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Typhoon Mangkhut Death Toll Mounts As Dozens Of Bodies Pulled From Landslide

Typhoon Mangkhut Death Toll Mounts As Dozens Of Bodies Pulled From LandslideTwo days after Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the remote Philippine town of



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Dozens buried in Philippines landslide triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut

Dozens buried in Philippines landslide triggered by Typhoon MangkhutHundreds of rescuers in the Philippines dug frantically with shovels and their bare hands on Monday in an attempt to save the lives of dozens of people buried by a landslide triggered at the weekend by Typhoon Mangkhut, the world’s strongest storm of the year.  But despite their best efforts, weary aid workers were only able to pull dead bodies from the mud and debris that had engulfed a church and miners’ bunkhouse where people had been sheltering from the fierce rain and winds topping 150 miles per hour in the early hours of Saturday morning. Grief-stricken relatives, many of them quietly praying, waited anxiously near the disaster site.  Victorio Palangdan, Itogon’s mayor, warned that the chances of finding any survivors were slim, raising the prospect that the previously confirmed Philippine death toll of 65 from the typhoon could significantly rise.  Mr Palangdan told a news conference that of the 40 to 50 people thought buried, there’s a “99 per cent (chance) that they are really dead.” Itogon, #Philippines. With no chance of getting heavy equipment into the valley, rescue workers are using shovels and their hands to move rock and debris from the landslides. But there is so much of it. One official figures it will take a week. @NBCNewspic.twitter.com/4tX1LjXNKx— Janis Mackey Frayer (@janisfrayer) September 17, 2018 He revealed that dozens of residents had refused to heed police warnings to leave the area. “They laughed at our policemen. They insisted,” he said, according to the AP. “They were resisting when our police tried to pull them away. What can we do?”  Most of the buried are believed to be poor miners and their families, who were working illegally at the mine site.  Foreign aid has begun to pour into the Philippines, which will face months of recovery after farms across the island of Luzon, which produces much of the nation's rice and corn, were submerged in muddy floodwater just a month before harvest. Francis Tolentino, a senior adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, estimated that nationwide 5.7 million people had been affected by the storm. Many high rise buildings in Hong Kong had their windows blown out  Credit: Anthony Wallace/AFP Hong Kong on Monday also began to clear up  “severe and extensive” damage from Mangkhut after it struck the high-rise city on Sunday, leaving 300 injured. Roads remained blocked by felled trees and debris and some areas remained severely flooded. Windows in swaying tower blocks had been smashed by gusts of more than 142mph.  After tearing through Luzon and pummelling Hong Kong and Macau, the storm hit China’s Guangdong province, killing four people, three of whom were struck by trees. More than 3 million people were evacuated.  But by Monday afternoon, the terrifying storm had been downgraded to a tropical depression at it moved into Guangxi province on a path to the mountainous Yunnan province, where it was expected to weaken further as it approached Vietnam, Laos and Burma. No further deaths or damage were reported.   



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Philippine miners dig for their own in typhoon landslide

Philippine miners dig for their own in typhoon landslideItogon (Philippines) (AFP) – The miners in the mountains of the northern Philippines usually dig for gold. But on Tuesday they were digging for their colleagues and relatives buried under a vast landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut.



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Frantic dig for Philippine victims of typhoon landslide

Frantic dig for Philippine victims of typhoon landslidePhilippine rescuers used shovels and bare hands to claw through mounds of rocky soil on Monday in a desperate search for dozens feared buried under a landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut. Searchers have already pulled 11 bodies from the vast debris field in Itogon in the disaster-prone nation’s north.



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Landslide Yes vote as Ireland referendum repeals tough abortion laws – what happens next?

