Monthly archives: July 2010

Jul

31
2010

More than 800 dead in Pakistan floods

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-07.31.10- The death toll in the massive flooding in Pakistan surged past 800 as floodwaters receded Saturday in the hard-hit northwest, an official said. The damage to roads, bridges and communications networks hindered rescuers, while the threat of disease loomed as some evacuees arrived in camps with fever, diarrhea and skin problems. Even for a country used to tragedy � especially deadly suicide attacks by Taliban militants � the scale of this past week’s flooding has been shocking. Monsoon rains come every year, but rarely with such fury. The devastation came in the wake of the worst-ever plane crash in Pakistan, which killed 152 people in Islamabad on Wednesday. Read more


Jul

31
2010

Crews beat back wildfire in desert north of L.A.

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-07.31.10- A wildfire smoldered in the high desert north of Los Angeles Saturday, spewing plumes of thick smoke into a nearby town as hundreds of firefighters worked to contain the 2-day-old blaze. The fire has charred nearly 22 square miles of brush in the Antelope Valley. It was 62% contained Saturday afternoon and no structures were threatened, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Sam Padilla. Read more


Jul

31
2010

Russia sends army to battle deadly wildfires

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-07.31.10- Russia sent the army on Saturday to battle wildfires that have killed at least 28 people and were threatening dozens of towns and villages. Thick smoke and ash slowed firefighting efforts and thousands of people were being evacuated. Half of the 300 homes in the village of Maslovka, half a day’s drive south of Moscow, were reduced to cinders. Read more


Jul

30
2010

More than 400 people dead in Pakistan flooding

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-07.30.10- Flooding caused by monsoon rain has killed more than 400 people across Pakistan, a provincial government official said Friday. Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province information minister, said the death toll is now 408 people in that province and 25 in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. Read more


Jul

30
2010

Wildfires sweeping Russia kill at least 25

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-07.30.10- Wildfires sweeping across European Russia killed at least 25 people on Friday and forced the evacuation of thousands in the hottest weather since records began 130 years ago. Fanned by strong winds, fires ripped through woods and fields that have been scorched for weeks by a heatwave, incinerating hundreds of wooden houses. Read more


Jul

30
2010

3 wildfires burning more than 22,000 acres in Southern California

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-07.30.10- Hundreds of firefighters — backed up by 11 aircraft — battled a third wildfire in the Los Angeles area Friday as two more raged within 60 miles of one another. The latest — known as the Crown Fire — has ignited more than 5,000 acres, fire officials said. The other two have blackened more than 17,000 acres. Read more


Jul

29
2010

Summer floods continue in southern China

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-07.28.10- China is facing its worst flooding in more than a decade. Weeks of heavy rain have swollen rivers and caused damage, landslides and bridge collapses across a swathe of the country. According to state media, 928 people have died because of the seasonal bad weather and another 477 are missing. Read more


Jul

29
2010

Weather helping firefighters battle Calif. wildfire

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-07.29.10- Cooler temperatures and calmer winds helped firefighters in their battle against the most destructive of two big wildfires that have burned homes and forced hundreds of people to evacuate mountain communities on the edge of the Mojave Desert and in the southern Sierra Nevada. Read more


Jul

29
2010

Wednesday storm rips roofs off buildings, knocks down power lines

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-07.28.10- Another round of heavy storms blew through the area Wednesday afternoon, leaving damage in their wake. Heavy rains and strong winds ripped down trees and power lines, and Elkhart County was among the hardest hit. Read more


Jul

29
2010

Raging Russian fires destroy homes, people flee

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-07.29.10- Raging forest fires encircled a southern Russian city and tore through provincial villages Thursday, forcing mass evacuations as Moscow suffered through a record, weeks-long heat wave and smog cloud caused by peat-bog fires. Some 212,506 acres (86,000 hectares) were burning nationwide, and flames all but encircled the city of Voronezh, 300 miles southeast of Moscow. Forest fires on Moscow’s outskirts reached the city’s western fringe, in the Krylatskoye district, but were extinguished toward nightfall. Read more