to Czech media reports on Sunday.

A man was reported to have drowned in the city of Jesenik, the CTK news agency reported. He had been reported missing the previous day.

A volunteer fireman drowned in Jesenik Saturday.

In the country's north, around 500 soldiers were deployed to provide emergency assistance to those affected by the floods since Wednesday. (dpa)

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