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This is Steve Ember with the VOA Special English program IN THENEWS.

Severe weather is affecting people in many countries. In areas ofsouth and east Asia, about seven-hundred people have been killed infloods and resulting landslides during the past month. The hardesthit countries include North and South Korea, Vietnam, India, Nepaland Bangladesh.

In India, the flooding is the worst the country has experiencedin twenty-five years. Areas in Assam and Bihar states have sufferedfrom heavy rains and flooding. Twenty million people have beenaffected. Indian officials say more than three hundred people havedied as a result of the weather conditions.

The number of dead in Nepal is even higher. More than fourhundred people have been killed in floods and landslides in mountainvillages there. Another one-hundred-fifty people have died insimilar weather in Bangladesh. Flooding was also especially severein China this year where about nine-hundred people have died.

Yet, there also are intensely dry conditions in parts of Asia.For example, although floods are affecting part of the Indian stateof Bihar, the seasonal rains have not begun as expected in otherareas of the same state. The lack of water is killing crops. Aspokesman for the aid organization Red Cross says that ninety-fivepercent of crops in Bihar probably will not survive.

Huge floods also are continuing in several European countries.The heavy rains began about two weeks ago. More than sixty peoplewere killed in sudden floods in southern Russia.

CzechRepublic
CzechRepublic

Similar weather hit the CzechRepublic. Czech safety officials ordered tens of thousands of peopleto leave the capital, Prague, this week. The rain and overflowingrivers also have damaged hundreds of smaller towns and villages inthe Czech Republic. Roads and railroads are underwater in a numberof places. Bridges have been carried away by water. Czech officialsestimate hundreds of millions of dollars of damage.

The rains and floods are also damaging parts of Germany.Thousands of people have been removed from the historic city ofDresden. The Elbe river in Dresden reached its highest levels inmore than one-hundred-fifty years.

The intense rains have also done great damage in Austria. Otheraffected countries include Italy, Spain, Slovakia, Bulgaria,Croatia, Romania, Hungary and Ukraine. Officials estimate thousandsof millions of dollars of damage across Europe.

Many environmental experts say human activities are involved inlarge climate changes. For example, many scientists believe that therelease of industrial wastes is warming the Earth's atmosphere. Yetno one has proven a direct link between human activity and specificincidents of weather. And, some scientists argue that climatechanges are the result of natural causes.

This VOA Special English program In The News was written by CatyWeaver. This is Steve Ember.

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