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. “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.
At least 80 people were killed in the series of earthquakes that hit a remote and mountainous area of southwest China, the Xinhua news agency quoted the government as saying Saturday. An earlier toll from Friday's quakes had said 67 people were killed and 731 injured when the tremors struck on the border of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, toppling houses and sending panicked crowds onto the streets. Xinhua quoted a spokesman with the provincial civil affairs department as saying the toll could climb further because infrastructure in the region was badly damaged, making it difficult to collect information. The brief…... [read more]
The death toll from two storms which battered the Philippines rose to 45 on Sunday as several towns remained under water and rain kept falling in northern regions, disaster monitoring officials said. The rain was caused by a cold front, dragged into the country by Typhoon Melor and Tropical Depression Onyok which hit the Philippines in succession last week. Floods almost three metres (nine feet) deep covered some riverside areas north of the capital Manila as heavy rain kept falling, civil defence offices said. "Our home has been flooded up to the waist. It has been flooded for over two…... [read more]
The death toll from a heatwave in southern Pakistan rose to 750 on Wednesday, but the scorching weather showed signs of easing, bringing some respite to the sweltering city of Karachi. Temperatures in the city, which is Pakistan's largest and has seen the majority of the deaths, were forecast to peak at 38 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit), down from the 40-plus highs of recent days. Winds have shifted to the southwest, blowing cooler air into the port city from the Arabian Sea, and the Pakistani Met Office has predicted rain, which would bring lower temperatures. Roads in the normally bustling…... [read more]
The death toll from a tropical storm that hit the central Philippines on Christmas Day has risen to 11 with thousands more forced out of their homes by landslides and flooding, officials said Friday. 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…... [read more]
In the first half of this year, traffic order and safety remained a serious issue as accident-related deaths rose at an alarming rate despite a drop in the number of traffic accidents from a year earlier. It is imperative to take drastic measures to reduce the number of people killed and injured by traffic accidents in the coming months. 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.…... [read more]