A massive mudslide unleashed by Typhoon Morakot spilled into a coastal China town, crushing a half dozen buildings and burying an unknown number of people, state-run media reported Tuesday. The mudslide occurred at about 10:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m
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Typhoon prompts China evacuations
Authorities in eastern China evacuated almost a million people from two coastal provinces Sunday, as the country braced itself for Typhoon Morakot, which is expected to make landfall soon. The storm is expected to make landfall later in the afternoon or evening in southeastern Fujian province or Zhejiang province, China’s Xinhua news agency said. As a precaution, authorities evacuated more than 953,000 people, the news agency said.
Flooding in China kills 16, forces thousands from homes
Rainstorms and flooding in southern China have killed at least 16 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless, according to state-run media. Authorities had sent text messages to more than 1 million people to take precautions in southern China, the Xinhua news agency said Saturday. More than 400,000 residents total were forced from their homes in Fujian, Guangxi Zhuang, Hunan and Jiangxi.
Soccer fan shot for ‘singing too much’
Cyclone kills scores in India, Bangladesh
At least 87 people have been killed in a powerful cyclone that slammed Bangladesh and neighboring India, officials said Tuesday. Some 59 deaths occurred in Bangladesh when Cyclone Aila struck Monday, said Sultanul Islam Chowdhury, a deputy secretary with the country’s ministry of food and disaster management. More than 2.4 million people have been affected and at least 34,000 homes destroyed, he said.
Pakistan govt.: More than 1,000 militants killed in NW offensive
Pandemic: What would happen next?
The world hasn’t seen a pandemic in 41 years, when the "Hong Kong" flu crossed the globe and killed about one million people worldwide. If swine flu reaches pandemic levels, what would happen next? Recurrent outbreaks of Avian Influenza and the outbreak of SARS in 2003 rang alarm bells as potential pandemics