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17 Aug, 2016

Eight dead, flooded in Louisiana


The death toll from historic flooding in Louisiana climbs to eight, as the expanding flood zone prompts authorities to declare disasters in 20 parishes of the state. While flooding receded in parts of southern Louisiana, other areas saw rising waters. The National Weather Service issued renewed flood warnings. 40,000 homes have been impacted by the floods and more than 8,000 people were in shelters. More than 20,000 have been rescued or evacuated. Louisiana Governor Edwards:

We’re seeing unprecedented flood levels as the waters move south.

17 Jan, 2016

Eight confirmed dead


An Indonesian man wounded in the Jakarta attacks dies, bringing the death toll from the IS-linked attack to eight. A minimum of 20 people have been injured. Authorities have made 12 arrests and shut down 11 websites in the aftermath of the attacks. The attackers have been tentatively identified as belonging to a group linked with the Islamic State, and some of the attackers have been identified as known militants.

23 Dec, 2015

Amnesty claims Russian airstrikes kill 200 civilians

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A report by Amnesty says Russian airstrikes have killed at least 200 civilians. The group accuses Russia of using cluster bombs in civilian areas and says such attacks could constitute war crimes.Russia’s defence ministry dismisses the report as containing “fake information” and “trite cliches”.

14 Nov, 2015

Prosecutor: 129 dead, 352 injured

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The Paris Prosecutor says  that 129 people were killed and 352 injured in the attacks. 99 people are in critical condition. At least one American was killed in the attacks. He also says three teams of attackers coordinated the attacks, and that the Bataclan group mentioned Syria and Iraq during the attacks. One suspect is identified as a 30-year-old French citizen, and one suicide attacker, identified by a Syrian passport found near his body at the national stadium, was not known to French intelligence services. All the suicide attackers wore identical explosive vests.

13 Nov, 2015

Police: 153 dead


Police say that 153 people have died in the attacks. 112 killed at Bataclan venue; 14 at Petit Cambodge restaurant; 19 outside La Belle Epuipe bar; 4 on Ave de le République 4 outside stadium.

Two gunmen killed at the Bataclan


Officials say two gunmen are killed after the police operation at the Bataclan concert hall ends. Police say 100 people are dead inside. One official described “carnage” inside the building, saying the attackers had tossed explosives at the hostages.

2 Oct, 2015

Victims names released


The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office releases the name of the victims: Professor Lawrence Levine of Glide, 67, Lucero Alcaraz of Roseburg, 19, Quinn Glen Cooper of Roseburg, 18, Kim Saltmarsh Dietz of Roseburg, 59, Lucas Eibel of Roseburg, 18, Jason Dale Johnson of Winston, 34, Sarena Dawn Moore of Myrtle Creek, 44, Treven Taylor Anspach of Sutherlin, 20, and Rebecka Ann Carnes of Myrtle Creek, 18.

15 Aug, 2015

Death toll rises to 112


china-blastThe death toll rises to 112 after a massive blast site in the Chinese port of Tianjin on Sunday as teams scramble to clear dangerous chemical contamination. Hundreds of people are reported injured and 85 firefighters and ten others are missing since the fire and explosions.

28 Jul, 2015

Police station attack: 11 dead

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11 people are reported dead after a terrorist attack on a New Delhi . Chief of Police:

Six victims were killed — three civilians and three security forces. The raid was a terror attack but it is not immediately clear to which group the attackers belonged. We know that the same gunman earlier fired at a nearby bus stand before storming the police station, which is next to a hospital.

18 Jun, 2015

Victims named


The Coronor’s office releases the victims’ names:

State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor.

Cynthia Hurd, 54, St. Andrews regional branch manager for the Charleston County Public Library system.

Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a church pastor, speech therapist and coach of the girls’ track and field team at Goose Creek High School. Tywanza Sanders, 26, who had a degree in business administration from Allen University, where Pinckney also attended

Ethel Lance, 70, a retired Gilliard Center employee who worked recently as a church janitor.

Susie Jackson, 87, Lance’s cousin who was named by a relative and was a longtime church member.

Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49, who retired in 2005 as Charleston County director of the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Mira Thompson, 59, a pastor at the church.

Daniel Simmons Sr., 74, who died in a hospital operating room.

