Disasters
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Death toll rises from collapsed bridge in Italy

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/15/18, 11:35 am

Rescue workers continued to search for survivors Wednesday after a highway bridge collapse Tuesday in Italy resulted in the death of at least 39 people, including three children. A section of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa fell over an industrial zone, sending cars plummeting nearly 150 feet. Civil Protection Chief Angelo Borelli confirmed the number dead and said 15 others sustained injuries. Three French citizens were among those killed, according to the French Foreign Ministry. Italian officials continue to investigate the cause of the collapse.

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Highway bridge collapse kills 22 in Italy

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/14/18, 11:39 am

At least 22 people died Tuesday after a highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed during a sudden storm. A section of the Morandi Bridge fell over an industrial zone, sending cars plummeting nearly 150 feet. Amalia Tedeschi, a responding firefighter, told RAI state TV that about 20 vehicles were stuck under the rubble. Angelo Borrelli, head of the Italian civil protection agency, confirmed the casualties and said 13 others sustained injuries.

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Another strong quake rocks Indonesia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/09/18, 11:10 am

A third major earthquake in a little more than a week struck the island of Lombok in Indonesia. Thursday’s 5.9 magnitude aftershock comes as the country continues to struggle to recover from a 6.9 magnitude quake on Sunday that’s been blamed for at least 319 deaths. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook the island on July 29. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman with Indonesia’s national disaster agency, said Thursday’s aftershock caused more trauma. Families have begun burying some of the dead as aid workers offer assistance to those affected.

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