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California wildfires: Death toll reaches grim milestone

California wildfires: Death toll reaches grim milestone

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The death toll in wildfires sweeping California has risen to 31, with more than 200 people still unaccounted for, officials have said.Six more people were confirmed killed in the Camp Fire in the north of the state, taking the toll there to 29.That fire now equals the deadliest on record in California - the 1933 Griffith Park disaster in Los Angeles.In the south, the Woolsey Fire has claimed two lives as it damaged beach resorts including Malibu.An estimated 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in the state.With strengthening winds threatening to spread the flames, California Governor Jerry Brown has urged President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster, a move that would harness more...
34 children attending Bible camp found dead as toll cross 1,200 in Indonesia

34 children attending Bible camp found dead as toll cross 1,200 in Indonesia

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The death toll from a devastating earthquake and tsunami has soared again on Tuesday as officials in Indonesia said over 1,200 have died. The bodies of at least 34 children have been discovered inside a church in a remote northern region of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi following Friday’s devastating magnitude-7.4 earthquake and ensuing tsunami, a spokesperson for the Indonesian Red Cross told reporters. The discovery was the latest heartbreak in an excruciating recovery effort that is just beginning to get underway as the death toll climbs. To date, at least 1,234 people have died in the catastrophe, but a local report has described scenes of widespread tragedy, with "bodies everywhere." The children were apparently attending a Christian bible camp when they were killed, Red...
Indonesia earthquake: Huge surge in death toll

Indonesia earthquake: Huge surge in death toll

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Media playback is unsupported on your device At least 832 people were killed in the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the national disaster agency says.It added that the affected area was bigger than initially thought.Many people were reported trapped in the rubble of buildings that collapsed in Friday's 7.5-magnitude earthquake, agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference.The quake triggered tsunami waves as high as 6m (20ft), he added.Rescuers have been digging by hand in the frantic search for survivors in the city of Palu."What we now desperately need is heavy machinery to clear the rubble. I have my staff on the ground, but it's impossible just to rely on their strength alone t...
Lake Victoria, Tanzania ferry disaster death toll doubles

Lake Victoria, Tanzania ferry disaster death toll doubles

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At least 94 people have known to have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, officials say.It is feared that more than 200 people may have drowned. Recovery efforts have resumed after being halted overnight.The MV Nyerere ferry overturned near the shore of Ukara island on its way from Bugorora.It is thought the overloaded vessel tipped over when crowds on board moved to one side as it docked.Local media say the ferry's official capacity was 100 people but officials say the vessel was carrying more than 400 passengers when it capsized.Africa Live: Updates on this and other storiesThe BBC's Aboubakar Famau in Tanzania says fear has gripped residents of Mwanza region as they await to hear...
Quake victims 'buried alive' as death toll rises

Quake victims 'buried alive' as death toll rises

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The number of people killed in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake in Indonesia has risen to 131. Nearly 1,500 people have been injured, with 156,000 displaced after the tremors caused extensive damage to their homes. Image: 1,500 were injured by the quake, which happened on Sunday The 6.7-magnitude quake struck Lombok, an island neighbouring the popular tourist destination of Bali, on Sunday.Six days earlier, a 6.4-magnitude quake killed 16 people and weakened many structures. 0:48 ...