Sri Lanka floods: UN calls for emergency aid
The UN is to launch an appeal for emergency flood aid for Sri Lanka, where at least 32 people have died and more than 300,000 have been displaced.
Death toll rises to 549 in Brazil flooding
By the CNN Wire Staff
January 15, 2011 1:30 p.m. EST
Teresopolis, Brazil (CNN) -- The death toll from flooding caused by torrential rains in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state rose to 549 people Saturday, Brazil's official news agency reported.
Most of the deaths were reported in the cities of Nova Friburgo and Teresopolis, located in a mountainous region northeast of Rio, according to Agencia Brasil.
Rescuers have not been able to reach some hard-hit areas and many more people are feared dead, the agency said Friday.
The rain is predicted to continue for several days in areas already submerged in water or slathered with mud.
Thousands of families are still living on mountain slopes or on riverbanks and face extreme risk of being washed away. One resident described the disaster as a tsunami that fell from the sky.
Record flooding wreaks havoc
Gary Tippet, Mark Russell, Natalie Craig, Genevieve Gannon
January 16, 2011
UNDER brilliant blue skies, much of northern, western and central Victoria slid beneath record murky brown floodwaters yesterday - with even worse to come.
Four major rivers have affected an area spanning about a quarter of the state. Towns as far apart as Horsham, 300 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, and Rochester, 180 kilometres to its north, were bracing last night for their worst-ever flooding.
More than a dozen other towns were threatened yesterday, cut off or cut in half - many of which were still recovering from the floods of September - and the number is likely to double over coming days...
...In fact, western and central Victoria has already received the region's highest monthly rainfall on record - in just the first 14 days of January. Over the past week, the weather station at Maryborough recorded 229 millimetres, by far the most it had seen in its 132 years.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/weather/record-flooding-wreaks-havoc-20110115-19s0t.html?from=age_sb