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February 2019 Current Events: Disaster News

Updated February 6, 2019 | Infoplease Staff

World News | Science & Technology News | US News

The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for February 2019:

  1. Monsoons in Australia
  2. Washington State Declares State of Emergency
  3. Floods in Zimbabwe
  4. Record Snowfall
  5. Tennessee Calls a State of Emergency
  6. California Floods Leave Towns as Islands

Monsoons in Australia

Australia Monsoon

On February 2, monsoon rains in Queensland have caused severe flooding which is expected to destroy over 20,000 houses. Though Queensland is no stranger to monsoons, this level of flooding is rare. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo

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Washington State Declares State of Emergency

Washington Snowstorm

On February 8, the governor of Washington declared a state of emergency after it was predicted that the state will get its annual amount of snowfall in just one storm. As the snow continued to fall on February 10, hundreds of cars were stranded on the highway. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

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Floods in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Miners

On February 16, illegal miners were finally rescued after days of being trapped. The nine miners became trapped after a dam burst due to flooding. At least 23 people were suspected to be trapped. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

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Record Snowfall

Record Snowfall

On February 20, snowfall in Minnesota reached over 30 inches, setting a new record amount of snow in the month of February. Over 160 million Americans are currently under a winter weather watch. On February 22. Flagstaff, Arizona called a state of emergency after a record snowfall of 35.9 inches fell. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca

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Tennessee Calls a State of Emergency

Tennessee Floods

On February 24, one person was left dead by flooding in Tennessee, forcing the state to call for a state of emergency. Nashville had broken a rainfall record just the day before. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Adrian Sainz

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California Floods Leave Towns as Islands

California Floods

On February 28, California broke floodwater records, which have left to towns to essentially be islands. Many people have been evacuated as the floods continue. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Josh Edelso

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