Latest Floods News

Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul faces economic woes after floods, and an unclear path to rebuilding

May. 23, 2024 15:01 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Flooding in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul state ravaged nearly everything needed for economic activity, from local shops to factories, farms and ranches. The environmental catastrophe — unprecedented in state history — upended transportation, including the...

Most Jersey Shore beaches are in good shape as summer starts, but serious erosion a problem in spots

May. 23, 2024 12:45 PM EDT

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Most of New Jersey's beaches will start the summer in decent shape after a winter of storms, but significant erosion remains a problem in several spots. Even in shore towns where erosion has not reached crisis levels, the shoreline is somewhat narrower this...

Doctors treat hundreds of victims of heatstroke in Pakistan after heatwave hits the country

May. 23, 2024 08:40 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Doctors treated hundreds of victims of heatstroke at hospitals across Pakistan on Thursday after an intense heatwave sent temperatures above normal levels due to climate change, officials said. Temperatures soared as high as 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees...

Brazil's flooded south sees first deaths from disease, as experts warn of coming surge in fatalities

May. 22, 2024 21:50 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The first two deaths from waterborne bacterial disease were reported in southern Brazil, where floodwaters were slowly receding, and health authorities warned additional fatalities were likely. Rio Grande do Sul state's health secretariat confirmed the death of a...

From Zambia to Afghanistan, WFP warns El Nino's extreme weather is causing a surge in hunger

May. 22, 2024 20:51 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Extreme weather attributed to the El Nino phenomenon is causing a surge in hunger in several countries, including Zambia and Afghanistan, the UN's World Food Programme said Wednesday, and called on donors for much-needed help. El Niño is a natural,...

Coast Guard says Alaska charter boat likely capsized last year after flooding, killing 5

May. 22, 2024 14:20 PM EDT

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A fishing charter boat found partially submerged off an island in southeast Alaska last May likely capsized after its well deck flooded in rough seas, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, which investigated the incident that left five people dead, including two vacationing...

Plans to spend billions on a flood-prone East Texas highway may not solve the problem

May. 22, 2024 11:28 AM EDT

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Highway 59, a major evacuation route from Houston, has been a problem for East Texas for decades. And as flooding rivaling that of Hurricane Harvey inundated the region in April, the highway closed in several places, cutting off a major evacuation route for countless...

Weather forecasters warn Pakistanis to stay indoors ahead of new heat wave

May. 21, 2024 21:52 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Authorities in Pakistan on Tuesday urged people to stay indoors as the country is hit by an extreme heat wave that threatens to bring dangerously high temperatures and yet another round of glacial-driven floods. Pakistan’s most populous province, Punjab, is...

Resigned to a fate of constant displacement, India's river islanders return home in between floods

May. 21, 2024 21:13 PM EDT

MORIGAON, India (AP) — Yaad Ali is dreading the rainy season’s arrival this year. The 56-year-old farmer from northeastern India’s Assam state lives with his wife and son on Sandahkhaiti island on India’s Brahmaputra River. The island, like two thousand others on the river,...

The government wants to buy their flood-prone homes. But these Texans aren’t moving.

May. 20, 2024 09:02 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — After the floodwaters earlier this month just about swallowed two of the six homes that 60-year-old Tom Madigan owns on the San Jacinto River, he didn’t think twice about whether to fix them. He hired people to help, and they got to work stripping the walls, pulling up flooring...