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Rainstorms continue to pound south China

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Rainstorms continue to pound south China

- CHINA'S national observatory Sunday maintained an orange rainstorm alert, the second most serious level, as heavy rain left dozens of people dead or missing, and is expected to continue in southern regions. Heavy rain will hit parts of Fujian, Hunan, Jiangxi, Yunnan and Zhejiang provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Sunday and Monday, with rainfall in some places expected to reach up to 220 millimeters in 24 hours, coupled with gales or thunderstorms

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Strong earthquake injures 2, knocks off roof tiles in Japan

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Strong earthquake injures 2, knocks off roof tiles in Japan

- TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook residents Sunday in a mountainous region of central Japan, injuring at least two people and knocking roof tiles off homes. The magnitude 5.6 quake struck about 7 a.m. at a shallow depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles) in Nagano prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicenter was about 190 kilometers (120 miles) west of Tokyo

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Strong earthquake injures two in Japan

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Strong earthquake injures two in Japan

- Tokyo: A strong earthquake shook residents on Sunday in a mountainous region of central Japan, injuring at least two people and knocking roof tiles off homes. The magnitude 5.6 quake struck about 7am at a shallow depth of 7 kilometres in Nagano prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicentre was about 190 kilometres west of Tokyo. The US Geological Survey measured the magnitude at 5

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An Act that cost biodiversity dear

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An Act that cost biodiversity dear

- There has been a considerable spurt in tree felling for a decade after the Kerala Promotion of Tree Growth in Non-Forest Areas Act 2005 and its amendment in 2007 were passed in the State. The Act allows the owner of the land or trees to cut and remove 28 tree species (see infographic) without the permission of the authorities. Large areas under cardamom plantations in Peerumade taluk were cleared of trees, including some endemic species such as Aranamaram, after the Act was passed

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Degradation seeing forest landscape disappear: CAG-commissioned study

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Degradation seeing forest landscape disappear: CAG-commissioned study

- A staggering 3,660 sq.km. of evergreen and deciduous forests have disappeared over the past four decades, while 267 sq.km of built-up area and buildings have come up in and around protected areas in the State. This is about five times the size of Bengaluru. A look into the data furnished by the office of the Comptroller and Account General (CAG), which recently audited the state of forests and the performance of the Forest Department, has thrown up startling figures on the decline and increasing degradation of protected forests

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Ind vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Dhawan excels before rain washes out India opener

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Ind vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Dhawan excels before rain washes out India opener

- Shikhar Dhawan extended his excellent Champions Trophy form to the start of the West Indies tour, but heavy rain forced the abandonment of the opening one-day international at the Queen's Park Oval on Friday. Dhawan stroked an assured 87 and featured in an opening stand of 132 with Ajinkya Rahane (62) as the tourists reached 199 for three off 39.2 overs batting first when torrential midday showers curtailed their innings and no further play was possible

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Two confirmed dead after heavy rain slashes central China

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Two confirmed dead after heavy rain slashes central China

- RAIN lasting for two days in central China's Hunan Province has left two people dead and 466,500 people suffering losses, while authorities on Friday closed all major tourist spots. The rain damaged hundreds of houses in Hunan and 24,600 hectares of farmland were flooded. The two deaths occurred in Yongshun County, where a house collapsed on Friday burying two children, aged 7 and 5, according to the provincial civil affairs department

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Is the city ready for monsoons?

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Is the city ready for monsoons?

- Given the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's past failures in preparing for a chaos-free monsoon, city residents are skeptical about measures taken this year. DNA takes a close look at the quality of work the civic body is expected to carry out in order to fix the current problems While heavy showers are yet to hit the city, several areas witnessed water-logging and long traffic jams after only moderate showers last week

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Tentage of flea market booth at Waterway Point blown apart by strong winds, goods damaged

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Tentage of flea market booth at Waterway Point blown apart by strong winds, goods damaged

- Stall vendors of an outdoor bazaar at Waterway Point had their experiences marred due to a downpour that was accompanied by strong winds yesterday afternoon (June 23). Stomper and Alan were vendors of a booth that sold bags at the week-long Flea-tastic Bazaar, which is being held outside the shopping mall in Punggol until June 26. However, they have since withdrawn from the event after an unfortunate incident yesterday at around noon

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Ailments rise as rains affect temperature; H1N1 claims 3

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Ailments rise as rains affect temperature; H1N1 claims 3

- Mumbai: Swine flu and several viral-borne ailments are on the rise in the city, thanks to temperature fluctuations brought on by intermittent rainfall. Doctors said they are getting a steady stream of patients, most complaining of fever, cough, sore throat and body ache, and cases of diarrhoea and coughs lasting more than three weeks are common. Dr. Pratit Samdani, who practices at several south Mumbai hospitals, said, ““We are getting many patients with viral fever, of which a good number are influenzas including H1N1 and dengue

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Flood mitigation begins as heavy rains expected

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Flood mitigation begins as heavy rains expected

