Timeline of Disasters and Tragedies

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65 Million BP    An asteroid that struck Earth wiped out the dinosaurs, about 80% of the world’s plants species and all animals bigger than a cat. In 2002 it also was estimated to have wiped out 55-60% of the plant-eating insects. A high oxygen level may have contributed to a worldwide firestorm.
    (SFC, 2/25/02, p.A4)(NH, Jul, p.62)

3000BC-2800BC    The Burckle Crater, an undersea crater, formed during this period by a very large scale comet or meteorite impact event. It is located to the east of Madagascar and west of Western Australia in the southern Indian ocean and is estimated to be about 30 km (18 mi) in diameter. In 2006 the Holocene Impact Working Group believed that it was created when a comet impacted in the ocean, and that enormous megatsunamis created the dune formations which later allowed the crater to be pin-pointed. As not only the Bible, but other ancient writings from various cultures make reference to a 'great flood', it is hypothesized that these legends are associated with this event.

365CE    Jul 21, An earthquake leveled the Egyptian Port of Alexandria and some 50,000 died.
    (MC, 7/21/02)(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.18)

526CE    May 29, Antioch, Turkey, was struck by an earthquake and about 250,000 died. [see May 20]
    (AM, 11/00, p.69)(SC, 5/29/02)

763        Feb 17, The An Lushan rebellion, begun in 755, ended. It had spanned the reigns of 3 Tang emperors before it was quashed. The rebellion and subsequent disorder resulted in a huge loss of life and large-scale destruction.
    (Econ, 6/9/12, p.87)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Lushan_Rebellion)

1190        Mar 17, Crusaders completed the massacre of Jews of York, England.
    (MC, 3/17/02)

1201        Jul 5, An earthquake in Syria and upper Egypt killed some 1.1 million people.

1219        Jan 16, Floods followed a storm in Northern Netherlands and thousands were killed.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1287        Dec 14, The Zuider Zee seawall collapsed with the loss of 50,000 lives.
    (MC, 12/14/01)

1456        Dec 5, Earthquake struck Naples and 35,000 died.
    (MC, 12/5/01)

1531        Jan 26, Lisbon was hit by an earthquake and some about 30,000 died.
    (MC, 1/26/02)

1542-1834    The native population of California dropped during this period from about 350,000 to 150,000 due to European diseases, abuse and suicides.
    (SSFC, 11/28/21, p.J1)

1556        Feb 2, The worst earthquake in history devastated China’s Shanxi Province, killing 830,000 people.
    (PCh, 1992, p.190)(www.kepu.ac.cn/english/quake/ruins/rns03.html)

1570        Nov 2, A tidal wave in the North Sea destroyed the sea walls from Holland to Jutland. Over a thousand people are killed.
    (HN, 11/2/98)

1607        Jan 30, A sudden flood around the Bristol Channel in southwest Britain killed at least 2,000 people. It was the worst natural disaster ever recorded in Britain.
    (Econ, 5/5/07, p.101)

1626        Mar 15, In Bolivia the Potosi (San Ildefonso) dam collapsed. It was one of the major hydraulic disasters in the world with some 4,000 human lives lost.

1626        Jul 30, An earthquake hit Naples and some 10,000 died.
    (MC, 7/30/02)

1630        Nov 30, 16,000 inhabitants of Venice died this month of plague.
    (MC, 11/30/01)

1648        Jul 22, Some 10,000 Jews of Polannoe were murdered in a massacre led by Cossack Bogdan Chmielnicki (55).
    (PC, 1992, p.241)(MC, 7/22/02)

1669        Mar 11, Mount Etna in Sicily began erupting. Lava flows that destroyed at least 10 villages on its southern flank before reaching the city walls of the town of Catania five weeks later, on 15 April. Contemporaneous accounts written both in Italian and English mention no deaths related to this eruption (but give very precise figures of the number of buildings destroyed, the area of cultivated land lost, and the economic damage).

1687        Oct 20, In Peru a massive earthquake leveled most of Lima. It triggered a tsunami and overall about 5,000 people died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1687_Peru_earthquake)(SSFC, 11/3/13, p.A6)

1693        Jan 11, An earthquake struck parts of southern Italy near Sicily, Calabria and Malta. It destroyed at least 70 towns and cities, seriously affecting an area of 5,600 square km (2,200 sq mi) and causing the death of about 60,000 people.

1703        Nov 26-27, Heavy storms hit England and 1000s were killed. Bristol, England, was damaged by the hurricane. The Royal Navy lost 15 warships.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1703        Dec 30, Tokyo was hit by Earthquake and some 37,000 people died.
    (MC, 12/30/01)

1708        Jun 8, The San Jose, a 62-gun, three-masted Spanish galleon, was trying to outrun a fleet of British warships off Colombia's Baru peninsula, when a mysterious explosion sent it to the bottom of the sea with gold, silver, emeralds and 600 men. 14 men survived. In 1979 Sea Search signed a deal with Colombia giving Sea Search exclusive rights to search for the San Jose and 50 percent of whatever they find. In 1982 Sea Search announced to the world it had found the San Jose's resting place 700 feet below the water's surface, a few miles from the historic Caribbean port of Cartagena. In 1984 Colombian President Belisario Betancur signed a decree reducing Sea Search's share from 50% to a 5% "finder's fee." By 2007 the treasure was valued at more than $2 billion. In July, 2007, Colombia’s highest court ruled that the ship must first be recovered before an international dispute over the fortune can be settled. In 2007 Carla Rahn Phillips authored “The Treasure of San Jose: Death at Sea in the War of the Spanish Succession." In 2015 experts confirmed that they found the San Jose on November 27 in a place never before referenced by previous research. The Remus 6000, an underwater autonomous vehicle operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, assisted in the operation.
    (AP, 6/3/07)(AP, 7/6/07)(WSJ, 1/31/07, p.D6)(AP, 12/6/15)(AP, 5/22/18)

1709        Jan 5, Sudden extreme cold killed 1000s of Europeans.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1737         Sep 19, In India’s Bay of Bengal a cyclone destroyed some 20,000 ships. It was estimated that more than 300,000 people died in the densely populated area called the Sundarbans. Later research indicated the population of Calcutta at the time to be around 20,000. An estimate of the number of deaths was revised down to about 3,000.

1746        Oct 28, The Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao were demolished by an earthquake. 18,000 died.
    (MC, 10/28/01)

1755        Nov 1, An 8.7 earthquake hit Lisbon, Portugal, and killed some 70,000 people. Heavy damage resulted from ensuing fires and tsunami flooding in Morocco and nearly a quarter of a million people were killed.
    (http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/eqsmosde.html)(SFEC, 4/26/98, p.T7)(HN, 11/1/98)

1769        Aug 18, Gunpowder in Brescia, Italy, church exploded and some 3,000 were killed.
    (MC, 8/18/02)

1772        Aug 11, An explosive eruption blew 4,000 feet off Papandayan, Java, and 3,000 people were killed.
    (MC, 8/11/02)

1775        Mar 19, In Italy 4 people were buried by avalanche for 37 days and 3 survived. [not clear if this was the date of the avalanche or the recovery date.]
    (MC, 3/19/02)

1789        Dec, In India’s city of Coringa 3 tidal waves caused by a cyclone destroyed the harbor city at the mouth of the Ganges river. Most ships were sunk and some 20,000 people drowned.

1794        Dec 27, The Portuguese slave ship Sao Jose--Paquete de Africa sank off the coast of South Africa’s Cape Town. Some 400-500 African slaves from Mozambique were on board the vessel bound for Brazil. About half of them perished. Wreckage of the ship was found in 2015.
    (http://tinyurl.com/q9xyg73)(AP, 6/2/15)

1797        Feb 4, Earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, killed 41,000.
    (MC, 2/4/02)

1800        Mar 17, English warship Queen Charlotte caught fire and 700 people died.
    (MC, 3/17/02)

1804        Mar 29, Thousands of whites were massacred in Haiti.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1805        Jul 26, Naples and Calabria were struck by an earthquake and some 26,000 died.
    (MC, 7/26/02)

1807-1808    In South Carolina some 700 black people froze to death this winter in a warehouse near Charleston’s Gadsden Wharf.
    (Econ, 1/7/17, p.24)

1810        Dec 22, British frigate Minotaur sank killing 480.
    (MC, 12/22/01)

1812        Mar 26, Earthquake destroyed 90% of Caracas; about 20,000 died.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1814        Feb, In Legazpi, Philippines, the Mayon volcano erupted and 1,200 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/25/01, p.A9)(Reuters, 1/15/18)

1815        Apr 5, Mount Tambora on Sumbawa Island, Indonesia, in the Java Sea erupted. One-third of the 13,000 foot mountain was blasted into the air. Some 50,000 islanders were killed and the whole planet was shrouded in a debris of sulfuric droplets.
    (NOHY, 3/90, p.41)(www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9071099)

1815        Apr 10, A third of the 13,000 foot Mount Tambora on Sumbawa Island, Indonesia, was blasted into the air. Some 50,000 islanders were killed and the whole planet was shrouded in a debris of sulfuric droplets. In 2006 scientist reported finding traces of Tambora society. Tsunamis and starvation that followed killed an estimated 60-120 thousand people.
    (www.sullivan-county.com/immigration/e3.htm)(AP, 2/28/06)(Econ., 4/11/15, p.21)

1834-1880    The native population of California dropped during this period from about 150,000 to 18,000 due mostly to mass murder by gold seekers and settlers.
    (SSFC, 11/28/21, p.J1)

1835        Feb 20, Concepcion, Chile, was destroyed by earthquake and some 5,000 died.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1837        Jan 22, An earthquake in southern Syria killed thousands.
    (MC, 1/22/02)

1837        May 9, "Sherrod" burned in Mississippi River below Natchez, Miss., and 175 died.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1839        Nov, In India’s city Coringa a gigantic 40-foot tidal wave caused by an enormous cyclone wiped out the harbor city that was never entirely rebuilt; 20,000 vessels in the bay were destroyed and some 300,000 people died.

1840        May 7, A tornado struck Natchez, Miss., and killed 317.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1841        Sep 9, The Great Lakes steamer "Erie" sank off Silver Creek, NY, and 300 people died.
    (MC, 9/9/01)

1842        May 8, The first French railway disaster, generally known as the Versailles rail accident. Among the dead were explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville and his family.

1847        Nov 21, Steamer "Phoenix" was lost on Lake Michigan. 200 people were killed.
    (MC, 11/21/01)

1850        Mar 29, Ireland's SS Royal Adelaide sank in storm and 200 people died.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1850        Sep 22, An earthquake in Sichuan, China, killed some 300,000 people.

1852        Aug 20, The steamer "Atlantic" collided on Lake Erie with the fishing boat Ogdensburg, and sank. An estimated 150-250 people were drowned.
    (MC, 8/20/02)(Internet)

1853        Apr 11, A steam line burst on SF Bay ferry Jenny Lind as it made its way from Alviso to San Francisco. 31 passengers were killed.
    (SFC, 4/13/13, p.A1)

1853        May 6, The 1st major US rail disaster killed 46 at Norwalk, Connecticut.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1854        Jan 5, The steamship San Francisco wrecked and 300 died.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1854        Mar 1, The SS City of Glasgow left Liverpool harbor and was never seen again.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1854        Apr 15, The immigrant steamer ship "Powchattan" (Powhattan) struck Brigantine Shoals and sank off Long Beach, NY. Over 300 people died.

1854        Sep 27, The first great disaster involving an ocean liner in the Atlantic occurred when the steamship Arctic sank off the coast of Newfoundland with 300 people aboard. It had collided in heavy fog with the French ship Vesta.
    (AP, 9/27/97)(Arch, 7/02, p.7)(Arch, 9/02, p.6)

1854        Nov 13, The "New Era" ship sank off New Jersey coast. The New Era, an emigrant ship of 1328 tons, was recently built in Bath, Maine, and this was her first voyage. She sailed on September 28 and was nearly two months on the way. There were 425 on board, nearly all German. 40 were lost on the trip from cholera. There were 385 passengers and crew when the ship struck. 163 were saved. The cargo consisted of 500 tons of chalk, dry goods and hardware. The ship was insured for $60,000 in Philadelphia, $60,000 in Boston, $25,000 in Bath and $6,000 in New York.

1855        Jan 9, The clipper ship Guiding Star disappeared in Atlantic and 480 died.
    (MC, 1/9/02)

1856        Apr 3, Gunpowder in church exploded killing 4,000 in Rhodes.
    (MC, 4/3/02)

1857        Mar 21, An earthquake hit Tokyo and about 107,000 died.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1857        Sep 12, A wooden-hulled steamship, the SS Central America under Capt. William L. Herndon, sank off the coast of Georgia. The ship carried 21 tons of gold from California to New York. The brig Marine and the Norwegian bark Ellen rescued some 141 people. 425 (428) of 528 (578) passengers were drowned. The survivors included Ansel Ives Easton (d.1868) and his new wife Adeline. The wreck was in 8,000 feet of water and in 1987-1988 salvage operations were begun by Tommy Thompson. He hauled in $500 million worth of gold bars, coins and nuggets. After a court battle he was awarded 92% of the gold. The story is told in the 1998 book "Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue sea" by Gary Kinder. The loss of the gold sparked "The Panic of 1857." The SS Central America sank off Cape Romain, SC.
    (WSJ, 5/22/98, p.W3)(WSJ, 6/19/98, p.W9)(SFEC, 6/28/98, BR p.3)(WSJ, 12/3/99, p.W16)(WSJ, 1/28/00, p.B1)(ON, 7/01, p.2)(MC, 9/12/01)(Ind, 12/1/01, 5A)

1859        Apr 27, "Pomona" sank in North Atlantic drowning all 400 aboard.
    (MC, 4/27/02)

1862        Jan, In California an extensive flood caused  when warm rain melted a heavy snowpack. Marysville, Yuba City, Colusa and Stockton were all flooded along with all the other towns of the state's Central Valley. One-quarter of California's estimated 800,000 cattle were killed by the flood, accelerating the end of the cattle-based ranchero society. The Great Flood of 1862 was the largest flood in the recorded history of Oregon, Nevada, and California, occurring from December 1861 to January 1862.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Flood_of_1862)(SFC, 5/27/98, p.A13)(SFC, 4/24/18, p.A1)

1863        Dec 8, A Jesuit church in Chile caught fire and 2,500 died in a panic.
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1864        Mar 18, The Dale Dike on Humber River, England, crumbled drowning some 240.
    (MC, 3/18/02)

1864        Jun 29, In Canada the St-Hilaire train disaster occurred near the town of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. The train, which had been carrying many German and Polish immigrants, failed to acknowledge a stop signal and fell through an open swing bridge into the Richelieu River. The widely accepted death toll was 99 persons.

1864        Sep 5, In California boilers on the steamer Washoe exploded on its voyage from San Francisco to Sacramento. An estimated 175 people were onboard. Reporter Mark Twain estimated as many as 100 people were killed and 75 wounded or missing.

1864        Oct 5, Calcutta, India, was denuded by a cyclone and some 70,000 people were killed.

1865        Apr 27, The steamer Sultana caught fire and burned after one of its boilers exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., killing more than 1,400 paroled Union prisoners on their way home. One account reported 1,547 people dead. At least 1,238 of the 2,031 passengers, mostly former Union POWs, were killed.
    (AP, 4/27/97)(SFC, 3/13/99, p.E6)(HN, 4/27/99)(MC, 4/27/02)

1865        Jul 30, The worst US steamship disaster occurred. The Brother Jonathon, a paddle wheel steamer, sank off the coast of Northern California near Crescent City. 225 people died after the ship hit a rock near Crescent City. There were 19 survivors. The 220-foot, side-wheeled steamer was on route to Puget Sound and reportedly carried as much as $2 million in gold. In the 1990s Deep Sea Research found and salvaged 1,207 gold coins from the ship. California received 20% of the treasure and the rest was put up for auction in 1999.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brother_Jonathan_%28steamer%29)(SFC, 7/18/96, p.A18)(SFC, 6/10/97, p.A4)(SFC, 4/23/98, p.A6)(SFC, 5/28/99, p.D7)(SSFC, 4/21/02, p.A27)

1866        Jan 11, Steamship London sank in storm off Land's End England and 220 people died.
    (MC, 1/11/02)

1866        Mar 19, The immigrant ship Monarch of the Seas sank in Liverpool; 738 died.
    (MC, 3/19/02)

1869        Sep 6, 110 miners, a number of them young boys, were killed in coal mine disaster which occurred early in the morning in Avondale, Pennsylvania, when a fire broke out in a mineshaft, cutting off the miners' escape route and their only source of air.
    (MC, 9/6/01)

1869        A fire at Yellow Jacket Mine near Virginia City, Nevada, killed 45 people.
    (SFEC, 6/25/00, p.T7)

1870        Jun 5, A fire in Constantinople killed some 900 people.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1870        Oct 19, The British SS Cambria left for the North Sea coast. 196 were killed.
    (MC, 10/19/01)

1871        Aug 26, The Boston Revere Railroad Depot collision left 32 people dead on a single track railroad with no telegraph communications.
    (THC, 12/2/97)

1871         Oct 8, Around 9 p.m. on Sunday a fire broke out in or near Patrick and Catherine O'Leary's barn in the crowded southwestern section of Chicago. The fire may or may not have been started by the O'Learys' cow kicking over a lantern. Fanned by high winds, the fire burned out of control in the tinder-dry city for more than 24 hours, until rain on Tuesday morning finally extinguished the flames. Three and a half square miles were leveled wiping out one-third of the city. The business district, the courthouse and the central water pumping station, burned to the ground. Thousands of Chicagoans fled the flames over the Randolph Street Bridge. Approximately 250 people were killed in the fire; 98,500 people were left homeless; 17,450 buildings were destroyed. The original Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed. Yet in spite of the devastation, the city was so quickly rebuilt that by 1875, few traces of the fire remained. Evidence suggests it was not Mrs. O'Leary's cow that started the blaze.  Many people still believe that Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern which started the fire. The Chicago City Council once passed a resolution exonerating the cow and apologizing to the O'Leary family.
    (HNPD, 10/8/98)(HN, 10/8/98)(MC, 10/8/01)

1871        Oct 8-14, In Peshtigo, Wisc., some 1,500 people were killed in the nation’s worst forest fire, which burned across six counties and into Michigan.
    (WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(WSJ, 8/4/04, p.B1)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)

1872        Apr 15, A cyclone hit the coast of Tanzania. All the ships in the harbor of Zanzibar, with the exception of a steamer that escaped to sea, were sunk or wrecked on the shore with great loss of life.
    (https://tinyurl.com/3d7ujz54)(SSFC, 5/2/21, p.A16)

1872        At a Memphis warehouse, a cask of molasses burst open on a loading dock and a wall of goo eight feet tall slowly surged downhill toward the Mississippi River. It caught a dozen slow-moving pedestrians unawares.
    (HFA, ‘96, p.71)

1872-1874    More than 4 million buffalo were killed by white hunters.
    (HNPD, 8/21/98)

1873        Apr 1, The British White Star steamship Atlantic, enroute to NYC from Liverpool with 811 passengers under Capt. James Agnew Williams (33), sank off Nova Scotia killing 565 people, mostly women and children. A court of inquiry suspended Williams for 2 years.
    (ON, 4/03, p.7)

1875        May 7, German SS Schiller sank near Scilly Islands and 312 were killed.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1875        Nov 4, "Pacific" collided with "Orpheus" off Cape Flattery, Wash., and 236 people died.
    (MC, 11/4/01)

1876        Oct 31, In India’s Megna River Delta a tidal wave caused by a cyclone flooded the river delta and the city of Backergunge. Some areas became covered with 40 feet of water. 100,000 people drowned and another 100,000 were reported to have perished from subsequent diseases caused by polluted water.

1876        Dec 5, In NYC a fire in the Brooklyn Theater killed over 300 people. The fire left 295 people trampled or burned to death.
    (WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(MC, 12/5/01)

1876        Dec 29, In the Ashtabula train disaster a Pacific Express, carrying some 159 passengers and crew, was traveling over a bridge near Ashtabula, Ohio. Only the first engine of the train made it to the other side at 7:28 p.m. as the bridge began to collapse. The rest of the train broke away and plummeted to the bottom of the ravine below. Approximately 92 men, women and children were killed. The bridge was owned by the Lake Shore and Michigan railroad, and was the joint creation of Charles Collins, Engineer, and Amasa Stone, Chief Architect and Designer. After testifying before an investigative jury, Charles Collins quietly went home and shot himself in the head. He was also buried in the Chestnut Grove Cemetery, several feet from the mass grave. Amasa Stone (1818-1883) committed suicide approximately 7 years later.  Stone was held partly responsible for the disaster by the same investigative jury before which Collins had testified, and was publicly scorned for many years.

1877        The coal-carrying ship W. Gordon was on a voyage from Scotland to Australia when it disappeared with 10 crew aboard. Wreckage of the ship was believed found on May 19, 2015.
    (AP, 5/3/18)

1877-1879    India experienced a devastating famine that left 6-12 million people dead.
    (http://sharpgary.org/1864-1895.html)(Econ, 1/29/05, p.74)

1878        Jun 26, The schooners Peshtigo and St. Andrews collided and sank near Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan. In 2019 divers found the wreckage.
    (https://www.straitspreserve.com/shipwrecks/st-andrew/)(AP, 9/20/19)

1881        Mar 23, Gas lamp set fire to Nice, France, opera house and 70 died.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

1881        Apr 11, River ferry "Princess Victoria" sank in Thames River, Ontario, and 180 died. [see May 24]
    (MC, 4/11/02)

1881        May 24, Some 200 people died when the Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sank near London, Ontario. [see Apr 11]
    (AP, 5/24/97)

1881        Aug 27, A hurricane hit Florida and the Carolinas; about 700 died.
    (MC, 8/27/01)

1881        Dec 8, Vienna's Ring Theater was destroyed by fire and 640-850 people were killed.
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1881-1919    Some 59 laborers, mostly Chinese immigrants, were killed in explosions at the California Powder Works in Hercules. They were paid 12.5 cents per hour.
    (SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.4)

1882        Jun 6, Cyclone in Arabian Sea (Bombay India) drowned 100,000.
    (MC, 6/6/02)

1882        The coal-carrying ship Magdala was lost while sailing from Wales to Indonesia. Wreckage of the ship was believed found on May 19, 2015.
    (AP, 5/3/18)

1883        Jan 13, Fire in circus Ferroni in Berditschoft, Poland, killed 430.
    (MC, 1/13/02)

1883        Jul 3, SS Daphne sank on Clyde River in Scotland and 195 died.
    (MC, 7/3/02)

1883        Jul 28, Shocks, triggered by the volcano Epomeo (Isle of Ischia, Italy), destroyed 1,200 houses at Casamicciola killing 2,000.
    (SC, 7/28/02)

1883        Aug 26, The island volcano Krakatoa in Indonesia began erupting with increasingly large explosions and killed some 36,000 people, both on the island itself and from the resulting 131-foot tidal waves that obliterated 163 villages on the shores of nearby Java and Sumatra. A book by Ian Thornton: "Krakatau: The Destruction and Reassembly of an Island Ecosystem" was published in 1996 [see Aug 27].
    (AP, 8/26/97)(Nat. Hist, 3/96, p.6)(HN, 8/26/02)

1883        Aug 27, The island volcano Krakatoa erupted; the resulting tidal waves in Indonesia's Sunda Strait claimed some 36,417 lives in Java and Sumatra. In 2003 Simon Winchester authored Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: Aug 27, 1883" [see Aug 26].
    (AP, 8/27/97)(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.M2)

1883         The barque West Ridge vanished while sailing from England to India with 28 sailors. Its iron wreck was believed found on Dec 19, 2015.
    (AP, 5/3/18)

1884        Feb 19, A series of tornadoes left an estimated 800 people dead in 7 US states (Miss, Ala, NC, SC, Tenn., Ky & In).
    (WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(MC, 2/19/02)

1886        Aug 31, South Carolina bore the brunt of the largest-ever earthquake on the East Coast, a 7.3 magnitude earth-shaker that killed at least 60 people in post-Civil War Charleston.

1887        May 25, Gas lamp at Paris Opera caught fire and 200 died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1887        In Canada a mining blast in Nanaimo killed 148 miners.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.27)
1887        China’s Huang Ho (Huang He, Yellow River) flooded and killed about 900,000 people. Up to 2.5 million people are thought to have drowned or died from disease and starvation.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_toll)(Econ, 9/10/16, p.69)

1888        Mar 14, A blizzard left snow drifts as high as 40 feet in NYC and forced the NYSE to close for two consecutive days. Hundreds of people died of hypothermia in the north-eastern US and Canada as a result of the 4-day blizzard.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Blizzard_of_1888)(SFC, 10/30/12, p.D2)(Econ., 12/19/20, p.122)

1888        Apr 20, 246 people were reported killed by hail in Moradabad, India.
    (MC, 4/20/02)

1888        Aug 22, The City of Chester, a 202-foot passenger steamship, sank as it left the San Francisco Bay after colliding with the incoming ocean line Oceanic. 16 people died including 3 crew members and 13 men, women and children. Wreckage of the Chester was found in May, 2013, in 217 feet of water near the Golden Gate Bridge.
    (SFC, 4/24/14, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/m2fdxwe)

1889        May 31, A damn across a tributary of the Little Conemaugh River collapsed under pressure from the rain-swollen Lake Conemaugh. Water slammed into Johnstown, Pa., 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and killed 2,209 people in a flood and related fire.
    (HFA, '96, p.30)(AHD, p.706)(SFC, 3/24/97, p.C2)
1889        May 31, Johnstown, Pennsylvania was destroyed by a massive flood. The South Fork Dam gave way, sending a wall of water rushing downstream toward Johnstown, Pa. Torrential rains had weakened the poorly constructed dam, located 14 miles upstream from the city. By the afternoon of May 31, after desperate efforts to shore up the earthen dam had failed, it broke and unleashed a 40-foot-high wave of water and debris into Johnstown with the force of Niagara Falls. Buildings and trees, along with animals and people--both dead and alive--piled up against the Pennsylvania Railroad Company's Stone Bridge. The mountain of debris then caught fire, trapping hundreds. More than 2,000 people lost their lives in the devastating Johnstown Flood. The South Fork Dam had been constructed to create Lake Conemaugh, a playground for the wealthy members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club.
    (AP, 5/31/97)(HN, 5/31/98)

1892        Jan 8, Coal mine explosion killed 100 in McAlister, Okla.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

1893         The Russalka, a 19th century ironclad, Russian vessel sank in the Baltic Sea with 177 sailors aboard. In 2003 it was discovered off the Finnish coast.
    (AP, 7/26/03)

1896        Jun 15, An 8.5 magnitude earthquake occurred approximately 166 km (103 mi) off the coast of Iwate Prefecture, Honshu, Japan. This was followed by two tsunamis. The Meiji Sanriku tsunami struck Japan and caused at least 22,000 deaths.

1898        Nov 26, The SS Portland, a 280-foot side-wheeler, left Boston for Cape Cod. A major storm arose that killed over 400 people in the next 36 hours [see Nov 27].
    (AH, 6/02, p.53)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_Gale)

1898        Nov 27, The SS Portland, under Capt. Hollis H. Blanchard, sank overnight in the Portland Gale off New England and all 192 people aboard were killed. In 2002 John Rousmaniere authored “After the Storm: True Stories of Disaster and Recovery at Sea."
    (AH, 6/02, p.55)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_Gale)

1899        Aug 8, Hurricane San Ciriaco made landfall in Puerto Rico. The number of fatalities ranged from 3,100 to 3,400, with the official estimate being 3,369. Approximately 250,000 people were left without food and shelter.

1900        Sep 8, Some 6,000-8,000 people were killed in Galveston by flying debris, collapsing buildings and drowning. The storm let up around midnight, leaving in its wake $30 million in damage and thousands of bodies. Many of the dead had to be hastily dumped in the ocean for fear of spreading disease. Bishop's Palace in Galveston, Texas, remained standing amid piles of rubble after the island city suffered the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history. By nightfall, winds reached 125 mph and the city was under 15 feet of water. The storm battered Galveston for 18 hours. In 1999 Erik Larson published "Isaac's Storm."
    (AP, 9/8/97)(HNPD, 9/8/98)(SFC, 11/30/98, p.A2)(WSJ, 9/3/99, p.W8)

1901        Feb 22, The 345-foot steamer City of Rio de Janeiro piled up on rocks at Fort Point at the bay entrance of San Francisco. Only 82 of some 210 people were rescued, mostly by Italian fishing boats. Many of the dead were Chinese immigrants. The ship was being guided by bar pilot Frederick W. Jordan when it hit submerged rock near Lime Point in 320 feet of water. The remains of the ship were reportedly discovered in 1987 and a consortium hoped to salvage an alleged secret cargo of $2 million in silver bars. In November, 2014, a remote submersible discovered the remains of the ship in 287 feet of water.  
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_City_of_Rio_de_Janeiro)(SFEC, 2/23/96, Z1 p.5)(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W2)(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A17)(SSFC, 8/5/12,  DB p.42)(SFC, 6/29/13, p.C2)(SFC, 12/11/14, p.A1)(SFC, 3/23/19, p.C1)

1902        May 6, British SS Camorta sank off Rangoon and 739 died.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1902        On the French Island of Martinique in the east W. Indies, the Mt. Pelee volcano blew its top and wiped out the town of St. Pierre. A pyroclastic flow killed  29-40 thousand people.
    (Hem., 12/96, p.30)(SFC, 8/13/01, p.A4)(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)

1902        The Soufriere volcano erupted on St. Vincent and 1,680 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)

1903        Dec 30, The Iraquois Theater Fire of Chicago killed 602 people. Matinee patrons panicked despite efforts by comedian Eddie Foy (47) to calm the crowd.
    (HFA, '96, p.70)(AP, 12/30/97)(PCh, 1992, p.652)

1894        Sep 1-2, Forest fires ravaged over 160,000 acres and destroyed Hinckley, Minnesota. About 600 people died.
    (MC, 9/2/01)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)

1896        May 15, A tornado killed 78 in Texas.
    (MC, 5/15/02)

1896        May 27, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis, Ill.
    (AP, 5/27/97)

1901        Feb 21, The steamer City of Rio de Janeiro piled up on rocks at Fort Point at the bay entrance of San Francisco. Only 82 of some 210 people were rescued, mostly by Italian fishing boats. Many of the dead were Chinese immigrants. The ship was being guided by bar pilot Frederick W. Jordan when it hit submerged rock near Lime Point in 320 feet of water. The remains of the ship were reportedly discovered in 1987 and a consortium hoped to salvage an alleged secret cargo of $2 million in silver bars. The wreck of the ship has never since been located.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_City_of_Rio_de_Janeiro)(SFEC, 2/23/96, Z1 p.5)(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W2)(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A17)(SSFC, 8/5/12,  DB p.42)(SFC, 6/29/13, p.C2)

1904        Jun 15, Some 1,021 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York City’s East River.
    (AP, 6/15/97)(www.newyorkhistory.info)

1905        Feb 8, A cyclone hit Tahiti and adjacent islands killing some 10,000 people.
    (MC, 2/8/02)

1906        Mar 10, A coal dust explosion killed 1,060 at Courrieres, France.
    (MC, 3/10/02)

1906        Nov 22, The Canadian steamship J.H. Jones went down during a storm on Lake Huron, near Lion's Head, Ontario, with 30 people on board. Only one body was ever found. In 2018 wreckage of the ship was found.
    {Canada, Ship, Tragedy}
    (http://tinyurl.com/y9lde8cu)(SFC, 9/17/18, p.A2)

1906        The steamer Valencia from SF ran aground at bluffs on the west side of Vancouver Island. Many of the passengers and crew made it to shore, but none of the 126 survived due to exposure.
    (SSFC, 3/3/02, p.C8)

1907        Feb 11, The passenger ship Larchmont was steaming through a winter storm in heavy seas, 4 miles southwest of Watch Hill, Rhode Island when she was rammed by the coal carrying schooner Harry P. Knowles, which had drifted off course in the blizzard. The Larchmont sank in 10 minutes and only 19 men including the captain, George McVey survived the ordeal.

1907        Feb 12, Bodies continued to wash ashore from the steamer Larchmont, which had collided the previous with a schooner off New England's Block Island. The vessel's quartermaster, James E. Staples, claimed a loss of 332.
    (AP, 2/12/98)

1907        Dec 6, Worst mining disaster in American history took place in West Virginia's Marion County. An explosion at a mine owned by the Fairmont Coal Company in Monongah killed 361 coal miners.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1907        Dec 19, A gas explosion killed 239 workers in a coal mine in Jacobs Creek, Pa.
    (AP, 12/19/97)(MC, 12/19/01)

1907        A great cantilever bridge collapsed in Quebec killing 75 workers.
    (MT, Summer/04, p.7)

1908        Mar 8, Collingwood Elementary in Cleveland burned. 173 kids and 2 teachers were killed.
    (MC, 3/8/02)

1908        Apr 12, Fire left 17,000 homeless in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
    (MC, 4/12/02)

1908        Dec 28, Some 70,000-100,000 people died in the Messina earthquake in Sicily. The government hired a number of steamships, including the Florida, to ship survivors to America.
    (WUD, 1994, p.899)(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A21)(http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/eqsmosde.html)

1909        Jul 26, The SS Waratah left Durban, South Africa, with 211 passengers and crew. The steamship, enroute from Melbourne to London, was due in Cape Town 3 days later, but never arrived.
    (Econ, 9/19/09, p.94)

1909        Nov 13, In Pennsylvania the Cherry Mine disaster killed 259 men and boys. In 2002 Karen Tintori authored “Trapped: The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1909_Cherry_Mine_disaster)(AH, 2/03, p.61)

1910        Mar 1, The worst snow slide in US history buried 3 passenger trains at Steven's Pass in the Cascade Range and 118 died.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1910        Dec 21, Explosion in coal mine in Hulton, England killed 344 mine workers.
    (MC, 12/21/01)

1910        Dec 22, In Chicago, Ill., 21 firefighters died when a wall collapsed at the Union Stock Yards fire.

1911        Mar 25, The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire killed 146 immigrant workers. 13 girls survived the fire that broke out on the top three floors of the 10-story New York’s Asch Building as the workday was ending. No one knows what caused the fire, but it spread quickly, fueled by the fabric scraps and sewing machine oil used in the manufacture women’s blouses. The three avenues of escape were almost immediately clogged with panicked workers, mostly young immigrant women. Then, to the horror of spectators seven stories below, the desperate women began to jump to their deaths. Appalled by the tragedy, the New York State legislature formed a commission whose findings led to the creation of new fire and building codes that were soon adopted in cities throughout America.
    (HNPD, 3/25/00)(SFC, 4/27/98, p.A8)(SFC, 2/24/99, p.C4)(AP, 3/23/08)

1911        In the Philippines the Taal volcano erupted and 1,335 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)

1912        Mar 5, Spanish steamer "Principe de Asturias" sank NE of Spain and 500 died.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1912        Apr 8, Steamers collided in Nile, drowning 200.
    (MC, 4/8/02)

1912        Apr 15, At 2:20 a.m., two hours and 40 minutes after impact, the luxury liner RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland with the loss of about 1,522 lives. About 1,500 [1517] people died. Because there were lifeboats for only half those on board, only 705 passengers and crew survived the disaster. Among the survivors was J. Bruce Ismay, president of the White Star Line, who telegraphed his New York office, "Deeply regret advise you Titanic sank this morning after collision with iceberg, resulting in serious loss of life. Full particulars later." Nearly a third of the passengers died. The ship’s band played the waltz “Songe d’Automne" as it sank. The accident killed 1,523 [1503] people and 705 survived. By 1996 only 8 were still alive. Nearly 60% of the first-class passengers survived. There were 214 staff members of the 685 survivors. It was later discovered that Harland & Wolff, the ship’s builder, had used a lower quality rivet on the ship that likely contributed to the rapid sinking. The last night on the ship was described by Rick Archbold and Dana McCauley in their book: “Last Dinner on the Titanic." The steamer Carpathia rescued 705 of the 2,358 people onboard. Prof. Steven Biel of Brandeis Univ. wrote “A Cultural History of the Titanic" in 1997.
    (AP, 4/15/97)(SFC, 7/5/96, PM, p.16)(SFC, 9/22/96, Par p.25)(WSJ, 4/9/97, p.A1)(SFC, 4/14/97, p.E8)(SFC, 4/19/97, p.A3)(SFEC,12/797, DB p.37)(SFC, 4/15/08, p.A6)

1913        Feb 9-18, The 10 Day Tragedy of Mexico City when 3,000 died.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1913        Nov 9, Storm "Freshwater Fury" sank 8 ore-carriers on Great Lakes.
    (MC, 11/9/01)

1914        Apr 28,  At Eccles, WV, 181 died in coal mine collapse.
    (MC, 4/28/02)

1914        May 29, The Canadian ship Empress of Ireland sank while enroute to Quebec City to Liverpool after colliding with the Norwegian coal freighter Storstad. 1,012 (1,024) of the 1,500 passengers and crew were killed. The site of the tragedy was proclaimed a protected historic and archeological site by Quebec in 1999.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.D3)(SC, 5/29/02)

1915        Jan 13, An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy, killed 29,800.
    (MC, 1/13/02)

1915        Jan 18, A train derailed on a steep incline at Colima-Guadalajara, Mexico, and some 600 people were killed.
    (MC, 1/18/02)(http://www.emergency-management.net/pass_train.htm)

1915        May 7, In the 2nd year of WWI, the British Cunard ocean liner Lusitania, on a voyage from New York to Liverpool, sank off the coast of Ireland in only 18-21 minutes after being struck by a torpedo fired by the German U-boat U-20. Of 1,959 [1,978] passengers and crew, 1,195 died. Of the fatalities, 123 were Americans. Even though the Germans maintained the liner was carrying arms purchased in America to Britain, the sinking of a passenger ship aroused intense anger against the German policy of unrestricted submarine warfare and hastened America's entrance into the war. In 2002 Diana Preston authored "Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy" and David Ramsay authored "Lusitania: Saga and Myth."
    (CFA, '96, p.46)(AP, 5/7/97)(HN, 5/7/98)(HNPD, 5/7/99)(HN, 5/7/99)(WSJ, 5/8/02, p.AD9)

1915        May 22, Near Gretna, Scotland, a passenger train collided with a troop train, killing 227 people.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1915        Jul 24, Excursion ship Eastland capsized in Lake Michigan and 852 die.
    (MC, 7/24/02)

1915        A famine began in Mount Lebanon. By 1918 some 200,000 people, half the population in the mountainous heartland, were dead.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_of_Mount_Lebanon)(Econ., 9/5/20, p.40)

1916        Aug 29, Transport ship Hsin-Yu & cruiser Hai-Yung collided and 1000 people were killed.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1916        Dec 12, Worst train disaster ever took place in Modane, France, 543 French Soldiers were killed.
    (MC, 12/12/01)

1917        Jan 19, Silvertown Essex's ammunition factory exploded and 300 died.
    (MC, 1/19/02)

1917        Feb 20, Ammunitions ship exploded in Archangel harbor, Russia, and about 1,500 died.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1917        Mar 23, A 4 day series of tornadoes killed 211 in Midwest US.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

1917        Jul 9, British warship "Vanguard" exploded at Scapa Flow killing 804.
    (MC, 7/9/02)

1917        Dec 6, In Nova Scotia some 2000 people were killed and thousands wounded following an explosion in Halifax harbor. The Imo, a Norwegian freighter ship, had collided with the French munitions ship Mont Blanc and a fire soon caused a massive explosion. A local court found Captain Le Medec of the Mont Blanc and other defendants guilty of the collision. Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that the captains of both ships were equally to blame. A Privy Council in London ruled that Le Medec had done nothing illegal.
    (EWH, 4th ed, p.1054)(ON, 7/05, p.7)

1917         Dec 12, In Modane, France, a troop train derailed near the entrance of Mt. Cenis tunnel and 543 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1918        Apr 13, Electrical fire killed 38 mental patients at Oklahoma State Hospital.
    (MC, 4/13/02)

1918        May 18, A TNT explosion in chemical factory in Oakdale, PA, killed 200.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1918        Jul 9, 101 people were killed as an inbound local train collided with an outbound express in Nashville, Tenn.
    (AP, 7/9/97)

1918        Jul 12, A Japanese battleship exploded in the Bay of Tokayama and some 500 people were killed.
    (MC, 7/12/02)

1918        Oct 12, The Cloquet Fire erupted in Minnesota. 453 lives were lost and 52,000 people were injured or displaced, 38 communities were destroyed, 250,000 acres (1,000 km2) were burned. In 1990 Francis M. Carroll authored “Fires of Autumn: The Cloquet-Moose Lake Disaster of 1918."
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_Cloquet_Fire)(http://tinyurl.com/jesjlks)(AP, 10/12/08)

1918        Nov 1, 102 died in a NYC BMT subway derailment at Malbone Street Brooklyn.
    (MC, 11/1/01)

1919        Jan 15, In Boston an explosion opened a tank of molasses and the cylindrical sides toppled outward knocking down 10 nearby buildings. 2 million gallons of molasses oozed onto the streets and killed 21 people. Another 150 were injured.
    (www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/molasses.asp)(SFC, 1/16/19, p.A7)

1919        May 1, The Kelut volcano erupted and 5,110 people were killed. Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupted and a boiling crater lake broke through the crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)(MC, 5/1/02)

1920        Dec 16, In China an 8.6 earthquake in the northwestern provinces of Gansu and Shanxi caused massive landslides and the deaths of 100,000- 200,000 people.
    (SFC, 1/800, p.A8)(www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/eq/faq/world.htm)

1921        Feb 19, The U.S. Red Cross reported that approximately 20,000 children died yearly in auto accidents.
    (HN, 2/19/98)

1921        Mar 18, Steamer "Hong Koh" ran aground off Swatow China killing 1,000.
    (MC, 3/18/02)

1921        Mar 25, The US Navy tug Conestoga sailed out the Golden Gate bound for Hawaii with a 56 man crew and was never heard from again. Its suspected wreckage was spotted near the Farallon Islands in 2009. In 2016 government scientists confirmed the find.
    (SFC, 3/24/16, p.D1)

1921        Sep 21, In Oppau, Germany, an explosion at the Bradishe Aniline chemical works, a nitrate manufacturing plant, destroyed the plant and a nearby village with 561 deaths and over 1500 persons injured.
    (HSAB, 1994, p.46)(MC, 9/21/01)

1922        Feb 21, Airship Rome exploded at Hampton Roads, Virginia, and 34 died.
    (MC, 2/21/02)

1922        Aug 2, China was hit by a typhoon and some 60,000 died.
    (MC, 8/2/02)

1923        Sep 1, The Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by the Great Kanto earthquake that claimed 99,000-143,000 lives. The 7.9-8.3 quake off Tokyo's shoreline killed some 99,300 people.
    (AP, 9/1/97)(www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/eq/faq/world.htm)

1924        Mar 8, Coal mine explosion killed 171 at Castle Gate, Utah.
    (MC, 3/8/02)

1924        Jun 28, A tornado struck Sandusky & Lorain, Ohio, killing 93.
    (MC, 6/28/02)

1925        Mar 18, The great Tri-State Tornado killed 695 people in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri and injured some 13,000 people, and causing $17 million in property damage. Several other destructive tornadoes in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana, as well as tornadoes in Alabama and Kansas brought the total to at least 747 dead.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri-State_Tornado)(SSFC, 5/11/03, Par p.A11)(AP, 5/24/11)

1926        Sep 18, A hurricane hit South Florida killing about 400 people and leaving some 50,000 homeless. The category 4 storm became known as the Great Miami Hurricane.
    (Econ, 12/20/08, p.116)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.27)

1927        Jan 9, Fire in Laurier Palace cinema in Montreal killed 78 children.
    (MC, 1/9/02)

1927        Feb 17, The death toll reached 24 with some 3,000 left homeless after a fierce storm hit the Pacific Coast.
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.G8)

1927        May 24, The final levee breach of the 1927 flood occurred at McCrea, Louisiana, on the east bank of the Atchafalaya levee. The flood along the Mississippi killed some 500 people and displaced thousands. The levee system broke in 145 places and caused 27,000 square miles of flooding in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. In 1997 the book "Rising Tide" by John M. Barry described the catastrophe. It was also the subject of the Randy Newman song "Louisiana 1927."
    (www.rms.com/publications/1927_MississippiFlood.pdf)(WSJ, 2/6/97, p.A12)(SFC, 11/28/03, p.C7)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)(WSJ, 11/2/05, p.A2)(Econ, 5/21/11, p.30)

1927        Nov 2, Vermont began experiencing 3 days of severe flooding. Floods took out 1285 bridges, miles and miles of roads and railroads, and countless homes and buildings. 84 people died in the flood, including Lt. Governor S. Hollister Jackson.

1927        Flooding along the Mississippi River displaced over 600,000 people. The US Congress in response ordered every untamed reach of the river to be straightjacketed by earthworks. Over 1,500 miles of levees were constructed.
    (Econ, 8/26/17, p.24)

1928        Mar 12, The 3-year-old St. Francis dam collapsed and some 450 people were killed in Santa Paula, Ventura County, Ca.
    (SFC, 9/22/01, p.A3)(PCh, 1992, p.791)

1928        May 19, "Firedamp" exploded in a Mather, Pennsylvania, coal mine killing 195 of 273 miners.
    (DTnet, 5/19/97)

1928        Aug 27, 16 people died in NYC’s 2nd worst subway accident.
    (MC, 8/27/01)

1928        Sep 12, A hurricane in Florida killed 6,000 people.
    (MC, 9/12/01)

1929        May 15, Fire in X-ray film stock killed 125 at Crile Clinic, Cleveland.
    (MC, 5/15/02)

1930        Apr 21, In Columbus, Ohio, 322 people were killed at the Ohio Penitentiary after a fire started on scaffolding. Most died of smoke inhalation when breakdown in command kept guards from unlocking cell doors. This was the worst prison fire in US history.
    (AP, 2/16/12)

1930        Nov 25, An earthquake in Shizouka, Japan, killed 187.
    (HN, 11/25/98)

1931        Jul-Nov, The Huang He River (Huang Ho, Yellow River) in China flooded more than 40,000 sq. miles and more than a million people were killed.
    (HFA, '96, p.71)(http://socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/geography/huangheriver.htm)

1932        Dec 16, An 8.6 earthquake ravaged Kansu, China. Some 70,000 were killed. [see Dec 26]
    (MC, 12/16/01)

1932        Dec 26, Some 70,000 were killed in a massive earthquake in Kansu, China. [see Dec 16]
    (HN, 12/26/98)(MC, 12/26/01)

1933        Dec 24, A Paris express train derailed and killed 160. Some 300 were injured.
    (MC, 12/24/01)

1934        Sep 7-8, The luxury liner "Morro Castle," enroute from Havana to NYC, caught fire and ran aground at Asbury Park, NJ. 134 people were killed. [see Sep 8]

1934        Sep 8, 134 people lost their lives in a fire aboard the liner Morro Castle off the New Jersey coast. The crew of the cruise ship let a small blaze get out of control and commandeered most of the spots in the lifeboats. Only 15 passengers survived as compared to 119 crew. 124 people died. The event was part of a 1999 TV documentary "Escape, Because Accident Happen" for a NOVA miniseries. [see Sep 7]
    (AP, 9/8/97)(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A21)

1935        Sep 2, A hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives. Estimates of the dead reached 500-800. Some 260 WW I veterans were killed in the Labor Day hurricane as well as over 160 permanent residents. In 2002 Willie Drye authored “The Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935."
    (WSJ, 4/2/07, p.B1)(AP, 9/2/07)(AH, 2/03, p.59)

1936        Apr 5, Tupelo, Mississippi, was virtually annihilated by a tornado and 216 died.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1936        Apr 6, A tornado killed 203 and injures 1,800 in Gainesville, Georgia.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1937        Mar 18, Some 300 people, mostly children, were killed in a gas explosion at a school in New London, Texas.
    (AP, 3/18/08)

1937        Mar 24, A bus blew a tire, went out of control and 18 people were killed in Salem, Illinois.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

1937        May 6, At 7:25 p.m. the giant German airship (dirigible or zeppelin) Hindenburg burst into flames and crashed to the ground as it attempted to dock with a mooring mast at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. Carrying 36 passengers and 61 crew, Hindenburg left Frankfurt on May 4 for its first transatlantic voyage of the 1937 season. A total of 36 died when the fire ignited the 16 hydrogen-filled cells and destroyed the zeppelin in only 34 seconds. This included 13 passengers, 22 crew members and one of the ground crew. The airship was 803 feet long and had private rooms for 50 passengers. It had an 11,000 mile range. A newsreel film of the Hindenburg Disaster was made. The true cause of the disaster remains a mystery, although crash investigators considered claims that Hindenburg was lost due to sabotage or an accidental charge of static electricity.
     (Hem., 1/96, p.108)(AP, 5/6/97)(SFC,11/21/97, p.C17)(ON, 8/12, p.11)

1938        Mar 2, Landslides and floods cause over 200 deaths in Los Angeles, CA.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1938        Sep 21, A Category 3 hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming up to 800 lives. Winds hit 183 MPH in New England. The storm hit Long Island and Connecticut and caused $308 million in damage.
    (AP, 9/21/97)(WSJ, 5/31/06, p.B1)(Econ, 11/3/12, p.27)

1938        Chinese Nationalist leaders intentionally broke levees on the Yellow River to prevent the Japanese military from advancing. More than 500,000 people, Japanese and Chinese, died in the resulting flood. Chinese army commander Xiong Xianyu kept a diary on the levee action.
    (Econ, 6/22/13, p.83)(http://tinyurl.com/kxkkrdc)

1939        Dec 22, 99 died in 2nd train wreck at Friedrichshafen, Germany.
    (MC, 12/22/01)
1939        Dec 22, 125 died in train wreck at Magdeburg, Germany.
    (MC, 12/22/01)

1939        In Erzincan, Turkey, an earthquake killed 30,000 people.
    (SFEC, 8/22/99, p.A17)

1940        Mar 14, A truck full of migrant workers collided with a train outside McAllen, Texas. 27 people were killed and 15 injured.
    (MC, 3/14/02)

1940        Mar 26, In California 9 homeless people, including two women, were killed after the elevated floor of a warehouse collapsed in Santa Rosa. Eight of the3 dead were Pomo Indians known in the area as fruit pickers and odd jib laborers.
    (SSFC, 3/22/15, DB p.42)

1940        Apr 23, Some 198 people died in a dance-hall fire in Natchez, Miss.
    (AP, 4/23/97)(MC, 4/23/02)

1940        Nov 11, Blizzard struck midwestern US killing over 100.
    (MC, 11/11/01)

1941        Mar 15, A blizzard in North Dakota killed 151.
    (MC, 3/15/02)

1941        May 25, Some 5,000 drowned in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1942        Mar 26, 20 tons of gelignite killed 21 in a stone quarry in Easton, PA.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1942        Apr 27, Tornado destroyed Pryor, Oklahoma, killing 100 and injuring 300.
    (MC, 4/27/02)

1942        Feb 24, The SS Struma was sunk in the Black Sea by a Soviet torpedo. The ship with over 750 Jewish passengers fleeing Romania, had docked in Istanbul, but was denied entry to Palestinian territory by colonial power Britain. On Feb 23 Turkey towed the vessel to the Black Sea and set it adrift. Only one person survived.
    (AP, 2/24/12)

1942        Jul 28, Nazis liquidated 10,000 Jews in Minsk, Russia.
    (SC, 7/28/02)

1942        Oct 16, In India a cyclone devastated Bengal and about 40,000 lives were lost.
.    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1942        Nov 28, In Massachusetts 492 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston. The cause of the fire was never officially determined, though many blamed a busboy who had survived the blaze.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoanut_Grove_fire)(AP, 11/28/97)

1943        Mar 31, US errantly bombed Rotterdam, killed 326.
    (MC, 3/31/02)

1943        In India as many as three million people died in 1943 after Japan captured neighboring Burma -- a major source of rice imports -- and British colonial rulers in India stockpiled food for soldiers and war workers.
    (AFP, 4/9/19)

1944         Jan 16, In Leon Province, Spain, train wrecks in the Torro Tunnel killed more than 500 people.
    (AP, 2/18/04)(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)

1944        Mar 2, In Salerno, Italy, fumes from a locomotive stalled in a tunnel suffocated 521 people.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1944        Mar 27, In San Francisco a fire at the New Amsterdam Hotel on Fourth St. killed 22 people.
    (SSFC, 3/24/19, p.39)

1944        May 21, In Hawaii the tank landing ship LST-353 exploded at West Loch while handling ammunition. In a short space of time, six LSTs were so damaged that they sank. Two others were severely damaged. The total casualties from the tragedy were 163 dead and 396 injured.

1944        Jul 6, In Hartford, Conn., 168 people died when fire broke out in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 2000 Stewart O’Nan authored "The Circus Fire: A True Story."
    (AP, 7/6/04)(SFEC, 8/20/00, BR p.3)

1944        Aug 23, A US B-24 crashed into a school in Freckelton, England, and 76 were killed.
    (MC, 8/23/02)

1944        Oct 20, A US air raid targeted an industrial complex near Milan, Italy, but a second wave of bombers went off course and released their bombs southeast of the target to lighten their loads as they returned to base. The bombing raid killed 184 elementary school children.
    (AP, 10/20/19)

1945        Mar 10, Some 300 American B-29s bombed Tokyo at night with almost 2,000 tons of incendiaries killing 100,000.
    (HN, 3/10/98)(MC, 3/10/02)

1945        May 3, German ship "Cap Arcona" sank and 5,800 were killed.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1945        Nov 8, A riverboat sank off Hong Kong and 1,550 were killed.
    (MC, 11/8/01)

1945        Nov 28, A tsunami struck India’s coast at Karachi washing away 4,000 people.
    (https://www.dawn.com/news/1131310)(Econ 7/22/17, SR p.10)

1946        Apr 1, An Aleutian Islands earthquake triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami that killed 165 people and caused over $26 million in damage. Tidal waves struck the Hawaiian Islands, resulting in more than 170 deaths. 91 people were killed in Hilo.
    (AP, 4/1/98)(Ind, 6/8/02, 5A)(SSFC, 8/25/02, p.C14)

1946        Apr 25, A train crash at Napierville, Illinois, killed 45-48. The "Exposition Flyer" was rammed.
    (SS, 4/25/02)

1946        Aug 16, A riot in Calcutta left some 3-4,000 Moslems and Hindus dead.
    (MC, 8/16/02)

1946        Nov 23, French Navy fire in Haiphong, Vietnam, killed 6,000.
    (MC, 11/23/01)

1946        Dec 7, A fire broke out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, killing 119 people, including hotel founder W. Frank Winecoff.
    (AP, 12/7/04)

1947        Mar 25, A coal mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., claimed 111 lives.
    (AP, 3/25/97)

1947        Apr 9, A series of tornadoes struck Kansas, West Texas and Oklahoma. 181 were killed and some 1,300 injured. The Woodward tornado ranked as the deadliest ever to hit Oklahoma.
    (AP, 4/9/08)(AH, 4/07, p.55)

1947        Apr 16, The French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up, devastating Texas City, Texas. It was America's worst harbor explosion. Another ship, the Highflyer, exploded the following day. The final death toll was 576, and more than 3,000 Texas City residents were left homeless. Property damage ran into the millions.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, p.E-4)(AP, 4/16/97)(HNPD, 4/17/00)

1947        Aug 18, Naval torpedo and mine factory exploded at Cadiz, Spain, killing 300.
    (MC, 8/18/02)

1948        May 30, Vanport, Oregon, was dramatically destroyed when a 200-foot (61 m) section of the dike holding back the Columbia River collapsed during a flood, killing 15. The city was underwater by nightfall leaving its inhabitants homeless.

1948        Jul 28, In Ludwigshafen, Germany, a vapor explosion from dimethyl ether left 209 people dead.
    (HSAB, 1994, p.46)

1948        Oct 6, A 7.3 earthquake hit Ashgebat, Turkmenistan, and killed an estimated 110,000 people. Stalinist media at the time claimed only 35,000 deaths.

1948        Dec 3, Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" exploded in East China Sea killing 1,100. [see Dec 4]
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1948        Dec 4, SS Kiangya hit a mine in Whangpoo River, China. It sank and 2,750 were killed. [see Dec 3]
    (MC, 12/4/01)

1949        Apr 5, The 60 year old St. Anthony's Hospital burned and killed 77 in Effingham, Ill.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1949        Oct 22, In Dwor, Poland, the Danzig-Warsaw express derailed and more than 200 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1949        Nov 29, Uranium mine explosions in East Germany killed 3,700.
    (MC, 11/29/01)

1950        Feb 17, 31 people died in a train crash in Rockville Center,  NY.
    (MC, 2/17/02)

1950        Aug 25, The navy hospital ship USS Benevolence sank after it was struck by the SS Mary Luckenbach in dense fog off the Golden Gate. 23 crew members of the Benevolence died. San Francisco fisherman John A. Napoli single-handedly rescued 70 people from the Benevolence. Napoli hurt his back wand was forced to sell his crab boat. In 1961 US Congress passed a bill to pay Napoli $25,000 for his efforts.
    (SSFC, 5/15/11, DB p.46)(SSFC, 1/6/19, DB p.42)

1950        Sep 4, A heavy typhoon struck Japan and killed about 250 people.
    (MC, 9/4/01)

1950        Nov 22, 79 died in a train crash in Richmond Hills, NY.
    (MC, 11/22/01)

1951        Aug 6, Typhoon floods killed 4,800 in Manchuria.
    (MC, 8/6/02)

1951        Dec 4, Superheated gases rolled down Mount Catarman (Philippines), killing 500.
    (MC, 12/4/01)

1951        In Papua New Guinea the Lamington volcano erupted and 2,942 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)

1952        Apr 26, US minesweeper "Hobson" rammed the aircraft carrier "Wasp," and 176 were killed.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1952        Dec 5-8, A 4-day London smog killed 4,703 people. Oxides of sulfur and other irritants from coal smoke were blamed. [see Dec 4]
    (PCh, 1992, p.937)(MC, 12/5/01)

1952-1954    In the Netherlands 34 boys under 18 during this period died in a Catholic institute for the mentally disabled in the Roermond Diocese. A Dutch Catholic institute for disabled girls in the same town of Heel experienced 40 deaths during the same period. In 2011 prosecutors opened an investigation on the unusually high death rate. In 2012 Dutch prosecutors said Brother Andreas, now dead, may have been involved in the suspicious deaths of 37 patients. The deaths sharply declined after he was transferred to another institution.
    (AP, 8/16/11)(AP, 8/18/11)(AP, 6/28/12)

1953        Jan 5, In South Korea the Changgyeong ferry sank as it was cruising from Yeosu to Busan.

1953        Jan 31-1953 Feb 1, A powerful storm breached sea dikes in the south of the Netherlands, killing more than 1,800 people and cementing a deep resolve among the Dutch that their ancient enemy, water, would never kill again. 307 people died in eastern England.
    (SSFC, 3/25/01, p.C3)(www.metoffice.com/education/secondary/students/flood.html)

1953        May 11, A tornado his downtown Waco, Texas, killing 114 people with 597 injured.
    (SSFC, 5/11/03, Par p.11)

1953        Jun 8, A killer tornado hit Flint, Mich. It killed 116 people and injured more than 850 in Ohio and Michigan.
    (SSFC, 5/11/03, Par p.A11)(Hartford Courant, 6/9/63, p.23A)

1953        Jun 9, About 100 people died when a tornado struck Worcester, Mass. The tornado from the Midwest roared into Massachusetts. By the time it left, 94 people were dead, and more than $58 million in property damage occurred. It was the worst tornado in New England history.
    (AP, 6/9/97)(http://tinyurl.com/yg8dhcd)

1953        Dec 24, 2 speeding express trains crashed head-on killing 103 in Czechoslovakia.
    (MC, 12/24/01)

1954        Jan 12, Austria's worst avalanche killed 200. 9hrs later a 2nd one killed 115.
    (MC, 1/12/02)

1954        Oct 15, Hurricane Hazel struck US and Canada and 348 people died. 81 people were killed in Ontario where damages were estimated at $24 million.
    (AP, 10/16/04)

1955        Apr 3, In Guadalajara, Mexico, a night train plunged into a canyon and some 300 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1955        Aug 17, Hurricane Diane followed hurricane Connie and flooded the Connecticut River killing 190 and doing $1.8 billion in damage.
    (SC, 8/17/02)

1956        May 26, Aircraft carrier "Bennington" burned off RI, killing 103.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1956        Jul 7, Seven Army trucks loaded with dynamite exploded in middle of Cali, Columbia, killing 1,100-1,200. 2000 buildings were destroyed.
    (MC, 7/7/02)

1956        Jul 25, The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm in 200 feet of water 50 miles southeast of Nantucket Island, Mass. 46 people of its 1,706 passengers and crew were killed. The Dorea was headed from Genoa, Italy, to NY, and sank eleven hours after the crash.
    (WSJ, 5/30/97, p.A1)(AP, 7/25/97)(SFC, 1/1/99, p.A16)(SFC, 7/30/99, p.D5)(AP, 1/14/12)

1957        Jul 14, Soviet steamer "Eshghbad" sank in Caspian Sea and 270 drowned.
    (MC, 7/14/02)

1957        Sep 29, In Montgomery, West Pakistan (later renamed to Sahiwal, Pakistan), an express train collided with stationary oil train and 250 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1958        Sep 15, A commuter train crashed through a drawbridge, killing 48 in Newark, NJ.

1958        Dec 1, In Chicago Our Lady of Angels School burned. 92 students and 3 nuns were killed.
    (MC, 12/1/01)

1959        Feb, The bodies of nine Russian hikers were found in the remote Dyatlov pass in the Ural Mountains. A study published in 2021 suggested that a type of avalanche known as a slab avalanche could explain some of the injuries.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_Pass_incident)(NY Times, 2/25/21)

1959        May 8, A 3-deck Nile excursion steamer sprang a leak panicking passengers who capsized the ship. 200 drowned just yards from shore.
    (MC, 5/8/02)

1960        Jan 21, The Coalbrook mining disaster, the worst mining accident in the history of South Africa, left 437 miners dead. The miners were suffocated by methane gas and crushed to death by rockfall.

1960        Mar 28, In Glasgow, Scotland, a factory exploded burying 20 fire fighters.
    (MC, 3/28/02)

1960        Jul 14, Fire raging through a Guatemala City, Guatemala, insane asylum and 225 were killed with 300 severely injured.
    (MC, 7/14/02)

1960        Oct 10, A cyclone and tidal wave hit the Gulf of Bengal and killed about 6,000 in East Pakistan.

1960        Nov 13, Fire in movie theater killed 152 children in Amude, Spain.
    (MC, 11/13/01)

1961        Jan 6, in San Francisco a fire swept through the buck-a-night Thomas Hotel at 971 Mission St. killing 19 people and injuring 38.
    (SSFC, 1/2/11, p.42)

1961        Jan 15, The hurricane weakened Texas Tower No. 4, a Cold War radar tower, collapsed in the North Atlantic 85 miles southeast of NYC. In 2011 Pres. Obama wrote letter honoring the 28 men killed in the collapse.
    (www.radomes.org/museum/documents/TexasTower.html)(SFC, 2/10/11, p.A4)

1962        Feb 16, A North Sea flood disaster hit the coastal regions of Germany and in particular the city of Hamburg where 315 were killed. Helmut Schmidt, police senator of Hamburg, coordinated the rescue operations, commandeered the army to help and requested for emergency help throughout Europe.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Sea_flood_of_1962)(Econ, 11/14/15, p.94)

1962        Mar 16, US Lockheed Super-Constellation disappeared above Pacific Ocean and 167 were killed.
    (MC, 3/16/02)

1962        In southern Thailand a tropical storm killed more than 900 people.
    (AP, 1/3/19)

1963        Mar 17, In Indonesia eruptions of Mount Agung volcano on Bali killed 1,184 people.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)(AP, 12/3/17)

1963        Apr 10, The USS Thresher nuclear-powered submarine failed to surface 220 miles east of Boston, Mass. The disaster claimed 129 lives.

1963        May 20-23, In East Pakistan a cyclone killed about 22,000 along coast of the Bay of Bengal.

1963        May 28, An estimated 22,000 died in another cyclone in Bay of Bengal, India.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1963        Jul 26, Skopje, Yugoslavia, was destroyed by earthquake and over 1,000 were killed.
    (MC, 7/26/02)

1963        Sep 9, In Italy a landslide into Vaiont Dam emptied a lake and killed 3-4,000 people. [see Oct 9]
    (MC, 9/9/01)

1963        Oct 4-1963 Oct 8, Hurricane Flora, killed some 7-8,000 people in Cuba and Haiti.
    (SFC, 11/30/98, p.A2)

1963        Oct 31, On Halloween night leaking propane gas exploded and killed 64 at the "Holiday on Ice" show at the Indiana State Fair Grounds in Indianapolis.

1963        Nov 23, Sixty-three elderly people, most of them sleeping, were killed by a fire destroying the one-story Golden Age Nursing Home near Fitchville, Ohio.
    (AP, 11/23/02)

1963        Dec 8, Three fuel tanks exploded when a jetliner, struck by lightning, crashed near Elkton, Maryland. 81 people died. This was the only case of a lightning caused crash.
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1964        Mar 27-1964 Mar 28, Good Friday, Valdez, Alaska, in Prince William Sound was rocked by an 8.6 earthquake, the largest ever recorded in North America. In 1977 seismologists pegged the quake at 9.2. It lasted 4 minutes and was followed by tsunamis and fires and 131 people were killed. Survivors moved 4 miles west to solid bedrock and rebuilt the town. Much of Crescent City, Ca., was demolished by a resulting tsunami and 11 people were killed.
    (AP, 3/27/97)(SFEC, 2/8/98, p.T5)(SFEC, 4/5/98, Z1 p.8)(SFEC, 10/17/99, p.A3)(SFC, 11/26/99, p.C21)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.G8)(AP, 3/11/11)

1964        May 23, In San Francisco 6 people died in a fire at All Hallows Catholic Church. Panic seized some 250 people after a Samoan fire dancer’s pan of gasoline exploded from a cigarette lighter.
    (SSFC, 5/25/14, DB p.42)

1964        Sep 12, Typhoon Gloria struck Taiwan killing 330, with $17.5 million damage.
    (MC, 9/12/01)

1964        Dec 25, A flood wiped out the town of Klamath in northern California as the Eel River overflowed its banks. The Douglas Memorial Bridge across the Klamath River was made useless. Flooding on the Ell, Klamath and other rivers left 19 people dead.
    (SFEC, 12/5/99, p.T5)(SSFC, 1/25/15, p.D6)

1964        In Vietnam a major flood killed 10,000 people.
    (SFC, 11/8/99, p.A12)

1965        Mar 1, Gas explosion killed 28 in apartment complex at La Salle, Quebec, Canada.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1965        Apr 11, A series of tornados left 256 people dead in the US Midwest.
    (WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)

1965        May 11-12, In East Pakistan a cyclone killed some 12,000.

1965        Jun 1-2, The 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month killed 35,000 along the Ganges River in East Pakistan.

1965        Dec 15, In Karachi, Pakistan, a cyclone killed about 10,000.

1966        Jan 11, In Brazil 550 died in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain.
    (MC, 1/11/02)

1966        Jan 29, A snow storm in north east US killed 165.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1966        Mar 3, A twister hit Jackson, MS, just 3 minutes after 1st sighting and 57 were killed.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1966        Mar 5, 75 MPH air currents caused a BOAC 707 to crash into Mount Fuji and 124 died.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1966        Aug 19, An earthquake struck Varko, Turkey, and some 2,400 were killed.
    (MC, 8/19/02)

1966        Nov 4, In Florence, Italy the River Arno overflowed and damaged the Uffizi Gallery. Whole libraries of valuable ancient documents were soaked. 113 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 10/29/96, p.A21)(SFC, 4/6/01, p.D4)(MC, 11/4/01)

1967        Oct 12, In India a massive cyclone struck the rural Orissa state consisting of small villages. Basically all life (human and animal) and each structure was wiped out; the precise number of fatalities and destruction is unknown.

