Tag: Death toll


Heavy rains set off flash floods in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 47 people – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: More heavy rains in Afghanistan have triggered flash floods, raising the death toll to 47 in the country's north following weeks of devastating torrents that had already left hundreds dead and missing, a Taliban spokesman said Sunday.The new round of heavy rains and floods hit three districts in Faryab province Saturday night, destroying houses and farmlands, said Shamsuddin Mohammadi, the provincial director of information.Earlier reports from Faryab put the death toll at 18 but officials said those were still preliminary figures.Afghanistan has been witnessing unusually heavy seasonal rains.In the hard-hit western province of Ghor, 50 people were reported dead from Friday’s floods, according to Abdul Wahid Hamas, spokesman for the provincial governor.The U.N. food agency sa...

Bus plunges off bridge in Russia’s St Petersburg city, killing 7 people – Times of India

ST PETERSBURG: A bus veered off a bridge and plunged into a river on Friday in St Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city, killing seven people, officials said. The Investigative Committee, Russia's top criminal investigations body, reported the death toll. It did not state how many others were injured, but the emergencies ministry earlier said that six people removed from the bus were in critical or serious condition. Russian news reports said there were 15 people on the city bus when it broke through a barrier and plunged into the Moika River in central St Petersburg. Six of those who were on board climbed out of the water on their own. A surveillance video released by the Russian media showed the bus driving fast, making a sharp turn onto the bridge and colliding with another vehic...

Brazil flooding death toll reaches 100 – Times of India

PORTO ALEGRE: The death toll from devastating floods that have ravaged southern Brazil for days reached 100 on Wednesday, authorities said, as the search continued for dozens of people still missing.Nearly 400 municipalities have been affected by the worst natural calamity ever to hit the state of Rio Grande do Sul, with hundreds of people injured and 160,000 forced from their homes.Many have no access to drinking water or electricity -- or even the means to call for help with telephone and internet services down in many places.On Tuesday, state governor Eduardo Leite had warned the human toll was likely to rise as "the emergency is continuing to develop" in the state capital of Porto Alegre and other cities and towns.Some 15,000 soldiers, firefighters, police and volunteers were at wor...