Death toll from Japan’s Hokkaido doubles to 16 – prime minister

By Kaori Kaneko and Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO, Sept 7 : The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rattled the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido doubled to at least 16, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday, with more than half the island’s 5.3 million residents still without power. The 6.7-magnitude quake, which hit before […]

Hunt on for survivors as Indonesia’s quake toll climbs to 131

By Angie Teo and Kanupriya Kapoor KARANGPANGSOR, Indonesia, Aug 8 : The death toll from last weekend’s powerful earthquake on Indonesia’s Lombok island rose to 131 on Wednesday as rescuers found more people crushed under collapsed buildings, though some still held out hope of finding survivors. “We don’t know for sure how many people are […]

Japan flood toll nears 200, sun scorches thousands battling thirst

By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Issei Kato KURASHIKI, Japan, July 12 : Intense heat and water shortages raised fears of disease outbreaks in flood-hit western Japan on Thursday as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years neared 200. More than 200,000 households had no water a week after torrential rains caused floods […]

Mexicans race to save schoolgirl buried by quake; death toll at 237

By Michael O’Boyle and Ana Isabel Martinez MEXICO CITY, Sept 21 : Mexican rescuers raced against the clock on Wednesday to save a 12-year-old girl trapped beneath a collapsed school and reach other possible survivors buried in rubble in central Mexico following the country’s most deadly earthquake in three decades. At least 237 people were […]

Sri Lanka rubbish dump landslide death toll rises to 19

By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez COLOMBO, Apr 15 : Emergency workers looking for survivors after a massive rubbish dump collapsed in Sri Lanka suspended their search on Saturday night, having already extracted 19 bodies from the rubble and mud. The 300-foot-high (90-metre) dump in the capital Colombo collapsed after flames engulfed it late on […]

Eleven killed in suspected suicide bombing on Russian metro train

By Denis Pinchuk ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Apr 4 : A blast in a St Petersburg train carriage on Monday that killed 11 people and wounded 45 was carried out by a suspected suicide bomber with ties to radical Islamists, Russia’s Interfax news agency cited a law enforcement source as saying. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who […]