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Dire Italian drought worsening, breaking records, water authority says

ROME, June 23 (Reuters) – Drought conditions are rapidly spreading through Italy, with rivers and reservoirs drying up and the forecast of higher temperatures likely to make things worse, the country’s irrigation authority warned on Thursday. Several Italian regions have already declared a state of emergency, looking to free up funds to counter the growing …

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Dams, taps running dry in northern Mexico amid historic water shortages

MONTERREY, Mexico, June 20 (Reuters) – Her elderly neighbor is hard of hearing so Maria Luisa Robles, a convenience store worker in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, shouted the question a second time: Have you run out of water? She had – and it wasn’t just her. The taps across this working-class neighborhood of …

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Yellowstone closed for first time in 34 years amid flooding, mudslides

CODY, Wyo., June 13 (Reuters) – Record flooding and rockslides unleashed by an unprecedented burst of heavy rains prompted the rare closure on Monday of all five entrances to Yellowstone National Park at the start of the summer tourist season, the park superintendent said . The entire park, spanning parts of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, …

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Wildfires ravage woods in Spain’s Catalonia as heat-wave bites

ARTESA DE SEGRE/TOLEDO, Spain, June 16 (Reuters) – Three wildfires have laid waste to 1,600 hectares (3,950 acres) of pines and bushes in eastern Spain since Wednesday as a heatwave pushes temperatures close to record highs, regional firefighters said on Thursday . Hundreds of firemen were on the ground battling the blazes with 120 trucks …

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Rare Yellowstone closure from historic floods spells hardship for ‘gateway’ towns

CODY, Wyo., June 14 (Reuters) – Emergency crews scrambled on Tuesday to reopen roads and restore utilities in rural communities of Montana and Wyoming cut off by historic floods in the first natural disaster to force a summertime closure of Yellowstone National Park in 30 years. Major sections of the park’s northern half are expected …

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