Disasters
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Children swept away in Jordan flash flood

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/26/18, 10:54 am

Authorities in Jordan on Friday continued to search for survivors after flash floods a day earlier killed at least 20 people, the majority of them children. About 37 middle school students, seven teachers, and other visitors were at the hot springs near the Dead Sea when heavy rainfall triggered the sudden flood. “It swept away the students for 4 to 5 kilometers,” said Brig. Gen. Farid al-Sharaa, a Civil Defense spokesman. Officials said 13 of the dead and 26 of about 36 injured people were children from a private school in Amman.

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Indonesia extends search efforts by a day

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/11/18, 11:16 am

Indonesia’s disaster agency on Thursday postponed the end of search and rescue efforts in some of the worst-hit areas of Sulawesi island, where an earthquake and tsunami last month killed 2,073 people. Officials previously said search efforts would cease Thursday in the neighborhoods of Balaroa, Petobo, and Jono Oge in Palu, but families of some of the missing people pleaded for an additional day, disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. In a last-ditch attempt to find victims, firefighters and other responders burned debris and used excavators to dig through the rubble.

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A time to mourn

News analysis | A terrible quake caps an emotional week 
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/11/18, 11:14 am

On Oct. 7, as the official death toll from Indonesia’s earthquake and tsunami rose toward 2,000, Christians in the devastated city of Palu flocked to Sunday sermons. Many of the 5,000 still missing may never be found because the quake caused loose soil in several villages to liquefy, sucking houses into deep mud and burying occupants.

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