1967        Nov 26, Cloudburst over Lisbon killed 450.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1968        Mar 10, A ferry boat sank in harbor of Wellington, NZ, and 200 were killed.
    (MC, 3/10/02)

1968        Apr 6, Gunpowder stocks at a sporting-goods store exploded and 43 were killed in Va.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1968        May 27, The US nuclear submarine Scorpion was lost.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1969        Apr 14, Tornado struck Dacca in East Pakistan killing 540.
    (MC, 4/14/02)

1969        Aug 17, Hurricane Camille hit the Gulf Coast at Pass Christian, Miss., leaving 256 people killed in Louisiana and Mississippi. 21 people were killed in an apartment complex in Pass Christian, where they had taken refuge. Damage was later estimated at $3.8 billion.
    (AP, 8/17/97)(SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A17)(AP, 8/30/05)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.61)

1970        Feb 1, In Buenos Aires, Argentina, an express train rammed stationary commuter train and 236 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1970        Feb 24, 29 Swiss Army officers died in avalanche at Reckingen, Switzerland.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1970        May 31, A 7.7 slab earthquake and debris flow in Peru killed 67,000, injured 50,000 and destroyed 186,000 buildings.
    (AP, 5/31/97)(http://landslides.usgs.gov/html_files/landslides/slides/slide5.htm)

1970        Nov 1, A discotheque in Grenoble, France, burned. All exits were padlocked and 142 died.
    (MC, 11/1/01)

1970        Nov 13, The Bhola Cyclone killed an estimated 300,000 in East Pakistan (Bangladesh). The highest loss of life and destruction occurred on the low lying islands of the Ganges Delta south of Dhaka. In particular the island and district of Bhola, where casualties may have exceeded 100,000 alone, with the towns of Charfasson and Tazumuddin being devastated. The city of Chittagong was also badly affected. The official death toll was put at 150,000, with 100,000 people missing. However many estimates put the true figure as high as 500,000.
    (SFEC, 9/5/04, p.6)(http://banglapedia.search.com.bd/HT/C_0397.htm)

1970        Dec 14, In South Korea the Namyoung ferry sank killing 323 people.

1971        Feb 21, A series of tornadoes cut through Miss and La killing 117.
    (MC, 2/21/02)

1971        Aug 18, In Germany a twin-engine Boeing CH-47A Chinook exploded in mid-air before plunging about (180 meters) 600 feet to the ground. The helicopter's crew of four and 33 members of the 56th Artillery Brigade died in the crash in Pegnitz, Bavaria. This was the worst training accident involving American troops in West Germany since the end of World War II.
    (AP, 8/18/21)

1971        Aug 20-1971 Aug 21, In Vietnam heavy rains flooded the Red River delta and some 100,000 people were killed.

1971        Sep 29, In India a cyclone and tidal wave off Bay of Bengal killed as many as 10,000 in Orissa state.

1972        Feb 26, In West Virginia a coal sludge spill killed 125 people and swallowed 500 homes in Buffalo Creek. Over 132 million gallons of sludge hit 17 little towns along Buffalo Creek. Sociologist Kai Erikson, hired to study the aftermath, coined the term "collective trauma" to describe the suffering of the individuals affected.
    (WSJ, 10/16/01, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Creek_Flood)(Econ., 8/29/20, p.43)

1972        May 13,  In Osaka, Japan, 118 died in a nightclub atop the 7-story Sennichi dept store.

1972        Oct 6, In Saltillo, Mexico, a 22-car train carrying 2,000 religious pilgrims derailed and caught fire. 208 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1972        Dec 29, Eastern Tri-Star Jumbo Jet crashed near Everglades killing 101.
    (MC, 12/29/01)

1972        The Tutsi-led government in Burundi killed some 100,000 Hutus.
    (SFC, 8/31/99, p.A14)(SSFC, 4/7/02, p.A19)
1972        In southwest Spain a train collided with a bus killing 86 people and injuring 112.
    (AP, 7/25/13)

1973        Jan 10, An empty liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank in Bloomfield on Staten Island exploded and 40 workers were killed.

1973        Jun 24, In New Orleans an arson attack on the Upstairs Lounge, a gay bar, consumed 32 members of the gay-friendly Metropolitan Community Church.
    (Econ, 12/24/16, p.104)

1973        Aug 2, A flash fire killed 51 at the Summerland leisure center on the Isle of Man, UK.

1974        Apr 3, A series of 148 deadly tornadoes struck wide parts of the South and Midwest before jumping across the border into Canada; some 330 people were killed in 13 states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Total property damage was estimated at $600 million. In 2007 Mark Levine authored “F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century."
    (AP, 4/3/99)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)(WSJ, 6/16/07, p.P10)

1974        Aug 30, In Yugoslavia an express train ran full speed into a Zagreb, Croatia, rail yard killing 152.

1974        Aug, Monsoon floods ravaged Bangladesh and some 2,500 were killed.

1974        Sep 18, Hurricane Fifi struck Honduras with 110 mph winds and killed about 8,000. The hurricane made landfall as a Category 2 storm in Belize on the next day, and continued through Guatemala and Mexico as a tropical system. After weakening to a depression, Fifi emerged into the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first crossover storm since Hurricane Irene-Olivia in 1971.

1974        Dec 25, Cyclone Tracy reduced 90% of Darwin, Australia, to rubble. 65 people died including 49 in the city and 16 at sea.
    (SFEC, 9/10/00, p.T10)(www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1974        In Bangladesh famine and flooding left an estimated 27,000 people dead this year.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh_famine_of_1974)(Econ, 11/3/12, p.23)
1974        A South Korean ship sank off the southeast coast in stormy weather, killing 159 sailors and coast guard personnel.
    (AP, 3/27/10)

1975        Feb 28, A London subway train smashed into the end of a tunnel at Moorgate Underground station and 43 people were killed.
    (AP, 1/23/06)

1975        Aug 7, In China a dam collapse in Henan province killed tens of thousands of people. The event was covered up for many years. A typhoon from the South China Sea brought three successive days of enormous rain storms to the area of southern Henan Province. Altogether 62 dams failed in one night, including two major dams. As a result of this catastrophe 85,600 people died according to the official government figures but others place the toll at 230 thousand.
    (WSJ, 8/29/07, p.A12)(www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/3gorges.htm)

1975        Dec 28, An earthquake in Pakistan killed some 4,000 people.
    (MC, 12/28/01)

1976        Jun 5, The Teton Dam in Idaho burst catastrophically and water blasted through a narrow canyon and onto Sugar City. It released nearly 300,000 acre feet of water, then flooded farmland and towns downstream with the eventual loss of 14 lives, directly or indirectly, and with a cost estimated to be nearly $1 billion.
    (AP, 6/5/00)(www.geol.ucsb.edu/faculty/sylvester/Teton%20Dam/welcome_dam.html)

1976        Jul 28, In China a 7.8-8.2 earthquake in the northern city of Tangshan killed at least 242,000 people. This was reported as the deadliest earthquake in the last 100 years.
    (AP, 7/28/97)(http://history1900s.about.com/od/horribledisasters/a/tangshan.htm)

1976        Dec 25, 100 Moslems, returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, died when their boat, the Egyptian SS Patria, sank in the Red Sea.
    (HN, 12/25/98)(MC, 12/25/01)

1977        May 18, A nightclub fire in Cincinnati killed 164.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1977        May 28, 165 people were killed when fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky.
    (AP, 5/28/97)

1977        Jul 20, A flash flood hit Johnstown, Pa., killing more than 80 people and causing $350 million worth of damage.
    (AP, 7/20/08)

1977        Nov 6, 39 people were killed when an earthen dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls Bible College in Georgia.
    (AP, 11/6/97)

1977        Nov 19, A cyclone and tidal wave hit Andhra Pradesh, India. Entire villages were submerged by tidal waves with an estimated 10-20 thousand people killed.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A11)(AP, 11/21/02)

1977        Dec 22, Three dozen people were killed when a 250-foot-high grain elevator at the Continental Grain Co. plant in Westwego, La., exploded.
    (AP, 12/22/97)

1978        Apr 16, A tornado struck in Orissa, India, and killed 500-600 people.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1691)

1978        Apr 27, In West Virginia 51 construction workers plunged to their deaths when a scaffold inside a cooling tower at the nuclear Pleasants Power Station on Willow Island fell 168 feet to the ground.
    (AP, 4/27/98)(MC, 4/27/02)

1978        Jul 11, 216 people were killed at a camping site when a tanker truck overfilled with propylene gas exploded on a coastal highway south of Tarragona, Spain.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1691)(AP, 7/11/97)

1978        Aug 19, The Cinema Rex in Abadan, Iran, was set ablaze, killing over 400 individuals. The ruling government of Iran reported that Islamic militants set the fire, while the anti-Shah protesters blamed the intelligence service of the nation, SAVAK for setting the fire. Later it was disclosed that Islamic militants set the Cinema Rex fire.

1978        Nov 5, Floods in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, India, killed 125 people.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1691)

1979        Jan 25, Assembly line worker Robert Williams (25) was killed by a malfunctioning robot at the (then) Ford Motor Casting Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Williams died instantly by the robot’s arm as he was gathering parts in a storage facility where the robot was too slow in its retrieval work. Williams’ family was later awarded $10 million in damages.

1978        Nov 18, In Jonestown, Guyana, California Rep. Leo J. Ryan and four other people, investigating the Jim Jones cult, were killed by members of the Peoples Temple. Greg Robinson, a SF Examiner photographer, Don Harris, NBC correspondent, Bob Brown, NBC cameraman, and Patricia Parks, a temple defector, were shot dead. Congressional aide Jackie Speier survived 5 bullets. The killings were followed by a night of mass murder and suicide. 918 people died at Jonestown, including 260 children. In 1982 John Jacobs and Tim Reiterman authored "Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People." In 2010 Laura Johnston Kohl authored “Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look." In 2011 survivors unveiled a memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, Ca., with the names of all the dead.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones)(SFEM, 11/17/96, p.22)(AP, 11/18/97)(SFEC, 11/8/98, p.A18)(SFC, 5/25/00, p.C2)(SSFC, 11/16/03, p.D1)(http://tinyurl.com/4ync97m)(SFC, 5/30/11, p.C1)

1979        Aug 30, Hurricane David devastated the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica as it began a rampage through the Caribbean and up the eastern seaboard of the United States that claimed some 1,100 lives.
    (AP, 8/30/97)

1980        Feb 7, A fire in Brooklyn killed Elizabeth Kinsey (27) and her 5 children. In 1981 three men were later convicted of arson and 6 murders. In 2015 the convictions were overturned. Two of men had been paroled in 2012 and a third died in prison in 1989.
    (http://tinyurl.com/z7ysmxp)(SFC, 12/17/15, p.A12)

1980        Mar 27, The Alexander L. Kielland, a North Sea Norwegian floating oil field platform, capsized during a storm killing 123 workers. It was owned by the Stavanger Drilling Company of Norway and was on hire to the US company Phillips Petroleum at the time of the disaster.
    (AP, 3/27/02)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_L._Kielland_%28platform%29)

1980        May 9, In Florida 35 motorists were killed when a Liberian-flagged freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay. The freighter MV Summit Venture collided with a pier (support column) during a blinding thunderstorm, sending over 1200 feet (366m) of the bridge plummeting into Tampa Bay. The collision caused six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound bus to fall 150 feet (46 m) into the water.
    (AP, 5/9/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge)

1980        May 20, Fire in nursing home in Kingston, Jamaica, killed 157.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1980        Aug 19, In Poland 65 people were killed when a freight train collided with a passenger train near Otloczyn. An additional two died later.

1980        Nov 21, In Nevada 85 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas. Most died in the smoke-field stairwell.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MGM_Grand_fire)(Econ 6/24/17, p.54)

1980        Nov 23, In Europe's biggest earthquake since 1915, 3,000 were killed in Italy. Some 4,800 people were killed by a series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy.
    (WSJ, 6/17/96, p.A12)(TMC, 1994, p.1980)(AP, 11/23/97) (HN, 11/23/98)

1980        In Ukraine an explosion at the Gorskaya mine (aka Hirske Coal Mine) killed 66 miners.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y5qn6wef)(SFEC, 3/12/00, p.A17)

1981        Jan 27, The Indonesian passenger ship Tamponas II caught fire and sank in Java sea killing 580 people.
    (AP, 2/3/06)

1981        Apr 29, In Sydney, Australia, 16 patients died in a nursing home fire in suburban Sylvania Heights.
    (AP, 11/19/11)(http://tinyurl.com/6sq3xp8)

1981        Jun 6, In Bihar, India, a train crashed after a bridge collapsed in flash floods during the monsoon and some 400-800 people were killed in what was reportedly world's worst train disaster.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A8)(AP, 4/23/04)

1981        Jul, Kenji Urada (37), Japanese factory worker, was killed by a robot’s hydraulic arm becoming the 1st recorded victim to die at the hands of robot. Details of the accident were revealed for the first time on December 8, 1981, following a government investigation.
    (Econ, 6/10/06, Survey p.18)(www.tslpl.org/art/811211.htm)

1982        Jul 18, In Guatemala soldiers and paramilitary troops massacred 267 people in the remote hamlet of Plan de Sanchez. In 2001 local communities filed genocide charges against  congressional head Efrain Rios Montt, who was the dictator at the time of the massacre.
    (SFC, 6/6/01, p.C3)

1983        May 25, Fire in Nassermeer, Egypt, killed 357.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1983        Nov 27, 183 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid's Barajas airport.
    (AP, 11/27/97)

1984        Mar, A storm system spawned 22 twisters in the Carolinas that killed 57 people, including 42 in North Carolina, and injured hundreds.
    (AP, 4/17/11)

1984        Nov 19, Near Mexico City, Mexico, 5 million liters of liquefied butane exploded at a storage facility with more than 400 deaths.
    (HSAB, 1994, p.46)

1984        Dec 3, More than 4,000 people died and 200,000 were injured after a gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India. 40 tons of vaporous methyl isocyanate, hydrogen cyanide, monomethyl amine, carbon monoxide and possibly 20 other chemicals were released after an explosion. Over the years, according to the Indian government, some 15,000 people have died from effects of the gas. In 2011 India issued notices to Dow seeking payment of $1.7 billion, on top of $470 million already paid, due to the lingering effects of the poison.
    (WSJ, 11/27/96, p.A1)(HN, 12/3/98)(SFEC, 3/5/00, p.A23)(AP, 12/3/04)(SFC, 3/1/11, p.A2)

1985        Jan 13, An express train derailed in Ethiopia and killed at least 428.
    (MC, 1/13/02)

1985        May 11, More than 50 people died when a flash fire swept a jam-packed soccer stadium in Bradford, England.
    (AP, 5/11/97)

1985        May 25, A cyclone ravaged the Meghna River delta of Bangladesh. Some 10,000 people and 500,000 head of cattle died; hundreds of thousands were left homeless.

1985        May 31, 41 tornadoes hit the Northeast US, killing 88.
    (MC, 5/31/02)

1985        Nov 6, In Columbia some 35 leftist M-19 rebels took over the Palace of Justice. A military raid to liberate hostages held by M-19 guerrillas at the Supreme Court followed and cost more than 100 lives, including 11 Supreme Court justices and all 30 guerrillas.
    (WSJ, 1/3/97, p.A6)(WSJ, 1/8/97, p.A12)(SFEC, 4/20/98, p.A8)

1985        Nov 10, In Argentina water burst through a retaining wall and spilled into the lakeside streets of Epecuen. A particularly heavy had rainstorm followed a series of wet winters and the lake overflowed its banks. People fled with what they could, and within days their homes were submerged under nearly 10 meters (33 feet) of corrosive saltwater. The spa town was created in 1921 to take advantage of the lakes concentration of minerals.
    (AP, 5/10/13)(SFC, 11/23/21, p.A2)

1985        Nov 13, Some 23,000 residents of Armero, Colombia, died when a mudslide, triggered by the Nevado del Ruiz volcano, buried the city under 30 feet of mud.
    (PacDisc. Spring/’96, p.27)(AP, 11/13/97)(SFEC, 7/12/98, p.A22)

1986        Apr 14, Double-decker ferry sank in stormy weather in Bangladesh killing 200.
    (MC, 4/14/02)

1986        Apr 26, The world's worst nuclear accident occurred in Pripyat, Ukraine, at 1:23 a.m. as the Chernobyl atomic power plant exploded. A 300-hundred-square-mile area was evacuated. 41 men died from the explosion and unknown thousands were exposed to radioactive material that spread in the atmosphere throughout the world. The plant burned for 10 days. About 70% of the fallout fell in Belarus. Damage was estimated to be up to $130 billion. By 1998 10,000 Russian "liquidators" involved in the clean-up had died and thousands more became invalids. Gen. Nikolai Timofeyevich Antoshkin (d.2021), organized the "liquidators" to seal the core. It was later estimated that the released radioactivity was 200 times the combined bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was later found that Soviet scientists were authorized to carry out experiments that required the reactor to be pushed to or beyond its limits, with safety features disabled.
    (WSJ, 11/8/95, p.A-1)(SFC, 4/27/98, p.A14)(SFC, 12/18/99, p.C4)(AP, 4/26/05)(Econ, 10/6/07, p.18)(Econ, 4/30/15, p.48)(Econ., 2/6/21, p.74)

1986        May 25, Ferry boat Shamia sank on Maghna River in Bangladesh and some 600 were killed.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1986        Aug 21, In Cameroon 1,746 people died when toxic gas, an invisible bubble of CO2, erupted [seeped out] from a volcano under Lake Nyos. Venting of the lake began in 2001.
    (AP, 8/21/97)(WSJ, 11/17/97, p.B1)(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A6)(SC, 8/21/02)(AP, 2/15/03)

1986        Aug 31, The Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov collided with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea, causing both vessels to sink; up to 448 people reportedly died.
    (AP, 8/31/97)

1987        Mar 6, The British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized in the Channel off the coast of Belgium. At least 26 were dead. 189 (192) people died when a British ferry capsized off the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.
    (HN, 3/6/98)(AP, 3/6/98)(MC, 3/6/02)

1987        May 23, Rescue workers and survivors searched through the rubble of a killer tornado in Saragosa, Texas, that had claimed 30 lives. Texas Gov. Bill Clements expressed his sorrow, and pledged all possible help.
    (AP, 5/23/97)

1987        Nov 26, Powerful typhoon whipped across Philippines, killing 270 people and damaging or destroying 14,000 homes.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1987        Dec 20, The Dona Paz, a Philippine passenger ship, collided with the tanker Vector off Mindoro island, setting off a double explosion. 4,375 people on the ferry were killed as well as 11 of the tanker's 13-man crew. The passenger ship was owned by  Sulpicio Lines Inc.
    (AP, 2/3/06)(Reuters, 8/17/13)

1988        Feb 20, Some 500 people died in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1988        May 14, Twenty-seven people, most of them teen-agers, were killed when their church bus collided with a pickup truck going the wrong way on a highway near Carrollton, Ky. The driver of the truck, Larry Mahoney, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment.
    (AP, 5/14/98)

1988        Jul 3, The US Navy cruiser ship USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian Airbus A-300 in the Persian Gulf shortly after it took off from Bandar Abbas for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. All 290 people aboard were killed after the crew of the Vincennes misidentified the plane as an Iranian F-14 fighter. The attack followed what the US Navy refers to as Operation Praying Mantis, a daylong naval battle in the Persian Gulf between American forces and Iran. That battle came after the USS Samuel B. Robertson struck a mine that the Americans later accused Iran of laying in the shipping channels it was trying to keep open for Kuwaiti oil tankers. In 1996 the US paid $131.8 million in compensation of which half would go directly to the families of the people killed. Iran filed suit in World Court in 1989 and settled out of court in Feb, 1996.
    (WSJ, 2/23/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 4/26/96, p.A-14)(AP 7/3/97)(AP, 7/03/10)(AP, 7/3/18)

1988        Jul 6, A series of explosions and fires destroyed the Piper Alpha North Sea oil drilling platform. 167 North Sea oil workers were killed.
    (AP, 7/6/98)(SFC, 8/9/04, p.B6)

1988        Aug 28, Seventy [33] people were killed when three Italian stunt planes collided during an air show at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein, West Germany, sending flaming debris into the crowd of spectators.
    (AP, 8/28/98)(RTH, 8/28/99)

1988        Sep 12, Hurricane Gilbert, called the storm of the century, smashed into the Gulf coast. It slammed into Jamaica with torrential rains and winds of 145 mph, killing 45 people and causing damage estimated at up to $1 billion. It also devastated the Yucatan peninsula and left 225 people dead.
    (NOHY, 3/90, p.181)(AP, 9/12/97)(SFC, 10/10/97, p.A15)

1988        Dec 1, 596 were killed after a cyclone hit Bangladesh. Half a million were left homeless.
    (MC, 12/1/01)

1988        Dec 7, A magnitude 6.9-8.0 earthquake devastated Spitak in northern Armenia; an estimated 25,000 people died with some $14 billion in losses.
    (AP, 12/7/97)(AP, 6/22/02)(www.who.int/archives/inf-pr-1997/en/pr97-08.html)

1988        Dec 14, Sixty more survivors were pulled from rubble of earthquake that rocked Armenia.
    (AP, 12/14/02)

1988         In Bangladesh monsoon floods left over 3,000 dead this year.
    (SFC, 8/13/02, p.A15)

1989        Apr 7, A Soviet nuclear-powered submarine, the Komsomolets, caught fire and sank in the Norwegian Sea, claiming 42 of 69 lives.
    (AP, 4/7/99)(SFC, 8/14/00, p.A13)

1989        Apr 15, In Sheffield, England, 96 people died in a crush of soccer fans at Hillsborough Stadium after police allowed spectators to pour onto a crowded terrace. On Sep 12, 2012, secret documents were released that said British police tried to blame soccer fans to cover up mistakes that contributed to the deaths of those who were crushed at a stadium.
    (AP, 4/15/08)(Econ, 4/18/09, p.61)(AP, 9/12/12)

1989        Apr 27, A hurricane in Bangladesh killed 500.
    (MC, 4/27/02)

1989        Jun 3, An explosion of a liquefied gas pipeline engulfed two Trans-Siberian Railroad trains parked outside the Central Asian city of Ufa in the Soviet Union. 575 people were killed.
    (AP, 4/23/04)

1989        Aug 13, Thirteen people were killed when their hot air balloon collided with another over the Australian outback near the town of Alice Springs. The two balloons were flying at an altitude of 600 meters when one plunged to the ground after the collision.
    (AP, 2/26/13)

1989        Nov 27, 107 people were killed when a bomb blamed by police on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian jetliner minutes after takeoff from Bogota's international airport.
    (AP, 11/27/99)

1989        Nov 28, In San Francisco a 16-story crane snapped apart during the morning rush hour. It plunged to the pavement at the 20-story Federal Home Loan Bank Board building at California and Kearny. 4 workers were killed and a bus driver was crushed. 20 others were injured.
    (SSFC, 11/23/14, DB p.42)

1989        In Thailand Typhoon Gay left more than 400 dead.
    (AP, 1/3/19)

1990        Jan 4, In Sindh Province, Pakistan, an overcrowded 16-car passenger train collided with standing freight train and more than 210 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1990         Mar 25, Eighty-seven people, most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants, were killed when an arson fire raced through the illegal Happy Land Social Club in New York City. Julio Gonzalez, 36, was charged with arson and murder. Gonzalez was convicted in August 1991 and was sentenced to 174 twenty-five-year sentences (a total of 4,350 years), the longest sentence ever handed down in New York. He is eligible for parole in 2015.

1990        Apr 7, An arson fire aboard a ferry enroute from Norway to Denmark killed 159 people.
    (AP, 4/7/00)(AP, 1/14/12)

1990        Jul 16, 1600 die in a 7.7 earthquake in Philippines.
    (MC, 7/16/02)

1990        Aug 20, In Poland 16 people were killed in a collision involving two trains in the Warsaw suburb of Ursus.

1990        Dec 11, In Chattanooga, Ten., 12 died in a 99 vehicle accident on I-75 due to fog.

1990        Dec 22, Twenty-one sailors returning from shore leave to the aircraft carrier USS "Saratoga" drowned when the Israeli ferry they were traveling on capsized.
    (AP, 12/22/00)

1990-2001    Over 1,000 Jammu-Kashmir civilians were killed by land mines over this period along with nearly 9,000 injuries.
    (SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A18)

1991        Apr 26, Twenty-three people were killed as four dozen tornadoes raked Kansas and Oklahoma.
    (AP, 4/26/01)

1991        Apr 29, Cyclone struck Bangladesh. [see Apr 30]
    (MC, 4/29/02)
1991        Apr 29, More than 100 people were killed and some 100,000 were left homeless when a strong earthquake struck Soviet Georgia.
    (AP, 4/29/01)

1991        Apr 30-31, A cyclone in Bangladesh killed an estimated 131,000 people. 9 million were left homeless. Thousands of survivors died from hunger and water borne disease.
    (AP, 4/30/97)(SFC, 5/19/97, p.A13)(www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1991        May 14, Forty-two people were killed in a train collision in western Japan.
    (AP, 5/14/01)

1991        Jun 15, In the Philippines Mount Pinatubo (4,750 feet high) erupted. Due to early warning 56,000 people were evacuated and only 450 people died. The eruption forced the closure of Clark Air Force Base in Angeles City and displaced hundreds of families of the Aeta tribe. [see June 1,12]
    (PacDisc. Spring/’96, p.27)(SSFC, 11/11/01, p.F4)

1991        Oct 25, Rock-and-roll impresario Bill Graham was killed in a helicopter crash near Highway 37 outside Vallejo, in Sonoma County, Ca. Also killed were his girlfriend, Melissa Gold, and pilot, Steve Kahn. A memorial concert in GG Park drew some 300,000 people with music by the Grateful Dead; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; John Fogerty; Bobby McFerrin; and Robin Williams.
    (SFC,12/13/97, p.A15)(AP, 10/25/01)(SSFC, 5/6/18, DB p.50)

1991        Nov 5, Nearly 7,000 people were killed in floods in the Philippines.
    (AP, 11/5/01)

1991        Dec 28, Nine people died in a crush to get into a basketball game at City College in New York. The game was promoted by rapper Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs. Combs later testified that security at the Nat Holman facility was supposed to be provided by NYCC.
    (AP, 12/28/97)(SFC, 3/24/98, p.A3)

1992        Mar 3, In Turkey a gas explosion in underground coal mine in Kozlu, near the Black Sea port of Zonguldak, claimed 263 lives.
    (AP, 3/3/02)(AP, 5/17/10)

1992        Mar 8, Ninety people were killed when a ferry carrying pilgrims to a Buddhist shrine collided with an oil tanker in the Gulf of Thailand.
    (AP, 3/8/02)

1992        Mar 13, 570 died in a Turkish earthquake.
    (MC, 3/13/02)

1992        Aug 31, A dynamite explosion in Philippines mine killed 500 people.
    (MC, 8/31/01)

1992        In Bangladesh a toxic paracetamol syrup produced by BCI Pharmaceuticals killed at least 76 children this year alone. Hundreds of children died from the syrup as they developed kidney diseases and other ailments after taking the medicine in the 1990s. In 2015 six officials of the dissolved company were sentenced to 10 years in prison. Five local companies, including BCI, were accused in the case.
    (AP, 8/17/15)

1993        Feb 17, A ferry carrying up to 1,500 people sank off Haiti; only 285 people were known to have survived.
    (AP, 2/17/98)

1993        May 10, At least 188 workers were killed in a doll factory fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
    (AP, 5/10/98)

1993        May 29, In Solingen, Germany, four right-wing extremist skinheads aged 16 to 23 set fire to a Turkish family's home. Five Turks, including three young girls, were killed in the firebombing. The attack led to large demonstrations. The events were documented in essays by Jane Kramer collected in 1996 in "The Politics of Memory: Looking for Germany in the New Germany."
    (SFEC, 10/20/96, BR, p.5)(AP, 5/29/98)(AFP, 5/29/18)

1993        Oct 10, In South Korea the Seohae ferry sank killing 292 people.

1994        Jan 3, In Maracaibo, Venezuela, a riot and fire at the Sabaneta Prison left 108 inmates dead.
    (SFC, 10/24/96, p.C4)(AP, 1/3/04)

1994        Feb 5, Sixty-eight people were killed when a mortar shell exploded in a marketplace in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)(AP, 2/5/99)

1994        Mar 13, The oil tanker Nassia collided with an empty cargo ship at the entrance of the Bosporus. 27-29 people lost their lives. 9,000 tons of petroleum spilled and 20,000 tons burned for four days long affecting the marine environment.
    (www.bosphorusstrait.com/the-bosporus-strait/incidents/)(AP, 4/27/11)

1994        Apr 13, President guard at Kigali Rwanda, chopped 1,200 church members to death.
    (MC, 4/13/02)

1994        Apr 22, In Butare gasoline was used to set ablaze a building where 500 Tutsis were hiding. In 2001 Benedictine Sister Maria Kisito stood trial in Belgium for providing the gasoline. 7,000 Tutsi's were slaughtered in stadium of Kibuye, Rwanda.
    (SFC, 4/18/01, p.A12)(MC, 4/22/02)

1994        Apr 29, Ferry boat smashed into Mombasa Harbor, Kenya, and over 300 were killed.
    (MC, 4/29/02)

1994        Sep 22, In Tolunda, Angola, faulty brakes caused a train to plunge into a ravine and some 300 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1994        Sep 28, More than 900 (909) people died when the ferry Estonia capsized and sank off the Finnish coast in the Baltic sea. 852 people of 989 onboard were killed. In 1999 evidence was reported that 3 explosive devices had been placed on the ship's visor-like bow door.
    (AP, 9/28/99)(SFC, 12/31/99, p.A16)(MC, 9/28/01)

1994        Nov 14, Heavy rains and flooding from Tropical Storm Gordon swept across Haiti, killing several hundred people.
    (AP, 11/14/99)

1995        Apr 22, In Africa, Rwandan government troops killed thousands of Hutu refugees in Kibeho. The Tutsi-led government troops cleared a huge refugee camp that they said was full of Hutu extremists. Human rights officials said that at least 4,000 Hutus were killed, many shot, and many trampled. Tutsi officers involved received only token punishments.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.C3)(HN, 4/22/99)(SFC, 4/8/02, p.A6)

1995         Aug 20, In Firozabad, India, a speeding passenger train crashed into a train that had stalled after hitting a cow and some 358 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A8)(AP, 8/20/00)

1995        Dec 14, Heavy fighting erupts in Gudermes, Chechnya, when rebels disrupted Kremlin-imposed elections. At least 267 Chechen civilians were reported killed in the following 10 days.
    (AP, 12/14/02)

1995        Dec 26, Floods in eastern South Africa killed at least 130.
    (WSJ, 12/27/95, p. A-1)

1996        Jan 8, A Russian-made Antonov-32 skidded into a crowded marketplace shortly after take-off in Kinshasa in Zaire (Congo) and killed at least 350 people. The twin-turboprop was owned by African Air and was overweight when it took off. At least 470 people were injured.
    (WSJ, 1/9/96, p.A-1) (SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-14)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)

1996        Feb 14, A failed Loral Intelsat satellite launch caused a rocket to hit a village near the Xichang Space Center in China’s southwest Sichuan province. China acknowledged 6 deaths. US intelligence estimated the death toll at 200. The rocket was a new-generation Long March 3B. The satellite was intended for TV shows in Latin America for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
    (WSJ, 2/16/96, p.A-1)(WSJ, 3/4/96, p. A-6)(SFC, 6/15/98, p.A5)

1996        Mar 19, A fire at a Quezon City nightclub in the Philippines killed at least 149 young people celebrating the end of their school year.
    (WSJ, 3/19/96, p.A-1)

1996        Apr 2, More than 100 Haitians died when a ferry sank.
    (WSJ, 4/3/96, p.A-1)

1996        May 21, A Tanzanian ferry sank on Lake Victoria and at least 615 people, many of whom were students, were killed. Pres. Mkapa called the sinking a national disaster. The ferry, MV Bukoba with capacity for 441, was traveling from Bukoba to Mwanza. 563 of the 663 aboard were presumed dead.
    (WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/22/96, p.A8)(WSJ, 5/23/96, p.A-1)(AP, 5/21/97)

1996        May 23, In Bangladesh as many as 77 people were feared drowned in a sunken ferry after a collision on the Jamuna River. More than 50 ferries have sunk since 1981 killing more than 1,000 people.
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A11)

1996        May 29, In Ivory Coast twenty-eight people were killed by flooding in Abidjan.
    (AFP, 6/21/18)

1996        Jul 19, In China the Yangtze River threatened to burst its banks. Workers used 500 tons of rice in sacks to fill gaps in the banks. Millions were left homeless and 716 were reported dead.
    (SFC, 7/20/96, p.A8)

1996        Jul 27, A ship carrying 69 people sank in the Indian Ocean off the Comoro islands near the island of Mwali. 5 survivors were found.
    (WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1)

1996        Nov 6, In India cyclone 07B struck Andhra Pradesh state. [see Nov 7]

1996        Nov 7, In India cyclone 07B killed some 2000 in Andhra Pradesh state. Damage was estimated at $1.5 billion.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)(WSJ, 11/8/96, p.A1)(SFC, 11/12/96, p.A11)()

1996        Nov 19, Fourteen people were killed when a commuter plane collided with a private plane at Baldwin Municipal Airport in Quincy, Ill.
    (SFC, 11/20/96, p.A4)(AP, 11/19/97)

1996        Nov 20, In Hong Kong a fire raged in the 16-story Garley Building and 39 people died.
    (SFC, 11/21/96, p.C3)(SFC, 11/22/96, p.A22)(AP, 11/20/97)

1996        Nov 21, Thirty-three people were killed, and more than 100 injured, when an explosion blamed on leaking gas ripped through a six-story building in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
    (AP, 11/21/97)

1996        Nov 23, An Ethiopian Boeing 767 airliner crashed into the Indian ocean near Grand Comore Island. It had been hijacked after takeoff from Addis Ababa and ran out of fuel under hijacker demands to fly to Australia. 125 of 175 people died. The plane was destined for the Ivory Coast with stops along the way.
    (SFEC, 11/24/96, p.A1,10)(SFC, 11/26/96, p.B3)(AP, 11/23/97)

1996        Dec 22, Eight workers were killed in an explosion at the Wyman Gordon Forgings metal-fabricating plant in northwest Houston. They had been doing maintenance on 9-story pressurized tanks.
    (SFC, 12/24/96, p.A3)(AP, 12/22/97)

1996        Dec 25, In Malaysia tropical storm Greg killed at least 163 people in the northern Borneo state of Sabah.
    (WSJ, 12/27/96, p.A1)(SFC, 12/30/96, p.A8)
1996        Dec 25, Some 280 migrants from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were suspected of having drowned in the Mediterranean while being transshipped in the Malta-Sicily channel. At least 283 people died while on the illegal voyage from Alexandria to Italy.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A13)(Econ., 4/25/15, p.21)

1997        Feb 18, In Peru at least 33 people were killed and a hundred were missing after an Andean mountain collapsed and buried the villages of Choch and Pumaranra near Abancay. Total killed reached 250-300. Only 50 bodies were recovered.
    (SFC, 2/19/97, p.A11)(SFC, 2/25/97, p.a14)

1997        Feb 23, In eastern India A fire in Baripada killed 190 worshippers at the 46th annual festival in honor of the late Swami Nigamananda.
    (SFC, 2/24/97, p.A10)(SFC, 2/25/97, p.a14)(AP, 2/23/98)

1997        May 5, In Poland 12 people were killed in a train crash in Reptowo.

1997        May 13, In the Congo rebel troops reached Wendji and Mbandaka and proceeded to kill Hutu refugees. Estimates of deaths varied from 550-2000.
    (WSJ, 6/6/97, p.A11)(SFC, 9/23/97, p.A11)

1997        May 18-19, In Bangladesh a cyclone pounded the country and 50,000 people were evacuated from the flat coastal region. 350 [67] [112] people were reported killed.
    (SFC, 5/19/97, p.A13)(SFC, 5/20/97, p.A12)(SFC, 5/21/97, p.A8)(SFC, 5/22/97, p.A3)

1997        Jul 11, In Thailand a kitchen fire went out of control at the 450-room Royal Jomtien Hotel in Pattaya and killed 90 people with 64 injured.
    (SFC, 7/12/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 7/11/97, p.A12)

1997        Nov 6, In Cuba a train-bus crash killed at least 56 people at Urbano Rey in the eastern sugar province of Holguin.
    (WSJ, 11/7/97, p.A1)

1998        Feb 3, A US surveillance aircraft cut a ski cable in Italy and caused the death of 20 skiers in a gondola cable car running from Cavalese to the Alpe Cermis. The EA-6B aircraft was normally used for patrols over Bosnia and was only slightly damaged. Lt. Col. Steven Watters was later relieved of command for telling crew members of a related squadron to destroy evidence in the investigation. The pilot did not have Italian military maps that identified the ski lift. Four crewmen were later charged by the Marine Corps with negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter and dereliction of duty. The pilot and navigator faced trial for manslaughter. Pilot Richard J. Ashby was acquitted of all charges in 1999. Navigator Joseph Schweitzer was acquitted of manslaughter and negligent homicide charges. Schweitzer later pleaded guilty to obstruction and conspiracy charges for destroying a videotape made during the flight. The tape indicated that the plane had been flying upside down. Schweitzer was sentenced to dismissal from the Marine Corps. Capt. Ashby (32) was found guilty of obstruction of justice and conspiracy in May, 1999 and was sentenced to 6 months in prison and dismissed from the Marine Corps. Families of the victims settled for $2 million apiece in 2000.
    (SFC, 2/4/98, p.A7)(SFC, 2/11/98, p.A11)(SFC, 2/19/98, p.B10)(SFC, 3/27/98, p.A14)(SFC, 7/11/98, p.A2)(SFC, 3/5/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/16/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/3/99, p.A3)(SFC, 5/1/99, p.A4)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A4)(SFC, 5/11/99, p.A4)(SFC, 4/26/00, p.A4)

1998        Feb 23, In Florida 6-10 tornadoes killed forty-two people. Some 2,600 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, by tornadoes in Seminole, Osceola, Orange, Brevard and Volusia counties Florida.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/24/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/23/99)

1998        Mar 22, In Miles Township, Pa., 11 students were killed in a cabin fire while on a camping trip.
    (SFC, 3/23/98, p.A2)(AP, 3/22/99)

1998        Mar 24, In India a tornado killed 105 people and some 500 were missing. At least 80 died in the Midnapore district of West Bengal state and some 1,100 were injured. At least 200 people were killed and thousands injured from a tornado in West Bengal and Orissa states.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.C3)(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A5)

1998        Mar 26, In Kenya a fire at a school near Mombasa killed 25 teenage girls in their dormitory.
    (WSJ, 3/26/98, p.A1)

1998        Apr 4, In the Ukraine a gas explosion at the Skochinsky coal mine outside Donetsk killed 63 men.
    (SFEC, 4/5/98, p.A20)(AP, 4/4/08)

1998        May 15, Trapped in blazing shopping malls, hundreds of looters burned to death in rioting that laid smoking waste to Indonesia's capital, Jakarta.
    (AP, 5/15/99)

1998        Jul 17, In Papua New Guinea a tidal wave followed a 7.0 earthquake at the Solomon Islands and killed at 2,500-3,000 people. The villages of Malol, Arop, Otto, Warupu and Sissano were turned into barren strips of sand.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A10)(SFEC, 7/20/98, p.A1)(SFC, 8/4/99, p.A10)

1998        Jul 18, Residents along the northern coast of Papua New Guinea were left reeling after a 23-foot-high tidal wave hit the night before, killing an estimated 3,000.
    (AP, 7/18/99)

1998        Aug 7, In China the death toll from the summer floods passed 2,000 and the Jingjiang flood plain was ordered evacuated.
    (SFC, 8/8/98, p.A14)

1998        Aug 26, In China the government revised its death toll from the floods to over 3,000 [4,150] people.
    (SFC, 8/27/98, p.a14)(SFC, 8/6/99, p.A12)

1998        Nov 2, The death toll from Hurricane Mitch continued to rise with 174 killed in El Salvador, 100 in Guatemala, 0ver 1,500 in Nicaragua and over 5,500 in Honduras. Central American officials estimated more than 7,000 people had died in floods and mudslides triggered by Hurricane Mitch.
    (SFC, 11/3/98, p.A1,11)(AP, 11/2/99)

1998        Nov 5, The death toll from Hurricane Mitch was reduced to 6,076 in Honduras and increased to 4,000 in Nicaragua. Aid of $66 mil was ordered from the US, $8 mil from the EU, $11.6 mil from Spain along with pledges from other countries and private organizations.
    (SFC, 11/6/98, p.A14)

1998        Nov 17, In Angola renewed fighting had created some 331,000 refugees since April.
    (WSJ, 11/18/98, p.A1)

1998        Nov 23, An Arctic cold wave was reported to have killed 71 people across Europe over the last 3 days. 36 deaths were in Poland and 24 in Romania and Bulgaria.
    (SFC, 11/24/98, p.A14)

1998        Nov 26, In the Punjab state of India a passenger train derailed near Khanna in the path of an express train in the northwest and at least 108 [211] people were killed.
    (SFC, 11/26/98, p.B5)(WSJ, 11/27/98, p.A1)(AP, 11/26/99)

1998        Dec 3, In the Philippines a fire burned the Catholic Bahay Kalinga orphanage in Manila and at least 28 people were killed including 23 children.
    (SFC, 12/3/98, p.A21)(WSJ, 12/4/98, p.A1)

1998        Dec 25, In Lima, Peru, a tear gas bomb caused a stampede in a disco and 9 young people, 13-21, were crushed to death. The bomb was said to have been thrown by members of a youth gang.
    (SFC, 12/26/98, p.A14)

1998        In Bangladesh monsoon floods inundated two-thirds of the country and left over a 1000 people dead.
    (SFC, 8/13/02, p.A15)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.19)

1999        Mar 24, In the 7-mile Mt. Blanc tunnel between France and Italy a fire killed 4 people with smoke a burning truck transporting flour. The death toll was raised to 9 with 24 injured. The fire was extinguished after 3 days and the death toll rose to 35. Identification of the remains of at least 40 people began Mar 28. Thirty-nine people were killed when fire erupted in the Mont Blanc tunnel in France and burned for two days. It re-opened in 2002.
    (WSJ, 3/25/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A14)(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A10)(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A8)(AP, 3/24/00)(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.C4)

1999        Apr 27, A NATO bomb missed a targeted army barracks and killed at 20 people, half of them children, in a residential area of Surdulica, Serbia.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.A10)(SFC, 4/28/99, p.A14)

1999        May 30, In Belarus at least 54 people, mostly teen-age girls, were killed in a stampede near an underground passageway in Minsk as they left a concert by a local beer company due to a sudden heavy rain.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A10)

1999        Aug 2, In India the Brahmputra Mail train from Gauhati collided with the Awadh-Assam Express from New Delhi at Gaisan Station. Over 285 people were killed and a 1000 injured. A faulty switch was suspected.
     (SFC, 8/3/99, p.A8)(SFC, 8/4/99, p.A9)(SFC, 8/5/99, p.A14)(AP, 2/18/04)

1999        Sep 20, In Taiwan a 7.6 earthquake killed an estimated 2,161 people and injured over 3,500. 2,600 people were believed to be buried alive. Aftershocks the next day registered at 6.8 and 100,000 people were homeless.
    (SFC, 9/21/99, p.A1)(SFC, 9/22/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/22/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/22/99, p.A1) (http://nisee.berkeley.edu/taiwan/)

1999        Oct 29, In eastern India hundreds of people in Orissa state and the Bay of Bengal region were feared dead from 05B, the 2nd cyclone in 2 weeks. The number of dead was estimated to reach 3,000 and 1.5 million people were homeless. The official dead toll reached 924 on Nov 4. At least 8,000 people were killed around the port city of Paradeep, where the storm made first landfall. The death toll was predicted to climb past 10,000. 9,813 death were recorded and the government stopped free rice distribution after about 3 weeks.
    (SFC, 10/30/99, p.A14)(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A11)(SFC, 11/5/99, p.D4)(SFC, 11/6/99, p.A24)(SFC, 11/10/99, p.A11)(SFC, 11/25/99, p.D6)

1999        Nov 12, In Turkey a 7.2 [7.1] earthquake was centered at Duzce and 549 [834] people were killed and 3000 injured. Damage from the last 2 quakes was later estimated at $10-25 billion.
    (SFC, 11/13/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 11/14/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/15/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/17/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/28/00, p.D6)(AP, 11/12/00)

1999        Nov 19, In Hyderabad, India (Reuters), an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis has killed 133 people, all of them children, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, health officials said after reporting 10 new deaths.
    (Excite, 11/20/99)

1999        Nov 25, The Chinese ferry, Dashun, with 312 passengers caught fire and sank in stormy seas on the Bohai Strait near Yantai in Shandong province. Only 22 passengers were rescued. [see Nov 24]
    (SFC, 11/26/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A14)

1999        Dec 26, In Europe heavy winds and rain killed at least 79 people with 44 dead in France, 17 dead in Germany and 13 dead in Switzerland. A 2nd storm hit a day later. Damages from the storms were later estimated to be at least $4 billion with 90 people dead. The storms destroyed an estimated 400 million trees across France.
    (SFC, 12/27/99, p.A12)(WSJ, 12/27/99, p.A1)(SFC, 12/28/99, p.A8)(SFC, 1/4/00, p.A11)(SFC, 1/15/00, p.A1)

1999        News broke that hundreds of people had died from asbestos contaminated vermiculite mined by the W.R. Grace &Co. in Libby, Montana. The mine was closed and by 2017 some $600 million was spent on a cleanup program.
    (SSFC, 3/15/09, Insight p.H5)(SFC, 1/21/17, p.A7)

2000        Mar 17, In Uganda some 330 followers of the Movement for the Restoration of Ten Commandments of God, led by Joseph Kibweteree, burned to death in a mass suicide in Kanungu. Children were involved and it was not clear if Kibweteree was killed. More bodies were found at the house of Kibweteree. Foul play was later suspected instead of suicide. 448 other victims were later found. The dead at Kanungu have never been officially remembered. Those who lost family members have never got any answers.
    (SFEC, 3/19/00, p.A19)(SFC, 3/20/00, p.A13)(SFC, 3/24/00, p.A18)(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A13)(AP, 3/17/20)

2000        May 13, In the Netherlands a fireworks depot exploded in Enschede and 20 people were killed with 589 injured. An estimated 100 tons of fireworks exploded and flattened some 400 houses.
    (SFEC, 5/14/00, p.A12)(SFC, 5/15/00, p.A13)

2000        Aug 23, In Sudan a boat capsized on the Blue Nile near Sinja and 35 people, mostly schoolchildren, died. 50 students drowned when their wooden barge overturned 350 km southeast of Khartoum.
    (SFC, 8/25/00, p.D8)(AFP, 8/15/18)

2000        Nov 5, In Nigeria at least 96 people were killed when an oil tanker truck slammed into a line of parked vehicles at a police check point between Ife and Ibadan.
    (SFC, 11/7/00, p.B2)

2000        Nov 11, In Austria a fire consumed a train in an Alpine tunnel at Kitzsteinhorn mountain near Kaprun. 155 people, mostly children and teenagers, were killed.
    (SFEC, 11/12/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/15/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/16/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 17, In South Africa 11 workers died from a fire while apparently locked in a floor polish factory in Lenasia.
    (SFEC, 11/19/00, p.C16)

2000        Nov 25, In Bangladesh 52 people were killed in a fire at the Chowdhury Knitwear Garments factory at Shibpur.
    (SSFC, 11/26/00, p.D9)(SSFC, 4/15/01, p.D1)

2000        Dec 25, In central China as many as 309 young people were killed at an unlicensed disco fire in Louyang city.
    (SFC, 12/26/00, p.C6)(AP, 12/25/01)

2001        Mar 6, In Nigeria 30 girls died from a fire at the Gindiri Girls School in Jos. They were reportedly locked in for the night so as not to mix with boys.
    (WSJ, 3/8/01, p.A1)

2001        Apr 5, Dutch driver Perry Wacker was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 14 years in prison in the deaths of 58 Chinese immigrants who suffocated in his truck in Dover, England.
    (AP, 4/5/02)

2001        Nov 5, Baxter said its dialysis filters appear to have played a role in the deaths of 53 patients in Texas, Nebraska, and 6 countries in Europe, south America and Asia.
    (WSJ, 11/6/01, p.A3)

2001        Nov 12, American Airlines Flight 587, bound for the Dominican Republic, crashed in Belle Harbor in the Far Rockaway district of Queens just after takeoff from JFK Airport. All 260 crew and passengers were killed as well as a number of people on the ground. The plane appeared to have fallen apart. The vertical tail section cracked off when composite fittings failed possibly due to turbulence from a preceding 747.
    (SFC, 11/13/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A1)(SFC, 11/14/01, p.A14)(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A19)

2001        Nov 22, In the Gaza Strip 5 Palestinian boys (6-14) were killed when a bomb exploded beneath them as a walked to school.
    (SFC, 11/23/01, p.A17)

2001        Dec 26, In Brazil rescue workers searched for victims of earth slides and flooding that killed at least 49 people in Rio de Janeiro state.
    (SFC, 12/27/01, p.A5)

2002        Jan 17, In CongoDRC the Mount Nyiragongo volcano erupted near Goma. Rivers of lava destroyed 14 villages. Goma was devastated and some 400,000 people fled their homes. About 250 people were killed and many sought refuge in Rwanda.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A8)(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 1/20/02, p.A16)(SSFC, 10/18/20, p.B10)

2002        Feb 19, In Cairo, Egypt, an overcrowded train en route from Cairo to the southern city of Luxor burst into flames from a gas canister. It then traveled 2 1/2 miles before the driver stopped. 361 people were killed.
    (SFC, 2/20/02, p.A9)(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A8)(AFP, 5/27/04)

2002        Feb 27, In India Muslim attackers allegedly set fire to a train carrying Hindu nationalists and 58 were killed as the Sabarmati Express left Godhra in Gujarat state. Hindu nationalists went rampaging and at least 5 Muslims were killed in other towns. 3 months of rioting followed with some 2000 dead in revenge attacks. In 2005 a government panel said the fire was not set by a Muslim mob. Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat, was later blamed for the violence. On Feb 22, 2011, 31 people were convicted on conspiracy and murder charges over the deadly train fire. On Feb 28, 2011, an Indian court handed 11 death sentences and 20 life terms to Muslims convicted of burning Hindus alive in the train fire.
    (SFC, 2/28/02, p.A7)(SFC, 6/28/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/18/05, p.A1)(Econ, 3/26/05, p.44)(AFP, 2/22/11)(AFP, 3/1/11)

2002        May 25, In India at least 60 people, on their way to a wedding, were electrocuted when their bus hit a high-voltage power wire in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (SSFC, 5/26/02, p.A14)
2002        May 25, In Tenga, Mozambique, a passenger and freight train collided and 196 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 5/26/02, p.A14)(SFC, 5/27/02, p.A7)

2002        Jun 22, Officials in southern Russia reported that flooding has claimed at least 28 lives and forced thousands to leave their homes. The toll rose to 93 and President Vladimir Putin took local authorities to task for not doing more to help victims.
    (AP, 6/22/02)(SFC, 6/25/02, p.A8)(AP, 6/28/02)

2002        Jul 27, In Lviv, Ukraine, a fighter jet slammed onto the tarmac and sliced through a crowd watching an air show, killing 85 people and injured 116.
    (AP, 7/28/02)(WSJ, 8/8/02, p.A1)

2002        Sep 20, A riot in an overcrowded Dominican prison left 30 inmates dead and 48 others injured, 12 critically. Most of the deaths were by smoke inhalation.
    (AP, 9/20/02)(AP, 2/16/12)

2002        Sep 25-2002 Sep 26, Over 760 passengers and crew were believed to have perished when the crowded MS Joola, a state-run Senegalese ferry, heaved to its side shortly before midnight in a fierce storm off the coast of Gambia. There were only 62 known survivors. The toll was later raised to 1,863 dead.
    (SSFC, 9/29/02, p.A18)(WSJ, 9/30/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/3/03)(SFC, 3/24/06, p.A12)

2002        Sep 29, In Guatemala a bus carrying at least 45 passengers plunged into the Selegua River, and authorities feared that most of them drowned.
    (AP, 9/30/02)

2002        Oct 29, In Vietnam a fire believed to have started in a disco swept through a five-storey commercial building in south Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City killing at least 48 people.
    (Reuters, 10/29/02)

2002        Nov 1, In Morocco a fire erupted at an overcrowded Sidi Moussa jail in coastal El Jadida, killing 50 inmates and injuring dozens of other people. Authorities blamed electrical short circuit for Morocco's worst prison fire.
    (AP, 11/1/02)(AP, 2/16/12)

2002        Dec 18, In Brazil a ferry accident on the Para River killed at least 22 people with 28 more believed missing. The death toll grew to 44.
    (AP, 12/19/02)(AP, 12/23/02)

2003        Jan 6, In Mexico a bus with failing brakes swerved off a mountain highway and into a deep ravine in Zacatecas state, killing 18 people and injuring 23.
    (AP, 1/7/03)

2003          Feb 20, In Rhode Island The Station, a West Warwick nightclub, erupted in a raging fire during a pyrotechnics display at a rock concert, 98 people were killed and 200 others injured. Flammable soundproofing was later blamed. In Feb, 2006, Dan Biechele, manager of the band, pleaded guilty to 100 counts of manslaughter in exchange for up to 10 years in prison. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison. In 2008 Anheuser-Busch and a Rhode Island beer distributor agreed to pay $21 million to settle lawsuits brought by survivors of the fire.
    (SFC, 2/22/03, A1)(WSJ, 3/3/03, p.A1)(SFC, 2/1/06, p.A3)(SFC, 5/11/06, p.A7)(SFC, 5/24/08, p.A3)

2003        Apr 5, A prison riot in northern Honduras left 86 prisoners dead and dozens more injured at the 1,600-inmate El Porvenir prison outside of La Ceiba. Soldiers and police searched for escaped inmates. Honduras' 26 prisons were built to house 5,500 inmates but are crammed with 13,000 prisoners. In 2008 a court sentenced 22 soldiers and police to a combined 740 years in prison for the massacre. In 2008 a Honduran court sentenced Dimas Antonio Benitez, a former prison official, to 1,051 years in jail for the deaths in the prison massacre.
    (AP, 4/6/03)(SFC, 4/7/03, p.A8)(AP, 6/4/08)(AP, 9/7/08)(AP, 2/16/12)

2003        Apr 25, The crew of a Chinese fishing boat noticed a periscope drifting listlessly above the surface of the water. The fishermen notified the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) which promptly dispatched two vessels to investigate. When they boarded the Ming-class 361 on April 26, they found all seventy personnel slumped dead at their stations. It was later believed that the crew was suffocated by the sub’s diesel engine.
    (The National Interest, 8/30/19)

2003        May 2, China reported an accident on a diesel-powered submarine that killed all 70 sailors aboard [see April 25].
    (AP, 5/2/03)

2003        Sep 9, In western Venezuelan two passenger buses crashed in separate highway accidents, killing 45 people and injuring dozens of others.
    (AP, 9/9/03)

2003        Sep 11, The Italian Health Ministry said at least 4,175 more elderly Italians died in the summer heat wave that scorched Europe this year compared with the same period last year. The heat wave caused about 70,000 premature deaths across Europe.
    (AP, 9/11/03)(Econ, 5/9/15, p.54)

2003        Sep 15, In Saudi Arabia a fire that swept through el-Haer prison in Riyadh and 94 were initially reported killed. 67 inmates died in the worst prison fire in Saudi Arabian history.
    (AP, 9/16/03)(AP, 2/16/12)

2003        Dec 26, A 6.6 earthquake devastated the southeastern Iranian city of Bam, 630 miles southeast of the capital Tehran. It leveled more than half the city's houses and its historic mud-brick fortress. Some 31,000 people were killed and over 10,000 injured. Iran appealed for international help and promised to waive visas for foreign relief workers.
    (AP, 12/27/03)(SFC, 12/30/03, p.A3)(AP, 1/2/04)(AP, 12/26/04)(AFP, 8/12/12)

2003        Dr. James Gee of the Univ. of Wisconsin authored “What Video Games Have to Teach Us About learning and Literacy."
    (Econ, 9/5/09, p.86)

2004        Jan 15, The entire 5-man crew of the French trawler Bugaled Breizh drowned when it capsized and sank 14 miles (23 km) off Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. In 2016 France's top judicial court definitively confirmed a decision to close the case saying there was no evidence to support the claim that a submarine was involved.
    (AP, 6/21/16)o

2004        Feb 18, In Neyshabur, northeastern Iran, a 51-car train, carrying fuel, fertilizer and industrial chemicals, derailed and exploded. It rolled out of a switchyard and eventually reach a speed of more than 90 mph before it derailed, caught fire and exploded. The explosions destroyed five villages killing at least 200 people and injuring hundreds more.
    (AP, 2/19/04)(AP, 4/23/04)

2004        Apr 22, As many as 3,000 people were killed or injured when two trains carrying oil and liquefied petroleum gas collided and exploded in a North Korean train station.
    (AP, 4/22/04)

2004        Apr 28, In Colombia a construction crew's backhoe tumbled down a hillside onto a school bus on the highway below, killing 21 children and two adults and injuring 36 others.
    (AP, 4/29/04)

2004        May 17, In northern Honduras authorities said a short-circuit caused a fire that killed 103 inmates before dawn. Survivors of the fire claimed that the inferno was intentionally set by fellow inmates. The prison at San Pedro Sula, designed for 800, was crammed with 2,200.
    (AP, 5/18/04)(SFC, 5/18/04, p.A8)(Econ, 5/22/04, p.31)

2004        Jun 21, In central Bolivia a crowded bus plunged off an 800-foot precipice, killing as many as 38 people.
    (AP, 6/23/04)

2004        Jul 15, In Kumbakonam, southern India, a short circuit ignited a thatched roof and fire raged through the Lord Krishna Middle School, killing 94 children and injuring more than 100. The children were trapped inside a locked building. In 2006 an inquiry commission found that a mixture of avarice, dishonesty and a blatant disregard of safety standards caused the devastating fire. In 2014 the owner of the primary school was sentenced to life in prison on charges including culpable homicide and endangerment, while his wife, the headmistress, the cook and the meal planner were each imprisoned for five years.
    (AP, 7/17/04)(SFC, 7/17/04, p.A3)(Reuters, 9/4/06)(AP, 7/30/14)

2004        Jul 22, In northwestern Turkey a new high-speed passenger train derailed killing 36 people and injuring 81 others.
    (AP, 7/23/04)

2004        Jul 25, The death toll from monsoon flooding in South Asia reached 944.
    (AP, 7/26/04)

2004        Jul 28, Deaths from monsoon rains across South Asia reached 1,238.
    (AP, 7/28/04)

2004        Aug 1, In Paraguay a fast-spreading fire killed 420 people. Survivors of the inferno in a crowded supermarket on the outskirts of Asuncion said that locked doors slowed their escape. In 2008 a father and son who owned the supermarket were sentenced to prison for manslaughter and endangerment. In 2009 Supreme Court voted 2-1 in favor of a sentence of 12 years for Juan Pio Paiva and 10 years for his son Daniel Paiva. In 2009 a court upheld a two-year prison sentence for architect Bernardo Ismachowiez, designer of the supermarket.
    (AP, 8/2/04)(AP, 8/6/04)(AP, 2/3/08)(AP, 8/6/09)(AP, 8/29/09)

2004        Sep 3, Commandos stormed a school in southern Russia and battled Chechen separatist rebels holding hundreds of hostages, as crying children, some naked and covered in blood, fled through explosions and gunfire. Over 330 people, including 155 children, were killed in the violence that ended a hostage standoff with militants in Beslan, Russia. 31 of 32 hostage takers were killed. 6 Chechens and 4 Ingush were identified among the hostage takers. In 2006 a woman died from her injuries in Beslan bringing the total deaths to 334.
    (SFC, 9/4/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/7/04, p.A3)(WSJ, 9/10/04, p.A1)(AP, 12/9/07)

2005        Sep 23, Hurricane Rita, dropped to Category 4, moved toward the Texas and Louisiana coast with 135 mph winds, creating monumental traffic jams along evacuation routes and raising fears of a crippling blow to the nation's oil-refining industry. More than 100 people died in the exodus from Houston.
    (AP, 9/23/05)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.17)

2004        Nov 28, In central China an explosion tore through a coal mine, sending smoke from air vents and trapping at least 166 miners in tunnels and shafts below without communications. The death toll was later confirmed at 166.
    (AP, 12/1/04)(Econ, 12/4/04, p.43)

2004        Dec 26, The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered massive tidal waves that slammed into villages and seaside resorts across southern and southeast Asia. The initial estimated death toll of 9,000 soon rose to some 230,000 people in 14 countries. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake was the world's fifth-largest since 1900 and the largest since a 9.2 temblor hit Prince William Sound Alaska in 1964. The epicenter was located 155 miles south-southeast of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province on Sumatra, and six miles under the seabed of the Indian Ocean. In Indonesia at least 166,320 people were killed.
    Bangladesh reported 2 killed; India: at least 9,691 deaths: thousands were missing and possibly dead in India's remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indonesia: At least 101,318 people were killed on Sumatra island and small islands off its coast. Kenya reported 1 killed. Malaysia: At least 68 people, including an unknown number of foreign tourists, were dead. Myanmar: At least 90 people were killed. Sri Lanka: At least 30,680 were killed in government and rebel controlled areas. The Maldives, an archipelago of 1,190 low-lying coral islands and a tiny population of 280,000, at least 82 people were killed and missing. At least 42 islands were flattened in the low-lying atoll nation. Somalia: At least 298 were killed. Tanzania: At least 10 killed. Thailand: The confirmed death toll for Thailand reached 5,322, but many suspected Myanmar migrants were not counted. Some 230,000 people were killed in a dozen countries.
    (SFC, 12/28/04, p.A1)(AP, 12/30/04)(SSFC, 1/2/05, p.A12)(AP, 1/7/05)(Econ, 1/22/05, p.41)(AP, 12/25/09)(AP, 11/12/13)

2004        Dec 30, In Argentina a flare lit during a rock concert ignited the foam ceiling of the Cromagnon Republic nightclub in Buenos Aires packed with teenagers, starting an inferno that killed 194 people. Omar Chaban, promoter and owner of the club, later faced charges of manslaughter. In 2006 the Buenos Aires city council sacked Mayor Anibal Ibarra for failing to root out a culture of bribery and bureaucratic sloth. In 2009 judges convicted the concert promoter, three city officials and a band manager in the fire. The court absolved the Callejeros band of criminal responsibility for the blaze caused by fans' fireworks.
    (AP, 12/31/04)(AP, 12/30/05)(Econ, 3/11/06, p.35)(AP, 8/20/09)

2005        Feb 14, A gas explosion in China's northeast Sunjiawan mine killed 203 people in the deadliest mining disaster reported since communist rule began in 1949.
    (AP, 2/15/05)

2005        Mar 7, In the Dominican Republic rival gangs fighting for control of a provincial prison set pillows and sheets ablaze, starting a fire that killed 136 inmates after rescuers were thwarted by a jammed entrance.
    (AP, 3/11/05)

2005        Aug 29, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La., as a Category 3 storm. Katrina ripped two holes in the curved roof of the Louisiana Superdome, letting in rain as thousands of storm refugees huddled inside. In Mississippi many of the 13 floating casinos in Biloxi and Gulfport smashed historic homes and buildings. The Grand Casino Biloxi destroyed the historic Hotel Tivoli. Storm surges and winds from Katrina unleashed at least 40 oil spills and some 193,000 barrels of oil and other petrochemicals were driven across fragile marshy ecosystems southeast of New Orleans. The death toll from Katrina eventually reached at least 1,600. An estimated 300 Louisiana residents died out of state; some 230 people perished in Mississippi. Property damage estimates were in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
    (SFC, 9/6/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/23/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/21/06, p.A1)(AP, 8/29/06)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.36)
2005        Aug 29, In New Orleans 34 people died at a Tenet Healthcare hospital after Hurricane Katrina knocked out power and the temperature inside the building rose to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). The hospital’s windows couldn’t be opened.  On July 22, 2011, a judge approved a $25 million class-action settlement over the deaths of the patients. The Dallas-based company settled 11 other cases over Katrina.
    (SFC, 7/23/11, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/4kbb8dp)

2005        The US National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) was set up in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the deadliest hurricane in American postwar history.

