Disasters
Associated Press/Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations

Russian mall fire kills 64 people

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/26/18, 10:49 am

At least 64 people died Sunday in a fire that raged through a busy shopping mall in the Russian province of Siberia. Officials said the fire at the four-story Winter Cherry mall in Kemerovo began Sunday and continued into Monday morning. Russian emergency situations minister Vladimir Puchkov confirmed the casualties after firefighters finished searching through the charred structure. Six bodies are yet to be recovered, he said. Another 10 people remain hospitalized with injuries.

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Papua New Guinea death toll at 67 as aftershocks persist

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/05/18, 10:05 am

The death toll from last week’s earthquake in Papua New Guinea’s remote highlands has risen to at least 67 people, the Red Cross said, even as the region continues to face strong aftershocks. The country’s already damaged Southern Highlands on Monday endured three aftershocks stronger than a magnitude 5. The government declared a state of emergency last week after a 7.5 magnitude quake left many regions inaccessible.

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Crews struggle to reach quake-hit areas in Papua New Guinea

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/02/18, 10:47 am

Papua New Guinea has declared a state of emergency after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Monday killed at least 31 people and left many regions still unaccessible. The state of emergency will cover the worst-hit provinces of the Southern Highlands, Western Highlands, Hela, and Enga. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in a statement promised to release about $135 million in government aid and military support in response to the unprecedented disaster.

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