January 20, 2013 |
The U.S., Britain and other countries sought to learn the fate of their citizens Sunday after Algeria announced that the death toll from a hostage crisis at a remote gas refinery was expected to rise beyond a previous estimate of 23. It was another painstaking day for security officials trying to determine how a band of Islamist militants overran the gas complex last week, and for families and nations awaiting word of new deaths. Britain confirmed that three of its citizens were killed and three are unaccounted for. Algerian officials said security teams defusing mines and explosive booby-traps at the Sahara Desert site had found “numerous” bodies, according to the Associated Press.
March 25, 2014 |
The confirmed death toll for the Washington state mudslide rose to 16 on Tuesday night, and officials said rescuers might have located eight more bodies. If so, that would bring the toll to 24. The day was rainy and difficult for the more than 200 rescue personnel scouring the mud and slurry just east of Oso, using cadaver dogs and sometimes their hands to pick through the wreckage. "We didn't find any signs of life; we didn't locate anybody alive," Travis Hots, chief of Snohomish County Fire District 21, told reporters.
September 25, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- In the wake of a massive earthquake in southwestern Pakistan, the death toll Wednesday rose sharply to nearly 300, officials and local media said. Crisis teams braced for more fatalities and rescue workers raced to reach isolated mountain communities. [Updated, 9:10 a.m. PDT Sept. 25: Officials in Baluchistan province later raised the death toll to 328, with 495 people injured. ] Local television images from the southwestern area of earthquake-prone Baluchistan showed the tangled remains of people's lives after the disaster -- vast fields of mud, bricks, broken furniture, battered household items and traditional string beds.
June 3, 2013 |
The death toll from last week's tornado that tore through Oklahoma rose to 14 -- three of whom were noted storm-chasers -- as rescuers on Monday continued their search for survivors. As of Monday morning, the official count from the tornado, the latest in a series of twisters to cross the state, stood at 14 dead, one more that had been previously counted, according to a statement from the state medical examiner's office. The dead included five children and nine adults. Authorities said that half a dozen people, mainly children, are believed to still be missing and the hope of finding them alive was fading.
March 1, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- Police and demonstrators in Bangladesh clashed for a second day Friday as the death toll rose to at least 37 in violence sparked by a controversial death sentence handed down against the head of an Islamic party for war crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence. Local media reported that two people were killed in the rioting Friday, adding to 35 or more deaths after the sentencing of Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a senior leader in Bangladesh's largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami.
November 1, 2012 |
WANTAGH, N.Y. - Sandy's U.S. death toll reached 88 on Thursday after the bodies of two young boys were found in a Staten Island marsh, and the economic loss rose to an estimated $50 billion. That would make the storm the second-costliest in American history, after Hurricane Katrina. On day four, it was as if the Northeast had removed a bandage - in some areas, healing was evident; in others, the wounds remained severe, and despair set in. Airports and subways reopened and electricity had been restored to nearly half of the 8.5 million homes and businesses that lost power during the storm.
January 21, 2013 |
CAIRO - Islamic militants who seized hundreds of hostages were "wild with their demands," forcing the Algerian military to act quickly in a standoff at a natural gas refinery that led to the deaths of 37 foreign captives and 29 extremists, the Algerian prime minister said Monday. In a televised news conference from the capital, Algiers, that offered the country's official explanation for what happened at the remote compound in the Sahara desert, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said the attackers were rigging explosives throughout the complex and needed to be stopped before they blew it up. The ordeal drew world attention to Algeria for five days, beginning with a predawn assault by militants Wednesday and ending Sunday when special forces captured five extremists amid booby traps and a landscape of charred vehicles and scattered, disfigured bodies.
March 12, 2011 |
The death toll from Friday's 8.9 earthquake in Japan exceeded 687 as of Saturday midnight, according to a police tally reported by Kyodo News Agency, and the number of casualties was expected to increase. The news agency reported that an additional 200 to 300 unidentified bodies were transferred to Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. About 300,000 residents had been evacuated Saturday in five prefectures, including Iwate and Fukushima, the news agency reported, citing the Japanese National Police Agency.
May 21, 2013 |
After night fell in Oklahoma, amid the chaos in the hours after a devastating tornado left a 20-mile path of destruction, the death toll stood at 51, and officials believed it would only increase. But by Tuesday morning officials and locals found something of a "silver lining," as one state medical examiner's office official put it. The death toll had dropped to 24, although it is still expected to rise as rescuers continue to search through debris. "Fewer losses is better, of course," Amy Elliott of the state medical examiner's office told the Los Angeles Times.
March 13, 2014 |
NEW YORK -- The death toll from a gas explosion in Manhattan that leveled two buildings on a busy street rose to seven Thursday after rescue teams worked through the night searching for people trapped beneath rubble. Officials at the scene have not identified all of the victims, but at least three were women who lived in one of the collapsed structures. They included Carmen Tanco, 67, a dental hygienist who was in her apartment when the blast occurred; Griselde Camacho, 44, a public safety officer at Hunter College in Manhattan who had taken the day off; and Rosaura Hernandez-Barrios, 21. The block on 116th Street in east Harlem, where two five-story buildings blew up at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, remained closed nearly 24 hours later.