Indian children killed in school collapse

At least 17 children were killed when a school collapsed in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, following a heavy monsoon downpour, a disaster-relief official said. “So far we have brought out the bodies of 17 children and a search

Pakistan devastation unimaginable

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, 17 August 2010 — UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Daniel Toole visited Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province this week to survey the devastation caused by the country’s severe flooding. Mr. Toole also reviewed the organization’s support for hundreds of

Latest China landslide leaves at least 67 missing

BEIJING – Fresh landslides rocked another area of China on Wednesday, sweeping through a mountain town in the southwest of the country after days of heavy rains and leaving at least 67 people missing and cutting off access to the

Thousands of Muscovites dead from heat in July

MOSCOW, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Over five thousand Muscovites have died in July alone from this year’s unprecedented heatwave and August could add more fatalities, a Russian scientist said on Tuesday. Moscow, a metropolis of over 10 million people, has

Indonesia’s coral reefs dying at alarming rate

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Coral that survived the 2004 tsunami is now dying at one of the fastest rates ever recorded because of a dramatic rise in water temperatures off northwestern Indonesia, conservationists said, warning Wednesday that the threat extends to

Nigeria: Cholera – 67 Dead, 1,742 Infected in Bauchi

Bauchi — About 1,742 persons have been infected by cholera in Bauchi State, while others had died from the disease in last eight weeks. This was revealed by the Chief Medical Director, Primary Healthcare, Dr. Musa Muhammad, while briefing journalists

Nearly 80pc of Gulf spill oil still in water: experts

Nearly 80 per cent of the oil spilled from a BP well in the Gulf of Mexico is still in the gulf, US scientists have estimated, challenging a more optimistic assessment by the US government earlier in the month. In

Wildfires rage across British Colombia

Nearly 300 hundred forest fires are devouring British Columbia’s tinder-dry wilderness, with the latest major blazes breaking out in the central coast. An aggressive forest fire has eaten up the only road in and out of the remote, coastal town

Double quake caused Samoa tsunami

WELLINGTON (AFP) – The devastating tsunami which killed nearly 200 people in Samoa and Tonga last September was the result of a rare double earthquake and not one as previously believed, scientists said Wednesday. Simultaneous earthquakes, with one hiding the

Turn to God or you’re fired!

A religion-obsessed Russian tycoon has ordered his employees to embrace the Russian Orthodox Church because of drought and fires or lose their jobs. Vasily Boiko-The Great has told his staff to stop living in sin or be sacked. Vasily Boiko-The