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Over 670 people died in a massive Papua New Guinea landslide, UN estimates, as survivors seek safety

May. 26, 2024 08:41 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The International Organization for Migration on Sunday increased its estimate of the death toll from a massive landslide in Papua New Guinea to more than 670 as emergency responders and traumatized relatives gave up hope that any survivors will now be found. ...

Emergency convoy delivers provisions to survivors of devastating landslide in Papua New Guinea

May. 25, 2024 09:31 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Survivors searched through tons of earth and rubble by hand looking for missing relatives while a first emergency convoy delivered food, water and other provisions Saturday at the site of a landslide that devastated a remote village in the mountains of Papua New Guinea...

Over 100 feared dead in landslide in remote part of Papua New Guinea, with rescue efforts underway

May. 24, 2024 10:52 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — More than 100 people are believed to have been killed in a landslide Friday that buried a village in a remote, mountainous part of Papua New Guinea, and an emergency response is underway, officials in the South Pacific island nation said. The landslide...

Fire at chemical factory in India kills at least 9, with searchers looking for more victims

May. 24, 2024 03:15 AM EDT

THANE, India (AP) — Rescuers combed through piles of debris and wreckage Friday searching for bodies after an explosion and fire at a chemical factory in western India killed at least nine people and injured 64 others, officials said. The explosion in the factory’s boiler on...

South Florida officials remind residents to prepare as experts predict busy hurricane season

May. 23, 2024 18:39 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — As experts predict one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, officials in South Florida want residents and visitors to prepare and be safe. Miami-Dade County officials and emergency management workers held a news conference Thursday to offer a reminder...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

May. 23, 2024 12:45 PM EDT

Charleston Gazette-Mail. May 17, 2024. Editorial: West Virginia has an immigration problem The past few days have been a bad stretch in the national media for West Virginia. Earlier this week, the New York Times ran a summary of Gov. (and now U.S. Senate nominee) Jim...

Most in Houston area are getting power back after storm, but some may have to wait until the weekend

May. 22, 2024 19:39 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Power was expected to be restored by late Wednesday to nearly all Houston area homes and businesses left in the dark by last week’s deadly storm, according to officials. But possibly up to 20,000 customers might have to wait until the weekend before their lights...

Louisiana governor declares emergency after severe storms leave 3 dead

May. 22, 2024 13:16 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A state of emergency has been ordered in Lousiana after severe storms swept through last week, knocking out power to nearly 160,000 people and leaving three dead, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child. Gov. Jeff Landry signed the emergency...

Authorities still conducting search, rescue after tornado slams Iowa; at least 1 died when car was blown off road

May. 22, 2024 11:28 AM EDT
GREENFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Authorities still conducting search, rescue after tornado slams Iowa; at least 1 died when car was blown off road.

Head of FEMA tours deadly storm damage in Houston area as more residents get power back

May. 21, 2024 22:48 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — As the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured the Houston area on Tuesday to assess the damage from last week’s deadly storms, local officials reassured residents still without power that their lights would be back on and they could soon begin rebuilding their...