2005        In China more than 6,000 people died in accidents in its coal mines and petroleum industries in this year, with the proportion of those killed in major disasters rising sharply.
    (AP, 2/10/06)

2006        Jan 28, In southern Poland an exhibition hall collapsed during a racing pigeon show in Katowice, killing at least 65 people and injuring 160. On June 26 three men, who helped design the exhibition hall, were arrested on suspicion of endangering lives by failing to meet building codes. In 2016 a court convicted five men and one woman over the roof collapse.
    (AP, 1/31/06)(SFC, 2/1/06, p.A3)(AP, 6/26/06)(AP, 6/17/16)

2006        Feb 3, An Egyptian passenger ferry carrying 1,408 people, mostly Egyptian workers returning from Saudi Arabia, sank in the Red Sea overnight. The 35-year-old ship, "Al-Salam Boccaccio 98," went down 40 miles off the Egyptian port of Hurghada between midnight and 2 a.m. Rescue boats picked up at least 362 survivors from the ferry that caught fire and sank in the Red Sea, apparently so fast there was no time for a distress signal. But more than 1,000 missing passengers and crew were feared drowned. The report into the sinking found the ship was overloaded and using forged documents to hide a shortage of safety equipment. In 2008 an Egyptian court acquitted in absentia Mamdouh Ismail, the owner of the ferry and his son, of negligence and corruption. Ismail, is a member of parliament's upper house, and his son Amr was a top executive in the ferry company. In 2009 Mamdouh Ismail was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and negligence and sentenced to seven years in prison.
    (AP, 2/3/06)(AP, 2/4/06)(AP, 4/19/06)(AP, 7/27/08)(AP, 3/11/09)

2006        Mar 22, A ferry carrying 150 passengers sank off the coast of Cameroon, and 23 people were rescued. The rest were feared dead. The ferry was bound for Gabon from Nigeria with passengers from Burkina Faso, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast.
    (AP, 3/23/06)(SFC, 3/24/06, p.A12)

2007        Feb 3, Indonesia’s Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will pursue its plans to develop nuclear power as part of efforts to find alternative energy sources to address its growing needs. Officials said flooding has killed at least 44 people and left more than 340,000 others homeless in Jakarta, as neck-high waters submerged large sections of the city. The flooding in Jakarta eventually left 52 people dead.
    (AP, 2/3/07)(AP, 2/6/07)(Econ, 3/17/12, p.48)

2007        Aug 31, Officials in Greece said all major blazes were under control, and firefighters were working to extinguish smaller fires in the southern part of the country. The fires cost the country at least $1.6 billion and left 67 people dead. The government provided 13,000 euros to those suffering losses. 84 people died in Greek wildfires, that began in June.
    (AP, 8/31/07)(AP, 9/8/07)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.47)(AP, 6/18/17)

2009        Feb 7, In Australia searing temperatures and wind blasts created a firestorm that swept across a swath of the country's Victoria state. On “Black Saturday" some 2298 homes were destroyed with a death toll of 173. The town of Marysville and several hamlets in the Kinglake district, both about 50 miles (100 km) north of Melbourne, were utterly devastated. In 2012 James Sokaluk was jailed for at least 14 years for starting a blaze that killed 10 people and destroyed more than 150 homes at Churchill.
    (AFP, 2/8/09)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.61)(AFP, 4/27/12)

2008        Apr 28, In eastern China a high-speed passenger train jumped its tracks and slammed into another train, killing 72 people and injuring 416 in China's worst train accident in a decade.
    (AP, 4/28/08)(AP, 7/24/11)

2008        May 3, Tropical Cyclone Nargis slammed into Myanmar's main city of Yangon, ripping off roofs, felling trees and raising fears of major casualties. Later counts guessed that some 138,000 died or went missing due to the cyclone. Foreign countries mobilized to rush in aid after the country's deadliest storm on record. In 2010 Emma Larkin authored “Everything Is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma."
    (AP, 5/4/08)(AP, 5/6/08)(Econ, 5/1/10, p.86)

2008        May 7, The international relief effort for hundreds of thousands of Myanmar cyclone victims picked up speed as India dispatched two planeloads of aid and Myanmar authorized the UN to send its own air shipment.
    (AP, 5/7/08)

2008        May 12, Myanmar state television put the death toll for Cyclone Nargis at 31,938 with 29,770 people missing. The US White House said it was extending an extra 13 million dollars in aid as the first US flight of emergency supplies landed in the country.
    (AP, 5/12/08)(SFC, 5/13/08, p.A3)

2008        Jun 21, In the Philippines the Princess of Stars, carrying 862 passengers and crew, ran aground and capsized 3 km (2 miles) from Sibuyan island in the center of the archipelago. Nearly 800 passengers were missing as Typhoon Fengshen killed scores and left a trail of destruction across the archipelago. Only 48 survivors of the ferry were found, including 28 rescued the next day.
    (Reuters, 6/22/08)(AP, 6/23/08)(Econ, 6/28/08, p.49)

2008        Aug 8, In Texas a charter bus carrying Vietnamese worshippers on a pilgrimage ran off a highway overpass north of Dallas and plunged onto a roadway below. 15 people were killed and 40 injured. In 2014 Angel de la Torre, the owner of the Houston bus company charged after the crash that killed 17 passengers, avoided prison after a federal judge sentenced him to three years of probation in a plea agreement.
    (AP, 8/8/08)(AP, 10/29/14)

2008        Sep 6, In Egypt massive boulders fell from the towering Muqattam cliffs onto a shanty town outside Cairo and buried dozens of homes. The death toll rose on a daily basis and reached 103 on Sep 19. According to residents, there could be up to 500 people buried under the hundreds of tons of rock that fell. In 2010 a court convicted the Cairo deputy governor for the rock slide that killed 119 people and sentenced him to five years in prison. The court found Mahmoud Yassin and seven lesser officials guilty of manslaughter.
    (AP, 9/6/08)(AP, 9/13/08)(AP, 9/20/08)(AP, 5/26/10)

2008        Oct 5, In northern California 8 people were killed when a passenger bus, carrying 41 senior Laotian, casino-bound gamblers, ran off a rural road near Williams. Police the next day arrested driver Quintin J. Watts (52) on suspicion of driving under the influence. Daniel E. Cobb (68), owner of the bus, was among the dead. The bus had invalid plates and identification numbers and a lapsed corporate registration. A 9th victim died on Oct 10. The death toll later reached 11. On Feb 3, 2021, Watts was released from prison after his sentence was reduced because of changes in state law.
    (SFC, 10/6/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/7/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/11/08, p.B3)

2008        Dec 16, In Israel a bus filled with 49 passengers plunged into a desert ravine near the resort town of Eilat. 24 Russian travel agents were killed. In 2014 the bus driver was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/16/08)(SFC, 12/17/08, p.A8)(Reuters, 2/23/14)

2009        Apr 6, In central Italy a magnitude 6.3 earthquake knocked down whole blocks of buildings as residents slept, killing 309 people in L'Aquila, capital of the Abruzzo region, which was near the epicenter. It was the country's deadliest quake in nearly three decades. Tens of thousands were homeless and 1,500 were injured. 8 students were killed when their dorm collapsed  in L'Aquila. Investigations into shoddy construction soon followed.
    (AFP, 4/6/09)(AP, 4/6/09)(AP, 4/9/09)(AP, 10/19/09)(Econ, 10/27/12, p.80)

2009        Apr 29, In Tanzania huge blasts rocked an ammunition dump at an army camp in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam. More than a dozen people were killed.
    (AP, 4/29/09)(SFC, 2/18/11, p.A2)

2009        Jun 5, In southwestern China at least 26 people were buried when part of a mountain collapsed in a massive landslide in a remote area of Wulong county in Chongqing municipality. 74 people were missing, including 47 workers at an iron ore mine, 21 local residents, two telecom company workers and four passers-by. 27 people died and dozens were hurt when a packed commuter bus burst into flames and was destroyed within minutes during the morning rush hour in the southwestern city of Chengdu. Police later said a 62-year-old unemployed man set the fire after carrying a bucket of gasoline onto the bus.
    (AP, 6/5/09)(AP, 6/6/09)(AP, 7/3/09)
2009        Jun 5, In Mexico a fast-moving fire killed 49 babies and toddlers at the ABC day care in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora state, despite desperate attempts of firefighters, who punched through the walls and fought their way through flames to rescue babies, toddlers and others trapped inside. No fire alarm or sprinkler system had gone off, according to witnesses. One mother said a second door to the day care was bolted shut and nobody could find the key. In 2011 federal police arrested Arturo Leyva Lizarraga, a former government official, on homicide and abuse of authority charges tied to a day care center fire.
    (AP, 6/6/09)(AP, 6/7/09)(AP, 6/8/09)(AP, 6/23/09)(AP, 5/10/11)

2009        Aug 6, Rescue workers searched for missing people after the Princess Ashika ferry, carrying 149 passengers and crew, sank overnight off the coast of Tonga. 93 people were missing and feared dead.
    (SFC, 8/6/09, p.A2)(AP, 8/9/09)

2009        Aug 9, In southern Taiwan Typhoon Morakot spawned a mudslide engulfing the mountain village of Shiao Lin, burying up to 600 people. The official death toll from Morakot stood at 14. Another 51, not including the people in Shiao Lin.
    (AP, 8/10/09)

2009        Aug 14, Taiwan's president said floods and mudslides unleashed by Typhoon Morakot last weekend have killed about 500 people on the island, as he called on rescue crews to step up their efforts. Ma said the death toll includes 120 confirmed deaths, and about 380 people believed to be buried in the debris of a landslide in Shiao Lin, the hardest-hit village.
    (AP, 8/14/09)

2009        Aug 15, In Kuwait a fire at a wedding tent killed 57 women and children as it consumed the structure in a blazing inferno lasting just three minutes. The bridegroom’s ex-wife was later found to be the arsonist. In 2010 a Kuwaiti appeals court confirmed a death sentence against Nasra Yussef Mohammed al-Enezi (23). She had been convicted in March of setting fire to the wedding tent as her husband took a second wife. Al-Enezi was among seven people hanged on January 25, 2017.
    (AP, 8/16/09)(AP, 8/18/09)(SFC, 8/18/09, p.A4)(AFP, 5/26/10)(SFC, 1/26/17, p.A3)

2009        Aug 17, In Russia powerful explosion took place during repair work at the Sayano-Shushinskaya hydroelectric plant in southern Siberia. The death toll soon reached 47 with 28 others missing and feared dead after an engine room was suddenly flooded. The accident produced an oil spill and the slick that floated down the Yenisei River.
    (AP, 8/17/09)(AP, 8/18/09)(AP, 8/21/09)

2009        Aug 20, Italian customs found a boat with five Eritrean survivors of what it called a "shocking tragedy. Around 75 African migrants died in the Mediterranean after their stranded boat ran out of food and water.
    (Reuters, 8/21/09)

2009        Aug 28, In Indonesia the overcrowded ferry Sari Mulia capsized in the Negara River in the South Kalimantan province, leaving at least 19 people dead and 15 others missing.
    (AP, 8/29/09)(AP, 8/30/09)

2009        Sep 5, The sightseeing boat Ilinden, carrying 55 Bulgarian tourists, sank in Lake Ohrid on Macedonia's western border, and 15 people drowned.
    (AP, 9/5/09)(AFP, 9/6/09)

2009        Sep 6, In the southern Philippines the Superferry 9, carrying nearly 1,000 passengers, sank leaving at least 9 people dead. After rescue efforts one passenger was left unaccounted.
    (AFP, 9/6/09)(AP, 9/7/09)

2009        Sep 9, In Sierra Leone at least 221 people, including many schoolchildren returning from holidays, remained missing a day after the wooden Teh Teh ferry capsized at sea. 39 people survived. 30 bodies were recovered and all the missing were feared dead.
    (AP, 9/10/09)(AP, 9/12/09)

2009        Sep 10, In India hundreds of students, who were jammed into a narrow New Delhi school staircase, panicked and set off a stampede that left five girls dead and 31 other students injured. Mohammed Shahabuddin, a 12-year old snack vendor, had to have his left leg amputated after Bihar state railway police threw him out of a moving train when he failed to pay them 10 rupees (20 cents) as a bribe. The boy had offered the policemen five rupees, which was all the money he had.
    (AP, 9/10/09)(AP, 9/11/09)

2009        Sep 14, In Pakistan at least 18 women and girls were killed in a stampede which broke out as charity workers were handing out free flour to the poor in a crowded neighborhood of Pakistan's financial capital Karachi.
    (AP, 9/15/09)

2009        Sep 23, In central India an 820-foot (250m) chimney collapsed during bad weather killing at least 26 people. More than 100 workers were feared dead at the site in Korba, Chhattisgarh state, where the giant chimney came crashing down on the plant's cafeteria as the workers had tea.
    (AP, 9/24/09)(AFP, 9/24/09)

2009        Sep 29, A magnitude 8.0-8.3 earthquake struck about 120 miles south of the islands of Samoa, which has about 180,000 people, and American Samoa, a US territory of 65,000. Four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet (4 to 6 meters) high roared ashore on American Samoa, reaching up to a mile (1.5 kilometers) inland. At least 136 were killed in Samoa and at least 32 on American Samoa and leaving dozens missing. Authorities in Tonga, south of the Samoas, confirmed at least 9 dead.
    (AP, 9/30/09)(AFP, 10/1/09)(AP, 10/5/09)

2009        Oct 2, In southern India flash floods and heavy rains killed at least 172 people in the state of Karnataka and 50 in neighboring Andhra Pradesh. One more person was killed in the southern seaside resort state of Goa as heavy rains resulted in the collapse of 250 houses. Fifty of the victims drowned when a rescue boat capsized.
    (AFP, 10/3/09)(AP, 10/4/09)(AP, 10/5/09)

2009        Oct 9, In the northern Philippines driving rain on the heels of back-to-back storms triggered dozens of landslides across, burying more than 160 people, washing away villages and leaving almost an entire province under water.
    (AP, 10/9/09)

2009        Oct 16, In southern India a blaze erupted at a fireworks warehouse in Pallipat near Chennai, killing at least 32 people and injuring 10 others as millions of Hindus prepared to celebrate Deepavali, the festival of lights.
    (AP, 10/17/09)

2009        Nov 21, In northern China a gas explosion tore through the state-run Xinxing coal mine in Heilongjiang province, killing at least 92 people and 16 missing as rescuers worked hastily to save them.
    (AP, 11/21/09)(AP, 11/22/09)

2009        Nov 22, Nearly 250 people were pulled from the sea after the Dumai Express went down in heavy rain and huge swells off Karimun island in the north of the Indonesian archipelago. At least 29 people were killed.
    (AFP, 11/22/09)

2009        Nov 25, In western Democratic Republic of Congo at least 73 people were killed and others missing after a logging boat sank in Lake Mai Ndombe in Bandundu province.
    (Reuters, 11/28/09)

2009        Nov 27, In southern Bangladesh the MV Coco-4, a triple-deck ferry packed with hundreds of travelers heading home for an Islamic festival, capsized on the Tetulia River as passengers disembarked, leaving at least 77 dead and dozens missing.
    (AP, 11/28/09)(AFP, 11/30/09)

2009        Dec 4, In northern Bangladesh an overcrowded passenger boat capsized after being hit by a small ferry, leaving at least 46 people dead.
    (AP, 12/4/09)

2009        Dec 5, In Russia a blaze sparked by onstage fireworks tore through the Lame Horse nightclub ceiling covered in decorative twigs and plastic sheeting, killing at least 136 people and critically injuring about 90 in the industrial city of Perm in the Ural Mountains. It was the country’s deadliest fire since the fall of the Soviet Union. By late December the death toll reached 152 with 74 people still hospitalized. In 2013 club owner Anatoly Zak was convicted of creating conditions that violate safety regulations. He was  sentenced to nine years and 10 months in prison.
    (AP, 12/5/09)(AP, 12/10/09)(AP, 12/25/09)(AP, 4/30/13)

2009        Dec 7, In China 8 children died in a crush after someone stumbled while hundreds of children leaving their evening classes raced down the narrow stairway closest to their dormitory in Xiangxiang city, Hunan province.
    (AP, 12/8/09)

2009        Dec 14, In Nigeria 23 people burned to death when a bus carrying mourners to a funeral collided with a truck on a road in southwest Oyo state.
    (AFP, 12/14/09)

2009        Dec 24, In southern India police with bamboo batons clashed with crowds of protesters as outrage over a delay in creating a new state (Telangana) erupted into violent demonstrations in several cities in Andhra Pradesh. Over 40 people were feared dead after the bridge under construction over the Chambal river collapsed on the outskirts of Kota city in western Rajasthan state. 12 bodies were recovered and 30 others remained missing.
    (AP, 12/24/09)(AFP, 12/25/09)(AP, 12/26/09)

2009        Dec 26, In the Philippines a roll-on, roll-off ferry, carrying at least 88 people and nine cargo trucks, sank in the late evening off Verde Island. 6 people were confirmed dead and at least 22 were missing.
    (AP, 12/27/09)

2010        Jan 1, In Brazil a rain-loosened slab of hillside collapsed on 3 houses and an upscale lodge after New Year celebrations at a resort on the island of Ilha Grande near Rio de Janeiro, killing at least 26 people. On the mainland, a torrent of reddish mud cascaded into the Carioca slum in the nearby coastal city of Angra dos Reis, killing at least 18 people and reducing rickety shacks to rubble. 10 people died in Sao Paulo state. 3 people died in Minas Gerais as heavy rains triggered flooding and landslides. Nearly 80 other mudslides have been reported throughout the region in recent days. Together with flooding, they have killed at least 76 people.
    (AP, 1/1/10)(AP, 1/2/10)(Reuters, 1/3/10)

2010        Jan 12, A powerful 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti and crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace. Thousands of people were believed dead and untold numbers were trapped. An estimated 3 million people were in need of emergency aid. The quake left over 200,000 people dead. Some 4,500 prison inmates escaped during the earthquake. By April they were terrorizing neighborhoods and fighting turf battles. The UN later estimated 222,570 people were killed and 300,572 injured.
    (AP, 1/13/10)(SFC, 3/11/10, p.A2)(SFC, 4/8/10, p.A2)(Econ, 3/19/11, p.46)

2010        Feb 9, Afghan officials said massive avalanches roaring down a mountain pass north of Kabul may have killed more than 60 people, as rescuers evacuated about 400 injured victims.
    (AP, 2/9/10)
 2010        Feb 9, In South Africa a fire raged through the Hope in Christ Home orphanage at Newcastle in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal,  killing 15 people, including 13 children.
    (AFP, 2/9/10)

2010        Feb 18, In northern Pakistan up to 37 people were feared dead after an avalanche slammed into a remote mountain village in Kohistan district.
    (AFP, 2/18/10)

2010        Feb 20, On Portugal’s Madeira Islands torrential flash floods and mudslides killed at least 42 people. 13 people remained missing.
    (AP, 2/21/10)(AP, 2/22/10)(AP, 2/23/10)

2010        Feb 23, In Indonesia a rain-triggered landslide at a tea plantation on the main island of Java buried scores of workers. At least five people were confirmed dead.
    (AP, 2/23/10)

2010        Feb 24, In Orlando, Florida, SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed after Tilikum, a 12,000 pound killer whale, grabbed her hair and pulled her under water. The orca, profiled in the 2013 documentary Blackfish, died at SeaWorld Orlando in early 2017 at an estimated age of 36.
    (AP, 2/25/10)(SFC, 1/7/17, p.A7)

2010        Mar 26, A South Korean naval ship sank leaving 46 marines missing near Baengnyeong Island. An explosion at the rear of the Cheonan shut down its engine, wiped out power and caused the ship to sink a little over three hours later. 58 of the crew of 104 were rescued.
    (AP, 3/27/10)

2010        Apr 5, In West Virginia a huge underground explosion blamed on methane gas killed 25 coal miners at Massey Energy Co.'s sprawling Upper Big Branch mine, about 30 miles south of Charleston. It was the worst US mining disaster since 1984. Four missing miners were found dead on April 10. In 2009 the US Mine Safety and health Administration (MHSA) had cited the mine 515 times, often for problems with its ventilation and escape route plans. On Feb 22, 2012, mine superintendent Gary May (43) was charged with conspiracy to defraud the federal government. May became the 2nd employee of Massey to face prosecution in the case. Massey CEO Don Blankenship was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2015 and one year in prison. In 2020 a documentary play, "Coal Country" by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, opened in Manhattan.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(AP, 4/10/10)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.32)(SFC, 2/23/12, p.A9)(Econ., 3/7/20, p.76)

2010        Apr 6, In Brazil 14 straight hours of rain swamped Rio de Janeiro and killed at least eight people in the city. 3 more died in Rio de Janeiro state. 5 were also are missing in a mudslide. The death toll eventually reached 246.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(AP, 4/9/10)(AP, 4/13/10)

2010        Apr 8, In Brazil authorities said at least 200 people were buried and feared dead under the latest landslide in the Morro Bumba slum in Niteroi, neighboring Rio de Janeiro. 205 people were already known to have died this week in slides triggered by the record rains.
    (AP, 4/8/10)(AP, 4/9/10)

2010        Apr 14, In western China a series of strong earthquakes struck a mountainous area of Tibet, killing at least 1944 people and injuring more than 10,000, as houses made of mud and wood collapsed. 5 days later 3 people were pulled alive from the rubble.
    (AP, 4/14/10)(AP, 4/15/10)(AP, 4/16/10)(AP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 14, In India a cyclone packing winds of more than 100 mph (160 kph) demolished ten of thousands of mud huts, killing at least 131 villagers in the northeastern parts of West Bengal and Bihar states.
    (AP, 4/14/10)(AP, 4/15/10)

2010        May 8, In western Siberia 2 explosions tore through the Raspadskaya mine just before midnight, killing at least 66 workers and injuring 41 others. A further 24 people remained trapped in the mine, Russia's largest underground coal mine, including rescue workers.
    (AP, 5/9/10)(AP, 5/10/10)(AP, 5/11/10)(AP, 5/12/10)(AP, 5/13/10)

2010        May 14, In central India a bus carrying wedding guests hit a high-tension electricity line, killing 28 people on board, mostly women and children, who were on their way back from the ceremony in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh state.
    (Reuters, 5/14/10)

2010        May 30, Authorities in Central America struggled to clear roads of debris and reach cut-off communities due to landslides and flooding triggered by the year's first tropical storm. The death toll soon reached 205, including 172 people in Guatemala, with some 100 missing; in Honduras at least 18 deaths were linked to the storm; El Salvador President Mauricio Funes warned that the danger had not yet passed and reported 10 deaths.
    (AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 5/31/10)(AP, 6/1/10)(AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/6/10)

2010        Jun 3, In Bangladesh an illegal chemical warehouse fuelled a toxic blaze that ripped through one of Dhaka's most densely populated areas, killing at least 117 people.
    (AP, 6/4/10)

2010        Jun 15, In southeastern Bangladesh powerful landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at least 53 people, striking a coastal area as people slept and burying many alive inside their homes.
    (AP, 6/15/10)(AP, 6/16/10)

2010        Jun 16, In China at least 90 people died and 50 were missing after torrential downpours in southern China triggered heavy floods. The provinces of Fujian and Sichuan, in the southeast and southwest respectively, as well as the southern region of Guangxi were the hardest hit.
    (AFP, 6/16/10)(AFP, 6/18/10)(AP, 6/19/10)

2010        Jun 20, China’s government said major rivers have burst their banks in southern China, triggering massive floods and forcing 860,000 to flee their homes. Dozens were missing with more storms forecast. The death toll soon rose to 211.
    (AP, 6/20/10)(AP, 6/21/10)(AP, 6/23/10)

2010        Jun 21, In the Congo Republic at least 76 people were killed and 745 injured after a train accident in the southern part of the country.
    (Reuters, 6/23/10)

2010        Jun 22, Brazilian authorities said floods after days of driving rain have killed at least 45 people in the northeast, and left 600 missing for and another 120,000 people homeless.
    (AP, 6/22/10)(AFP, 6/23/10)

2010        Jul 2, In eastern Congo a fuel tanker overturned and burst into flames, sparking a massive fire that killed at least 219 villagers and wounded more than 200 — some of whom had rushed to siphon leaking liquid from the vehicle illegally.
    (AP, 7/3/10)(SSFC, 7/4/10, p.A5)

2010        Jul 24, In Germany a stampede at the Love Parade techno music festival in Duisberg ended with at least 19 young people dead and more than 300 injured. Within days the death toll rose to 21 as more died from their injuries.
    (Reuters, 7/25/10)(http://tinyurl.com/27m7e9l)(Reuters, 7/28/10)

2010        Jul 27, In CongoDRC a boat ferrying about 200 passengers to Kinshasa capsized after hitting a rock. As many as 138 people were killed with 80 confirmed dead.
    (Reuters, 7/29/10)

2010        Aug 2, In Louisiana 6 Shreveport teenagers wading in the shallows of the Red River drowned in front of their horrified families after falling into deep water. None of the teens or nearby adults could swim.
    (AP, 8/3/10)

2010        Aug 5, In Missouri 2 people, a pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on a bus, were killed and 38 others were injured in an accident on the interstate highway near Gray Summit. In 2011 it was reported that a pickup driver (19) was texting just before his pickup truck, two school buses and a tractor truck collided in the deadly pileup.
    (AP, 12/12/11)
2010        Aug 5, In Tanzania 20 school children were feared drowned and 20 rescued after a boat they were traveling in capsized on the Tanzanian side of Lake Victoria.
    (AP, 8/6/10)

2010        Aug 8, In China landslides in the northwestern province of Gansu left at least 337 people dead in the deadliest incident so far in the country's worst flooding in a decade. More than 1,148 were missing.
    (AP, 8/10/10)

2010        Aug 10, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari returned to his flood-ravaged country, where he faced a storm of criticism for visiting Europe as his country was gripped by what his government called the nation's worst natural disaster. The UN said the Pakistan’ government's estimate of 13.8 million people affected by the country's worst-ever floods exceeded the combined total of three recent megadisasters, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
    (AP, 8/10/10)
2010        Aug 10, Rescuers in mountainous Indian-controlled Kashmir raced to save dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and find 500 people still missing in flash floods that have killed 140.
    (AP, 8/10/10)

2010        Aug 11, Chinese rescuers raced against a potential new deluge in northwest Gansu province and hurried to drain an unstable lake formed by the country’s worst mudslides in decades. The mudslide left about 1500 people dead.
    (AFP, 8/11/10)(AFP, 5/13/12)

2010        Aug 13, In northwest China new landslides killed 24 people and left 24 missing in Gansu province as downpours threatened more devastation and made rescue work nearly impossible in a region where more than 1,100 people have died.
    (AP, 8/13/10)

2010        Aug 15, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the world to quicken aid for up to 20 million people hit by Pakistan's worst humanitarian crisis as he flew in to visit areas ravaged by record floods.
    (AFP, 8/15/10)

2010        Aug 16, In northeast China a massive explosion ripped through a fireworks factory, killing 19 workers, damaging nearby buildings and causing secondary blasts.
    (AP, 8/16/10)
2010        Aug 16, In China at least 36 more people have died and 23 others were missing in fresh flooding from torrential rains in Gansu province.
    (AP, 8/17/10)

2010        Aug 18, In the Philippines a packed passenger bus negotiating a downhill curve plunged off a Philippine mountain highway into a 100-foot (30-meter) ravine, killing 41 people.
    (AP, 8/18/10)

2010        Aug 19, The UN said more than 4 million Pakistanis have been made homeless by nearly 3 weeks of floods, making the critical task of securing greater amounts of aid more urgent.
    (Reuters, 8/19/10)

2010        Aug 21, About 150,000 Pakistanis were forced to move to higher ground over the last 24 hours as floodwaters from a freshly swollen Indus River submerged dozens more towns and villages in the south. The floods have affected about one-fifth of Pakistan's territory, straining its civilian government as it also struggles against al-Qaida and Taliban violence. At least 6 million people have been made homeless and 20 million affected overall. The economic cost is expected to run into billions of dollars.
    (AP, 8/21/10)

2010        Aug 23, China’s state media said flooding has forced the evacuation of more than a quarter-million people in northern China along its border with North Korea.
    (AP, 8/23/10)

2010        Aug 25, In South Africa a driver taking children to school went around a closed railroad crossing gate and was hit by an oncoming train that killed 10 pupils and injured 5 others. Driver Jacob Humphreys was convicted of murder in 2011 and in 2012 was sentenced to an effective 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 8/25/10)(AFP, 2/28/12)

2010        Sep 4, In southern Congo at least 200 people were feared dead after a boat engine caught fire and led the vessel to overturn on the Kasai River. Survivors who swam to safety  said nearby fishermen refused to help drowning passengers in the dark of night, instead looting the goods aboard the burning vessel and beating people with oars. Earlier the same day, a boat on a river in northwest Equateur Province hit a rock and capsized. More than 70 people were believed dead among 100 estimated passengers.
    (AP, 9/5/10)(AP, 9/6/10)
2010        Sep 4, In Guatemala torrential rains from a tropical depression caused mudslides killed at least 48 people, most of them in separate disasters along the same highway.
    (AP, 9/5/10)(AP, 9/6/10)

2010        Sep 7, The UN said more than 10 million people have been left without shelter in Pakistan's floods for the past 6 weeks, in "one of the worst humanitarian disasters" in UN history.
    (AFP, 9/7/10)

2010        Sep 9, A massive explosion, apparently triggered by a broken gas line, sent flames roaring through San Bruno, a neighborhood near San Francisco, Ca., destroying 37 homes and badly damaged 8 others. At least 7 people were killed and over 50 injured. On Sep 27 the death toll rose to 8 as another victim died of injuries from the blast.
    (AP, 9/10/10)(SFC, 9/10/10, p.A1)(SFC, 9/11/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 9/12/10, p.A1)(SFC, 9/23/10, p.C5)(SFC, 9/29/10, p.C4)

2010        Sep 27, In Colombia a mudslide swept over people changing from one bus to another because an earlier slide was blocking a mountain road, and at least 20 people were buried.
    (AP, 9/27/10)

2010        Sep 28, In Mexico a hillside collapsed on the rural community of Santa Maria de Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca state. Although hundreds of people were initially feared dead only 11 people were missing and likely dead.
    (AP, 9/28/10)(AP, 9/29/10)(AP, 9/30/10)

2010        Sep 29, Jamaica was hit by Tropical Storm Nicole causing flooding and mudslides that left at least 5 people dead and 14 missing.
    (SFC, 9/30/10, p.A2)(AP, 9/30/10)
2010        Sep 29, In Mexico a landslide surged into a community in Chiapas state, killing 16 people and injuring 13, while another avalanche left three people missing in a nearby town.
    (AP, 9/30/10)

2010        Sep 30, In Mexico rescuers found more bodies buried by earlier landslides, raising the death toll from a series of slides in the south to at least 36. Another landslide in the town of Villa Hidalgo Yalalag in Oaxaca state buried an 80-year-old man and his 68-year-old wife.
    (AFP, 9/30/10)(AP, 10/1/10)

2010        Oct 2, In central Indonesia a train crashed into another parked at a railway station, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, many seriously.
    (AP, 10/2/10)

2010        Oct 4, In Hungary a torrent of toxic red sludge from an alumina plant tore through Kolontar and two other villages. The next day Hungary declared a state of emergency in three counties. After some days 9 people were reported killed and some 150 injured.
    (Reuters, 10/5/10)(AFP, 10/8/10)(AP, 10/11/10)(Econ, 10/16/10, p.63)
2010        Oct 4, In Indonesia heavy rain unleashed flash floods and mudslides, killing at least 83 people in West Papua province's village of Wasior. Rescuers struggled to reach the area.
    (AP, 10/5/10)(AP, 10/6/10)

2010        Oct 6, Hungary scrambled to contain a toxic mud spill that left four people dead and more than 100 injured in what is being described as an ecological catastrophe. The spill raised fears that pollution leeching from it could reach the Danube River, which courses through Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine before flowing into the Black Sea.
    (AFP, 10/6/10)
2010        Oct 6, In Indonesia helicopters dropped food to isolated villages and security forces helped clear debris and search for survivors as the number of people killed by floods and landslides across Asia climbed to nearly 110. Three-quarters of the deaths were in eastern Indonesia. In Vietnam 11 bodies were recovered in the worst-hit province of Quang Binh, where authorities were also searching for five sailors from a sunken barge. At least seven other bodies were found in Ha Tinh province, five in Nghe An and three in Quang Tri. On China's nearby island province of Hainan, seven straight days of heavy rains left two people missing and forced 64,000 to evacuate.
    (AP, 10/6/10)

2010        Oct 7, In Vietnam the death toll from vicious rains nearly doubled to 48 after disaster officials were finally able to access areas that had been cut off by high waters. Another 23 people remained missing as villagers started returning to areas where the water was receding.
    (AP, 10/7/10)

2010        Oct 9, In central Vietnam the death toll in devastating floods rose to 62 as authorities rushed aid to about 100,000 people facing food shortages.
    (AP, 10/9/10)

2010        Oct 10, In Bangladesh a speeding bus veered off the road and into the water. Many of some 50 passengers swam to safety after the crash. 11 bodies were soon recovered and the search continued for more.
    (AP, 10/12/10)

2010        Oct 11, Chinese state media reported that more than 440,000 people have been evacuated in Hainan after the heaviest rains for decades inundated 90 percent of the Chinese island in the South China Sea.
    (AFP, 10/11/10)

2010        Oct 12, In central Poland a van crammed with farm workers crashed head-on into a truck after apparently trying to overtake another vehicle in dense fog, killing all 18 people on board.
    (AP, 10/12/10)
2010        Oct 12, In eastern Ukraine a train crashed into a crowded bus, killing 42 people on the bus, including two children, and injuring nearly a dozen others. PM Mykola Azarov ordered his government to pay the family of each of the dead victims 100,000 hryvna ($12,600). He also instructed transport officials to install automated crossing gates at all the nation's railway crossings to prevent cars, buses and trucks from ignoring the siren.
    (AP, 10/12/10)

2010        Oct 18, In Mexico a bus has crashed into the back of a trailer truck and caught fire, killing 19 people outside the city of Queretaro.
    (AP, 10/18/10)
2010        Oct 18, In Vietnam 20 people on a bus were swept away by strong currents from a flooded river. They were presumed dead. Another 17 managed to save themselves by swimming or clinging to trees or power poles.
    (AP, 10/18/10)

2010        Oct 19, The UN said that 377 people had died in flooding in central and west Africa, with nearly 1.5 million people affected since the start of the rainy season in June. The highest toll was in Nigeria with 118, followed by Ghana (52), Sudan (50), Benin (43), Chad (24), Mauritania (21), Burkina Faso (16), Cameroon (13), Gambia (12), with other countries reporting less than 10 dead.
    (AFP, 10/19/10)

2010        Oct 22, In eastern Indonesia the Tersanjung, a small passenger ship, sank off the cape of Watumanuk on Flores island. It was reportedly carrying 66 people. 44 people were rescued and 22 remained missing.
    (AP, 10/22/10)(AP, 10/23/10)
2010        Oct 22, In Vietnam disaster officials said the death toll from severe flooding in four central provinces had climbed to 75, including 14 victims from a bus swept off a road by strong currents, with six passengers still missing.
    (AP, 10/23/10)

2010        Oct 27, President Karzai said Afghanistan will extend a deadline for private security firms to disband through early next year in a face-saving compromise that could preserve foreign reconstruction projects worth billions of dollars.  A roof collapsed at an Afghan wedding party, killing more than 40 women and children in Warchi village of Jalga district of Baghlan province. The international military coalition said nine insurgents were killed in a battle in the southern province.
    (AP, 10/27/10)(AFP, 10/27/10)
2010        Oct 27, In Indonesia helicopters with emergency supplies finally landed on the remote islands slammed by a tsunami that killed at least 272 people. Elsewhere in the archipelago the toll from a volcanic eruption rose to 30, including the mountain's spiritual caretaker.
    (AP, 10/27/10)

2010        Oct 30, In eastern India rescuers battled to find survivors after a ferry overcrowded with Muslim pilgrims capsized and sank in the Hooghly River near the Bay of Bengal. The 60 person capacity boat was carrying around 224 people. After 3 days 69 bodies were recovered.
    (AFP, 10/30/10)(AFP, 11/1/10)(SFC, 11/3/10, p.A2)
2010        Oct 30, In Indonesia clouds of gray ash rumbled down the slopes of Mount Merapi in its most powerful eruption of a deadly week, prompting soldiers to force reluctant villagers to evacuate amid fears of a larger blast as the death toll reached 36. Storms again prevented aid deliveries to increasingly desperate survivors of a tsunami, including a teenage girl with an open chest wound, that killed 413 people in the Mentawai islands. The number of missing dropped by half to 163 as searchers discovered survivors who had fled to the hills.
    (AP, 10/30/10)

2010        Nov 4, In Costa Rica a rain-sodden hillside collapsed on homes in the suburb of San Antonio de Escazu, killing at least 20 people, many as they slept. At least 14 people were missing.
    (AP, 11/5/10)

2010        Nov 5, In Indonesia searing gas avalanched down the Mount Merapi volcano with a thunderous roar, torching houses and trees and incinerating villagers as they fled. About 70 more people were killed raising the death toll to 122.
    (AP, 11/5/10)(Econ, 11/13/10, p.50)

2010        Nov 8, In south-central Congo at least 42 people were killed when a truck overturned on the country's poorly maintained roads. 16 children were among the dead from the crash in Kasai-Oriental province.
    (AP, 11/9/10)

2010        Nov 13, In California a gold Honda Accord tried to pass a group of motorcycles and caused a Dodge car to lose control on two-lane Route 98, a desert highway near Ocotillo, triggering a crash that killed five people and injured six others. Authorities were looking for the driver of the Accord. The driver of the dodge was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
    (AP, 11/14/10)(SFC, 11/15/10, p.A8)

2010        Nov 15, In China a fire engulfed a Shanghai high-rise building, killing 58 and injuring 70, as panicked residents fled and thick smoke spread over China's commercial hub. Police the next day detained 8 welders on suspicion of accidentally starting the fire. 3 government officials were later detained for allowing illegal construction activities at the site.
    (AP, 11/15/10)(AP, 11/16/10)(SFC, 11/17/10, p.A3)(SFC, 12/25/10, p.A2)

2010        Nov 19, In New Zealand a methane explosion ripped through the Pike River mine, the country’s largest coal mine, with about 30 people underground. Five workers, dazed and slightly injured, stumbled to the surface, while 29 were missing. Fears over poisonous and combustible gases were preventing rescuers from entering the mine. The explosion killed 29 workers. Crews were not able to reenter the mine until 2019. In 2021 police confirmed two bodies, with the possibility of a third. However, the remains were far from the mine entrance and could not be recovered.
    (AP, 11/19/10)(AP, 11/20/10)(AP, 5/21/19)(Reuters, 11/17/21)

2010        Nov 21, In Indonesia the death toll from the Mount Merapi volcano rose to 304 after more victims succumbed to severe burns and illnesses.
    (SFC, 11/22/10, p.A2)

2010        Nov 22, In Cambodia a stampede by thousands of festival-goers left at least 378 dead and hundreds injured. A panic-stricken crowd, celebrating the end of the rainy season on an island in a river, tried to flee over a narrow bridge in the capital of Phnom Penh.
    (AP, 11/23/10)

2010        Nov 23, In northwestern Pakistan the concrete cover of a sewage tank collapsed during a funeral, causing 14 people in Jhor village to plunge to their death.
    (AP, 11/23/10)

2010        Nov 24, In New Zealand a second explosion occurred in the Pike River mine, almost exactly five days after the first blast there. All 29 workers missing underground were believed to have died after a second explosion.
    (SFC, 11/24/10, p.A2)

2010        Nov 26, In South Africa lightning and a storm killed seven people and injured 67 at a Christmas party at a nursery school in KwaZulu Natal.
    (AFP, 11/27/10)

2010        Nov 30, In Morocco a bus carrying workers plunged off a road into a ravine during heavy rain, killing at least 20 passengers and injuring three others.
    (AFP, 11/30/10)

2010        Dec 2, In northern Israel at least 41 people were killed in a massive forest fire. Most of the dead were prison guards on board a bus, who had been trying to evacuate prisoners from a facility in the forest.
    (AP, 12/2/10)(AFP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 2, Venezuelan authorities say flooding and landslides unleashed by torrential rains have killed at least 30 people and forced thousands from their homes.
    (AP, 11/30/10)(AP, 12/2/10)

2010        Dec 3, A Chinese cargo ship with 24 Chinese passengers and crew members sank off the coast of the Philippines. At least 14 crewmen were rescued and 10 were missing.
    (www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B30U120101204)(SFC, 12/6/10, p.A2)
2010        Dec 3, In Iraq 24 people, including 22 Iranian pilgrims visiting Shiite holy sites, died when two buses collided head-on south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 12/3/10)

2010        Dec 4, In Haiti 17 people died when a group taxi slammed into a truck on a blind curve in the southern peninsula town of Aquin.
    (AP, 12/5/10)

2010        Dec 5, In southwest China at least 22 people died and one person was severely burned when a spreading grassland fire swept through a mountainous Tibetan region.
    (Reuters, 12/5/10)
2010        Dec 5, Colombian officials said a landslide following weeks of drenching rains has buried more than 50 homes in the northwest. Rescue workers soon recovered 47 bodies. As many as 80 people remained missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 12/5/10)(AP, 12/6/10)(AP, 12/8/10)
2010        Dec 5, In southern Italy a speeding car plowed head-on into a group of cyclists, killing eight of them. Police said the driver had been smoking marijuana.
    (AP, 12/5/10)

2010        Dec 6, A motorboat overloaded with mostly Haitian migrants slammed into a reef off the British Virgin Islands and capsized as it tried to evade authorities. At least 8 people were killed, including two infants. 25 people were rescued. Police in St. Maarten arrested three Haitians and said they will be charged with human smuggling in the case.
    (AP, 12/7/10)(AP, 12/8/10)

2010        Dec 7, In central China an explosion at a coal mine killed 26 miners who were working despite an order to halt production, while a mine tunnel collapse elsewhere left four dead in the latest accidents to strike the country's mining industry.
    (AP, 12/8/10)

2010        Dec 8, In eastern Bangladesh a speeding train slammed into another moving slowly through a station, killing as many as 19 people and injuring scores more.
    (AP, 12/8/10)
2010        Dec 8, In Chile a fire set off by rioting inmates in a severely overcrowded prison killed at least 81 prisoners and seriously injured at least 14 others at the San Miguel prison south of Santiago. In March, 2011, a Chilean court ordered three prison guards held on negligent homicide charges for the deaths of 66 of the 81 inmates. 5 senior officers were charged with manslaughter and ordered to remain in the country.
    (AP, 12/8/10)(AFP, 3/28/11)

2010        Dec 13, Egyptian officials said rain and sandstorms that battered the country at the weekend killed at least 31 people, adding the toll could rise as rescue workers were still sifting through two collapsed buildings.
    (AFP, 12/13/10)
2010        Dec 13, A South Korean fishing boat sank in the Antarctic Ocean's frigid waters, with 22 sailors feared killed in the open sea where vessels trawl for deep-water fish. 20 survivors were rescued shortly after the 614-ton vessel went down some 1,400 miles (2,250 km) south of New Zealand.
    (AP, 12/13/10)

2010        Dec 14, In Bangladesh a devastating blaze raced through a garment factory near the capital, killing at least 29 people and injuring more than 100.
    (AP, 12/14/10)(AP, 12/15/10)

2010        Dec 15, In violent seas off Australia’s Christmas Island at least 48 refugees, thought to be from Iran and Iraq, died after their wooden boat shattered before horrified witnesses. 42 survivors, including 9 children were rescued. On January 24, 2011, Australian authorities charged three Indonesian men with people smuggling. Iranian-born Ali Khorram Heydarkhani (40) was detained by Indonesian authorities on January 25 but only sent to Australia after overstaying his visa. On May 12, 2011, he was charged in Sydney with offences relating to the boatpeople disaster.
    (AFP, 12/15/10)(AP, 12/16/10)(AP, 12/20/10)(AP, 1/25/11)(AFP, 5/12/11)

2010        Dec 16, A Vietnam-registered fishing boat, named Phu Tan, capsized off the Chinese coast leaving 27 fishermen missing.
    (AP, 12/16/10)

2010        Dec 18, In northeastern Bangladesh a boat packed with passengers capsized on the Surma River. Rescuers the next day said at least 37 people died and 18 more were missing.
    (AP, 12/19/10)

2010        Dec 19, In Mexico a massive oil pipeline explosion lay waste to parts of in San Martin Texmelucan, incinerating people, cars, houses and trees as gushing crude turned streets into flaming rivers. At least 29 people were killed, 14 of them children. Authorities blamed oil thieves after investigators found a hole in the pipeline and equipment for extracting crude. On Jan 10 a police officer died of his injuries bringing the death toll to 30.
    (AP, 12/19/10)(AP, 12/22/10)(AP, 1/10/11)
2010        Dec 19, In the northern Philippines a fire rapidly swept through a 5-storey budget hotel in Tuguegarao burning to death 15 people, several crammed in bathrooms where they fled in panic. Nine of the victims were nursing students in town to take a licensing exam. The death toll rose to 16 after one person died in a hospital
    (AP, 12/19/10)(AP, 12/20/10)

2010        Dec 20, In Malaysia a double-decker bus carrying Thai tourists overturned on a highway, killing 28 people on their way back from a hill resort.
    (AP, 12/20/10)

2010        Dec 21, In Zimbabwe 9 people died and 25 were injured when a speeding bus slammed into a truck in Harare. 3 infants were among the dead.
    (AP, 12/22/10)

2010        Dec 23, In southwestern Colombia a landslide caused by weeks of rains buried 4-5 houses killing at least 12 people. The government and Red Cross said the year's heavy rains have killed at least 312 people in the country.
    (AP, 12/24/10)(Econ, 1/15/11, p.40)

2010        Dec 24, In Ecuador an overcrowded bus plunged into a 1,100-foot (350m) ravine leaving 38 people dead and 46 injured.
    (AP, 12/25/10)

2010        Dec 25, In northern India a bus collided head-on with a van that was carrying mourners returning from a funeral, killing 35 people.
    (AP, 12/26/10)

2010        Dec 27, In China 14 children died when the vehicle taking them to school plunged into a creek in the central province of Hunan. In Guizhou province 7 people died and 15 were injured after a truck crashed into a gas station in fog, causing a pileup involving more than 100 cars.
    (AP, 12/27/10)

2010        Dec 28, In New Orleans, La., a fire in an abandoned warehouse killed 8 homeless squatters.
    (SFC, 12/29/10, p.A5)

2010        Dec 29, In Egypt flood waters caused by torrential rains earlier this week swept a bus packed with 77 schoolgirls and their teachers off a highway in the country's south, ending in the tragic death of 15 people, most of them students. The last two survivors were pulled out of the waters in the early hours Dec 31.
    (AP, 12/31/10)

2011        Jan 2, In the Philippines a bus has collided with a passenger jeep in a province south of Manila, killing 7 members of a family who were returning home from a Christmas vacation. Landslides and floods, after days of heavy rain, killed at least 17 people including 8 children.
    (AP, 1/2/11)(AP, 1/3/11)(AP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 2, Off southern Yemen at least one boat of African migrants capsized and dozens were feared drowned. The boat capsized near the Bab al-Mandab strait which links the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. 5 migrants survived.
    (AFP, 1/4/11)

2011        Jan 5, Indian officials said near-freezing temperatures and icy Himalayan winds have killed dozens of people in northern India over the past two weeks and forced schools to close in the capital. A sightseeing bus overturned and plunged into a gorge, killing 22 Indian tourists and injuring 12 others who were visiting Mussoorie at the foot of the Himalayas. The driver fled the scene but was arrested the next day.
    (AP, 1/5/11)(AP, 1/6/11)

2011        Jan 12, Brazilian authorities in Rio de Janeiro said at least 350 people died in three towns north of Rio following early morning mudslides.
    (AP, 1/12/11)(AP, 1/13/11)

2011        Jan 14, In San Bernadino, Ca., 3 people were electrocuted, one after the other, as a wife and son attempted to rescue Steven Vego (43), each coming in contact with a 12,000-volt power line that had fallen over in their backyard.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 14, In Brazil grieving mudslide survivors carried the bodies of loved ones for hours down washed-out mountainsides as the death toll hit 514.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In southern India more 102 pilgrims were killed and 44 injured in a stampede following a religious festival in Kerala state.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 14, Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center said 27 people have died in the floods and mudslides, including four whose deaths were reported today. 12 more were missing. The UN said it will appeal for emergency flood aid for Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/15/11)

2011        Jan 15, In Hungary three young women died in a stampede at the West-Balkan nightclub in downtown Budapest. Thousands of people were caught up in the stampede and the victims may have been trampled by the rushing crowd.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 15, In central South Africa 20 people died when a burst tire sent a passenger bus out of control and caused it to veer into a muddy stream.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center said 11 more people were reported dead, raising the death toll to 38 with four others missing and 51 injured.
    (AP, 1/15/11)

2011        Jan 16, In Brazil survivors of mudslides that have killed 611 carried food, water and blankets to friends, neighbors and relatives still stranded in remote, stricken villages.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Greek authorities said a ship carrying a reported 263 migrants has sunk west of the island of Corfu and 22 passengers are missing. The passengers in the ship were rescued by a Dutch cargo ship about seven hours after the call that alerted the coast guard. The ship's captain reported he took 241 people on board and that the Italy-bound Hasan Reis sank.
    (AP, 1/16/11)

2011        Jan 17, Brazil's army on sent 700 soldiers to help throw a lifeline to desperate neighborhoods that have been cut off from food, water or help in recovering bodies since mudslides killed at least 700 people.
    (AP, 1/17/11)(Reuters, 1/17/11)(AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 17, South Africa's Cooperative Governance Ministry said at least 40 people have been killed or gone missing following heavy rains from late December through most of January and that thousands of homes in neighboring Mozambique have been destroyed.
    (Reuters, 1/17/11)

2011        Jan 18, In Australia the city of Horsham, Victoria state, resembled a lake after the Wimmera River overflowed its banks and bisected the community before starting to recede. The weekslong flooding crisis has left 30 people dead.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Philippine disaster authorities said stormy weather since late December has killed 56 people and left at least 19 missing, mostly fishermen lost in rough seas.
    (AP, 1/18/11)

2011        Jan 21, Brazilian officials said about 400 people were registered as missing after mudslides last week that killed at least 806 people.
    (AP, 1/21/11)(Reuters, 1/23/11)

2011        Jan 27, In the Philippines a temporary elevator at a building construction site in Manila plunged 25 floors, killing 10 workers.
    (AP, 1/27/11)

2011        Jan 28, In Bolivia the raging Molle Punku River swept at least 30 people to their deaths after swamping a bus and a truck that tried to cross.
    (AP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 28, Two Indonesian passenger trains crashed killing 3 people in West Java province. A crowded ferry burst into flames off Java, killing at least 18 people and sending hundreds to the hospital, many in critical condition.
    (AP, 1/28/11)(AP, 1/31/11)

2011        Feb 3, In the Philippines President Benigno Aquino III ordered a logging moratorium in the country, blaming devastating floods on unmitigated logging and deforestation. A weeklong downpour culminated in raging flash floods that surged through the streets of Jolo's coastal provincial capital, sweeping away stilt houses and damaging hundreds of homes killing at least 5 people. Disaster officials said at least 9 other people have died in floods elsewhere in the Philippines this week, adding to more than 70 lives lost in heavy rainfall between late December and the end of January.
    (AP, 2/4/11)

2011        Feb 13, Fifty illegal Somali migrants and a Tanzanian captain died after a ship sank off the coast of northern Mozambique. Mozambican marines sent 89 Somali and Ethiopian survivors to a refugee camp which holds about 3,000 illegal migrants.
    (AP, 2/16/11)

2011        Feb 17, In Tanzania an ammunition depot exploded in Dar Es Salaam killing at least 25 people and sent thousands into a stadium for safety.
    (SFC, 2/18/11, p.A2)

2011        Feb 20, In Estonia 8 disabled children (7-16) and 2 adults (20-21) were killed in an orphanage fire in the coastal town of Haapsalu. The orphanage was built in 1996 with help from Swedish and Finnish donations.
    (AP, 2/20/11)(AP, 2/21/11)

2011        Feb 21, In Mali a stampede at a football stadium in Bamako killed 35 people. Thousands had gathered there for a blessing by a well-known Imam.
    (SFC, 2/23/11, p.A2)

2011        Feb 22, Christchurch, New Zealand, lay in ruins after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake toppled tall buildings and churches. The earthquake left at least 166 dead, including 21 Chinese students. The earthquake also caused some 30 million tons of ice to break off from New Zealand's biggest glacier. The final death toll was later estimated at about 240. On Feb 3 rescuers officially gave up hope of finding more survivors. On May 16 nine final victims of the earthquake were declared dead, ending an agonizing wait for families of people whose remains have never been identified in the wreckage.
    (AFP, 2/23/11)(AP, 2/24/11)(AFP, 2/25/11)(AP, 3/4/11)(AP, 3/5/11)(AP, 5/16/11)

2011        Feb 24, In Texas a fire at a Houston home used for daycare killed 4 children. Jessica Tata (22), accused of leaving the children unattended while a stovetop burner was on, was later charged with reckless injury to a child. She fled to her native Nigeria. On March 19 Tata was arrested in Nigeria and was returned to the US on March 21. On Nov 20, 2012, Tata was sentenced to 80 years in prison.
    (www.click2houston.com/news/26995237/detail.html)(AP, 3/1/11)(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A5)(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A8)

2011        Feb 27, In Brazil at least 16 people were electrocuted when a power line fell atop a packed pre-Carnival street parade in the town of Bandeira do Sul in Minas Gerais state.
    (AP, 2/28/11)

2011        Mar 4, In Cambodia a speeding truck crashed into a tour bus in the southwest, leaving at least 20 dead and eight seriously injured.
    (AP, 3/4/11)

2011        Mar 5, In Brazil a passenger bus collided head-on with a lumber truck in the southern state of Santa Catarina, killing at least 25 people. More than 20 were seriously injured.
    (AP, 3/5/11)

2011        Mar 8, In central Pennsylvania a farmhouse fire killed 7 of 8 children of Theodore and Janelle Clouse. A propane heater was suspected as the cause.
    (SFC, 3/10/11, p.A8)

2011        Mar 11, A ferocious tsunami spawned by an 8.9 earthquake, one of the largest ever recorded, slammed Japan's eastern coast, killing hundreds of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. At least 574 people were killed including 74 elementary school students and 10 teachers at the Okawa primary school. Estimates put the toll as high as 1300. At least 10,000 people were missing. Japan declared states of emergency for five nuclear reactors at two power plants after the units lost cooling ability in the aftermath of the earthquake. The quake (the fourth-largest recorded since 1900) was caused when the Pacific tectonic plate dove under the North American plate, which shifted Eastern Japan towards North America by about 13 feet. The disaster, which became known as 3/11, killed 180 villagers at Ukedo. It killed 15,856 people and left another 2,643 missing.
    (AP, 3/11/11)(AP, 3/12/11)(http://tinyurl.com/5sphrbr)(SFC, 1/25/12, p.A3)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.35)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.86)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.81)

2011        Mar 12, In NYC 13 people died when a bus returning from a casino flipped onto its side on a major highway in the Bronx and was sliced in half by the support pole for a large sign.
    (AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 12, In China 19-21 people were killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a truck in Wanlang township on the outskirts of Baishan city in northeast Jilin province.
    (AP, 3/12/11)

2011        Mar 13, People across a devastated swath of Japan suffered for a third day without water, electricity and proper food, as the country grappled with the enormity of a massive earthquake and tsunami that left more than 10,000 people dead in one area alone. Japanese officials raised their estimate of the quake's magnitude to 9.0. Japan also fought to avert a meltdown at three earthquake-crippled nuclear reactors.
    (AP, 3/13/11)(Reuters, 3/13/11)

2011        Mar 17, Japan tried high-pressure water cannons, fire trucks and even helicopters that dropped batches of seawater in increasingly frantic attempts to cool an overheated nuclear complex as US officials warned the situation was deteriorating. More than 5,300 people were officially listed as dead, but officials believed the toll will climb to well over 10,000.
    (AP, 3/17/11)

2011        Mar 18, The Japanese government acknowledged that it was overwhelmed by the scale of last week's twin natural disasters. The earthquake and tsunami has now officially left more than 6,900 dead and more than 10,700 missing.  Japanese engineers conceded that burying a crippled nuclear plant in sand and concrete may be a last resort to prevent a catastrophic radiation release. Authorities raised the rating of the nuclear crisis to a Level 5 from a Level 4 on a seven-point international scale. Radiation at the crippled Fukushima No.2 nuclear reactor was recorded at 500 microsieverts per hour.
    (AP, 3/18/11)(Reuters, 3/18/11)(Reuters, 3/23/11)

2011        Mar 19, In northeastern India a fire raged through a refugee camp in Nifingpara camp in Tripura state, killing 21 people and injuring about 100. The camp was home to some 5,000 families from the minority Bru ethnic group, which in 1997 fled alleged persecution in neighboring Mizoram state.
    (AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 19, One of Japan's six tsunami-crippled nuclear reactors appeared to stabilize but the country suffered another blow after discovering traces of radiation in food and water from near the stricken power plant. Crews fighting to cool reactors managed to connect a power line. Japan halted sales of food products near Fukushima because of contamination by a radioactive element which can pose a short-term health risk. Japan's police agency said 7,348 are dead and 10,947 are missing after last week's earthquake and tsunami.
    (AP, 3/19/11)(AFP, 3/19/11)(Reuters, 3/19/11)

2011        Mar 20, Japan’s ministry official Yoshifumi Kaji said that tests found excess amounts of radioactive elements on canola and chrysanthemum greens, in addition to spinach. He said the areas where the tainted produce was found included three prefectures that previously had not recorded such contamination. Tokyo Electric Power Company said two of the six reactor units are now safely under control after their fuel storage pools cooled down. The toll of dead or missing from Japan's worst natural disaster in almost a century neared 21,000.
    (AP, 3/20/11)(Reuters, 3/20/11)(AFP, 3/20/11)

2011        Mar 22, Japanese crews connected all six reactors at the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant to the electrical grid, a day after smoke triggered an evacuation from the facility. But the plant's operator cautioned that pumps, motors and other equipment must be checked before the power can be turned on. It's likely to be days or weeks before cooling systems can resume functioning. A Japanese nuclear safety official said a pool for storing spent fuel at the crippled nuclear plant is heating up, with temperatures around the boiling point. Police said nearly 9,100 people are dead after an earthquake and tsunami with almost 13,800 are missing.
    (AP, 3/22/11)

2011        Mar 23, Japan said the cost of rebuilding the country after its biggest recorded earthquake could be as much as 25 trillion yen ($309 billion). A spike in radiation levels in Tokyo tap water, twice the level acceptable for infants, spurred new fears about food safety. Rising smoke forced another evacuation of workers trying to stabilize the Fukushima nuclear plant. Police said nearly 9,500 people are dead after an earthquake and tsunami with over 16,000 still missing.
    (AFP, 3/23/11)(AP, 3/23/11)

2011        Mar 25, Japanese officials said a suspected breach in Unit 3 reactor at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, as PM Naoto Kan called the country's ongoing fight to stabilize the plant "very grave and serious." The official death toll jumped past 10,000. With the cleanup and recovery operations continuing and more than 17,400 listed as missing, the final number of dead was expected to surpass 18,000.
    (AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, A boat left Tripoli carrying 72 people. It drifted for more than two weeks after it ran out of fuel, water and food. Only 9 people survived. The survivors were arrested by pro-Gadhafi forces after their boat came ashore in Libya, but managed to flee again.
    (AFP, 5/13/11)(AP, 5/13/11)

2011        Mar 26, In Switzerland 7 people were missing after an avalanche swept away 11 people near the southern border with Italy.
    (AP, 3/26/11)

2011        Mar 27, In Japan emergency workers struggling to pump contaminated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear complex fled from one of the troubled reactors after reporting a huge increase in radioactivity, a spike that officials later apologetically said was inaccurate. Police said the death toll from earthquake and tsunami stood at 10,668, with more than 16,574 people missing. Hundreds of thousands of people remained homeless.
    (AP, 3/27/11)

2011        Mar 28, In southern Yemen a powerful blast at a factory making explosives and weapons killed at least 110 people after the facility was briefly taken over by Islamic militants and then looted by residents of the area.
    (AP, 3/28/11)(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A3)

2011        Apr 1, In central Nigeria a fuel tanker overturned at an army checkpoint, sparking an inferno in which 17 vehicles were engulfed in flames. Some 50 people were killed.
    (AFP, 4/2/11)

2011        Apr 4, Myanmar reported that nearly 700 fishermen were missing after a three-day burst of unseasonable storms that ripped apart rickety fishing boats in the Andaman Sea. The March 14-17 storms had whipped up 70 mph (112 kph) winds.
    (AP, 4/4/11)

2011        Apr 6, Between 130 and 250 people were missing and at least 15 appeared to be dead after a boat carrying refugees from Libya capsized south of Sicily.
    (Reuters, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, The United Nations said 62 people have been killed and thousands forced from their homes since the start of the year by flooding in northern Namibia. More rains in northern Namibia were forecast for the coming days.
    (AP, 4/6/11)

2011        Apr 8, In Hawaii a storage bunker exploded killing 5 workers as they dismantled pyrotechnics at Donaldson Enterprises in Honolulu.
    (SFC, 4/11/11, p.A4)(SFC, 4/15/11, p.A8)

2011        Apr 13, In Colombia a river swollen with heavy rains swept a passenger bus off a highway in the mountainous northwest, killing at least 16 people and leaving 4 others missing.
    (AP, 4/14/11)

2011        Apr 17, A furious storm system that kicked up tornadoes, flash floods and hail as big as softballs has left at least 40 people dead on a rampage that stretched for days as it barreled from Oklahoma to North Carolina and Virginia. 11 people were confirmed dead in Bertie County, NC, bringing the state's death toll to at least 18 people. Authorities have said 7 died in Arkansas; 7 in Alabama; 2 in Oklahoma; one in Mississippi and at least 5 in Virginia.
    (AP, 4/17/11)

2011        Apr 18, In CongoDRC at least 23 people died when a truck crashed into an area where young girls were collecting water outside the eastern city of Goma.
    (AP, 4/19/11)

2011        Apr 21, In eastern Bangladesh a crowded ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized in a river, leaving at least 28 people dead and more feared missing.
    (AP, 4/21/11)

2011        Apr 22, In the Philippines at least 21 people were missing and three confirmed dead after a night-time landslide ravaged a gold mining village in a mountainous area of Mindanao.
    (AP, 4/22/11)

2011        Apr 25, In China an illegal garment shop in southern Beijing caught fire, killing 17 migrant workers and their family members who may not have been able to escape the four-story building because of bars on the windows.
    (AP, 4/25/11)
2011        Apr 25, In eastern Congo a boat owner said 72 people are missing after his boat capsized on Lake Kivu, possibly because of bad weather and high winds.
    (AP, 4/25/11)
2011        Apr 25, Japan sent nearly 25,000 soldiers to recover bodies killed in last month’s earthquake and tsunami. Some 14,300 were confirmed dead with 12,000 still missing.
    (SFC, 4/25/11, p.A2)

2011        Apr 27, Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out neighborhoods across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 214 people in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years. Alabama had 131 deaths, 32 in Mississippi, 29 in Tennessee, 13 in Georgia, 8 in Virginia and one in Kentucky.
    (AP, 4/28/11)

2011        Apr 29, An Egyptian bus fell off a ferry into the Nile River and at least 22 people drowned in the accident.
    (AFP, 4/29/11)

2011        May 1, In northeastern China a fire at a hotel killed 11 people and injured 35, in Tonghua, an industrial city by the North Korean border. Arson was suspected at the hotel owned by the Nasdaq-listed Chinese budget chain Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc.
    (AFP, 5/1/11)(AP, 5/2/11)(AFP, 3/29/12)

2011        May 2, In CongoDRC at least 106 people were missing after an overloaded boat capsized overnight on the Kasai River.
    (Reuters, 5/3/11)(SFC, 5/3/11, p.AA2)

2011        May 3, In Mexico a gas explosion that ripped through a primitive, vertical-shaft coal mine trapping 14 miners in San Juan de Sabinas, Coahuila state. Over the next few days 9 bodies were recovered and 5 remained missing.
    (AP, 5/4/11)(AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 3, In central Nepal a crowded bus skidded off a mountain road, killing at least 12 people and injuring many others.
    (AP, 5/3/11)

2011        May 4, In western Nepal a bus veered off a mountain road, killing at least 16 people and injuring 20 others in the country's second serious bus accident in two days.
    (AP, 5/4/11)

2011        May 6, A ship carrying up to 600 migrants trying to flee Libya sank off the coast of the North African country. At least three other boats that departed Libya in late March have disappeared, bringing to 800 the number of people believed to have perished at sea trying to reach European shores.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 6, In Poland one miner and one rescuer were already confirmed dead after methane ignited some 2,700 feet (820 meters) underground at the Krupinski mine near Katowice. The body of a missing rescuer was found on May 12, bringing the death toll to 3.
    (AP, 5/12/11)

2011        May 7, In Rwanda a bus crash outside the capital of Kigali left 16 passengers dead.
    (AFP, 5/8/11)

2011        May 8, In Kenya four children were killed and one seriously injured after playing with unexploded ordnance they found near a military training ground near the village of Ole Maroroi.
    (AP, 5/8/11)
2011        May 8, In Togo seven boats capsized in a storm on lake Togo, leaving at least 36 people dead.
    (AFP, 5/9/11)

2011        May 15, In Illinois a fire in an apartment building in Aurora, a suburb of Chicago, killed 6 people, including 3 children.
    (SFC, 5/16/11, p.A4)

2011        May 18, In the Gulf of Mexico off the Mississippi coast the Eurus London, a 660-foot commercial cargo boat, and the Sandy Point, a 163-foot fishing boat, collided about eight miles south of Gulfport between Cat Island and Ship Island around 8:50 p.m. The Sandy Point sank after the collision with 16 people aboard. 3 Sandy Point crew members drowned in the accident.
    (AP, 5/19/11)(AP, 5/23/11)

2011        May 20, Mexican federal police captured Gilberto Barragan Balderas (41), a leading member of the Gulf drug cartel, at what appeared to have been his birthday party. In Zacatecas state at least 10 people were killed in a gunbattle apparently involving the Zetas and a rival front of gangs known as the "United Cartels." In the north a fire killed 14 inmates at a prison in the town of Apodaca, Nuevo Leon state. Police in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero reported they found the decapitated bodies of four men in the township of Tecpan de Galeana.
    (AP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, In southern Vietnam a tour boat cruising the Saigon River to celebrate a 3-year-old's birthday capsized during a violent storm, killing the boy, four other children and 10 adults.
    (AP, 5/21/11)

2011        May 21, In Malaysia a landslide left 15 boys and one adult dead at an orphanage for ethnic Malay Muslim boys in a village in central Selangor state. 9 people survived.
    (AP, 5/21/11)(AP, 5/22/11)

2011        May 22, A massive tornado that tore a 6-mile path across southwestern Missouri killed at least 117 people as it slammed into the city of Joplin leaving a forest of splintered tree trunks behind where entire neighborhoods once stood. The National Weather Service said it was the single deadliest twister in the past 60 years. In June death toll reached 154.
    (AP, 5/23/11)(AP, 5/24/11)(Reuters, 6/5/11)(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A8)
2011        May 22, In Brazil a boat carrying more than 100 passengers sank in a lake in Rio de Janeiro. Rescue workers said a baby was dead and seven people were missing.
    (AP, 5/23/11)

2011        May 25, The death toll from the May 22 tornado that savaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125. A violent storm system across a wide swath of the Midwest and South spawned tornadoes and powerful winds. 9 people were killed in Oklahoma, 2 in Kansas and 4 in Arkansas.
    (Reuters, 5/25/11)

2011        May 27, In northern Pakistan a bus slid off a mountain road and plunged 200 feet deep into a swollen river, and at least 25 people on board were believed to have died.
    (AP, 5/27/11)

2011        May 28, The death toll from the May 22 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, rose to 139. State officials said 100 people were still missing.
    (AP, 5/29/11)

2011        May 30, In India a would-be groom and several relatives going to a wedding were among the 28 people killed when a wooden bridge collapsed near Hayo, Assam state, and sent a bus crashing into a lake in the remote northeast.
    (AP, 5/31/11)

2011        Jun 1, In Massachusetts at least two late-afternoon tornadoes shocked emergency officials with their suddenness and violence. At least 3 people were killed in the state's first tornado-related deaths in 16 years.
    (AP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 1, Tunisia's coast guard launched operations to rescue would-be immigrants trapped on a fishing boat that stalled off the country's coast. The boat was believed to have set sail from Libya and was en route to Italy with an estimated 800 would-be immigrants. At least 583 of the estimated 800 people on board survived the sinking.
    (AP, 6/1/11)(AP, 6/2/11)(AP, 6/3/11)(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A2)

2011        Jun 2, In Britain an explosion at a Chevron oil refinery in Pembroke, Wales, killed four contractors.
    (SFC, 6/3/11, p.A2)

2011           Jun 5, Officials in Joplin, MO, revised the death toll from May 22’s severe tornado, increasing the number to 141.
            (Reuters, 6/5/11)

2011        Jun 10, The death toll from the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, has risen to 151. A number of survivors were now returning to the hospital suffering from severe fungal infections, called zygomycosis, in their wounds.
            (AP, 6/10/11)

2011            Jun 13, At a photo opportunity in Hessen, Germany, a quick-thinking pilot of the Goodyear Blimp saved lives as he lost his own in a fiery crash. Pilot Mike Nerandzic was in the air allowing journalists to take pictures for a road safety campaign when the blimp began to experience problems. Nerandzic flew low enough for journalists in the blimp to escape, but then the blimp burst into flames; the pilot managed to direct it away from onlookers and camera crews before it crashed, killing him.
    (Yahoo News, 6/14/11)

2011        Jun 24, In Nevada a tractor-trailer slammed into an Amtrak’s California Zephyr train on Highway 95 killing at least 6 people including rig driver Lawrence Valli II and a train conductor.
    (SFC, 6/25/11, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/11, p.A1)(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A1)
2011        Jun 24, In CongoDRC 19 people were believed dead after a boat capsized overnight on Lake Albert.
    (AP, 6/27/11)

2011        Jun 26, In Bolivia a bus ran off a foggy mountain road, killing at least 28 people.
    (AFP, 6/27/11)
2011        Jun 26, An English climber found the bodies of six mountaineers in the French Alps who appeared to have died after a fall caused by an avalanche of snow and stones.
    (AFP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, In South Africa a head-on collision between two mini-bus taxis on a rural road in the northern province of Limpopo killed 15 people and seriously injured 10.
    (AFP, 6/27/11)

2011        Jun 27, In Haiti high waves flipped the ferry over after it left La Gonave about 50 miles (80 km) west of Port-au-Prince. 5 people died, 7 people were missing, and five people were rescued.
    (AP, 6/28/11)

2011        Jun 28, In northeastern Nigeria lightning strikes in Gombe and Yobe states killed eight men, four women and three children.
    (AP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 28, In Uganda 18 students and a teacher died after lightning struck their school in the country's midwest. In the past few weeks, lightning strikes around the country have killed at least 34 people.
    (AP, 6/29/11)

2011        Jun 29, In the southern Philippines flashfloods left at least 25 people dead, mostly children. Another 15 people were missing.
    (SSFC, 7/3/11, p.A4)

2011        Jun 30, India’s media reported that at least 17 infants have died in the last 48 hours at the government-run B.C. Roy Hospital for Children in Kolkata, West Bengal. In 2006, 22 infants died in three days at the same hospital because of prematurity or acute forms of either meningitis, encephalitis or septicemia.
    (AP, 6/30/11)

2011        Jul 1, In Mexico remnants of Tropical Storm Arlene continued dumping rain over the country's central highlands. 22 deaths due to the storm were soon confirmed.
    (AP, 7/2/11)(AP, 7/5/11)

