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Rescuers free South African baby from storm drain

Rescuers free South African baby from storm drain

Business
Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Authorities in South Africa rescued a newborn baby that had been trapped in a storm drain for several hours Monday afternoon. The newborn girl, whom doctors believe is no more than 3 days old, was diagnosed with mild hypothermia at a local hospital after she was freed from the drain in the city of Durban. Hospital staff declared her survival a "miracle," as she was discovered after passersby heard the faint sounds of her crying. People used their cupboard doors to form makeshift barriers to hold back dirt around rescuers as they worked to free the infant. "The main problem was that she was very cold," Timothy Hardcastle, a doctor at Chief Albert Luthuli Hospital, told News 24. "We warmed her up and washed off dust and cleaned her abrasions. Our colleagues from pediatrics ...
Karachi attack: Four killed as gunmen try to storm China consulate

Karachi attack: Four killed as gunmen try to storm China consulate

World
Gunmen have killed at least four people in an attack on the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani port city of Karachi.Gunshots were heard at about 09:30 local time (04:30 GMT) outside the consulate in the upmarket Clifton area. Police shot dead three attackers.Separatist militants who oppose Chinese investment projects in western Pakistan say they carried out the attack.In another incident on Friday, at least 20 people were killed in a bomb attack in north-west Pakistan.The blast occurred in a mostly Shia neighbourhood in Orakzai district. Police say a suicide bomber on a motorbike drove into a crowded marketplace.Pakistan's Shia minority has often been targeted by Sunni extremists. What happened in Karachi?Three gunmen tried to en...
Nepal storm kills several climbers in Himalayan peak Gurja

Nepal storm kills several climbers in Himalayan peak Gurja

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At least eight climbers died when a violent snowstorm destroyed their camp on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal.A five-member South Korean expedition team and four Nepali guides were at the base camp of Mount Gurja when the storm struck, police said on Saturday.A rescue helicopter at the scene confirmed seeing eight bodies in the ruins of the camp, but was unable to stay due to bad weather conditions.The ninth climber has yet to be found but is feared dead."Five South Korean climbers are dead, three Nepalese nationals are also dead. One Nepali guide is missing," police spokesman Sailesh Thapa told the BBC. Local media report that South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, the fa...
Storm Michael: Record-breaking storm mauls US south-east

Storm Michael: Record-breaking storm mauls US south-east

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The third-strongest storm in recorded history to hit the mainland US has battered north-west Florida, flooding beach towns and snapping trees.Rescue services are waiting for daylight to assess the full impact of Hurricane Michael, which made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as a category four storm with 155mph (250km/h) winds.Two people, including a child, were killed by falling debris.Having weakened to a tropical storm, Michael is on its way to the Carolinas. Storm-surge warnings are in place between Panama City Beach and Keaton Beach in Florida, and between Ocracoke Inlet and Duck in North Carolina, the US National Hurricane Center says. There are fears for people who ignored evacuation warnings i...
Tropical storm Florence is a reminder that homeowners may need flood insurance

Tropical storm Florence is a reminder that homeowners may need flood insurance

Finance
Floods are the nation's most common and costly natural disaster. Yet, standard homeowners and renters insurance policies specifically don't cover that. "Your homeowners policy will cover water damage if water came from above," said Jason Hargraves, managing editor of insuranceQuotes.com. "If your house is damaged from water that comes from the ground up, you'll need flood insurance for that." In the wake of Florence, the storm which left widespread flooding and destruction across the Carolinas, it's a good reminder to homeowners of the importance of ...