The death toll from a strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian province of Aceh has climbed to 22, a disaster agency official said.
Survivors are treated outside the hospital at Lampahan village in Aceh after a powerful earthquake killed at least 11 people, including six children at a mosque.
“So far 22 people died, 210 people were injured, and thousands of buildings and homes were damaged in the quake (on Tuesday),” National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a text message.
Tropical Storm Wukong has caused new destruction just weeks after Typhoon Bopha hit the south of the country, flattening whole communities and killing more than 1,000 people. Most of Wukong's victims died from drowning, while three died when a tree fell onto their home, according to the official disaster monitoring council, which added that two people remained missing. It said that more than 13,000 people were in evacuation centres due to flooding and landslides caused by the latest storm, which affected the islands of Samar, Leyte Cebu and Panay. But regional disaster officer Celeste Milan expressed confidence the death toll…... [read more]
Compared to the same period last year, the number of traffic accidents fell by more than 160 and the number of injured fell by 700. However, over the past six months, traffic accidents claimed the lives of more than 6,000 people. On average, 35 people are killed by traffic accidents every day. The responsibility falls squarely on those who use the roads. Buses overloaded with passengers have become a common in society. In the first half of this year, the number of traffic accidents caused by overloaded buses have increased by more than 20 percent compared to the same period…... [read more]
At least 328 people were killed and over 2,500 injured by a quake in Iran's Kermanshah province. on the Iraqi border, the Students News agency ISNA reported on Monday. ISNA quoted the coroner's office in the province as saying that the death toll was expected to increase. The quake hit 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm, when many people would have been at home, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Iran's emergency services chief Pir Hossein Koolivand said it was "difficult to send rescue teams to the villages because the roads have been…... [read more]
"Six people have died, including a nine-year-old boy, and 43 are injured. More than 400 homes are now damaged," National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP. "There is still an area that we haven't accessed, so we'll send two helicopters there to distribute aid and assess the damage there. It's possible the death toll could rise, but we're hoping for the best." The 6.3-magnitude quake struck the island of Sulawesi Saturday evening at a depth of around 20 kilometres (12 miles), the US Geological Survey said, close to villages in the districts of Parigi Moutong and Sigi.…... [read more]
LAMPAHAN, Indonesia– The death toll from a strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian province of Aceh has climbed to 22, a disaster official said on Wednesday. "So far 22 people have died, 210 people were injured, and thousands of buildings and homes were damaged in the quake (on Tuesday)," National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a text message. The casualties were spread over the two worst-hit districts of Central Aceh and Bener Meriah, the agency said. In Central Aceh, six children were killed and 14 others were trapped when a mosque collapsed as they were…... [read more]
Hundreds of thousands of Nepalis prepared to spend another night in the open Monday as the death toll from Saturday’s devastating earthquake passed 4,000. Evert-Jan Daniels / ANP / AFP - A dutch rescue team departs from Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands With fears rising of food and water shortages, Nepalis were rushing to stores and petrol stations to stock up on essential supplies in the capital Kathmandu, left devastated by Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake. Officials say more than 4,100 people are now known to have died, including 4,010 in Nepal -- making it the quake-prone Himalayan nation's deadliest disaster…... [read more]
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off Ecuador's Pacific coast and was felt hundreds of miles (km) away in the capital of Quito as well as in the large commercial city of Guayaquil, where rubble lay strewn in the streets and some buildings were cracked or partially collapsed.A bridge in the city collapsed on top of car, crushing it.The earthquake was Ecuador's worst in decades and officials said the death toll was likely to rise even higher as rescue teams headed into the hardest-hit areas."It was terrifying, we were all scared and we're still out in the streets because we're worried…... [read more]
Rescuers carry the body of one of the victims of the earthquake in San Antonio de Pichincha, north of Quito, Ecuador. QUITO: The death toll from a 5.1-magnitude quake that struck Ecuador rose to three on Wednesday (Aug 13) with the recovery of a body in an area near Quito where a hillside collapsed. Authorities said the victim was a worker at a bridge that was under construction over the Monjes river, 30 kilometres (18 miles) north of the capital. The quake, which was shallow and lasted more than 20 seconds, triggered landslides and sent terrified Quito residents fleeing into…... [read more]
The nationwide death toll from flooding in Thailand climbed past 500 on Sunday, as the polluted black water continued its march through northern Bangkok, pouring across major intersections and a road underneath the capital\'s elevated train line. A traktor ferries stranded people along flooded streets at the Lad Phrao district in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Thailand\'s record floods continued to creep towards inner Bangkok. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) Floodwaters were also approaching a main road near the city\'s Mo Chit bus terminal, a major gateway to northern Thailand. But the bus station remained open, traffic police chief Uthaiwan Kaewsa-ard…... [read more]
QUETTA, Pakistan – The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck a remote part of southwestern Pakistan jumped to 173 on Wednesday, officials said, as rescue teams rushed to the area. The 7.7-magnitude quake hit in the Awaran district of Baluchistan province on Tuesday afternoon, destroying scores of mud-built houses. Officials said the quake, which struck at at 4:29pm (1129 GMT), demolished dozens of houses in Awaran, 350 kilometres southwest of the Baluchistan provincial capital Quetta. Its epicentre was 20km below ground. The area is sparsely populated and most buildings are mud-built. But the US Geological Survey issued a…... [read more]