Tragedy
Associated Press/Tanzania Red Cross

Ferry accident kills more than 100 in Africa’s Lake Victoria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/21/18, 11:33 am

More than 100 people died when a passenger ferry capsized on Thursday afternoon in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria. Rescue workers said the death toll would rise as rescue efforts continued. Tanzania’s Electrical, Mechanical, and Electronics Services Agency said the ferry capsized near the area of Mwanza. Police commander Jonathan Shanna said there are no foreigners among the casualties. “Right now our focus is on rescue,” Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella said, adding that workers picked up at least 37 survivors, though he could not say how many passengers boarded the ferry.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ramon Espinosa

Puerto Rican government owns up to Maria death toll

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/09/18, 01:36 pm

The Puerto Rican government conceded Thursday that the devastation associated with Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, a number vastly exceeding the official count that for months noted only 64 deaths. The storm ripped through the island in September 2017, knocking out power and triggering widespread flooding. While the official death count stalled at 64, fatalities climbed amid impassable roads, lack of hospital access, and a power outage that lasted for months.

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Associated Press/Photo by Josh Edelson

Every spark a potential disaster in California

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/06/18, 10:52 am

President Donald Trump declared a major emergency in California as crews continued to battle devastating wildfires. The Mendocino Complex Fire, which flanks Clear Lake in Northern California, expanded at breakneck speed Sunday and was setting records as one of the state’s largest fires ever. Burning in mostly rural areas, the fire has threatened 9,300 structures, destroyed 68 homes, and damaged 12 other homes. A seventh person died in the Carr Fire in nearby Shasta County on Saturday.

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