Landslide Yes vote as Ireland referendum repeals tough abortion laws – what happens next?Ireland’s prime minister hailed the "quiet revolution” which delivered an overwhelming victory in favour of repealing its strict abortion laws on Saturday in a poll that marked voters' steady drift away from the grip of the country's conservative Catholic roots. The country voted 67 per cent in favour of reform and 33 per cent against in a landslide victory for the pro-choice Yes campaign.  "We have seen the culmination of a quiet revolution that's been taking place in Ireland over 20 years," Mr Varadkar said, as he waited for the votes to be counted in Dublin.  "It's been a great exercise in democracy and the people have said we want a modern constitution for a modern country, and that we trust women to take the right decisions about their own healthcare." Even Ireland's rural and conservative areas backed reform, with County Roscommon and the town of Longford returning Yes votes.  The majority of Irish voters have backed changing the country's abortion law Support for reform was so widespread that the No campaign conceded defeat several hours before the referendum count was finished.  "The people of Ireland weighed it in the balance and it came down on one side. I obviously would have preferred if they had come down on the other," John McGuirk, communications director for the "Save the 8th" campaign, said on Saturday.  Dr Peter Boylan, a leading member of the Yes campaign and former Master of the National Maternity Hospital, said they were "relieved and vindicated." Thousands forced abroad for terminations Since it was passed in 1983, an estimated 170,000 Irish women have had to travel to England for terminations. Those who have the procedure done illegally at home risk up to 14 years in prison. However, the pro-life No campaign has warned that the government's alternative, unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks, is "too extreme." Young and old packed the streets of Dublin on Friday as they lined up to cast their vote following a tense and divisive campaign which has forced the country to grapple with its deeply held Catholic convictions.  One of the victims of Ireland's abortion policies referenced by the Yes campaign was Savita Halappanavar, died in hospital in Galway aged 31 when she was refused an abortion during a miscarriage. Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar, said she repeatedly asked for a termination but was refused because there was a foetal heartbeat. Irish PM urged reform President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina cast their votes in Dublin on Friday morning. Around two hours later Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, a vocal advocate for repeal, voted in the city. "I always get a little buzz from voting, it just feels like it is democracy in action," Mr Varadkar said after emerging from the polling station at Castleknock. "Not taking anything for granted of course, but quietly confident – there's been good turnout across the country so far and hoping for a Yes vote tomorrow. "Obviously, I would be encouraging everyone to come out and vote, a high turnout would be to the advantage of the yes campaign." He urged voters not to be distracted by the sunny weather and exercise their democratic right. Yes campaigners hug one another as the count in the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment concerning the country's abortion laws takes place at the RDS centre #HomeToVote campaign boosted turnout For several days at Dublin airport, activists had gathered in the arrivals lounge, clapping and cheering as they greeted Irish expats returning from as far away as Los Angeles, Hanoi and Nairobi to cast their vote. One group of well-wishers held large “welcome home” banner. Another unfurled a sign which said: “Thank you for making the journey so other women don’t have to.” Tara Flynn, a 48-year-old Yes voter, who had to fly to the Netherlands for an abortion 11 years ago, said: “It’s a vote to say, I don’t send you away anymore," referring to women who are forced to go abroad for terminations. Since Thursday, fleets of cars driven by volunteers have been ferrying voters from the airport to polling stations across the country. Many used social media to offer lifts, with Molly O’Cathain posting a photograph on Twitter of her car with a sign in the window that read “Repeal Mobile". Over 3,000 Irish women have UK abortions per year What happens next?  In a No vote scenario, nothing would have changed. But the Yes victory means the eighth amendment will be repealed.  Then, Irish lawmakers will get to work transferring the government's proposals into law.  Mr Varadkar has urged lawmakers to vote through the new legislation, whichever way they voted in the campaign.   



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Ireland set to end abortion ban in landslide vote: exit polls

Ireland set to end abortion ban in landslide vote: exit pollsBy Padraic Halpin and Graham Fahy DUBLIN (Reuters) – The people of Ireland are set to liberalize some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws by a landslide, two exit polls from a referendum showed on Friday, as voters demanded change in what two decades ago was one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries. An Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI exit poll suggested that voters in the once deeply Catholic nation had backed change by 68 percent to 32 percent. If confirmed, the outcome will be the latest milestone on a path of change for a country which only legalized divorce by a razor thin majority in 1995 before becoming the first in the world to adopt gay marriage by popular vote three years ago.



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Republicans Hold On To Arizona House Seat That Trump Won In A Landslide

Republicans Hold On To Arizona House Seat That Trump Won In A LandslideRepublicans held on to a contested Arizona House seat in Tuesday's special



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Road over landslide on famous US highway to cost $40 million

Road over landslide on famous US highway to cost $  40 millionBIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A plan to build a road over a massive t landslide that closed the world-famous scenic California coastal highway leading to Big Sur will cost about $ 40 million, state officials said.



