Natural Disaster
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Death toll rises to 21 in California wildfires

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 10/11/17, 03:18 pm

UPDATE: At least 21 people have died in California’s wine country wildfires, authorities announced Wednesday. The fires, some of the most destructive in the state’s history, are a “serious, critical, catastrophic event,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Chief Ken Pimlott said while announcing the latest number of deaths, noting that 8,000 firefighters are working to battle the flames. Police deputies found one body at a burned-out home on Wednesday in the Loma Rica area after a resident asked for a welfare check on a family friend who was missing.

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Death toll rises in devastating California wildfires

by Leigh Jones & Mickey McLean
Posted 10/10/17, 04:11 pm

UPDATE: Authorities now say that wildfires in California’s wine country have killed at least 15 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes and businesses. Among the dead are Charles Rippey, 100, and his wife Sara, 98, who died in their burning home in Napa. Hundreds of additional firefighters have joined the battle against the uncontained blazes in Napa and Sonoma counties. Cooler weather and lighter winds should help crews fight the 17 separate fires, which are among the deadliest in California history.

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Hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico jumps to 34

by Leigh Jones
Posted 10/05/17, 11:39 am

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to 34 on Wednesday after officials did a more thorough survey of area hospitals. The Category 4 hurricane struck the U.S. territory two weeks ago and much of the island remains in disaster response mode. Officials have restored power to about 8.6 percent of customers and hope to restore service for one-quarter of the island within a month. But the ongoing strain of recovery, including limited access to food and clean drinking water, has health officials worried about Puerto Ricans’ emotional and mental stability.

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