Disasters
Associated Press/Photo by Thanassis Stavrakis

Hundreds trapped by deadly fires in Greece

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/24/18, 12:40 pm

At least 74 people have died in wildfires that raged through seaside resorts near Athens, Greece. The blazes that broke out Monday were the deadliest in decades to hit the country, which endures fires every year. This round trapped thousands of people on beaches, roads, and in homes. Coast guard boats patrolled the shores near areas hit by fires Tuesday after more than 700 people trapped by quick-moving blazes needed rescuing from beaches or the sea. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared three days of national mourning for those killed.

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Death toll rises as rescue efforts continue in Japan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/10/18, 12:01 pm

The death toll in Japan from flooding and landslides has risen to at least 155 people, as responders navigate damaged roads to continue rescue efforts and deliver aid. Heavy rainfall last week led to the deadly floods and landslides in the country’s western region. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga confirmed the number of people dead and said that more than 50 others remained unaccounted for by Tuesday afternoon. Rescuers continued to comb through mud-covered debris searching for survivors. Impassable roads also delayed aid delivery, especially in some of the more isolated regions.

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Associated Press/Photo by Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News

Deadly floods, landslides devastate southwest Japan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/09/18, 10:38 am

Rescue workers in southwest Japan searched for survivors Monday after heavy rains triggered landslides and floods, leading to an estimated 100 deaths and dozens of people reported missing. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in a Monday news conference said authorities confirmed 87 people had died, while 13 others showed no vital signs when responders found them. The rains caused rivers to overflow and flood cities, leaving many people climbing onto rooftops for shelter. Power companies said nearly 13,000 customers lost electricity and hundreds of thousands of others had no water.

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