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Vehicles driving through a flooded street in Mumbai on July 19. Photo: Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

At least 125 people are dead after monsoon rains triggered landslides in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, authorities said on Saturday, according to Reuters.

State of play: Downpours lasting several days have impacted hundreds of thousands of people, as major rivers are in danger of breaking through their banks.

Along India's west coast, up to 594 mm (23 inches) of rain have fallen, motivating authorities to evacuate people from vulnerable areas as water was released from dams close to overflowing.

  • The hill station of Mahabaleshwar in India's forested Western Ghats range just south of Mumbai recorded its highest-ever rainfall — 60 cm in 24 hours, per Reuters.
  • "Around 90,000 people were rescued from flood affected areas," the Maharashtra government said in a statement.

Experts have warned that the intensity and frequency of heavy rainfall events have increased because human-induced climate change is warming Arabian Sea and driving more cyclones, according to AP.

  • Studies have shown that global warming will make heavy precipitation events more likely and more severe around the world.
  • Flooding has killed at least 33 people in central China this week, and devastating flooding in European countries last week killed at least 184 people.

Go deeper: Moon "wobble" will cause dramatic increases in coastal flooding

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Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
Oct 28, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Des Moines' record October rainfall

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Data: Iowa Environmental Mesonet; Note: Days with trace amounts of precipitation not counted; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

Des Moines' had more rainfall in the last seven days than most Octobers in the last decade — accumulating a heavy 5 inches of precipitation.

The reason: There's been a slow-moving weather system over the metro, allowing precipitation to build up over time, said Andrew Ansorge, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Des Moines.

Updated Nov 6, 2021 - Energy & Environment

What to know about COP26 in Glasgow

Joe Biden speaks at COP26 on Nov. 1. Photo: Andy Buchanan - Pool/Getty Images

More than 100 world leaders — as well as thousands of diplomats and business leaders — converged on Glasgow, Scotland, on Oct. 31 to try to set new emissions reduction goals at the COP26 climate summit.

The latest: President Biden on Tuesday said that China made a "big mistake" by not showing up to the UN climate summit, adding that Beijing has "lost an ability to influence" other countries as a result.

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Coast Guard searches for 39 people after boat capsizes off Florida coast

A U.S. Coast Guard ship leaving its base in Miami Beach, Florida, in July. Photo: AP/Marta Lavandier

U.S. Coast Guard crews were searching into the night for 39 people whose boat sank off Florida's coast over the weekend after traveling from the Bahamas.

The big picture: A "good Samaritan" contacted the Coast Guard about 8 a.m. Tuesday to say they "rescued a man clinging to a capsized vessel" 45 miles east of Fort Pierce, per a tweet from the agency, which noted it was dealing with "a suspected human smuggling venture."