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Ten million people displaced internally by conflict in 2018: monitors

Geneva - Conflict forced more than 10 million people to flee their homes to live elsewhere within their own country last year, bringing the total number of people internally displaced by violence to a record high, monitors said Friday.

Six years after Bangladesh factory disaster, rights groups issue 'grim' warning

Dhaka - Six years after one of the world's most devastating factory disasters led to international safety monitoring in Bangladesh, campaigners are warning of "grim consequences" if such oversight is abandoned.

Death toll in Brazil buildings disaster hits 24

Rio De Janeiro - The death toll from the collapse of two buildings in Rio de Janeiro more than a week ago reached 24 on Monday, Brazilian officials said, a day after rescuers ended a search for survivors.

Party's over: Rio reels from deadly disasters

Rio De Janeiro - Long a party hot spot, Rio de Janeiro has not had much to celebrate after a series of deadly disasters rocked the Brazilian city, exposing the dire state of its infrastructure and official negligence.

Death toll in Brazil buildings disaster rises to 10

Rio De Janeiro - The death toll from the collapse of two apartment buildings in Rio de Janeiro has risen to 10, Brazilian officials said Monday, as rescuers search the rubble for 14 people still missing.

Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant

Apo - The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima power plant on Monday began removing atomic fuel from inside a building housing one of the reactors that melted down in 2011.

Torrential rain in Rio de Janeiro leaves 10 dead

Rio De Janeiro - Torrential rain left at least 10 people dead in Rio de Janeiro, officials said Tuesday, as emergency workers rescued people trapped by the downpour and clean-up efforts gathered pace.

Torrential rain in Rio de Janeiro leaves seven dead

Rio De Janeiro - Torrential rain left seven people dead in Rio de Janeiro, officials said Tuesday, as emergency workers raced to rescue people trapped by the downpour and clean-up efforts got under way.

Seoul declares national disaster as winds fan giant forest fire

Seoul - A giant forest fire swept across swathes of South Korea Friday, as authorities declared a rare national disaster, deploying 900 fire engines and tens of thousands of personnel to bring it under control.

Thousands of kids homeless six months after Indonesia quake-tsunami

Jakarta - Thousands of children are living in makeshift shelters six months after a devastating earthquake and tsunami pounded the Indonesian city of Palu, aid agencies said Tuesday, as authorities wrestle with a "painfully slow" recovery.The magnitude 7.

Japan to lift evacuation order in town hosting Fukushima plant

Apo - Japan will for the first time next month lift an evacuation order in one of two towns where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located, officials said Tuesday.

Indonesia's Garuda says to cancel 49-jet Boeing 737 deal after crashes

Jakarta - Indonesia's national carrier Garuda has told Boeing it will cancel a multi-billion-dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after the model was involved in two fatal crashes.

Indonesia flood death toll tops 100, dozens still missing

Sentani - The death toll from flash floods and landslides that tore through Indonesia's Papua region has topped 100 with dozens more still missing, the disaster agency said Wednesday.

Indonesia flood death toll rises to 89, dozens missing

Sentani - At least 89 people are known to have died after flash floods and landslides tore through Indonesia's Papua region, with the toll expected to rise further as rescuers hunt for dozens still missing, the national disaster agency said Tuesday.

Baby reunited with dad as Indonesia flood death toll hits 77

Sentani - A baby trapped under rubble after flash flooding destroyed his home in Indonesia has been reunited with his father after the disaster killed the rest of their family, officials said Monday, as the death toll hit 77.

Flash floods kill at least 58 in Indonesia's Papua

Sentani - Flash floods in Indonesia's eastern Papua province have killed at least 58 people, an official said Sunday, as rescuers battled mud, rocks and fallen trees in the hunt for survivors.

At least 50 killed by flash floods in Indonesia's Papua

Jayapura - At least 50 people have been killed by flash floods in Indonesia's eastern Papua province, an official said Sunday, as rescuers raced to find more victims of the disaster.

'Cannot go back': Malawi floods leave thousands homeless

Thyolo - "We just sleep on the floor in the tents," said 28-year-old mother-of-five Mary Amidu who like thousands of other Malawians fled her flood-ravaged home."It's a camp, so the situation is dire.

Japan marks tsunami, nuclear tragedy eight years on

Apo - With flowers, silent prayers and tearful tributes, Japan Monday marked the eighth anniversary of a crippling earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated its northeastern coast and left some 18,500 people dead or missing.

Fukushima evacuees resist return as 'Reconstruction Olympics' near

Apo - With Japan keen to flaunt Tokyo 2020 as the "Reconstruction Olympics", people who fled the Fukushima nuclear disaster are being urged to return home but not everyone is eager to go.

Up to 100 still feared trapped in Indonesia mine

Jakarta - Indonesian authorities warned Monday that up to 100 people could still be trapped and feared dead inside a collapsed illegal gold mine despite a painstaking rescue effort that has so far plucked 19 people alive from the rubble, but also seen nine death...

Six dead, dozens buried in Indonesia mine collapse

Indonesia - At least six people are dead and dozens more are still trapped beneath the rubble of an illegal gold mine that collapsed in Indonesia, officials said Thursday, as rescuers frantically searched for survivors.

Dozens buried in Indonesia gold mine collapse

Menteng Dua - Indonesian rescuers scrambled Wednesday to find dozens buried in the collapse of an illegal gold mine that killed at least four people, the disaster agency said.

Indonesia flood, landslide death toll hits 70

Jakarta - Floods and landslides that battered Indonesia's Sulawesi island have killed at least 70 people, authorities said Tuesday, as aerial footage underscored the scale of the disaster with whole villages wiped off the map.

Death toll from Indonesia floods, landslides climbs to 68

Jakarta - At least 68 people have been killed and thousands were forced to flee their homes after floods and landslides hit the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, an official said Saturday.

Hillsborough disaster police chief to face trial

Preston - The police commander at the Hillsborough football stadium disaster will face trial on Monday over the deaths of 95 Liverpool supporters, 30 years on from the tragedy.

Disasters rock Indonesia's '10 New Balis' tourism push

Indonesia - Picture-postcard Tanjung Lesung was a cornerstone of Indonesia's bid to supercharge its tourism industry, boasting palm-fringed beaches, a towering volcano in the middle of turquoise waters and a rainforest sanctuary for endangered Javan rhinos.

Indonesian tsunami volcano lost two-thirds of its height

Pandeglang - The Indonesian volcano which caused a tsunami that killed more than 400 people last week lost more than two-thirds of its height following the eruption which triggered the killer waves.

Indonesia trims tsunami death toll, hikes injury tally

Jakarta - The number of people evacuated after Indonesia's deadly tsunami has nearly doubled to some 40,000 while more than 7,000 were injured in the disaster, officials said Friday, as they trimmed the official death toll.

Songs and toys for Indonesia's disaster-zone kids

Dompu - Via Sundari Octavia keeps a watchful eye on her small children as they sing and dance -- part of a trauma healing programme for kids displaced by Indonesia's deadly tsunami.
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