Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 15, injures 45-official

By Shoon Naing YANGON, July 14 : A landslide killed at least 15 people in northern Myanmar on Saturday, with 45 others injured after the latest disaster in the Hpakant jade mining region, a local official said. Miners searching for the precious mineral were buried by muddy earth from a slope that collapsed, said Kyaw […]

Japan struggles to restore water to flood-hit towns

By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Mari Saito KURASHIKI, Japan, July 13 : Municipal workers in western Japan struggled on Friday to restore water supplies a week after floods caused by a record downpour killed more than 200 people in the worst such disaster in 36 years. Communities that grappled with rising floodwaters last week now find […]

Japan struggles to restore water supply to flood-hit towns as temperatures soar

By Kiyoshi Takenaka KURASHIKI, Japan, July 13 : Municipal workers in Japan struggled on Friday to restore water supply in the flood-hit western region a week after inundation caused by a record downpour killed more than 200 people in the worst weather disaster in 36 years. Communities that grappled with rising floodwaters last week now […]

Japan hit by worst weather disaster in decades: Why did so many die?

By Linda Sieg TOKYO, July 11 : Torrential rains unleashed floods and set off landslides in western Japan last week, killing at least 176 people, forcing millions to evacuate and leaving dozens missing in the country’s worst weather disaster in 36 years. Below are some reasons for the high death toll. EXTREME WEATHER Remnants of […]

Japanese PM to visit flood disaster area, new warnings issued

By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Issei Kato KUMANO, Japan, July 11 : Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headed for the flood-stricken western part of Japan on Wednesday as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years passed 160 and health worries increased amid scorching heat and the possibility of new floods. Torrential rain unleashed […]

Japan battles shortage of necessities for survivors of worst flood in decades

By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Issei Kato KURASHIKI, Japan, July 10 : Japan struggled on Tuesday to restore utilities and bring relief to the survivors of its worst floods in 36 years, facing health risks from broiling temperatures and a lack of water, while rescuers kept up an increasingly grim search for victims. Torrential rains unleashed […]