2011        Jul 2, China suffered two mining accidents that left three workers dead and 42 trapped underground. The cave-in and flood occurred in the Guangxi region of Guizhou province.
    (AFP, 7/2/11)(SFC, 7/4/11, p.A2)

2011        Jul 3, The Erik, a 100-foot (32-meter) tourist fishing boat, capsized about 60 miles (100 km) south of the Baja California port of San Felipe. A US tourist died and 7 US tourists were missing along with one Mexican crew member.
    (AP, 7/4/11)
2011        Jul 3, In Uganda at least 19 people were reported missing after their boat capsized on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert.
    (AFP, 7/5/11)

2011        Jul 5, In Nigeria 11 people were killed and 30 rescued when a four-storey building collapsed in the central business district of Lagos.
    (AFP, 7/6/11)(AFP, 7/16/11)
2011        Jul 5, A boat caught fire of Sudan’s northeastern coast and almost 200 African migrants, on their way to Saudi Arabia, were feared drowned. 3 migrants were rescued.
    (SFC, 7/6/11, p.A2)

2011        Jul 7, In China 4 miners were killed in a gas explosion in a mine in the western-most Xinjiang region. The death toll in a mine that flooded on July 2 in Guangxi province rose to four, with 18 still trapped. In eastern Shandong province, the number of miners trapped in a coal mine in Zaozhuang city dropped to 28 following a fire the previous evening. 23 miners remained trapped in a coal mine in southwest Guizhou province that also flooded on July 2.
    (AFP, 7/7/11)
2011        Jul 7, In northern India a train hit a stopped bus at a railway crossing, killing at least 35 people returning from a wedding party in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 7/7/11)

2011        Jul 8, In India heavy monsoon rains caused a stone wall to collapse, killing 10 construction workers, on the outskirts of Mumbai.
    (AP, 7/8/11)

2011        Jul 10, In the Republic of Congo 7 people died as security forces failed to control a stampede outside the Felix Eboue stadium in Brazzaville, the venue for the 8th Pan-African Music Festival (Fespam).
    (AFP, 7/11/11)
2011        Jul 10, In Honduras a bus crash near the Copan archaeological ruin killed 10 people and injured 25. Among the dead were two Americans, a Canadian, three Salvadorans and three Hondurans. Another victim has yet to be identified.
    (AP, 7/11/11)
2011        Jul 10, In northern India rescuers searched through the wreckage of a packed express train for people trapped inside after it derailed in Uttar Pradesh state, killing 68 people and injuring 239 others.
    (AP, 7/10/11)(AP, 7/11/11)
2011        Jul 10, In Russia a 55-year-old double-decker boat, called Bulgaria, sank on the Volga River in the Tatarstan region, killing at least 100 people with 29 missing. A total of 208 people are believed to have sailed on the boat. Officials said it was overloaded when it sank.
    (AP, 7/10/11)(AP, 7/11/11)(AP, 7/13/11)
2011        Jul 10,  In western Ukraine a fire tore through a home for the elderly, killing 16 people in the village of Bile.
    (AP, 7/10/11)
2011        Jul 10, The head of the UN refugee agency said that drought-ridden Somalia is the "worst humanitarian disaster" in the world. The World Food Program estimated that 10 million people already need humanitarian aid. More than 380,000 refugees had moved into Kenya’s Dabaab refugee camp.
    (AP, 7/10/11)

2011        Jul 11, In southeastern Bangladesh a vehicle packed with schoolchildren returning home from a soccer tournament crashed into a canal, killing 44 students.
    (AP, 7/11/11)(AP, 7/12/11)
2011        Jul 11, In Cyprus a massive explosion ripped through a naval base after a brush fire detonated gunpowder stored in containers, killing 13 people, wounding 62. The Vasilikos power station was destroyed taking out half the country’s electricity supply. Defense Minister Costas Papacostas and the country's top military official, National Guard chief Brig. Gen. Petros Tsalikides, resigned over the incident. On Aug 2, 2013, Papacostas (74) was sentenced to 5 years in prison after he was found guilty of manslaughter and causing death through negligence.
    (AP, 7/11/11)(AP, 7/15/11)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.63)(Reuters, 8/2/13)
2011        Jul 11, In Nigeria numerous roads and highways were flooded following the heavy downpour which a day earlier and continued in Lagos, a city of some 15 million people. At least 29 people died from flooding in Katsina and Lagos. An explosive went off under a van as its driver slowed down at a military checkpoint in the city of Maiduguri. 3 people were killed.
    (AFP, 7/11/11)(AP, 7/12/11)

2011        Jul 13, In Salem, NY, 4 people were killed in a blast that destroyed a 2-story house. A 5th person, a baby girl, died the next day. A propane gas leak was suspected.
    (SFC, 7/15/11, p.A7)

2011        Jul 22, In China a fire on an overcrowded bus carrying flammable materials killed 41 passengers in Xinyang, Hunan province.
    (AFP, 7/22/11)

2011        Jul 23, In eastern China a crash involving two high-speed trains in Wenzhou city killed 40 people with 171 others injured. Rail officials later admitted that a Chinese-made signaling system was to blame and said the company that built it has apologized. 3 days after the crash legal authorities ordered lawyers not to take on cases from the families of victims. On Dec 28 a government report found 54 officials responsible for the crash.
    (AP, 7/24/11)(AFP, 7/30/11)(AFP, 8/11/11)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.34)(AP, 12/28/11)

2011        Jul 26, In Haiti a sailboat that sank off the country's northern coast killing at least 12 people. Police rescued at least 19 people, but 21 passengers remained missing.
    (AP, 7/29/11)

2011        Jul 27, In the Philippines heavy rains and floods battered the northeast for a third day, swamping homes of about a half million people. Tropical Storm Nock-ten was expected to blow out of the country to the South China Sea by July 28 after cutting through the heart of Luzon Island. The death toll reached 52 with 27 still missing.
    (AP, 7/27/11)(AFP, 7/31/11)
2011        Jul 27, In South Korea walls of mud buried 10 college students sleeping in a resort cabin and flash floods submerged the streets and subway stations in Seoul, killing at least 32 people in the country’s heaviest rains this year.
    (AP, 7/27/11)

2011        Jul 28, In CongoDRC at least 50 people drowned and some 35 are reported missing after a boat accident on the Tshuapa river in the northwest.
    (AFP, 7/29/11)

2011        Jul 29, In eastern Ukraine a pre-dawn methane explosion at the notoriously dangerous Suhodilska-Eastern mine in the Luhansk region killed 20 workers. Hours later an elevator used to transport miners and equipment into and out of the Bazhanova mine in the eastern Donetsk region collapsed, killing 7 workers. 10 miners all told remained missing.
    (AP, 7/29/11)(AP, 7/30/11)

2011        Jul 31, In Russia an overloaded motor boat crashed into the docked Oka barge on the Moscow River in pre-dawn darkness, killing nine of the 16 people on board.
    (AP, 7/31/11)
2011        Jul 31, In northern Zimbabwe 19 people were reported killed when the commuter bus they were traveling in lost a wheel and veered off the road in the town of Mvurwi.
    (AFP, 7/31/11)

2011        Aug 1, Italian officials said 25 African migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya died in the hold of a rickety boat so packed with people that the migrants could not get out as they struggled to breathe.
    (AP, 8/1/11)

2011        Aug 2, In Sudan a heavy rain storm in West Darfur caused two buildings housing Sudanese soldiers to collapse, killing 20 and injuring another 30.
    (AFP, 8/3/11)
2011        Aug 2, In Zimbabwe at least 14 people were killed after a minibus crashed 120 miles east of Harare, the second deadly accident involving an overcrowded bus in the southern African country in recent days.
    (AP, 8/3/11)

2011        Aug 3, The drought and famine in Somalia have killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5, according to US estimates, the first time such a precise death toll has been released related to the Horn of Africa crisis.
    (AP, 8/4/11)

2011        Aug 9, A Comorian shuttle boat, the Madjiriha, sank killing 60 people off the coast of the Indian Ocean island nation the Comoros.
    (AP, 8/10/11)

2011        Aug 13, In Indiana a wind gust toppled a stage at the state fair in Indianapolis killing 5 people and injuring dozens of fans waiting for the country band Sugarland to perform. A 6th person died of her injuries on Aug 19. The death toll reached 7 people in the disaster with 58 injured. A government in 2012 blamed fair officials, a stagehands union and a company that built the roof and lights rigging for the stage collapse.
    (SFC, 8/15/11, p.A4)(SFC, 8/20/11, p.A6)(SFC, 2/9/12, p.A7)

2011        Aug 16, In southern Nepal an overcrowded boat carrying at least 35 people capsized in the rain-swollen Kamala river. At least 20 people were missing.
    (AP, 8/16/11)

2011        Aug 20, In southern Afghanistan a passenger bus careened off a road, killing 35 people. A string of insurgent attacks across the country killed five people.
    (AP, 8/20/11)

2011        Aug 23, In China at least 15 people were killed when a blaze ripped through a dormitory building belonging to a ceramics factory in the Shengfeng Ceramics Factory in Foshan city.
    (AFP, 8/23/11)

2011        Aug 27, In Iraq at least 25 people, all but one of them women and children, were killed when a bus caught fire after being hit by a car in the northern city of Kirkuk.
    (AFP, 8/27/11)

2011        Aug 28, A Nigerian emergency management agency spokesman said heavy rains that caused a dam to overflow in the southwestern and led to houses being submerged has killed 23 people and displaced thousands. Most of the victims were children who drowned in the southwestern city of Ibadan.
    (AP, 8/28/11)(AP, 8/29/11)

2011        Aug 29,  In eastern Uganda landslides killed at least 29 people, including children buried in their homes in Mabono village. Two weeks ago seven people were killed by landslides in the northeastern Karamoja region.
    (AP, 8/29/11)

2011        Aug 31, In western Myanmar 7 people, including 2 children, were killed when a World War II bomb they found in a river exploded in Rakhine state.
    (AP, 9/1/11)

2011        Sep 4, In Japan record rain and mudslides from powerful Typhoon Talas left at least 37 people dead as the storm moved slowly northward past the country's western coast. Over 50 others remained missing.
    (AP, 9/4/11)(AFP, 9/5/11)

2011        Sep 5, A Pakistani relief official said monsoon rains have killed 136 people since Aug 12 and destroyed crops and houses in the flood-prone south of the country.
    (AP, 9/5/11)

2011        Sep 9, In southern China 12 people, including 9 schoolchildren, died when a ferry carrying 50 people capsized in a river in Shaoyang city, Hunan province. The ferry, designed to carry 14, sank after it cut across dredging cables that appeared to then become wrapped around its propeller.
    (AFP, 9/10/11)(AFP, 9/11/11)

2011        Sep 10, The Tanzania ferry, M.V. Spice Islanders, overcrowded and carrying over 800 people sank in deep sea between the mainland and Pemba Island, leaving at least 240 people dead. Some 600 people were rescued.
    (AP, 9/10/11)(AP, 9/11/11)

2011        Sep 12, In Kenya a leaking gasoline pipeline in Nairobi exploded, turning part of a slum into an inferno in which at least 61 people were killed and more than 100 hurt.
    (AP, 9/12/11)

2011        Sep 13, In Indian-administered Kashmir at least 22 people were killed and 18 others injured when an overcrowded passenger minibus plunged into a deep gorge.
    (AFP, 9/13/11)

2011        Sep 16, In Reno, Nevada, a World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter plane competing in an event described as a car race in the sky suddenly pitched upward, rolled and did a nose-dive toward a crowded grandstand. 9 people were killed and more than 60 injured. Pilot Jimmy Leeward (74) was among those killed. A 10th victim died on Sep 19.
    (AP, 9/17/11)(AP, 9/18/11)(SFC, 9/20/11, p.A6)

2011        Sep 17, In southwestern China a crowded tourist bus overturned on a mountainous road, killing seven people and injuring 30 others in Sichuan province. In the northwest a landslide caused by heavy rain plowed into two small factories, killing at least 10 people and leaving 22 others missing in Shaanxi province.
    (AP, 9/17/11)(AP, 9/18/11)

2011        Sep 18, The UN made an emergency appeal for funding for Pakistan. Monsoon rains since early August have killed more than 220 people, damaged or destroyed some 665,000 homes and displaced more than 1.8 million people in the southern Sindh province.
    (AP, 9/19/11)

2011        Sep 21, Twenty aid agencies warned that drought and famine-blighted Somalia is at a "turning point" as conditions decline with hundreds of thousands more people likely to die in coming months.
    (AFP, 9/21/11)

2011        Sep 22, In west Nepal a landslide buried workers building a canal in a mountain village, killing at least four people and leaving several people missing.
    (AP, 9/22/11)

2011        Sep 25, In CongoDRC 19 people died when a truck crashed while carrying goods and people 180 km outside Kinshasa.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, In India 5 young men traveling on top of an overnight train in Rajasthan state were killed when they slammed into a bridge.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)

2011        Sep 27, Indian air force helicopters dropped food parcels and hundreds of boats shuttled stranded people to safer ground as surging floodwaters hit eastern India. 5 people were missing in addition to the 27 killed in Orissa state since Sep 23. Flooding also killed at least 44 since Sep 23 in northern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states.
    (AP, 9/27/11)

2011        Sep 28, In France a fire in an abandoned building, set for demolition in the city-owned building in the Paris suburb of Pantin, killed six suspected illegal immigrants.
    (AP, 9/28/11)

2011        Oct 3, In Nigeria a tanker truck collided with a 16-seat minibus along the Damaturu-Potiskum road in Yobe state. 11 people were killed.
    (AP, 10/3/11)

2011        Oct 5, A Cambodia disaster official said the worst floods in over a decade have killed 167 people, as efforts intensified to provide aid to tens of thousands of families.
    (AFP, 10/5/11)

2011        Oct 11, Thailand workers raced to complete three critical flood walls with only one or two days to go before the already swollen river that winds through the capital bursts its banks. Nationwide flooding has already killed nearly 270 people. A preliminary estimate by the central bank showed economic losses from flooding that began in late July range from baht 60 billion to baht 80 billion ($1.9 billion to $2.6 billion).
    (AP, 10/11/11)

2011        Oct 9, In South Sudan an anti-tank mine reportedly blew up a civilian bus killing 20 people, including four children, in central Unity state.
    (AFP, 10/13/11)

2011        Oct 14, Heavy rains generated by a low-pressure system hammered Central America for a third day. Mudslides and swollen rivers have already killed 36 people. At least 21 people have been killed in Guatemala, 6 in Honduras, and 4 in Nicaragua.
    (AP, 10/14/11)

2011        Oct 15, Flooding in Cambodia was reported to have killed at least 247 people as China began delivering the first of some $7.8 million in flood relief aid.
    (AP, 10/15/11)
2011        Oct 15, Thailand PM Yingluck in a radio address called current flooding "the worst in Thai history." The government said the floods, which have killed 297 people, are the worst to hit the Southeast Asian kingdom in half a century.
    (AP, 10/15/11)

2011        Oct 20, Heavy rains generated by a low-pressure system hammered Central America for 10 days. Mudslides and swollen rivers killed at least 105 people including 38 in Guatemala, 34 in El Salvador, 15 in Honduras, 13 in Nicaragua and 5 in Costa Rica.
    (AP, 10/20/11)
2011        Oct 20, Iran reported that 13 divers, part of a team installing an underwater oil pipeline, were inside a pressurized diving chamber when their Koosha-1 ship sank in the Persian Gulf in stormy seas. The 7 Indians, 5 Iranians and one Ukrainian had about 72 hours of oxygen. 8 of the 13 divers were reported dead on Oct 23.
    (AP, 10/22/11)(AP, 10/23/11)

2011        Oct 23, A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey, collapsing about 45 buildings. It was estimated that up to 1,000 people could have been killed. The worst damage was caused to the town of Ercis, in the mountainous eastern province of Van where 80 multi-story buildings collapsed with people trapped in 40 of them. By Oct 30 the death toll reached 596 with some 2500 injured and thousands homeless.
    (AP, 10/23/11)(AP, 10/24/11)(AP, 10/30/11)

2011        Oct 27, In Indiana 7 people in a minivan full of relatives were killed when their vehicle hit a deer and then was slammed from behind by a semitrailer about 10 miles east of South Bend.
    (SFC, 10/29/11, p.A5)
2011        Oct 27, In Thailand thousands of Bangkok residents flocked to bus, rail and air terminals while heavy traffic snaked out of the sprawling Thai capital in an exodus from a mass of approaching floodwater. The flooding has left more than 370 people dead and millions of homes and livelihoods damaged.
    (AFP, 10/27/11)

2011        Oct 29, In northeast India a foot bridge spanning the Kameng River collapsed. Arunachal Pradesh state police said 30 people were feared drowned.
    (AP, 10/29/11)

2011        Nov 2, In Argentina a bus crash killed six schoolgirls and two teachers and injured 35 people. Witnesses reported that the driver of a bus carrying students and teachers was listening to music over earphones when he crossed in front of a train. The driver jumped from the bus to save himself and left his passengers behind.
    (AP, 11/3/11)
2011        Nov 2, The Thai government said the flood disaster has now killed 427 people, an increase of 42 from the figure reported a day earlier. While drowning was the most common cause of death, dozens have also been electrocuted. Suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand killed six civilians in a bomb attack on their vehicle in the south.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)(AP, 11/2/11)

2011        Nov 3, Chinese rescuers began battling against the clock to save coal miners trapped underground in Henan province after a sudden explosion of rocks killed 8 of their colleagues. The rock burst in Henan happened moments after a 2.9 magnitude earthquake shook Sanmenxia city, where the mine is located. 52 miners were rescued over the next 2 days. Day later 2 miners died from their wounds raising the death toll to 10.
    (AP, 11/4/11)(AP, 11/5/11)(AFP, 11/8/11)

2011        Nov 5, In northwest Colombia a landslide caused by heavy rains left at least 29 people dead and 20-40 more missing in the city of Manizales, Caldas state.
    (AP, 11/5/11)(AP, 11/6/11)

2011        Nov 7, In Puerto Rico eight shackled prisoners drowned after a van they were being transported in was engulfed by muddy floodwaters in the northern coastal city of Arecibo. On Nov 10 prosecutors charged prison guard Hector Cruz Santiago with eight counts of negligent homicide over the drowning deaths of the inmates.
    (AP, 11/7/11)(AP, 11/10/11)

2011        Nov 8, In northern India a stampede killed 16 Hindu pilgrims and injured about 50 during a religious ceremony on the banks of the Ganges River at Haridwar in Uttrakhand state.
    (AP, 11/8/11)

2011        Nov 10, In China hundreds of rescuers took turns descending into an illegally operated coal mine to search for Chinese miners trapped by a gas leak that killed 34 others at the Sizhuang Coal Mine in Qujing city in Yunnan. 9 remained missing.
    (AP, 11/10/11)(AFP, 11/13/11)
2011        Nov 10, In St. Lucia a minibus carrying mourners from a funeral plunged off a cliff into the ocean leaving 16 people dead and one person missing.
    (AP, 11/11/11)

2011        Nov 12, In Iran an accidental explosion at a Revolutionary Guard ammunition depot west of Tehran killed at least 27 soldiers.
    (AP, 11/12/11)

2011        Nov 16, In western China an overloaded school minibus crashed head-on with a truck, killing 21 people including 19 kindergarten children on their way to class in Gansu province.
    (AP, 11/16/11)(AFP, 11/17/11)

2011        Nov 18, In Australia 4 people died as fires ravaged a nursing home in Sydney's suburban Quakers Hill neighborhood. A 5th died the next day and Nurse Roger Dean (35), who said he rescued patients from a fire, was charged with murder. On May 27, 2013 Dean pleaded guilty to murdering 11 elderly people by setting fire to their nursing home. On Aug 31, 2013, Dean was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 11/19/11)(SFC, 5/28/13, p.A2)(AP, 8/1/13)

2011        Nov 19, Thailand's Premier Yingluck Shinawatra declared central Bangkok safe from the kingdom's devastating floods, as the death toll passed 600 and President Barack Obama vowed the US will give whatever help it can.
    (AFP, 11/19/11)

2011        Nov 20, In India a fire blazed through a makeshift tent in east Delhi where eunuchs, a community of castrated men, transvestites and transsexuals, had gathered to honor deceased friends. 15 people were killed.
    (AP, 11/21/11)

2011        Nov 26, In central Indonesia a busy bridge collapsed in East Kalimantan province, killing at least 4 people and injuring 17 others as a bus, cars and motorcycles crashed into the Mahakam river. 40 people were missing.
    (AP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)

2011        Dec 3, In Brazil a tractor-trailer slammed into a bus carrying sugarcane cutters, killing at least 33 people and injuring 13 others in the northeastern state of Bahia.
    (AP, 12/3/11)

2011        Dec 9, In India at least 89 people were killed when a fire engulfed patients at a hospital in the city of Kolkata. Police arrested 6 hospital officials on charges of culpable homicide.
    (AFP, 12/9/11)(AP, 12/9/11)

2011        Dec 10,  In central Pakistan at least 13 people, including three children, were killed and another 15 injured when a road collision led to a gas cylinder explosion.
    (AFP, 12/10/11)
2011        Dec 10, In central South Africa the driver of an overloaded van lost control, veered into the oncoming lane and collided with a truck, leaving 30 people dead.
    (AP, 12/10/11)

2011        Dec 11, Christopher Artes (25) and Medeana Hendershot (22), were found dead under a mound of coal at a Florida power plant. The young couple shared a passion for illegally hopping freight trains and traveling the country without a set plan.
    (AP, 12/16/11)

2011        Dec 12, In eastern China a school bus taking primary students home slipped off a country road into an irrigation ditch, killing 15 children in Jiangsu province.
    (AP, 12/13/11)

2011        Dec 13, In Nigeria a boat  capsized carrying as many as 55 people going from Eagle Island to Mgbuodohia in Rivers state. At least 30 people died. 14 others were feared dead.
    (AP, 12/16/11)

2011        Dec 14, In NYC advertising executive Suzanne Hart (41) was killed in a freak elevator mishap at 285 Madison Avenue. Hart was stepping onto the elevator on the first floor when either her foot or leg became caught in the closing doors. The car then rose abruptly, dragging her body into the shaft and killing her. Investigators later found that a key safety mechanism was turned off.
    (AP, 12/15/11)(SFC, 12/15/11, p.A9)(SFC, 2/28/12, p.A5)

2011        Dec 17, Tropical storm Washi whipped the southern Philippines, unleashing mammoth floods across vast areas that left 440 people dead and nearly 200 missing.
    (AP, 12/17/11)

2011        Dec 17, An overcrowded ship of asylum seekers sank off the island of Java. Indonesian rescuers battled high waves as they searched for survivors. Nearly 250 people fleeing economic and political hardship in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Turkey were trying to reach Australia in search of a better life when their fiberglass ship broke apart. Only 47 people survived.
    (AP, 12/18/11)(AFP, 12/20/11)

2011        Dec 18, In the southern Philippines rescuers struggled to help survivors and a ravaged city prepared for a mass burial as the death toll from devastating flash floods rose past 650. Some 900 people were missing.
    (AFP, 12/18/11)
2011        Dec 18, Russia’s Kolskaya oil drilling platform capsized and later sank amid fierce storms off the coast of Sakhalin Island, plunging dozens of workers into the churning, icy waters. Four were confirmed dead and 49 were missing.
    (AP, 12/18/11)

2011        Dec 19, In the southern Philippines the death toll from devastating flash floods rose to 927 and was expected to climb higher as relief workers recovered more bodies from Mindanao.
    (AFP, 12/19/11)

2011        Dec 20, Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino flew to Mindanao to survey the devastation by air, coordinate the relief effort. Some 957 people were killed and 49 others left missing after tropical storm Washi lashed the southern island of Mindanao.
    (AFP, 12/20/11)

2011        Dec 21, In southeast Turkey a passenger bus collided with a truck on a single lane road, killing 25 people.
    (AP, 12/21/11)

2011        Dec 24, A boat carrying Haitian migrants sank off Cuba's eastern coast. 38 migrants were killed and 87 others rescued by Cuban civil defense forces.
    (AP, 12/24/11)

2011        Dec 25, The Vinalines Queen disappeared on Christmas Day after passing the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The Vietnamese ship had capsized, apparently without sending a distress signal. A Vietnamese seaman survived five days floating in open ocean with only a life jacket for protection after his cargo ship sank and all his 22 crew mates died. The ship was carrying more than 54,000 tons of nickel ore and was traveling from Indonesia to China when it lost contact. Global ship owners association Intercargo issued a statement in December 2010 warning of the hazards of transporting nickel ore which, it said, may liquefy and cause a ship to list if not loaded to international standards.
    (AFP, 12/30/11)
2011        Dec 25, In Zimbabwe a pleasure boat capsized at Lake Chivero, drowning 11 of 19 people, most of them children.
    (AP, 12/26/11)

2011        Dec 29, In Myanmar a fire followed by several explosions engulfed many state warehouses and neighboring homes, killing at least 16 people and injuring 108 in the main city of Yangon.
    (AP, 12/29/11)
2011        Dec 29, In Venezuela a PDVSA tanker truck filled with gasoline crashed and burst into flames, engulfing several cars and a bus. 15 people were killed.
    (AP, 12/29/11)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.38)

2011        Dec 30, In India a severe cyclone packing winds of 135 km (83 miles) an hour tore into the southeastern coast. At 42 people died when Cyclone Thane hit coastal southern India near the former French colony of Pondicherry.
    (AFP, 12/30/11)(Reuters, 12/31/11)(AP, 1/1/12)

2011        In Somalia at least 80,000 people died this year of famine. A large amount of food sent by the UN to Mogadishu during the famine never reached the starving people it was intended for. Some of the World Food Program supplies went to the black market, some to feed livestock. One warehouse full of rations was looted in its entirety by a government official. Across the city, feeding sites handed out far less food than records indicate they should have. A report in 2013 raised the number of Somali deaths due to famine in 2011 to 260,000, half of them under age 5.
    (Econ, 2/25/12, p.58)(AP, 3/17/12)(AP, 5/6/13)
2011        In South Korea four pregnant women died of lung problems for unknown reasons. A subsequent government probe found a "significant association" between lung damage and products used to sterilize domestic humidifiers. Most of the victims were found to have used Oxy Ssak Ssak, a liquid humidifier disinfectant sold by British consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser in South Korea from 2001, that has been blamed for around 103 deaths -- mostly women and children. In 2016 Oxy RB said it was committed to a multi-million dollar compensation plan.
    (AFP, 5/2/16)

2012        Jan 1, In Kenya at least eight people drowned after a boat capsized in rough seas off the Kenyan tourist island of Lamu. More than 20 of the over 80 passengers on board were unaccounted for.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)

2012        Jan 3, In China 13 people were killed in Hunan province when a truck crossed a highway divider and crashed head-on into a bus traveling in the opposite direction.
    (AP, 1/4/12)

2012        Jan 4, In southern China a bus went out of control and slipped from a snow-covered bridge, killing at least 18 people in Guizhou province.
    (AP, 1/4/12)(AP, 1/5/12)

2012        Jan 5, In the southern Philippines a landslide tore through a tiny gold-mining village, killing at least 31 people in Napnapan village, Mindanao island. Up to 39 people were still missing.
    (AP, 1/5/12)(AFP, 1/6/12)(AFP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 7, In New Zealand a hot air balloon burst into flames and crashed after hitting a power line, killing all 11 people on board as their families watched on in horror.
    (AFP, 1/7/12)

2012        Jan 13, The cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the tiny island of Giglio, off the coast of Tuscany, with more than 4,200 people aboard. Captain Francesco Schettino (52) was soon detained on charges of manslaughter. The final death toll was put at 30 dead and 2 missing. The last missing person was discovered on Nov 3, 2014, by workers dismantling the ship in Genoa.   
    (AP, 1/14/12)(AP, 1/15/12)(SFC, 1/16/12, p.A3)(AP, 1/17/12)(SFC, 3/23/12, p.A2)(AP, 11/3/14)

2012        Jan 15, In Lebanon a five-story residential building collapsed after days of heavy rains, killing 27 people, mostly foreign workers. The building's owner, Michel Saadeh, was arrested the next day.
    (AP, 1/16/12)(AFP, 1/18/12)

2012        Jan 16, In Haiti 29 people died and 67 were injured after a truck's brakes failed and the vehicle crashed on Route Delmas, one of the busiest streets of  Port-au-Prince.
    (AP, 1/17/12)

2012        Jan 21, An Iranian boat sank while sailing between Hormuz Island and the port city of Bandar Abbas on the mainland. 17 people died after a storm capsized the passenger boat.
    (AP, 1/22/12)

2012        Jan 24, Afghan officials said heavy snow and avalanches in Afghanistan's far northeast have killed at least 46 people since last week.
    (AP, 1/24/12)

2012        Jan 24, In Papua New Guinea as many as 60 people were feared dead after a massive landslide wiped out an entire village in the rugged Southern Highlands.
    (AFP, 1/25/12)

2012        Jan 25, In Brazil a building of some 20 stories collapsed in Rio de Janeiro causing 2 other smaller buildings to also come down. At least 17 people were killed and after 3 days 7 people remained missing.
    (AP, 1/26/12)(AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 25, In northwest Pakistan nine phosphate miners were feared dead after they were buried by a large landslide in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, At least 15 Somali migrants were killed and 40 left missing after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya. The boat had been carrying 55 Somalis and the other passengers were still missing.
    (AFP, 1/28/12)

2012        Jan 28, In Peru a fire swept through a two-story private rehabilitation center for addicts in a poor part of Lima, killing 27 people and critically injuring five. The "Christ is Love" center for drug and alcohol addicts was unlicensed and overcrowded and its residents were apparently kept locked inside.
    (AP, 1/29/12)

2012        Jan 29, In Florida a long line of cars and trucks collided one after another on a dark highway so shrouded in haze and smoke that drivers were instantly blinded. At least 10 people were killed south of Gainesville on Interstate 75.
    (AP, 1/30/12)

2012        Feb 2, A Papua New Guinea ferry sank with 351 passengers and 12 crew on board. Rescuers plucked 246 survivors from the sea off PNG’s east coast. Some 117 people remained missing.
    (AP, 2/2/12)(AP, 2/3/12)(AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 2, At least 11,000 villagers have been trapped by heavy snow and blizzards in Serbia's mountains, as the death toll from Eastern Europe's weeklong deep freeze rose to 122, many of them homeless people.
    (AP, 2/2/12)

2012        Feb 3, The death toll from a severe cold spell in Eastern Europe rose to 222, including 101 in the Ukraine, 37 in Poland, 24 in Romania and 16 in Bulgaria.
    (AFP, 2/1/12)

2012        Feb 4, In Australia celebrated filmmakers Andrew Wight (52) and Mike deGruy (60)  died in a helicopter crash at Jasper's Brush. They were working on a documentary with Oscar-winning director James Cameron and National Geographic.
    (AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 4, An overloaded boat carrying 70 migrants from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico overturned in the pre-dawn darkness off the coast of the Caribbean country. 13 people survived. 51 bodies were recovered by Feb 9 and the rest remained missing.
    (AP, 2/4/12)(AP, 2/5/12)(AP, 2/7/12)(AP, 2/9/12)

2012        Feb 5, Bosnia used helicopters to evacuate people and deliver food to those stranded by heavy snowfall. The cold snap across Eastern Europe has left at least 280 people dead including 131 in Ukraine.
    (SFC, 2/6/12, p.A2)

2012        Feb 6, In southern Bulgaria a 2.5-meter (8-foot) flood hit 700 houses in the village of Bisser, near the Greek border, after the dam on the Ivanovo reservoir collapsed. 8 people were killed in the flooding and 10 others were missing.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 6, In Brazil a 13-story building partially collapsed in an industrial suburb outside Sao Paulo, killing a 3-year-old girl in Sao Bernardo do Campo. One person was missing.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 6, In Canada a crash between a flatbed truck and a van carrying migrant farm workers on a rural crossroads in southwestern Ontario killed 11 people, in one of the most deadly vehicle accidents in Canadian history.
    (Reuters, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 6, In Pakistan rescue workers struggled to reach dozens of people trapped in the rubble of a factory that collapsed in Lahore, killing at least 21. At least 30 people were still believed to be trapped. The illegal factory was owned by a local politician, who used his influence to keep it open despite complaints from neighbors.
    (AP, 2/6/12)(AP, 2/7/12)(AP, 2/8/12)

2012        Feb 8, In Afghanistan a NATO airstrike reportedly killed 8 children in Kapisa province.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 8, Eleven Somalis drowned and another 34 were missing after a smugglers' boat headed for Yemen capsized in the Gulf of Aden. Survivors told how the three smugglers crewmen forced 22 people overboard when the boat's engine failed soon after departure.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)

2012        Feb 11, In Europe snow drifts reaching up to rooftops kept tens of thousands of villagers prisoners in their own homes as the death toll from the big freeze rose past 550. On the French Mediterranean island of Corsica snow was up to one meter thick in the higher villages and all flights were cancelled from Bastia airport.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, In Kosovo at least nine members of one family died in an avalanche that hit the village of Restelica near the border with Macedonia. Ansera Reka (5) was pulled from the rubble of one house after being buried for over 10 hours.
    (AP, 2/12/12)

2012        Feb 14, In Honduras a fire swept through a prison in the town of Comayagua in one of the world's deadliest fires in decades. Many of the survivors escaped. 852 people had been crowded into the prison built for half that number. The prisoners whose scorched bodies were carried out piece by piece had been locked inside. Most inmates had never been charged, let alone convicted. The final death toll numbered 362 people.
    (AP, 2/15/12)(AP, 2/16/12)(AP, 2/18/12)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.40)(AP, 2/14/13)

2012        Feb 15, In China 15 miners were killed and three others hurt when the mine carriages they were in plunged into a tunnel in Hunan province.
    (AP, 2/16/12)(AFP, 3/23/12)

2012        Feb 16, Palestinian police said a truck lost control in slick, rainy weather and barreled into a school bus in the West Bank, killing at least seven children and a teacher.
    (AP, 2/16/12)

2012        Feb 18, In India a school bus plunged into a river and at least seven people, including 6 children, were killed in the west-coast resort state of Goa. The driver and conductor both jumped from the vehicle as it was falling and were unharmed.
    (AP, 2/18/12)

2012        Feb 19, In Washington state 4 people were killed in avalanches at two ski resorts.
    (SFC, 2/20/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 19, In northern Ecuador a bus toppled over a cliff killing 27 adults and 2 children near the town of Quajara.
    (SFC, 2/20/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 19, In northern France a coach taking 47 British holidaymakers home from a school skiing trip rolled into a ditch, killing a teacher and injuring 23 people.
    (AFP, 2/19/12)

2012        Feb 20, In Alabama Savannah Hardin (9) died at Children's Hospital in Birmingham from dehydration and low sodium. On Feb 22 her stepmother and grandmother, Joyce Hardin Garrard, were accused of murder for allegedly killing the young girl by forcing her to run for three hours without stopping as punishment for lying about eating candy bars.
    (Reuters, 2/23/12)(SFC, 3/2/12, p.A8)
2012        Feb 20, In northeastern China an explosion at a steel plant killed 13 people and injured another 17, in Liaoning province's Anshan city.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)

2012        Feb 22, In Argentina a packed train slammed into the end of the line in Buenos Aires' busy Once station, killing 50 people and injuring hundreds of morning commuters.
    (AP, 2/22/12)(AP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 22, In Kashmir at least 16 Indian soldiers on duty in the mountains were killed and three others were missing in massive avalanches.
    (AFP, 2/23/12)

2012        Feb 26, In Canada a passenger train derailed near Burlington in southern Ontario, killing at least 3 VIA Rail employees.
    (Reuters, 2/27/12)

2012        Feb 28, In China an explosion at a chemical plant near Shijiazhuang city, capital of Hebei province, left 25 people dead and 46 injured.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Feb 28, In southern Russia at least 8 people were reported killed and 12 injured after a section of a nine-story apartment building collapsed following a natural gas explosion.
    (AP, 2/28/12)

2012        Feb 29, At least 16 tornadoes ravaged the Midwest and South. 13 people were killed including 6 in Harrisburg, Illinois, 3 in Missouri, 3 in Tennessee and one in Kansas.
    (SFC, 3/1/12, p.A6)(SFC, 3/2/12, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/7hrqnq4)

2012        Mar 2, A string of violent storms scratched away small towns in the South and Midwest as an early season tornado outbreak left 39 people in 5 states, including 14 in Indiana, 19 in Kentucky, 3 in Ohio and one each in Alabama and Georgia.
    (AP, 3/3/12)(http://tinyurl.com/6u9f2bp)(SFC, 3/5/12, p.A9)

2012        Mar 3, In eastern Guinea 50 people traveling to a weekly market were killed and 27 others injured when the lorry they were travelling in crashed.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 3, In Nepal 6 people were killed as a fire tore through the main vegetable market in Kathmandu destroying more than 100 stalls.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 3, In southern Poland 2 trains running on the same track collided head-on in a shower of sparks, killing 16 people and injuring 58 in the country's worst train disaster in more than 20 years.
    (AP, 3/4/12)

2012        Mar 4, In northeastern Afghanistan an avalanche buried a village of about 200 people in Badakhshan province. At least 50 people were killed with dozens trapped under the snow. At least 145 people were missing and "presumed dead" after an avalanche.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)(AP, 3/7/12)(AFP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 4, In the Republic of Congo blasts rocked Brazzaville after a weapons depot caught fire, killing over 200 people, wounding over 1300 and forcing 2,000 to flee their homes. Small detonations continued the next day. The death toll was later set at 223. In May 23 people were charged and detained in connection with a blast.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)(AFP, 3/5/12)(AP, 3/7/12)(AFP, 3/11/12)(AFP, 5/12/12)

2012        Mar 5, In South Africa a miner escaped from underground mine collapse at the Grootvlei mine near Johannesburg and alerted police. At least 20 illegal miners were killed in the rockfall. A search was called off after 5 days. The mine, owned by President Jacob Zuma's nephew and a grandson of Nelson Mandela, had been officially closed but not made secure.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)

2012        Mar 6, Madagascar authorities said Tropical Storm Irina killed at least 65 people, most of them residents of the Ifanadiana district in the southeast of the island, when the storm passed over the country last week.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)

2012        Mar 7, In Colombia an accident at a small coal mine, named "El Desespero" (Desperation), killed at least four miners and five others were still missing.
    (AP, 3/8/12)

2012        Mar 12, In northeast Afghanistan an avalanche struck two remote villages and 45 people were feared trapped in the snow.
    (AP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, Egyptian police said 10 people were killed when the soil caved in on them as they were illegally digging for ancient treasures under a house in the village of Arab al-Manasra, north of Luxor.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)

2012        Mar 13, In Bangladesh a ferry packed with about 200 people collided with a cargo boat and capsized in the Meghna River, killing 142 people and over a dozen more missing.
    (AP, 3/13/12)(AP, 3/14/12)(AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 13, In Switzerland a bus carrying Belgian students returning from a ski holiday crashed into a wall in a tunnel near Sierre, killing 22 Belgian 12-year-olds and six adults. Another 24 students were hospitalized with injuries.
    (AP, 3/14/12)

2012        Mar 18, In Indonesia at least 10 members of one family were killed, as their minivan spun out of control after colliding with a moving train and flipped over in a nearby rice field in West Java province.
    (AFP, 3/18/12)

2012        Mar 20, In India 15 people were killed when a train collided with an overcrowded taxi minivan at an unmanned railroad crossing in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 3/20/12)

2012        Mar 24, In West Virginia a fire at a home in Charleston left 8 people dead including 6 children. Another child died due to burns the next day.
    (SFC, 3/26/12, p.A4)c

2012        Mar 25, Six South African rugby players from a local club in Port Elizabeth drowned after a rip-current pulled 21 people out to sea. 7 lifeguards rescued 15 people.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 25, Twenty people from DR Congo drowned when their boats capsized while crossing the river border with Zambia enroute to a soccer game.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)

2012        Mar 31, Five Egyptian Copts, including two teenage girls, were crushed to death at the tomb of their spiritual leader Pope Shenuda III who died last week. Monastery officials had allowed visitors to visit Shenuda's tomb, prompting a rush to the desert monastery.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)

2012        Apr 1, In northern Nigeria a petrol tanker crashed then later exploded and caught fire, killing at least 12 people who had rushed to the scene to scoop fuel from the damaged vehicle.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 1, Three Palestinian children were found dead in a fire in their room caused by a candle being used due to lack of electricity in Gaza.
    (AFP, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, In Serbia a fire at the Contrast nightclub in Novi Sad left six people dead. The owner of a nightclub, Alojz G., was detained by police.
    (AP, 4/1/12)

2012        Apr 3, In Russia a blaze at Moscow’s Kachalovsky market killed 17 migrant workers who were unable to escape from the metal shed where they were sleeping. All were citizens of former Soviet nations in Central Asia.
    (AP, 4/3/12)

2012        Apr 7, In Nigeria 22 people were killed and 31 others were injured in Benue state when their St Robert's Catholic Church caved in on them during Easter vigil in Adamgbe.
    (AFP, 4/8/12)
2012        Apr 7, In Pakistan 140 people, including 129 soldiers, were buried when the wall of snow engulfed a military complex on the northern tip of the divided Kashmir region.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)(AP, 12/1/12)

2012        Apr 9, In Spain four people died in a fire that destroyed a makeshift hut in which they were living in the northeastern city of Barcelona. Spanish National Radio cited police at the scene as saying they were Romanians.
    (AP, 4/9/12)

2012        Apr 12, In Japan 8 people died when an apparently epileptic driver crashed his minivan into a crowd of pedestrians in the temple-spotted ancient capital of Kyoto.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)

2012        Apr 14, In the Full Crew Farallones Race outside San Francisco 5 sailors were lost as a towering wave washed them overboard as their boar rounded the Farallon Islands.
    (SFC, 4/17/12, p.A1)

2012        Apr 15, In the area of Woodward, Oklahoma, tornadoes killed at least 5 people and left at least 29 injured. At least 8,000 were without power in the region.
    (AP, 4/14/12)

2012        Apr 16, In southern Zimbabwe at least 21 people were killed early today when a speeding bus overturned while traveling towards Beitbridge.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)

2012        Apr 20, In Mexico a truck trailer came loose and hit a passenger bus killing at least 43 people in Veracruz state.
    (SFC, 4/21/12, p.A2)

2012        Apr 30, In India a ferry packed with 280 passengers capsized on the Brahmaputra River in Assam state. 103 bodies were soon recovered, but dozens of others were feared swept by the current to neighboring Bangladesh. Over 160 people were feared drowned or missing.
    (AP, 5/1/12)(SFC, 5/2/12, p.A3)

2012        May 5, In northern Italy a bus bringing retired police officers to a national convention veered off a highway and plunged into a canal, killing at least five people.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In Japan 8 elderly mountaineers who went missing in Japan's Northern Alps following a snowstorm were confirmed dead after some of them were evacuated by helicopter.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In Nepal at least 15 people were killed and 43 left missing, including 3 tourists from Ukraine, when the Seti River near Mount Annapurna burst its banks and swept away a village.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)(AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 5, In Peru a predawn fire swept through a drug rehabilitation center in a town on Lima's outskirts, killing 14 people in the second blaze in Peru this year to claim the lives of addicts trapped behind locked doors in a private treatment residence.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In South Korea a fierce blaze swept through a karaoke lounge in a busy commercial district of Busan, killing nine people including three Sri Lankans.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 5, In eastern Thailand a large blaze at a chemical factory killed 12 people, injured more than 100 and spewed toxic smoke into the air in Rayong province.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)

2012        May 6, In northern Afghanistan a flash flood swept through a village, killing 21 people, many of them members of a wedding party in Dhy Marda village in Sari Pul province. Floods overnight in two other districts in the province killed three people.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)

2012        May 9, In the southern Philippines an inferno at a three-story clothing store killed 17 employees, all women who were sleeping on the top floor in downtown Butuan city.
    (AP, 5/9/12)

2012        May 10, In northwestern China 40 people were killed when a brief but violent hailstorm and torrential rain swept through a mountainous region of Gansu province.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)

2012        May 11, In northern Afghanistan a flash flood swept through villages in a mountainous area, killing at least 17 people in Takhar province.
    (AP, 5/11/12)
2012        May 11, British police arrested two people on suspicion of murder after five children died in a house fire in the central English city of Derby. A 6th child died soon after at Birmingham Children's Hospital. The suspects were released on may with no charges. Investigators later said the fire was sparked by petrol poured through the letterbox. On May 29 parents Mick Philpott (55) and his wife Mairead (31) were arrested on suspicion of murder. In 2013 the parents and a family friend were convicted of manslaughter. On April 4 the Philpots and Paul Mosley were sentenced to 17 years in prison.
    (AFP, 5/11/12)(AFP, 5/14/12)(AFP, 5/16/12)(AFP, 5/29/12)(AP, 4/4/13)

2012        May 12, In New Zealand 3 Boston University students, who were studying in New Zealand, were killed when their minivan crashed. At least five other students from the university were injured in the accident. On May 18 BU student Stephen Houseman (20) was charged with careless driving.
    (AP, 5/12/12)(SFC, 5/19/12, p.A2)

2012        May 13, In Chicago 4 mothers were pronounced dead this morning after their speeding car hit a support beam of an elevated train track around midnight, crashing with enough force for the vehicle to split in two.
    (AP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 13, In southwestern Japan 6 people were killed when a fire swept through their hotel in Fukuyama.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, In the northern Philippines 11 people died and 10 others were injured when a bus fell into a ravine. A bag had fallen off the vehicle as it labored up a hill and the driver stopped for it. The bus then rolled backwards until it pitched down a 150-m (500-foot) cliff.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)

2012        May 17, In central Vietnam a crowded overnight bus plunged off a bridge into the Serepok River, killing 34 people and injuring 21 others in one of the country's deadliest road accidents.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)

2012        May 19, In northern Afghanistan flood waters ravaged a provincial capital, killing at least 19 people and destroying hundreds of homes. About 60 other people were missing.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)

2012        May 21, In Albania a bus carrying university students on a pre-graduation trip toppled off a cliff near Saranda killing 12 people and injuring another 21.
    (SFC, 5/22/12, p.A2)

2012        May 22, In northern India at least 24 Hindu pilgrims were killed when a packed bus plunged into the fast-flowing Alaknanda river after colliding with a truck near the town of Byasi.
    (AFP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In southern India a passenger train rammed into a parked freight train and caught fire before dawn, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens more in southwestern Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In South Africa 10 illegal diamond miners were killed in a disused mine tunnel in the Northern Cape province.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)

2012        May 24, In Indonesia a landslide killed 8 of 16 people illegally mining for gold, after days of heavy rain hit a mountainous part of western Java, the country's main island.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)

2012        May 28, In Qatar 19 foreigners died in a blaze at a shopping mall. 13 expatriate children were among those killed in the fire at the Villagio Mall in Doha's west end, including two-year-old triplets from New Zealand. On June 20, 2013, five people were convicted over the fire and sentenced to 6 years each.
    (Reuters, 5/29/12)(AP, 6/20/13)

2012        Jun 2, Arizona police said 5 bodies burned beyond recognition were found inside a charred SUV in a desert area known as a smuggling corridor for drugs and illegal immigrants. The SUV was registered to a family of 5, including 3 children, in Tempe.
    (SSFC, 6/3/12, p.A9)(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 2, In Ghana a Nigerian Allied Air cargo plane overshot an airport runway in Accra and crashed into a passenger bus, killing at least 10 people. The 4 crew members of the plane survived.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)
2012        Jun 2, In the Philippines 30 fishermen were missing and hundreds of travelers were stranded after tropical storm Mawar dumped heavy rains across the country, forcing flight and ship cancellations.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)

2012        Jun 3, In Ohio a car crash killed 3 students including the drive who was to graduate later in the day. A 4th student about to graduate, died soon after of injuries suffered in the crash. A fifth student was injured.
    (AP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 3, In Pakistan a bus carrying a wedding party in Kahuta plunged into a ditch in the country's north, killing 25 people.
    (AFP, 6/4/12)

2012        Jun 11, In Afghanistan 2 shallow earthquakes less than half an hour apart shook the mountainous Hindu Kush region, starting a slide of debris that smashed into a remote village, burying mudbrick houses to a depth of up to 100 meters. Over 70 people were feared killed.
    (AFP, 6/12/12)

2012        Jun 13, In southeast India at least 10 people were killed and several others seriously injured in an explosion at a steel factory in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)

2012        Jun 17, In Indonesia a boat carrying at least 70 passengers and crew on board, went down after it was battered by waves up to five meters (16 feet) high in Maluku province. 12 people were rescued and 58 remained missing.
    (AFP, 6/17/12)(AP, 6/19/12)

2012        Jun 18, In Malawi a boat carrying about 60 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia capsized on Lake Malawi. All aboard were feared drowned.
    (AP, 6/21/12)

2012        Jun 19, In southern Haiti a bus overturned in a rain-swollen river. Officials differed about the number of people who died. Local civil protection officials were said to have recovered the bodies of 40 people. The bus owner said there were 27 people aboard and that only eight people are missing.
    (AP, 6/19/12)

2012        Jun 20, In China 17 people were killed and three seriously injured when a long-distance bus overturned and plunged down a deep ravine in Fujian's Ningde city.
    (AP, 6/20/12)

2012        Jun 21, Indonesian and Australian navies launched efforts to rescue survivors after a Sri Lanka refugee boat carrying about 200 people, mostly men from Afghanistan, capsized on its way to Christmas Island. Scores were feared drowned in an apparent attempt to seek asylum. 110 people were rescued and about 90 remained missing. On Jan 28 an Indonesian court sentenced Javaid Mahmood (55), a Pakistani man, for attempting to smuggle the asylum seekers. He was the 2nd man found guilty in the case.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)(SFC, 1/29/14, p.A2)

2012        Jun 24, In Oklahoma two freight trains collided near Goodwell and 3 crew members were missing.
    (SFC, 6/25/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 24, In Canada a roof collapsed at a shopping mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario. Two bodies were recovered on June 27 and 12 people remained unaccounted for.
    (SFC, 6/25/12, p.A2)(Reuters, 6/28/12)

2012        Jun 25, In South Africa a bus plunged off a bridge killing at least 19 people and injuring 55 in the small town of Meyerton.
    (AP, 6/25/12)

2012        Jun 26, In Uganda rescue workers equipped only with hand-held tools gave up their search and waited for bulldozers to arrive to help find some 100 people who residents said were missing after landslides struck the mountainous east.
    (AP, 6/26/12)

2012        Jun 27, Four people are believed to have died and 130 others were rescued after a crowded boat carrying asylum seekers to Australia capsized and sank between Christmas Island and the main Indonesian island of Java.
    (AP, 6/27/12)

2012        Jun 28, Bangladesh officials said at least 106 people have been killed in landslides in the southeast after three days of rains triggered flash floods and severed transport links.
    (AP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, Indian officials said at least 27 people have died and 900,000 others forced to leave their homes as monsoon rains swamped wide areas of northeastern Assam state.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)

2012        Jun 29, In southern China a tanker truck filled with gasoline collided with a truck, setting off an explosion and a massive fire that left 20 people dead and 14 others hurt.
    (AP, 6/29/12)

2012        Jul 3, In India officials said at least 95 have died in Assam state under the worst monsoon floods to hit in a decade.
    (SFC, 7/4/12, p.A2)

2012        Jul 4, In China a coal mine in Hunan province flooded trapping 16 miners. Rescue workers pulled 8 miners out of the coal mine in Leiyang city on July 8, but another 3 were believed to be still trapped.
    (AFP, 7/5/12)(AFP, 7/8/12)(SFC, 7/9/12, p.A2)

2012        Jul 7, In Russia overnight rains dumped as much as 28 cm (about 11 inches) of water on parts of the Krasnodar region. Water rushed into the hard-hit town of Krymsk with such speed and volume that residents said they suspected that water had been released from a reservoir in the mountains above. Federal investigators acknowledged that water had been released from the reservoir, but they insisted it did not cause the flooding and the dam had not been breached. The death toll in the southern Black Sea region soon reached 171.
    (AP, 7/7/12)(AP, 7/8/12)(AP, 7/9/12)
2012        Jul 7, In Ukraine a bus carrying Russian religious pilgrims crashed killing 14 of 45 people onboard near Chernihiv.
    (SSFC, 7/8/12, p.A4)

2012        Jul 8, In China a gas blast at a coal mine in the central province of Hunan killed seven people, the latest in a string of accidents in the country's dangerous mining industry.
    (AFP, 7/8/12)

2012        Jul 9, Abbes Settou of Eritrea, who drank sea water to survive, was spotted clinging to a jerry can and the remains of the stricken boat off the Tunisian coast by fishermen who alerted the coast guard. 54 migrants trying to reach Italy died of thirst when their inflatable boat ruptured in the Mediterranean.
    (AFP, 7/11/12)
2012        Jul 9, In Morocco a bus speeding on a mountainous road along the Mediterranean crashed outside the city of Nador, killing 10 people and injuring 33 others. Another bus flipped over on the highway as it traveled between the Atlantic coast tourist destinations of Essaouira and Agadir, killing 17 people including those of a German and a Dutch tourist.
    (AFP, 7/10/12)

2012        Jul 11, The United States Department of Agriculture declared natural disaster areas in more than 1,000 counties and 26 drought-stricken states, making it the largest natural disaster in America ever.

2012        Jul 12, A slab of ice broke off high in the French Alps, sparking an avalanche that swept nine Europeans to their deaths as they tried to climb Mont Blanc. 11 other climbers were hospitalized and at least four are still unaccounted for.
    (AP, 7/12/12)
2012        Jul 12, In southern Japan heavy rain triggered flash floods and mudslides, causing at least 20 deaths. At least 6 people remained missing.
    (AP, 7/12/12)(AFP, 7/13/12)
2012        Jul 12, In Nigeria a truck carrying fuel caught fire and exploded after it veered off the road into a ditch in the Niger Delta, killing over 100 who had rushed to the scene to scoop fuel.
    (AP, 7/12/12)(AFP, 7/13/12)

2012        Jul 13, In the Comoros archipelago at least seven people died and six people were missing after a ship carrying illegal immigrants capsized overnight off the Indian Ocean French overseas territory of Mayotte.
    (AFP, 7/13/12)
2012        Jul 13, In eastern South Africa a cargo train loaded with coal collided with a truck carrying farm workers at a crossing, killing at least 25 people in Mpumalanga. The driver of the farm truck was charged the next day with murder.
    (AP, 7/13/12)(AP, 7/14/12)

2012        Jul 14, In Egypt an 11-storey building in the poor Alexandria neighborhood of al-Gomrouk collapsed onto three adjacent buildings, reducing much of the structures to rubble. 10 people were reported killed.
    (AP, 7/15/12)

2012        Jul 15, In Nepal at least 38 pilgrims were killed when an overcrowded bus carrying them from India to a Hindu festival swerved off a highway and plunged into the Gandak river.
    (AFP, 7/15/12)

2012        Jul 16, Heavy rain again lashed southwest Japan, triggering fears of more landslides and hampering the clean-up operation after a record deluge that left at least 32 people dead or missing.
    (AFP, 7/16/12)

2012        Jul 18, In Tanzania at least 104 people died after a ferry capsized between Dar-es-Salaam and Zanzibar. The MV Skagit was officially carrying 290 people when the accident occurred. Emergency workers had rescued 146 people.
    (AFP, 7/18/12)(AFP, 7/20/12)(AP, 7/21/12)(AFP, 7/23/12)(AFP, 7/25/12)

2012        Jul 20, In western Mexico a bus traveling to a beach went off a cliff killing at least 24 people in Tequepexpan.
    (SSFC, 7/22/12, p.A2)

2012        Jul 21, In China at least 54 people died, including 37 in Beijing, during torrential rainstorms which battered much of northern and southwestern China over the last 24 hours. Heavy rainfall was expected to last for another day. On July 26 the toll in Beijing was increased to 77.
    (AFP, 7/21/12)(AP, 7/22/12)(AFP, 7/23/12)(AFP, 7/26/12)
2012        Jul 21, in South Africa two busses collided in the country's southeast killed 18 people near the Eastern Cape town of Cradock. Three of them were elementary school children headed to a sports event.
    (AP, 7/21/12)

2012        Jul 22, In rural South Texas at least 11 people died and another 12 were injured after a pickup truck loaded with passengers left the highway and crashed into trees in Goliad County.
    (AP, 7/23/12)
2012        Jul 22, In Spain a vacationing French family of five jumped off a seaside cliff in a desperate attempt to escape a raging wildfire in Portbou, with the father and one of his children plummeting some 50 meters (165 feet) to their deaths. Two other people were also killed by the weekend fires in northeastern Spain.
    (AP, 7/23/12)

2012        Jul 23, In central Nigeria heavy rainfall overnight forced a dam to overflow, causing flooding that left at least 35 people dead and destroyed or damaged some 200 homes.
    (AFP, 7/23/12)

2012        Jul 27, In southern Nepal at least 14 pilgrims were killed when a jeep carrying them to a sacred Hindu site swerved off a highway and fell 100 meters (330 feet) into a stream below.
    (AFP, 7/28/12)

2012        Jul 28, In Nepal a vehicle crashed in the Palpa district killing 14 people on their way to cremate the body of a relative.
    (SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A6)
2012        Jul 28, North Korea’s state media said flooding across the country this month has killed 88 people, left tens of thousands homeless and devastated swathes of farmland.
    (AFP, 7/28/12)

2012        Jul 30, In southern India a fire swept through a train car packed with sleeping passengers, killing at least 47 people and sending panicked survivors rushing for the only clear exit once the train stopped.
    (AP, 7/30/12)
2012        Jul 30, In the Philippines at least 14 people were killed and millions were left without power as Tropical Storm Saola turned into a typhoon, bringing heavy rains to large parts of the country.
    (AFP, 7/30/12)(AFP, 7/31/12)(AP, 8/1/12)

2012        Jul 31, In central Morocco a collision between a bus and a lorry killed at least 12 people and left one critically injured.
    (AFP, 8/1/12)

2012        Aug 3, Typhoon Saola, which battered Manila and the north for several days, blew away leaving at least 53 people dead.
    (AP, 8/7/12)

2012        Aug 4, In India flash floods in the northern state of Uttarakhand killed at least 34 people and left hundreds of Hindu pilgrims stranded.
    (AFP, 8/5/12)
2012        Aug 4, North Korean state news said floods which hit parts of North Korea in recent weeks killed 169 people and left 400 missing, sharply updating earlier casualty figures. Over 200,000 people reportedly lost their homes.
    (AFP, 8/4/12)(Econ, 8/11/12, p.33)

2012        Aug 7, In the Philippines relentless rains submerged half of Manila, triggered a landslide that killed 8 people and sent emergency crews scrambling to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents.
    (AP, 8/7/12)
2012        Aug 7, In Senegal at least 23 people were killed in a collision between a bus and a truck near the town of Kaffrine.
    (AFP, 8/7/12)

2012        Aug 10, In northeast Bangladesh at least 13 Muslim worshippers were killed and 15 hurt when lightning struck a mosque in a remote village as they held special Ramadan prayers.
    (AFP, 8/11/12)

2012        Aug 11, In northern India at least 52 people were killed and 45 injured when a heavily overloaded bus plunged into a gorge near Chamba town in Himachal Pradesh state.
    (AFP, 8/11/12)
2012        Aug 11, In northwest Iran hundreds of villages were flattened by twin earthquakes (magnitude 6.4 and 6.3), leaving 306 dead and 3,037 injured. Around half the 600 villages located in the zone were damaged or destroyed.
    (AFP, 8/12/12)(AFP, 8/13/12)

2012        Aug 13, In northeast CongoDRC a landslide at a gold mine in remote Pangoyi left at least 60 people dead.
    (AP, 8/16/12)

2012        Aug 17, In Mexico 11 people died when a bus heading to a resort in Mazatlan crashed into a ravine in Durango state.
    (SFC, 8/18/12, p.A2)

2012        Aug 18, In Vietnam at least 17 people were killed as Typhoon Kai-Tak, now downgraded to a tropical depression, barreled across northern Vietnam bringing high winds and floods to several areas including the capital Hanoi. The typhoon had already left 2 dead in China and 4 dead in the Philippines.
    (AFP, 8/18/12)(AFP, 8/19/12)(AFP, 8/20/12)

2012        Aug 23, In Slovenia a hot air balloon carrying 32 people, including children, was swept up in a storm and crashed in a fireball outside Ljubljana, killing 4 people and injuring 28 others.
    (AP, 8/23/12)

2012        Aug 25, In Venezuela a huge explosion rocked the Amuay refinery, killing at least 39 people and injured more than 80 in the deadliest disaster in memory for the country's key oil industry.
    (AP, 8/25/12)(AP, 8/26/12)

2012        Aug 26, In northern China a double-decker bus rammed into a tanker loaded with highly flammable methanol, causing both vehicles to burst into flames and killing 36 people close to the city of Yan'an in Shaanxi province. In the southwest 11 people were killed and another was seriously hurt when a van crashed into a truck Sichuan province.
    (AP, 8/26/12)(AP, 8/27/12)

2012        Aug 27, In northwest China a commercial van slammed into a truck, killing nine people.
    (AP, 8/27/12)
2012        Aug 27, Egypt launched search and rescue operations with the help of Libyan coastal authorities after dozens of people were feared drowned when their boat capsized.
    (AFP, 8/27/12)
2012        Aug 27, In Somalia African Union forces seized the port city of Merca from rebels linked to al-Qaida. At least 5 children were killed and more than 10 others wounded in a blast in a school in Balad, after they played with explosives left over from fighting in the area.
    (AP, 8/27/12)(AFP, 8/27/12)

2012        Aug 29, An asylum-seeker boat heading for Australia disappeared off the Indonesian coast with 150 people aboard. Over the next 24 hours rescuers recovered 55 survivors.
    (AFP, 8/30/12)
2012        Aug 30, In China 154 miners were working underground at the Xiaojiawan coal mine in the city of Panzhihua, Sichuan province, when a blast occurred. At least 26 people were killed and 21 remained trapped.
    (AFP, 8/30/12)

2012        Aug 31, Cameroon’s state-run broadcasting reported that at least 14 people are confirmed dead and over 22,000 other affected by flood waters in the Far-North and North Regions. Prolonged rainfall combined with the release of water by the Lagdo hydroelectricity dam caused the Benoue River to burst its banks into nearby residential areas.
    (AP, 8/31/12)
2012        Aug 31, In Germany Grunenthal chief executive Harald Stock  said in a speech that his company, the maker of thalidomide, was "very sorry" for its silence towards the victims of the drug, which was sold to pregnant women as a cure for morning sickness in the 1950s and early 1960s. An estimated 10,000 children worldwide were born with defects -- including missing limbs. It was pulled from the market in 1961.
    (AFP, 8/31/12)
2012        Aug 31, In Guinea a flat-bottomed boat used by fishermen and for transport, capsized a few minutes after setting off for Kassa Island, several km (miles) from the capital Conakry. About 30 people were believed drowned after the overloaded boat sank. 27 survived.
    (AFP, 9/1/12)
2012        Aug 31, In northern Nigeria 2 speeding buses collided head-on and burst into flames killing at least 29 people and injuring 16 others in Yobe state.
    (AFP, 8/31/12)

2012        Sep 4, In Morocco 42 people were killed when the bus overturned between the desert cities of Marrakesh and Ouarzazate and plunged down a 500-foot (150-meter) ravine. Another 24 people were injured, four of them seriously.
    (AP, 9/4/12)

2012        Sep 5, In southern India a massive blaze swept through a fireworks factory, killing at least 40 workers and injuring 60 others in Sivakasi town, Tamil Nadu state.
    (AP, 9/5/12)
2012        Sep 5, In western Turkey an explosion and blaze triggered by an accidentally dropped hand grenade killed 25 soldiers during a stock check at an ammunition depot near the town of Afyonkarahisar.
    (AP, 9/6/12)

2012        Sep 6, Off the coast of western Turkey some 58 people drowned when a fishing boat carrying migrants that smugglers had promised refuge in Europe sank after hitting rocks. Several dozen survivors, mostly from Iraq and Syria, were able to swim through the Aegean waters to shore 50 meters away.
    (AP, 9/6/12)

2012        Sep 7, In southwest China a series of earthquakes collapsed houses and triggered landslides in a remote mountainous part of the borders of Guizhou and Yunnan provinces, killing at least 64 people with the toll expected to rise.
    (AP, 9/7/12)
2012        Sep 7, Italian and NATO rescue crews searched the waters off the small Mediterranean island of Lampedusa for survivors of an apparently sunken migrant boat after some of the 56 rescued passengers reported that dozens more were missing. One body was recovered.
    (AP, 9/7/12)

2012        Sep 11, In eastern Pakistan a fire broke out in a factory in Lahore killing 25 people when sparks from a generator hit chemicals used to make shoes. In the southern port city of Karachi 259 people were killed when a blaze broke out in a garment factory. This was one of the worst industrial accidents in Pakistan's 65-year history.
    (AP, 9/11/12)(AP, 9/12/12)(AP, 9/14/12)(AP, 11/2/12)

2012        Sep 14, In eastern Afghanistan a bus and truck collided and burst into flames in Ghazni province, killing at least 51 people.
    (AP, 9/14/12)

2012        Sep 23, In northwestern Nepal an avalanche swept away climbers and their camps on the world's eighth highest mountain, killing at least nine people. Six people remained missing.
    (Reuters, 9/23/12)(AP, 9/24/12)

2012        Sep 26, In western India 17 bus passengers died when their vehicle plunged into the Purna river in Maharashtra state.
    (SFC, 9/27/12, p.A2)

2012        Oct 1, In Hong Kong two boats collided in local waters killing 38 holiday revelers. Police the next day arrested seven crew members but offered no theory about how the vessels ran into each other on a clear night in one of the safest and most regulated waterways in Asia.
    (AP, 10/2/12)

2012        Oct 4, In China the Tiantou Elementary School was buried when the hillside collapsed in Zhenhe, a village in Yunnan province. 18 elementary school students were killed. A 19th victim was found the next day.
    (AP, 10/5/12)

2012        Oct 5, In Vietnam two vessels collided in Halong Bay. 18 Taiwanese tourists were plunged into the bay without life jackets and 5 drowned.
    (AP, 10/6/12)

2012        Oct 8, In Egypt a troop carrier overturned on a mountain road in the Sinai Peninsula early today, killing at least 21 members of the security forces stationed on the border with Israel.
    (AP, 10/8/12)

2012        Oct 19, In southwestern Iran a passenger bus carrying female students overturned killing 26.
    (AP, 10/20/12)
2012        Oct 19, In southwest Nigeria a bus carrying women crashed and plunged off a bridge into a river, killing at least 12 people. 6 people remained missing.
    (AP, 10/20/12)

2012        Oct 30, Hurricane Sandy left at least 22 people dead overnight in NYC. Altogether 23 people died on State Island, accounting for more than half of the 43 deaths in NYC.
    (Econ, 11/3/12, p.27)(Econ, 3/16/13, p.32)
2012        Oct 30, In Saudi Arabia celebratory gunfire, common at weddings, brought down a power line that touched off a fire in the Eastern Province, killing at least 23 women and children.
    (AP, 10/31/12)

2012        Nov 1, In Saudi Arabia a fuel truck exploded after hitting portions of a bridge in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, engulfing buildings and cars in flames and killing at least 22 people and injuring more than 110.
    (AP, 11/1/12)
2012        Nov 1, In Spain an early morning stampede at Madrid Arena, where thousands of people were attending a Halloween party, killed 3 women and critically injured 2. Someone had set off a flare or a firework, causing the stampede.
    (AP, 11/1/12)

2012        Nov 5, Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said 363 people died over months of flooding across the West African nation and 2.1 million others were displaced.
    (AP, 11/5/12)

2012        Nov 7, A boat capsized off the coast of Bangladesh. Fishermen helped rescue 23 people, but about 50 illegal migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims, remained missing.
    (SFC, 11/8/12, p.A3)
2012        Nov 7, In Ghana the five-story  Melcom Shopping Center, built earlier this year in a bustling suburb of Accra, collapsed and killed at least 17 people. Authorities the next day blamed faulty construction for the collapse. Authorities soon detained Carl Henry Clerk, a municipal works official accused of allowing the building to be built without a construction permit. 79 people were pulled from the wreckage.
    (AP, 11/7/12)(AP, 11/8/12)(AP, 11/11/12)
2012        Nov 7, Guatemala was struck by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake. It was centered 15 miles off the coastal town of Champerico and 100 miles southwest of Guatemala City. 40 people died in the state of San Marcos, 11 more were killed in the neighboring state of Quetzaltenango, and one in Solola state. 22 people remained missing.
    (AP, 11/7/12)(AP, 11/8/12)

2012        Nov 8, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said damages from Superstorm Sandy could total $33 billion. At least 119 American were killed with damages in 15 states.
    (SFC, 11/9/12, p.A11)(Econ, 11/10/12, p.35)

2012        Nov 15, As China unveiled its new leadership in Beijing with promises of a better life for all, five runaway boys seeking shelter and warmth died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a garbage bin in Bijie city, 25 km from their home village of Caqiangyan.
    (AP, 11/21/12)

2012        Nov 10, In Egypt two trains traveling south of Cairo collided, killing at least four people. An error by a switch operator is believed to have caused the accident.
    (AP, 11/10/12)

2012        Nov 16, An oil platform of Texas-based Black Elk Energy caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico critically injuring 4 men with left 2 missing. A body of one of the missing was recovered the next day. In 2017 Houston-based Wood Group PSN was ordered to pay $9.5 million in penalties in cases arising from the fire that left three workers dead.
    (SFC, 11/17/12, p.A7)(SSFC, 11/18/12, p.A11)(SFC, 2/24/17, p.A6)

2012        Nov 17, In southern Egypt a speeding train crashed into a bus carrying children to their kindergarten, killing 48 children and 3 adults. On Jun2 29, 2013, a court sentenced two railway workers to ten years in prison over the train crash which left 52 people dead.
    (AP, 11/17/12)(AP, 6/29/13)

2012        Nov 19, In India at least 17 people were killed in the eastern state of Bihar. The accident happened when a bamboo bridge collapsed on the banks of Ganges river where Hindu devotees were offering prayers as part of the annual Chhath ritual.

