• Frantic US fight against record floods


    CHICAGO: Soldiers and volunteers packed sand bags Wednesday in a frantic effort to stave off floodwaters in the US state of Missouri, where 13 people have been killed and several towns have been engulfed. The Mississippi River is already more than 14 feet (4.2 meters) above flood stage in some areas and is forecast to rise another eight feet before cresting on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The United States has been hit by a wave of wild weather — tornadoes, floods and rain — that has claimed at least 51 lives in the past week and stranded millions trying to get home after the Christmas holiday.



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