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4 buried in Swiss alpine avalanche

Mar. 24, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss police say four people are missing after being buried in an avalanche high in the Alps in the southwest of the country. Valais canton (state) police said Sunday on Twitter that the four were hit by the morning avalanche at 2,800 meters (9,200 foot) altitude in the Bovernier area near...

Death toll in Mozambique from Cyclone Idai rises to 446

Mar. 24, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Authorities say the death toll in Mozambique from Cyclone Idai is now 446. Environment minister Celso Correia said Sunday that nearly 110,000 people are now in camps more than a week after Cyclone Idai hit. As rescue efforts wind down, aid workers across the vast region are bracing...

Mozambican families hunt for loved ones separated by cyclone

Mar. 24, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

BUZI, Mozambique (AP) — She struggled home with food, her small daughter and the proof she was still alive. Veronica Fatia huddled on a wooden boat that left the cyclone-shattered city of Beira for what was now the unknown: the flooded town of Buzi, which for a week people had been fleeing with little but...

Another cyclone bears down on northwest Australian coast

Mar. 24, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Residents of Australia's northwest coast were bracing for a torrid night of fierce winds and heavy rain on Sunday as the country's second major cyclone of the weekend slowly wound toward land. A day after Cyclone Trevor hit a remote part of the Northern Territory coast, slow-moving Cyclone...

Magnitude 6.1 quake rattles nerves in southwestern Colombia

Mar. 23, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck in Colombia shook buildings and frightened residents, but does not appear to have caused any damage. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the mid-afternoon quake Saturday took place near El Dovio, about 200 miles (325 kilometers) south of...

1 killed, 1 injured in Austrian avalanche

Mar. 23, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and a second seriously injured after getting caught in an avalanche in Austria. Police told the Austrian news agency APA on Saturday that the two people were part of a group who were in the Rax mountain range in Austria, near the town of Reichenau, when...

Tens of thousands in southern Africa need help after cyclone

Mar. 23, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — A second week has begun of efforts to find and help tens of thousands of people after Cyclone Idai devastated a large swath of Mozambique. Members of the Indian and South African militaries are joining aid groups in flying over stretches of central Mozambique as they look for signs...

Cyclone lashes remote Australian coast with wind, rains

Mar. 23, 2019 3:39 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A vast and powerful cyclone made landfall Saturday along a remote stretch of the northern Australian coast, bringing fierce winds and heavy rains amid safety fears for a small number of residents who've stayed in the area. Cyclone Trevor crossed the Gulf of Carpentaria coast at 9:50 a.m....

PG&E objects to judge's proposals to prevent wildfires

Mar. 22, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pushed back Friday on a U.S. judge's revised proposals to prevent the utility's equipment from causing more wildfires, saying it could not "monitor every tree at every moment of every day" to ensure they don't pose a threat to its electric lines in...

'Brace ourselves': Cyclone death toll tops 600 in Africa

Mar. 22, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — With the flooding easing in parts of cyclone-stricken Mozambique on Friday, fears are rising that the waters could yield up many more bodies. The confirmed number of people killed in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe and Malawi climbed past 600. Eight days after Cyclone Idai...