Disasters & Accidents

  • Body of missing hiker found in Yosemite National Park

    The body of a hiker who went missing in Yosemite National Park three weeks ago has been found, a park spokeswoman said on Wednesday. James Michael Millett Jr., 39, planned a day hike to Upper Yosemite Falls on Aug. 11, but it was not clear if he went missing during that expedition, park spokeswoman…

    Reuters
  • 12 migrants drown off Turkish coast, 2 still missing

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — At least 12 migrants, including five children, drowned off the Turkish coast Wednesday when two boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized, Turkish officials said. The tides washed up the body of one small boy on the beach, leaving witnesses in tears.

    Associated Press
  • Dominica pleads for help as storm death toll tops 30

    Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is pleading with world leaders to come to the rescue of his Caribbean island nation after it was battered by a tropical storm that killed at least 31 people. Another two dozen remain missing, including two French nationals, after Tropical Storm Erika…

    AFP
  • Life-Saving Tech Solutions Created From The Hurricane Katrina Aftermath

    Red Cross volunteers helping families find missing loved ones in front of a bulletin board used to help people trace missing friends and family.Hurricane Katrina was a storm like no other, and nothing in the last 10 years has reached its magnitude. For the first time, a disaster forced the…

    Huffington Post
  • Death toll in Spain fireworks factory explosion rises to six

    The death toll from an explosion at a fireworks factory in northeastern Spain rose to six after police found a body in the ruins of the plant, local authorities said Tuesday. Six people were in hospital, half of them in serious or very serious condition, following the blast on Monday at the factory…

    AFP
  • Blaze in Paris apartment building leaves 8 dead

    PARIS (AP) — Eight people died in an apartment fire early Wednesday at the foot of Paris' famed Montmartre hill, and police detained a man amid suspicions that it was started intentionally, officials said. Some died leaping out of windows to flee what appeared to be the deadliest blaze in the…

    Associated Press
  • Mali river boat accident kills at least 18

    At least 18 people died when a pirogue carrying passengers on the River Niger in central Mali capsized on Wednesday, said a spokesman for the country's Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. There were four missing and 70 survivors from the accident that took place around 5…

    Reuters
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    4 dead in Jersey shore house fire that may be homicide-suicide

    Authorities say a house fire on the Jersey shore has killed a couple and their two children and doesn't appear to be accidental.

    KTRK – Houston
  • At least five dead from Monday's chemical plant blast in China: Xinhua

    The death toll from an explosion at a chemical plant in China's Shandong province late on Monday has risen to five, state news agency Xinhua reported, as China still seeks answers to a far larger blast in the port city of Tianjin earlier last month. The latest blast happened close to midnight in a…

    Reuters
  • 8 dead in Paris apartment block fire

    French police arrested a man Wednesday after eight people, including two children, were killed in a fire in a Paris apartment building that investigators believe may have been started deliberately. The fire -- the deadliest in Paris since 2005 -- quickly became a criminal investigation after it…

    AFP