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No injuries reported after Philadelphia home wall collapse

May. 22, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman and her granddaughter escaped injury in the early morning collapse of a Philadelphia home's wall that left a pile of wood, brick and stone in the yard. Officials said no injuries were reported in the 5 a.m. Tuesday wall collapse at the twin house in the West Mount Airy section...

Powerful storms kill at least 43 across northern India

May. 14, 2018 7:36 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Powerful winds and rainstorms swept across a crowded swath of northern India, demolishing houses, uprooting trees and killing at least 43 people as the winds turned the skies brown with dust and sand, officials said Monday. Most of the deaths occurred when wind and falling trees...

Heavy rainstorms kill 15 in northwest Pakistan

May. 13, 2018 1:52 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Officials in Pakistan say violent rainstorms in the northwest have caused at least 15 deaths and injured dozens. Latif Khan, a senior disaster management official, says Sunday that most of the deaths from the severe weather overnight were caused by the collapse of mud and stone...

Second victim of Sao Paulo building collapse identified

May. 11, 2018 4:18 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Sao Paulo Public Security Department says a second victim has been identified among remains recovered from the rubble of a downtown building that caught fire and collapsed last week. The remains of 56-year-old Francisco Lemos Dantas were among those found earlier this week. The body of...

Critic's jailing shows hushed dissent since '08 China quake

May. 11, 2018 12:45 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A decade after a massive earthquake devastated parts of China's Sichuan province, an outspoken critic of the government's response is languishing in jail, his health deteriorating. The plight of the longtime human rights advocate underscores the communist government's determination to...

At least 44 killed as dam bursts in Kenya, officials say

May. 10, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Villagers said it started with a loud rumble, then houses collapsed one by one under an approaching wall of water. "We took our children and rushed to higher ground," farmer Joseph Maina told The Associated Press. Their home was submerged and their crops were washed away but unlike...

Firefighters find more remains in Brazil building rubble

May. 9, 2018 9:46 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian firefighters found human remains Wednesday that appeared to belong to three different people as the search continued in the rubble of a building occupied by squatters that caught fire and collapsed in Sao Paulo last week. A preliminary assessment by the medical examiner's office...

Fire in Sao Paulo squat shines light on housing shortage

May. 8, 2018 8:02 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Marta Maria Maia da Fonseca and her husband shared the conundrum of tens of thousands of working class families in Sao Paulo: They couldn't afford to rent an apartment in the city's center and high transportation costs would render even low-rent places on the city's outskirts unaffordable....

Rainstorm kills at least 91, injures over 160 in India

May. 3, 2018 9:50 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A powerful dust storm and rain swept parts of north and western India overnight, causing house collapses, toppling trees and leaving at least 91 people dead and more than 160 injured, officials said Thursday. The devastation was particularly severe Wednesday night in Agra, the...

A powerful rainstorm causes house collapse, topples trees, killing at least 72 overnight in northern and western India

May. 3, 2018 3:18 AM EDT
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A powerful rainstorm causes house collapse, topples trees, killing at least 72 overnight in northern and western India.