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One killed as rainstorm brings flooding in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq

Heavy rainstorm has triggered flooding and destruction in Iraq leading to the death of a toddler. Flood water swept away a three-year-old girl at a camp for displaced people near Tuz Khurmatu.
According to AFP, the storm damaged at least 500 tent houses in Amriyat al-Fallujah, a town in Anbar just west of Baghdad causing the evacuation of 1,000 families.

Earthquake in Peshawar today 26 October 2015

Update October 27, 2015

- Death toll has risen to 338 including more than 200 in Pakistan alone.
- At least 12 of the victims were Afghan schoolgirls killed in a crush as they tried to get out of their building.

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Magnitude 7.5 massive earthquake hit Peshawar region of Pakistan today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 45 km N of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan. It was 132.1 miles deep.

At least forty two people have died. Thirty people killed in Pakistan alone. Twelve more died in Afghanistan. Six people, including children, were killed in Swat, while four people were killed in the Bajaur tribal region after buildings collapsed in the area of Pakistan.

Forty minutes after the first earthquake, another 4.8 magnitude tremor was reported in the same area. Tremor was felt in parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.

Bhutan hailstorm affects 60 households in Punakha

Hailstorm in Punakha area of Bhutan has affected nearly 60 household and destroyed more than 80 acres of paddy field.
According to the ongoing crop damage assessment report, hailstorm caused destruction in Goenshari, Shengana, Kabisa and Chubu gewogs.

Huge space debris falling to earth on November 13, 2015 off Sri Lanka

Huge space debris is predicted to enter earth’s atmosphere at 6:20 UTC on 13 November into the Indian Ocean about 65 kilometres off the southern tip of Sri Lanka.
Officially designated WT1190F, the object was first spotted in February 2013 but it’s been lost a couple of times, only to be re-discovered earlier this month.

Pakistan snowstorm kills 1; Dozens tourists evacuated

Snowstorm in Babusar area of Pakistan has claimed life of a person. At least 70 tourists have been evacuated from Naran valley.
According to Dunya News, the earliest snowfall in 40 years have dumped three feet of snow on one town in less than 24 hours.

Powerful Hindu Kush earthquake shakes Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal

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Magnitude 7.5 massive earthquake hit Hindu Kush region today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 45 km N of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan. It was 132.1 miles deep.
At least sixteen people have died across Pakistan. Forty minutes after the first earthquake, another 4.8 magnitude tremor was reported in the same area.

FEMA urges all Californians to buy subsidized flood insurance

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has urged all Californians to buy low-cost federally subsidized flood insurance in anticipation of the most powerful El Niño condition in history.
Californians in flood-prone areas have been urged to buy insurance before the coming El Niño which is already underway in the Pacific Ocean.

Lightning storm in South Africa kills two women

Lightning storm in KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa has claimed lives of two women.
The emergency call centre received multiple reports of lightning strikes at the Jali Informal settlement, Sowetan reported quoting KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie.

Stormy weather in Israel kills 1; thousands without power

Stormy weather in Israel has claimed life of a person and left thousands without power.
A 20-year old worker died in Pardes Hanna when a wall collapsed at a construction site because of the strong winds.

Severe weather in Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria kills 6

Severe weather in Egypt's Mediterranean city of Alexandria has claimed lives of six people, including two children.
According to Middle East News Agency (MENA), Sandstorms and flash floods hit parts of the Sinai Peninsula. Authorities have closed the port of Ain Sokhna near the southern end of the Suez Canal.

Hurricane Patricia becomes strongest Tropical Cyclone on record

As of October 23, 2015, Hurricane Patricia has became the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded on Earth. Hurricane Patricia, the twenty-fourth named storm of the annual hurricane season, had the strongest ever recorded winds and the first to reach at or over 200 mph (325 km/h) sustained.

Mexico Flood: Quintana Roo state declares state of emergency

Heavy rainfall has caused flooding across Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, leading to the governor of Quintana Roo state declaring a state of emergency.
On Monday, 106mm of rain fell in the state capital, Chetumal. More than 100 homes have been flooded in Chetumal, Al Jazeera reported.

Philippines Typhoon Koppu (Lando) kills 18, injures 16

Typhoon Koppu (local name: Typhoon Lando) has claimed lives of at least 18 people and injured 16 others in Philippines as of October 20, 2015.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, one person is reported to be missing.

Strong earthquake kills 1 in Galpon, Argentina

Magnitude 5.9 strong earthquake in Argentina has claimed life of a person in northwest Argentine's area of Galpon Saturday morning.
Earthquake has damaged several houses and schools claiming life of a women, Reuters reported quoting Hector Romero, mayor of El Galpon.

Flooding in Benevento, Italy kills 5

At least five people have died due to flooding and landslides in Benevento area of Italy.
A 70-year-old woman died when water flooded her home after torrential rain in the Italian province of Benevento, ANSA reported.