2 Jun, 2015

First South Korea deaths


South Korea’s health ministry confirms the first deaths of two people due to MERS. A 58-year-old woman, who had been treated as a suspected case of MERS, died of acute respiratory failure on June 29 and tests later came back positive for the virus. The other victim died on June 30, a 71-year-old man who was confirmed to have the virus several days ago. Six more people have been  diagnosed with the disease, bringing the total number of people infected to 25 including the two victims. Acting Prime Minister Choi Kyung-hwan tells an emergency meeting of officials:

People believe that the health authorities’ response has been inefficient and poor. We should use all our national resources to alleviate their concerns.

19 May, 2015

Six bodies found


After over 24 hours of digging and searching, officials find the bodies of six of the ten miners trapped when the mine collapsed. Four others are still missing. Police:

Rescue crews in Guyana have recovered the bodies of six miners who had been missing since an open-pit gold mine collapsed in the South American country. Authorities are still searching for four other miners. Crews are digging despite heavy rains and mud to recover bodies buried up to 20 feet (6 meters) in the pit.

14 May, 2015

Eight dead, all passengers accounted for

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An eighth body is found in the wreckage of the train by a search dog, in the mangled first car. The victim has not been identified; only six of the victims have been identified by authorities or friends and family. Mayor Nutter says that all 243 passengers are now accounted for.

26 Apr, 2015

Two dead, five missing


Relatives waiting for loved ones to dockOfficials confirm there are at least two dead and five missing from the storm striking the Regatta outside Mobile Alabama. Rescue and search efforts continue. Officials:

Forty people have been rescued from the water after the 4:30 p.m. storm, and the Coast Guard believes five people remained missing Sunday. We think we are looking for five additional people in the water but we are still pulling for information.

25 Apr, 2015

Death toll tops 1400


nepal-earthquake-471057700Tremors continue after the devastating earthquake in Nepal which leaves more than 1400 dead and thousands more injured. Officials fear the death toll will continue to climb before the aftershocks stop. The large area affected makes help difficult and people are frightened. Survivor:

There is no power and families are listening to the FM radio inside their cars. News of multiple building collapses. I’ve seen many cracked walls and roads and buildings. The (Dharahara, a landmark tower in Kathmandu) was packed with people a while ago. There are police everywhere trying to move rubble to make space on the roads for ambulances. Everyone is very scared.

13 Apr, 2015

Death toll rises to 84


The office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who is overseeing victim compensation on GM’s behalf, says the death toll from General Motors’ defective ignition switch has risen by four from a week earlier to 84. The office has also processed 157 injury claims, combination of claims for serious injuries and claims for less severe injuries, as of April 10. Eleven claims were categorized as serious injuries resulting in quadriplegia, paraplegia, double amputation, permanent brain damage or pervasive burn. The remaining 146 claims were for less serious injuries requiring hospitalization or outpatient medical treatment within 48 hours of the accident. Feinberg’s office received 4,342 claims. Of those claims, 241 have been deemed eligible. Feinberg’s office is still reviewing another 1,136 claims.

24 Mar, 2015

16 students, 2 teachers dead


The German North Rhine-Westphalia state Education Ministry says a group of that 16 tenth-grade students and two teachers from Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium High School in the city of Haltern, northeast of Duesseldorf. Local education minister

It was a Spanish language exchange programme and they were flying home after having what was probably the most wonderful time of their lives.

Haltern Mayor Bodo Klimpel:

This is, of course, the worst thing you could imagine.

Plane crashes in France

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An Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings, the budget carrier of Germany’s Lufthansa crashes in a remote area of the French Alps Tuesday, near the ski resort of Barcelonnette, killing all 150 on board in the worst plane disaster in mainland France for four decades. The Airbus A320 plunged for eight minutes into a snowbound inaccessible mountain area in southeastern France. French officials say no distress signal had been issued. The plane, carrying 144 mainly Spanish and German passengers and six crew, was travelling from Barcelona to the western German city of Duesseldorf when it came down. Civil aviation authorities

The crew did not send a Mayday. It was air traffic control that decided to declare the plane was in distress because there was no contact with the crew of the plane


We’ve never had a total loss of aircraft in the company’s history until now.

15 Feb, 2015

Ferry sinks

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A river ferry sinks after being hit by a cargo vessel in Bangladesh. The ferry held up to 140 passengers, killing at least 48. It is undetermined how many passengers might still be missing. Survivor:

The passengers who were on the deck have survived, but many who were inside got trapped.