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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Climate change round the world

The simultaneous catastrophes of flooding in Pakistan, wildfires in Russia and landslides in China are evidence that global warming predictions are correct, according to climate change experts.

Pakistan floods: supercharged jet stream 'causing flooding'
Villagers alight a Pakistan Army helicopter after being rescued from rising flood waters in the Muzaffargarh district in Punjab Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Here is a list of some of the major events since the start of the year:
China - At least 702 people die in northwestern Gansu province at the weekend when torrent of mud and rocks engulfs town of Zhouqu, with more than 1,000 missing. Year of heavy flooding has already killed nearly 1,500.
Pakistan - UN announced on Monday that the Pakistan flooding was the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history, with more people affected than the South-East Asian tsunami and the recent earthquakes in Kashmir and Haiti combined. More than 1,600 killed, while almost 14 million have suffered losses requiring long or short-term help.
Central Europe - At least 11 killed and hundreds of homes damaged this week. Flooding in May and June caused hundreds of millions worth damage, killing 18 in Poland, others died in Czech Republic, while thousands were forced to flee homes in Slovakia and Hungary.
Kashmir - Hundreds of people still missing in Indian Himalayas after flash floods hit the remote region of Ladakh, killing at least 177.
Russia - Summer heatwave estimated to have cost almost 5,000 lives. Vladimir Putin ordered a halt to all exports of wheat and other grains due to the "abnormally high temperatures" and most of harvest being wiped out by fires. Heatwave could wipe up to $14 billion off economic growth according to economists.
Australia - Coldest June in nearly 30 years in Sydney with temperatures dropping to 39F (4C).

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