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Sierra Leone landslide: More than 300 killed as roads turn into 'churning rivers of mud'

Sierra Leone landslide: More than 300 killed as roads turn into 'churning rivers of mud'More than 300 people have been killed after a mudslide and heavy flooding in Sierra Leone. Relatives were left digging through mud in search of their loved-ones, as a mortuary in the capital of Freetown was overwhelmed by bodies. Houses were submerged in mud after a night of heavy rain that saw a hillside in the Regent area collapse, with roads described by witnesses as being turned into "churning rivers of mud". Dramatic footage of deadly #Freetown#floods#Sierraleone#climatechangeisreal = more intense rains, flash flooding pic.twitter.com/yvHiceM13y— S4CCC-SL (@scccsierraleone) August 14, 2017 A coroner's official said that more than 200 bodies had been taken to the city mortuary, which was left struggling to cope. The Red Cross said the death toll had risen to 312. However, a precise death toll is not yet clear and is likely to rise as many people might have been asleep when the mudslide happened in the early hours of Monday.  An estimated 2,000 people have also been made homeless after heavy rains caused properties to disappear under water. Houses were left submerged in mud after a night of heavy rain that saw a hillside in the Regent area collapse Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone Speaking at the scene, Sierra Leone's Vice President, Victor Foh, said: "It is likely that hundreds are lying dead underneath the rubble." He added: "The disaster is so serious that I myself feel broken. We're trying to cordon (off) the area (and) evacuate the people." People cried as they looked at the damage under steady rain, gesturing towards a muddy hillside where dozens of houses used to stand. Cars submerged in muddy water in streets in Regent Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone/AFP Sinneh Kamara, a coroner technician at the Connaught Hospital, told local media that the number of those killed had overwhelmed the facility. "The capacity at the mortuary is too small for the corpses," he told the Sierra Leone National Broadcasting Corporation. Youngsters flee flooded homes in Regent, near Freetown Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone/AFP Sierra Leone's national television broadcaster interrupted its regular programming to show scenes of people trying to retrieve the bodies of loved-ones. Others were seen carrying relatives' remains in rice sacks to the mortuary. Military personnel have been deployed to help in the rescue operation in the West African country. Flowing water floods the streets in an area on the outskirts of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone  Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone Fatmata Sesay - who lives on the hilltop area of Juba - said she, her three children and husband were woken at 4.30am by rain beating down on their mud house, which was by then submerged by water. She managed to escape by climbing onto the roof. "We have lost everything and we do not have a place to sleep," she told AFP. Villagers look on in this image that shows the aftermath of the Sierra Leone mudslide Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone Images shared by local media showed people waist-deep trying to navigate streets of flowing water. Locals carry belongings after the mudslide early on Monday in this picture said to show the scene near Freetown Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone Other pictures showed scenes after a section of a hill in the Regent area was reported to have collapsed. #SierraLeone#Flood alert Heavy rains cause landslide at Regent, back of GUMA reservoir – Eyewitness report section of hill has collapsed pic.twitter.com/gUEznTqHaQ— S4CCC-SL (@scccsierraleone) August 14, 2017 Freetown, an overcrowded coastal city of 1.2 million, is hit annually by flooding during several months of rain that destroys makeshift settlements and raises the risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera. Many of the impoverished areas are close to sea level and have poor drainage systems, exacerbating flooding during the country's rainy season. We are saddened to hear about awful flooding in areas of Freetown. The strong spirit of the people of SL & Hull will help you get through. pic.twitter.com/OfTEbPl1d1— The Freetown Society (@FreetownSociety) August 14, 2017 Flooding in the capital in 2015 killed 10 people and left thousands homeless. #freetown #rainseason #myafricanadventure #Komba A post shared by Jacob Lund (@jacobluund) on Aug 14, 2017 at 1:06am PDT Sierra Leone was one of the west African nations hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014 that left more than 4,000 people dead in the country and it has struggled to revive its economy since the crisis. About 60 percent of people in Sierra Leone live below the national poverty line, according to the United Nations Development Programme.  The mudslide happened in Regent, a town near Freetown in Sierra Leone Hundreds of bodies recovered after mudslides in Sierra Leone 00:58  



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Death toll from Nepal floods, landslide rises to 40

Death toll from Nepal floods, landslide rises to 40The death toll from floods and landslides in Nepal has jumped to at least 40, officials said Sunday, with thousands forced to flee their homes amid days of heavy monsoon rain. Torrential downpours have destroyed homes and infrastructure in more than a dozen districts since Friday morning, and forced families to climb into trees to escape the rapidly rising waters. “Since Friday, at least 40 people have been killed in the floods and landslides,” home ministry spokesman Deepak Kafle told AFP, upgrading the previous toll of 25.



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