Latest Disaster planning and response News

How long can people survive in the rubble of an earthquake?

Feb. 08, 2023 18:54 PM EST

How long can trapped people survive in the rubble of an earthquake? Up to a week or more, experts say, but it depends on their injuries, how they are trapped and weather conditions. Search teams from around the world have joined local emergency personnel in Turkey and...

Lawmaker: Power struggle is 'decapitation' of Black-run city

Feb. 08, 2023 18:31 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Black lawmakers in Mississippi are denouncing efforts by the majority-white and Republican-led state Legislature to grab power from the majority-Black and Democratic-led capital city of Jackson. “The actions being taken by our legislative leadership amount...

South Korean lawmakers impeach minister over crowd crush

Feb. 08, 2023 05:57 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s opposition-controlled parliament on Wednesday voted to impeach the country’s interior and safety minister, Lee Sang-min, holding him responsible for government failures in disaster planning and the response that likely contributed to the high death toll...

Global quake rescue effort hits ground in Turkey, Syria

Feb. 08, 2023 02:59 AM EST

Medical personnel, soldiers, and handlers with trained search dogs sent from around the world are arriving in Turkey and Syria to help rescue survivors of Monday’s earthquake. Here's a glance at the assistance being provided: — The European Union has mobilized search and rescue...

Engineers, search dogs sent to Turkey, Syria after quake

Feb. 07, 2023 23:10 PM EST

Structural engineers, soldiers, paramedics and handlers with trained search dogs are heading to Turkey and Syria to help locate and rescue survivors of Monday’s earthquake. Here's a glance at the assistance being provided: — The European Union has mobilized search and rescue...

Aid to quake-hit Syria slowed by sanctions, war's divisions

Feb. 07, 2023 19:02 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Even before Monday’s devastating earthquake, getting aid to all parts of war-battered Syria was fraught with daunting political and logistical challenges. Those hurdles have only multiplied in the wake of the disaster that has killed thousands in Turkey and Syria...

Jackson water system a step closer to getting new owners

Feb. 07, 2023 18:46 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson’s troubled water system could be one step closer to getting new owners after legislation passed the state Senate Tuesday. It's the latest development in a crisis that has left residents of Mississippi's capital without consistent access to running...

Former Chelsea forward Atsu rescued after Turkey earthquake

Feb. 07, 2023 18:33 PM EST

Former Chelsea and Newcastle forward Christian Atsu was rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building following the deadly earthquake that struck Turkey, the Ghana Football Association said in a Twitter post Tuesday. The Ghana international plays for Turkish club Hatayspor. A club...

Wreckage, rescue and hope in Turkey's earthquake epicenter

Feb. 07, 2023 16:33 PM EST

NURDAGI, Turkey (AP) — Zeliha Hisir tried to speak, but could barely move after her hourslong rescue Tuesday near the epicenter of a powerful earthquake that has devastated parts of Turkey and Syria. The 58-year-old woman's eyes darted around in shock and relief as a rescue crew...

160 patients evacuated after fire at Massachusetts hospital

Feb. 07, 2023 16:13 PM EST

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — More than 70 ambulances showed up Tuesday to transfer about 160 patients evacuated from a Massachusetts hospital that lost power after an electrical transformer fire. The power was shut off at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital for safety reasons,...