May 1, 1991 |
A powerful typhoon battered densely populated Bangladesh for more than eight hours Tuesday, killing at least 1,000 people and leaving millions homeless. About 5,000 fishermen were reported missing. State-run television said at least 800 people were killed in the coastal districts of Cox's Bazar, Noakhali and Bhola when 20-foot waves whipped up by 145-m.p.h. winds swept ashore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2005 |
They expected to receive what they said they were promised: apartments, transportation, good jobs, money to survive until they were back on their feet. But a handful of Hurricane Katrina evacuees living at the Dream Center, Los Angeles' largest shelter for evacuees, say some of those promises have not been kept.
October 28, 1993 |
Like many other communities, Emerald Bay was beloved for its small-town feel, a place where children could roam free, doors remain unlocked and family values reigned. But in this pristine patch of Southern California coastline, children play on six private tennis courts, or splash around an exclusive cove where the sand is white and the ocean color matches the jewel for which the community was named. The nest of 500 homes is usually secure behind a locked gate.
January 5, 2005 |
The search for Kali Breisch is over. Her father, Stu, found a photograph of the 15-year-old Salt Lake City teenager in a grim catalog of the dead in Thailand, ending the anguished quest to learn his daughter's fate. Kali was among the hundreds of foreign tourists and Thais swallowed by a wave that crashed through resorts along the gently sloping sands of Khao Lak beach the day after Christmas.
December 4, 2005 |
Laurie Vignaud faces a double dilemma: If she rebuilds her wrecked ranch house at 1249 Granada Drive in the great suburban expanse south of Lake Pontchartrain, will her neighbors do the same? And even if they do, will that guarantee their Gentilly neighborhood does not end up an isolated pocket in a diminished, post-Katrina New Orleans?
September 10, 2005 |
Members of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division hold sacrosanct the military code that calls for no soldier to be left behind. But as they searched the still-submerged neighborhoods north of downtown Friday, they met with a former soldier who refused to be brought in. Even with a truck full of troops parked outside his flooded front gate, and a lieutenant colonel urging him to evacuate, Eddie Cooper would not relent.
October 12, 1989 |
Even the experts are shaken by disaster. Mory B. Framer has been experiencing mild symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder since he visited South Carolina in the days after Hurricane Hugo. "I'm still having images of trees snapped in half," said the Westside psychologist, who went to Charleston to teach local counselors and therapists how to deal with the emotional aftermath of the devastating storm.
November 18, 2001
The American Red Cross' offer to refund any donations that some contributors want returned showed evidence of a great organization (Nov. 13). It is one for which I am proud to be a local volunteer, along with many who respond to disasters that happen locally. I know that what happened in New York and at the Pentagon struck horror in all of us. I was able to participate in volunteering for the Red Cross at the Pentagon, and to me it was a way to try to make things right. Many people donated blood or services, and many, many others donated money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1994 |
Because of the continuing threat of mudslides, the deadline for people affected by the fire last fall to apply for disaster aid has been extended to April 26. Rain-related problems in Laguna Beach, Malibu and other areas where soil erosion is a concern prompted federal officials to extend the filing period for disaster relief, which was originally scheduled to end last Friday.
April 24, 1994
Letter writer John Derevlany of Venice (March 27), though he was out of town during the Jan. 17 earthquake, has the gall to berate quake victims for continuing to "yammer" about their losses. To him, all I can say is, "You had to have been here, Jack." Virtually everyone is interested in the welfare of these disaster victims during this difficult time. These unfortunate people should be encouraged to take as long as they need to grieve and to work out their terrors with the knowledge that most of us who were not hit are rooting for them.