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.
Philippine authorities said on September 29 that the death toll from Typhoon Nesat had risen to 35, and would likely climb further with dozens of others missing two days after the storm walloped the country. Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said that flood waters had been slowly subsiding, although large areas remained submerged, particularly vast tracts of farm lands. The death toll was 13 more than the last figure reported late September 28. Ramos said soldiers, police and other rescue personnel had been working non-stop to help those affected, but with 45 still listed as missing, the death…... [read more]
Typhoon Kai-Tak has continued to cause flash floods and landslides despite weakening into a low pressure system over northern Vietnam, taking the death toll to at least 27. A landslide caused by typhoon Kai-Tak buries part of a house in Phu Tho Province, killing two women in their 80's. The typhoon, the fifth to hit Vietnam this year, became stationery at 5 a.m. Saturday and blew over by Monday morning. Meanwhile, landslides killed at least two women, both above 80, in Phu Tho Province, and one person in Yen Bai, while flash floods killed one person in Thai Nguyen Province.…... [read more]
MANILA, July 20, 2010 (AFP) - The death toll from Typhoon Conson in the Philippines rose to 76 on Tuesday as rescuers pulled more bodies from the sea, with dozens more still missing and feared dead, authorities said. The number of missing stood at 72 as coast guard and navy boats were joined by aircraft in scouring the waters nearly a week after the typhoon hit, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said. "The search and rescue operations are still going on, as long as there are still people missing," said Relan Asuncion, section chief of the civil defence office. The…... [read more]
The death toll in Syria has risen to more than 2,900 since pro-democracy protests began in March, the United Nations human rights office said on October 6 as activists warned that the country could descend into armed conflict. “Based on our detailed list of individual names that we have been keeping, the total number of people killed in Syria since protests began now stands at more than 2,900,” said Rupert Colville, spokesman for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The United Nations' previous death toll was 2,700 from the bloody crackdown by the government of President Bashar al-Assad, which generally…... [read more]
Haitian health authorities on Friday said the number of deaths caused by cholera increased to 6,435 in the Caribbean country since October 2010. The Haitian Health Ministry said the number of people infected with cholera almost reached half a million, although the ministry repeated the epidemic was decreasing. The report said 455,727 people had been treated due to cholera, and 242,205 had to be hospitalized. The western province of Artibonite suffered the plague most with 1,196 deaths. The southwest province of Nippes registered the smallest death toll of 181. Meanwhile, in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, 221 people have been killed…... [read more]
(VOVworld) – Death toll rose to 85 as of Saturday morning from giant explosions in north China’s Tianjin City on Wednesday. At least 21 firefighters are among the dead, with another 721 people injured after the blasts at a warehouse storing hazardous materials. The death toll is likely to increase because authorities have not yet listed all the missing. Tianjin City’s authorities mobilized relevant forces to clean up the scene. They asked chemical experts to localize polluted areas in order to minimize the spread of chemical pollution to the Bohai Sea. Firefighters are continuing their work on the scene. An…... [read more]
The death toll rose to 20 in Hanoi, 7 in the northern province of Thai Nguyen, and 39 in the central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh. Floods and heavy downpours swept away and damaged 150,000 houses and submerged more than 241,000 ha of rice, subsidiary crops and over 25,400 ha of fish farms. The National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre reported on November 4 that the northern and north-central regions are expected to suffer more heavy rains from November 6-8 as they will be affected by another cold snap, which is moving towards Vietnam from China. The cold snap is…... [read more]
The death toll of the cholera outbreak in Haiti has risen to 1,817, the Haitian Public Health Ministry said on December 2. A total of 36,207 patients have been hospitalized in the country due to this deadly epidemic, which has affected more than 80,000 people, mostly in the Artibonite region in the north of the country, the ministry said. The Artibonite region registered the most cases, with a total of 40,000 cases and 700 deaths, the ministry added. The unstable sanitary conditions in the country, due to a devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, have aggravated the epidemic situation. The Haitian…... [read more]
The cholera death toll in Haiti rose to 4,549, Haitian Health authorities said on Wednesday. According to information reaching here from Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, the Public Health and People's Ministry (MSPP) said in a recent report that the figures were updated till Feb. 9. The cholera outbreak began on October 2010 in Haiti and since then it has affected 231,070 people, 124,482 of them were hospitalized. The Artibonite region continues being the most affected by the epidemic with a total of 866 deaths, while in the West department 823 people have died. Cholera were reported in 10 departments of the…... [read more]
The death toll caused by the storms since Jan. 11 in southeastern Brazil now stands at 772, the Brazilian Health and Civil Defense Ministry said Thursday. Among all the casualties in the State of Rio de Janeiro, 357 deaths are in its northern municipality Nova Friburgo, 323 in Teresopolis, 64 in Petropolis, 21 in Sumidouro, six in Sao Jose do Vale do Rio Preto and one more in Bom Jardim. The storms also have left 126 people missing, the Program of Victim Identification (PIV) said. The situation in Rio's mountainous region, however, has improved as the rain has decreased, which…... [read more]