2012        Nov 24, In Bangladesh a fire raced through the seven-story factory operated by Tazreen Fashions just outside of Dhaka. At least 112 people were killed including 12 people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape the fire. On Dec 31, 2013, a court issued arrest warrants for two of the factory owners and four employees on homicide charges.
    (AP, 11/25/12)(SFC, 1/1/14, p.A3)
2012        Nov 24, In China a coal mine accident in the southwest killed 18 workers and trapped five more in the state-owned Xiangshui coalmine in Guizhou province.
    (AP, 11/24/12)

2012        Nov 26, In Germany 14 people were killed and eight injured when a fire broke out at a workshop for disabled people in Titisee-Neustadt in the Black Forest region. Scores had to be rescued from the building as it quickly filled with smoke.
    (AP, 11/27/12)

2012        Dec 2, In Japan 9 people were killed after about 150 concrete panels fell from a 130-meter stretch of roof of the Sasago Tunnel 80 km (50 miles) outside Tokyo.
    (AP, 12/2/12)(SFC, 12/3/12, p.A2)(Econ, 1/12/12, p.64)

2012        Dec 4, In southern China a fire in a clothing factory apparently caused by arson killed 14 people in Shantou city, Guangdong province. The victims were all women aged 18-20. The next day suspect Liu Shuangyun said he started the fire due a longtime dispute over less than $500 in unpaid wages.
    (AP, 12/4/12)(SFC, 12/6/12, p.A2)

2012        Dec 4, In southern China a fire in a clothing factory apparently caused by arson killed 14 people in Shantou city, Guangdong province. The victims were all women aged 18-20. The next day suspect Liu Shuangyun said he started the fire due a longtime dispute over less than $500 in unpaid wages.
    (AP, 12/4/12)(SFC, 12/6/12, p.A2)
2012        Dec 4, In the southern Philippines at least 78 villagers and soldiers drowned when torrents of water dumped by a powerful typhoon cascaded down a mountain, engulfing emergency shelters and an army truck in Andap village. The deaths toll from Typhoon Bopha (aka Typhoon Pablo), one of the strongest storms to hit the country this year, reached nearly 600 with another 600 missing.
    (AP, 12/4/12)(AP, 12/5/12)(AP, 12/8/12)(SSFC, 12/9/12, p.A4)

2012        Dec 5, The 148m (485-foot) Baltic Ace sank after colliding with the 134m (440-foot) container ship Corvus J in darkness near busy shipping lanes some 65 kilometers (40 miles) off the coast of the southern Netherlands. 5 bodies were recovered and 6 others remained missing.
    (AP, 12/6/12)(SFC, 12/7/12, p.A2)

2012        Dec 9, In the southern Philippines the number of people missing following Typhoon Bopha jumped to nearly 900 after families and fishing companies reported losing contact with more than 300 fishermen at sea.
    (AP, 12/9/12)

2012        Dec 10, In South Africa heavy rains caused a bridge to collapse, killing 14 people in Mpumalanga province.
    (AP, 12/11/12)

2012        Dec 14, Adam Lanza (20) killed 27 people, 18 of them small children, in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 65 miles northeast of New York City. He killed his mother at home before the rampage at the school. Lanza used a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle made by Remington.   
    (http://tinyurl.com/bun8wgb)(AP, 12/15/12)(SFC, 3/15/19, p.A8)
2012        Dec 14, In China Min Yingjun (36), a resident of Guangshan, burst into the home of an elderly woman and stabbed her with a kitchen knife. He then took a kitchen knife and hacked at more 22 children as they entered their rural Chenpeng Village Primary School.
    (AP, 12/15/12)
2012        Dec 14, A boat capsized early today off the northeastern island of Lesvos, near the Turkish coast. Greek coast guard officials found the bodies of 18 Asian people who were trying to cross illegally into Greece.
    (AP, 12/15/12)

2012        Dec 17, Benin officials said at least 19 people drowned after a boat capsized on a river near a village in the south.
    (AP, 12/17/12)
2012        Dec 17, In northwest Nigeria 27 people riding atop a truck carrying livestock were killed when it tipped over and crashed.
    (AP, 12/19/12)

2012        Dec 18, In Iran a collapse and explosion in a coal mine killed eight workers near Tabas city in the country's east.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
2012        Dec 18, In the Gulf of Aden 55 people drowned or were missing after an overcrowded boat capsized off the Somali coast.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
2012        Dec 18, Philippine officials said Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) killed 1,043 people with 844 still missing.
    (SSFC, 12/23/12, p.A22)

2012        Dec 21, In Mozambique 14 people died when a tire burst on a speeding minibus, causing the driver to lose control and collide with an oncoming vehicle.
    (AP, 12/22/12)

2012        Dec 25, In the Philippines a Christmas Day fire killed a veterinarian and 6 members of his family in Quezon City. Another blaze left as many as 2,000 people homeless when it hit a residential area in San Juan City.
    (AP, 12/25/12)(SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A6)
2012        Dec 25, Zimbabwe state radio said 18 people headed home for the holidays died when their open truck veered off a mountain road and plunged into a ravine in the northeastern Honde Valley region.
    (AP, 12/25/12)

2012        Dec 28, In China an overloaded minibus fell into a ravine killing 5 children and 5 adults in the Guangxi region.
    (SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A6)

2012        Dec 31, In Angola 10 people, including four children, died in a stampede during a New Year’s Eve religious gathering at a sports stadium in Luanda.
    (AP, 1/2/13)

2013        Jan 1, Ivory Coast at least 64 people, mostly children and teenagers, were killed early today in a stampede following a New Year's fireworks display in Abidjan. Survivors blamedmakeshift barricades.
    (AP, 1/1/13)(AP, 1/2/13)(AP, 1/4/13)
2013        Jan 1, In South Africa three people died and 4,000 were displaced when fires swept through shacks in poor settlements in the Cape Town area on New Year's Day.
    (AP, 1/1/13)

2013        Jan 5, In Zimbabwe eight people died in a bus crash that brought the traffic accident death toll during the holiday period to the highest on record in the country. The central police traffic command said 209 people have died in accidents since Dec. 15.
    (AP, 1/6/13)

2013        Jan 7, In Australia officials searched for bodies among the charred ruins of more than 100 homes and other buildings destroyed by wildfires in the island state of Tasmania. Around 100 residents remained unaccounted for, three days after the fires broke out.
    (AP, 1/7/13)
2013        Jan 7, In northern Turkey a gas leak inside a coal mine killed five workers and injured one. Two other miners are missing and feared dead in Zonguldak province.
    (AP, 1/7/13)

2013        Jan 11, In Bahrain a fire killed 13 people in a migrant labor camp in Manama.
    (AP, 1/12/13)
2013        Jan 11, In China a landslide smothered 14 homes in Zhaojiagou village, Yunnan province. At least 46 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 1/13/13, p.A2)

2013        Jan 12, In west Nepal a bus veered off a mountain road leaving at least 30 people dead and several more injured near Chatiwan village.
    (AP, 1/12/13)

2013        Jan 27, In southern Brazil a fire swept through the crowded Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria early today. The fire broke out after band members lit flares. There was no alarm, no extinguishers, no sprinklers and almost no escape from the nightclub. 3 people were detained the next day in connection with the blaze that left 237 dead. In April the nightclub's two owners and two band members were charged with murder. 4 others were also charged in connection to the fire.
    (SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)(AP, 1/29/13)(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A2)(Econ, 2/2/13, p.28)
    (AP, 4/2/13)

2013        Jan 15, In Egypt a train wreck killed 19 soldiers and injured over 100 others. The last carriage of the train disconnected, jumped the tracks and crashed into another train 20 km (12 miles) south of Cairo. Three workers were later sentenced to two years of hard labor for the crash.
    (AP, 1/15/13)(SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A5)

2013        Jan 16, In Egypt an 8-story apartment building collapsed, killing 26 people in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria — the second tragic accident in the country as many days.
    (AP, 1/16/13)(AP, 1/17/13)

2013        Jan 25, In Haiti up to 20 people were killed after their truck plunged into a canal.
    (SSFC, 1/27/13, p.A4)

2013        Jan 26, In Bangladesh  a fire at a garment factory killed seven female workers. An investigation was ordered the next day under allegations that the emergency exit was locked.
    (AP, 1/27/13)
2013        Jan 26, In Russia a fire ripped through a new Moscow building's underground parking lot, killing 10 Tajikistan migrant workers and injuring 13 others who had been working and living there.
    (AP, 1/26/13)

2013        Jan 27, In southern Brazil a fire swept through the crowded Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria early today. The fire broke out after band members lit flares. There was no alarm, no extinguishers, no sprinklers and almost no escape from the nightclub. 3 people were detained the next day in connection with the blaze that left 237 dead.
    (SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)(AP, 1/29/13)(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A2)
2013        Jan 27, In Indonesia the death toll from two separate landslides in West Sumatra province rose to 16.
    (AP, 1/28/13)

2013        Jan 31, In Mexico City an office building blast killed 37 people and injured 121 at the headquarters of Petroleos Mexicanos, the state-owned oil company. On Feb 4 authorities said the basement explosion in an administrative building next to the 51-story Pemex tower was caused by a gas buildup ignited by an electrical spark or other heat source.
    (AP, 2/1/13)(AP, 2/4/13)

2013        Feb 1, In central China an elevated portion of highway collapsed after a truck loaded with illegal fireworks for Lunar New Year celebrations exploded, killing at least 10 people and sending vehicles plummeting 30 meters to the ground.
    (AP, 2/1/13)(AP, 2/2/13)

2013        Feb 2, China’s Xinhua News reported that 13 people died after an overloaded bus tumbled down a slope. Over 50 people were killed in the last 24 hours in 4 major accidents.
    (SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A6)

2013        Feb 3, In California a tour bus crash with two other vehicles left 7 people dead on Hwy. 38 in San Bernadino County.
    (SFC, 2/4/13, p.A16)(SFC, 2/5/13, p.A5)

2013        Feb 7, In Zambia a bus operated by the postal service, carrying passengers toward its capital Lusaka, smashed into a semi-truck and another car killing at least 53 people in one of the worst traffic crashes in the nation in recent history.
    (AP, 2/7/13)

2013        Feb 9, In Chile a bus carrying fans of a soccer team plunged into a ravine killing 16 people and injuring 21 others.
    (SSFC, 2/10/13, p.A4)

2013        Feb 10, In Allahabad, India, a stampede killed 37 people following the Kumbh Mela religious gathering. Tens of thousands of people were in the station waiting to board a train when railway officials announced a last-minute change in the platform.
    (AP, 2/11/13)

2013        Feb 23, In Pakistan a bus carrying a wedding party plunged into a canal in Peshawar, killing 17 people.
    (AP, 3/16/13)

2013        Feb 26, In Egypt a hot air balloon flying over the ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field, killing at least 19 foreign tourists.
    (AP, 2/26/13)

2013        Feb 27, In India a fire broke out at an illegal six-story plastics market in Kolkata, killing at least 19 people.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
2013        Feb 27, Kenya police said 32 people have died after the bus they were travelling in rolled in the Tulimani area.
    (AP, 2/27/13)

2013        Feb 28, In Iraq a one-story boat moored to the shore of the Tigris River as part of the popular Lebanese Club restaurant complex, sank leaving 8 people dead in Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/1/13)

2013        Mar 3, In Senegal 9 children, aged 7-12, died in a fire in a Quranic school.
    (AP, 3/5/13)

2013        Mar 9, In Kentucky 2 adults and 5 children were killed in a house fire in Gray, Knox County.
    (SSFC, 3/10/13, p.A8)

2013        Mar 10, In Warren, Ohio, a stolen SUV with 8 teenagers flipped over into a pond, killing six of them.
    (AP, 3/11/13)
2013        Mar 10, In Germany an early-morning fire at an apartment building left 8 people dead, 7 of them children in Backnang, a town near Stuttgart.
    (AP, 3/10/13)

2013        Mar 15, In central Lebanon at least eight Syrians were killed and 29 were injured when the bus they were traveling in from Syria overturned in the mountains.
    (AP, 3/15/13)
2013        Mar 15, In central Mexico a truck loaded with fireworks exploded during a religious procession in the rural village of Jesus Tepactepec, killing at least 13 people and injuring 154.
    (AP, 3/16/13)
2013        Mar 15, In South Africa  24 people died when a bus veered off a road and rolled over near Cape Town.
    (AP, 3/15/13)

2013        Mar 16, In Pennsylvania a tour bus carrying a women’s lacrosse team from Seton Hill Univ. crashed killing a pregnant coach and the driver.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A9)
2013        Mar 16, In Jordan a bus carrying Palestinian pilgrims overturned and crashed into a trailer on a highway near the Israeli border, killing 15 people. 32 pilgrims were injured.
    (AP, 3/16/13)
2013        Mar 16, In Pakistan a bus carrying soldiers slid off a mountainous road and fell into a deep ravine in the country's northwest, killing 24 and injuring five others.
    (AP, 3/16/13)

2013        Mar 18, In Nevada 7 Marines were killed when a mortar round exploded during a live-fire training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot.
    (SFC, 3/20/13, p.A8)

2013        Mar 19, In western India a bus packed with passengers crashed through a guard rail and fell off a bridge, killing at least 37 people and injuring another 15 in Maharashtra state.
    (AP, 3/19/13)

2013        Mar 20, A Nigerian official said at least two people have survived after a boat carrying more than 100 people capsized over the weekend off Calabar.
    (AP, 3/20/13)

2013        Mar 23, In eastern Pakistan a bus has overturned on a highway after hitting a roadside electricity pole, killing at least 32 passengers.
    (AP, 3/23/13)

2013        Mar 29, In China a large landslide trapped 83 workers, believed to have been asleep, at the state-owned Jiama (Gyama) copper and gold mining company in Tibet. Chances for survivors were slim. The mine, which formally opened in 2010, was owned by China Gold Int’l. Resources.
    (AP, 3/29/13)(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A2)(SFC, 4/1/13, p.A2)(Econ, 4/6/13, p.54)
2013        Mar 29, In Tanzania two people died after a 12-story building under construction collapsed in Dar es Salaam.
    (AP, 3/29/13)

2013        Mar 30, In northern France five young siblings, aged 2-10, died after a fire erupted in a home in the town of Saint Quentin.
    (AP, 3/31/13)
2013        Mar 30, In Mauritius rivers of water rose swiftly in a pedestrian underpass leading to the waterfront and an underground car park in Port Louis. At least 11 people were killed in the flash flooding. The next day PM Navinchandra Ramgoolam blamed climate change for the floods.
    (AP, 4/1/13)

2013        Apr 2, In Myanmar  a pre-dawn fire swept a religious dormitory, killing 13 children in eastern Yangon.
    (AP, 4/2/13)

2013        Apr 3, In Argentina at least 57 people were killed by flooding overnight in Buenos Aires province.
    (AP, 4/3/13)(AP, 4/4/13)
2013        Apr 3, In central Nigeria  18 people were killed in a head-on collision between two buses near Gwagwalada, a town outside of Abuja.
    (AP, 4/3/13)

2013        Apr 4, In India a residential building being constructed illegally on forest land in a suburb Mumbai collapsed into a mound of steel and concrete, killing at least 47 people and injuring more than 50 others.
    (AP, 4/5/13)

2013        Apr 5, In Iran a road accident killed 18 people, including 15 Afghans, after a truck smuggling fuel slammed into a sedan packed with Afghans who were being brought illegally into the country.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, In southwest Nigeria at least 36 people were killed in a bus crash in which a gasoline tanker exploded in Edo state.
    (AP, 4/6/13)

2013        Apr 14, In Belgium a Polish bus carrying Russian youngsters crashed through the guardrails of a bridge and plunged 5 meters (16 feet) to a field below, killing at least five people and injuring 12.
    (AP, 4/14/13)

2013        Apr 15, In central Ghana an accident at a gold mine left 17 miners dead. Authorities said that the miners were working there illegally.
    (AP, 4/16/13)

2013        Apr 17, In Texas a fiery explosion hit the West Fertilizer Co. 12 first responders were killed along with 2 residents in an apartment building. A nursing home resident died during an evacuation in West, about 20 miles north of Waco. Damages to the area were later estimated at $100 million. The company had $1 million in liability insurance. In 2016 federal officials said the fire had been intentionally set.
    (AP, 4/18/13)(SFC, 4/20/13, p.A6)(SFC, 4/25/13, p.A5)(SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A7)(SFC, 5/13/16, p.A10)

2013        Apr 20, In China a powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of Lushan county, Sichuan province, leaving at least 188 people dead and more than 11,000 injured.
    (AP, 4/21/13)(AP, 4/22/13)

2013        Apr 24, In Bangladesh the 8-story Rana Plaza building, housing five garment factories, collapsed in the Dhaka suburb of Savar. More than 2,500 people were rescued alive. By May 9 the death toll reached 948. The building was designed in 2004 as a shopping mall and not for any industrial purpose. Three of the floors were built illegally. The final death toll reached 1,129. This was likely the worst garment-factory accident ever. At least 322 people remained missing. On June 1, 2015, police filed murder charges against 41 people accused of involvement.
    (Reuters, 4/25/13)(AP, 4/30/13)(AP, 5/1/13)(AP, 5/2/13)(AP, 5/9/13)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.42)(AP, 6/19/13)(AP, 7/5/13)(SFC, 6/2/15, p.A4)
2013        Apr 24, In Liberia at least three were killed and more than 10 feared trapped under the rubble of a building that was gutted by fire and came down in the Waterside commercial district of Monrovia.
    (AP, 4/25/13)

2013        Apr 26, In southern Afghanistan a bus collided with the wreckage of a truck that had been attacked by Taliban insurgents, killing 45 people aboard the bus in a fiery crash.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In central India a portion of the Kasturba Gandhi Hospital collapsed and up to 15 people were feared trapped in the debris in Bhopal.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In Russia a fire swept through a psychiatric hospital outside Moscow, killing 38 people, some of them sedated and in their beds.
    (AP, 4/26/13)

2013        Apr 27, In northern Mexico 10 members of the musical group La Reyna de Monterrey were killed and five injured in a road accident.
    (AP, 4/27/13)

2013        Apr 28, In France a possible gas explosion ripped off the side of a five-story residential building in Reims, killing at least 3 people and injuring at least 10 others.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, In Thailand a suspension bridge over the Pasak River collapsed killing at least 4 people near Ayutthaya.
    (SFC, 4/29/13, p.A2)

2013        May 7, In Italy a cargo ship slammed into a control tower late at night in the port of Genoa, toppling it into the harbor and leaving at least 4 people dead. A half-dozen other people remained unaccounted for.
    (AP, 5/8/13)

2013        May 7, In Mexico a natural gas tanker truck lost control, hit a center divider and exploded on a highway in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec. At least 22 people were killed and nearly 3 dozen injured.
    (AP, 5/8/13)

2013        May 8, In Bangladesh a fire fed by huge piles of acrylic products used to make sweaters killed 8 people at the Tung Hai Sweater factory. The dead included a ruling-party politician and a top official in the country's powerful clothing manufacturers' trade group.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 8, In northern India a bus fell into a river in Himachal Pradesh state killing at least 39 people.
    (SFC, 5/9/13, p.A2)(www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22457396)

2013        May 10, In Bangladesh seamstress Reshma Begum (19), buried for 17 days in the wreckage of the Rana Plaza, was rescued as the death toll climbed to 1045.
    (AP, 5/10/13)(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A6)
2013        May 10, In China 12 miners were killed in a coal mine blast in Guizhou province.
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.A2)

2013        May 11, In Bangladesh recovery operations at the Rana Plaza in Savar continued as the death toll reached 1,115.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, In China 28 miners were killed in a coal mine blast in Sichuan province.
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.A2)

2013        May 12, In Pennsylvania a late night house fire in Pottsville killed 4 children, their father and an aunt as the mother did laundry at a friend’s house across the street.
    (SFC, 5/14/13, p.A5)

2013        May 13, Bangladesh's government agreed to allow the country's garment workers to form trade unions without prior permission from factory owners. The search for the dead ended at the site of the worst disaster in the history of the global garment industry with the death toll at 1,127.
    (AP, 5/13/13)

2013        May 14, In Indonesia 25 workers were trapped after the collapse at a giant gold and copper Grasberg mine in Mimika district in Papua. On May 22 the last of 28 miners killed was recovered.
    (AP, 5/15/13)(SFC, 5/20/13, p.A2)(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A2)
2013        May 14, In Rwanda 6 people were killed and dozens more injured when a four-story building under construction collapsed in the eastern Rwanda district of Nyagatare.
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 14, The UN said an overcrowded boat capsized while trying to escape a cyclone bearing down on Myanmar, tossing dozens of Rohingya Muslims into the sea. 8 bodies were found and more than 50 people were missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 5/14/13)

2013        May 16, In Cambodia the ceiling of a factory, a Taiwanese-owned operation called Wing Star, collapsed on workers, killing 2 people and injuring 7. The firm made sneakers for Asics, a Japanese sportswear label.
    (AP, 5/16/13)

2013        May 20, In Oklahoma a mile-wide category 5 tornado with winds of up to 200 mph touched down in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. 7 children were among the 24 people killed. Early estimated of damages ranged from $1.5-2 billion. In 2017 the Oklahoma City reached a settlement with the families of the seven children for $14,000 each to settle a lawsuit arising from construction of a Plaza Towers classroom addition where the children were killed.
    (AP, 5/21/13)(SFC, 5/22/13, p.A6)(Reuters, 5/26/13)(Econ, 5/25/13, p.30)(SFC, 6/14/17, p.A5)

2013        May 25, In eastern Pakistan 16 schoolchildren and a teacher burned to death when a short-circuit near a leaking gas tank caused their minibus to be engulfed in flames in Gujrat.
    (AP, 5/25/13)

2013        May 26, In Mexico a bus carrying tourists overturned following a tire blowout in central Hidalgo state. 16 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/27/13, p.A2)
2013        May 26, The Jascon 4, a tug boat working on behalf of Chevron Corp., went down off the coast of Nigeria's Delta state. 12 sailors were missing. 11 seamen were killed. Harrison Odjegba Okene, the tug’s cook, survived for 72 hours in an air pocket and was rescued.
    (AP, 5/28/13)(AP, 12/3/13)

2013        May 28, In Malaysia an overloaded ferry capsized after hitting rocks in a remote river in Borneo island, leaving 21 people missing and feared trapped inside the vessel.
    (AP, 5/28/13)

2013        May 31, Tornadoes hit Oklahoma City and its suburbs. Storms and flash floods left 14 people dead, including 3 storm chasers. 6 people remained missing.
    (SFC, 6/1/13, p.A10)(AP, 6/1/13)(SFC, 6/4/13, p.A4)

2013        Jun 3, In northeastern China a fire raged through a poultry plant in Jilin province's Mishazi township, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing 121 people. On Dec 26, 2014, two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses were convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years.
    (AP, 6/3/13)(AP, 12/27/14)

2013        Jun 5, In Pennsylvania a four-story building being demolished collapsed on the edge of downtown Philadelphia. 6 people were killed and at least 14 others injured. On June 7 police said Sean Benschop (42), a heavy equipment operator with a lengthy rap sheet, was high on marijuana when the building collapsed. Benschop turned himself in on June 8. On Nov 25 contractor Griffin Campbell was charged with 6 counts of third-degree murder. In 2014 a judge upgraded charges against Benschop to 3rd degree murder. On Oct 9, 2015, Campbell was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
    (AP, 6/5/13)(SFC, 6/6/13, p.A8)(AP, 6/8/13)(SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A12)(SFC, 11/26/13, p.A8)(SFC, 2/19/14, p.A5)(SFC, 10/20/15, p.A7)

2013        Jun 6, Residents and emergency crews worked through the night in Dresden and other cities to bolster riverbanks and build sandbag barriers as floodwaters that have already claimed 16 lives in Europe roared farther north through Germany.
    (AP, 6/6/13)

2013        Jun 7, In China a fire ripped through the bus as it traveled on an elevated road in Xiamen during evening rush, killing 47 people, including Chen Shuizong, and injuring 34. Police identified Shuizong (b.1954) as the person responsible saying he was unhappy with life and set the fire to vent his anger.
    (AP, 6/8/13)

2013        Jun 8, Australian authorities said a boat carrying up to 60 asylum seekers has capsized in the Indian Ocean near Christmas Island. 13 bodies were so far recovered with no survivors.
    (SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 8, In Germany more than 80,000 emergency personnel including firefighters and soldiers were on duty, working aggressively to contain the most dramatic floods in Germany in a decade. 20 people reportedly have already died in the floods across central Europe.
    (AP, 6/8/13)

2013        Jun 9, At least 21 flood-related deaths have been reported in central Europe. A week of heavy rains and flooding caused extensive damage in central and southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.
    (AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 9, In Sri Lanka coastal areas the death toll from winds and monsoon rains rose to 27. The navy searched for 29 missing fisherman following the rains and winds that hit a day earlier.
    (SFC, 6/10/13, p.A2)

2013        Jun 10, In Germany the swollen Elbe River breached another levee, forcing authorities to evacuate 10 villages and shut down one of the country's main railway routes. At least 22 flood-related deaths have been reported in central Europe.
    (AP, 6/10/13)

2013        Jun 13, In Argentina a 2-level commuter train slammed into another that had stopped between stations during the morning commute in a suburb of Buenos Aires. Several passengers were killed and dozens injured.
    (AP, 6/13/13)

2013        Jun 14, In northern India monsoon rains began early and soon washed away whole villages. By the end of the month over 1,000 were dead and many more missing in Urrarakhand state.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.38)

2013        Jun 16, In India torrential monsoon rains and landslides led to flooding in Uttrakhand that washed away roads and nearly two dozen bridges and demolished 365 houses and partially damaged 275 others.
    (AP, 6/19/13)

2013        Jun 17, Officials in India said torrential rain and floods have killed at least 23 people in the northern state of Uttarakhand. 50 people remained missing.
    (SFC, 6/18/13, p.A2)

2013        Jun 19, India's PM Singh said that the death toll from flooding this week in the northern state of Uttrakhand had reached 102 and could rise substantially.
    (AP, 6/19/13)

2013        Jun 21, In northern India rescuers found bodies in the River Ganges and in the muddy, broken earth left by landslides, raising the death toll from monsoon flooding in mountainous to nearly 600.
    (AP, 6/21/13)

2013        Jun 22, In India at least 7,000 people were air-lifted by air force and privately-owned helicopters and transported to Uttarakhand's capital, Dehradun. Some 22,000 people remained stranded in the flood-hit state with bad weather and heavy rainfall predicted over the next two days.
    (AP, 6/22/13)

2013        Jun 23, In Montenegro a bus fell from a bridge over the Moraca river during a rainstorm and crashed some 40 meters (130 feet) into a ravine. 18 Romanian tourists were killed and 28 hospitalized.
    (AP, 6/24/13)

2013        Jun 30, In Arizona 19 firefighters of an elite crew fighting a forest fire northwest of Phoenix were overtaken and killed by a fast-moving blaze stoked by hot winds. The Yarnell Hill Fire also destroyed some 200 homes. On Dec 4 a state commission approved a nearly $650,000 fine against the state Forestry Division after investigators found that officials had put protection of property ahead of safety.
    (AP, 7/1/13)(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A8)
2013        Jun 30, In Uganda a car crashed into a moving gas tanker, sparking a fire that killed at least 29 people and left scores more badly burned.
    (AP, 6/30/13)

2013        Jul 6, In Canada 5 tanker cars of petroleum products exploded after a train derailed in the middle of the small town of Lac Megantic, Quebec province. The blast destroyed many buildings and sent flames hundreds of feet into the air. 47 people were killed. On October 9, 2015, a US judge approved a $338 million settlement fund for the victims.
    (AP, 7/6/13)(Reuters, 7/10/13)(AP, 7/20/13)(SFC, 10/10/15, p.A2)

2013        Jul 10, Flooding in western China triggered a landslide that killed at least 18 people with 107 missing in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province. More than 2,000 people were rescued after being trapped for several hours in a highway tunnel between Dujiangyan and Wenchuan. By the end of the week the toll of dead and missing climbed beyond 200.
    (AP, 7/10/13)(AP, 7/11/13)(Reuters, 7/12/13)

2013        Jul 11, In Kenya Joshua Walde, a US information management officer at the Nairobi embassy, rammed into a full mini-bus, killing a father of three whose widow is six months pregnant. Embassy officials rushed Walde and his family out of Kenya the next day  leaving the crash victims with no financial assistance to pay for a funeral and for hospital bills for the eight or so others who were seriously injured.
    (AP, 8/2/13)

2013        Jul 12, In central France a train derailment killed at least six people at the station of Bretigny-sur-Orge. The next day French train operator SNCF said it may have been caused by a loose steel plate at a junction.
    (Reuters, 7/13/13)

2013        Jul 13, In Russia 18 people were killed and 25 injured when a truck ploughed into a bus in a Moscow suburb.
    (Reuters, 7/13/13)

2013        Jul 14, In eastern Indonesia 17 people were killed in a stadium stampede after spectators rioted just before midnight to protest a local boxer's loss in a championship match at the Kota Lama Sport Stadium.
    (AP, 7/15/13)

2013        Jul 15, India officially declared that nearly 6,000 people were missing a month after flash floods ravaged large parts of its northern state of Uttarakhand, but stopped short of saying they were presumed dead.
    (Reuters, 7/15/13)

2013        Jul 16, In India 23 children died and more than two dozen others were sick in Bihar state after eating a free school lunch that was tainted with insecticide. The principal of the school was arrested on July 24, nine days after she went into hiding. In October Meena Kumari and her husband were charged with murder.
    (AP, 7/17/13)(AP, 7/18/13)(AP, 7/24/13)(AP, 10/22/13)

2013        Jul 21, In Egypt a bus carrying soldiers crashed into a truck on a highway betgween Cairo and Alexandria early today, killing 15 soldiers and a driver.
    (AP, 7/21/13)

2013        Jul 22, In northwest China two earthquakes shook an arid, hilly farming area sparking landslides that destroyed or damaged thousands of brick-and-mud homes in Gansu Province. At least 95 people were killed and more than 400 injured.
    (AP, 7/22/13)(AP, 7/23/13)(SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 22, In Uganda a building under renovation collapsed in downtown Kampala, killing at least four people.
    (AP, 7/22/13)

2013        Jul 23, A boat sank off the southern coast of Indonesia. At least 15 people died. 189 of an estimated 204 suspected asylum seekers were rescued. Most were from Iraq, Iran and Sri Lanka.
    (Reuters, 7/24/13)(SFC, 7/27/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 23, In Thailand a double-decker passenger bus caught fire after colliding with a truck on the Mitraphab highway in Kaeng Khoi district, killing 19 people and injuring 23.
    (AP, 7/23/13)

2013        Jul 24, A Spanish train hurtled off the rails and smashed into a security wall as it rounded a bend near Santiago de Compostela. 79 people were killed in the country’s deadliest wreck in four decades. The train was carrying 218 passengers in eight carriages when it crashed. Later reports said the driver was taking on the phone and reading a document.
    (AP, 7/25/13)(SFC, 7/31/13, p.A2)

2013        Jul 26, Italy's coastguard helped rescue 22 migrants and coordinated a search for missing people after receiving a distress call from a boat that ran into difficulties off the coast of Libya. 31 people were reported still missing on July 28.
    (Reuters, 7/26/13)(Reuters, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 26, Spanish police detained Francisco Jose Garzon Amo (52), the driver of a July 24 train crash. The death was lowered toll from 80 to 78 and authorities took possession of the "black box" of the train hoping to shed light on why it was going faster than the speed limit on the curve where it derailed. The train was later reported to have been traveling at 95-mph, far above the 50-mph speed limit on the curve where it crashed killing 79 people.  
    (AP, 7/26/13)(SFC, 7/27/13, p.A5)(SFC, 7/31/13, p.A2)

2013        Jul 27, In Indiana a bus carrying teenagers from a church camp crashed in Indianapolis. 3 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A8)

2013        Jul 28, An Italian tour bus plowed through cars, crashed through the side wall of a highway bridge and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 38 people near the town of Monteforte Irpino.
    (AP, 7/29/13)

2013        Aug 3, Heavy rains swept across eastern Afghanistan, leveling homes and killing at least 58 people in five provinces, while an estimated 30 others were missing.
    (AP, 8/4/13)

2013        Aug 5, In Canada brothers Noah and Connor Barthe, agers 4 and 6, were killed by an African rock python as they slept in their home in Campbellton, New Brunswick. The 100-pound snake had escaped from its enclosure, slithered through a ventilator and fell through the ceiling of their room.
    (SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A4)
2013        Aug 5, Afghan local officials said floods from monsoon rains have killed least 24 people in the eastern border provinces of Khost and Nangarhar. 61 people were reported killed in villages of the Sarobi district, Kabul province.
    (Reuters, 8/5/13)
2013        Aug 5, In Pakistan local media said monsoon rains have claimed more than 80 lives.
    (Reuters, 8/5/13)

2013        Aug 6, Ukraine's Emergency Situations Ministry said that a pipe carrying liquid ammonia depressurized at the Stirol plant in the east of the country, causing the release of the chemical. The leak killed 5 people and sickened more than 20.
    (AP, 8/6/13)

2013        Aug 9, In Sierra Leone at least 6 homeless people sleeping under a bridge in the heart of Freetown were crushed to death when the bridge collapsed in a landslide caused by heavy rain.
    (Reuters, 8/9/13)

2013        Aug 10, In eastern Indonesia gushing hot lava from the erupting Mount Rokatenda volcano killed 6 people sleeping in a beach village on Palue island. Ash and smoke shot up to 2 km into the air.
    (AP, 8/10/13)
2013        Aug 10, Six migrants drowned off the Italian island of Sicily after attempting a dangerous passage from Africa in a fishing boat that carried some 102 people. Rescuers saved 250 people who had tried to cross in flimsy boats from northern Africa to southern Europe.
    (Reuters, 8/10/13)(SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A6)

2013        Aug 13, In India some weapons detonated accidentally on a submarine and fire swept through it. 18 sailors were on board the 16-year-old Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak. It was docked at the main naval base in Mumbai when two blasts rocked the vessel late just before midnight.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)

2013        Aug 16, In the Philippines a ferry disaster killed at least 50 people and 70 remained missing. The ferry sank after a collision with the Sulpicio Express 7, a cargo vessel just outside the central port of Cebu. The Sulpicio Express 7 is owned by unlisted firm Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp, formerly known as Sulpicio Lines Inc.
    (AP, 8/17/13)(AP, 8/18/13)

2013        Aug 17, In Russia a boat, piloted by a captain suspected of being drunk, crashed into a barge on the Irtysh river, 10 km from the Siberian city of Omsk. 4 people were killed and 49 injured.
    (AP, 8/17/13)

2013        Aug 18, China’s Xinhua News Agency said 12 deaths reported in Liaoning province. That added to a total of 25 deaths reported earlier in Heilongjiang and Jilin, the other two provinces in China's northeast. In the south, six people were reported were killed by flooding and landslides in Guangdong province.
    (AP, 8/18/13)

2013        Aug 19, In eastern India a train ran over a group of Hindu pilgrims at a crowded station in Dhamara Ghat, Bihar state, killing at least 37 people. A mob infuriated by the deaths beat the driver severely and set fire to coaches.
    (AP, 8/19/13)

2013        Aug 21, In Malaysia a bus travelling from the hilltop gambling resort of Genting Highlands to the capital Kuala Lumpur plunged 200 feet into a ravine, killing 37 people. 16 people survived.
    (Reuters, 8/21/13)(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)

2013        Aug 25, In southern Mexico a notorious cargo train, known as "the Beast" and carrying at least 250 Central American hitchhiking migrants, derailed in Tabasco state, killing 11 people and injuring 18. Authorities later said the accident was caused by the theft of railroad parts.
    (AP, 8/25/13)(AP, 8/26/13)(AFP, 8/30/13)

2013        Aug 26, In eastern Mexico mudslides crashed through several homes, killing at least 13 people after a tropical storm pelted the state of Veracruz with heavy rains.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)

2013        Aug 28, In western India at least 11 people were killed and several more feared trapped when a 4-storey apartment block collapsed in Vadodara.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, UN officials said flash floods and heavy monsoon rains have battered Laos, killing at least 20 people, washing away roads and damaging crops.
    (Reuters, 8/28/13)

2013        Aug 29, In Kenya the driver of a bus traveling on a dark, country road lost control of the vehicle and it plunged into a valley, shearing the roof off as it rolled and killing at least 41 people.
    (AP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, Mali officials said at least 23 people have been killed in flash floods caused by torrential rain in Bamako. The next day the death toll was raised to 34.
    (AFP, 8/29/13)(AFP, 8/30/13)

2013        Aug 31, In China an ammonia leak from a cold storage unit at a food company in Shanghai killed 15 people and sickened dozens.
    (AFP, 8/31/13)

2013        Sep 9, In Guatemala at least 43 people were killed and dozens injured when a bus went off a cliff on a hairpin bend, tumbling some 200 meters (660 feet) into a river at the bottom of a ravine.
    (Reuters, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, In Iran 44 people were killed and 39 injured when two passenger buses collided outside Tehran and caught fire.
    (Reuters, 9/10/13)

2013        Sep 13, In Russia a fire killed 37 people in a psychiatric hospital in Luka, a provincial village north of Moscow. This was the second deadly blaze at such a facility this year.
    (Reuters, 9/13/13)

2013        Sep 14, In Afghanistan at least 27 miners were killed in a collapse in a coal mine in the northern province of Samangan.
    (Reuters, 9/15/13)

2013        Sep 16, In Mexico two powerful storms converged from the Pacific and the Gulf, killing at least 42 people and stranding some 40,000 tourists in the Pacific resort of Acapulco amid some of the worst flooding in decades.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)

2013        Sep 18, In Mexico looting broke out in Acapulco as the government struggled to reach tens of thousands of people cut off by flooding that had claimed at least 80 lives.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)

2013        Sep 19, In Mexico the death toll following storms and landslides reached 97 without counting 68 people missing in La Pintada.
    (SFC, 9/20/13, p.A5)

2013        Sep 20, In India rescuers found the bodies of 17 Hindu devotees who were swept away in the Yamuna River during a 10-day festival celebrating the birth of Ganesha, an elephant-headed deity worshiped as a god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.
    (SFC, 9/21/13, p.A3)

2013        Sep 25, Pakistani rescuers struggled to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a major earthquake in the remote district of Awaran in Baluchistan province as the death toll from the massive tremor the day before rose to at least 271.
    (AP, 9/25/13)

2013        Sep 26, Pakistan's first online platform for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, said it has been shut by Pakistan's telecoms authority. It had opened in July, a move hailed as a step forward for the long-silent community.
    (AP, 9/26/13)

2013        Sep 27, In India rescuers pulled a small girl alive from a collapsed apartment building in Mumbai nearly 12 hours after the structure caved in, and leaving dozens trapped under the rubble. At least 45 people were killed. It was owned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corp., the city's municipal government, and that most of the people who lived in its 22 apartments were city employees.
    (AP, 9/27/13)(AFP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 27, At least 22 people, mostly children, drowned and scores were missing after an Australia-bound boat, carrying asylum-seekers from Lebanon, Pakistan and Iraq, sank off Indonesia in rough seas.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A2)

2013        Sep 27, In central Nigeria a boat overloaded with passengers and goods travelling on the Niger River capsized, killing 42 people with 100 others missing.
    (AFP, 9/28/13)

2013        Oct 3, A smuggler's boat, carrying migrants from Eritrea, Ghana and Somalia, capsized off Italy’s southern island of Lampedusa. 160 bodies were soon recovered and 155 people rescued. 366 lives were lost. On Nov 8 police said dozens of the asylum-seekers had been raped and tortured in Libya before starting their journey. Three traffickers were under arrest.
    (AP, 10/3/13)(AP, 10/4/13)(AP, 10/6/13)

2013        Oct 4, In Mexico at least 14 people died when a bus hurtled down a hillside on the outskirts of Mexico City, ejecting six victims through the windows and leaving 25 injured.
    (Reuters, 10/4/13)

2013        Oct 5, In northern Mexico at least 8 people, including 3 children, were killed and 79 were wounded when a monster truck careened into a crowd at a show at the El Rejon dam on the outskirts of Chihuahua.
    (Reuters, 10/6/13)

2013        Oct 8, Divers in Italy recovered 18 more bodies, bringing the total to 250, from the Oct 3 shipwreck in which only 155 of the estimated 500 African asylum seekers, most if not all from Eritrea, survived.
    (AFP, 10/7/13)(SFC, 10/8/13, p.A2)

2013        Oct 9, In Bangladesh a huge fire at a factory in Sriput, whose workers were making clothes and fabrics for top Western labels, killed at least 9 people in the latest disaster to blight the country's garment industry.
    (AFP, 10/9/13)(Reuters, 10/9/13)
2013        Oct 9, The head of the European Commission announced during a visit to Lampedusa that Italy would receive an additional 30 million euros ($40 million) in EU funds to help settle and receive new refugees, after the sinking of a migrant boat off the Sicilian island killed at least 302 people.
    (AP, 10/9/13)(AFP, 10/9/13)

2013        Oct 11, The Egyptian coast guard rescued 72 Palestinians, 40 Syrians and 4 Egyptians when a boat carrying illegal migrants and Syrian refugees sank off Egypt's northern coast. 12 people died.
    (Reuters, 10/11/13)
2013        Oct 11, In Japan a fire ripped through a hospital as patients slept killing 10 elderly people. This prompted government demands for safety reviews across the country.
    (AFP, 10/11/13)
2013        Oct 11, In central Mali a boat carrying hundreds of passengers along the Niger River capsized. Only 210 survivors, of an estimated 400 people aboard, were counted. By Oct 19 the body count reached 72.
    (AP, 10/12/13)(AP, 10/19/13)
2013        Oct 11, An overloaded migrant boat went down off Malta. The next day about 200 shocked survivors were plucked from the sea. Over 30 lives were lost in the latest deadly migrant tragedy to hit the Mediterranean.
    (AFP, 10/12/13)
2013        Oct 11, In central Nigeria 17 people died and 10 others were injured when the buses in which they were travelling collided with a tanker lorry.
    (AFP, 10/12/13)
2013        Oct 11, In southeastern Peru a makeshift bus carrying 51 Quechua Indians back from a party plunged off a cliff into a river, killing everyone on board, including 14 children.
    (AP, 10/12/13)

2013        Oct 12, In India the massive Cyclone Phailin hammered the eastern coastline with heavy rains and destructive winds, as hundreds of thousands of people living in the region moved inland and took shelter. The storm left at least 17 people dead.
    (AP, 10/12/13)(AP, 10/13/13)
2013        Oct 12, In Italy divers found an additional 20 bodies off the island of Lampedusa, bringing the still provisional death toll from an October 3 shipwreck to 359.
    (AFP, 10/12/13)
2013        Oct 12, Typhoon Nari pounded the northern Philippines, killing 13 people, ripping roofs off thousands of buildings, and leaving more than two million without power.
    (AFP, 10/12/13)
2013        Oct 12, In Spain thousands of people gathered in Barcelona to demonstrate against a proposed Catalonia split away from Spain.
    (SSFC, 10/13/13, p.A3)
2013        Oct 12, In Vietnam a blast at a fireworks factory killed at least 24 people. Police blamed other explosives stored at the site for the accident which also left many injured at the Z121 military facility north of Hanoi.
    (AP, 10/13/13)

2013        Oct 13, In Dubai 3 workers were killed when a crane collapsed at a construction site near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.
    (AP, 10/14/13)
2013        Oct 13, In India at least 115 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a stampede after a bridge collapsed near a remote Hindu temple in Ithe central state of Madhya Pradesh.
    (Reuters, 10/13/13)(AP, 10/14/13)(AFP, 10/15/13)
2013        Oct 13, A number of North Korean officers and sailors died while a submarine chaser was performing "combat duties." At least 19 sailors were believed killed. Photos of stone markers released by state media on Nov 2 showed "Oct. 13" inscribed on them.
    (AP, 11/4/13)(Reuters, 11/4/13)

2013        Oct 14, The Indian coast guard rescued 17 sailors whose cargo ship sank during Cyclone Phailin. At least 43 people were killed by the storm.
    (AP, 10/14/13)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A4)

2013        Oct 15, In the central Philippines a powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 struck islands popular with tourists. At least 171 people were killed, mostly on Bohol island.
    (AP, 10/15/13)(AFP, 10/16/13)(Reuters, 10/17/13)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A4)

2013        Oct 16, In Japan Typhoon Wipha caused deadly mudslides that buried people and destroyed homes on  Izu Oshima island leaving at least 24 people dead. A woman from Tokyo died after falling into a river and being washed 10 km downriver to Yokohama.
    (AP, 10/16/13)(AP, 10/17/13)(AFP, 10/18/13)
2013        Oct 16, In Syria 21, including 4 children and 6 women, were killed when a minibus hit a mine in the southern town of Noa. Syrian activists said that two days of heavy clashes between Kurdish fighters and al-Qaida-linked rebels in the northeast have killed at least 41 on both sides.
    (Reuters, 10/16/13)(AP, 10/16/13)

2013        Oct 17, In South Sudan  5 people including four children were killed in a market when explosives left over from decades of civil war were accidentally set off on the outskirts of Juba.
    (AFP, 10/17/13)

2013        Oct 19, In northern California two BART train workers were killed near the Walnut Creek BART station a day after BART workers went on strike. BART said the train was on a intenance run. A transit inisder later said the train was on a strike-related training run.
    (SFC, 10/21/13, p.C2)
2013        Oct 19, In Pennsylvania an SUV crossed a center line and ran into two motocycles. 4 people on the motorcycles and one person in the SUV were killed in Franklin County.
    (SFC, 10/21/13, p.A3)

2013        Oct 26, The Press Trust of India reported that torrential rains have claimed as many as 48 lives in eastern India. Up to 45 people were killed in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states and 3 in West Bengal.
    (AFP, 10/26/13)

2013        Oct 30, In southern India a packed bus crashed into a highway barrier and burst into flames, killing 45 passengers who were locked inside the cabin in Andhra Pradesh state. The driver, a bus cleaner and five passengers managed to escape through a window in the front of the overnight bus.
    (AP, 10/30/13)
2013        Oct 30, In Kenya a train crashed into a passenger bus as it passed through a rail crossing in the capital, Nairobi, killing at least 11 people.
    (AP, 10/30/13)
2013        Oct 30, In Zimbabwe 21 people were killed, many burnt beyond recognition, after a fuel tanker and a truck ferrying mourners collided.
    (AFP, 10/30/13)

2013        Oct 31, Niger authorities said rescuers have found the bodies of 92 migrants, most of them women and children, strewn across the Sahara desert after their vehicles broke down and they died of thirst.
    (Reuters, 10/31/13)

2013        Nov 1, In China 11 people died and 17 were injured by an explosion in a fireworks factory in Guangxi province. Police detained two people.
    (AFP, 11/2/13)

2013        Nov 2, In southern India a train struck and killed 8 people in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (SSFC, 11/3/13, p.A3)
2013        Nov 2, In eastern Nigeria at least 24 people died during a stampede at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Uke, Anambra state.
    (Reuters, 11/3/13)

2013        Nov 3, A boat carrying at least 70 Muslim Rohingya capsized and sank off the western coast of Myanmar. Only eight survivors were found.
    (AP, 11/3/13)
2013        Nov 3, In Thailand at least 6 passengers including three foreigners died after a tourist ferry sank off the Thai resort of Pattaya.
    (AFP, 11/3/13)

2013        Nov 8, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands. As many as 10,000 people were believed dead just in Tacloban, Leyte Island, as one of the worst storms ever recorded unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes. The death toll was later put at about 6,00 with about 1,800 missing. A 2015 study showed that climate change contributed to the high wind speeds of Haiyan.
    (AP, 11/8/13)(AFP, 11/9/13)(AP, 11/10/13)(Econ, 12/21/13, p.65)(Econ, 7/27/19, p.68)

2013        Nov 9, Niger’s PM Brigi Rafini said about one million of his people were facing severe food shortages due to poor harvests after a drought and flooding.
    (AFP, 11/10/13)
2013        Nov 9, A tropical cyclone hit Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region. At least 100 people were killed. Hundreds remained unaccounted for as the government and declared a natural disaster emergency.
    (Reuters, 11/11/13)

2013        Nov 11, Authorities in the Philippines said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said "we pray" that the death toll is less than 10,000.
    (AP, 11/11/13)
2013        Nov 11, In South Africa 29 people died and several others were injured after a bus collided with a truck in eastern Mpumalanga province.
    (Reuters, 11/12/13)
2013        Nov 11, In Vietnam a weakened Typhoon Haiyan landed in the northern province of Quang Ninh. Some 14 people were killed, but all of them during the course of storm preparations.
    (http://tinyurl.com/q5f34kr)(Econ, 11/16/13, p.44)

2013        Nov 13, In California 4 Marines were killed at Camp Pendleton during a training exercise. A grenade was later believed to have set off an explosion of unexploded rounds in a demolition pit.
    (SFC, 3/7/14, p.D4)

2013        Nov 15, In western Greece 12 migrants, believed to be Syrians, were found dead after a plastic boat still tied to rocks capsized in calm weather. 15 people survived the incident.
    (AP, 11/15/13)
2013        Nov 15, In the Philippines the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan, one of the world's most powerful typhoons, surged to over 4,000.
    (Reuters, 11/15/13)

2013        Nov 16, Vietnam’s state media said flooding has killed at least 28 people over the last 24 hours, with 9 others missing and nearly 80,000 people displaced in Quang Ngai province.
    (Reuters, 11/16/13)

2013        Nov 18, In Egypt a train slammed into at least three vehicles, including a truck, crossing the tracks near the village of Dahshur. 26 people were killed and 28 remained hospitalized.
    (AP, 11/18/13)

2013        Nov 19, In northeastern Guinea at least 12 illegal miners were killed and several left missing after a landslide at a goldmine owned by the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation.
    (AFP, 11/21/13)
2013        Nov 19, Italian declared authorities declared a state of emergency in Sardinia as Cyclone Cleopatra dropped 450mm of rain in an hour and a half overnight. 16 people were reported dead.
    (Reuters, 11/19/13)(AFP, 11/19/13)(Reuters, 11/20/13)
2013        Nov 19, Vietnam officials said the death toll from flooding, due to heavy rains that began Nov 14, has risen to 41.
    (SFC, 11/20/13, p.A4)

2013        Nov 21, In Latvia a Maxima supermarket collapsed in a suburb of Riga. 54 people were killed in the Baltic state's worst disaster in decades.
    (Reuters, 11/22/13)(AP, 11/23/13)(AP, 11/25/13)
2013        Nov 21, In South Africa 8 construction workers were killed when lightning struck their tent northeast of Johannesburg.
    (AFP, 11/22/13)

2013        Nov 22, In China an oil pipeline exploded in the coastal city of Qingdao killing 47 people.
    (AFP, 11/22/13)(Reuters, 11/23/13)
2013        Nov 22, Philippine officials said the death toll from the Nov 8 Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest, on record has risen above 5,200 and is likely to climb further. Recovery efforts were beginning to take hold.
    (AFP, 11/22/13)

2013        Nov 25, A sailboat passing through the southern Bahamas islands with about 150 Haitian migrants on board capsized after running aground, killing up to 30 people and leaving the rest clinging to the vessel for hours.
    (AP, 11/27/13)

2013        Nov 27, In Brazil a giant crane collapsed at the construction site of Sao Paulo's Arena Corinthians killing two workers. An engineer reportedly warned his supervisor that it appeared the ground was not stable enough to support the 500-ton piece of roofing.
    (AP, 11/29/13)

2013        Nov 29, In Scotland a police helicopter crashed onto a crowded Glasgow pub. 10 people were killed with more than two dozen injured.
    (AP, 11/30/13)(AFP, 12/1/13)(AFP, 12/2/13)(AP, 2/14/14)

2013        Dec 1, In Italy at least 7 people died and three were injured when the Chinese-owned Teresa Moda garment factory in an industrial zone in the town of Prato, outside Florence, burned down.
    (Reuters, 12/1/13)(SSFC, 10/19/14, p.A20)

2013        Dec 9, In Indonesia a crowded commuter train crashed into a fuel tanker on the outskirts of Jakarta, killing at least 10 people in a huge explosion and injuring scores.
    (Reuters, 12/9/13)

2013        Dec 13, In western China a gas explosion at a coal mine killed 21 workers  in Xinjiang region's Changji prefecture.
    (AP, 12/14/13)
2013        Dec 13, Philippine officials said the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan that struck on Nov 8 has passed 6,000 with nearly 1,800 people missing.
    (AP, 12/13/13)

2013        Dec 14, In Portugal a group of students plunged into the winter surf off Meco, a small village south of Lisbon where they had rented a house. Over the next 12 days their corpses were discovered one by one. Four women and two men perished, all aged between 21 and 24.
    (AFP, 1/28/14)

2013        Dec 16, In the Philippines at least 22 people were killed when a speeding commuter bus crashed off an elevated motorway onto a delivery van in Manila.
    (Reuters, 12/16/13)

2013        Dec 22, In Brazil 14 people died when a bus drove off a road and plunged into a ravine in Sao Paulo state.
    (AFP, 12/22/13)

2013        Dec 25, Seventeen Haitian suspected illegal migrants died when their boat capsized off the Turks and Caicos islands.
    (AFP, 12/25/13)

2013        Dec 26, In Thailand a bus carrying New Year travelers plunged off one of the country’s highest bridges around midnight in the kingdom's northeast, leaving at least 29 people dead.
    (AFP, 12/27/13)

2013        Dec 28, In southern India a fire engulfed a coach of an express train, killing at least 26 passengers.
    (AP, 12/28/13)
2013        Dec 28, In Malawi a lightning bolt struck a Seventh Day Adventist church, killing 8 worshippers and injuring several others in Lilongwe. It was not immediately clear whether they were injured by the lightning or in the panic to escape.
    (Reuters, 12/29/13)

2014        Jan 2, In western India a bus plunged into a 120m (400-feet) deep gorge, splitting open on the rocky ground below, killing at least 30 people.
    (AP, 1/2/14)

2014        Jan 4, In India a five-story building under construction in the southern state of Goa collapsed, killing at least 15 workers and leaving dozens more feared trapped under the rubble.
    (AFP, 1/4/14)(AP, 1/5/14)

2014        Jan 5, In China worshippers at the Beida Mosque in Guyuan, Ningxia region, were handing out traditional cakes when a rush for food triggered a stampede that left 14 dead.
    (AP, 1/6/14)

2014        Jan 6, In Pakistan an explosion from a suspected artillery shell stored in a house killed 10 members of a family in  the Tirah Valley village of Dars in the Khyber tribal region.
    (AP, 1/6/14)

2014        Jan 8, In India a fire on an overnight train killed at least nine people near Mumbai with sleeping victims overcome by flames and smoke as the blaze ripped through three carriages.
    (AFP, 1/8/14)

2014        Jan 13, In southern China an explosion at an illegal gambling hall in Kaili, Guizhou province, killed 14 people and injured seven others.
    (AP, 1/13/14)

2014        Jan 14, In South Sudan some 200 people fleeing warfare died after a boat crossing the Nile River sank, as fighting between rebels and government forces moved closer to Juba, the national capital.
    (AP, 1/14/14)

2014        Jan 15, In Indonesia at least 13 people were killed after torrential rain triggered flash floods and landslides on northern Sulawesi island. Some 40,000 fled their homes as water surged through the city of Manado and surrounding areas.
    (AFP, 1/15/14)
2014        Jan 15, In southern Pakistan a truck slammed into a bus bringing schoolchildren home from an outing, killing at least 17 pupils and three adults in Sindh province.
    (Reuters, 1/15/14)

2014        Jan 18, In India a pre-dawn stampede killed 18 people as tens of thousands of people gathered in Mumbai to mourn the death of Muslim spiritual leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.
    (AP, 1/18/14)

2014        Jan 20, A small fishing boat crammed with 28 people entered Greece illegally from Turkey. The Greek Coast Guard said it was towing the boat to a nearby Greek island when it capsized. The mishap killed at least two and left 10 missing. Survivors later recounting in tears how they watched their children drown while coast guard officials looked on. Three Afghans who survived the sinking of a migrant boat later described how Greek authorities had tried to forcibly tow them back to Turkey.
    (AP, 1/24/14)(Reuters, 1/24/14)(AP, 1/25/14)

2014        Jan 23, In Canada an early morning fire at a Quebec residence for elderly people killed at least 32 people.
    (AFP, 1/23/14)(AP, 1/25/14)(Reuters, 1/26/14)
2014        Jan 23, In central Turkey at least 21 people were killed when a bus tipped over on an icy road.
    (AFP, 1/23/14)

2014        Jan 26, At least 21 people died after a boat carrying Indian tourists capsized off India's Andaman Islands. The boat carried no life jackets.
    (Reuters, 1/26/14)(AFP, 1/27/14)

2014        Jan 28, In China an Indian oil tanker being repaired at a shipyard at Haizhou Shipyard in the port city of Zhousha exploded and caught fire, killing 7 Chinese workers.
    (AP, 1/28/14)
2014        Jan 28, In Indonesia two landslides triggered by torrential rain killed at least 19 people and left 10 others missing on the main island of Java.
    (AP, 1/28/14)

2014        Jan 30, In western Kentucky 8 children and their mother, LaRae Watson (35), were killed in a house fire.
    (SFC, 1/31/14, p.A8)

2014        Feb 2, In Florida Doreen Landstra (79) backed her SUV into a group of people in Bradenton killing 3 with 5 others hospitalized.
    (SFC, 2/3/14, p.A4)

2014        Feb 5, In Argentina 9 first-responders were killed and seven others injured battling a fire of unknown origin that destroyed an archive of bank documents in Buenos Aires.
    (AP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, In Germany a fire at an asylum home in Hamburg killed a woman from Pakistan and her two children. On Feb 7 a boy (13), a member of the city's youth fire department, admitted to setting the fire.
    (AP, 2/8/14)

2014        Feb 6, Fifteen migrants drowned while trying to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from a beach in neighboring Morocco. Authorities said "around 400 sub-Saharans" had taken part in the desperate bid to reach EU territory. On Feb 13 Spain said border police had fired rubber bullets in an attempt to turn back around 200 migrants who tried to cross the frontier. Videos later showed police firing rubber bullets. Police denied the action contributed to the drowning. On Feb 11, 2015, the Ceuta court said 16 Civil Guard officers will appear for questioning in March.
    (AFP, 2/6/14)(Reuters, 2/13/14)(AP, 2/11/15)

2014        Feb 7, In Argentina a truck driving on the wrong side of a highway crashed head on with passenger bus killing at least 18 people on National Hwy 7 in Mendoza province.
    (SSFC, 2/9/14, p.A4)
2014        Feb 7, In the northern Philippines a bus veered off a mountain road and fell into a ravine, killing at least 14 people.
    (AP, 2/7/14)

2014        Feb 8, In Albania a speeding minivan carrying eleven people lost control and hurtled 100 meters down a cliff, killing 6 people and seriously injuring the five others.
    (AP, 2/8/14)
2014        Feb 8, In Saudi Arabia a hotel fire in Medina killed 13 people including 9 Egyptian pilgrims.
    (AP, 2/9/14)

2014        Feb 17, In South Korea at least 10 people were killed and 50 more feared trapped after the Manua Ocean Resort auditorium collapsed under heavy snow in the city of Gyeongju. Some 560 students from Busan Univ. Foreign Studies had gathered there for a 2-day freshman orientation.
    (AFP, 2/17/14)(SFC, 2/18/14, p.A2)

2014        Feb 20, In Georgia Sarah Jones (27), a camera assistant, was killed by a freight train on the set of the film “Midnight Rider." On July 3 prosecutors announced indictments against three filmmakers on charges of involuntary manslaughter. On March 9, 2015, director Randall Miller was sentenced to two years in jail as part of a plea deal.   
    (SFC, 7/4/14, p.A6)(SFC, 3/10/15, p.A6)

2014        Feb 23, In Togo 18 people were killed and 40 others injured, 25 of them seriously, in a collision between a bus and a lorry.
    (AFP, 2/23/14)

2014        Feb 25, In Thailand an accident at a hospital construction site near Bangkok killed at least 11 people and injured 18 others.
    (AP, 2/25/14)

2014        Feb 27, In southwestern China a bus in Guiyang caught fire near an elementary school with about 50 people inside. 6 people were killed. A man suspicious of his wife's infidelity later admitted to setting the fire.
    (AP, 2/28/14)
2014        Feb 27, In Qatar 12 people including two children were killed when a gas tank exploded at a Turkish restaurant in Doha.
    (Reuters, 2/27/14)

2014        Feb 28, In eastern Thailand at least 15 people, including 13 children, were killed when a bus carrying students on a trip to the seaside collided with a lorry.
    (AFP, 2/28/14)

2014        Mar 1, In China a crash in the Yanhou Tunnel in Shaanxi province involved more than 40 vehicles, including those carrying hazardous materials. At least 31 people were killed and a resulting fire burned for three days.
    (AP, 3/13/14)

2014        Mar 5, In northeastern China a fire on a public bus in Jilin province left 10 people dead and 17 injured.
    (SFC, 3/6/14, p.A2)

2014        Mar 8, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 fell off radar screens less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. Vietnamese air force planes spotted two large oil slicks close to where the Boeing 777 went missing early today. The aircraft carried 239 people. Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirmed that names of two nationals listed on the manifest matched passports reported stolen in Thailand. The flight was carrying 154 people from China and Taiwan, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians and six Australians among the 227 passengers.
    (AP, 3/8/14)(Reuters, 3/8/14)

2014        Mar 12, A NYC residential building in an East Harlem neighborhood exploded and collapsed, sparking a serious fire and engulfing the area in thick smoke. 8 people were killed and 60 injured in the incident at 116th Street and Park Avenue.
    (AFP, 3/12/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A11)
2014        Mar 12, In Kashmir unusually heavy snowfall unleashed avalanches overnight and collapsed homes, killing at least 14 people on both sides of the de-facto border between India and Pakistan.
    (AP, 3/12/14)

2014        Mar 13, In Texas Rashad Charjuan Owens (21) drove drunk into a crowd at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin leaving 2 people dead and 23 injured. 9 remained hospitalized in critical condition. A 3rd person died of her injuries on March 17.
    (AFP, 3/13/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A11)(SFC, 3/18/14, p.A7)

2014        Mar 15, In Nigeria at least 20 people were killed and dozens were injured in Abuja after thousands of panicked job-seekers stampeded during a government recruitment drive at the national stadium.
    (AFP, 3/15/14)(AFP, 2/23/16)

2014        Mar 21, In western India 10 women drowned when a small boat loaded with farmworkers sank in a lake in Rajasthan's state Tonk district.
    (AP, 3/21/14)

2014        Mar 22, In Washington state a rain-drenched landslide hit midday near the town of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle. 27 people were believed killed with 30 left missing. At least six homes were destroyed when the slide blocked the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. On July 22 searchers pulled the last missing body from the landslide that killed 43.
    (Reuters, 3/23/14)(AFP, 3/24/14)(Reuters, 3/27/14)(AFP, 3/30/14)(SFC, 7/23/14, p.A7)
2014        Mar 22, In Pakistan a multi-vehicle collision involving two trucks and two passenger buses on a coastal highway in the southwest killed 35 people and injured 20.
    (AP, 3/22/14)
2014        Mar 22, Uganda said at least 107 people were killed and dozens of others were missing after a boat carrying mostly Congolese refugees capsized on Lake Albert that runs along the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. An estimated 250 people were on the boat with 41 rescued.
    (Reuters, 3/23/14)(AFP, 3/24/14)(AP, 3/25/14)

2014        Mar 23, In northern Pakistan a tourist van plunged off the road in rugged terrain near a hill resort, killing 10 people near Salgaran village.
    (AP, 3/23/14)

2014        Mar 26, In southern China a fire in a lingerie factory killed 11 people in Puning County, Guangdong province.
    (AP, 3/26/14)

2014        Apr 2, In Washington state the official death toll from the March 22 mudslide, based on the number of victims' remains sent to the coroner's office, rose to 29, up from 28 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, In Thailand workers at a scrap shop in Bangkok accidentally detonated a large bomb believed to have been dropped during World War II, killing at least 7 people and injuring 19 others.
    (AP, 4/2/14)

2014        Apr 3, In the Solomon Islands the Mataniko River in the capital, Honiara, burst its banks and flooded low-lying settlements alongside the river. The flash floods killed 14 people and left thousands more homeless.
    (AP, 4/5/14)

2014        Apr 4, In central Indonesia a passenger train hit mounds of mud triggered by a landslide and derailed, killing at least 3 people.
    (AP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 4, South Korean rescuers recovered the bodies of two North Korean sailors, pulled three survivors and were searching for 11 others missing after their cargo ship sank off South Korea's coast. The Mongolian-flagged ship was carrying 16 North Korean crew members when it sent a distress signal in international waters about 130 km (80 miles) south of the southern port city of Yeosu.
    (AP, 4/4/14)

2014        Apr 6, In Chile a fire tore through a nursing home in Paillaco killing 9 residents and their caretaker.
    (SFC, 4/7/14, p.A2)

2014        Apr 7, In China the Xiahaizi mine in Yunnan province suddenly filled with water following an explosion, leaving 22 miners trapped. The death toll rose to 20 with the recovery of another 14 bodies nearly two weeks after the accident.
    (AFP, 4/18/14)

2014        Apr 10, In northern California 10 people were killed and dozens injured when a FedEx semitrailer crossed a median and collided with a chartered college tour bus on I-5 near Orland, Glenn County. On May 22, 2015, the CHP released a report saying FedEx driver Tim Evans (32) was at fault for the crash.
    (SFC, 4/11/14, p.A9)(SFC, 4/12/14, p.A9)(SFC, 5/23/15, p.A10)
2014        Apr 10, In China 8 school children died in a bus crash on the island province of Hainan on their way to a school outing. The driver was later arrested for allegedly causing the casualties.
    (Reuters, 4/10/14)(AP, 4/25/14)

2014        Apr 12, In Chile a fire began raging in the port city of Valparaiso. At least 15 people were killed and 2,900 homes destroyed. Thousands were evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison.
    (AP, 4/13/14)(SFC, 4/16/14, p.A4)
2014        Apr 12, In Myanmar a passenger bus collided with a car and burst into flames along a highway, killing 12 passengers and injuring five others.
    (AP, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 12, In southern Tajikistan 6 children were killed and at least seven people left missing and presumed dead as a result of a mudslide.
    (Reuters, 4/13/14)

