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Nepal: Hundreds of tourists rescued by elephants in flooded safari park

KATHMANDU -Reuters reported elephants helped rescue hundreds of tourists from a flooded jungle safari park in Nepal, officials said on Monday, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides after four days of heavy rain rose to 70.

The Rapti River overflowed its banks in Sauraha, 80 km (50 miles) south of the capital, Kathmandu, inundating hotels and restaurants and leaving some 600 tourists stranded.

Sauraha, on the fringe of Chitwan National Park, is home to 605 rhinoceroses and is popular with foreign tourists, including Indian and Chinese visitors, mainly for rhino watching and elephant rides. Read Article

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Japan: Tsunami alert – 7.0 earthquake

mirror.co.uk reported Japan has been put on tsunami alert after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. The quake, registered as a major one on the Richter scale, struck off the country’s far south-west coast just before 6am local time. It hit at a depth of about six miles, around 100 miles south west of the town of [...]

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21 Nations across the Middle East declare Polio emergency

As reported by Shanghaidaily.com, The World Health Organization says 21 nations in the Middle East and nearby regions are jointly declaring the eradication of polio as an emergency priority, and are singling out Pakistan as a key part of the problem. The UN’s health agency’s statement said yesterday the joint resolution by nations in WHO’s [...]

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American nationals among killed in Philippines after massive typhoon

As reported by Dailymail.co.uk, two Americans are among the more than 1,700 victims killed when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, but the U.S. State Department has warned it expects the figure to rise. As the U.S. prepares to send in aid equipment on three warships, the Marine General leading the relief effort has said the [...]

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Hundreds feared dead after supertyphoon hits the Philippines

According to Al Jazeera, the Philippine Red Cross has estimated that more than 1,000 people have been killed in the coastal city of Tacloban and at least 200 in hard-hit Samar province when one of the strongest typhoons slammed into the country. Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, said on Saturday that [...]

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Philippines: Mass evacuations ordered as typhoon Haiyan closes

Thespec.com reported that, the world’s strongest typhoon of the year slammed into the Philippines early Friday. It had been poised to be the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded at landfall, a weather expert said. “There will be catastrophic damage,” said Jeff Masters, a former hurricane meteorologist who is meteorology director at the private firm Weather [...]

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Nigeria: Cholera outbreak continues to spread, 86 confirmed dead

Ngrguardiannews.com reported that, cases of infections and deaths from the cholera outbreak in the country are on the increase, with the Ministry of Health again identifying measures to check the epidemic. Statistics from the Ministry of Health Thursday indicated that 1,623 cases had been recorded, while 86 deaths had been reported.According to the breakdown, Zamfara [...]

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Earthquake in the Philippines kills 93, including fatalities in popular tourist areas

Yahoo News reports that a powerful earthquake killed at least 93 people in the Philippines Tuesday as it generated landslides that buried homes, triggered stampedes of terrified people, and destroyed historic churches. Fifteen of the confirmed fatalities were in Cebu, the country’s second most important city and a gateway to some of its most beautiful [...]

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Dozens killed as 7.2 earthquake hits Philippine tourist islands

As reported by Travelweekly.co.uk, at least 20 people have been killed after a powerful earthquake hit the central Philippines. The US Geological Survey said the 7.2 magnitude quake occurred underneath the island of Bohol, in a region popular with tourists. People were killed as buildings and markets collapsed in Bohol and nearby Cebu province. Several [...]

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Two tropical storms threaten western Mexico

NBC News reports that Mexico is bracing itself for more bad weather in the form of tropical storms Octave and Priscilla, which are moving across the eastern Pacific weeks after more than 100 people were killed by Hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid. Whipping up winds of nearly 40mph, Priscilla is expected to strengthen as it moves [...]

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