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Sri Lanka’s floods death toll rises to 91, more rains in next 24 hours

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Death toll from Sri Lanka's landslides, floods rises to 91

Colombo, May 27: The flash floods and Landslides in Sri Lanka’s has forced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to approach for the global help after the death toll rose to 91.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has activated the Emergency Response Unit of the Ministry, to coordinate rescue and relief measures related to the flood situation in several parts of Sri Lanka,” Xinhua news cited a statement from the ministry as saying on Friday.
“In this regard, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management, has made an appeal to UN, International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) and neighbouring countries to provide assistance to affected people, especially in the areas of search and rescue operations.”

A military official walks through the mud during a rescue mission at the site of a landslide in Bellana village in Kalutara, Sri Lanka

A military official walks through the mud during a rescue mission at the site of a landslide in Bellana village in Kalutara, Sri Lanka May 26, 2017. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

The Disaster Management Center provided the report of casualties from flash floods and landslides by Friday evening while 110 people were reported missing and over 52,000 displaced just after hours of severe rain and strong winds.

Evacuations have also begun in the bordering areas of the capital as a flood warning has been issued in the view of rising waters in three major rivers.

Hours of rains and winds had inundates towns, railways and highways hampering transport services while the Education Ministry ordered schools to be close due to the inclement weather.

As search for those missing continued by the tri forces, police however said the death toll could rise.

The Meteorology Department has warned of more rains in the next 24 hours.

 Wefornews Bureau

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6.1-magnitude quake jolts Japan

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Tokyo, Oct 23: An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Japan’s Okinawa prefecture on Tuesday but no tsunami warning was issued, the weather agency said.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor’s epicentre was located at a latitude of 24.0 degrees north and a longitude of 122.6 degrees east, and at depth of 30 km, reports Xinhua news agency.

The JMA said the earthquake posed no risk of triggering a tsunami.

There have been no reports of injury or damage to people or vessels in the vicinity of Yonagunijima as a result of the quake.

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‘Extremely dangerous’ hurricane nearing Mexico’s Pacific coast

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Washington, Oct 23: An “extremely dangerous” category 4 hurricane is nearing the Pacific coast of Mexico, bringing in the potential for life-threatening storm surge, wind and torrents of rain, according to weather authorities.

The US’ National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that Willa weakened slightly on Monday afternoon, it was still expected to be a dangerous major hurricane when it slams into Mexico’s central Pacific coast “over or very near” Islas Marias on Tuesday morning, CNN reported.

Willa’s maximum sustained winds ticked down from 160 mph to 145 mph, bringing the hurricane down from Category 5 strength to Category 4.

Its current intensity is about the same as Hurricane Michael’s when it made landfall in Florida’s Panhandle two weeks ago.

Willa became a tropical storm on Saturday morning and was a Category 5 hurricane in less than two days.

As of Monday morning, Willa had swelled by 80 mph in just 24 hours.

Storm surge accompanied by “large and destructive waves” are forecast along portions of Mexico’s central and southwestern coast, the NHC said.

Dangerous surf and riptides were expected along the southern coast of Baja California late Monday.

Rainfall ranging from six to 12 inches could spawn life-threatening landslides and flash flooding in portions of the Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Sinaloa, CNN quoted the NHC as saying.

There were 10 major hurricanes this year, including Willa, which ties 1992 as the most major hurricanes seen in the northeast Pacific in one year, CNN said.

Increasing numbers of major hurricanes, along with a greater propensity of storms to undergo “rapid intensification” are expected consequences of warmer ocean waters resulting from climate change.

The ocean waters off the western coast of Mexico are running 1-2 degrees Fahrenheit above average for late October.

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6.6 Magnitude earthquake hits Vancouver Island in Canada

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New Delhi, Oct 22: An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 hit Vancouver Island in Canada on Monday, the USGS Big Quakes reported.

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