Six die in Philippines quake

A powerful earthquake struck the southern Philippines on Tuesday, killing six people, cracking buildings and injuring dozens in a region still reeling from a previous deadly tremor.Terrified locals ran into the streets after the 6.6-magnitude quake, which hit the island of Mindanao as schools and offices opened for the day.The shaking lasted up to a minute in some areas, damaging homes, multi-storey buildings and classrooms in a region where hundreds are still displaced by a quake that killed

30 October 2019

Thousands flee homes in flood-hit Myanmar

Vast swathes of southeastern Myanmar lie under floodwaters that have already forced tens of thousands to flee their homes as the death toll from a massive landslide hit 59, firefighters said Monday.Seasonal monsoon rains batter the country every year, but the recent deluge has submerged entire communities, with drone footage showing only the tops of houses visible.There are currently more than 80,000 people sheltering at evacuation sites across the country, according to the UN Office for the

13 August 2019

Myanmar battles rising floodwaters

Myanmar troops and emergency responders scrambled to provide aid in flood-hit parts of the country Sunday after rising waters forced residents to flee by boat and a landslide killed at least 52 people.Every year monsoon rains hammer Myanmar and other countries across Southeast Asia, submerging homes, displacing residents and triggering landslides.But this season's deluge has tested disaster response after a fatal landslide on Friday in south-eastern Mon state was followed by heavy floodi

12 August 2019

Deadly landslide in Myanmar

The death toll from a landslide triggered by monsoon rains in eastern Myanmar rose to at least 41, an official said late Saturday, as emergency workers continued for a second night their desperate search through thick mud for the scores feared missing.A huge brown gash on the hillside marked where the deluge of mud flooded onto Ye Pyar Kone village in Mon state on Friday, wiping out 27 homes.Search and rescue teams worked through Friday night and into late Saturday, using excavators and their

11 August 2019

13 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

At least 13 jade mine workers and security guards in northern Myanmar were killed in a landslide Sunday, authorities said, as rescuers frantically searched for more victims.Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a dangerous and poorly regulated industry in Kachin state between the country's borders with China and India.Myanmar's fire services department said in a Facebook post the accident happened in the early morning in Hpakant township."We have sent two in

29 July 2019

Myanmar’s deadly jade mining

Myanmar’s jade mining industry was dealt another blow last month when a landslide left more than 50 people feared dead.In a poorly regulated industry plagued by corruption, dozens die each year in Myanmar’s jade mining landslides – with last month’s deaths the latest in a long string of accidents to befall the Hpakant area of Kachin state.

21 May 2019

Dozens buried in Indonesia gold mine collapse

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.The effort to save survivors at the remote site on Sulawesi island was hampered by steep terrain and unstable soil conditions after the collapse triggered a landslide Tuesday evening, it said.Four people have been found dead while 19 others were pulled from the rubble alive on Wednesday with minor and serious injuries, according to of

28 February 2019

Dozens buried in Philippine landslide

Philippine rescuers searched desperately for dozens feared buried under a landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut, which also left a trail of destruction in Hong Kong and saw millions evacuated in southern China.The confirmed death toll across the northern Philippines, where the main island of Luzon was mauled by fierce winds and rain, reached 65 on Monday and was expected to rise further given the number of missing.

18 September 2018

Philippine storm toll rises to 43 as hopes fade for dozens missing

The death toll from a tropical storm that pummelled the central Philippines rose to 43 with hopes fading for dozens of others still missing after massive landslides, authorities said Tuesday.Slow-moving Kai-Tak finally swept out to the South China Sea on Monday after inducing days of heavy rain that led to deadly floods and landslides as it sliced across the central islands last weekend.The government's disaster monitoring agency listed 43 dead in an updated tally and said 45 other peopl

19 December 2017

Landslide kills 26 after major storm in the Philippines

At least 26 people were killed while 23 remain missing in an island province in central Philippines after tropical storm Kai-Tak brought heavy rains that triggered landslides on Sunday.The deaths were reported in the small island province of Biliran, a day after the storm pulverised the east of the archipelago nation.Kai-Tak split across the major islands of Samar and Leyte on Saturday, toppling power lines in 39 towns or cities and damaging roads and bridges, the national disaster agency sai

18 December 2017

Landslide hits famous Malaysian tourist island

Two workers were found dead and 12 others were missing Saturday after a landslide at a construction site on the popular Malaysian tourist island of Penang, officials said.Rescuers rushed to the Tanjung Bungah area on the north of Penang after the accident was reported just before 9:00 am (0100 GMT), the fire and rescue department said.Pictures showed large piles of earth had slipped off a hillside onto the site, where houses were being built.Two bodies were pulled from the mud and twelve othe

21 October 2017

Vietnam's flood and landslide toll hits 54

The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in north and central Vietnam has jumped to 54, officials said Friday, in one of the deadliest weather disasters to hit the country in years.Rescuers were desperately searching for 39 people still missing after heavy rains pounded several provinces this week, with forecasters warning of another major storm heading toward the country.

13 October 2017