In the rest of the world, however, disasters continue. The death toll from smog in the Indonesian half of New Guinea is said to have reached 265, as forest fires and a delay in the monsoon rains caused by El Nino combine to produce perhaps the worst conditions this century.
Mexico, meanwhile, is bracing itself for Hurricane Nora, which is expected to sweep across the country any moment now. Thousands have headed for emergency shelters as flash flooding is predicted.
In India, torrential rain killed at least 25 people on Wednesday night as their houses collapsed under the force of 90-mph winds. Guntoor district, 150 miles south east of Hyderabad, was reported to be under 4ft to 9ft of water.
In Vietnam, the whirlwinds of Typhoon Fritz are causing the damage; in Swaziland the Health Ministry has warned of heavy rains bringing a malaria outbreak. It's good to be in England, now that autumn's here.Reuse content