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Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration For California As Deadly Wildfires Rage On

Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration For California As Deadly Wildfires Rage OnPresident Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for



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California wildfires: Satellite images reveal devastating scale of disaster across US state

California wildfires: Satellite images reveal devastating scale of disaster across US stateThe sheer scale of destruction caused by wildfires in California has been revealed in satellite images released by Nasa. More than 200 people were still missing on Monday in California’s deadliest and most destructive blaze on record, which is one of two fires raging in the state. A photo of the blaze, named Camp Fire by officials, was captured by the space agency’s Landsat 8 on Thursday 8 November, showing a huge plume of smoke rising from the fire hours after it first broke out.



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More than 50 dead in India train disaster

More than 50 dead in India train disasterA speeding train ran over revellers watching fireworks during a Hindu festival in northern India Friday, killing more than 50 people, with eyewitnesses saying they were given no warning before disaster struck. The crowd had gathered on railway tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks show marking the Dussehra festival when the train barrelled down the line at high speed. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital,” Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told reporters.



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At least 50 dead in India train disaster: police

At least 50 dead in India train disaster: policeAt least 50 people were killed Friday after a train plowed into revellers gathered to watch a Hindu festival in India’s northern Amritsar city, police said. The train hit a crowd standing on the railway line to watch a fireworks show during Dussehra celebrations, police and eyewitnesses said. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital,” Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told reporters.



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Fears grow that more than 1,000 still missing in Indonesia disaster

Fears grow that more than 1,000 still missing in Indonesia disasterMore than a thousand people could still be missing after Indonesia’s devastating quake-tsunami, officials said Friday, drastically upping the number of people unaccounted for a week after the disaster. Palu city on Sulawesi island has been left in ruins after it was hit by a powerful quake and a wall of water which razed whole neighbourhoods to the ground, with the official death toll now 1,571. “Maybe more than 1,000 people are still missing,” Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, told AFP.



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UN seeks $50.5 million for 'immediate' Indonesia disaster aid

UN seeks $  50.5 million for 'immediate' Indonesia disaster aidNations unies (Etats-Unis) (AFP) – The United Nations said Friday it is seeking $ 50.5 million “for immediate relief” to help victims of the devastating quake and tsunami in Indonesia. Hardest-hit was Palu city on Sulawesi island, which was left in ruins after it was struck by a powerful quake and a wall of water that reduced whole neighborhoods to piles of wood and twisted metal. According to UN estimates, 65,000 homes have suffered some form of damage, a figure that includes 10,000 homes “completely destroyed by the tsunami” and 15,000 homes severely damaged by the earthquake.



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Indonesia battles fake news after quake-tsunami disaster

Indonesia battles fake news after quake-tsunami disasterIndonesia has cracked down on “fake news” about its deadly quake-tsunami disaster, with police arresting nine people for spreading hoaxes in a bid to prevent further panic spreading among survivors. Another Facebook post used a photo of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami aftermath to depict what it claimed was a scene from the seaside city of Palu. Setyo Wasisto, Indonesia’s national police spokesman, told Kompas TV on Thursday that nine people had been arrested on suspicion of spreading false news.



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Desperate Indonesians flee quake zone, with scale of disaster unclear

Desperate Indonesians flee quake zone, with scale of disaster unclearThe confirmed death toll of 844 was certain to rise as rescuers reached devastated outlying communities hit on Friday by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami waves as high as six meters (20 feet). Dozens of people were reported to be trapped in the rubble of several hotels and a mall in the small city of Palu, 1,500 km (930 miles) northeast of Jakarta. Of particular concern is Donggala, a region of 300,000 people north of Palu and close to the epicenter of the quake, and two other districts, where communication had been cut off.



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Tanzania buries ferry disaster dead as toll hits 224

Tanzania buries ferry disaster dead as toll hits 224Tanzania declared the whole nation was in mourning Sunday as the first dozen bodies were buried from a devastating ferry capsize on Lake Victoria that left people 224 dead. Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa led “national funerals” on the island of Ukara, where the MV Nyerere had been coming in to dock on Thursday. The prime minister said a memorial would be built on Ukara.



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A picture and its story: Dogs in the disaster zone

A picture and its story: Dogs in the disaster zoneThree days after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, I was documenting the damage to Wilmington and communities to the south when I was tipped that volunteer rescuers were headed to a Leland church where people were isolated by rising floodwaters. Ryan Nichols and David Rebollar have another way of getting to people and animals trapped by floods: a boat they haul from their Texas home to disaster zones. In the case of North Carolina, that was more than a thousand miles (1,600 km).



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