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November 29, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Subfreezing temperatures and the first snowfall in Kashmir claimed the life of an infant, the first reported victim of what officials fear will be a new disaster for millions of Pakistanis left homeless by the October earthquake. Waqar Mukhtar, 3 months, died of pneumonia, Dr. Abdul Hamid said. Quoting the Pakistani military, U.N. official Elisabeth Byrs said that at least 300,000 people remain inaccessible in remote Himalayan regions. None have tents, she added.
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OPINION
April 8, 2013 | By Arnold Schwarzenegger
I will always remember the day I woke to the news that more than 2,000 fires were burning in California. I thought I must not have heard correctly. Two thousand fires? How could that be? In the end, the state's brave firefighters, joined by contingents from out of state, won the battle. But not before 11 emergency declarations were issued and more than 400,000 acres burned. Countless lives and livelihoods were ruined. Today, there's a new disaster looming, and although it's not as riveting or dramatic as walls of flames and billowing black smoke, it needs our immediate attention.
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WORLD
October 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Typhoon Parma caused widespread flooding and landslides that buried at least two families in the Philippines, then hung threateningly off the coast, drenching the country's north as well as Taiwan. At least 16 people died when Parma hit the main island of Luzon on Saturday, though the capital, Manila -- still awash in floodwaters from a storm barely a week earlier -- was spared a new disaster. In Benguet province, a family of five, including a 1-year-old boy, died when their home was buried in a landslide, said police Senior Supt.
WORLD
October 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Typhoon Parma caused widespread flooding and landslides that buried at least two families in the Philippines, then hung threateningly off the coast, drenching the country's north as well as Taiwan. At least 16 people died when Parma hit the main island of Luzon on Saturday, though the capital, Manila -- still awash in floodwaters from a storm barely a week earlier -- was spared a new disaster. In Benguet province, a family of five, including a 1-year-old boy, died when their home was buried in a landslide, said police Senior Supt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1994
Couched as it was with reminders of the earthquake, the wildfires and the sagging economy, our question to readers was simple: Why do you stay in the San Fernando Valley? In dozens of poems, essays and even a limerick, written on manual typewriters, computers or scrawled on note cards, you responded, defiantly defending your neighborhood, your strip mall, your Valley. For some, it is the memories that keep you here: of orange groves, farmlands or the deer that once roamed the Valley floor.
OPINION
April 8, 2013 | By Arnold Schwarzenegger
I will always remember the day I woke to the news that more than 2,000 fires were burning in California. I thought I must not have heard correctly. Two thousand fires? How could that be? In the end, the state's brave firefighters, joined by contingents from out of state, won the battle. But not before 11 emergency declarations were issued and more than 400,000 acres burned. Countless lives and livelihoods were ruined. Today, there's a new disaster looming, and although it's not as riveting or dramatic as walls of flames and billowing black smoke, it needs our immediate attention.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1994
Couched as it was with reminders of the earthquake, the wildfires and the sagging economy, our question to readers was simple: Why do you stay in the San Fernando Valley? In dozens of poems, essays and even a limerick, written on manual typewriters, computers or scrawled on note cards, you responded, defiantly defending your neighborhood, your strip mall, your Valley. For some, it is the memories that keep you here: of orange groves, farmlands or the deer that once roamed the Valley floor.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2009 | William E. Gibson
Federal officials on Tuesday announced a new national shelter system to help locate temporary housing for victims of hurricanes and other natural disasters. The shelter system is a key part of preparations for hurricane season, which begins June 1. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Craig Fugate, the new director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, called for the public to help prepare for storms, mostly by devising family evacuation plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2006 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
More than two decades after toxic farm drainage emptying into a small wildlife refuge stilled the chatter of migrating waterfowl with death and deformity, the federal government is on the verge of deciding what to do with vast amounts of tainted irrigation water still produced by San Joaquin Valley croplands. The selenium-spiked flows that poisoned ponds at Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge were shut down long ago.
REAL ESTATE
January 8, 2006 | From Times wire reports
A national coalition dedicated to preparing Americans for natural disasters recently launched a California affiliate in Sherman Oaks, pledging to create a fund for people without enough insurance. James Lee Witt, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and retired Adm. James M. Loy, former deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, co-chair the national coalition ProtectingAmerica.org. The new affiliate, ProtectingCalifornia.
WORLD
November 29, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Subfreezing temperatures and the first snowfall in Kashmir claimed the life of an infant, the first reported victim of what officials fear will be a new disaster for millions of Pakistanis left homeless by the October earthquake. Waqar Mukhtar, 3 months, died of pneumonia, Dr. Abdul Hamid said. Quoting the Pakistani military, U.N. official Elisabeth Byrs said that at least 300,000 people remain inaccessible in remote Himalayan regions. None have tents, she added.
TRAVEL
September 11, 2005 | Jane Engle
Airlines As of Tuesday, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International and the Gulfport-Biloxi International airports remained closed to all traffic, except relief and rescue flights. No reopening dates were announced. Airlines continued to divert hundreds of flights from the region each day and to divert aircraft to relief efforts. Many waived cancellation fees or other penalties for affected passengers. Each carrier had its own policy, updated frequently.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2000 | LEE CONDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a wildfire destroyed homes in New Mexico two weeks ago, Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Joe Lindaman was getting ready to set a fire in the Malibu Hills. The manager of the county's controlled burn program, Lindaman had 150 firefighters, seven fire engines, weather monitors and a helicopter crew on hand to burn eight acres of brush.
NEWS
February 20, 1997 | MARY SUSAN HERCZOG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Earthquake, riot, fire, flood, really big winds--can the locusts or frogs be far behind? So goes the weary joke Angelenos make after every new disaster--natural or otherwise--in the near-biblical tempering of Los Angeles. "I used to get calls from friends who would say, 'This is the first week you haven't been on CNN!' " says Lee Montgomery, editor of Santa Monica City College's literary journal, Santa Monica Review. And so when Montgomery decided to compile an anthology of short fiction by L.A. writers, what better unifying theme?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1996 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the rainy season approaching, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky called Friday for the creation of a task force working to prevent mudslides that often follow severe fires in mountain and canyon areas. "When there are fires, we actually have two disasters: the fire and the aftermath," said Yaroslavsky. "We have spent a lot of time on mitigation of fires, now we have to address the second part."
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