Worldwide weather chaos

NEW YORK - The United States is far from alone in dealing with deadly, destructive weather at the moment.

Heavy rains in parts of South America, blamed on El Nino, have displaced more than 150,000 people across Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Swaths of northern England have disappeared under mammoth flooding, prompting evacuations and dozens of urgent warnings.

Authorities in Spain and Australia, meanwhile, are fighting to get devastating fires under control.

Here's what's going on across the globe:

Britain: The army has been sent in to help deal with the flooding across northern England, which local residents say is the worst in living memory for some areas.

Authorities issued 24 severe flood warnings Sunday, each one meaning there is a "danger to life." Thousands of people have been left without electricity.

British Prime Minister David Cameron chaired an emergency Cabinet meeting Sunday and said more troops will be deployed to assist with the response to the flooding.

Spain: Dozens of wildfires have been burning for over a week in remote regions of northern and central Spain.

The government deployed three water-dropping planes to battle more than 40 fires in the regions of Asturias and Avila, which have been experiencing unusually warm weather, the news agency Agence France-Presse reported Sunday.

A helicopter battling a fire in Asturias crashed on Wednesday, killing the pilot, the aircraft's sole occupant.

Paraguay: In Paraguay, the hardest-hit country, more than 130,000 people were evacuated. In the city of Alberdi, residents fled as walls holding back water appeared on the verge of collapse, authorities said.

Argentina: Twenty-thousand people were evacuated, half of them from Concordia, the heavily affected city that President Mauricio Macri visited Sunday.

Brazil: At least 38 cities were inundated, with Rio Grande do Sul state taking the biggest hit, authorities said. More than 1,800 families were forced to leave their homes.

Uruguay: At least 11,300 people had to flee their homes, mostly in the northwestern city of Salto, the head of the National Emergencies Office said Sunday.

Australia: Wildfires have raged across thousands of hectares of land left vulnerable by exceptionally dry weather in the southern state of Victoria. The fires, one of which consumed at least 116 homes over Christmas, are expected to continue to burn for weeks.

Comments (7)

These are signs of the second coming of Christ...Check your Bible.

El nino - 28 December 2015

Yep! The Lord is not pleased with us. The world is NOT well!

TruthBTold - 28 December 2015

the end has come, get prepared to meet the Lord.

ish - 28 December 2015

We always get comfort in bringing in God even if it is blatantly clear that human activities, some of which have created today's billionaires, are to blame for the climate change related disasters. World leaders are wasting time on speeches when what is needed now is action, and only action.

Zvichapera - 29 December 2015

WHY DO PEOPLE ALWAYS WANT TO BLAME THE GODS WHYLE THEY KNOW VERY WELL THEY THEM SELF ARE THE CULPRETTS.

jack - 30 December 2015

The world is ill, so sick that it needs Christ as its remedy. Evil is at work!!!

FellaThaGod'sMirror - 5 January 2016

The world is ill, so sick that it needs Christ as its remedy. Evil is at work!!!

FellaThaGod'sMirror - 5 January 2016

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