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Some of the heaviest rain in decades has swamped South Korea’s capital region, turning streets into car-clogged rivers and sending floods cascading into subway stations. At least nine people were killed — some drowning in their homes — and more rain was forecast. Deserted cars and buses were scattered across streets as workers cleared debris and blocked off broken roads. Landslide warnings were issued in nearly 50 cities and towns. More than 17 inches of rain fell in the hardest-hit Seoul district. Four to 14 inches could fall Tuesday. North Korea also warned of heavy rain and urged action to prevent flooding in its capital.

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Trapped homeowners swam to safety and others were rescued by boat as record flash flooding killed at least 16 people in eastern Kentucky. The deluge swamped entire Appalachian towns and prompted a frenzied search for survivors through some of the poorest communities in America. Officials warned the death toll would likely grow sharply and more rain was forecast in coming days. Entire towns that hug creeks and streams in narrow valleys were swallowed up. It’s the latest in a string of catastrophic deluges that have hammered parts of the U.S. this summer, including St. Louis this week. Scientists warn that climate change is making weather disasters more common.

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Two children are among the six people who died Friday evening in a massive crash after a Montana dust storm caused blackout conditions on Interstate 90. Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Jay Nelson said investigators so far have found no other factors that contributed to the pileup that also sent eight others to area hospitals with varying degrees of injuries. The incident happened just west of Hardin, though additional ambulances had to be called in from Billings to help. The identities of the dead and conditions of the survivors are not yet being released. Gov. Greg Gianforte said on Twitter that he was deeply saddened by the news of a mass casualty crash.