Typhoons ‘trick’ Japan’s cherry trees into blooming months early | World news

The arrival of Japan’s famed cherry blossoms is the cue for groups of office workers to eat and drink, cast off their inhibitions and ponder the transient nature of life against a backdrop of pale pink petals falling to the ground. But the nationally observed rite of spring has come early, with reports from hundreds …

Hurricane Michael: deadly storm hits Carolinas after ‘obliterating’ Florida coast – live updates | US news

11.53am EDT11:53 The Guardian’s Jamiles Lartey, who weathered the storm in Marianna, Florida, has re-established contact and will be filing a dispatch on the ground shortly. Jamiles Lartey (@JamilesLartey) Hey all thanks for your concerns and well wishes. I’m safe here in Marianna– Towers are back online, no doubt thanks to the folks I met …

Hurricane Michael set to be strongest storm ever to hit Florida Panhandle – live updates | US news

10.54am EDT10:54 Photos sent to the Tallahassee Democrat show flooded streets and falling tree branches in Apalachicola, Florida. Tori Schneider (@photoriphy) Photos and videos I received from Seth Silva who lives on 4th Avenue in Apalachicola. You can see in the first photo that Avenue I is floooded and in the second, tree branches are …

Indonesia earthquake death toll could reach 5,000 as officials count missing | World news

About 5,000 people are still missing, feared death, after an earthquake and tsunami hit Sulawesi just over a week ago. The official death toll stands at 1,944 but officials believe that when casualties from two of the hardest-hit areas of Palu – Balaroa and Petobo – are determined, that number could almost triple. Those searching …

Indonesia tsunami: crisis worsens as aid struggles to reach island | World news

The humanitarian crisis in Sulawesi has continued to worsen as organisations struggle to bring the millions of dollars in international aid that has been pledged to the island devastated by last week’s earthquake. At least 1,424 people are so far reported to have died from the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the …

Indonesia tsunami: 34 bodies discovered inside church as desperation mounts – live | World news

9.11pm EDT21:11 Indonesian rescue workers have discovered the bodies of 34 students killed when a mudslide caused by Friday’s quake on Sulawesi island engulfed their church, a local rescue official said. “A total of 34 bodies were found by the team,” Indonesia Red Cross spokeswoman Aulia Arriani told AFP Tuesday, adding that 86 students had …

Indonesia tsunami: death toll expected to rise as rescuers try to reach Donggala – live | World news

2.35am EDT02:35 Rescue teams were still working on Monday to pull 15-year-old Nurul out of the ruins of the Balaroa National Housing building in Palu. Most of her body has been trapped in deep mud and concrete for 48 hours, with only her head visible. The body of her mother, Risni, who died in the …

Indonesia tsunami: dozens feared dead in Sulawesi after powerful earthquake | World news

Dozens are feared dead on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi after a powerful earthquake triggered a tsunami that swept away homes, buildings and bridges on Friday evening. Rescuers have scrambled to reach hard-hit areas after a 1.5-metre (5ft) wave thundered over the coastline, crashing into Palu, the capital of central Sulawesi province, a smaller city …

‘Worst yet to come’: 16 dead as North Carolina faces Florence flooding | World news

As the death toll from Florence rose and hundreds were rescued from their flooded homes, North Carolina slid into the next stage of the disaster: catastrophic flooding. On Saturday Mitch Colvin, mayor of Fayetteville, told reporters: “The worst is yet to come.” On Sunday, the death toll in North and South Carolina rose to 16; …

Typhoon Mangkhut heads to China as Philippines death toll rises | Weather

Typhoon Mangkhut killed at least 30 people in the Philippines as it obliterated homes and crops and caused massive flooding, and is now on course to plough into China’s southern coast. Presidential adviser Francis Tolentino said the heaviest casualty was recorded in the mountainous Cordillera region in northern Luzon, where heavy rains caused landslides that …