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Farmers battered by Thailand floods find a golden upside

BANG SAPHAN, Thailand (AP) — Nature regularly taunts the farmers of Thailand by flooding their fields, but this time she’s tossed some of them a potential safety net: the chance to pan for gold. Crops in Bang Saphan district, a rural community 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of Bangkok, were …

Flooding in South puts a damper on US rice harvest

LONOKE, Ark. (AP) — Heavy rain that brought record flooding to Louisiana recently has put a damper on the nation’s harvest of rice, a food staple that usually likes water as it grows but can’t be gathered by machine if fields are inundated. While rice is an aquatic plant, this …

Report: 90 percent of disasters are weather-related

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ninety percent of disasters in the last 20 years have been caused by floods, storms, heatwaves and other weather-related events — and these weather-spawned disasters are becoming more frequent, according to a report released Monday. The report said the 6,457 weather-related disasters that were recorded between …