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.
March 30, 2014 |
The confirmed death toll from last weekend's landslide in northwestern Washington state has risen to 21, and the remains of an additional four victims may have been found in the debris Sunday, officials said. The number of missing in Snohomish County remained at 30, officials said at an evening news briefing. Of the 21 confirmed dead, 15 bodies have been identified, and the remaining six are awaiting identification, according to Jason Biermann, program manager at the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management.
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.
November 22, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- The death toll from a supermarket roof collapse in Latvia's capital rose to at least 47 Friday and many other people remained missing or were injured, officials said. “There are still from 25 to 30 people inside [under the rubble] and we hope that somebody can still be saved,” Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs told reporters in televised remarks. “But we must understand it will be difficult.” Part of the Maxima XX supermarket's roof collapsed Thursday at about 6 p.m., killing and injuring scores of customers inside the popular store at the end of the work day, Yekaterina Zorina, a correspondent for Rossiya-24, a Russian news television network, said in a phone interview.
April 15, 2014 |
A 37th body has been recovered from the debris of last month's mudslide in Washington, officials announced Tuesday. The remains have not yet been identified, leaving the number of missing people at seven. The powerful and quick-moving landslide on March 22 in Oso killed families at home and contractors who were working in the community. A 37-year-old man remained hospitalized late Monday in satisfactory condition, Harborview Medical Center said. Officials said search crews were helped Monday by a rain-free day -- but there was a 70% chance of rain Tuesday.
July 8, 2013 |
CAIRO -- The prominent, ultraconservative Nour Party condemned the deaths of at least 51 people in clashes between the army's Republican Guard and Islamist protesters outside a military headquarters on Monday. The military is dealing “with human beings, not animals, so how can you target people like that?” said Nour spokesman Nader Bakar. “This is something that cannot be justified. This is a degradation of blood. Where is the military's self-control and restraint?” Authorities said a “terrorist group” attempted to storm the Republican Guard headquarters, killing one soldier and two policemen.
September 1, 2012 |
Isaac may have left , but its legacy along the Gulf Coast was still developing Friday. Authorities and residents of Louisiana and Mississippi were contending with flooding, evacuations and cleanup , and the official death toll rose to seven. In Ascension Parish, about 60 miles west of New Orleans, a voluntary evacuation was announced because of flooding from nearby Lake Maurepas that struck at least 10 homes. The parish, home to about 120,000, saw the worst flooding in many residents' lifetimes - worse than during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 or floods in 1983 and 1977, according to Ascension Parish spokesman Lester Kenyon.
April 26, 2013 |
NEW DELHI, India -- The death toll in Bangladesh rose to more than 300 people Friday following the collapse this week of a building that housed five apparel factories, officials said, as protests by workers at other garment plants intensified. Bangladesh police fired tear gas and rubber bullets as hundreds of stick-wielding workers in the Dhaka area stopped highway traffic, smashed vehicles and vandalized garment factories that refused to close during a declared day of mourning.
June 6, 2013 |
Nearly a day after six people died when a four-story building collapsed in downtown Philadelphia, rescuers returned to the site hoping for a miracle rescue, such as the one of a 61-year-old woman overnight. “That's why we stay the course,” City Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said at a news conference. “This person being pulled out alive is what this rescue operation is all about.” Myra Plekam was the 14th person to be rescued from the pile of debris at 22nd and Market streets in the Center City area of Philadelphia.