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A shallow earthquake brought down hundreds of poorly built buildings in Indonesia, forcing more than 2,000 people to flee their homes, rescue officials said on Thursday.

At least 15 people have died in various parts of the country following heavy rains which entered their third day yesterday.

At least 46 people have died and 127 others injured during heavy rains in the last six weeks, according to figures from the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR).

MOST villagers in the flood-prone Zambezi region say they will not be forced to leave their homes because of the rising waters.

Early warning response team receiving state of the art mobile phones to be used for automated reporting - Pic by Martin Chiwanda Early warning response team receiving state of the art mobile phones

An analysis was made of the loss of life directly caused by Hurricane Harvey. Information was collected for 70 fatalities that occurred directly due to the event. Most of the fatalities occurred in the greater Houston area, which was most severely affected by extreme rainfall and heavy flooding. The majority of fatalities in this area were recovered outside the designated 100- and 500-year flood zones. Most fatalities occurred due to drowning (81%), particularly in and around vehicles.

KOLKATA: A squall lashed Kolkata with a wind speed of 98km an hour — the third fastest to hit the city since Aila — and brought life to a halt at the end of a scorching Tuesday.

The Police in Jigawa State on Monday said two persons, Mati Bako, 17, and Tanimu Kwalle, 25, had been killed by landslide.

Persistent rains that have been falling in Nkhotakota during the past week have flooded most parts of the district leaving over 3000 people homeless, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has learnt.

Every year when the pastoralist men in Fatima Demba's Mauritanian village return from their months-long journey to find pastures and water, the women erupt in wild celebrations.

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