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One dead after severe rainfall causes flooding in southern Austria

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Authorities in Austria have declared a civil emergency after mudslides cut off several villages from rescue services, while at least one person died after heavy rainfall caused flooding in the southern state of Carinthia.

Residents of the villages of Treffen and Arriach were told to seek safety in the upper levels of their houses, according to public broadcaster ORF. 

Several people had to be airlifted to safety by helicopter, while the body of an 82-year-old man was found in a swollen creek on Wednesday afternoon.

Treffen Mayor Gerald Ebner said 20 homes and farms could not be reached by rescue teams.

A car driver who had earlier been reported missing “managed to reach a safe place,” authorities have said.

A storm late on Tuesday brought severe winds and heavy rain to the region and authorities warned that there was a high threat of further landslides.

Emergency services, residents and numerous volunteers have been busy clearing mud from buildings in the affected region.

Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen thanked the rescue teams on Twitter and described the destruction in Carinthia as “dramatic”.

The increase in extreme events in Europe is, according to scientists, a direct consequence of global warming.





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World Cup 2022: Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings against Uruguay FA and four players

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Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Uruguay’s football association and four players over their conduct at the end of their final World Cup group game against Ghana.

Uruguay beat Ghana 2-0 but went out on goals scored, finishing third behind South Korea in Group H.

Uruguay’s players reacted furiously at full-time, confronting the referee and appearing to manhandle an assistant after they failed to award a penalty after a coming together between Darwin Nunez and Alidu Seidu.

Jose Maria Gimenez, Edinson Cavani, Fernando Muslera and Diego Godin all face potential punishments for breaches of Fifa’s disciplinary code relating to offensive behaviour and misconduct.

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England cruises past Senegal 3-0 to reach World Cup quarterfinals

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England reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup for a second tournament in a row thanks to a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Senegal.



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Iran to disband morality police amid ongoing protests, says attorney general

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The move would mark a concession to protesters but it has not been confirmed by other authorities.



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