Death toll rises in Brazil due to heavy rains and flooding

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Important Takeaways:

  • The death toll from heavy rains in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul state rose to 143, up from 136 on the day before, the local civil defense government body said on Sunday, as rains continue to pour on the state.
  • Another 125 people remain unaccounted for in the state, where rivers are reporting rising levels. Weather service Metsul called the situation “extremely worrying.”
  • On Saturday evening the government announced around 12.1 billion reais ($2.34 billion) in emergency spending to deal with the crisis that has displaced more than 538,000 people in the state, out of a population of around 10.9 million.
  • With this new money, more than 60 billion reais in federal funds has already been made available to the state, said the federal government in a statement on Saturday.
  • Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the state will rebuild what was destroyed.

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Death toll from Taiwan earthquake increased to 12

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Important Takeaways:

  • Two more bodies were found in the mountains of Taiwan’s eastern Hualien County, two days after a 7.4-magnitude quake off the nearby coast that was the island’s biggest tremor in 25 years.
  • The quake damaged roads and sent rocks tumbling down mountains, stranding hundreds of people in Taroko National Park
  • Rescue efforts have been complicated by the risk of further landslides and rockfalls, as well as intermittent rain
  • Aftershocks can also still be felt every few minutes, numbering in the hundreds since Wednesday.
  • As of Friday afternoon, there were 1,123 people injured, 634 trapped and 13 missing, according to the Central Disaster Response Center.

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US sending aid to Japan after earthquake that shifted Japan seaward by 820 feet

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Important Takeaways:

  • Japan earthquake death toll rises to 94 with dozens still missing
  • The US has pledged $100,000 in aid for blankets, water and medical supplies
  • Despite rescue efforts, the death toll Friday grew to at least 94 people, and the number of missing was lowered to 222 after it shot up the previous day.
  • More than 460 people have been injured, at least 24 seriously.
  • The Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo found that the sandy coastline in western Japan shifted by up to 250 meters (820 feet) seaward in some places.
  • The earthquakes set off a large fire in the town of Wajima, as well as tsunamis and landslides in the region. With some routes cut off by the destruction, worries grew about communities in which water, food, blankets and medicine had yet to arrive.
  • Experts warned of disease and even death at the evacuation centers that now house about 34,000 people who lost their homes, many of them older.

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Search continues after massive earthquake hits Japan

Important Takeaways:

  • Search for survivors continues after Japan earthquakes with critical 72-hour window closing
  • The search for survivors continues following a series of earthquakes in Japan that killed at least 60 people, with the critical 72-hour window closing.
  • A magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit the Noto Peninsula in the Ishikawa prefecture as part of a series of quakes on Monday, 1 December.
  • The regional government confirmed on Wednesday that 62 people are dead and more than 300 injured as a result of the quake, with the search for survivors ongoing through the rubble.
  • The first 72 hours following an earthquake are vital as the chance of finding and saving people greatly diminishes after three days.

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Libyan flood death toll on the rise exceeding 11,000

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Important Takeaways:

  • Death toll from Libyan floods tops 11K, threat of waterborne illnesses looms
  • More than 11,000 people have been killed by devastating floods in Libya, with more than 10,000 still missing and survivors now facing the threat of waterborne diseases.
  • National and international rescue workers continue to sift through the rubble for bodies after two massive dams burst in the northern African country Monday, killing thousands and leaving 40,000 homeless, authorities said.
  • Health officials now worry that diseases arising from the tainted waters could bring another wave of deaths.
  • Mediterranean storm Daniel sparked the mayhem, with heavy rains bursting dams and sending a wall of water over two stories high raging across eastern Libya, with the worst damage in the port city of Derna.

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Death toll from severe rainstorms that lashed parts of Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria increased to 14

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Important Takeaways:

  • The death toll from severe rainstorms that lashed parts of Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria increased to 14 on Wednesday after rescue teams in the three neighboring countries recovered seven more bodies.
  • Greece’s weather service said a Pilion region village received 75.4 centimeters (nearly 30 inches) of rain late Tuesday, by far the highest level recorded since at least 2006. It noted that the average annual rainfall in the Athens region is around 40 centimeters (15.75 inches).
  • The storm comes on the heels of major summer wildfires that hit Greece over the past few weeks, with some burning for more than two weeks and destroying vast tracts of forest and farmland. More than 20 people were killed in the fires.

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Reason to believe the death toll is higher than reported and they’re running out of body bags

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Important Takeaways:

  • Maui’s wildfire death toll officially 114, but locals running out of body bags reckon it’s closer to 500, with thousands still missing
  • Maui Police Chief John Pelletier indicated early last week that rescuers accompanied by scores of cadaver dogs were working their way through the aftermath, over 85% of which had been covered by Sunday, according to Hawaii Gov. Josh Green.
  • Locals, whose morgues have reportedly run out of body bags, indicated that the actual number of deaths is the neighborhood of 500.
  • Allisen Medina told the Daily Mail, “I know there are at least 480 dead here in Maui, and I don’t understand why they’re [the authorities] not saying that. Maybe it’s to do with DNA or something.”
  • The FBI announced Friday it would be opening a DNA matching site to speed up the process.
  • “No one has ever seen this that is alive today. Not this size, not this number, not this volume — and we’re not done,” said the Maui police chief.

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Maui’s death toll reaches 111 with more than 1,000 still unaccounted for

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Important Takeaways:

  • Maui’s death toll reaches 111 as searchers – many coping with their own losses – comb the wildfire zone
  • “No one has ever seen this that is alive today – not this size, not this number, not this volume,” Maui Police Chief John Pelletier said Wednesday. “And we’re not done.”
  • A genetics team will help identify remains, “so that we can make sure that we’re finding who our loved ones are, and that we make the notifications with dignity and honor,” Pelletier said, urging patience.
  • Searches through the burn areas have expanded over the past week, with 40 canines from 15 states deployed, the Hawaii Department of Defense’s Jeff Hickman told CNN.

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Catastrophic Storms across Italy cause devastating damage and loss of life

Luke 21:25 ““And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves

Important Takeaways:

  • Devastating floods in Italy claim lives and leave thousands homeless
  • Twenty-one rivers burst their banks after heavy storms across country cause landslides and submerge villages
  • The worst-affected area has been Emilia-Romagna and parts of the central Marche region
  • Eight people have died and thousands have been evacuated from their homes after heavy storms wreaked havoc in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, causing severe flooding and landslides.
  • “It’s probably the worst night in the history of Romagna,” Michele de Pascale, the mayor of Ravenna, told Rai radio.
  • Before the latest floods, Emilia-Romagna and other areas of northern Italy were blighted by a drought that dried out land, reducing its capacity to absorb water.

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Update on death toll in Turkey

Mathew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • Earthquake death toll in Turkey rises to 43,556, minister says
  • The number of people killed in Turkey in this month’s devastating earthquakes has risen to 43,556, the country’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said overnight.
  • Soylu told state broadcaster TRT Haber that there had been 7,930 aftershocks following the first quake on Feb. 6 and that more than 600,000 apartments and 150,000 commercial premises had suffered at least moderate damage.

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