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Papua New Guinea officials say whole villages flattened by deadly quake
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Papua New Guinea officials say whole villages flattened by deadly quake

Whole villages were flattened and water sources spoiled by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 20 people, residents said on Wednesday as rescuers struggled to reach the hardest-hit areas in Papua New Guineas remote, mountainous highlands. The magnitude 7.5 quake rocked the rugged Southern Highlands province some 560 km (350 miles) northwest of the capital, Port Moresby, triggering landsl...


Japan to extend a grant assistance of Rs324. 8 million for food security

Shankar Prasad Adhikari, secretary at the Ministry of Finance, and Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Masashi Ogawa exchanged notes to this effect of behalf of their respective governments at the Ministry of Finance on Thursday. The aid aims to assist the government of Nepal in implementing the programme to ensure the needy people food security, according to a statement issued by the Japanese Embassy...


Citizens can now claim elderly allowance at 65

The government on Wednesday decided to lower the age ceiling for the social security allowance, bringing it down from 70 to 65 years. Minister for Irrigation Sanjay Gautam said that since there is increase in average life expectancy of Nepali citizens, the government reviewed the age ceiling and fixed the new one. Nepali citizens who have completed 65 years are entitled to the old age benef...


Cyclone Joyce: Australian residents warned to take shelter
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Cyclone Joyce: Australian residents warned to take shelter

Communities in Australias north-west are bracing for a tropical cyclone, the second to hit the region in two weeks. Cyclone Joyce, currently a category one system, is due to make landfall near Broome in Western Australia on Friday. Authorities have told local residents to secure their homes and take shelter. The cyclone is tracking south and is predicted to bring winds of up to 100km/h (6...


Update: 17 dead in California mudslides, more than a dozen missing
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Update: 17 dead in California mudslides, more than a dozen missing

Anxious family members awaited word on loved ones Wednesday as rescue crews searched for more than a dozen people missing after mudslides in Southern California destroyed an estimated 100 houses, swept away cars and left at least 17 victims dead. Its just waiting and not knowing, and the more I havent heard from them we have to find them, said Kelly Weimer, whose elderly parents home was wreck...


Thirteen dead amid California heavy rains and mudslides

At least 13 people are dead amid waist-deep mudslides in Southern California, where heavy rains triggered Flooding, say officials. Some 163 people have been taken to hospital. Twenty had storm-related injuries and four were critically hurt. A group of up to 300 people are reportedly trapped in Romero Canyon, east of Santa Barbara. Police said the scene looked like a World War One battlefi...


Be a blessing to Anshuna Maharjan, go fund her heart recovery

Nepalis in Australia are a good bunch of souls, no doubt about that. Perhaps, one of the most tightly knit and and active Nepali communities around the world - they are always willing to lend out a helping hand, be it earthquake, Floods, to build an old-age home, to build a community centre, and this case in particular - Helping Anshuna Maharjan get her heart surgery. Anshuna Maharjan, a Nepal...


Twelve dead in New York City apartment fire: mayor

Twelve people were killed, including an infant, and four were critically injured on Thursday in a fire in an apartment building in New York Citys borough of the Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. People died on various floors of the apartment, ranging in age from 1 to over 50, city Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters at a news conference with the mayor. This tragedy is without quest...


Vietnam braces for typhoon as Philippine toll rises to 230 dead
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Vietnam braces for typhoon as Philippine toll rises to 230 dead

Authorities in Vietnam prepared to move a million people from low-lying areas along the south coast on Monday as a typhoon approached after it battered the Philippines with Floods and landslides that killed more than 230 people. Typhoon Tembin is expected to slam into Vietnam late on Monday after bringing misery to the predominantly Christian Philippines just before Christmas. Vietnams disas...


More than 100 dead in Philippine mudslides, flooding: officials
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More than 100 dead in Philippine mudslides, Flooding: officials

A tropical storm in the southern Philippines triggered mudslides and flash Floods that killed more than 100 people, while dozens are missing, police and disaster officials said on Saturday. The casualties, most of them caused late on Friday, were all on the main southern island of Mindanao, they said, adding three provinces were hardest hit. Disaster officials said many residents had ignored...


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