US hit with 15 billion-dollar disasters this year

Hurricane Ian, which has just devastated Florida and Puerto Rico, was the 15th billion-dollar weather and climate disaster to hit the US this year so far, Axios reports. Early estimates of damage from Hurricane Ian show insured losses of $53 billion to $74 billion.

Europe Rushes To Save France As Blazes Rage

European nations rushed to save France as miles of parched forest were reduced to smoldering ashes by spreading wildfires amid record drought and heatwaves across Europe.

France Fights Huge Blaze As Deadly Wildfires And Heat Spread In Europe

France has become the latest European nation to appeal for international help to respond to a massive southwestern wildfire that officials say has already destroyed nearly 7,000 hectares or 17,300 acres of forest. French President Emmanuel Macron said several countries are assisting in fighting the blaze amid deadly wildfires triggered by record temperatures and droughts across Europe, reportedly killing at least 1,000 people.

Jerusalem wildfires brought under control

Wildfires that have ravaged woodland in the hills west of Jerusalem since noon on Sunday have finally been brought under control, the Israeli fire service said on Tuesday.

Turkey Flooding Kills Dozens

Turkish authorities struggled to save lives as floods at the Black Sea coast killed dozens of people. The death toll from severe floods and mudslides along the Black Sea coast has climbed to at least 51, the country’s emergency and disaster agency said.

“Apocalyptic” Fires, Floods Hit World Raising Questions

Apocalyptic scenes ranging from droughts to massive fires and floods are making life difficult for millions of people worldwide. For example, thousands have fled wildfires in Greece where, after a small break, another heatwave with temperatures of over 40 degrees (104 Fahrenheit) was on its way — with the potential to worsen the situation.

Greece, Europe Battling Blazes With Thousands Rushing To Safety

Greece is among the worst affected countries by deadly wildfires raging through the Balkans, Italy, and the southeastern Mediterranean. Fires rampaged through some of Greece’s last remaining forests for yet another day Saturday, after thousands fled by land and by sea.

Drought causes largest US reservoir to reach lowest level since 1930s

An increasingly severe drought across the Southwestern United States has resulted in Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir, reaching its lowest level of water since the 1930s on Wednesday, Axios reports. The Southwest is currently suffering the most severe and widespread drought of this century.

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