2014        Apr 16, In southern India 6 people were burned to death and another 12 seriously injured early today when a bus caught fire in Karanataka state.
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, In the Philippines at least 5 people including a 2-year-old boy were killed and 15 others were injured when a passenger bus rammed a stalled truck along the highway in eastern Camarines Sur province.
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, In South Korea some 274 people were missing after the sinking of the Sewol passenger ferry in the Yellow Sea. It carried 475 passengers and crew, mostly high school students from Danwon High School in Ansan, on an overnight trip to Jeju island. Only 174 were rescued. On July 18 the confirmed death toll was 294 with 10 still missing. A body recovered on Oct 28 raised the toll to 295.
    (AP, 4/16/14)(AP, 4/17/14)(SSFC, 4/20/14, p.A4)(Econ, 4/19/14, p.37)(AFP, 7/18/14)(AP, 10/28/14)
2014        Apr 18, Off eastern Indonesia a boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession capsized in high waves, leaving dozens of people missing and at least 7 dead.
    (AP, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 18, An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest killing 13 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season. Three people remained missing.
    (Reuters, 4/18/14)(AP, 4/19/14)

2014        Apr 20, In southern Pakistan a passenger bus rammed into a disabled flatbed trailer parked on the side of a highway near Pannu Aqil, killing at least 42 people, including 17 women and children.
    (AP, 4/20/14)(SFC, 4/21/14, p.A2)

2014        Apr 22, In CongoDRC some 50 people were killed when a train derailed in the southeast.
    (AFP, 4/23/14)(SFC, 4/24/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 22, In South Korea the confirmed death toll from the April 16 disaster off the southern coast reached 113 with about 190 people were still missing.
    (AP, 4/22/14)

2014        Apr 23, South Korea said the death toll from the April 16 disaster off the southern coast reached 156 with about 150 people were still missing.
    (AP, 4/23/14)

2014        Apr 24, A Togo-flagged cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete. Four crew members were rescued by a merchant vessel, but three remained missing.
    (AP, 4/24/14)

2014        Apr 25, Afghan officials said two days of torrential rain have caused flash floods in the north that killed more than 80 people. Scores more were missing as helicopters searched for stranded villagers.
    (AFP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, In CongoDRC at least 23 people were killed when a stampede broke out in Kikwit, Bandundu province during a tribute for singer King Kester Emeneya (57), who died in Paris in February.
    (AP, 4/25/14)

2014        Apr 27, A broad tornado killed at least 15 when it sliced through Arkansas at the start of the US tornado season. Two more people were killed died in Iowa and Oklahoma.
    (Reuters, 4/28/14)(Reuters, 4/29/14)

2014        Apr 28, One of several twisters to tear across Mississippi struck Tupelo, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses, downing power lines and shredding trees. At least one person was killed in Tupelo. 6 people were killed in Winston County, Miss. The storm system later pushed into parts of Alabama, where at least 2 people were killed at a trailer park near Athens. At least 9 people were killed in the Louisville area of Kentucky.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)(SFC, 4/29/14, p.A6)(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6) 

2014        Apr 30, In northern Afghanistan a coal mine collapsed and killed at least 15 workers in Samangan province. In the east a militant attack on a security post in Khost province killed 4 policemen.
    (AP, 4/30/14)(AP, 5/1/14)
2014        Apr 30, In Colombia an illegal gold mine in Santander de Quilichao in southwestern Cauca province collapsed just before midnight. 10 bodies were soon pulled from the rubble and six were still believed to be buried.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        Apr 30, In western Nepal a bus collided head-on with a truck on a narrow mountain highway, killing at least 18 people and injuring 19 others.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, In western Thailand a six-wheeled truck crashed into a passenger truck on a dangerous mountain road, killing 14 people.
    (AP, 4/30/14)

2014        May 2, In northeastern Afghanistan numerous people were missing after a landslide buried a village in Hobo Barik village, Badakshan province. The killed and missing numbered from 255 to 2,700.
    (AP, 5/2/14)(AP, 5/3/14)

2014        May 3, In northeastern Afghanistan rescuers and hundreds of volunteers armed with shovels and little more than their bare hands dug through earth and mud looking for survivors in Hobo Barik village, Badakshan province.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In southern China a stone arch bridge under illegal construction, collapsed, killing 11 people and injuring several others in Liangkengkou village, Guangdong province.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 3, In southwest Haiti a bus crash killed 17 people and injured 17 near the coastal town of Roseau.
    (Reuters, 5/4/14)
2014        May 3, In central India a blaze in a fireworks factory killed 15 people and seriously injured another four near Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, South Korea’s confirmed death toll from the April 16 ferry disaster reached 236 with 66 people were still missing.
    (AFP, 5/3/14)

2014        May 4, In western India a passenger train derailed, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 100 as rescue workers raced to free those still trapped in Maharashtra state.
    (AP, 5/4/14)

2014        May 5, A yacht and a dinghy crammed with immigrants trying to enter Greece capsized in the eastern Aegean Sea, leaving at least 22 dead, including 4 children, and potentially several more missing. 36 survivors were identified as 23 Somalis, nine Syrians and three Eritreans.
    (AP, 5/514)
2014        May 5, Eleven crew of the Zhong Xing 2, a Chinese cargo ship, were missing as it sank following a collision with the Marshall Islands-registered MOL Motivator, a large container ship, in the waters off Hong Kong.
    (Reuters, 5/514)
2014        May 5, In South Korea divers retrieved 12 more bodies from the Sewol ferry, raising the death toll to 260 with 42 people still missing.
    (AP, 5/514)

2014        May 8, In southwestern Spain 5 members of a youth football team aged between 12 and 15 were killed when their bus collided with another vehicle. police arrested the driver of the second vehicle, a farm digger, after he tested positive for drugs.
    (AP, 5/9/14)

2014        May 10, In Dubai 15 migrant workers were killed in a bus crash. At least nine of the dead were from India and four were Bangladeshi.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 10, In northern India a private bus plunged off a mountain road, killing 17 people and injuring five others in Uttarakhand state.
    (AP, 5/10/14)

2014        May 11, In eastern China heavy rain caused a retaining wall to collapse at a recycling plant in Qingdao city, killing 18 people.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, In CongoDRC a stampede at the Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa killed at least 15 people and injured more than a dozen after police fired tear gas canisters into the crowd after fighting broke out at the end of a match between soccer teams, AS Vita Club and TP Mazembe.
    (AP, 5/12/14)(AFP, 5/12/14)

2014        May 12, Italian authorities said a boat carrying hundreds of migrants has sunk south off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa. At least 14 people were killed with 206 rescued.
    (Reuters, 5/12/14)(SFC, 5/13/14, p.A4)

2014        May 13, In North Korea an apartment building under construction in Pyongyang collapsed. The 23-story apartment building was presumed to have housed 92 families. Word of the collapse was reported on May 18 by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.
    (AP, 5/18/14)
2014        May 13, In western Turkey at least 282 people were killed underground after an explosion and fire at the Soma coal mine in Manisa province. The death toll soon rose to 302, making it the worst industrial accident in Turkish history.
    (AP, 5/13/14)(Reuters, 5/14/14)(Reuters, 5/17/14)(Econ, 11/29/14, p.49)

2014        May 14, In northwestern China a pipeline in a coal mine collapsed, killing 11 people in the city of Yulin, Shaanxi province. 24 people came out alive and 2 remained missing.
    (AP, 5/16/14)

2014        May 15, In central Bangladesh the M.V. Miraz-4 ferry carrying more than 100 passengers capsized in the River Meghna after being hit by a storm. Some 25 people swam to safety. 54 bodies were recovered over the next two days. An unknown number remained missing.
    (AP, 5/15/14)(AP, 5/16/14)(AP, 5/17/14)

2014        May 16, Four British sailors went missing after their yacht, Cheeki Rafiki, capsized about 1,000 miles off Cape Cod, Mass.
    (Reuters, 5/19/14)

2014        May 17, In Bosnia and Serbia tens of thousands fled their homes, evacuated by boat or helicopter as rising waters surged into villages and towns. Authorities said the record flooding killed at least 20 people and the death toll could rise further.
    (AP, 5/17/14)

2014        May 18, In Colombia 32 children were killed when an overcrowded bus they were traveling in caught fire in Fundacion.
    (AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 18, In Serbia soldiers, police and volunteers battled to protect power plants from rising flood waters as the death toll from the region's worst rainfall in more than a century reached 35.
    (Reuters, 5/18/14)

2014        May 19, Bosnia’s government said more than a quarter of the country’s four million people have been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in more than a century. Torrential rains have caused rivers to burst their banks and triggered more than 2,000 landslides as the death toll in Bosnia and Serbia rose to 38. Croatia reported 2 deaths. The flooding left tons of drowned livestock.
    (AP, 5/19/14)(AP, 5/20/14)(AP, 5/20/14)

2014        May 20, In Russia a collision between a cargo train and a passenger train near Moscow killed at least 6 people and left up to 45 others injured.
    (AP, 5/20/14)

2014        May 23, In China a tour bus carrying 26 people fell into a section of the Jiulong River in Fujian province killing at least 2 people. Five people remained missing. 24 passengers were from Taiwan.
    (AP, 5/24/14)

2014        May 25,  In northwestern China two trucks collided, killing 10 people and injuring 32 in Wujiaqu city, Xinjiang region.
    (AP, 5/25/14)

2014        May 26, China’s government said 37 people have died and six left missing in widespread flooding that's hit hundreds of thousands of people in a swath of southern China.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, In Ghana 6 people were killed and three others injured when a mine collapsed in the gold-rich Ashanti region.
    (AFP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, In northern India the Gorakhpur Express passenger train plowed into a parked freight train, killing 26 people near Churaib station in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/26/14)(Reuters, 5/27/14)

2014        May 27, In northwestern Pakistan a truck veered off a narrow road and fell into the Swat River, killing 16 members of an extended family.
    (AP, 5/27/14)

2014        May 28, In Washington state six climbers on Mount Rainer were believed dead after falling some 3,300 feet.
    (SSFC, 6/1/14, p.A10)
2014        May 28, In the Philippines 6 members of the same family died after a fire struck a tent city set up for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, In South Korea a fire, believed set by a dementia patient (81), blazed through a ward of Hyosarang Hospital for the elderly in Jangseong county and killed 22 people, mostly from smoke inhalation. On Nov 21 the dementia patient (81) was convicted of arson and manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 5/28/14)(AP, 11/21/14)

2014        May 30, In Iran floods killed 3 women in the northeast. Emergency workers rescued 600 people from a neighbouring region hit by a landslide in Golestan province.
    (AFP, 5/31/14)

2014        May 31, In Cambodia 7 people died from a lack of oxygen after climbing down a well in Cambodia to retrieve about 75 cents.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        May 31, Sixty migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia and two Yemeni crew members drowned in the Red Sea in the worst such tragedy off the coast of Yemen this year.
    (AFP, 6/6/14)
2014        May 31, In eastern India lightning struck farmers working in fields, killing at least 13 people in West Bengal state.
    (AP, 6/1/14)

2014        Jun 2, A Yemeni security official and witnesses said the bodies of dozens of illegal immigrants, mostly from Somalia and Ethiopia, have been found on western beaches after their boat capsized in the Red Sea. The bodies started turning up on May 30.
    (AP, 6/2/14)

2014        Jun 3, In Indonesia a building under construction collapsed on the island of Borneo, killing two workers and burying at least 13 others in Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan.
    (AP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, In Sri Lanka at least 22 people were reported killed from two days of floods and mudslides triggered by unusually heavy monsoon rains.
    (AP, 6/3/14)

2014        Jun 6, In northern Afghanistan at least 81 people were killed and many more left missing in flash floods that fell in the Gozargah-e Noor district of the northern Baghlan province.
    (Reuters, 6/7/14)(AP, 6/8/14)

2014        Jun 8, In India 20 students and a professor were swept away by waters released from a dam while the group was bathing in a river in the mountainous northern state of Himachal Pradesh. All were believed killed.
    (Reuters, 6/9/14)

2014        Jun 16, In northern India two crowded buses went out of control and fell off roads in separate accidents in the Himalayan foothills, killing a total of 21 people.
    (AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 16, In Venezuela at least 20 people were killed and 10 were wounded when a bus driving toward Caracas crashed after the driver lost control.
    (Reuters, 6/16/14)

2014        Jun 17, In China an accidental explosion killed 17 soldiers as they were stacking ammunition in Hengyang, Hunan province.
    (SFC, 6/19/14, p.A2)

2014        Jun 18, An apparently overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants heading home for Ramadan sank overnight in rough seas off western Malaysia. 27 people were missing and 9 were confirmed dead.
    (AFP, 6/18/14)

2014        Jun 19, In Bulgaria flash floods killed at least 12 people including two children, with others missing after torrential rains lashed the east of the country.
    (AFP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 19, Nine people were missing after a boat carrying 27 Indonesian workers overturned off Malaysia's west coast in the 2nd similar accident in two days.
    (AP, 6/19/14)

2014        Jun 22, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said five days of rainstorms in the south have left 26 people dead and another three missing and led to direct economic losses of 4 billion yuan ($650 million).
    (AP, 6/23/14)

2014        Jun 28, In India a dilapidated building collapsed in New Delhi leaving 11 people dead. An 11-story building under construction near Chennai collapsed, killing at least 60 people as rescuers searched for dozens of others feared trapped. Nearly 90 contract workers had been in the basement collecting wages. Over the next days 27 people were rescued from the wreckage.
    (AP, 6/28/14)(AP, 6/29/14)(AP, 7/1/14)(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A5)(AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jun 28, In western India a blast triggered by a suspected gas leak in a ship being dismantled killed five workers and injured another seven at the Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat state.
    (AP, 6/28/14)

2014        Jul 2, Italy reported 70 migrants lost at sea.
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.44)

2014        Jul 4, In Florida three boats collided at high speed, killing 4 people and injuring nine near the Dinner Key Marina in Miami.
    (CSM, 7/5/14)

2014        Jul 5, In Philadelphia, Pa., an infant and three children (4) died as a fire engulfed at least 10 houses.
    (SSFC, 7/6/14, p.A11)
2014        Jul 5, In northwestern China 17 miners were trapped following a gas explosion at a coal mine in the Xinjiang region. On July 7 official media reported that all 17 had died.
    (AP, 7/6/14)(AP, 7/7/14)

2014        Jul 6, In India 11 workers were crushed under a warehouse wall in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
    (Reuters, 7/6/14)

2014        Jul 7, A Vietnamese military helicopter on a parachute training mission crashed close to Hanoi, killing 16 people on board and critically injuring five others.
    (AP, 7/7/14)

2014        Jul 10, In Massachusetts 4 adults and 3 children were killed in a fire in a three-story apartment building in Lowell.
    (SFC, 7/11/14, p.A7)

2014        Jul 11, In Morocco at least 13 people were killed and at least 53 were injured when three buildings collapsed in downtown Casablanca.
    (Reuters, 7/11/14)(AFP, 7/13/14)

2014        Jul 14, In southwest China part of a railway tunnel collapsed, trapping an estimated 14 workers in Yunnan province's Funing county.
    (AP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 14, An overloaded fishing boat carrying some 70 illegal Indonesian migrants capsized off southern Malaysia, killing at least 2 people with 9 left missing.
    (AFP, 7/15/14)

2014        Jul 15, In Russia a rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow, killing 22 people and sending 150 others to the hospital. Investigators soon detained two metro workers for alleged safety breaches.
    (AP, 7/15/14)(AFP, 7/16/14)

2014        Jul 17, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said heavy rains and landslides over the past week have killed at least 45 people in southern China and left 21 others missing.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with 298 people on board was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Officials strongly suspected the Boeing 777 was downed by a missile fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow. More than half of the dead passengers, 189 people, were Dutch. Twenty-nine were Malaysian, 27 Australian, 12 Indonesian, 9 British, 4 German, 4 Belgian, 3 Filipino, one Canadian, one New Zealand and 4 as yet unidentified. All 15 crew were Malaysian.
    (Reuters, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, Polish rescue services said 7 people have been killed after falling into a septic tank where they were overcome by toxic gas in the western village of Karczowka.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)

2014        Jul 24, In southern India 18 children were killed when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing  in Telangana state. The bus driver also died. 20 children ages 7 to 14 were injured.
    (AP, 7/24/14)

2014        Jul 30, Guinea officials said at least 33 people have died in a stampede following a rap concert  on a beach in Conakry.
    (SFC, 7/31/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 30, In western India torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village, killing at least 76 people as it swept away scores of houses and trapping many more people under debris in Malin village, Pune district, Maharashtra state. At least 88 people were missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 7/30/14)(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A7)(SSFC, 8/3/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 30, In Pakistan at least 35 people drowned near Karachi due to heavy waves and strong currents as they gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan.
    (AFP, 8/1/14)

2014        Jul 31, In Taiwan five late night explosions caused by a gas leak in Kaohsiung the country's second city killed 26 people, injured 267 and sent flames shooting 15 storeys into the air.
    (Reuters, 8/1/14)(SFC, 8/1/14, p.A2)(SFC, 8/2/14, p.A3)

2014        Aug 2, In eastern China a suspected dust explosion at an automotive parts factory that supplies General Motors killed 75 people in Kunshan. The death toll climbed to 146 when other workers died in the hospital. This was the country's worst industrial accident since 2005. On December 30 China's Cabinet announced the firing of the top two officials of Kunshan. 20 others were placed under judicial review for possible indictment. By 2016 Chinese courts jailed 14 government officials and company executives for up to seven-and-a-half years over the factory explosion.
    (AP, 8/2/14)(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A2)(AP, 12/30/14)(AP, 2/3/16)
2014        Aug 2, In northern Nepal more than 150 people were feared dead after a massive landslide blocked a mountain river, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst in the village of Mankha. The search for victims ended on Aug 6 with just 33 of 156 victims recovered.
    (SFC, 8/4/14, p.A2)(AP, 8/6/14)

2014        Aug 3, In southern China a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes. The death toll soon climbed to nearly 600 people with more than 1,800 injured.
    (AP, 8/3/14)(SFC, 8/4/14, p.A3)(AFP, 8/6/14)
2014        Aug 3, Tropical Storm Nakri made landfall on South Korea and left at least 10 people dead.

2014        Aug 4, In Bangladesh the M.V. Pinak ferry, licensed at 85 capacity, capsized in the Padma river southwest of Dhaka with about 200 passengers on board. About 100 people were rescued with 19 bodies recovered and at least 125 presumed dead. Police soon launched a hunt for the captain and crew members.
    (Reuters, 8/4/14)(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A2)(SFC, 8/7/14, p.A2)

2014        Aug 9, In China a tour bus on a highway in Tibet fell off a 10-meter (30-foot) cliff after crashing into an SUV and a pickup, killing 44 people and injuring 11 others.
    (AP, 8/9/14)

2014        Aug 13, In France 6 mountain climbers wee reported dead after falling hundreds of feet during their descent from l’Aiguille d’Argentiere in the Mont Blanc range.
    (SFC, 8/14/14, p.A2)

2014        Aug 14, In China 23 workers were trapped after a coal mine flooded at the Anzhishun Coal Mine in Jixi City, Heilongjiang province.
    (SFC, 8/15/14, p.A2)

2014        Aug 16, Nepalese officials said flooding and lanslides in the west have killed at least 54 people and left 142 missing over the last three days.
    (SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A2)

2014        Aug 18, Indian and Nepalese officials said that flooding and torrential rains have left at least 100 dead in Nepal and 84 dead in India.
    (SFC, 8/19/14, p.A5)

2014        Aug 19, In China an explosion ripped through the Dongfang coal mine in the city of Huainan. On Nov 12 authorities confirmed the deaths of 21 missing miners who were trapped in the mine collapse, bringing the death toll to 27.
    (AP, 11/12/14)

2014        Aug 20, In Japan more than 50 people, including several children, were killed when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima. 28 people remained missing. On Aug 24 another landslide in the north killed 2 women.
    (AP, 8/25/14)

2014        Aug 22, A boat of migrants sank about a km off the coast east of Tripoli, Libya. 16 people were rescued but more than 250 migrants were believed killed.
    (AP, 8/24/14)(SSFC, 8/24/14, p.A6)

2014        Aug 24, The Italian navy recovered 24 bodies after a fishing boat capsized in the Mediterranean. 364 migrants were rescued. Italian rescue operations over the weekend picked up some 3,500 refugees.
    (SFC, 8/25/14, p.A2)(AP, 8/26/14)

2014        Aug 25, In central India a pre-dawn stampede killed 10 people as tens of thousands of Hindus worshipped in an annual procession in Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 8/25/14)(SFC, 8/26/14, p.A2)

2014        Aug 26, In China a bus collided head-on with a truck in the country's northwest, killing 13 people and injuring many others in Gansu province.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, In Egypt two microbuses racing down a narrow rural road in near the ancient city of Luxor collided and plunged into a canal early, killing 18 passengers including 8 children.
    (AP, 8/26/14)

2014        Aug 30, A landslide in southwest China killed at least 15 people, with 8 missing and 22 injured.
    (Reuters, 8/30/14)

2014        Aug 31, In western Afghanistan a van slammed into a fuel tanker, killing 23 people in Herat province.
    (AP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, In France a four-story building in a northeastern Paris suburb collapsed after an explosion. At least 7 people were killed.
    (Yahoo News, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 31, A Libyan coast guard official said a boat carrying over 100 migrants capsized off the coast near Tripoli.
    (SFC, 9/1/14, p.A2)

2014        Sep 4, In Indian-held Kashmir a bus carrying over 50 wedding guests was swept away by a flooded stream. All but 5 passengers were missing.
    (SFC, 9/5/14, p.A2)

2014        Sep 5, In north-western Tanzania at least 36 people were killed and dozens injured when two passenger buses collided along a busy road.
    (Reuters, 9/6/14)

2014        Sep 6, China reported that flooding in the southwest over the past week has left 44 people dead and 18 missing, and has caused massive damage to housing and crops.
    (AP, 9/6/14)
2014        Sep 6, Authorities in northern India and Pakistan said more than 230 people have been killed in torrential monsoon rains which triggered flooding, landslides and house collapses. This included at least 155 people killed in both sides of Kashmir.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)

2014        Sep 9, The death toll from the heaviest rain to fall on Kashmir in 50 years rose to at least 420, including 217 on India’s side and 213 on the Pakistani side.
    (Reuters, 9/9/14)
2014        Sep 9, In Pakistan at least 9 worshippers were killed when the roof of a mosque collapsed in the eastern city of Lahore and an unknown number are still buried under rubble.
    (AFP, 9/9/14)

2014        Sep 10, The death toll from the flooding in India and Pakistan climbed to at least 457. Thousands of people fled their homes in Pakistan as monsoon flooding that has already inundated the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir coursed down onto the plains. Parts of Srinagar remained under two storeys of water for nearly three weeks.
    (AP, 9/10/14)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.41)

2014        Sep 12, In Nigeria a multistory building serving as a shopping mall and guesthouse at the sprawling campus of televangelist T.B. Joshua's Synagogue, Church of All Nations, collapsed on the outskirts of Lagos. Four days later one woman was saved from the rubble. The final death toll was 115 people killed. 74 of the dead were from South Africa.
    (AFP, 9/14/14)(AP, 9/16/14)(AP, 9/22/14)(AP, 11/16/14)
2014        Sep 13, In the Philippines rescuers plucked at least 110 survivors from dangerously shifting waters and recovered at least 3 bodies from the M/V Maharlika II, which listed and sank at nightfall.
    (AP, 9/14/14)

2014        Sep 14, A boat packed with some 200 African emigrants trying to reach European shores sank off the Libyan coast. Only 36 survivors were rescued. As many as 500 migrants were feared to have drowned after traffickers rammed and sank their boat.
    (Reuters, 9/14/14)(AP, 9/15/14)(AFP, 9/15/14)
2014        Sep 14, In Pakistan severe flooding sank a boat carrying a wedding party in Punjab province, killing the bridegroom and 17 others. Experts placed explosives near the dike to spare the city of Muzaffargarh from the flooding that has ravaged the eastern Punjab province.
    (AP, 9/14/14)

2014        Sep 15, A boat carrying at least 250 African migrants to Europe capsized before leaving the coast near Tripoli, drowning dozens.
    (AP, 9/15/14)

2014        Sep 16, In Syria at least 15 children died after receiving vaccinations for measles in the northwestern province of Idlib.
    (AP, 9/17/14)

2014        Sep 17, The government of the Central African Republic said around 80 people are missing after their boat sank last week on the M'poko River south of the capital Bangui.
    (AFP, 9/17/14)

2014        Sep 24, In India the death toll from flash floods and landslides in the northeast rose to 73.
    (AP, 9/24/14)

2014        Sep 27, In central Japan the Mount Ontake volcano erupted in spectacular fashion, catching mountain climbers by surprise. At least 51 people were killed with 63 injured.
    (AP, 9/27/14)(Reuters, 10/1/14)(AP, 10/4/14)

2014        Sep 29, In South Sudan at least 35 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck on a highway linking South Sudan to Uganda. Most of the victims were from Uganda.
    (AP, 9/29/14)

2014        Sep 30, The Chinese-registered cargo ship Lurongyu 2859 sank in the Sea of Japan. Five crew members were rescued. Nine people were believed missing.
    (AP, 10/1/14)

2014        Oct 1, In Bulgaria a series of powerful blasts at an explosives plant killed 15 employees and injured three others late today, just two months after government officials warned of serious safety breaches at the factory in the village of Gorni Lom.
    (Reuters, 10/2/14)
2014        Oct 1, In northern India a train overshot a stop signal and plowed into another express passenger train in Uttar Pradesh state, killing 12 people and injuring dozens.
    (AP, 10/1/14)

2014        Oct 2, At least 10 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa drowned and dozens more were missing after their boat sank in the Mediterranean offshore Libya.
    (AFP, 10/2/14)

2014        Oct 3, In eastern India at least 32 people were killed in a stampede triggered by rumors that an electrical wire had fallen on people attending the Dussehra Hindu festival in Patna, Bihar state.
    (SFC, 10/4/14, p.A2)

2014        Oct 5, In northern Greece a 35-car highway pileup killed 5 motorists and injured dozens near Veria. A Romanian truck driver (39) was soon remanded in prison pending trial for multiple manslaughter. The driver said his brakes had failed.
    (AP, 10/9/14)

2014        Oct 6, In Nepal a bus crowded with holiday travelers veered off a remote mountain road, killing at least 25 and critically injuring many more.
    (AP, 10/6/14)
2014        Oct 6, In Poland a methane blast occurred 660 meters (1,265 feet) below the surface at the Myslowice-Wesola mine near the city of Katowice. The body of one missing miner was later recovered. 30 miners were hospitalized with burns and 2 died later from their burns.
    (AP, 10/18/14)

2014        Oct 8, In Indonesia rescuers and fishermen found 8 survivors and 17 bodies after two days of searching for a motorboat lost since its captain reported an engine failure on Oct 6 off of Java island. Local reports said it was carrying 49 people who were to have attended a wedding ceremony.
    (AP, 10/8/14)

2014        Oct 10, In Pakistan a stampede at an anti-government rally in Multan city, Punjab province, killed 7 supporters of Imran Khan, the country's famous former cricketer, now opposition politician.
    (AP, 10/11/14)

2014        Oct 11, In northwestern China a landslide buried a dormitory for highway construction workers as they slept inside, killing 19 and injuring two others in Shaanxi province.
    (AP, 10/11/14)
2014        Oct 11, Ten people died and a dozen were missing after a small boat collided with a ship off Guinea's southern coast and capsized.
    (AP, 10/11/14)

2014        Oct 12, In India Cyclone Hudhud pounded a large swath of the eastern seaboard with heavy rain and strong winds, killing at least 41 people and causing major damage to buildings and crops.
    (AP, 10/12/14)(Reuters, 10/18/14)

2014        Oct 13, In southern Egypt 30 people died in a collision between three minibuses in Aswan province.
    (AFP, 10/13/14)
2014        Oct 13, In northern Nigeria 9 teenage girls died and three were listed missing after a passenger boat capsized on a river in Kano state.
    (AFP, 10/15/14)

2014        Oct 14, In Nepal a snowstorm and avalanche in the Himalayas killed at least 39 trekkers and guides, on the popular Annapurna hiking route. 3 yak herders were also reported killed in another avalanche while grazing their animals. Rescue operations ended on Oct 20 with 407 people brought to safety.
    (AFP, 10/15/14)(AFP, 10/18/14)(AP, 10/20/14)

2014        Oct 16, In the Dominican Rep. a bus carrying hotel workers crashed into a truck, killing at least 8 people and injuring more than a dozen near the popular tourist zone of Punta Cana.
    (AP, 10/17/14)

2014        Oct 17, In South Korea 16 people were killed at a open-air pop concert where the group 4Minute was performing when the cover of a ventilation shaft they were standing on gave way. The man involved in planning the pop concert was found dead on Oct 18 in an apparent suicide.
    (Reuters, 10/17/14)(AP, 10/18/14)

2014        Oct 19, In Thailand a tourist speedboat collided with a fishing vessel near Phuket. The bodies of two tourists from South Korea were found two days later.
    (SFC, 10/20/14, p.A2)(AP, 10/21/14)

2014        Oct 20, In northwestern Bangladesh two passenger buses collided head-on, killing at least 20 people and injuring 25 others.
    (AP, 10/20/14)
2014        Oct 20, In southern India a blaze engulfed a fireworks factory, killing at least 13 workers and seriously burning seven others in Vakatippa village, Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 10/20/14)

2014        Oct 24, In northwestern China a coal mine shaft collapsed just before midnight, killing 16 miners outside the Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi.
    (AP, 10/25/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Nepal a bus crowded with people heading home for a Hindu festival veered off a mountain highway, killing 9 people and injuring dozens of others.
    (AP, 10/24/14)
2014        Oct 24, In Zambia at least 26 people died, most of them children, when a ferry capsized on Lake Kariba.
    (SSFC, 10/26/14, p.A6)

2014        Oct 26, In India 9 people were killed when a passenger bus traveling in the remote northeast swerved over a bridge and broke through the railing to fall into a marshy ravine near the town of Kaliabor, Assam state.
    (AP, 10/26/14)
2014        Oct 26, In eastern Nepal a passenger van slipped off a mountain road, killing eight people and injuring 13.
    (AP, 10/26/14)

2014        Oct 27, In southeastern Brazil a truck loaded with vegetable oil collided head-on with a bus full of high school students, killing 11 people, most of them teenagers near the city of Ibitinga.
    (AP, 10/28/14)

2014        Oct 28, Off India’s west coast a boat taking tourists on a dolphin-sighting trip capsized, killing three Russian women.
    (AP, 10/28/14)
2014        Oct 28, In southern Turkey a coal mine collapsed, trapping 18 workers underground at the Has Sekerler mine near the town of Ermenek in Karaman province. The bodies of the last 5 miners were recovered on Dec 4.
    (AP, 10/28/14)(AP, 12/4/14)

2014        Oct 29, In south-central Sri Lanka a landslide following heavy monsoon rain reportedly killed more than 100 people as it buried scores of houses. At least 300 people were missing and 150 houses buried in the village of Haldummulla. Later data from the Disaster Management Center showed that 183 people had survived out of a total of 330 who lived in the area. On Nov 4 the death toll was reduced to at least 10 with 28 missing at the Koslanda plantation in Badulla district.
    (Reuters, 10/29/14)(Reuters, 10/31/14)(AP, 11/4/14)

2014        Oct 30, In southern Illinois a mother and three of her children on their way to a Halloween parade were killed and a fourth child seriously injured when their vehicle was hit by a freight train.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)

2014        Oct 31, In southern California 3 girls (13) were killed while trick-or-treating when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver in Santa Ana. On Nov 2 Jaquinn Bell (31) of Orange was arrested for the hit-and-run.
    (Reuters, 10/31/14)(SFC, 11/2/14, p.A6)(SFC, 11/4/14, p.A4)
2014        Oct 31, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Ebola has wiped out whole villages in Sierra Leone and may have caused many more deaths than the nearly 5,000 official global toll.
    (AFP, 10/31/14)

2014        Nov 1, In Nepal two passenger buses collided head-on on a key highway, killing 10 people and injuring 30 others.
    (AP, 11/1/14)

2014        Nov 3, In China a bus rolled over on Shanghai’s Donghai Bridge, one of the longest cross-sea bridges in the world, killing six people and injuring 43 others.
    (AP, 11/3/14)
2014        Nov 3, Turkish rescuers pulled 24 bodies from the sea at the mouth of Istanbul's Bosphorus strait and rescued seven people after the sinking of a boat carrying migrants including children. The capsized boat was loaded with 42 Afghan illegal migrants.
    (Reuters, 11/3/14)

2014        Nov 5, In Ivory Coast 8 people were killed and at least two more were believed trapped under rubble after a building in Abidjan collapsed on workers who were demolishing it.
    (Reuters, 11/6/14)

2014        Nov 8, In Brazil At least 7 people were killed after a passenger bus was forced off a bridge when another vehicle tried to pass it in Bahia state.
    (AP, 11/8/14)
2014        Nov 8, In India Dr. R.K. Gupta performed more than 80 sterilization surgeries after which 13 women died. Two days later, another camp was held in the same Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh. One woman died and more than a dozen fell ill with shock and vomiting. Gupta, who had gone into hiding, was arrested on Nov 12 at a relative's home near Bilaspu.
    (Reuters, 11/12/14)(AP, 11/13/14)
2014        Nov 8, In southern Spain a bus carrying a group on a religious excursion crashed, killing 14 people and injuring another 38.
    (AP, 11/9/14)

2014        Nov 14, In the Czech Rep. a powerful tremor killed 3 men working in a coal mine of the OKD mining company in Karvina.
    (AP, 11/14/14)
2014        Nov 14, Indian news reported that police have arrested Ramesh Mahawar, the director of Mahawar Pharma Pvt Ltd. The firm allegedly supplied medication to women in a mass sterilization that left 13 dead. Mahawar’s son was also arrested. A senior official said the deaths may have been caused by antibiotic pills contaminated with rat poison.
    (AP, 11/14/14)(SFC, 11/15/14, p.A2)

2014        Nov 16, In China a fire in a carrot-packaging plant killed 18 people at the Longyuan Food Co. facility in Shouguang, Shandong province.
    (AP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, In northern India a collision between a minibus and a truck killed 12 people in Uttar Pradesh state. 8 others were killed in Maharashtra state when a truck hit people waiting at a roadside bus station.
    (AP, 11/16/14)

2014        Nov 19, In eastern China an overloaded makeshift school bus collided with a truck, killing 11 kindergarteners and the bus driver.
    (AP, 11/19/14)

2014        Nov 20, In northeastern Brazil 8 people were killed following a head-on car crash that also left three others seriously injured near Esplanada.
    (AP, 11/21/14)
2014        Nov 20, In western Nepal a bus plunged into the Bheri river, killing at least 47 people.
    (AP, 11/20/14)(AP, 11/23/14)
2014        Nov 20, In Zimbabwe 11 people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede at a stadium in Kwekwe, as thousands of people at an evening church service tried to leave through the same exit.
    (Reuters, 11/21/14)

2014        Nov 21, In central London two Polish nationals died on a construction site while trying to lift a sofa into a first floor apartment. On July 7, 2014, Martin Gutaj (44), a company director, was sentenced to 14 months in jail and barred from being a company director for the next four years for failing to properly train the two workers.
    (AP, 7/7/17)

2014        Nov 24, Morocco reported that floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 32 people, swept away buildings, vehicles and roads and forced the evacuation of more than 200 people, mostly in the southern region of Guelmim.
    (Reuters, 11/24/14)

2014        Nov 25, In Egypt an apartment building in Cairo collapsed, killing at least 17 people as rescuers and neighbors frantically dug through rubble with their hands to find survivors. Neighbors said the seven-story building had several floors illegally added onto it.
    (AP, 11/25/14)

2014        Nov 26, In China a fire sparked by underground tremors tore through a mine run by the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corp. 26 miners were killed and several others left with life-threatening injuries in Liaoning province.
    (AP, 11/26/14)

2014        Nov 27, In China at least 11 people were killed in the second deadly coal mine accident to hit the country in two days. 19 people were working in a mine in the southern province of Guizhou when an explosion ripped through the shaft early this morning.
    (AP, 11/27/14)

2014        Dec 1, Rescuers searched for more than 50 people missing after a South Korean fishing ship they were working on sank amid high waves in the freezing waters of the Bering Sea. Seven fishermen were rescued. The crew included 35 Indonesians, 13 Filipinos, 11 South Koreans and one Russian inspector. After two day only 12 bodies were recovered.
    (AP, 12/1/14)(AP, 12/3/14)

2014        Dec 4, In northern India 5 children were killed when a train crashed into their school van at the unmanned Mahaso railroad crossing, Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 12/4/14)

2014        Dec 5, Spain’s Marine Rescue Service rescued 28 African migrants from the 33-foot-long boat after finding it drifting in the Mediterranean Sea. Some 23 migrants were swept away to sea.
    (AP, 12/8/14)

2014        Dec 8, In eastern China 5 middle school students were killed after a wall collapsed on them at Tongren Middle School in Huaibei city.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
2014        Dec 8, In the Philippines Typhoon Hagupit weakened into a tropical storm after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million into shelters, while sparing most of a central Philippine region still reeling from last year's monster Typhoon Haiyan.
    (AP, 12/8/14)

2014        Dec 9, The MN Wayward Wind, a lobster boat with 50 people onboard, capsized in the Caribbean off the coast of Nicaragua. At least 18 remained missing.
    (AP, 12/13/14)

2014        Dec 11, In the southeast CongoDRC at least 129 people drowned when the passenger ship M/V Mutambala capsized on Lake Tanganyika.
    (AFP, 12/14/14)

2014        Dec 13, In China at least 12 people were killed and three badly injured in a six-car pileup on a major north-south highway near Heyuan, Guangdong province.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 13, In central Indonesia a mudslide set off by torrential rains rushed down hills into a village and swept away scores of homes, killing at least 32 people and leaving over 100 others missing.
    (AP, 12/13/14)(SFC, 12/13/14, p.A2)(Reuters, 12/14/14)

2014        Dec 14, In China 10 miners were found dead hours after they were trapped underground in an explosion at a mine in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.
    (AP, 12/14/14)
2014        Dec 14, An Egyptian fishing boat crashed into a container ship in the Gulf of Suez, killing 13 fishermen. The captain and first officer of the Kuwaiti container ship were soon detained.
    (AP, 12/14/14)(Reuters, 12/16/14)

2014        Dec 17, In Kenya 6 people died and 11 were injured in a central Nairobi building collapse, with fears that the toll could rise as crews continued to dig through the rubble.
    (AFP, 12/18/14)

2014        Dec 22, In CongoDRC at least 30 people died when an overcrowded boat hit a rock and sank on the Congo river. On Dec 25 rioting youngsters went on the rampage in Isangi, the vessel's scheduled destination.
    (AFP, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 22, In Scotland a refuse truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in Glasgow killing 6 people.
    (Reuters, 12/22/14)

2014        Dec 24, In Sudan at least 8 asylum-seekers drowned trying to cross a river during an attempt to smuggle them out of the Shegarab-1 refugee camp in the eastern state of Kassala.
    (AFP, 12/25/14)

2014        Dec 26, In central Sri Lanka at least 9 people were killed and 10 others were missing in mudslides triggered by heavy rains.
    (AP, 12/26/14)

2014        Dec 27, In southeastern Brazil at least 8 people were killed after a passenger bus plunged into a ravine while trying to avoid an oncoming truck in Espirito Santo state.
    (AP, 12/27/14)
2014        Dec 27, In India a fire broke out in a timber shop on the outskirts of Mumbai early today, burning eight people to death.
    (AP, 12/27/14)

2014        Dec 28, Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, an Airbus 320-200 with 162 people on board, went missing after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from Surabaya city to Singapore.
    (AP, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, The Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry radioed for help after fire broke out on its lower deck 44 nautical miles northwest of the Greek island of Corfu. Air crews began lifting passengers off a burning ferry adrift in the Adriatic Sea, racing to rescue as many of the hundreds trapped on board as possible. At least 11 people were killed. On Dec 30 two Albanian seamen were killed during an operation to salvage the multideck car ferry.
    (AP, 12/28/14)(Reuters, 12/29/14)(AP, 12/30/14)(SFC, 1/6/15, p.A2)
2014        Dec 28, Sri Lanka officials said 24 people have been killed and eight others left missing due to floods and mudslides caused by incessant rain around over the past week.
    (AP, 12/28/14)
2014        Dec 28, The Turkish ship Gokbel with 11 crew members sank after the collision with the Belize flagged Lady Aziza in poor visibility a mile from the Italian Adriatic port of Ravenna. Two people drowned and four were missing at sea and feared dead.
    (Reuters, 12/28/14)

2014        Dec 29, In China a scaffolding collapse at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University High School killed 10 construction workers and injured four others. On Dec 21, 2015, 14 construction managers were sentenced to prison terms of three to six years for the deadly scaffolding collapse.
    (AP, 12/29/14)(AP, 12/21/15)
2014        Dec 29, In Pakistan a fire in a shopping mall in Lahore killed at least 13 people.
    (AP, 12/30/14)

2014        Dec 30, Indonesian rescuers searching for AirAsia Flight QZ8501 pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo. The plane was carrying 162 people when it disappeared on Dec 28.
    (Reuters, 12/30/14)
2014        Dec 30, Officials said Malaysia, parts of the Philippines, and southern Thailand have been battered by heavy rain and flash floods in recent days. 21 were reported killed in Malaysia, 31 in the Philippines and 15 in Thailand.
    (Reuters, 12/30/14)(AP, 12/30/14)

2014        Dec 31, In southern Afghanistan at least 28 people, many of them women and children, were killed when rockets fired by Afghan army soldiers hit a wedding party in Helmand province.
    (AP, 1/1/15)
2014        Dec 31, In southern China a gas explosion at an auto parts factory killed 17 people and injured 33 others in Foshan city.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31, In China a stampede during New Year's celebrations in Shanghai's historic waterfront area killed 36 people in the worst disaster to hit one of China's showcase cities in recent years.
    (AP, 1/1/15)

2014        In Niger 12 schoolchildren aged between 12 and 13 were killed this year when a hippo attacked their boat on the Niger at Libore, a village near Niamey.
    (AFP, 7/13/17)

2015        Jan 1, Heavy seas stopped divers reaching the possible wreck of an AirAsia Indonesia jet off Borneo. Nine bodies have so far been recovered from the Airbus A320-200, which crashed Dec 28 en route to Singapore.
    (Reuters, 1/1/15)
2015        Jan 1, Sri Lanka said flash floods and mudslides have killed at least 39 people and more than 1 million have had to flee their homes in the past two weeks.
    (Reuters, 1/1/15)

2015        Jan 2, Rescue teams battling monsoon rains recovered 21 more bodies from Indonesia’s AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed on Dec 28. To date 30 of 162 bodies were recovered.
    (AP, 1/2/15)

2015        Jan 3, A Norwegian ship owner said one if its cargo vessels, the "Bulk Jupiter," has sunk off Vietnam. Bergen-based Gearbulk said only one of the 19 Filipino crew members was known to have survived.
    (AP, 1/3/15)
2015        Jan 3, A cargo ship carrying cement overturned off the coast of Scotland.  The Cypriot-registered Cemfjord sank the next day. The crew of seven Poles and one Filipino were missing.
    (AFP, 1/4/15)

2015        Jan 7, In southeastern India a passenger bus veered off a road and fell into a gorge, killing at least 11 people in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 1/7/15)

2015        Jan 11, In Mozambique a contaminated traditional beer called Pombe killed numerous people in Tete province. The death toll soon reached 69 with 196 others admitted to hospital.
    (AP, 1/11/15)(SFC, 1/12/15, p.A3)(SFC, 1/13/15, p.A2)
2015        Jan 11, In southern Pakistan at least 57 people including women and children were killed when their bus collided with an oil tanker.
    (SFC, 1/12/15, p.A2)

2015        Jan 12, In the Central African Republic nearly 100 people were feared dead after the New Jerusalem barge caught fire and sank on the Oubangui River near the village of Modale.
    (AP, 1/15/15)

2015        Jan 13, Malawi’s government reported that 48 people have been killed and nearly 23,000 displaced due to flooding.
    (AP, 1/14/15)

2015        Jan 14, The Mozambique government disaster management office said heavy flooding has killed 10 people and displaced nearly 20,000 more.
    (AP, 1/14/15)

2015        Jan 15, In China 4 Singaporeans, an Indonesian, a Malaysian, an Indian, 14 Chinese and a Japanese were among 22 people dead following the overturning of the tugboat during a test voyage in the river's Fubei Channel in the eastern province of Jiangsu. 3 people survived.
    (AP, 1/16/15)(AP, 1/17/15)
2015        Jan 16, Malawi VP Saulos Chilima said the death toll from flooding has risen to 176 and others are still missing.
    (Reuters, 1/16/15)

2015        Jan 17, In Madagascar at least 46 people perished as tropical storm Chedza battered the country over the last 48 hours, affecting almost 80,000 residents.
    (AFP, 1/18/15)(AP, 1/19/15)(AFP, 1/21/15)

2015        Jan 18, In Zimbabwe at least 25 people were killed when two buses collided along a highway outside Harare.
    (Reuters, 1/18/15)

2015        Jan 19, In the Philippines a concrete wall at a warehouse being built collapsed, killing at least 10 workers in Guiguinto town, Bulacan province.
    (AP, 1/19/15)

2015        Jan 23, A Malawi official said the recent lethal floods killed at least 176 people and caused extensive damage to tobacco crops, which account for 60% of the country’s exports.
    (Reuters, 1/23/15)

2015        Jan 25, In France rescue workers found the bodies of six skiers who went missing a day earlier after being carried away by an avalanche.
    (AFP, 1/25/15)

2015        Jan 28, Madagascar's government appealed for international aid after a tropical storm earlier this month killed 68 people and devastated large swathes of the Indian Ocean island, with damages at around $40 million.
    (Reuters, 1/28/15)

2015        Jan 29, In southern Afghanistan at least 23 people died and 31 were injured when a bus crashed into a fuel truck on a narrow road in Zabul province.
    (AP, 1/29/15)
2015        Jan 29, A fishing boat carrying migrants to Malaysia capsized off the southern coast of Bangladesh and about 20 people were missing. The passengers were reportedly being taken by traffickers to Malaysia for unconfirmed jobs.
    (AP, 1/29/15)
2015        Jan 29, In Mexico a nurse and 2 babies, were killed when a gas truck exploded and destroyed a large part of a maternity hospital in the west of Mexico City. A 2nd nurse died of her injuries on Feb 3 and an orderly died of wounds on Feb 6.
    (AP, 2/4/15)(AP, 2/6/15)

2015        Jan 30, At least 8 people died when a boat carrying illegal migrants sank amid gales off Morocco, near the Spanish enclave of Melilla.
    (AP, 1/30/15)

2015        Jan 31, In Bangladesh at least 13 people including two women were killed when a fire swept through a plastics factory in Dhaka.
    (Reuters, 1/31/15)

2015        Feb 1, Swiss police said 11 people have died in off-piste skiing accidents in the Swiss Alps despite repeated avalanche warnings over the past four days.
    (AFP, 2/1/15)

2015        Feb 3, In New York 6 people killed when a packed commuter train crashed into an SUV outside NYC in the worst accident in the history of Metro North.
    (AFP, 2/4/15)
2015        Feb 3, In southern Israel a crash involving a bus and a truck carrying two tractors killed 8 people and wounded at least 20.
    (AP, 2/3/15)

2015        Feb 5, In China a fire at a wholesale market killed at least 17 people and injured nine others on the fourth floor of the market in southern Guangdong province.
    (AP, 2/6/15)

2015        Feb 8, In Egypt 22 soccer fans died of suffocation from tear gas and a stampede outside a Cairo stadium in a melee with security forces. Authorities said it was sparked when hard-core Zamalek fans known as Ultras White Knights tried to force their way into the stadium without tickets. The violence prompted the Cabinet to suspend the national football league indefinitely. Police arrested 21 soccer fans in the wake of the stampede.
    (AP, 2/9/15)(AP, 2/10/15)
2015        Feb 8, Two Italian patrol boats picked up 105 migrants late today from the boat drifting in extreme sea conditions. At least 29 migrants died of hypothermia aboard Italian coast guard vessels. Survivors later confirmed the existence of a fourth rubber boat that left Libya with as many as 300 people unaccounted-for.
    (Reuters, 2/9/15)(SFC, 2/10/15, p.A2)(AP, 2/11/15)

2015        Feb 11, In Brazil an explosion on an oil ship off the coast of Espirito Santo state killed at least 5 people. Four workers remained missing.
    (AP, 2/12/15)

2015        Feb 12, In western CongoDRC dozens of people were missing after a collision between two boats on the Congo River. 3 bodies were recovered out of an estimated 100 on board one of the vessels. Some 42 survivors made it to shore.
    (Reuters, 2/14/15)

2015        Feb 13, In southern Bangladesh a trawler carrying up to 200 passengers sank in the River Payra. Most people were rescued or swam ashore. At least five people died and two were missing.
    (AP, 2/13/15)
2015        Feb 13, In southern India a train derailed after hitting a boulder that had fallen on the track, killing at least 11 people and injuring dozens near Bangalore, Karnataka state.
    (AP, 2/13/15)
2015        Feb 13, In northern Mexico a passenger bus and a freight train collided at a grade crossing in Anahuac, Tamaulipas state, killing 20 people and injuring 22.
    (AP, 2/14/15)(AP, 2/14/15)

2015        Feb 15, In northern India a newly built house collapsed early today killing 13 residents as they slept in Dulhaipur village, Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AFP, 2/15/15)

2015        Feb 17, In Brazil Rio de Janeiro's world-famous samba school parades held their grand finale as the five-day-long Carnival celebration came to an end. At least 3 people were electrocuted while standing atop a Carnival float that hit a power line in the city of Nova Iguacu.
    (Yahoo News, 2/17/15)    (AP, 2/17/15)
2015        Feb 17, In Haiti a high-voltage cable fell on a float during a Carnival parade in Port-au-Prince early today, killing at least 15 people.
    (AFP, 2/17/15)
2015        Feb 17, In Niger as many as 30 mourners at a funeral ceremony were killed when an unidentified plane bombarded a village near the Nigerian border.
    (AFP, 2/18/15)

2015        Feb 18, In Brazil 9 people burned to death when the bus they were riding on hit a light post and burst into flames in the Rio de Janeiro district of Sao Goncalo.
    (AP, 2/18/15)

2015        Feb 20, In Abu Dhabi a fire gutted a building on the outskirts of the Emirati capital, killing 10 laborers who had been illegally living in a storage area inside.
    (AP, 2/21/15)
2015        Feb 20, In Indonesia a crowded bus overturned on a toll road on the main island of Java, killing 16 people near Semarang.
    (AP, 2/20/15)
2015        Feb 20, In western Mauritania a road accident killed 14 soldiers and injured some 20 near the town of Atar.
    (AFP, 2/21/15)

2015        Feb 21, In Bosnia a landslide at the Dubrave open pit coal mine near the northern town of Tuzla killed at least four people.
    (AP, 2/22/15)
2015        Feb 21, In eastern Croatia a boy (7) and his mother were killed and three other children were injured when a hand grenade exploded at their home. Local media reported that it happened when the children found the grenade at a nearby playground and brought it into the house.
    (AFP, 2/21/15)
2015        Feb 21, In the Swiss Alps an avalanche swept away a group of Italian skiers leaving 4 dead.
    (AFP, 2/22/15)

2015        Feb 22, In Bangladesh a river ferry carrying up to 140 passengers capsized after being hit by a cargo vessel, killing at least 70 people.
    (AP, 2/22/15)(AP, 2/23/15)
2015        Feb 22, South Africa's Harmony Gold said about 200 miners had not been located after an underground fire started at its Kusasalethu mine during maintenance.
    (Reuters, 2/22/15)

2015        Feb 24, In northeastern Afghanistan avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 165 people, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. By week’s end nationwide the death toll from avalanches and flooding rose to at least 247 people.
    (AP, 2/25/15)(AP, 2/26/15)(AP, 3/1/15)
2015        Feb 24, In China 22 people were killed and 38 injured in a bus accident in Bachu County, Xinjiang region.
    (Reuters, 2/25/15)

2015        Feb 26, A Taiwanese fishing boat went missing off southeastern Argentina with 49 crew members.
    (AP, 3/7/15)

2015        Mar 3, In Tanzania flash floods killed at least 38 people in the north-west after strong winds and hail battered villages.
    (Reuters, 3/4/15)

2015        Mar 4, In eastern Ukraine 33 miners were killed after an early morning explosion at the Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk.
    (Reuters, 3/4/15)(SFC, 3/5/15, p.A4)(AFP, 3/6/15)

2015        Mar 11, A US Army helicopter crashed near Eglin air Force Base in Florida. 7 Marines and 4 aircrew were feared dead after the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a night training exercise.
    (AFP, 3/11/15)(SFC, 3/12/15, p.A10)
2015        Mar 11, In Angola heavy storms hit Lobito late today, sending torrents of water rushing from surrounding hillsides into the town that sits on the coast of the south Atlantic ocean. The death toll in Lobito soon rose to 69, including 36 children.
    (AFP, 3/14/15)
2015        Mar 11, In Russia a blaze broke out in a first-storey cafe at a shopping center Kazan, Tatarstan province. 5 people were killed and 25 were thought to be trapped under the rubble.
    (Reuters, 3/12/15)
2015        Mar 11, In central Tanzania at least 41 people were killed and 23 seriously injured in a collision between a bus and a truck near Changarawe.
    (AFP, 3/11/15)(SFC, 3/12/15, p.A2)

2015        Mar 12, In Bangladesh the roof of a five-story cement factory under construction collapsed, killing 7 workers in the port town of Mongla. Nearly 50 survivors were pulled from the rubble.
    (AP, 3/12/15)(Reuters, 3/13/15)

2015        Mar 13, In northwestern Myanmar a crowded double-decker passenger ferry capsized late today after being slammed by huge waves. At least 61 people were killed with 169 known survivors.
    (AP, 3/14/15)(AP, 3/17/15)

2015        Mar 14, In southern Brazil a bus accident killing 54 people near Joinville, Santa Catarina state.
    (AP, 3/15/15)(SFC, 3/16/15, p.A2)
2015        Mar 14, Residents in Vanuatu hunkered in emergency shelters for a second straight night after venturing out to find their homes damaged or blown away by Cyclone Pam. 24 people were later confirmed killed with 3,300 left homeless and nearly half the 300,000 population impacted. The cyclone had already caused damage to other Pacific islands, including Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.
    (AP, 3/14/15)(SFC, 3/16/15, p.A2)(Reuters, 3/17/15)(CSM, 3/18/15)(AFP, 5/18/19)

2015        Mar 16, In northwestern Nepal at least 17 people were killed when a bus slipped off a rain-drenched mountain road near Rararihi village.
    (AP, 3/16/15)

2015        Mar 20, In northern India three coaches of a passenger train derailed, killing at least 32 people near Bachhrawan village in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 3/20/15)(SFC, 3/21/15, p.A2)

2015        Mar 21, In NYC 7 children from the same family died when their home was engulfed in flames after a portable cooker malfunctioned in Brooklyn.
    (AFP, 3/21/15)
2015        Mar 21, In Egypt at least 12 workers were killed when their bus plunged into a canal west of Cairo.
    (AP, 3/21/15)

2015        Mar 22, In central Venezuela at least 11 people were killed when a bus drove into a ravine on Venezuela’s Central.
    (Reuters, 3/23/15)

2015        Mar 23, In central China a flood in a shale mine left at least five miners dead and one missing.
    (AP, 3/28/15)

2015        Mar 25, In Chile communities in a northern desert region struggled to cope with rain-provoked flooding that has claimed the lives of at least 6 people, knocked out power and cut off roadways. The interior ministry declared a state of emergency.
    (AP, 3/26/15)(AFP, 3/27/15)
2015        Mar 25, In Vietnam least 14 people were killed and 30 injured late today when a huge scaffolding collapsed at an industrial complex owned by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics group in the Vung Ang economic zone of Vietnam’s Ha Tinh province. In December a court sentenced two South Koreans and two Vietnamese to prison for committing safety violations in the collapse that killed 13 people and injured 29 others.
    (Reuters, 3/26/15)(AP, 12/21/15)

2015        Mar 26, In Mexico an attempt to take gasoline from a crashed tanker truck led to deaths and injuries when the vehicle exploded. The death toll rose to 17 as more victims died of burn injuries at hospitals.
    (AP, 3/28/15)(AP, 4/3/15)

2015        Mar 27, In NYC Moises Lucon (26) and Nicholas Figueroa (23) were killed after an explosion brought down three buildings and damaged a fourth property in the East Village, injuring 22 people.
    (AP, 3/27/15)(SSFC, 3/29/15, p.A12)(SFC, 3/30/15, p.A5)
2015        Mar 27, In Bangladesh at least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured in a stampede during a Hindu religious gathering in Langalbandh.
    (AP, 3/27/15)

2015        Mar 29, In Egypt 14 people were killed and seven injured in a car crash involving three vehicles in the southern province of Sohag.
    (AP, 3/30/15)

2015        Mar 30, In Florida a church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a rural highway and crashed into in a canal, killing 8 people and injuring ten.
    (AP, 3/30/15)
2015        Mar 30, In eastern India a bus driver lost control of his vehicle on a sharp curve on a mountain road and plunged into a gorge, killing at least 11 people in Garhwa district of Jharkhand state.
    (AP, 3/30/15)

2015        Mar 31, In Colombia a truck lost its brakes and smashed into at least four cars, killing 10 people and injuring 14 more on the highway linking Bogota with Villavicencio.
    (AP, 4/1/15)
2015        Mar 31, In India fierce rain and lightning toppled houses and trees in Bihar state, killing 20 people.
    (AP, 3/31/15)
2015        Mar 31, In Kashmir rescuers recovered 15 bodies from two houses hit by rain-triggered landslides, following its second major floods in six months.
    (AP, 3/31/15)(SFC, 4/1/15, p.A2)

2015        Apr 2, The Russian fishing trawler Dalny Vostok sank in minutes in the icy waters off Russia's Far East coast, killing at least 56 of the 132 people. At least 13 others were missing. Investigators later said greed and corruption were to blame for the sinking.
    (AP, 4/2/15)(Reuters, 4/8/15)

2015        Apr 4, In southwest China a bus plunged into a ravine in Nayong county Guizhou province, killing 21 people and injuring three others. In the northwest a farm vehicle careened while making a turn on a mountain road, killing 12 people and injuring five in Kangle country, Gansu province.
    (AP, 4/5/15)

2015        Apr 5, In Bangladesh a severe storm killed at least 24 people and injured dozens more, mostly in Bogra district in the northern part of the country.
    (Reuters, 4/5/15)

2015        Apr 5, In southern China 7 members of a family on a holiday outing drowned when a 17-year-old girl fell into a reservoir and several relatives dove in after her in a deadly attempt to rescue her in Shantou, Guangdong province.
    (AP, 4/6/15)

2015        Apr 6, In southern Zambia 17 people were killed when a light truck they were in hit a shop before turning over in Mazabuka.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)

2015        Apr 9, in southwestern Bangladesh a bus packed with passengers veered off the road, hit trees and plunged into a ditch, killing at least 24 people and injuring 22 others.
    (AP, 4/9/15)

2015        Apr 10, In eastern India an overcrowded bus skidded into a ditch, killing 13 passengers, including two children, and injuring 43. The bus, which normally seats 54, had been so crowded with Hindu pilgrims that some were sitting on the roof.
    (AP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 10, In Morocco at least 33 people were killed, most of them children, when a bus burst into flames after colliding with a gas tanker at Shbeka town near Tan-Tan.
    (Reuters, 4/10/15)

2015        Apr 12, A vessel capsized off the Libyan coast, with survivors who were brought to Italy telling charity workers that as many as 400 others perished.
    (AFP, 4/15/15)
2015        Apr 12, In Russia the government of Siberia’s Khakassia region reported that more than 70 people have been injured by agricultural fires that got out of control and swept through more than 20 towns and villages. By April 21 at least 34 people were confirmed dead and 393 people injured.
    (AP, 4/12/15)(Reuters, 4/13/15)(AFP, 4/21/15)

2015        Apr 13, The Italian coastguard said it recovered 9 bodies and rescued 145 people after a boat carrying migrants sank off Libya. Italian coastguards intercepted 42 boats over the last two days as a surge of attempted illegal immigration to Europe saw almost 6,000 other migrants rescued since April 10.
    (AFP, 4/13/15)(AFP, 4/15/15)

2015        Apr 15, In Bangladesh at least 9 people were killed in central Dhaka when a two-storey home built on swampy ground collapsed.
    (Reuters, 4/15/15)

2015        Apr 16, Italian police said they had arrested 15 African migrants after witnesses said they had thrown 12 passengers overboard following a brawl between Muslims and Christians on a boat heading to Italy. Four survivors told Italian police that their inflatable vessel carrying 45 people sank on the crossing from Libya.
    (AFP, 4/16/15)

2015        Apr 17, In southern Tanzania at least 19 people were killed after a minibus they were traveling in plunged into a river in Mbeya.
    (Reuters, 4/17/15)
2015        Apr 17, In Tanzania at least 19 gold miners were killed when the pit they were working in collapsed in the northwestern Msalala district.
    (AFP, 4/18/15)

2015        Apr 18, Over 800 migrants were believed drowned after their packed boat capsized off Libya, the deadliest such disaster to date in the Mediterranean. Only 28 people survived the wreck. When the Portuguese-registered King Jacob merchant ship arrived at the scene the fishing boat hit the ship and capsized as terrified passengers stampeded to one side in their desperation to get off. Survivors later reported that up to 800 people were locked into two levels of the hold by the smugglers. On May 7 Italian navy ships located what is believed to be the capsized fishing boat. In 2018 it was reported that the fishing boat that sank off the coast of Libya carried not 800 migrants as previously believed, but as many as 1,100.
    (AFP, 4/19/15)(AP, 4/21/15)(AP, 5/7/15)(AP, 12/20/18)

2015        Apr 21, In India a fire engulfed a public bus killing 7 people and burning another 16 passengers in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, In India a storm struck Bihar state late on today, uprooting trees and electricity poles, ripping through farmland and destroying over 25,000 mud-and-thatch homes. The storm killed at least 48 people and left thousands more homeless.
    (Reuters, 4/23/15)

2015        Apr 22, A fiery interstate crash left 5 nursing students dead in Georgia. In 2016 Louisiana truck driver John Wayne Johnson (56) pleaded guilty nine counts including five counts of first-degree vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to five years in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/zz8od6s)(SFC, 7/15/16, p.A6)

2015        Apr 23, In Macedonia 14 suspected migrants from Afghanistan and Somalia, walking in the dark along train tracks toward the EU, were killed by a nighttime express train in a remote river gorge north of Veles.
    (AP, 4/24/15)

2015        Apr 25, In Nepal a magnitude 7.9 earthquake killed hundreds of people, toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu and touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. More than 8,800 were killed making this disaster the deadliest to hit the Himalayan country on record. India reported at least 49 killed in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal states.
    (Reuters, 4/25/15)(AP, 4/25/15)(Reuters, 4/26/15)(Reuters, 5/17/15)(AFP, 8/5/15)

2015        Apr 26, In Pakistan a storm late today brought heavy rains and winds of up to 120 kph (75 mph), causing hundreds of homes to collapse. At least 45 people were left dead in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 4/27/15)

2015        Apr 27, In Nepal the death toll from the April 25 magnitude 7.9 earthquake climbed to more than 4,000. Reports trickling in from remote areas suggested it would rise significantly Another 66 were reported killed across the border in India and at least another 20 in Tibet.
    (Reuters, 4/27/15)(AP, 4/27/15)

2015        Apr 28, In northeastern Afghanistan a massive landslide killed at least 52 people in Badakhshan province.
    (AP, 4/28/15)
2015        Apr 28, In Nepal up to 250 people were missing after an avalanche hit a village in a popular trekking area to the north of the capital Kathmandu. 19 people were killed including 14 Sherpa guides.
    (Reuters, 4/28/15)(AP, 4/29/15)

2015        Apr 29, Nepalese authorities said 5,016 people died and more than 10,000 were injured as a result of the massive earthquake that struck April 25. But officials have warned the death toll is expected to rise. India and China, have reported totals of 72 and 25 deaths from the quake, respectively.
    (CNN, 4/29/15)

2015        Apr 30, In Nepal the number of confirmed deaths from the April 25 earthquake rose to 5,582, with almost 11,200 injured.
    (Reuters, 4/30/15)

2015        May 1, In Nepal the confirmed death toll from the April 25 earthquake rose to 6,250, with 14,357 injured according to a government. Up to 1,000 Europeans were among the missing.
    (Reuters, 5/1/15)

2015        May 3, In Afghanistan at least 18 people died and another three were injured when a minibus plummeted into a ravine in northwestern Badghis province.
    (AP, 5/3/15)
2015        May 3, In Nepal 3 people were pulled out alive from the rubble of their home eight days after the devastating April 25 earthquake. Rescuers found about 100 bodies on a popular trekking route that was hit by an avalanche. The current toll of 7,056 dead was likely to rise as the entire village of Langtang was carried away by the avalanche.
    (AP, 5/3/15)(Reuters, 5/4/15)
2015        May 3, In Pakistan 8 members of a wedding party died when metal dowry furniture strapped to the bus they were traveling in struck a power line.
    (AP, 5/3/15)

2015        May 4, The European Union approved 20 million euros ($22 million) in financial support and emergency aid to help Nepal deal with the April 25 earthquake.
    (AP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, In centreal India at least 21 people were burned to death when a bus fell into a ditch and caught fire in Panna district, Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/4/15)
2015        May 4, Nepal officials said the death toll from the April 25 earthquake has reached 7,366 people and wounded nearly 14,500.
    (Reuters, 5/4/15)

2015        May 8, A Pakistan military helicopter carrying diplomats to inspect a tourism project crashed killing 7 people, including the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines and the wives of the Malaysian and Indonesian ambassadors. 17 people were on board the Mi-17 when it crashed into a school in Gilgit and caught fire.
    (Reuters, 5/8/15)

2015        May 11, The governors of Arkansas and Texas declared disasters in parts of their states following tornadoes and flooding that left at least 5 people dead.
    (Reuters, 5/12/15)
2015        May 11, In Kashmir a crowded bus veered off a rocky village road and fell into a deep gorge, killing at least 23 people in the Indian-controlled portion of the country.
    (AP, 5/11/15)

2015        May 12, In Pennsylvania an Amtrak derailment late today killed 8 people. Brandon Bostian (32) was at the helm of the train when it derailed while traveling at 106 miles per hour, more than double the limit.
    (AFP, 5/13/15)(SFC, 5/15/15, p.A7)
2015        May 12, In Nepal a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed at least 91 people, bringing down buildings already weakened by a devastating tremor less than three weeks ago and unleashing landslides in Himalayan valleys near Mount Everest. 17 people were reported killed in India.
    (AP, 5/12/15)(Reuters, 5/12/15)(SFC, 5/14/15, p.A2)
2015        May 12, In Nepal an American military UH-1Y Huey helicopter delivering aid in Dolakha went missing with six Marines, two Nepali soldiers and 5 injured passengers on board. Wreckage was found on May 15 with no survivors.
    (Reuters, 5/13/15)(Reuters, 5/15/15)(AP, 6/5/15)

2015        May 13, In Colombia an accident at El Tunel mine in the northwestern town of Riosucio was likely triggered by an explosion or power outage that disabled pumps used to extract water and supply oxygen to crews. 6 bodies were soon recovered from the flooded gold mine, with 9 people still missing.
    (AP, 5/15/15)(AFP, 5/16/15)
2015        May 13, In the Philippines at least 72 people were killed and dozens more feared dead after a fire tore through a factory producing flip-flops in Manila’s industrial suburb of Valenzuela.
    (AFP, 5/13/15)(AP, 5/14/15)

2015        May 15, in north-central China a bus fell from a cliff in Shaanxi province. 25 people were killed instantly and 10 died in a hospital.
    (AP, 5/15/15)
2015        May 15, In El Salvador say 14 people were killed dead and 10 others injured when a cargo truck loaded with heavy machinery crashed into a pickup full of people returning from a funeral.
    (AP, 5/15/15)

