Deadly mudslides in California

SantaBarbara mudslides09_Jan_2018

Aftermath of mudslides in Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 09 Jan 2018 (US Coast Guard)

Only a month after California endured searing wildfires, the southern part of the state is now grappling with deadly mudslides thanks to heavy rain and barren ground from a recently scorched landscape.

Santa Barbara County has been the hardest hit area with hundreds of homes damaged and at least 65 destroyed.

The death toll stands at 17 with almost 30 injured and more than 40 reported missing.

Thousands lost electricity and a portion of a major highway (US 101) had to be temporarily closed due to the mud which covered it.


Beijing battered by heavy rain

Vehicles submerged on a Beijing highway, 22 July 2012 (MCT)

The heaviest rain in 60 years battered the Chinese capital of Beijing on the weekend, overwhelming the city’s drainage system and flooding cars and homes.

State media reports more than 35 people were killed and dozens more still missing.

At least 60,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes.

Officials say more rain fell in one day than what normally falls in six months in Beijing.