USAID helps Viet Nam better prepare for natural disasters

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has helped Vietnam for a new disaster risk management program in response to the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.
According to the Government of Viet Nam, the project is expected to benefit an estimated 20,000 people in Bac Lieu, Hoa Binh, and Quang Tri provinces by helping them be better prepared for natural disasters. This project will be implemented by the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC).

Landslide in Karachi, Pakistan kills 13 including seven children

Landslide in Pakistan's Gulsitan-e-Jauhar area of Karachi has claimed lives of at least 13 people including seven children on Tuesday.
The landslide that occurred at 2 AM buried three shanties located on a plot in Block 1 of Gulistan-e-Jauhar area, Geo TV reported.

Lightning strike in Pyuthan kills 2, injures 10

Lightning strike in Pyuthan district of Nepal has claimed lives of two people and injured 10 others.
Lightning hit Syauliwang VDC-2 Simchaur claiming lives of 15 years old Jugallal Budha and 26 years old Nanda Gharti, Police said.

Medford earthquake today measured 4.4 in magnitude

Magnitude 4.4 light earthquake shakes Medford today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 18 km SW of Medford. It was 3.9 miles deep.

At least 112 earthquakes recorded in Yellowstone National Park

At least 112 earthquakes have been recorded in the Yellowstone National Park (YNP) region in September 2015, the University of Utah Seismograph Stations reported.
The largest event was a small earthquake of magnitude 2.2 on September 1, at 03:27 AM MDT, located about 11 miles northeast of Old Faithful, WY.

4.5 magnitude earthquake shakes Gangtok, Darjeeling

Magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit Sikkim at 07:18 am Saturday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported.
The quake's epicenter was located 21 km ESE of Gangtok and Darjeeling. It was 9.3 miles deep.

Two aftershocks recorded in Dolakha Monday afternoon

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Nepal Seismological Center has recorded two tremors in Dolakha district. Magnitude 4.8 aftershock rattled Dolakha at 01:18 pm. Three minutes later, another light aftershock of magnitude 4.2 was recorded in the same region.

The epicenters are located near Sunkhani along Tamakoshi River.

Worst wind damage in 20 years hits South Canterbury and Otago, New Zealand

Heavy storm in South Canterbury and Otago region of New Zeland have caused widespread power outage and fire.
The damage caused to the power network was the worst Southland and Otago had seen in 20 years, Stuff has written quoting PowerNet chief executive Jason Franklin.

Lightning, thunderstorm in Maharashtra kill 26

Lightning and thunderstorm across Maharashtra, India have claimed lives of at least 26 people in the past 24 hours.
At least thirteen people died when lightning struck the Marathwada region. Another lightning killed eight people in Vidarbha. Most of the victims were farmers and farm labourers, Yahoo News reported.

French Riviera flood kills 16 — State of natural disaster announced

Violent storms and flooding in south-eastern France have claimed lives of at least 16 people and left three others missing prompting the official to announce a state of natural disaster in the region.
Heavy rain hit the French Riviera which caused the river Brague to burst its banks, sending water coursing into nearby towns and cities, BBC reported. French Riviera lies on the Mediterranean coast and borders Italy, on Saturday evening.

Massive hailstorm in Las Cruces pounds roofs and cars

Massive hailstorm hit Las Cruces with golf ball-sized hail, for about five-minute intervals between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
According to La Cruces Sun - News, hailstorm also caused damage to houses. However no major damage or injuries have been reported in the area, the news confirmed quoting Cruces Police Department Sgt. Roberto Gutierrez.

Hurricane Joaquin prompts emergency in South Carolina; threatens Bermuda

US President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in South Carolina, as the weather system connected to Hurricane Joaquin in the Caribbean is expected to make the situation worse.
Hurricane Joaquin is regaining strength and has been reclassified as a category 4 storm, BBC reported.

Landslide in Guatemala's Santa Catarina Pinula kills 26; leaves 600 missing

Massive landslide in Santa Catarina Pinula town of Guatemala has claimed lives of at least 26 people and left 600 others missing, emergency services said Friday.
The landslide has buried around 125 homes in Santa Catarina Pinula, 15 km south of the capital Guatemala City, Reuters has mentioned quoting Alejandro Maldonado, head of Guatemalan disaster agency CONRED (Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres).

Alert level of Alaska Peninsula's Mount Veniaminof volcano rises

An Alaska Peninsula volcano Mount Veniaminof  has prompted a new alert on Thursday. According to a statement from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Volcano Observatory, the alert level at Mount Veniaminof has been raised to "advisory," and the aviation color code has gone from green to yellow.
According to a USGS guide on volcano alert levels, the current alert and aviation colour code of  Mount Veniaminof  volcano indicates that it is “exhibiting signs of elevated unrest above known background level.”

Six children killed in mud collapse in Kailali, Nepal

Six children were killed in a mud collapse in Kailali district of Nepal on Friday. Disaster occurred when the children were collecting red clay to scrub their house walls and floors for the coming festival.
At least two women also got injured at the site. All deceived have been confirmed as the children of Kattipur of Dododhara village.