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Nine killed, 3.5 million affected as Typhoon "Rumbia" wreaks havoc across central and eastern China
At least 9 people have been killed and 18 injured after Typhoon "Rumbia" wreaked havoc across central and eastern China over the past couple of days. About 3 512 000 people have been affected as well as 420 000 hectares (1.37 million acres) of crops. The storm has also damaged more than 5 800 homes. The typhoon made landfall near the city Shanghai just after 04:00 local time August 17 (20:00 UTC, August 16) with maximum sustained winds around 90 km/h (55 mph). Jason Nicholls@jnmet TS pushing into eastern near . Heavy rain and

Heaviest snowfall in Rome in six years!

Heaviest snowfall in Rome in six years and the largest for the end of February in decades

Snow fell on Italian capital for the first time in six years today in what authorities described the largest snowstorm to hit the city at the end of February in decades.
As winds from Siberia pushed temperatures to extremely low levels across Europe, Italian capital, which is not equipped to deal with snow emergencies due to their rarity, received enough snow to have its traffic disrupted and schools closed. So much, in fact, that it had to ask other areas to send in snow plows to help clear roads.
Civil protection agency sent in the army to help clear streets and called on volunteer corps to help stranded commuters while authorities urged people to stay at home as much as possible.
Italy's most visited tourist hotspot - Colosseum was closed for visitors along with the nearby Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. As a result, roads were unusually quiet and people could be seen in the streets taking pictures of the unusual weather conditions, Reuters reported.
Only one runway was operating at city's main airport, Fiumicino. Its second airport, Ciampino, was closed overnight and workers were clearing a runway to allow it to reopen on Monday morning.
Ryanair, which uses Ciampino as it Italian hub, decided to cancel all flights to and from the airport, but Italian aviation officials said most of Italy's other main airports were open despite delays to some flights.

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