Five Dead, Dozens Trapped After Building Collapse In Iran

Fourth EstateA crowd of Iranians gather on tthe street as rescue crews work at the site of a ten-storey building collapse in Abadan, Iran

At least five people have been killed and dozens more feared trapped inside a 10-story commercial building collapsed in Abadan city in Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan province. The Iranian Red Crescent said at least 80 people have been trapped under rubble, …

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Gas Explosion Kills Two, Injures 120 In the United Arab Emirates

At least two people were killed and 120 others received injuries after a gas cylinder exploded inside a restaurant in the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi on Monday afternoon. UAE police said that civil defense staff were trying to …

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Heavy Floods Kill 11 in Northern India

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At least eleven people lost their lives in floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains in India’s states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. An official in Dima Hasao district, Nazreen Ahmed said that 200,000 people have been trapped in the …

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Seven Dead, Hundreds Injured As Severe Sandstorm Hits Syria

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At least seven people died and more than 200 were injured after  powerful sandstorms swept across eastern Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the dust storms toppled trees, damaged homes, and took the life of seven …

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Costa Rica Declares State of Emergency Over Cyberattacks

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Costa Rican authorities declared a national emergency on Wednesday after the Russia-based Conti ransomware gang claimed responsibility for cyber-attacks on government systems.  President Rodrigo Chaves signed a decree believed to be the first-ever government response to a cyber-attack.   Chaves …

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Queensland Face Another Flooding Emergency, Residents Evacuate

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Queensland authorities have asked residents to evacuate their homes amid another flooding emergency on Friday. The state issued almost 20 flood warnings on Friday telling residents in several regions to prepare their homes and evacuate if needed. The Bureau of …

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Wildfire in Arizona Forces Thousands to Evacuate

Fourth EstateA rapidly moving wildfire forced thousands near Flagstaff, Arizona to evacuate after it destroyed at least two dozen buildings on April 20, officials said. - Arizona Dept of Forestry and Fire Management

County officials have declared a local emergency and FEMA authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state in combating the fire., officials said. From the estimated 2,068 people living in the evacuation area, 766 households have been evacuated, …

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Mass Search and Rescue Operations Held after Devastating South African Floods

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The provincial government of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) resumed full swing rescue operations seven days after the massive flooding struck and inclement weather slowed them down.  Sihle Zikalala, the premier of the KZN provincial government, told reporters in a live video interview …

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