2015        May 16, In northern China a chemical leak killed 8 people and injured two others in Yangcheng County, Shanxi province. The carbon disulfide leak occurred at a plant belonging to the Ruixing chemical company.
    (AP, 5/17/15)

2015        May 17, In eastern Pakistan 6 siblings died in a fire in a residential building in Lahore. The fire broke out at the two-story building due to a short circuit. Three boys aged 5 to 12 were burned to death, while three girls, ages 7 to 15, died of suffocation.
    (AP, 5/17/15)

2015        May 18, In Colombia a deadly flood and mudslide swept through the mountain town of Salgar leaving at least 62 people dead. As many as 100 remained missing.
    (AP, 5/19/15)

2015        May 19, In Azerbaijan a massive fire quickly engulfed 16-story apartment building in Baku killing 16 people.
    (AP, 5/19/15)

2015        May 20, In southwest China a nine-story residential building collapsed in Guiyang city following a landslide. 16 people remained missing.
    (AP, 5/20/15)

2015        May 22, In Austria 5 people were killed when their car was hit by a train at a railroad crossing in Gaisberg about 80 km (50 miles) west of Vienna.
    (AP, 5/23/15)

2015        May 23, In Germany a fire broke out overnight in a guesthouse in Schneizlreuth, southeast of Munich. 6 people were missing and feared dead in the converted farmhouse.
    (AP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, Officials in India said about 230 people have died since mid-April in a heat wave sweeping Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.
    (AP, 5/23/15)
2015        May 23, At least 5 Tunisian migrants died when their boat sailing to Italy capsized off the Tunisian coast.
    (Reuters, 5/23/15)

2015        May 24, In Texas a five-year drought came to a dramatic end, as a straight month of rain built into a torrent that destroyed more than 1,000 homes. At least 21 people were killed, including 5 in Houston, as spectacular flash flooding hit Texas and Oklahoma.
    (AFP, 5/25/15)(Reuters, 5/27/15)(SFC, 5/28/15, p.A5)
2015        May 24, Chinese authorities said the death toll in the latest round of flooding has risen to at least 52, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorized passenger load that plunged into a pond.
    (AP, 5/24/15)

2015        May 25, In central China a fire swept through a privately run home for the elderly killing 38 people and leaving much of it a charred ruin in Pingdingshan, Henan province.
    (AP, 5/26/15)
2015        May 25, In Mexico at least 13 people died after a tornado hit Ciudad Acuna, on the border with Texas.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)(SFC, 5/26/15, p.A6)

2015        May 27, Authorities in India said more than 1,100 people have died in a blistering heatwave, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue. The next day the toll was raised to nearly 1500.
    (AFP, 5/27/15)(AFP, 5/28/15)

2015        May 28, In western Indonesia a dump truck carrying children of plantation workers to school plunged into a ditch, killing 17 of them.
    (AP, 5/28/15)

2015        May 29, Indian officials said dizzying temperatures have caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weeks-long heat wave to at least 1,826.
    (AP, 5/29/15)

2015        May 31, The Italian navy brought ashore the corpses of 17 migrants in Sicily along with 454 survivors as efforts intensified to rescue people fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.
    (Reuters, 5/31/15)

2015        Jun 1, In China the cruise boat Eastern Star was hit by a freak tornado and capsized on the Yangtze River with 456 people onboard. By the next day only 14 people, including the ship's captain, were found alive since the ship capsized. The disaster left at least 103 people dead and nearly 340 missing. The numbers were later reduced to 12 survivors and 442 dead.
    (Reuters, 6/2/15)(Reuters, 6/3/15)(AP, 6/5/15)(AFP, 6/13/15)

2015        Jun 10, In China a boy (13) and his three younger sisters died after drinking liquid pesticide at home in their village of Tiankan. They had been abandoned by their parents and neglected by government workers. Two village heads were soon fired and three other officials — including the district education chief — were suspended from their work and were being investigated.
    (AP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 4, In Ghana an explosion hit a petrol station in Accra. Flooding swept stored fuel into a nearby fire, setting off a huge explosion at a gas station that killed over 150 people and set alight neighboring buildings. Local media said many people had died in various parts of Accra following two days of torrential rain.
    (Reuters, 6/4/15)(AFP, 6/5/15)(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A4)

2015        Jun 5, In Malaysia a magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck near Mount Kinabalu. At least 16 people were killed with two missing.
    (AP, 6/5/15)(AFP, 6/6/15)(Reuters, 6/7/15)

2015        Jun 7, The death toll from a Chinese cruise ship which capsized during a storm in the Yangtze River on June 1 jumped to 431, with 11 still missing.
    (Reuters, 6/7/15)

2015        Jun 9, In China a boy (13) and his three younger sisters died after drinking liquid pesticide at home in their village of Tiankan. They had been abandoned by their parents and neglected by government workers. Two village heads were soon fired and three other officials — including the district education chief — were suspended from their work and were being investigated.
    (AP, 6/13/15)

2015        Jun 11, In northeastern Nepal a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall buried at least 21 people and left 27 missing overnight as they slept in six villages in Taplejung district.
    (AP, 6/11/15)(SFC, 6/12/15, p.A2)
2015        Jun 11, In Niger the bodies of 18 west African migrants hoping to reach Europe were found in the Sahara desert near Arlit in Niger. 17 men and one woman found died around June 3 and were from at least eight countries including Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Guinea. An Algerian captured a camel and tried to get to the town of Assamaka, close to Niger's border with Algeria, to get water and help. But he fell off and died.
    (Reuters, 6/14/15)

2015        Jun 12, In western India an electrical wire fell on a bus carrying people to a wedding, killing at least 17.
    (AP, 6/12/15)
2015        Jun 12, Nigerian health officials said dozens of people were dying of poisoning from possibly adulterated home-brewed alcohol, days after they banned ogogoro (a home-made gin). About 70 people died since May 31 in Rivers State.
    (AP, 6/12/15)(AFP, 6/17/15)

2015        Jun 14, In Georgia lions, tigers and even a hippopotamus escaped from a zoo in Tbilisi, adding to chaos caused by flooding after the River Vere burst its banks after hours of torrential rain. 20 wolves, 8 lions and an unspecified number of tigers, jackals and jaguars were shot dead by special forces or were missing. By June 19 at least 19 people were dead with some still missing.
    (AFP, 6/14/15)(SFC, 6/16/15, p.A2)(SSFC, 6/21/15, p.A4)

2015        Jun 16, In California an apartment balcony crowded with birthday revelers collapsed early today near the University of California at Berkeley, killing 5 college students from Ireland and an American friend, and injuring seven others.
    (Reuters, 6/16/15)
2015        Jun 16, The International Organization for Migration said that 30 more bodies had been found in Dirkou, northeast of Agadez, Niger. Local authorities said the victims probably died several months ago as they tried to cross the Sahara.
    (AP, 6/16/15)

2015        Jun 17, In Indonesia a cliff at a beach resort on Java collapsed, killing 3 people and burying several others.
    (AP, 6/17/15)
2015        Jun 17, In southern Portugal a bus carrying Dutch tourists crashed, killing 3 tourists and injuring 30 others and the Portuguese bus driver.
    (AP, 6/18/15)

2015        Jun 18, In India police in Mumbai arrested three suspects (aged 30, 47, and 50) following the deaths of some 41 people who drank a toxic home-made liquor. Police the next day said eight police officers have been suspended for failing to stop production and sale of the liquor on their beat. By June 21 death toll climbed to 94.
    (AFP, 6/19/15)(AP, 6/21/15)

2015        Jun 20, In northern India a passenger bus rolled down a gorge on a mountainous road, killing at least 16 people.
    (AP, 6/20/15)

2015        Jun 22, Pakistani officials said an intense heat wave over three days has killed more than 180 people in southern Sindh province.
    (Reuters, 6/22/15)

2015        Jun 23, In northern Mexico a fire killed 17 residents at a retirement home for poor people in Mexicali.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 23, Pakistani officials said nearly 700 people have died in a severe three-day heatwave.
    (AFP, 6/23/15)

2015        Jun 24, In southern Pakistan pre-monsoon rains brought the first signs of respite as the death toll from a scorching 4-day heat wave climbed to 838.
    (AP, 6/24/15)
2015        Jun 24, In Russia a bus carrying poultry factory workers collided with a truck in the region of Siberia, killing at least 16 people and injuring nine others.
    (AP, 6/24/15)

2015        Jun 25, In central China an early morning fire killed 13 people in an apartment building n Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province.
    (AP, 6/25/15)
2015        Jun 25, In western India a head-on collision between a bus and a truck killed at least 18 people and injured 13 others near Jalgaon, about 410 km (255 miles) southwest of Mumbai.
    (AP, 6/25/15)

2015        Jun 26, In eastern China a bus overturned on a highway and was hit by an oncoming truck, killing at least 10 people in Wuhu city, Anhui province.
    (AP, 6/26/15)
2015        Jun 26, In Mexico at least 9 migrants died in a vehicle accident in the southern state of Tabasco.
    (AP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 26, In Pakistan sea breezes brought lower temperatures to ease a heat wave that killed more than 1,150 people around the port city of Karachi.
    (Reuters, 6/26/15)

2015        Jun 27, A Pakistani official said the weeklong heat wave in the southern port city of Karachi has left 1,233 people dead.
    (AP, 6/27/15)
2015        Jun 27, In Taiwan a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a water park late today. The fire was sparked by an accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder thrown from the stage in front of about 1,000 people. One person was killed and 498 people suffered burns.
    (AP, 6/28/15)(AP, 6/29/15)

2015        Jun 28, Bangladesh officials said at least 23 people have died in flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains that lashed the southeast.
    (Reuters, 6/28/15)
2015        Jun 28, In Belgium    a British bus with 34 children on board overturned and crashed on a motorway, killing just the driver.
    (Reuters, 6/28/15)

2015        Jun 30, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said four days of heavy rain have caused severe flooding in central China, killing at least 15 people and leaving 19 others missing.
    (AP, 6/30/15)
2015        Jun 30, An Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 plane crashed into two houses in a residential neighborhood in the country’s third largest city Medan. 141 people were killed including non-military passengers.
    (AP, 6/30/15)(AFP, 6/30/15)(AFP, 7/1/15)(SSFC, 7/5/15, p.A4)
2015        Jun 30, In eastern Spain at least four people, including a baby girl, died in a gas canister blast that ripped through a house in Villajoyosa.
    (AP, 6/30/15)

2015        Jul 1, In northeastern China a bus carrying a group of South Koreans fell off a highway bridge, killing 7 South Koreans and 2 Chinese.
    (AP, 7/1/15)

2015        Jul 2, In Nigeria 6 children drowned in Lagos when the boat ferrying them to school capsized after colliding with a bigger vessel on the city's lagoon.
    (AFP, 7/2/15)
2015        Jul 2, In Pakistan at least four cars of a train being used to transport soldiers fell into a canal because of a bridge collapse in the eastern Punjab province, killing at least 12 soldiers. A government investigation into a train accident that killed 17 soldiers showed the train driver was speeding and that his negligence caused the tragedy.
    (AP, 7/2/15)(AP, 7/17/15)
2015        Jul 2, In the Philippines the ferry M/B Kim Nirvana carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized minutes after pulling out of Ormoc city. 59 people were killed with 145 survivors. Murder complaints against the owner and crew were soon filed.
    (AP, 7/2/15)(Reuters, 7/3/15)(SSFC, 7/5/15, p.A7)

2015        Jul 3, In South Korea an explosion killed 6 workers at a chemical plant run by Hanwha Chemical Co. in the southeastern city of Ulsan.
    (AP, 7/3/15)

2015        Jul 3 - 2015 Jul 10, Tunisian authorities recovered 27 corpses of migrants off the Mediterranean Coast who apparently died trying to reach Italy from Libya.
    (AP, 7/11/15)

2015        Jul 7, Greek authorities said a sailboat carrying migrants sank in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece and at least 17 people were missing.
    (Reuters, 7/7/15)

2015        Jul 9, In Nigeria an accidental explosion on an oil pipeline operated by Italian energy giant Eni left 12 people dead and three injured in the southern Niger delta region.
    (AFP, 7/10/15)

2015        Jul 10, In central Bangladesh a stampede killed 21 elderly women and four young people early today when hundreds of people stormed the home of a businessman for a charity handout during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said a dozen patients have died and dozens more wounded are without care in a South Sudanese hospital after fighting forced medics to flee.
    (AFP, 7/10/15)

2015        Jul 11, In central China a fire late today at a residential building in Wuhan city killed 7 people and injured 12 others.
    (AP, 7/11/15)

2015        Jul 12, In northern China a warehouse containing fireworks exploded, killing at least 3 people and injuring more than a dozen others in Ningjin county, Hebei province.
    (AP, 7/12/15)   
2015        Jul 12, An Indian government report said 10 endangered Asiatic lions, 1670 blue bulls and 87 spotted deer were amongst hundreds of wild animals killed in the recent floods to hit west India's Gujarat. At least 81 people died in mudslides collapsed homes or high waters in Gujarat state last month.
    (AFP, 7/12/15)(SFC, 7/13/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 12, In Russia 23 soldiers were crushed to death after their military barracks collapsed in Omsk, Siberia.
    (AFP, 7/13/15)
2015        Jul 12, In Spain a fire swept through a nursing home early today outside the northeastern city of Zaragoza, killing 8 elderly residents and injuring 12 other people.
    (AP, 7/12/15)

2015        Jul 13, In Kentucky a flash flood in the area of Flat Gap left at least 3 people dead.
    (SFC, 7/17/15, p.A8)

2015        Jul 14, In southern India at least 27 people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede on the first day of the Hindu Pushkaralu bathing festival on a bank of the Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 7/14/15)

2015        Jul 17, In England an explosion ripped through the mill in the village of Bosley, in Cheshire. Three men and a woman, believed to be at the site, were missing.
    (AP, 7/18/15)
2015        Jul 17, In the central Philippines a wall in a vast coal pit collapsed, killing 5 workers and leaving at least four others missing at a site where a similar deadly accident occurred two years ago at the open Panian pit on Semirara Island.
    (AP, 7/17/15)

2015        Jul 18, In eastern India a stampede at a religious festival attended by tens of thousands of people left two women dead at the Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival) in Puri, Orissa state. A building caved in late today in New Delhi killing at least 5 people.
    (AP, 7/18/15)(AP, 7/19/15)

2015        Jul 20, In northern China the colliery at Hegang, Heilongjiang province, flooded trapping 15 miners with at least 4 killed. Investigators blamed the accident on a downpour. Six men were rescued on July 27 with five still trapped.
    (AFP, 7/26/15)

2015        Jul 22, In Egypt at least 21 people celebrating an engagement were killed on the Nile north of Cairo late today when a cargo ship hit their chartered boat. The death toll soon rose to 35.
    (AFP, 7/23/15)(AP, 7/25/15)

2015        Jul 23, In Mexico 4 children were among 7 people from the same family killed in a devastating lightning strike in the town of Mesa Cuata, Guanajuato state.
    (AFP, 7/25/15)
2015        Jul 23, In Poland a bus traveling from Ukraine to Warsaw crashed, killing 5 people and injuring more than two dozen others.
    (AP, 7/23/15)

2015        Jul 24, In Italy at least 7 people died in an explosion at the Bruscella fireworks factory in Modugno on the Adriatic coast.
    (AP, 7/24/15)

2015        Jul 25, In northern Pakistan heavy monsoon rains lashed an already-deluged area before dawn, as rescuers found the bodies of another 24 people killed by the flooding inundating parts of the country. On July 27 the death toll was raised to 81.
    (AP, 7/25/15)(AP, 7/28/15)

2015        Jul 27, Myanmar’s state-run Kyemon daily reported that recent flooding due to heavy rains falling in the northwest has killed at least 14 people.
    (AP, 7/27/15)

2015        Jul 29, In north-central Mexico 27 people, including a baby, were killed when a truck's brakes failed and plowed into pilgrims in Mazapil, Zacatecas state. The driver fled the scene. 43 people were hospitalized.
    (AP, 7/30/15)(AP, 7/31/15)

2015        Jul 30, In Nepal landslides caused by heavy rains buried several mountain villages, killing at least 30 people as bad weather hampered the search for others.
    (AP, 7/30/15)

2015        Jul 31, Myanmar authorities said 21 people died in July following heavy rains, and that between 67,000 and 110,000 people were "severely affected" by the floods.
    (AP, 7/31/15)

2015        Aug 1, Myanmar officials said heavy rains have caused more flooding and left 9 people dead, devastating several townships and forcing more than 18,000 people into temporary shelters.
    (AP, 8/1/15)

2015        Aug 3, In Florida a free fall training accident occurred at the Eglin Air Force Base. Sergeant Timothy Officer (32) and Sergeant Marty Bettelyoun (35) soon died from injuries sustained during the parachuting accident.
    (Reuters, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 3, In New Hampshire Robert Young (41) and his daughter Annabelle (6) were killed when a circus tent collapsed under high winds at the Lancaster Fairgrounds. In 2016 Walker Int’l. Events of Sarasota, Fl., was indicted with one felony account and seven misdemeanors. In 2017 the circus operator agreed to pay $25,000 in fines to resolve criminal charges in the tragedy.
    (http://tinyurl.com/zwraj63)(SFC, 7/21/16, p.A6)(SFC, 2/16/17, p.A6)
2015        Aug 3, In eastern India at least 75 people have died and tens of thousands have had to take refuge in state-run relief camps after heavy rains caused floods and landslides. Exacerbated by Cyclone Komen which struck the east coast on July 31, the rainfall has made major rivers overflow, inundating villages in parts of West Bengal, Odisha and Manipur states.
    (Reuters, 8/3/15)
2015        Aug 3, Pakistani authorities said the death toll from flash floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains in various parts of the country has risen to 118. Floodwater has inundated vast areas, leaving tens of thousands homeless.
    (AP, 8/3/15)

2015        Aug 4, In India 12 people were killed early today when an old building on the outskirts of Mumbai collapsed after days of heavy rain.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, Liberian state radio said 14 men from Sierra Leone illegally mining for gold fell victim to a landslide last week. They were trapped under rubble and were presumed dead.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, In the southern Philippines flash floods caused by heavy rain killed at least 7 people, including 4 children. Two others remain missing.
    (AP, 8/5/15)

2015        Aug 5, In India two passenger trains jumped off damaged tracks on a bridge near a rain-swollen river, killing at least 24 people near Harda, Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, The Italian Coast Guard rescued some 400 migrants and recovered 25 bodies after a fishing boat carrying an estimated 600 capsized in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, In far eastern Russia at least 16 people were killed and more than 50 others were injured when two buses collided head-on on a highway linking Khabarovsk, on the border with China, and Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
    (AP, 8/5/15)

2015        Aug 6, Pakistani authorities said the death toll from flash floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains in various parts of the country has risen to 169.
    (AP, 8/3/15)

2015        Aug 7, In northern India a building wall collapsed while being constructed, killing 10 workers near Narnaul, Haryana state.
    (AP, 8/7/15)

2015        Aug 8, Typhoon Soudelor battered Taiwan with strong wind and torrential rain, cutting power to 3.62 million households as the death toll rose to 6 with four missing. The eye of the typhoon passed Taiwan and headed toward mainland China.
    (Reuters, 8/8/15)

2015        Aug 9, Typhoon Soudelor dumped heavy rain and winds on the Chinese mainland, leaving a total of 22 people dead or missing, collapsing homes and trees and cutting power to more than a million homes in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces.
    (AP, 8/9/15)
2015        Aug 9, Myanmar’s government said the number of people affected by flooding across the country approached 1 million, with waters in the low-lying southwestern delta inundating homes and forcing villagers into temporary shelters. The death toll was on the verge of topping 100.
    (AP, 8/9/15)

2015        Aug 10, In eastern India a stampede at a temple during a Hindu religious festival left 10 pilgrims dead and dozens injured n Deoghar, Jharkhand state.
    (AP, 8/10/15)

2015        Aug 11, In southwestern China an accident at a coal and gas mine killed 10 people in Guizhou province.
    (AFP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 11, Italian rescuers picked up more than 1,500 migrants from other seven vessels in the Mediterranean Sea. Up to 50 migrants went missing after a large rubber dinghy sank.
    (Reuters, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 11, In Mexico gas pipeline explosion killed 5 people near Monterey. It was reportedly caused by construction workers who hit a pipeline with excavating machinery.
    (AP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 11, In southern Thailand a pickup truck carrying a group of students careened onto a traffic island and hit some trees, killing 8 of the students and the driver. . A WHO survey has ranked Thailand the second worst traffic fatality rates in the world after Namibia.
    (AP, 8/11/15)

2015        Aug 12, In northern China more than 60 people were missing after a landslide buried the living quarters of a mining company under one million cubic meters of earth in Shanyang county, Shaanxi province.
    (AFP, 8/12/15)
2015        Aug 12, In China two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeastern port city of Tianjin. Tianjin Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics was identified as the owner of the site. On Aug 15 police confirmed for the first time the presence of deadly sodium cyanide at the site of the blast as a series of new explosions were heard and small fires broke out. In September the final death toll was set at 173 with no hope of finding 8 missing. Residents whose homes were destroyed were offered 2,000 yuan ($312) for three months.
    (Reuters, 8/13/15)(AP, 8/14/15)(Reuters, 8/15/15)(AP, 8/22/15)(AP, 8/31/15)(Econ, 8/22/15, p.38)

2015        Aug 15, Egypt's state news said the scorching heatwave over the past week has killed at least 93 people. Temperatures were expected to be high in the coming days. By August 18 the death toll reached 106.
    (AP, 8/15/15)(AP, 8/18/15)
2015        Aug 15, In northern Haiti 16 people died in a truck accident near Cap-Haitien.
    (AP, 8/15/15)
2015        Aug 15, Some 49 migrants died in the hold of an overcrowded fishing boat off the Italian coast. The victims were apparently asphyxiated by fuel fumes and were primarily married men who had given spots on the deck to their wives. Some 312 survivors were pulled off the boat. On August 18 Italian police said eight suspected human traffickers have been arrested on suspicion of homicide.
    (AFP, 8/16/15)(Reuters, 8/18/15)

2015        Aug 16, In Indonesia an aircraft with 54 people on board crashed in the remote and mountainous region of Papua. The 27-year-old Trigana ATR 42-300 crashed into Tangok mountain. All 54 people on board the aircraft were killed.
    (Reuters, 8/16/15)(Reuters, 8/18/15)

2015        Aug 17, In western Mexico a tractor trailer rig that swerved to avoid another vehicle had 10 people packed into the cab when it crashed, burned and fell 20 meters (65 feet) off a bridge in Michoacan state. 6 of the dead were children.
    (AP, 8/18/15)

2015        Aug 20, China’s state media reported that flooding in three central provinces has left at least 13 people dead and 13 others missing and disrupted the lives of nearly 1 million people.
    (AP, 8/20/15)

2015        Aug 22, In southern England a single-seater jet, participating in the Shoreham Airshow, crashed near Brighton. 11 people died when the jet plowed into several cars on a busy road near the air show. In 2019 Pilot Andrew Hill (54), whose plane crashed at the airshow, was cleared of manslaughter charges.
    (AP, 8/22/15)(AFP, 8/23/15)(AP, 3/8/19)
2015        Aug 22, Philippine officials said the death toll from Typhoon Goni has risen to 9 after five more people were buried by landslides in mountainous areas.
    (AP, 8/22/15)

2015        Aug 23, Typhoon Goni blew out of the northern Philippines after leaving at least 15 people dead and several others missing, including a dozen miners whose work camps were buried by a huge mudslide in a mountain village.
    (AP, 8/23/15)
2015        Aug 23, In Venezuela fire broke out at a private senior facility in the upscale neighborhood of La Castellana on the east side of Caracas, leaving 8 people dead.
    (AP, 8/24/15)

2015        Aug 24, In northeastern Turkey two buildings collapsed during heavy flooding, killing eight people in Artvin province.
    (Reuters, 8/24/15)

2015        Aug 26, The Swedish ship Poseidon, working with the European Union's border control agency Frontex, found 51 migrants dead in the hold of a boat off the coast of Libya. Rescue operations saved over 700 other people.
    (Reuters, 8/26/15)(SFC, 8/27/15, p.A4)

2015        Aug 27, In Austria as many as 50 refugees were found dead in a parked truck near the Hungarian border. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the discovery had shaken European leaders discussing the migrant crisis at a Balkans summit.
    (Reuters, 8/27/15)
2015        Aug 27, Tropical Storm Erika unleashed severe flooding across Dominica, triggering landslides that destroyed at least 20 homes in the tiny eastern Caribbean island. At least 31 people were killed and 371 homes were destroyed.
    (AP, 8/27/15)    (AP, 8/28/15)(AP, 9/12/15)
2015        Aug 27, An overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe sank in waters off the Libyan town of Zuwara. 198 of some 500 migrants were rescued. Up to 200 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 8/28/15)(AP, 8/29/15)(Reuters, 8/30/15)

2015        Aug 28, In China workers were overcome with toxic gas from a paper mill's waste pool in Hunan province and seven of them died.
    (AP, 8/29/15)
2015        Aug 28, In Swaziland at least 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while travelling to the country’s annual reed dance. Police later reduced to death toll to 13. Pro-democracy activists from the Johannesburg-based Swaziland Solidarity Network said 65 were killed. SSN activists claimed King Mswati III had fabricated the lower figure.
    (AP, 8/29/15)(AFP, 8/30/15)

2015        Aug 29, Hungary arrested four men suspected of being involved in the deaths of 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria. They included three Bulgarians and one Afghan. A fifth suspect, a Bulgarian national, was arrested in the evening. In 2017 eleven men were indicted in the case.
    (AP, 8/29/15)(AP, 8/30/15)(AP, 5/4/17)

2015        Aug 30, A Libyan official said a boat carrying migrants sank off Khoms, killing at least 7 people. Fishermen later discovered 30 more bodies in the same area.
    (Reuters, 8/30/15)(Reuters, 8/31/15)
2015        Aug 30, In eastern Saudi Arabia a large fire broke out in the basement of a residential complex in Khobar, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 200.
    (AP, 8/30/15)

2015        Aug 31, In China a fire at the Shandong Binyuan Chemical Co Ltd, in Lijin county, killed 13 people. It was extinguished before dawn the next day.
    (Reuters, 9/1/15)(AP, 9/6/15)
2015        Aug 31, In northeastern Spain a huge explosion at the Pirotecnia Zaragozana factory killed 6 people in Pinseque, near Zaragoza.
    (AP, 9/1/15)

2015        Sep 2, In France 8 people, including 2 children, were killed in a fire in a Paris apartment building that investigators believe may have been started deliberately. Police arrested a man in his 30s who might have been at the scene.
    (AFP, 9/2/15)
2015        Sep 2, In Mali 19 people died when an overloaded canoe capsized on a stretch of the Niger river passing through the town of Bangou. 70 people survived and four were still missing.
    (AFP, 9/3/15)
2015        Sep 2, An image of Aylan Kurdi (2), a drowned toddler washed up on the beach in one of Turkey's prime tourist resorts, swept across social media, after at least 12 presumed Syrian refugees died trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. Aylan, his brother (5) and mother were among the dead. In 2020 three Turkish men were sentenced to 125 years in jail for their part in the drownings.
    (Reuters, 9/2/15)(SSFC, 9/6/15, p.A18)(SFC, 3/14/20, p.A4)

2015        Sep 3, Libya's coastguard said it rescued 104 African migrants on an overloaded rubber dinghy bound for Europe that was about to sink off the coast of Tripoli. About 30-40 people migrants drowned in the Mediterranean after a dinghy carrying 120-140 Somalis, Sudanese and Nigerians deflated after sailing from Misrata. The International Organization for Migration said there were 91 survivors.
    (AFP, 9/3/15)    (AP, 9/4/15)
2015        Sep 3, An overloaded wooden boat believed to be carrying about 70 Indonesian illegal immigrants sank off the coast of Malaysia, killing 61 people, among them 23 women. The number of survivors stood at 19.
    (Reuters, 9/3/15)(AP, 9/7/15)

2015        Sep 4, In Greece a fire broke out at the Dafni psychiatric hospital in western Athens killing at least 3 people.
    (AP, 9/4/15)

2015        Sep 5, A South Korean fishing charter boat capsized leaving at least 10 people dead and eight missing. The 9.77-ton Dolphin went missing off the southwest coast near the island of Chuja. 3 survivors were rescued the next day.
    (AFP, 9/6/15)   
2015        Sep 5, In northwestern Spain a race car lost control during the Coruna Rally and crashed into onlookers killing 6 people. The toll soon rose to 7 following the death of an 11-year-old spectator.
    (AP, 9/6/15)(AP, 9/7/15)

2015        Sep 6, In India lightning killed 22 people, mostly farm laborers working in fields, across the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh.
    (AP, 9/7/15)

2015        Sep 7, An Afghan official said a NATO airstrike in southern Helmand province has killed at least 11 police officers and employees of the Interior Ministry's anti-narcotics department.
    (AP, 9/7/15)
2015        Sep 7, In Guinea at least 7 people were killed and 12 others injured following heavy rains in an overnight mudslide in Tougnifili.
    (AP, 9/9/15)

2015        Sep 11, In central China a slick of rice wine spilled from a truck caused a traffic accident that killed 12 people.
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, In Ivory Coast at least 19 people were killed and 37 hurt when a crowded minibus and another passenger vehicle collided in the port town of San Pedro.
    (AFP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, In Saudi Arabia stormy winds knocked over a crane which collapsed onto one of Islam's holiest shrines in Mecca and killed 107 people.
    (Reuters, 9/12/15)

2015        Sep 12, In California the so-called Valley Fire erupted and spread quickly to a cluster of small communities in the hills and valleys north of the Napa Valley wine country. Thousands of residents were forced from their homes in the area. By Sep 14 the blaze had devoured about 61,000 acres (24,690 hectares), and was only about 5 percent contained. By Sep 21 the fire was 70% contained. At least 1,783 structures were consumed making it the third-most destructive inferno in state history. Five people were killed by the fire which started due to faulty hot tub wiring.
    (Reuters, 9/14/15)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A9)(SFC, 9/22/15, p.C2)(SFC, 12/20/17, p.D2)
2015        Sep 12, The Greek coastguard picked up 25 survivors after a dinghy carrying them and other migrants sank off the island of Samos. 4 children were missing. A vessel of the EU's Frontex border agency plucked 32 people out of the sea off the Greek island of Lesbos. A man believed to be about 20 years old was missing.
    (Reuters, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 12, In central India 90 people were killed at a restaurant when a cooking gas cylinder exploded and triggered a second blast of mine detonators stored illegally nearby in the town of Petlawad, Madhya Pradesh state. Police looked to arrest contractor Rajendra Kashawa for illegally storing the detonators.
    (AP, 9/12/15)(SFC, 9/14/15, p.A3)(SFC, 9/14/15, p.A3)
2015        Sep 12, In India two trains derailed, killing at least four passengers, including two British tourists near Kalka, Himachal Pradesh state.
    (AP, 9/12/15)
2015        Sep 12, In Zambia at least 17 people died when a bus and lorry collided west of Lusaka, after the lorry cut in front of the bus.
    (Reuters, 9/12/15)

2015        Sep 13, Greek authorities say 28 people have drowned, half of them children, after a wooden smuggling boat capsized in the southeastern Aegean Sea.
    (AP, 9/13/15)
2015        Sep 13, In Nigeria a one story, mud-brick school building collapsed, killing 4 students and injuring 24 at the Abu Naima Islamic School.
    (AP, 9/14/15)

2015        Sep 14, Egyptian security forces killed 12 people and wounded 10 "by accident" when they mistook a convoy of mostly Mexican tourists for a group of militants they were hunting in the desert.
    (Reuters, 9/14/15)

2015        Sep 16, In Chile a magnitude 8.3 earthquake killed at least 11 people and sent powerful waves barreling into coastal areas, forcing more than 1 million people from their homes.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A3)

2015        Sep 15, In Utah 12 people were killed after flash floods struck the town of Hildale overnight. Another 7 people were killed in nearby Zion national Park.
    (AFP, 9/15/15)(SFC, 9/16/15, p.A7)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 15, In France 7 people were killed when an avalanche swept them away at the Snow Dome in the Alps' Massif des Ecrins.
    (AFP, 9/15/15)
2015        Sep 15, At least 22 Greece-bound migrants drowned when their boat sank off Turkey. Police blocked hundreds of others seeking to find an alternative route to Europe by land.
    (AFP, 9/15/15)

2015        Sep 16, In Chile a magnitude 8.3 earthquake killed at least 12 people and sent powerful waves barreling into coastal areas, forcing more than 1 million people from their homes.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)(SSFC, 9/20/15, p.A6)
2015        Sep 16, In Sierra Leone severe flooding followed torrential rain. In Freetown at least 10 people were killed. A week later an estimated 9,000 survivors were still sheltering in tents.
    (AFP, 9/23/15)
2015        Sep 16, In South Sudan at least 203 people were killed when an oil truck exploded as a crowd tried to gather fuel from the vehicle after it had veered off the road.
    (Reuters, 9/17/15)(AFP, 9/23/15)

2015        Sep 19, A girl believed to be five years died and 13 other migrants were feared lost overboard after their boat sank in choppy seas off the Greek island of Lesbos.
    (Reuters, 9/19/15)

2015        Sep 20, At least 13 migrants died off the coast of Turkey after the inflatable dinghy carrying them to Greece collided with a ferry.
    (AFP, 9/20/15)

2015        Sep 24, In Seattle, Wa., a “Ride the Duck" amphibious tour vehicle and a charter bus carrying foreign college students collided on the Aurora Avenue bridge killing 4 foreign students.
    (SFC, 9/25/15, p.A9)(SFC, 9/26/15, p.A6)

2015        Sep 24, In Saudi Arabia at least 717 pilgrims were killed in a stampede at Mina outside of Mecca, the worst disaster to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in 25 years. On October 8 an AP count put the number killed to at least 1,313. On Oct 14 the death toll was raised to 1,621. On Oct 19 the death toll was raised to at least 2,121.
    (Reuters, 9/24/15)(SFC, 10/9/15, p.A2)(SFC, 10/15/15, p.A2)(SFC, 10/20/15, p.A4)
2015        Sep 24, In south Texas an SUV crammed with at least 15 people rolled during a police chase leaving 6 people dead in Edna.
    (SFC, 9/25/15, p.A9)
2015        Sep 24, In Seattle, Wa., an amphibious tour vehicle and a charter bus carrying foreign college students collided on the Aurora Avenue bridge killing 4 people.
    (SFC, 9/25/15, p.A9)

2015        Sep 25, In southern China a highway crash involving two trucks, a coach bus and a van killed 22 people and injured 13 in Hunan province.
    (AP, 9/25/15)
2015        Sep 25, In southern Turkey 13 people were killed in a road accident as millions took to their cars for the annual Muslim holiday season of Eid.
    (Reuters, 9/25/15)

2015        Sep 26, Saudi Arabia deployed large numbers of special forces as pilgrims performed the final rituals of a hajj marred by double tragedy, with the toll from a stampede rising to 769.
    (AFP, 9/26/15)

2015        Sep 27, Seventeen migrants drowned when their boat sank off the Turkish coast while headed for the Greek island of Kos. 20 people were rescued.
    (Reuters, 9/27/15)
2015        Sep 27, Ten fishermen died and three were missing after the crew of a fishing trawler abandoned their vessel in rough seas off the South African coast.
    (AP, 9/28/15)

2015        Sep 28, Indian and Pakistani authorities said Saudi Arabia has given foreign diplomats 1,090 photographs of the dead from last week's hajj crush and stampede, an indication of a significantly higher death toll than previously offered by the kingdom.
    (AP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, In northeastern India a motorized boat crowded with passengers capsized and sank in the Kolohi River of Assam state. Dozens of people were missing and feared drowned.
    (AP, 9/28/15)

2015        Oct 1, The El Faro cargo ship sank with 33 people aboard while traveling from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico in the face of Hurricane Joaquin. On Oct 5 the Coast Guard said the US cargo ship had sunk and one body was found.
    (AP, 10/2/15)(SFC, 10/3/15, p.A2)(AP, 10/5/15)(SFC, 2/7/17, p.A5)
2015        Oct 1, In Guatemala a massive landslide killed at least 253 people with 374 remained missing in Santa Catarina Pinula.
    (Reuters, 10/3/15)(Reuters, 10/4/15)(AP, 10/9/15)
2015        Oct 1, Iran said its death toll from the Sep 24 Saudi hajj disaster has nearly doubled to 464 pilgrims killed.
    (AP, 10/1/15)
2015        Oct 1, In Saudi Arabia hundreds of people were still unaccounted, a week after a hajj stampede killed at least 769 people. A tally of death tolls from 23 countries, mostly from official sources, put the number at more than 940.
    (AFP, 10/1/15)
2015        Oct 1, In Turkey 12 people were killed in Ankara when a bus ploughed into commuters waiting at a bus stop.
    (AFP, 10/1/15)

2015        Oct 3, In Afghanistan a US airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the city of Kunduz, killing at least 22 people in what the US military called possible "collateral damage" in the battle to oust Taliban insurgents. On Oct 25 Doctors Without Borders raised the death toll to 30. On Nov 23 Gen. John Campbell called the airstrike a tragic mistake and said several service members have been suspended from duty following an internal investigation.
    (Reuters, 10/3/15)(AP, 10/4/15)(AFP, 10/2515)(SFC, 11/26/15, p.A6)

2015        Oct 4, In China Typhoon Mujigae made landfall near Zhanjiang, Guangdong province. It left a trail of destruction and flooding and prompting authorities to issue their highest "red alert" emergency response. At least 9 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 10/4/15)(AP, 10/5/15)
2015        Oct 4, French authorities said violent storms and flooding along the chic French Riviera overnight have killed at least 16 people and left another five missing.
    (AFP, 10/4/15)

2015        Oct 5, The Red Crescent said the bodies of 85 migrants have been found washed up on the coast of Libya, a major departure point for the sea crossing to Europe.
    (AFP, 10/5/15)

2015        Oct 6, The Philippine Coast Guard spotted a body, debris and an oil slick in the high seas about 400 km west of Laoag. The yacht Europa carrying two Britons, an American, a Canadian and a Filipino disappeared while sailing in waters that were lashed by a storm last week.
    (AP, 10/6/15)   

2015        Oct 8, In Louisiana at least 3 people were killed and two were seriously injured in an explosion at a natural gas plant in Gibson.
    (Reuters, 10/9/15)
2015        Oct 8, In southeastern Turkey a child was killed and three others wounded in the town of Silvan after munitions they found and were playing with on the street exploded.
    (Reuters, 10/8/15)

2015        Oct 9, In eastern China a gas explosion in a coal mine killed 2 miners and left eight others trapped in Shangrao county, Jiangxi province.
    (AP, 10/10/15)

2015        Oct 10, In eastern China a liquefied gas container exploded in a restaurant, causing a fire and killing 17 people in Wuhu city, Anhui province.
    (AP, 10/10/15)
2015        Oct 10, In Ireland 9 people, including an infant, died in a fire at a Dublin mobile home camp for native Gypsies.
    (AP, 10/10/15)

2015        Oct 12, In Kansas City, Mo., 2 firefighters were killed after a wall from a burning building collapsed on them. In 2018 nail salon manager Thu Hong Nguyen (46) was convicted of 2nd murder and 2nd degree arson. She was portrayed as someone who had a habit of burning businesses for insurance money.
    (SFC, 10/14/15, p.A12)(SFC, 7/24/18, p.A5)

2015        Oct 13, In central Bosnia 4 miners were killed and two injured early today when a platform holding up the roof caved in on them in a mine.
    (Reuters, 10/13/15)

2015        Oct 15, Seven migrants, 4 of them children, drowned near the Greek island of Lesbos after their boat collided with a Greek rescue vessel.
    (AFP, 10/15/15)

2015        Oct 16, In India a cooking gas cylinder blast killed at least 8 people in a small hotel in Mumbai.
    (AP, 10/16/15)
2015        Oct 16, Four migrants, the oldest of them a young woman of 16, drowned and three other people were missing after their rubber boat capsized off the Aegean island of Kalymnos late today.
    (Reuters, 10/17/15)

2015        Oct 17, In southern India at least 15 people headed for a wedding were killed when a mini-bus they were riding collided with another bus as they were traveling to Malakonda town in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 10/17/15)
2015        Oct 17, The Turkish coastguard said 12 migrants thought to be from Syria and Afghanistan, including four children and a baby, drowned off the coast of Turkey as they tried to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.
    (Reuters, 10/17/15)
2015        Oct 17, The Ukrainian excursion boat Ivolga capsized in the Black Sea, killing 14 people. It was carrying twice as many passengers as allowed and was knocked over by a big wave.
    (AP, 10/18/15)

2015        Oct 18, The Greek coastguard said 5 people, including a baby and two children, drowned early today and one was missing in two separate incidents of migrants trying to reach Greece from nearby Turkey.
    (Reuters, 10/18/15)
2015        Oct 18, In Indonesia 7 hikers died after being caught in a forest fire on Java island. The fire was believed to be caused by a bonfire started by hikers.
    (AP, 10/19/15)
2015        Oct 18, The Italian navy said 8 bodies have been recovered from a rubber boat carrying migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean.
    (Reuters, 10/18/15)
2015        Oct 18, In the Philippines Typhoon Koppu, aka Typhoon Lando, blew ashore into northeastern Aurora province early today. It forced more than 65,000 villagers from their homes and left at least 54 dead.
    (AP, 10/19/15)(AP, 10/21/15)(SSFC, 10/25/15, p.D16)

2015        Oct 21, In eastern China an explosion at a chemical factory killed 9 people and injured two others.
    (AP, 10/21/15)

2015        Oct 23, In France at least 43 people on a bus carrying elderly day-trippers were killed early today when the bus hit a truck head-on and caught fire near Puisseguin in the Gironde region.
    (AFP, 10/23/15)

2015        Oct 24, In Oklahoma 4 people were killed and dozens more injured after Adacia Avery Chambers (25), suspected of driving under the influence, crashed into a crowd attending an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade in Stillwater.
    (AP, 10/2515)(AFP, 10/2515)

2015        Oct 25, In Canada 5 Britons were killed when a Canadian whale-watching boat carrying 27 passengers sank off the coast of British Columbia. An Australian man remained missing and the rest were rescued.
    (Reuters, 10/2615)(SFC, 10/27/15, p.A2)
2015        Oct 25, At least three migrants, two children and a woman, drowned when their boat sank off the Greek island of Lesbos.
    (AFP, 10/2515)
2015        Oct 25, In Indonesia 17 people were killed in a fire that raced through a karaoke bar early today on Sulawesi island. 71 others were hospitalized for smoke inhalation.
    (AP, 10/2515)
2015        Oct 25, In Libya the Red Crescent said the bodies of 29 people thought to be migrants have been discovered on beaches 160 km (100 miles) east of Tripoli.
    (AP, 10/2515)
2015        Oct 25, In western Thailand 8 people were killed and over 20 injured when a bus carrying workers back from a holiday weekend crashed in Kanchanaburi province.
    (AP, 10/2515)

2015        Oct 26, A major earthquake struck the remote Afghan northeast, killing at least 135 people in Afghanistan and nearby northern Pakistan and sending shock waves as far as New Delhi. The death toll from the 7.5 magnitude quake soon reached 385.
    (Reuters, 10/2615)(AP, 10/28/15)

2015        Oct 27, The Taliban encouraged aid groups to help victims of the massive earthquake in northern Afghanistan and Pakistan as rescuers struggled to form a clear picture of the damage caused by the disaster as the death toll passed 300.
    (Reuters, 10/27/15)
2015        Oct 27, In Indonesia 12 miners were buried under a landslide while digging illegally at a state-run gold mine on the main island of Java.
    (AP, 10/29/15)

2015        Oct 28, At least 29 people died and 274 people were rescued when a wooden boat they were on literally fell apart in rough seas off the Greek island of Lesbos.
    (Reuters, 10/30/15)(SFC, 10/31/15, p.A2)

2015        Oct 29, Authorities on the Greek island of Lesbos searched for 38 people believed still missing after the sinking of a wooden boat carrying migrants. Greece rescued 144 refugees and recovered the bodies of 22, including 4 infants and 9 children, after their boats sank in two separate incidents in the Aegean sea.
    (AP, 10/29/15)(Reuters, 10/30/15)
2015        Oct 29, Four African migrants drowned and up to 35 were missing after their boat sank in the Mediterranean in the early hours around 40 miles (65 km) north of the Moroccan coast.
    (Reuters, 10/30/15)
2015        Oct 29, In Russia 5 people were killed in a night-time blast of household gas in an apartment block in the Khabarovsk region of the country's Far East.
    (AP, 10/30/15)

2015        Oct 30, In Texas storms and suspected tornadoes left at least 2 people dead and flooded I-35 between San Antonio and Austin.
    (SFC, 10/31/15, p.A5)
2015        Oct 30, In central China a two-story building collapsed into rubble while workers were trying to prop up the second floor during renovations, killing 17 construction workers and injuring 23 in the Wuyang County town of Beiwudu, Henan province.
    (AP, 10/30/15)
2015        Oct 30, In waters off Greece at least 27 people, more than half of them children, died trying to reach Europe.
    (SFC, 10/31/15, p.A2)

2015        Oct 31, Texas authorities said at least six people have died in storms that lashed parts of the state with heavy rains.
    (AP, 11/1/15)
2015        Oct 31, In the southern Philippines 15 people, including 6 children, died in a fire at a market in Zamboanga city.
    (AP, 10/31/15)(SSFC, 11/1/15, p.A5)
2015        Oct 31, In Romania an overnight fire in a Bucharest nightclub killed at least 27 people and injured 184 during a rock concert that featured fireworks used indoors. 146 people remained in hospital from the Colectiv Club fire. By Mar 14, 2016, the death toll rose to 64 as another victim died from their burns. A suicide victim more than 18 months later raised the death toll to 65. In 2021 the Romanian movie “Collective," nominated for two Oscars, follows a team of investigative journalists searching for the truth in the wake of the fire.
    (Reuters, 10/31/15)(Reuters, 11/3/15)(AP, 3/14/16)(AP, 4/16/21)
2015        Oct 31, A Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula after losing radar contact and plummeting from its cruising altitude, killing all aboard. The Airbus A321 was operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet. Egyptian security sources said early investigations suggested the plane crashed due to a technical fault. A militant group affiliated to Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the downing of the plane. On Jan 29, 2016 an EgyptAir mechanic, whose cousin joined Islamic State in Syria, was reported as a suspect in planting a bomb on the Russian plane.
    (Reuters, 10/31/15)(AP, 1/29/16)

2015        Nov 1, Greek authorities said 11 more people have drown on the dangerous crossing from Turkey to Greece after a boat carrying nearly 30 refugees sank in heavy seas near the eastern island of Samos. The bodies of two men, one woman and a young boy, believed to be from refugee smuggling boats, were found early today washed up on beaches in the Skala area of northern Lesbos.
    (AP, 11/1/15)

2015        Nov 3, In northwest Nepal a bus packed with passengers riding both inside and on its roof veered off a mountain road, killing 30 people and injuring 35 others.
    (AP, 11/3/15)

2015        Nov 4, In Pakistan a factory building collapsed as a new floor was being added in an industrial area on the outskirts of Lahore, killing at least 37 workers and injuring dozens. 103 people were rescued from the rubble.
    (AP, 11/4/15)(Reuters, 11/5/15)(AP, 11/7/15)
2015        Nov 4, In South Sudan a Russian-built Antonov-12 B turbo prop cargo plane with passengers on board crashed after taking off from the airport in Juba, killing at least 37 people. Officials said the plane belonged to freight and logistics firm Allied Services Ltd. and was not authorized to carry passengers.
    (Reuters, 11/4/15)(AP, 11/5/15)

2015        Nov 5, In Arkansas a charter bus ran off Interstate 40 and collided with a bridge, resulting in six dead and others injured. The bus was ferrying migrant farmworkers from Michigan to Texas as it ran off a highway and hit an overpass.
    (AP, 11/7/15)
2015        Nov 5, In southeastern Brazil a mudslide erupted from a reservoir of waste at the partly Australian-owned Samarco iron ore and minerals mine, ripping the roofs off houses in Bento Rodrigues, Minas Gerais state. 122 homes were buried in mud. At least 12 people were killed. Losses to municipalities were later estimated at 1.2 billion reais ($308 million), not considering the environmental problems.
    (AFP, 11/6/15)(Reuters, 11/9/15)(SFC, 11/24/15, p.A2)(Reuters, 2/4/16)

2015        Nov 11, A wooden boat carrying dozens of migrants sank off the Turkish coast, killing 14 people including 7 children.
    (AP, 11/11/15)

2015        Nov 13, In China a torrent of mud and rocks unleashed by heavy rains buried nearly 30 homes in a village in Zhejiang province. 4 people were confirmed dead soon after the landslide. The death toll from a landslide soon rose to 21 people with 16 others still missing.
    (AP, 11/15/15)

2015        Nov 14, In France a high-speed train derailed into the Marne au Rhin canal during a test run near Strasbourg. At least 11 people were killed and 5 were missing.
    (AFP, 11/15/15)(SSFC, 11/15/15, p.A3)

2015        Nov 17, A plastic boat carrying migrants capsized in the eastern Aegean Sea near the Greek island of Kos, killing at least 9 people including 4 children.
    (AP, 11/17/15)
2015        Nov 17, In southwestern Pakistan a train carrying 280 passengers derailed in a remote area, killing the train driver and 11 passengers and injuring at least 57 people.
    (AP, 11/17/15)

2015        Nov 20, In China a fire broke out late today at a mine operated by state giant Longmay Mining Holding Group in Heilongjiang province's Jixi city. At least 21 people died at the mine operated by northeast China's biggest state-owned coal company.
    (AFP, 11/21/15)

2015        Nov 21, In northern Myanmar a landslide near a jade mine killed at least 120 people, most of them villagers digging for green stones in a mountain of displaced earth in the Kachin state community of Hpakant.
    (AP, 11/22/15)(AP, 11/23/15)(SFC, 11/23/15, p.A2)

2015        Nov 23, In Mexico an overnight highway traffic accident due west of Mexico City killed 20 people and injured at least 15 others.
    (Reuters, 11/23/15)

2015        Nov 24, In Algeria a fire sparked by an electrical fault killed 18 African migrants, including children, and injured 50 others at a camp housing over 650 migrants in Ouargla.
    (AFP, 11/24/15)

2015        Nov 26, In southwest Burkina Faso 22 people drowned after the minibus they were travelling in veered off a road.
    (AFP, 11/27/15)

2015        Nov 27, At least six children drowned in two separate incidents when their boats sank off Turkey while trying to make the risky crossing to Greece.
    (AFP, 11/27/15)

2015        Nov 28, In eastern China a gas leak at a steel parts factory killed 5 people and left seven others hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning in Shandong province. 5 more people died the next day.
    (AP, 11/29/15)

2015        Nov 30, In eastern Congo DRC more than 20 people were missing after a government-operated speed boat capsized on Lake Kivu.
    (Reuters, 11/30/15)

2015        Dec 1, In northern Afghanistan an explosion struck a group of children who were playing on the outskirts of Puli Khumri, Baghlan province, killing 3 boys and wounding 12 children, four of them critically.
    (AP, 12/1/15)
2015        Dec 1, In Turkey 6 children died in a fire that broke out at a school teaching the Quran in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.
    (AP, 12/1/15)

2015        Dec 3, In Indonesia two rain-triggered landslides left 5 villagers dead and 15 others missing on Sumatra Island.
    (AP, 12/3/15)

2015        Dec 4, In Azerbaijan 29 workers were missing after a platform in Azerbaijan’s Guneshli oil field, operated by state energy company SOCAR, caught fire in the Caspian Sea. 33 people were rescued. 6 bodies were soon recovered and 23 remained missing.
    (AFP, 12/5/15)(AP, 12/6/15)(AP, 12/7/15)

2015        Dec 6, In Indonesia a commuter train slammed into a passenger minibus at a railroad crossing in Jakarta, killing at least 18 people and seriously injuring six others.
    (AP, 12/6/15)

2015        Dec 7, In eastern India a speeding train rammed into an SUV at an unmanned railroad crossing, killing all 13 people in the vehicle in Jharkhand state.
    (AP, 12/8/15)
2015        Dec 7, The UN appealed for a record $20.1 billion (18.6 billion euros) to provide aid to a surging number of people hit by conflicts and disasters around the globe.
    (AFP, 12/7/15)

2015        Dec 8, Six Afghan children drowned after a rubber dinghy carrying migrants to Greece sank off Turkey's Aegean coast.
    (AP, 12/8/15)
2015        Dec 8, A boat carrying African migrants sank apparently due to bad weather as they tried to cross to the Canary Islands. Moroccan authorities recovered the bodies of 11 African migrants.
    (AP, 12/9/15)

2015        Dec 9, Anger peaked in Kinshasa's slums Wednesday as DR Congo's poor grappled with little more than bare hands against torrential rains and flooding that have left 31 people dead and 20,000 families homeless in less than three weeks.
    (AFP, 12/9/15)
2015        Dec 9, A wooden smuggling boat carrying about 50 people sank in the eastern Aegean Sea. Greek authorities said at least 12 people drowned, including six children, and 12 others were missing.
    (AP, 12/9/15)

2015        Dec 12, In Russia a fire swept through a home for people with mental illnesses, killing 23 patients and injuring another 23, many of whom were on medication or otherwise unable to walk in Alferovka, a village in the Voronezh region.
    (AP, 12/13/15)

2015        Dec 14, In northern Argentina 43 police officers died and several more were injured when their bus drove off a bridge, plunging into a dry riverbed.
    (AFP, 12/14/15)(SFC, 12/15/15, p.A3)

2015        Dec 17, The Danish cargo ship Thorco Cloud collided with the chemical tanker Stolt Commitment and sank off western Indonesia. Six Filipino crewmen were missing.
    (AP, 12/17/15)

2015        Dec 19, In Norway a man was killed when an avalanche hit the town of Longyearbyen, the biggest settlement on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. The avalanche engulfed about 10 houses in the town, which has some 2,000 inhabitants.
    (Reuters, 12/19/15)
2015        Dec 19, Turkish media reported that 18 people drowned overnight when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea as it was heading for the Greek island of Kalymnos.
    (AFP, 12/19/15)

2015        Dec 20, In southern China a landslide swept through an industrial park and triggered a gas explosion in the city of Shenzhen. 33 buildings were buried in a sea of mud. 76 people were left missing. Migrant worker Tian Zeming was pulled out alive on Dec 23 after he was buried for more than 60 hours. On Jan 9 charges were brought against 16 people who owned or helped operated the landfill. On Jan 18 state media said a dozen government officials were charged in the tragedy that left at least 69 dead and eight people missing. In July, 2016, 53 people were detained for the tragedy that left 73 people dead.
    (AFP, 12/20/15)(AP, 12/21/15)(AP, 12/22/15)(AP, 12/23/15)(SFC, 1/19/16, p.A3)(Reuters, 7/15/16)
2015        Dec 20, Rescuers pulled out 39 survivors and three dead from the Marina Baru 2B passenger boat that sank in central Indonesia. By Dec 24 the death toll stood at 63 as more bodies were recovered leaving 15 still missing.
    (AP, 12/20/15)(Reuters, 12/22/15)(AP, 12/24/15)
2015        Dec 20, In northern Thailand 12 Malaysian tourists and a Thai guide were killed after their bus crashed in the Doi Saket district, near the city of Chiang Mai.
    (Reuters, 12/20/15)

2015        Dec 23, A storm system packed high winds and triggered more than 20 tornadoes in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. At least 15 people were killed including at least 8 people in Mississippi, 6 in Tennessee and one in Arkansas.
    (Reuters, 12/24/15)(AFP, 12/26/15)
2015        Dec 23, Greek police said least 13 people including seven children, drowned when their overloaded boat capsized overnight in the Aegean.
    (AFP, 12/23/15)

2015        Dec 24, In northern Afghanistan at least 24 people were killed when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine after a head-on collision with a truck in Samangan province.
    (AFP, 12/25/15)
2015        Dec 24, In Nigeria blast at a gas plant engulfed the southeastern industrial city of Nnewi. 9 people were killed and three others remained in critical condition.
    (AFP, 12/25/15)(AFP, 12/27/15)
2015        Dec 24, In Saudi Arabia a fire tore through the intensive care unit and the maternity ward of a hospital in the southwestern port city of Jazan before dawn, killing at least 24 people and injuring 123.
    (Reuters, 12/24/15)(Reuters, 12/25/15)
2015        Dec 24, Turkey said another 19 people, including 6 children, drowned in the waters of the Aegean off the coast of the Turkish city of Izmir after their boat capsized.
    (AP, 12/24/15)

2015        Dec 25, In Bolivia 12 people were killed and nine more injured as a result of a crash between a bus and a truck.
    (AP, 12/25/15)
2015        Dec 25, In China’s eastern province of Shandong a gypsum mine owned by Yurong Commercial and Trade Ltd. Co. caved in. All 29 workers were accounted for. One person was killed and 17 remained trapped at two sites and could not be immediately rescued. On Dec 27 the owner of the mine drowned after jumping into a well in an apparent suicide. On Jan 29 four miners were rescued after spending 36 days trapped underground.
    (AP, 12/26/15)(AP, 12/27/15)(AP, 1/30/16)
2015        Dec 25, In northern Myanmar dozens of people were missing and feared dead after a landslide struck a remote jade mining region in Kachin sate, the second such incident in a month.
    (AP, 12/26/15)

2015        Dec 26, In Texas at least 11 people were killed in the Dallas area from a storm system packing torrential rains and unleashing a string of tornadoes that toppled homes, cut power lines and snarled transport for people returning from the Christmas holidays.
    (Reuters, 12/27/15)

2015        Dec 28, In eastern Cuba 13 people were killed and 34 more injured when two trucks retrofitted as passenger buses collided in Santiago de Cuba province.
    (AFP, 12/29/15)

2015        Dec 29, Uganda police said at least 13 people drowned in Lake Victoria, when sudden waves swamped them as they celebrated the Christmas holiday.
    (AFP, 12/29/15)

2015        Dec 30, Chinese rescuers in Shandong province using infrared cameras to peer into darkness at a wrecked mine found eight surviving miners who were trapped for five days after a collapse so violent it registered as a seismic event. Nine others remained missing.
    (AP, 12/30/15)

2015        Dec 31, In Egypt a small ferry boat sank late today in the Nile Delta province of Kafr el-Sheikh. At least 15 people were killed and two remained missing.
    (AP, 1/1/16)

2016        Jan 4, Poland’s government said 21 people died over the weekend because of freezing weather amid one of the country's deadliest cold spells.
    (AFP, 1/4/16)   

2016        Jan 5, In Turkey the bodies of 36 migrants, at least seven of them children, were found at two sites along the Aegean coast after they apparently tried to cross to the nearby Greek island of Lesbos.
    (AP, 1/5/16)

2016        Jan 6, In northeastern India a bus fell into a pond in the remote northeast, killing 13 people in Tripura state.
    (AP, 1/6/16)

2016        Jan 7, Chinese authorities said 11 workers trapped underground in a coal mine collapse have died in Shaanxi province.
    (AP, 1/7/16)

2016        Jan 10, In Mexico 20 of 45 people were killed when a bus plunged off a bridge in Veracruz state and fell into a deep gorge.
    (SFC, 1/11/16, p.A2)

2016        Jan 12, In Cambodia two trucks transporting garment workers to their factory crashed, killing 5 of the workers and injuring 65 others.
    (AP, 1/12/16)

2016        Jan 13, In Algeria 7 people died after a fire tore through a tourism complex at a beach resort on the outskirts of Algiers.
    (AFP, 1/13/16)
2016        Jan 13, In China an explosion at a machinery factory killed four workers in the eastern city of Shanghai.
    (AP, 1/14/16)
2016        Jan 13, In the French Alps a deadly avalanche hit a high school skiing group killing 2 students and a Ukrainian skier.
    (SFC, 1/14/16, p.A2)
2016        Jan 13, In Honduras 3 American women died in a bus crash while on a humanitarian mission. They were identified as Columbia student Olivia Erhardt, Barnard student Daniella Moffson and Abigail Flanagan, a nurse practitioner at Columbia University Medical Center and a student at the university's School of General Studies.
    (AP, 1/14/16)

2016        Jan 14, In central China 5 people were killed and seven injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory in Henan province just weeks ahead of the Chinese New Year.
    (AP, 1/14/16)

2016        Jan 15, In the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir a bus fell from a mountainous road into a deep gorge, killing at least 11 people and injuring 20 others.
    (AP, 1/15/16)
2016        Jan 15, In central Japan an overnight tour bus slid down a mountainside killing at least 14 passengers near Karuizawa.
    (SFC, 1/15/16, p.A2)

2016        Jan 16, In northwest Italy a pre-dawn explosion blamed on a gas leak has killed five people in the apartment building where they lived in Arnasco.
    (AP, 1/16/16)

2016        Jan 18, In France an avalanche killed at least 5 military personnel and seriously injured two others while they were skiing in Valfrejus in the department of Savoie.
    (Reuters, 1/18/16)

2016        Jan 19, In California a Greyhound bus overturned on Hwy 101 in San Jose killing 2 women and sending at least eight other people to the hospital.
    (AP, 1/20/16)(SFC, 1/20/16, p.D1)

2016        Jan 20, In southern China a massive explosion at a fireworks plant killed 3 people and injured 53, while shattering windows of homes in the area.
    (AP, 1/20/16)   

2016        Jan 22, At least 46 people, including 17 children, drowned when their boats capsized off two Greek islands near the Turkish coast.
    (Reuters, 1/22/16)(SFC, 1/23/16, p.A2)

2016        Jan 23, The Reina del Caribe tourist boat capsized off the coast of Nicaragua killing 13 passengers, all Costa Rican nationals.
    (SFC, 1/25/16, p.A2)

2016        Jan 25, In northern Myanmar a landslide of mining waste killed at least 6 people in Kachin state's Hpakant jade mining region. Hpakant Baptist Church deacon Dut La said more than a dozen may still lie under the waste from the slide.
    (AP, 1/27/16)

2016        Jan 26, Malaysian police said 13 bodies, believed to be Indonesian illegal immigrants, were found washed ashore after their boat capsized in bad sea conditions. Five more bodies were found the next day raising the death toll to 18.
    (AP, 1/26/16)(AFP, 1/27/16)

2016        Jan 27, Greek authorities recovered a total of 7 bodies, including those of 2 children, from the sea off the eastern Aegean island of Kos after a boat carrying migrants or refugees sank early today.
    (AP, 1/27/16)
2016        Jan 27, Eight members of the militant group Hamas were missing after the collapse of a tunnel in the Gaza Strip caused by rain and flooding.
    (AFP, 1/27/16)

2016        Jan 27, A helicopter crashed in Kazakhstan, killing all 5 aboard, including an infant being taken to a hospital.
    (Reuters, 1/28/16)

2016        Jan 28, The bodies of 24 migrants, including 10 children, were discovered off the Greek island of Samos. Eleven people from a dinghy carrying 45 people were still listed as missing.
    (AFP, 1/28/16)

2016        Jan 29, In Canada 5 men were killed in an avalanche near the community of McBride, British Columbia. They were all from the neighboring province of Alberta.
    (Reuters, 1/30/16)

2016        Jan 30, At least 37 people drowned and 75 others were rescued after a boat carrying migrants to Greece sank off Turkey's western coast.
    (AFP, 1/30/16)
2016        Jan 30, In Russia 12 people were killed after a fire in a sewing room in Moscow. The dead were all workers from Central Asia and included 3 kids.
    (Reuters, 1/31/16)(AP, 2/1/16)

2016        Feb 2, Nine people, including two babies, were found drowned off the coast of western Turkey after a boat carrying people to Greece partly capsized.
    (Reuters, 2/2/16)

2016        Feb 3, An avalanche hit the Siachen Glacier in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir early today, trapping 10 Indian army soldiers in the snow. On Feb 8 soldier Hanamanthappa Koppad was found conscious and disoriented as the bodies of 9 others were recovered. Koppad died of his injuries on Feb 11.
    (AP, 2/3/16)(AP, 2/9/16)(Reuters, 2/11/16)

2016        Feb 5, A fire at a hotel in Arbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, killed 19 people and injured dozens more.
    (AFP, 2/5/16)
2016        Feb 5, In northeastern South Africa 87 miners were rescued after a cave-in at a Vantage Goldfields mine in Barbeton town, Mpumalanga province. 3 men remained missing in a mobile office buried in a sinkhole.
    (Reuters, 2/5/16)(AP, 2/10/16)

2016        Feb 6, In the Austrian Alps 5 people were killed when a "massive" avalanche struck skiers from the Czech Republic taking part in a freeriding camp.
    (AP, 2/7/16)
2016        Feb 6, In Bulgaria 2 female migrants found dead in a mountainous rural region due to freezing conditions near the southeastern town of Malko Tarnovo.
    (AFP, 2/7/16)
2016        Feb 6, In southern Pakistan a fire killed all 10 members of a fisherman's family on Kharo Chan island, Sindh province.
    (AP, 2/7/16)
2016        Feb 6, A powerful earthquake struck southern Taiwan early today killing at least 59 people, most in the 17-storey Weiguan Golden Dragon apartment complex that collapsed. At least four people, including an 8-year-old girl, were rescued on Feb 8 from the high-rise building. 270 people survived. Lin Ming-hui, the developer of the building, was arrested on Feb 8. Rescue efforts ended on Feb 13 with 116 confirmed dead and one person still missing.
    (AFP, 2/6/16)    (AP, 2/8/16)(Reuters, 2/9/16)(AP, 2/13/16)

2016        Feb 8, Twenty-four migrants, including 11 children, drowned in the Aegean Sea as they tried to cross from Turkey to Greece.
    (AFP, 2/8/16)

2016        Feb 9, In Germany 10 people were killed and dozens injured when two passenger trains collided head-on near a Bavarian spa town about 60 km (37 miles) southeast of Munich. In July German prosecutors brought charges against a rail dispatcher accused of causing the crash that killed 12 while playing a mobile phone game on duty. On Dec 5 dispatcher Michael Paul (40) was sentenced to three-and-a-half-years in prison.
    (Reuters, 2/9/16)(AP, 2/10/16)(AFP, 7/18/16)(AP, 12/5/16)

2016        Feb 10, In Pakistan a car slammed into a gas tanker, causing a fireball that killed 10 people, including six children eastern Punjab province.
    (AP, 2/10/16)

2016        Feb 11, In western France at least six children were killed when a school minibus crashed into a truck in Rochefort, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead near the Swiss border.
    (AFP, 2/11/16)

2016        Feb 13, In Sweden 5 British men, reportedly including members of British indie band Viola Beach, were killed when their car drove through a barrier and plunged into a canal near Stockholm.
    (AP, 2/14/16)

2016        Feb 14, In southern Pakistan a train crashed into a van at a crossing, killing eight people and injuring four from the same family.
    (AFP, 2/15/16)

2016        Feb 16, In Russia at least 7 people, including two children, were killed when a gas explosion caused part of a block of flats to collapse in Yaroslavl.
    (AFP, 2/16/16)

2016        Feb 17, In Ghana at least 53 people died when a government-operated passenger bus collided with a truck carrying tomatoes.
    (AP, 2/18/16)

2016        Feb 20, Residents of Fiji hunkered down as Cyclone Winston tore through the Pacific island chain, prompting authorities to impose a nationwide curfew and declare a monthlong state of disaster. Cyclone Winston flattened remote villages and killed at least 44 people.
    (AP, 2/20/16)(AFP, 2/24/16)

2016        Feb 24, In central Nepal a small plane carrying 23 people crashed in bad weather into a mountain. All those aboard, including two foreigners, were confirmed dead.
    (AP, 2/24/16)

2016        Feb 25, In Russia explosions at a coal mine in the far north Komi region killed four miners, and a further 26 were missing at the Severnaya coal mine. On Feb 28 emergency services said the 26 miners have died and rescue operations have been halted after a third blast underground killed 6 rescue workers.
    (AFP, 2/26/16)(AFP, 2/28/16)

