Disasters
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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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Thai navy SEAL dies in cave rescue operation

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/06/18, 10:48 am

Authorities in Thailand confirmed that a former Thai navy SEAL has died while helping with the ongoing rescue operation to extract a boys’ soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave. The SEAL volunteer died after he passed out underwater during a dive to deliver oxygen canisters inside the cave. Thai SEALS are leading the effort to rescue the 12 boys, ages 11-16, and their coach, who have been trapped in Tham Luang cave in the country’s north since June 23. Officials are racing to work ahead of more rains forecast for this weekend.

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