Monday 19 January 1998
Kenya: Houses were submerged by torrential rain in Nairobi at the end of last week. Emergency water transport gangs have been ferrying residents across flooded roads on their backs or in makeshift canoes. many bridges have been washed away, and landslides have blocked roads. Damage to roads has already been estimated at more than pounds 10m. The unusually high rains have been blamed on El Nino.
Tokyo: One person died and more than 500 were injured in exceptionally heavy snow in Tokyo last week. One one evening alone, 1,547 trains were cancelled and more than 2 million commuters left stranded.
Peru: Five people were missing, feared killed, after a mudslide buried a small Peruvian town after days of heavy rain attributed to El Nino. Fearing such a disaster, the 2,600 inhabitants had left their houses before a mountain lake burst to cause the mudslide. The mayor, Calixto Sanchez, said Santa Teresa "has practically disappeared, has been wiped off the map".
Papua: Fourteen infants have died on a remote Papua New Guinea island, from diarrhoea brought on by the El Nino-related drought. "It's the worst tragedy of the drought in the whole of Papua New Guinea," said a local health inspector.
Life & Style blogs
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women
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