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Death toll from cold front in Greece rises to three

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2019

A snow scenery in Athens, Greece on January 6, 2019 | Reuters

The death toll from the cold front which has been battering Greece in the first days of the new year rose to three on Sunday, local authorities said.

Firemen retrieved the bodies of two men, aged 66 and 67, at the outskirts of Keratea town, 30 km southeast of Athens, according to a Fire Brigade announcement.

On Saturday, search squads also found the body of a 66-year-old woman, one of the victims’ spouse.

They were all riding a car when a heavy storm hit the area on Thursday.

As the cold front named “Sophia”, which was sweeping across Greece from Tuesday bringing snowfall and downpour in many parts of the country, receded on Sunday, Greece’s national weather service warned that a new low pressure weather system was due to hit the country on Monday evening.

“Telemachos”, as meteorologists have named the new cold front, was forecast to bring snowfall in Athens and southern Greece, after “Sophia” caused travel disruptions in the northern and central regions of the country.

The lowest temperature of minus 19 Celsius degree was recorded on Sunday at Florina town in northern Greece. — Reuters

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Luzon quake death toll rises to 16

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The number of fatalities following the strong earthquake that hit parts of Luzon on Monday afternoon has climbed to 16, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Tuesday, April 23.

Most of the people killed in the 6.1 magnitude quake were from the province of Pampanga, which was heavily hit by the powerful temblor.

Of the 16 reported deaths, 12 were from Porac, two from Lubao and one from Angeles in Pampanga. One fatality was also reported in San Marcelino, Zambales.

The NDRRMC also said that 81 people were injured and 14 remain missing.

The agency, however, stressed that the mentioned figures are still subject to further validation by authorities.

The strong quake, the epicenter of which was located in Castillejos, Zambales, also damaged a total of 29 structures and buildings.

The NDRRMC said a blue alert status has been raised since Monday and regional disaster offices have been ordered to assess their respective areas of responsibility.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), for its part, has deployed a 12-man team to help in the ongoing search, rescue and retrieval operations in affected areas.

The Bureau of Fire Protection, on the other hand, sent 155 of its personnel, along with its rescue and fire trucks, and ambulance to Pampanga to assist in the rescue mission.

The NDRRMC said backhoes, jack hammers, hydraulics and cranes are now being used to fast track the operation.

The Department of Social Welfare and Develolment (DSWD), for its part, has prepositioned 305,830 family food packs, and other food and non-food items. A standby fund amounting to more than P1.3 billion was also allocated for other needs.

The Department of Energy (DOE) also reported that measures have already been taken to ensure safety in local fuel refinery units. Generator sets and floodlights were also dispatched for the ongoing operations in Porac, Pampanga.

“As per DOE, Petron Corporation conducted protective tripping of some units of its refinery,” NDRRMC said.

“Also per NGCP (National Grid Corporation of the Philippines), Meralco dispatched 2 canter vehicles and 4 generator sets with 8 floodlights to Porac, Pampanga,” it added.

The quake also damaged parts of the Clark International Airport, resulting in the airport’s closure since Monday night.

The operations of Metro Manila’s main rail services were also suspended on Monday but operations have resumed since Tuesday morning. — Robie de Guzman

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Death toll from TD Usman reaches 122

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019


Rescue operation in landslide site in Sagñay, Camarines Sur

MANILA, Philippines —The number of fatalities from the wrath of Tropical Depression Usman has increased.

Based on the latest records of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), there are 122 casualties from MIMAROPA, Region 5 and Region 8.

Authorities are still searching for 28 missing individuals while 60 others were injured.

The total cost of agriculture damage in Region 5 and Region 8 has reached P500,000 billion. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Death toll from Indonesian quakes, tsunami rises to 1,424

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018


Sand is placed over dead bodies of the victims of the earthquake and tsunami during a mass burial at the Poboya Cemetery in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

The death toll from the multiple quakes and ensuing tsunami in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province has risen to 1,424, an official said at a joint press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.

Many victims are feared to still be buried in the ruins of Palu, the provincial capital, and in the districts of Donggala and Sigi, according to the spokesman of the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Sutopo told the press that 1,200 of the victims were from Palu and that most of the deceased victims have been laid to rest by Wednesday.

The spokesman added that the death toll from last Friday’s disaster is expected to rise as there are reports that hundreds of locals could still be trapped under the ruins of the houses leveled by the quakes.

Daryono, head of the earthquake and tsunami information center at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said that Sulawesi historically sees frequent tsunamis but that the disaster this time was difficult to forecast and exceeded worst predictions. Considering there are nearly 300 seismically active areas in the country, Daryono warned that people should stay away from the coastline anytime a quake occurs.

“The maximum plate movement happened in Sulawesi, separating Sulawesi Island into east and west parts from Palu Bay to the Gulf of Boni. This is the most likely plate movement to happen in Indonesia,” said Daryono. — Reuters

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