- As the seasonal monsoon begins to peak, heavy rainfall is causing floods in major parts of the country and the number of casualties are on the rise. Regions like Magwe and Sagaing, and Kachin, Shan and Rakhine states are experiencing bad weather conditions this month. On June 13, six households from Thayet district and Magwe township were displaced due to the floodwaters

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Tree blocks PIE amid heavy rain on Friday morning

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Tree blocks PIE amid heavy rain on Friday morning

- SINGAPORE - Heavy rain lashed the island on Friday (June 23) morning, causing traffic delays. A tree branch fell on the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE), closing one lane of the highway and causing jams. Traffic was slow on the side of the road towards Changi before the Lornie Road exit. "Obstacle on PIE (towards Changi Airport) before Lornie Rd. Avoid lane 1," the Land Transport Authority alerted in a

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Heavy downpour in Tricity, 6-year-old Panchkula boy swept away, Mohali woman electrocuted

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Heavy downpour in Tricity, 6-year-old Panchkula boy swept away, Mohali woman electrocuted

- IN THE aftermath of the heavy downpour in Tricity on Monday, a six-year-old child in Panchukla was swept away in the waters of a nullah and a woman in Mohali died due to electrocution inside her home into which rainwater had seeped in. The Tricity was hit by thunderstorm on Monday. Chandigarh received 43.4mm rainfall, according to the weather department. Sameer Ahmad, the Panchkula child, was playing outside his house in Indira Nagar slum colony with his friends after the rain stopped in the afternoon, when he slipped and fell into the nullah

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Dry spell returns to catchment areas, worse days are ahead

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Dry spell returns to catchment areas, worse days are ahead

- With dry spell returning to catchment areas of major reservoirs to dash the hope that South-west monsoon would bail out southern districts from the acute drinking water crisis, water managers have kept their fingers crossed as drinking water supply could worsen. When the monsoon started on June 1 in Kerala as predicted, it rekindled the hope that timely rains along the Western Ghats would bail out farmers who had suffered huge loss last year due to monsoon failure and water managers who were struggling to sustain a decent supply

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Rising waters

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Rising waters

- The Yomiuri ShimbunResidents stand by a swollen river in Susami, Wakayama Prefecture, shortly before noon on Wednesday. Heavy rain hit the country, causing one woman’s death in a rising river in Osaka Prefecture and an evacuation advisory to be issued to about 197,700 people in Hamamatsu. The Japan Meteorological Agency forecast driving rain in the Kanto region for the evening. Speech

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Bangladesh landslides death toll continues to rise amid heavy rains

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Bangladesh landslides death toll continues to rise amid heavy rains

- Dhaka: At least five people have died in fresh landslides in Bangladesh, raising the death toll to 163 from heavy rains that have been lashing the country for a week. Three children died in the district of Khagrachhari and another woman and her daughter died in Moulvibazar, officials confirmed. Khagrachhari's police superintendent, Ali Ahmed Khan, said two children were buried in a mudslide that hit the room of their house in Ramgar town on Saturday night

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Mountains of Kyrgyzstan to be shown in documentary about mountain ecosystem of planet

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Mountains of Kyrgyzstan to be shown in documentary about mountain ecosystem of planet

- AKIPRESS.COM - A group of climbers, cinematographers and photographers made a documentary about the ecosystem of the mountainous regions of the planet, which included the Ala-Too mountains of Kyrgyzstan... You are trying to access paid-for content on our website. We charge 190 som for the access to this news article. You may also pay for one-month access to the website content by ordering subscription here

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    Rainstorms continue to pound south China

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    CHINA'S national observatory Sunday maintained an orange rainstorm alert, the second most serious level, as heavy rain left dozens of people dead or missing, and is expected to continue in southern regions. Heavy rain will hit parts of Fujian, Hunan, Jiangxi, Yunnan and Zhejiang provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Sunday and Monday, with rainfall in some places expected to reach up to 220 millimeters in 24 hours, coupled with gales or thunderstorms

     

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  • An Act that cost biodiversity dear
    An Act that cost biodiversity dear

    , thehindu.com

    There has been a considerable spurt in tree felling for a decade after the Kerala Promotion of Tree Growth in Non-Forest Areas Act 2005 and its amendment in 2007 were passed in the State. The Act allows the owner of the land or trees to cut and remove 28 tree species (see infographic) without the permission of the authorities. Large areas under cardamom plantations in Peerumade taluk were cleared of trees, including some endemic species such as Aranamaram, after the Act was passed

     

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  • Rainstorms continue to pound south China
    Rainstorms continue to pound south China

    , shanghaidaily.com

    CHINA'S national observatory Sunday maintained an orange rainstorm alert, the second most serious level, as heavy rain left dozens of people dead or missing, and is expected to continue in southern regions. Heavy rain will hit parts of Fujian, Hunan, Jiangxi, Yunnan and Zhejiang provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Sunday and Monday, with rainfall in some places expected to reach up to 220 millimeters in 24 hours, coupled with gales or thunderstorms

     

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