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September 01, 2017
After Harvey, misery piles on for Texas plant evacuees
Crosby, United States (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
First their neighborhood was deluged by Harvey's torrential rains. Then, officers turned up at the door with more bad news: there is a risk of a chemical blast at a nearby plant and it's time to evacuate. Two days on, some among the area's poorer residents are still living in an emergency shelter set up in the center of Crosby, around five miles (eight kilometers) from the Arkema plant where a chemical fire broke out early Thursday. More fires are expected to follow, and while officials say the ... read more

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Guinea finds bodies of 19 'S.Leone landslide victims'
Authorities in Guinea said Tuesday that they had found at least 19 bodies believed to have washed up from neighbouring Sierra Leone following catastrophic flooding and mudslides there. ... more
On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey
New Orleans on Tuesday marked 12 years since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the US Gulf Coast, as the low-lying city braced for a potentially devastating new impact by Harvey later this week. ... more
Trump praises Texans on trip to Harvey disaster zone
President Donald Trump flew into the Harvey disaster zone in a show of leadership on Tuesday, telling the people of Texas they "can handle anything" as the battered US Gulf Coast braced for a new onslaught from the monster storm. ... more
Harvey damage estimated at $42 bn, among most costly US storms
Damage from Hurricane Harvey could put it among the top five most costly US storms ever, with failing dams and levees driving up loss forecasts, data modeling showed Tuesday. ... more
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