2016        Feb 27, In southern California 3 people were killed after a driver lost control and slammed into a UPS truck during a street race on I-5 in Commerce. In 2019 DEalio Lockhart (38) was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/15/19, p.A5)

2016        Mar 1, In Oman a bus traveling through the northwestern desert crashed into a truck and a passing car later slammed into the wreckage early today, killing at least 18 people and injuring 16 others.
    (AP, 3/1/16)

2016        Mar 3, Angola state media reported that at least 24 people, many of them children, died and dozens were missing after a flash-flood swept through a market in the southern city of Lubango.
    (Reuters, 3/3/16)
2016        Mar 3, In Mexico least four people died were when scaffolding collapsed at a cathedral under construction in the southern city of Tuxtepec.
    (AP, 3/4/16)
2016        Mar 3, In Zimbabwe 31 people were killed in a bus accident after a burst front tire sent the vehicle careening into the oncoming lane in the Midlands city of Kwekwe.
    (AP, 3/5/16)

2016        Mar 4, In Indonesia the Rafelia II ferry sunk in the Bali Strait, killing 5 of the 81 people on board including a mother and her infant child.
    (Reuters, 3/6/16)

2016        Mar 6, In Dubai a yellow, two-seat Ferrari 458 Spider jumped a curb and slammed into a pole, splitting the sports car in half near the Jumeirah Lake Towers neighborhood. Those killed were identified as Boston bombing survivor Victoria McGrath, Northeastern University student Priscilla Perez Torres, Canadian boxer Cody Nixon and James Portuondo. High speed and alcohol were involved.
    (AP, 3/9/16)
2016        Mar 6, The Turkish Coast Guard rescued 15 people and recovered 18 bodies in the Aegean Sea near the town of Didim. At least 25 people drowned including 3 children.
    (Reuters, 3/6/16)(SSFC, 3/6/16, p.A3)

2016        Mar 7, In Atlanta, Georgia, a fire engulfed a boarding house in Atlanta, killing six people.
    (AFP, 3/7/16)(SFC, 3/8/16, p.A7)

2016        Mar 8, In southeastern Congo DRC 2 workers at Glencore's Katanga Mining copper and cobalt operation died and five remain missing after a pit wall collapsed. A collapsed wall at the open-pit mine killed all 7 people. A 10-day search effort recovered only 3 bodies.
    (Reuters, 3/8/16)(Reuters, 3/17/16)
2016        Mar 8, In Nigeria a five-storey building under construction collapsed in an upmarket area of Lagos. At least 34 people were killed.
    (AP, 3/9/16)(AP, 3/10/16)

2016        Mar 9, Five Afghans, including two children and a six-month old baby, drowned late today in the Aegean trying to reach Greece as Turkey starts to implement an EU agreement to curb illegal migration.
    (Reuters, 3/10/16)

2016        Mar 11, Brazilian officials said mudslides and flooding caused by overnight heavy downpours have killed at least 15 people including a 4-year-old boy in low-income neighborhoods on Sao Paulo's outskirts.
    (AP, 3/11/16)

2016        Mar 12, In the Italian Alps six backcountry skiers died in an avalanche, others were rescued and emergency workers were still looking for more possible victims.
    (AP, 3/12/16)
2016        Mar 12, In northwest Pakistan heavy rain caused the collapse of a coal mine, killing at least 8 miners and leaving another four missing and feared dead. Officials said heavy rains in other parts of the northwest have led to the deaths of 7 people in two days due to collapsing roofs and walls.
    (AP, 3/12/16)

2016        Mar 13, In Thailand 8 people died and seven were injured when they accidentally triggered a fire extinguisher system inside the vault of at the Bangkok headquarters of the Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) and released a suffocating cloud of chemicals.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)
2016        Mar 13, In Zimbabwe an Italian father and son were shot dead by wildlife rangers while on an anti-poaching patrol in an apparent case of mistaken identity in the Mana Pools national park. Claudio Chiarelli (50) had lived in Zimbabwe since 1982 and that his son (20) was born in the country.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)

2016        Mar 16, In southern Jordan a bus overturned late today in a remote area. The number of Palestinian pilgrims killed rose overnight from 14 to 16, including nine who had been pinned under the vehicle.
    (AP, 3/17/16)

2016        Mar 18, A cruise ship off the Florida coast rescued 18 Cuban migrants who said nine fellow travelers died during their 22-day-long journey.
    (Reuters, 3/18/16)

2016        Mar 19, In Brazil Roger Agnelli (56), the former head of mining giant Vale, died along with six other people when a small plane crashed into a residential building in Sao Paulo.
    (AFP, 3/20/16)
2016        Mar 19, Libyan authorities said they had rescued nearly 600 migrants from four boats, one of which sank. 9 migrants drowned. They were among several hundred who were discovered aboard dilapidated boats off the port of Zawiya, west of Tripoli.
    (Reuters, 3/19/16)(AFP, 3/20/16)
2016        Mar 19, In northern Pakistan a mudslide on a hilly track buried 8 teenage students returning home after exams after several days of heavy rain in the village of Susam.
    (AP, 3/20/16)
2016        Mar 19, In Russia all 62 people aboard a passenger jet flying from Dubai to southern Russia were killed when their plane crashed on its second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport. There was strong wind at the airport with a speed of 43 km per hour, with gusts up to 69 km.
    (Reuters, 3/19/16)
2016        Mar 19, In western Saudi Arabia at least 19 pilgrims died, all of them Egyptian, and 22 were injured early today when their bus overturned.
    (AFP, 3/19/16)

2016        Mar 20, In northeastern Spain a bus carrying university exchange students back from the country’s largest fireworks festival crashed on a main highway, killing at least 13 passengers and injuring 34 others in Catalonia province.
    (AP, 3/20/16)

2016        Mar 22, In Singapore 2 maintenance staff working on elevated tracks in the mass transit system were hit and killed by a train.
    (AP, 3/22/16)

2016        Mar 23, In northern China a coal mine accident killed 19 miners on an underground platform in Shouzhou city, Shanxi province.
    (SFC, 3/24/16, p.A2)

2016        Mar 24, In central France a minibus carrying Portuguese nationals resident in Switzerland back home for the Easter vacation crashed head-on with a truck, killing all 12 passengers including a 7-year-old girl just before midnight.
    (AP, 3/25/16)

2016        Mar 25, Iran's official IRNA news agency said that an air ambulance helicopter has crashed in southern Iran, killing all seven onboard.
    (AP, 3/25/16)

2016        Mar 28, In Guatemala at least 19 people were killed after the bus they were traveling in plunged down a 200-meter (660 feet) ravine near the town of Nahuala.
    (Reuters, 3/28/16)

2016        Mar 29, In Turkey a fire at a refugee camp near the border with Syria killed three Syrian children and wounded six other people near the town of Derik, Mardin province.
    (AP, 3/29/16)

2016        Mar 31, In India an overpass under construction in Kolkata collapsed on to vehicles and street vendors below, killing at least 14 people with more than 100 people feared trapped.
    (Reuters, 3/31/16)

2016        Apr 1, In western Afghanistan 11 men employed by the HALO Trust mine clearing organization were abducted in Herat province. At least 11 people were killed in a road accident just outside Herat.
    (AP, 4/2/16)

2016        Apr 2, In Spain 7 people died in a pre-dawn crash between two cars near the northern city of Figueres. 5 people of a car with French license plates were between 19 and 22 and not wearing seatbelts.
    (AP, 4/2/16)

2016        Apr 3, Amtrak Train 89 struck a piece of heavy equipment on the tracks outside Philadelphia, causing the train's lead engine to derail and killing two Amtrak workers.
    (CSM, 4/4/16)
2016        Apr 3, In Cambodia a driver trying to ease his car onto a river ferry stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake, plunging the vehicle into the water and killing 7 passengers.
    (AP, 4/4/16)
2016        Apr 3, In northwestern Pakistan flash floods triggered by overnight torrential rains killed at least 36 people in several areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 4/3/16)
2016        Apr 3, In southwestern Saudi Arabia two vans collided, killing 15 people, including six children in the Wadi bin Hashbal region of Asir province.
    (AP, 4/3/16)
2016        Apr 3, In central Thailand a train smashed into a double-decker bus carrying Thai tourists at an unguarded railway crossing in Nakhon Pathom province. Local media reported that three people were killed and more than two dozen injured.
    (AP, 4/3/16)

2016        Apr 4, The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation reported that 23 people were killed and 84 more people were injured when a river that crosses Jigjiga, the regional capital of the Somali region, burst its banks a day earlier.
    (AP, 4/5/16)
2016        Apr 4, Pakistani officials said flash floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 55 people and rescuers were trying to help thousands of survivors including some cut off by a landslide in a mountain valley.
    (Reuters, 4/4/16)

2016        Apr 5, In Brazil a gas explosion ripped through an apartment complex north of Rio de Janeiro early today, killing 5 people and injuring 13.
    (AFP, 4/5/16)

2016        Apr 7, Two Indonesian military skydivers plunged to their deaths during an airshow rehearsal in Jakarta.
    (AP, 4/7/16)

2016        Apr 8, In southeastern Peru a bus trying to avoid an oncoming truck drove off a highway in a remote zone and tumbled into the Mapacho River, killing at least 23 people.
    (AP, 4/9/16)

2016        Apr 9, Four migrant women and a child drowned off the Greek island of Samos in the first deaths in the Aegean Sea since a controversial EU-Turkey deal took effect three weeks ago.
    (AFP, 4/9/16)

2016        Apr 10, In southern India 108 people were killed and nearly 400 injured when a massive fire swept through a Hindu temple during an unauthorized fireworks display in the Kerala state village of Paravoor. Five employees of a fireworks manufacturer who was given the contract for running the show were soon taken into custody. By April 12 the death toll rose to 112 and seven officials at the Puttingal temple were arrested.
    (AP, 4/10/16)(Reuters, 4/11/16)(SFC, 4/13/16, p.A3)

2016        Apr 11, In India 10 people were electrocuted by an overhead high-voltage wire that fell on them during a demonstration outside a police station in the northeastern state of Assam. Police bullets hit the overhead cable, which came crashing down on the demonstrators demanding that police hand them two suspects arrested for the murder of two members of their tea workers community last week.   
    (AP, 4/11/16)

2016        Apr 12, Malawi's President Peter Mutharika declared a national disaster after a severe drought ravaged the southern African nation and appealed for 1.2 million tons of maize to plug a looming deficit of the staple.
    (Reuters, 4/14/16)(Econ, 4/16/16, p.40)
2016        Apr 12, In eastern Nepal at least 22 people were killed when a bus slipped off a mountain gravel road and rolled down a hill.
    (AP, 4/12/16)

2016        Apr 13, In Pakistan a head-on collision between a passenger bus and truck killed at least 19 passengers, including women and children, in eastern Punjab province.
    (AP, 4/13/16)

2016        Apr 14, In the Canary Islands a four-story apartment building collapsed in Arona, near the beach on the island of Tenerife. At least 6 people were killed and one resident remained missing.
    (AP, 4/16/16)
2016        Apr 14, In southern Japan an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck 11 km (7 miles) east of Kumamoto, bringing down some buildings. 9 people were killed. More than 100 aftershocks continued to rattle the region.
    (Reuters, 4/14/16)(AP, 4/15/16)(AFP, 4/16/16)
2016        Apr 14, Saudi Civil Defense said rains and flooding have killed 18 people throughout the country and 915 had to be rescued from inside their vehicles.
    (Reuters, 4/14/16)

2016        Apr 15, In Uruguay a powerful tornado swept over the small city of Dolores, ripping up houses, hurling cars into the air and killing at least four people.
    (AP, 4/16/16)
2016        Apr 15, In Vietnam 9 sixth-grade boys from the same class drowned after going for a swim in Tra Khuc river in central province of Quang Ngai.
    (AP, 4/15/16)

2016        Apr 16, In Ecuador a magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed 660 people, caused devastation in coastal towns and left an unknown number trapped in ruins. More than 700 aftershocks soon followed.
    (Reuters, 4/17/16)(AFP, 4/23/16)(SFC, 5/17/16, p.A2)
2016        Apr 16, In southern Egypt 8 people were killed when a vehicle crashed into a passing train in Aswan province.
    (AFP, 4/16/16)
2016        Apr 16, Just 41 people were saved by a passing merchant ship and brought to Greece. Up to 500 people are believed to have died, when an overcrowded boat sank in the southern Mediterranean.
    (Reuters, 4/22/16)
2016        Apr 16, In southern Japan a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed at least 32 people just two days after a 6.2 quake. The death from the two quakes rose to 41 and scores of people were feared buried alive. 11 people remained missing.
    (AFP, 4/16/16)(Reuters, 4/17/16)

2016        Apr 17, In India a bus carrying members of an opera troupe plunged into a gorge killing at least 25 people in Orissa state.
    (SFC, 4/18/16, p.A2)
2016        Apr 17, In eastern Indonesia rain-triggered floods and landslides left six villagers missing in a remote mountainous district of West Papua province.
    (AP, 4/18/16)
2016        Apr 17, In South Africa at least 11 people were killed and 59 more injured when a bus transporting African National Congress (ANC) supporters from an election rally in Port Elizabeth overturned.
    (Reuters, 4/17/16)

2016        Apr 18, In Texas flooding in and around Houston killed at least five people and prompted mass rescues.
    (AP, 4/19/16)
2016        Apr 18, Afghan officials said flash floods in northern provinces killed at least 38 people overnight.
    (AP, 4/18/16)
2016        Apr 18, Authorities in Thailand said that 442 people died in traffic accidents during the just concluded traditional New Year holiday — a 21 percent rise over the same period last year despite stern efforts to curb drunken and unsafe driving.
    (AP, 4/18/16)

2016        Apr 19, Indian officials said weeks of sweltering temperatures have caused more than 160 deaths in southern and eastern India.
    (AP, 4/20/16)

2016        Apr 20, President Rafael Correa said Ecuador will temporarily increase some taxes, sell assets, and may issue new bonds on the international market to fund a multi-billion dollar reconstruction after a devastating 7.8 magnitude quake. The death toll from the weekend earthquake neared 600.
    (Reuters, 4/21/16)
2016        Apr 20, In Mexico an accidental leak caused a deadly petrochemical plant blast near the port of Coatzacoalcos killed at least 13 people. The death toll soon rose to 32.
    (Reuters, 4/21/16)(AP, 4/23/16)(SFC, 4/26/16, p.A2)

2016        Apr 21, In Greece two men who were among 41 people picked up over the weekend from a boat found adrift in the Mediterranean Sea described surviving what they say was a shipwreck last week that might have killed up to 500 people.
    (AP, 4/21/16)

2016        Apr 22, In northeastern India torrential rains triggered a mudslide that buried a labor camp bordering China in Arunachal Pradesh state, killing 17 people.
    (AP, 4/22/16)
2016        Apr 22, In eastern India a fire killed 12 people who were sleeping after they attended a wedding in a village in Bihar state.
    (AP, 4/22/16)

2016        Apr 25, In eastern Burundi nearly 30 schoolchildren and their supervisors were killed and many more injured when their truck crashed outside Musongati.
    (AFP, 4/25/16)
2016        Apr 25, In northern China a coal mine flooded in Tongchuan city, Shaanxi province, leaving 11 miners missing.
    (AP, 4/25/16)

2016        Apr 27, In Guatemala at least 4 people died in a landslide at a trash dump in Guatemala City. Two days later 24 people were listed as missing.
    (http://tinyurl.com/hnqpobv)(SFC, 4/230/16, p.A2)

2016        Apr 28, India’s eastern state of Bihar issued an advisory asking people not to cook or conduct religious ceremonies between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. after 10 children and five adults were killed in a fire sparked during a Hindu prayer ceremony in the Aurangabad district. Accidental fires exacerbated by dry, hot and windy weather had swept through shantytowns and thatched-roof houses in villages killing 79 people.
    (AP, 4/30/16)(http://tinyurl.com/znslygz)

2016        Apr 29, In China a roadside activity center was crushed by stones from an overturned truck, leaving 14 people dead in the southern province of Guizhou. The accident was apparently caused by the failure of the truck's brakes.
    (AP, 4/30/16)
2016        Apr 29, In Kenya a six-story building in Nairobi collapsed late today following heavy rain. A woman was rescued on May 5 after being trapped for six days in the rubble. Over the next days the death toll rose to 49 people with dozens still missing.
    (Reuters, 4/30/16)(AP, 5/5/16)(Reuters, 5/8/16)
2016        Apr 29, Off western Norway a helicopter traveling from a North Sea oil field to Bergen, 120 km (74 miles) away on the Norwegian mainland, crashed into a tiny island killing all 13 aboard. In 2017 the country's Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) said metal fatigue in the aircraft's gearbox caused the crash.
    (AP, 4/29/16)(Reuters, 4/28/17)

2016        Apr 30, In Texas a grandmother and 4 of her grandchildren were killed and another person also died in floods caused by storms that unleashed tornadoes, damaging hail and torrential rains on several central US states.
    (Reuters, 5/1/16)

2016        May 2, In northern India dozens of fires were spreading unpredictably in the states of Uttarakhand and neighboring Himachal Pradesh. Massive wildfires in the two states have killed at least seven people in recent weeks. The fires extended into Nepal where 11 people have died fighting fires across the country, the worst in six years.
    (AP, 5/2/16)(Reuters, 5/2/16)

2016        May 4, In central India a passenger bus fell into a dry river bed after crashing through the railing of a bridge, killing 16 people in Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 5/5/16)

2016        May 5, In central India a heavy rainstorm collapsed tents and gates at a sprawling Hindu pilgrimage site, killing at least 6 people and injuring 30 in the town of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh state. The festival is held every 12 years in Ujjain.
    (AP, 5/5/16)
2016        May 5, In Malaysia a Eurocopter AS350 ferrying Plantation Industries and Commodities Deputy Minister Noriah Kasnon and her husband Asmuni Abdullah from Sarawak's interior to its capital Kuching went missing. All 6 people aboard were killed.
    (AFP, 5/6/16)
2016        May 5, In northern Myanmar at least 13 people were killed by a landslide of jade mining waste in Kachin state.
    (AP, 5/6/16)

2016        May 6, In Denmark a jet ski slammed into a rental boat containing a group of students killing Leah Bell (18) of Madisonville, Louisiana, and Linsey Malia (21) of Easton, Massachusetts. On Jan. 4, 2018, a 24-year-old man was sentenced to two years in jail for aggravated manslaughter.
    (AP, 1/4/18)

2016        May 7, China's navy searched for 17 sailors missing after their fishing boat collided early today with another vessel in the East China Sea. A passing fishing boat pulled the bodies of two sailors from the ocean. State media said the other ship in the collision, the Malta-flagged cargo vessel Catalina, appeared not to have stopped but continued sailing in a southwestern direction.
    (AP, 5/7/16)

2016        May 8, In China a landslide triggered by heavy rain hit a hydroelectric power station that was under construction in southeastern Fujian province. At least 41 people were missing.
    (Reuters, 5/8/16)

2016        May 9, Rwanda said at least 49 people have been killed by landslides in the country's north following heavy rains over the weekend.
    (AP, 5/9/16)

2016        May 14, In Texas 8 people were killed and 43 were injured after a charter bus heading to a casino in the town of Eagle Pass rolled over on the highway.
    (AFP, 5/14/16)
2016        May 14, Bangladesh local media said 64 people have been killed by lightning over the past two days during tropical storms across the country.
    (AP, 5/14/16)
2016        May 14, In southern India a truck and an overcrowded motorized rickshaw collided in Telangana state killing 16 people, half of them from a single family.
    (AP, 5/15/16)
2016        May 14, In India an overcrowded boat sank following a village fair in West Bengal state. Rescuers soon recovered 18 bodies from the Hooghly river.
    (AP, 5/16/16)
2016        May 14, In Peru at least 12 people died when a passenger bus veered off the road and crashed along the country's northern coast.
    (AP, 5/14/16)

2016        May 16, In western Indonesia rescuers found the bodies of 17 people who were among 20 university students and two guides who went missing in rain-triggered floods and landslides at a popular waterfall. One student was found alive. 4 people remained missing.
    (AP, 5/16/16)

2016        May 17, Sri Lankan disaster officials said flash floods and landslides, triggered by more than three days of heavy rain, have forced more than 130,000 people from their homes. The death toll soon reached 92 with at least 109 people missing.
    (Reuters, 5/17/16)(AP, 5/18/16)(AP, 5/21/16)(SFC, 5/23/16, p.A2)

2016        May 18, In northern Afghanistan at least 20 people were killed in flash floods that hit the province of Sari Pul. The early morning floods hit the district of Kohistanat in the remote south of Sari Pul.
    (AP, 5/18/16)

2016        May 19, An EgyptAir Airbus 320 jet carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean south of Greece. Athens said the plane swerved in mid-air before plunging from cruising height and vanishing. Greek officials soon reported pieces of plastic and two life vests found floating some 230 miles south of Crete. On Dec 15 Egypt’s government reported that traces of explosives have been found on some of the victims of an EgyptAir flight.
    (Reuters, 5/19/16)(AP, 12/15/16)
2016        May 19, In western Nepal a landslide swept into a mountain village, killing at least four people and leaving three missing in Katwada village.
    (AP, 5/20/16)

2016        May 20, In southern China at least 8 people were killed and another four went missing in a strong storm that hammered the city of Xinyi. Officials said the storm brought the heaviest rainfall since 1954, when authorities started to collect weather data.
    (AP, 5/21/16)

2016        May 21, In Bangladesh cyclone Roanu unleashed heavy rain and strong winds on the southern coastal region, killing at least 11. About 100,000 people were forced from their homes on Moheshkhali island in Cox's Bazar.
    (AP, 5/21/16)
2016        May 21, In Bangladesh 3 workers were killed when fire engulfed a textile factory in Narsingdi.
    (Reuters, 5/21/16)
2016        May 21, In Indonesia Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province blasted volcanic ash as high as 3 km (2 miles) into the sky. At least 7 people were killed while working on their farms in the village of Gamber.
    (AP, 5/22/16)

2016        May 22, In northern Thailand a nighttime fire at a dormitory of a primary school killed 18 girls, many of whom had been roused by a dorm-mate but went back to sleep, thinking it was a prank.
    (AP, 5/23/16)

2016        May 23, In Myanmar a collapse at an illegal mine killed at least 13 people in northern Kachin State.
    (Reuters, 5/24/16)

2016        May 25, The Italian navy said a large wooden fishing boat overcrowded with migrants capsized off the coast of Libya, with some 550 people rescued and five found dead so far. An estimated 100 people were missing from the smugglers' boat.
    (Reuters, 5/25/16)(AP, 5/29/16)

2016        May 26, In India a powerful blast in a chemical factory located near a residential area in a Mumbai suburb killed five people and left 92 injured.
    (Reuters, 5/26/16)
2016        May 26, Italian officials said another migrant boat has capsized in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya. Some 20 bodies were spotted in the sea. Officials said 88 people had been rescued. Later estimates by police and humanitarian organizations ranged from around 400 to about 550 missing in the sinking of a wooden fishing boat being towed by another smugglers' boat from the Libyan port of Sabratha.
    (Reuters, 5/26/16)(AP, 5/26/16)(AP, 5/29/16)
2016        May 26, In southern Thailand 3 foreign tourists were killed and a British man left missing after a speedboat crashed and capsized in bad weather near the island of Samui.
    (Reuters, 5/27/16)

2016        May 27, Record rainfall and severe flooding hit hard parts of southeast Texas. By May 30 least 6 people person were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 5/27/16)(SFC, 5/31/16, p.A5)
2016        May 27, The Italian navy vessel Vega rescued 135 migrants and picked up 45 bodies in the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 5/28/16)

2016        May 28, Italian coast guard and navy ships, aided by an Irish naval vessel, saved more than 500 migrants from smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean off Libya. 135 people were rescued in a shipwreck, 45 bodies were recovered and an unknown numbers of migrants were still missing.
    (AP, 5/28/16)(AP, 5/29/16)

2016        May 29, In Ukraine 17 people died when an unlicensed home for elderly people caught fire in the village of Litochky in the early hours.
    (AFP, 5/29/16)

2016        May 31, In western India a fire broke out at a major ammunition depot, killing at least 17 army personnel at the Pulgaon ammunitions depot, Maharashtra state.
    (AP, 5/31/16)

2016        Jun 1, In Mauritania 8 women were trampled to death in a stampede to receive alms being distributed by a charity ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
    (Reuters, 6/2/16)

2016        Jun 2, In central Texas a US Army troop carrier overturned in a swollen Fort Hood creek, killing 9 soldiers.
    (Reuters, 6/3/16)(AFP, 6/4/16)
2016        Jun 2, German officials said at least 5 people have been killed in floods caused by prolonged heavy rain in southern Bavaria state and thousands of households were cut off from electricity. Earlier this week 3 people were killed in floods in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and a young girl was killed by a train as she took shelter from the rain under a railway bridge.
    (Reuters, 6/2/16)
2016        Jun 2, Libya’s navy retrieved the bodies of at least 117 migrants on a beach in the western town of Zwara. By June 5 the number reached 133.
    (AFP, 6/3/16)(SFC, 6/4/16, p.A4)(Reuters, 6/5/16)

2016        Jun 3, Four bodies were recovered and 340 people rescued after a boat carrying migrants across the Mediterranean Sea sank south of the Greek island of Crete. Survivors later said 648 or 650 men, women and children were on the ship. Some 320 migrants and refugees were feared to have drowned.
    (AP, 6/3/16)(Reuters, 6/7/16)

2016        Jun 4, In southwestern China a leisure boat capsized on Bailong Lake during strong winds, killing one child and leaving another 14 people missing in Sichuan province.
    (AP, 6/5/16)

2016        Jun 5, In eastern Belgium a high speed train slammed violently into the back of a slow-moving freight train that was traveling on the same track crash late today, killing at least 3 people with nine others injured.
    (AFP, 6/6/16)
2016        Jun 5, In western India a speeding bus struck two cars on the Navi Mumbai highway in a crash that killed at least 17 people and injured 35 others.
    (AP, 6/5/16)
2016        Jun 5, In southern Turkey a bus carrying school children, teachers and parents plunged into an irrigation canal in Osmaniye province, killing 14 people including 6 children.
    (AP, 6/6/16)

2016        Jun 6, In France a fire in an apartment building near the national stadium in  Saint-Denis left at least 5 people dead and 11 injured.
    (AP, 6/7/16)
2016        Jun 6, In Saudi Arabia a road accident involving a bus and a truck killed 15 people and left 60 injured on the road between Riyadh and al-Qassim.
    (AP, 6/7/16)

2016        Jun 8, In Michigan 5 bicyclists were killed and four injured when a pickup truck slammed into a group of riders in Kalamazoo County. On June 11, 2018, Charles Pickett Jr. (52) was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison.
    (SFC, 6/9/16, p.A9)(SFC, 6/12/18, p.A12)
2016        Jun 8, In southern Thailand two speedboats packed with 62 tourists crashed off the coast, leaving at least two dead and more than 20 injured.
    (AP, 6/8/16)

2016        Jun 9, In Wyoming 3 German motorcyclists were killed and three injured in a traffic accident outside of Yellowstone National Park. Manuel Moreno Defuentes (61) of Oregon was soon charged with misdemeanor homicide by vehicle after his pickup crashed into a group of motorcyclists.
    (AP, 6/10/16)
2016        Jun 9, A bus in southern Brazil veered off the side a highway and crashed, leaving 16 dead and 30 injured on the outskirts of Mogi das Cruzes.
    (AP, 6/9/16)

2016        Jun 10, In Canada a female German exchange student (18) and a female Canadian (17) were struck by a train in the east coast province of Nova Scotia.
    (AP, 6/10/16)
2016        Jun 10, In Pakistan 5 worshippers were killed and five injured when a steel shed in the courtyard of a central Karachi mosque collapsed.
    (AP, 6/10/16)
2016        Jun 10, In Thailand a passenger van overturned and caught fire on a highway in Chonburi, killing 11 school teachers inside.
    (AP, 6/11/16)
2016        Jun 10, In southern Turkey a truck slammed into a van carrying agricultural laborers, killing at least 10 people and injuring four others near the town of Eregli, in Konya province.
    (AP, 6/10/16)

2016        Jun 11, In Congo DRC two boats collided on Lake Maindombe capsizing one vessel and killing at least 27 people.
    (SFC, 6/13/16, p.A2)
2016        Jun 11, In South Africa 8 people including three children died in a house fire in Cape Town.
    (AFP, 6/11/16)

2016        Jun 14, In northeastern India a passenger bus skidded off a mountain road and fell into a gorge in Meghalaya state, killing at least 25 people near Sonapur town.
    (AP, 6/15/16)

2016        Jun 16, In Zambia 19 Ethiopian migrants suffocated to death along the border with Congo inside a container truck, where survivors inside banged on the sides until border officials opened it. A total of 95 Ethiopians were aboard the truck.
    (AP, 6/24/16)

2016        Jun 17, In central Romania 4 people were killed when a bus carrying children and teachers traveling to a folklore festival overturned near the village of Persani.
    (AP, 6/17/16)

2016        Jun 18, In Virginia 6 people were killed early today when a van carrying 16 people overturned multiple times on I-95 in Caroline County.
    (SSFC, 6/19/16, p.A7)
2016        Jun 18, In Russia at least 11 children and their adult instructor died in a storm while boating on a lake in the northwestern region of Karelia.
    (AP, 6/19/16)

2016        Jun 19, Indonesia reported that at least 35 people have been killed by landslides and floods on Java island this weekend with many others missing. By the next day the death toll rose to 47.
    (AP, 6/19/16)(AP, 6/20/16)

2016        Jun 20, China’s government said severe floods in the south have killed at least 22 people and left 20 missing June 18, with the rains expected to continue for the next three days. Three days of heavy rain last week had already killed 14 people.
    (Reuters, 6/20/16)

2016        Jun 21, In Serbia a bus carrying Slovak tourists swerved off the road, killing 5 people and injuring 23.
    (AP, 6/21/16)

2016        Jun 22, Indian officials said lightning has killed 74 people, mostly farm laborers working in fields, across eastern and northern India over the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 6/22/16)
2016        Jun 22, In southern Iran a road accident in killed 19 people when a bus plunged into a ravine near Shiraz.
    (AP, 6/22/16)

2016        Jun 23, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a state of emergency for 44 counties in his state. By the next day the deluge of rain destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes and killed at least 23 people.
    (SFC, 6/25/16, p.A5)
2016        Jun 23, In eastern China a violent storm and freak tornado killed 98 people and injured hundreds as it flattened power lines, overturned cars and ripped roofs off houses in Yancheng, Jiangsu province.
    (Reuters, 6/24/16)(AP, 7/1/16)

2016        Jun 26, In Colorado an Amtrak train collided with a van outside Trinidad killing 5 people after the van failed to yield right of way to the train.
    (SFC, 6/27/16, p.A4)
2016        Jun 26, In central China at least 35 people, including two children, died after a tour bus crashed and caught fire in Hunan province.
    (AP, 6/26/16)

2016        Jun 30, Italy’s coast guard said 10 women died in a sinking boat packed with migrants off the coast of Libya today and hundreds of other people were rescued in two separate operations.
    (Reuters, 6/30/16)

2016        Jul 1, In southwest China 10 people were killed in a mudslide and 12 others remained buried under debris in a mountainous region of Guizhou province.
    (AP, 7/1/16)
2016        Jul 1, In northern China an overnight sleeper bus fell off an expressway into a ditch after a tire burst, killing 26 people at the Baodi section on the Tianjin-Jixian expressway.
    (AP, 7/1/16)
2016        Jul 1, In northern India torrential rains triggered heavy floods and landslides that poured down hills in Uttarakhand state, killing at least 18 people and destroying dozens of homes. At least 25 people were missing in seven villages in Pithoragarh.
    (AP, 7/1/16)

2016        Jul 2, In Florida 5 people were killed and 25 injured when a bus carrying farmworkers collided with a tractor-trailer on US 98 in the state’s Panhandle.
    (SSFC, 7/3/16, p.A8)
2016        Jul 2, In northern China a coal mine flooded and trapped 12 miners.
    (AP, 7/2/16)

2016        Jul 3, Chinese authorities said three days of heavy rain in southern China have left 50 people dead and another 12 missing and destroyed thousands of homes, as areas along the Yangtze River braced for more floods. The death toll soon rose to 128 with damages to more than 1.9 million hectares of crops and direct economic losses of more than 38 billion yuan ($5.70 billion).
    (AP, 7/3/16)(Reuters, 7/5/16)
2016        Jul 3, An Indian official said at least 40 people were feared dead following a weekend downpour that triggered flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand state.
    (Reuters, 7/3/16)
2016        Jul 3, In northern Pakistan heavy monsoon rains overnight triggered flash floods that killed at least 30 people in the Chitral district.
    (AP, 7/3/16)(SFC, 7/4/16, p.A2)

2016        Jul 4, In Mexico 11 tourists were killed in a bus crash south of Tulum, Quintana Roo state.
    (SFC, 7/5/16, p.A2)

2016        Jul 7, Five men were crushed to death when a concrete wall collapsed at a metal recycling site in Birmingham, Britain's second-largest city.
    (Reuters, 7/7/16)

2016        Jul 8, Super typhoon Nepartak hit Taiwan, driving thousands of people from their homes, disrupting power supplies and grounding more than 600 flights. The storm caused at least 3 deaths and more than 300 injuries.
    (Reuters, 7/8/16)(Reuters, 7/9/16)

2016        Jul 10, Chinese officials in Fujian province said at least 2 people were dead and 17 others missing after Typhoon Nepartak battered the coast with heavy rain and strong winds that toppled homes and triggered landslides. On July 18 news media reported that the government has fired three officials in Fujian province after tropical storm Nepartak killed 83 people and left 19 others missing.
    (AP, 7/10/16)(AP, 7/18/16)

2016        Jul 11, In Portugal 3 people died in an accident involving a Hercules C130 military cargo plane at the Montijo military airport.
    (Reuters, 7/11/16)

2016        Jul 12, In Italy at least 27 people were killed in a head-on collision between two passenger trains in the southern Italian region of Puglia.
    (AFP, 7/12/16)(Reuters, 7/13/16)
2016        Jul 12, A Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) rescue ship recovered the bodies of four migrants and rescued around 400 survivors from an overcrowded wooden boat in the Mediterranean between Italy and Libya.
    (Reuters, 7/12/16)

2016        Jul 13, Greek authorities recovered 4 bodies and rescued six people after a boat full of migrants overturned off the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos.
    (AP, 7/13/16)

2016        Jul 15, In eastern China 8 people in Longkou city, Shandong province, were killed when the construction elevator they were in plummeted from an apartment building.
    (AP, 7/17/16)
2016        Jul 15, Rescuers saved 366 migrants from rickety boats trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy but at least 20 people were reported to have drowned. The survivors were mainly from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 7/16/16)

2016        Jul 19, In Taiwan a tour bus carrying 24 visitors from China burst into flames on a highway near Taipei, killing all 26 people on board. On July 29 investigators said the driver, identified only by his surname Su, was drunk when the accident happened.
    (AP, 7/19/16)(AFP, 7/29/16)

2016        Jul 20, The Italian coast guard coordinated five separate rescue operations that saved 567 migrants. The bodies of 21 women and one man were found in a pool of fuel at the bottom of one smuggler’s boat.
    (AP, 7/21/16)

2016        Jul 23, In Madagascar a house fire broke out during a party. 38 people including 16 children were killed as the blaze ripped through a thatched roof.
    (AFP, 7/25/16)

2016        Jul 27, A Nepalese home ministry official said flash floods and landslides swept through villages, killing at least 58 people over two days.
    (Reuters, 7/27/16)

2016        Jul 28, Nepalese authorities said flash floods and landslides have killed at least 68 people in the past three days with another 15 missing.
    (Reuters, 7/28/16)
2016        Jul 28, In Syria at least 28 people, including seven children, died in air strikes on the village of al Ghandour in the countryside north of Manbij city. The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants conducted air strikes in the area in the last 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 7/29/16)
2016        Jul 28, In northern Ukraine three people died, including a NATO representative, in an explosion while a missile was being unloaded from a vehicle at a military installation.
    (Reuters, 7/29/16)

2016        Jul 29, India’s government said persistent heavy rains have caused widespread disruption in major cities and severe floods in the rugged northeast have killed at least 12 people.
    (AP, 7/29/16)
2016        Jul 29, In India a portion of a 13-story building under construction in the western city of Pune collapsed, killing at least 8 workers.
    (AP, 7/29/16)

2016        Jul 30, In central Texas 16 people were killed when a hot air balloon crashed in a fiery blaze on a rural field outside the town of Lockhart, one of the deadliest such accidents in history.
    (AFP, 7/30/16)
2016        Jul 30, Indian authorities tried to rescue thousands of people stranded in flooded villages after a week of heavy rain killed at least 52 people and uprooted tens of thousands of others from their homes in the states of Assam in the remote northeast and Bihar in the east.
    (AP, 7/30/16)
2016        Jul 30, In India 32 people were killed by lightning in the eastern state of Odisha.
    (Reuters, 7/31/16)
2016        Jul 30, In northwest Pakistan flash floods triggered by monsoon rains swept away a bus carrying a wedding party, killing people 27 people in the Landi Kotal tribal region.
    (AP, 7/31/16)

2016        Jul 31, In western Nebraska 5 people died in a fiery car crash the forced the closure of I-80 for several hours.
    (SFC, 8/1/16, p.A5)
2016        Jul 31, Bangladesh disaster management officials in Dhaka said lightning has killed 15 people over the the past two days.
    (Reuters, 7/31/16)
2016        Jul 31, In the Dominican Republic a storm knocked down power lines near the town of Nagua and started a fire that killed 6 passengers on a bus.
    (SFC, 8/1216, p.A2)
2016        Jul 31, In India at least 9 people were killed when a three-storey building collapsed in heavy rains in a Mumbai suburb.
    (Reuters, 7/31/16)
2016        Jul 31, In western Libya the mayor of Sabratha said more than 120 bodies of migrants who died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe have washed up around his town this month.
    (Reuters, 7/31/16)

2016        Aug 2, In central California a chartered bus hit a pole of an overhead sign on Highway 99, splitting the coach partway down the middle. Four people were killed. In 2017 driver Mario David Vasquez (58) was charged with vehicular manslaughter.
    (SFC, 8/3/16, p.D2)(SFC, 8/2/17, p.A10)
2016        Aug 2, Indian officials said the death toll in flooding from heavy monsoon rains has climbed to 96, with about a million people taking shelter in government-run relief camps. A century-old bridge over the Savitri River between Mumbai and Goa collapsed killing at least 20 people.
    (AP, 8/2/16)(Econ, 10/15/16, p.75)

2016        Aug 5, In Morocco a four-storey building in the Sbata district of Casablanca collapsed this evening. It had a cafe on the ground floor that had been teeming with customers and a doctor's clinic which was also full. At least 2 people were killed and one remained missing.
    (AFP, 8/6/16)
2016        Aug 6, In northern France a fire sparked by birthday cake candles tore through the Au Cuba Libre bar in Rouen, killing at least 13 people.
    (AFP, 8/6/16)
2016        Aug 6, In Macedonia at least 17 people died in flash floods in Skopje during an evening storm.
    (Reuters, 8/7/16)
2016        Aug 6, In Mexico 6 people died in landslides in the eastern state of Veracruz as what had been Tropical Storm Earl dumped heavy rains on the region.
    (AP, 8/6/16)

2016        Aug 7, In Kansas Caleb Schwab (10), the son of state Rep. Scott Schwab, was decapitated as he rode a 168-foot-tall water slide at the Schlitterbahn WaterPark in Kansas City. In 2018 the water park co-owner Jeff Henry was arrested. The slide's designer, John Schooley was also arrested.
    (SFC, 8/11/16, p.A6)(SFC, 4/5/18, p.A5)

2016        Aug 10, In Iraq a fire ripped through a maternity ward at a Baghdad hospital overnight, killing 12 newborn babies. The deadly blaze was likely caused by faulty electrical wiring.
    (AP, 8/10/16)

2016        Aug 11, In China an explosion at a power plant killed at least 21 people and injured five in Dangyang city, Hubei province.
    (Reuters, 8/11/16)

2016        Aug 14, Lousiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said as many as 10,000 people were living in shelters. A weekend of torrential rains left 5 people dead and prompted the federal government to declare a disaster.
    (AFP, 8/14/16)

2016        Aug 15, In Lousiana the death toll from flooding climbed to 7 with as many as 30,000 people rescued following unprecedented floods in the state.
    (AFP, 8/16/16)

2016        Aug 21, In Indonesia a small wooden tourist boat capsized in rough seas off Bintan island, south of Singapore. Only two of 17 people survived.
    (AP, 8/22/16)

2016        Aug 22, Indian officials said at least 40 people have died and hundreds of thousands have been evacuated as floods hit vast swathes of central and eastern India in recent days.
    (AP, 8/22/16)

2016        Aug 24, In Britain 5 men drowned off Camber Sands beach in southern England. The beach, known for rip-tides, had no lifeguard.
    (AP, 8/25/16)
2016        Aug 24, A magnitude 6-6.2 earthquake struck central Italy. 17 deaths were confirmed in Amatrice alone. The preliminary death toll was 38. The death toll soon climbed to 290. A Polish geologist said it was caused by the slow but constant under-surface movement of the African Plate toward Europe.
    (AP, 8/24/16)(AFP, 8/25/16)(AP, 8/27/16)
2016        Aug 24, In Myanmar a powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 shook the center of the country, knocking glasses off tables and sending people running out of buildings in Yangon. At least 4 people were killed.
    (AP, 8/24/16)(AP, 8/25/16)

2016        Aug 26, In Nepal at least 20 people were killed and another 17 hurt when bus drove off a highway and plunged into the Trishuli river near Chandibhanjyang.
    (AP, 8/26/16)

2016        Aug 27, In Russia a fire in a Moscow printing plant killed 17 people. A representative of the Kyrgyz diaspora in Russia said all the dead were members of its community. Some 500,000 Kyrgyz citizens worked in Russia.
    (Reuters, 8/27/16)

2016        Aug 28, In southern China 10 people were killed and dozens injured when a bus overturned on a highway in Nanning, Guangxi Autonomous Region.
    (AP, 8/28/16)

2016        Aug 31, In Japan 9 people were killed when floods inundated an old people's home in the town of Iwaizumi, taking the death toll from Typhoon Lionock battering northern parts of the country to at least 11. As of Sep 2 the death toll reached 14.
    (Reuters, 8/31/16)(AFP, 9/2/16)

2016        Sep 15, In northern China 4 people, including two children, died in a plane crash during an air show in Hebei province.
    (AP, 9/16/16)
2016        Sep 15, In China Typhoon Meranti swept into Fujian province after hitting Taiwan, leaving a total of two dead and dozens injured. Meranti killed at least 28 people in China, one in Taiwan and cut power to more than a million homes.
    (AP, 9/15/16)(AP, 9/17/16)(SSFC, 9/19/16, p.A5)
2016        Sep 15, In Indonesia 2 foreign tourists were killed and about 20 other people were injured in an explosion on a speedboat that was ferrying them from the tourist island of Bali to neighboring Lombok.
    (AP, 9/15/16)
2016        Sep 15, A Pakistani express train crashed into a freight train killing at least four people and injuring 93.
    (Reuters, 9/15/16)

2016        Sep 20, In Indonesia torrential rains triggered floods and landslides on the island of Java, killing at least 19 villagers.
    (AP, 9/21/16)

2016        Sep 21, A boat carrying around 600 people capsized off Egypt's coast. 169 people survived. Over the next two days 148 bodies were recovered. The boat was carrying Egyptian, Syrian, and African migrants. The toll rose to 178 after the boat was raised on September 27. The death toll was later raised to 202.
    (Reuters, 9/21/16)(Reuters, 9/22/16)(AP, 9/23/16)(AP, 9/27/16)(Reuters, 3/26/17)

2016        Sep 22, In Russia 8 firefighters were killed as they battled a blaze at a warehouse in eastern Moscow.
    (AFP, 9/23/16)

2016        Sep 23, In Pakistan’s part of Kashmir a speeding bus plunged into a fast-flowing river killing at least 24 passengers.
    (AP, 9/24/16)

2016        Sep 28, Typhoon Megi made landfall in China’s southern province of Fujian with winds of close to 120 km per hour (75 mph). A landslide following heavy typhoon rains slammed into a village in Zhejiang province, swallowing up dozens of houses in the villages of Sucun and Baofeng in Suichang county. At least eight people died and around 19 were still missing.
    (Reuters, 9/28/16)(AFP, 10/1/16)

2016        Oct 4, Officials in the Dominican Republic reported that at least four people died when heavy rains linked to Hurricane Matthew damaged their homes.
    (AP, 10/4/16)
2016        Oct 4, Haiti's southwestern peninsula early with 145 mile-per-hour (230 kph) winds and storm surges. Tens of thousands were left homeless and outbreaks of cholera soon claimed more lives. By Oct 10 the confirmed death toll reached 372, but an official with the Civil Protection Agency said at least 522 deaths were confirmed just in the Grand-Anse Department. The official toll was later put at 546 dead and 128 missing.
    (Reuters, 10/4/16)(AP, 10/6/16)(AFP, 10/10/16)(SFC, 10/10/16, p.A2)(SFC, 10/21/16, p.A6)

2016        Oct 7, In Pakistan a freight train rammed into a bus on an unmanned railroad crossing in eastern Punjab province, killing at least three people. Two bombs struck a passenger train minutes apart near the village of Mach in Baluchistan province, killing at least six people and wounding 19.
    (AP, 10/7/16)

2016        Oct 10, In eastern China 22 people were killed in the collapse of a group of decrepit homes on the outskirts of the city of Wenzhou.
    (AP, 10/10/16)(AP, 10/11/16)

2016        Oct 11, The US death toll from Hurricane Matthew rose to 34 with half the deaths in North Carolina. Thousands more people in the state were urged to evacuate as high waters from the hurricane pushed downstream. Damages in North Carolina from Matthew were later estimated at $1.5 billion.
    (SFC, 10/12/16, p.A5)(SFC, 10/17/16, p.A4)

2016        Oct 13, The US death toll from Hurricane Matthew rose to 38 with 22 of the deaths in North Carolina. The NC town of Princeville became submerged in as much as ten feet of water.
    (SFC, 10/14/16, p.A6)

2016        Oct 14, In southwestern China a gas explosion inside a coal mine killed seven people and injured two more.
    (AP, 10/14/16)

2016        Oct 17, In eastern India a fire broke out late today at the private Sum Hospital in the city of Bhubaneswar, killing at least 23 people.
    (AP, 10/18/16)
2016        Oct 17, In central Pakistan two passenger buses collided in Khanpur town killing 25 people and leaving 69 injured.
    (SFC, 10/18/16, p.A2)
2016        Oct 17, Vietnam officials said that floods in four central provinces have killed 24 people and displaced thousands, with tropical storm Sarika in the South China Sea approaching the central coast.
    (SFC, 10/18/16, p.A2)

2016        Oct 21, In Russia 3 crew members and 16 passengers died when the Russian-made Mi-8 helicopter came down late today in adverse weather conditions in northwest Siberia.
    (Reuters, 10/22/16)

2016        Oct 23, In southern California a tour bus plowed into a big-rig on I-10 near Palm Springs killing 13 people and injuring 31 others. On Oct 19, 2017, big rig driver Bruce Guilford (51) was arrested in Georgia a day after being charged in Riverside County with 13 counts of vehicular manslaughter.
    (SFC, 10/24/16, p.A4)(SFC, 10/20/17, p.A5)
2016        Oct 23, In Russia 3 people were killed and 13 others injured after an explosion, believed to have been caused by gas, hit a high-rise apartment building in Ryazan.
    (AP, 10/23/16)

2016        Oct 31, In western China a gas explosion ripped through the privately owned Jinshangou coal mine killing 33 miners in the Chongqing region. Two miners were rescued.
    (AP, 10/31/16)(SFC, 11/2/16, p.A2)
2016        Oct 31, Egypt's Health Ministry said recent floods have killed 26 people and injured 72 others across the country.
    (AP, 10/31/16)

2016        Nov 2, In Indonesia an overcrowded speedboat carrying workers home from Malaysia capsized off the island of Batam. At least 54 people were killed and 41 survived. After three days 6 people were still missing.
    (AP, 11/2/16)(AP, 11/4/16)

2016        Nov 6, In Russia a gas explosion hit a two-story apartment building before dawn in Ivanovo, 250 km (150 miles) northeast of Moscow. Six people were killed and four seriously injured.
    (AP, 11/6/16)

2016        Nov 7, Authorities in Haiti said flooding has killed at least 10 people in three northern provinces following heavy rain over the last 48 hours.
    (AP, 11/7/16)

2016        Nov 9, In England 7 people were killed, more than 50 others were injured after a tram overturned in south London.
    (Reuters, 11/9/16)(AP, 11/10/16)

2016        Nov 14, Some 135 people were drowned or lost when a dinghy sank off the coast of Libya.
    (AFP, 11/16/16)

2016        Nov 15, Around 95 people were missing, feared drowned, in the Mediterranean after another migrant dinghy capsized off Libya.
    (AFP, 11/15/16)(AFP, 11/16/16)
2016        Nov 15, The UN warned that 75,000 Nigerian children risk dying in "a few months" as hunger grips the country's ravaged northeast in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency. Doctors Without Borders said thousands of children have died of starvation in the Boko Haram ravaged northeast.
    (AFP, 11/15/16)(SFC, 11/16/16, p.A5)

2016        Nov 16, Greek authorities said four people believed to be migrants have been found dead on a crippled boat in the northern Aegean Sea and another 15 survivors have been rescued.
    (AP, 11/16/16)
2016        Nov 16, Another migrant shipwreck took place off the Libyan coast, raising the number of those missing feared drowned this week to 340.
    (AFP, 11/17/16)

2016        Nov 17, In Mozambique a tanker truck carrying petrol exploded in Tete province. 43 people were killed on the spot. The death toll soon rose to 80 with 35 in critical condition.
    (AFP, 11/18/16)(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A2)(AFP, 11/21/16)
2016        Nov 17, In Turkey a copper mine collapsed near the town of Sirvan, Siirt province. At least 6 miners were killed and 10 remained missing. Six people were later detained in the investigation of the mine collapse.
    (AP, 11/18/16)(AP, 11/19/16)(AP, 11/20/16)

2016        Nov 18, In Utah an air ambulance crashed late today in Elko, killing all three crew members and a patient aboard.
    (SSFC, 11/20/16, p.A10)

2016        Nov 19, The Vietnamese cargo ship MV Thaison 4 and the Indonesian sailboat KM Mulya Sejati, which was carrying 27 people, collided before dawn off Tuban district. At least three people were left dead and 12 others missing.
    (AP, 11/20/16)

2016        Nov 20, In northern India at least 146 people were killed close to 200 injured when an express train derailed in Uttar Pradesh state. The death toll soon climbed to 148 after two more people died from their injuries.
    (Reuters, 11/21/16)(AP, 11/22/16)

2016        Nov 21, In Indiana a house fire killed four young sisters in the town of Flora.
    (SFC, 11/22/16, p.A5)
2016        Nov 21, In Tennessee an elementary school bus crashed in Chattanooga killing 6 children. Driver Johnthony Walker (24) was soon arrested for vehicular homicide, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. In 2018 Walker was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide. While on bail he was arrested on statutory rape charges and his bond was revoked.
    (SFC, 11/22/16, p.A6)(SFC, 11/23/16, p.A8)(SFC, 7/10/18, p.A5)

2016        Nov 22, Italy's coastguard said that 1,400 people had been saved in 12 separate migrant rescue operations over the last 24 hours with least eight people dead and an unknown number missing.
    (AFP, 11/22/16)

2016        Nov 24, In eastern China a platform under construction at a power plant collapsed early today, killing 74 people in Fengcheng, Jiangxi province. 13 people were soon detained over the collapse of the scaffolding.
    (Reuters, 11/24/16)(AP, 11/25/16)
2016        Nov 24, Hurricane Otto hit Nicaragua and then Costa Rica where it left nine people dead and caused millions of dollars of damage before exiting into the Pacific.
    (Reuters, 11/25/16)

2016        Nov 25, In Iran at least 44 people were killed and 100 injured when one passenger train collided with another at a station in the northern province of Semnan. Three railway officials were soon detained.
    (Reuters, 11/25/16)(AFP, 11/26/16)

2016        Nov 26, In New Zealand 7 people were killed and one left missing in a boating accident in Kaipara Harbour near Auckland.
    (AP, 11/26/16)(SFC, 11/28/16, p.A2)

2016        Nov 27, In Iran a helicopter on a mission to carry an injured person from an oil platform crashed in the Caspian Sea, killing all five people aboard.
    (AP, 11/27/16)

2016        Nov 28, In Colombia a plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense team soccer team crashed killing 71 people. Six survivors suffered severe trauma injuries. 21 journalists were among the 77 people onboard the British Aerospace 146. The Bolivian plane ran out of fuel moments before slamming into the Andes mountains.
    (AP, 11/29/16)(AP, 11/30/16)(SFC, 12/2/16, p.A2)

2016        Nov 29, In Cyprus two female high school students and the driver of their school bus were killed when the vehicle collided head-on with a truck along a busy mountain road in the northern, Turkish Cypriot half of the island's capital, Nicosia.
    (AP, 11/29/16)
2016        Nov 29, In southwestern Poland an earth tremor at the Rudna copper mine left at least 5 people dead. Three miners remained missing.
    (Reuters, 11/30/16)
2016        Nov 29, In Turkey a deadly fire at a dormitory for schoolgirls left 12 people dead in the southern region of Adana. Twelve people were detained the next day as anger grew over possible negligence that caused the tragedy.
    (Reuters, 11/30/16)

2016        Dec 2, In the SF Bay Area a warehouse was gutted by a blaze during a rave party in Oakland. An estimated 50 to 100 people attended the electronic dance music party. At least 36 people were killed at the artist collective known as Satya Yuga, led by Derick Ion Almena (46). On July 3, 2018, Derrick Almena (48) and Max Harris (28) pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter charges in the Ghost Ship fire. In 2020 the Oakland City Council agreed to pay $32.7 million to settle lawsuits filed on behalf of 32 of the 36 people killed in the fire.
    (AFP, 12/4/16)(SFC, 12/6/16, p.A13)(SFC, 7/4/18, p.A1)(SFC, 7/17/20, p.B1)
2016        Dec 2, In Tennessee people returned to the fire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg as the death toll rose to 13. The number of damaged buildings approached 1000.
    (SFC, 12/3/16, p.A9)
2016        Dec 2, In central Nigeria a petrol tanker skidded off the road and exploded, killing at least 14 people in the transit town of Tegina, Niger state.
    (AFP, 12/2/16)

2016        Dec 3, In northern China a coal mine explosion killed 32 people in Chifeng city in the Inner Mongolia region. News of the blast came just hours after 21 miners, who were trapped for four days after an explosion hit their unlicensed coal mine in Heilongjiang province, were confirmed dead. Four people were arrested in connection with that disaster.
    (AP, 12/3/16)(SSFC, 12/4/16, p.A4)
2016        Dec 3, In Ukraine five policemen were killed by friendly fire in a tragic accident in which officers mistook colleagues for burglars in the small town of Knyazychy. A gang of three burglars fled the scene but were detained as they travelled back to Kiev.
    (AFP, 12/4/16)

2016        Dec 4, In Texas Deputy Dora Linda Nishihara (69) was killed and two others were injured when two vehicles plunged into a water-filled sinkhole in San Antonio.
    (SFC, 12/6/16, p.A6)
2016        Dec 4, In Dubai a bus carrying 20 migrant workers hit a truck, killing four people at the scene. A fifth person died after being rushed to the hospital.
    (AP, 12/4/16)
2016        Dec 4, In Russia at least 12 people, including nine members of a children's acrobatics team, were killed in a road collision in eastern Siberia.
    (AP, 12/4/16)

2016        Dec 6, Thailand’s interior ministry said severe flooding due to heavy rain in southern Thailand has killed 14 people, including five students. Six days of floods have affected 582,345 people in 11 of the country’s 76 provinces.
    (AP, 12/6/16)
2016        Dec 6, A Yemen ferry sank 40 km (25 miles) northwest of the island of Socotra. At least 35 of the 64 people on the ship were soon rescued.
    (Reuters, 12/7/16)

2016        Dec 7, In Indonesia a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked Aceh province early today, killing more than 100 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings.
    (AP, 12/7/16)(AP, 12/8/16)
2016        Dec 7, In northern Pakistan a plane carrying 47 people crashed on the slope of a mountain in the Havelian area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. There were no survivors.
    (Reuters, 12/7/16)(AFP, 12/7/16)(AP, 12/8/16)

2016        Dec 10, In Bulgaria at least five people were killed and 29 injured when a cargo train derailed and exploded in the northeastern Bulgarian village of Hitrino, demolishing about 50 houses and public buildings.
    (Reuters, 12/10/16)
2016        Dec 10, In China six workers were killed after being hit by an express cargo train on the railway line connecting Beijing and the southern city of Guangzhou.
    (AP, 12/11/16)
2016        Dec 10, In Kenya at least 39 people died when a tanker carrying flammable materials crashed into other vehicles and burst into flames outside the town of Naivasha late today.
    (AFP, 12/11/16)(SFC, 12/12/16, p.A2)
2016        Dec 10, In southeastern Nigeria at least 160 people were killed by the collapse of the Reigners Bible church in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state, while a pastor was being consecrated as bishop in the presence of government officials. The Akwa Ibom state government later said only 23 people died in the tragedy, an apparent attempt to cover up a death toll of more than 150 when metal girders and the corrugated iron roof crashed onto a crowded service.
    (Reuters, 12/11/16)(AP, 12/11/16)(AP, 12/13/16)

2016        Dec 12, A cyclone barreled into the southeast coast of India, killing at least four people and bringing down trees and power lines as authorities moved tens of thousands of people from low-lying areas.
    (Reuters, 12/12/16)

2016        Dec 15, In Azerbaijan a 490-foot section of a walkway fell into the Caspian Sea under heavy winds sweeping away 10 offshore oil workers.
    (SFC, 12/16/16, p.A2)

2016        Dec 18, Afghan officials in Farah province said at least 18 people have been killed and around 80 others over the last 24 hours wounded in two separate highway traffic accidents involving buses.
    (AP, 12/18/16)

2016        Dec 20, In Mexico a powerful chain-reaction explosion ripped through the stalls of the San Pablito fireworks market on the northern outskirts of Mexico City, killing at least 35 people and leaving dozens more badly burned. 12 people were missing. The death toll soon rose to 36 after a woman died with burns on 90 percent of her body.
    (AP, 12/21/16)(SFC, 12/23/16, p.A3)(AFP, 12/24/16)

2016        Dec 21, In China four people were killed when a minibus drove into a market in a northern part of Beijing and many others have sustained injuries.
    (AP, 12/21/16)
2016        Dec 21, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin demanded restrictions on the sale of surrogate alcohol. At least 72 people died in the Irkutsk region of Siberia from drinking bath oil laced with methylated spirit in search of alcoholic highs.
    (Reuters, 12/21/16)(SFC, 12/23/16, p.A2)

2016        Dec 22, Two overcrowded inflatable dinghies capsized in the Strait of Sicily after leaving Libya for Italy. Some 100 people, mainly West Africans, were feared dead.
    (Reuters, 12/23/16)

2016        Dec 25, In Mali at least 20 people died after a boat capsized in the Timbuktu region.
    (SFC, 12/27/16, p.A2)
2016        Dec 25, In Nigeria two people were killed when part of a two-storey building in a police training college collapsed in Lagos.
    (Reuters, 12/25/16)
2016        Dec 25, A Russian military Tu-154 plane carrying members of the world-famous Russian army choir to Syria crashed into the Black Sea killing 92 people on board.
    (AP, 12/25/16)
2016        Dec 25, In Uganda at least 30 members of a village football team and their fans drowned when their boat capsized on Lake Albert during a party.
    (AFP, 12/26/16)

2016        Dec 26, In the Philippines 18 crewmen were missing from the cargo ship M/V Starlite Atlantic after it sank at the height of Typhoon Nock-Ten. 14 other crewmen were rescued and one died after the ship sank off Mabini town in Batangas province.
    (AP, 12/27/16)

2016        Dec 27, In southwestern Congo floods triggered by two days of heavy rains and a river bursting its banks killed at least 50 people and left thousands more homeless.
    (AP, 12/29/16)

2016        Dec 29, In eastern India a coal mine collapse killed at least 10 workers and 13 others may be trapped by the mound of fallen earth at the Rajmahal Open Cast Mines in Jharkhand state. By Dec 31 the bodies of 16 of 23 trapped workers were recovered.
    (AP, 12/30/16)(AP, 12/31/16)

2016        Dec 30, In western India six migrant workers, who had been locked inside a bakery by their employer, suffocated to death in a fire. This triggered calls for decades-old labor laws to be implemented to crack down on worker exploitation and abuse.
    (Reuters, 1/3/17)

2017        Jan 1, In Texas an accidental pesticide poisoning left four children dead. Phosphine gas was likely released when a father used a garden hose to wash away a pesticide under a mobile home.
    (SFC, 1/4/17, p.A6)
2017        Jan 1, In Indonesia a massive fire erupted in a boat carrying hundreds of local tourists to an island north of Jakarta, leaving at least 23 dead and 17 injured. Another 17 people were missing and 194 were rescued following the blaze on the Zahro Express.
    (AFP, 1/1/17)

2017        Jan 2, In eastern Thailand a van and a pickup collided and caught fire on a highway, killing 25 people in Chonburi province.
    (AP, 1/2/17)

2017        Jan 6, Thai authorities warned of flash floods across the south as torrential rains lashed the region leaving at least eight people dead, delaying flights and disrupting holidays during peak tourist season.
    (AFP, 1/6/17)

2017        Jan 8, In eastern France a bus skidded off a slippery stretch of Route 79, killing four Portuguese passengers and leaving more than a dozen injured.
    (AP, 1/8/17)
2017        Jan 8, Pakistani police said 13 people have been killed in a head-on collision between a car and a passenger van in the eastern province of Punjab.
    (AP, 1/8/17)

2017        Jan 8, In Haiti 11 people died at the scene of a bus and truck crash outside of the northwestern town of Port-de-Paix. Another nine people were declared dead after being transported to hospitals in Gros Morne and Gonaives.
    (AP, 1/9/17)

2017        Jan 9, In North Korea seven miners were initially trapped after the collapse at the Unryul mine, a leading iron ore producer in the country's southwest. One miner was rescued 10 days later but six others were found dead.
    (AP, 3/20/17)

2017        Jan 10, In Albania three men in their 50s froze to death, and municipal authorities took several hundred homeless people to heated shelters.
    (Reuters, 1/10/17)
2017        Jan 10, In Bosnia three people in remote parts of the country froze to death, while nearly 50,000 in the central town of Zenica lost their home heating due to a malfunction in a boiler at the ArcelorMittal steel mill, which provides thermal power to households.
    (Reuters, 1/10/17)
2017        Jan 10, In Poland six people died over a 24-hour period as temperatures plunged across Europe, bringing the toll of hypothermia deaths in the country to 71 since November.
    (AFP, 1/10/17)
2017        Jan 10, Romania announced six more deaths in recent days as temperatures plunged across Europe.
    (AFP, 1/10/17)
2017        Jan 10, In Tanzania at least 12 people drowned when a boat capsized near a coastal town. At least 27 others were rescued.
    (Reuters, 1/10/17)

2017        Jan 12, In Baltimore a huge house fire killed six children.
    (SFC, 1/13/17, p.A5)

2017        Jan 13, In Ecuador at least 19 people were killed and more than a dozen injured when a long distance passenger bus collided with an off-duty school bus along a highway near the Pacific coastline.
    (AP, 1/14/17)

2017        Jan 14, In eastern India at least 19 people drowned and others were missing after their overcrowded boat capsized in a river near Patna, Bihar state. The next day five more bodies were recovered from the Ganges river after as rescuers ended search operations.
    (AP, 1/14/17)(Reuters, 1/15/17)
2017        Jan 14, Only four people survived the sinking of a migrant ship carrying around 100 people that went down 30 miles (49 kilometers) off the Libyan coast. Around 180 people were presumed to have died in the first major migrant boat disaster of 2017 in the Mediterranean following interviews with a handful of survivors.
    (AP, 1/15/17)(AFP, 1/17/17)

2017        Jan 15, In eastern India at least six people were killed in a stampede during a Hindu religious festival.
    (AP, 1/15/17)

2017        Jan 17, A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp, killing at least 76 refugees and wounding more than 100 in northeast Rann. Estimates later rose to as many as 236 people killed in the botched air strike.
    (AP, 1/17/17)(Reuters, 1/18/17)(AFP, 1/21/17)

2017        Jan 18, In Italy the four-star spa Hotel Rigopiano in the central Abruzzo region was struck by an avalanche following earthquakes in the region. At least 30 people were missing, including at least two children. By Jan 21 rescuers found 11 survivors, but 24 people remained missing. By Jan 26 the final death toll reached 29 as all remaining bodies were pulled from the rubble.
    (AP, 1/19/17)(AFP, 1/20/17)(Reuters, 1/22/17)(SFC, 1/27/17, p.A2)

2017        Jan 19, In northern India a truck loaded with sand collided with a school bus early today, killing at least 24 young children in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 1/19/17)
2017        Jan 19, In Iran at least 20 firefighters were reported killed when the 17-storey Plasco building, Tehran’s oldest high-rise, collapsed following a fire. Altogether at least 30 people were killed. Habibollah Elghanian, a prominent Iranian-Jewish businessman, had built the structure. He was arrested for ties to Israel and sentenced to death and executed after the 1979 Islamic revolution. On Jan 27 the final death toll was put at 26 including 16 firefighters.
    (AFP, 1/19/17)(Reuters, 1/20/17)(SFC, 1/20/17, p.A6)(SSFC, 1/22/17, p.A4)(AP, 1/27/17)
2017        Jan 19, In Saudi Arabia six British nationals were reported killed and several more injured in a road crash as they traveled to Medina.
    (AFP, 1/19/17)

2017        Jan 20, In central China at least two people were killed and 10 others were missing after a hotel was buried in a landslide in Nanzhang county, Hunan province.
    (AP, 1/2o/17)
2017        Jan 20, In northern Italy a bus carrying Hungarian students home from a school ski trip to France slammed into a highway barrier and burst into flames just before midnight, killing at least 16 people. 39 others survived, but some were seriously injured.
    (AP, 1/21/17)

2017        Jan 21, In Mississippi four people were killed when a tornado hit the Hattiesburg area.
    (SSFC, 1/22/17, p.A7)
2017        Jan 21, In India a train crash late today killed 39 passengers in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AFP, 1/22/17)

2017        Jan 22, In Georgia (US) 14 people died in weekend tornadoes and thunderstorms, with seven dying in Cook County in the southern part of the state.
    (Reuters, 1/23/17)

2017        Jan 23, The bodies of 10 people believed to be Indonesian migrants were found washed ashore in Malaysia not far from a capsized boat. 2 Indonesians were rescued.
    (AP, 1/23/17)

2017        Jan 24, At least 15 Haitian migrants drowned in the Turks & Caicos Islands after their small and crowded boat capsized near the British Caribbean territory. 69 people were on the boat.    
    (AP, 1/25/17)(AP, 1/27/17)
2017        Jan 24, In central Italy a helicopter ferrying an injured skier off the slopes crashed into a mountainside and killed all six people aboard in the Abruzzo area.
    (AP, 1/24/17)

2017        Jan 26, Chile’s government said forest fires in the central regions of O'Higgins and El Maule have killed 9 people over the past week, displaced thousands and destroyed entire villages. A state of emergency was in effect and by early February the death toll reached 11.
    (AP, 1/26/17)(SSFC, 2/5/17, p.A6)
2017        Jan 26, In Kashmir two separate avalanches buried a military post and swept away a patrol in Gurez, burying a total of 21 Indian soldiers. Seven soldiers were rescued. Over the next two days the remaining 14 bodies were recovered. Five of the rescued soldiers died on Jan 30.
    (AP, 1/27/17)(SFC, 1/28/17, p.A2)(AP, 1/30/17)
2017        Jan 26, In northeastern Tanzania a massive mound of earth collapsed early today at a Chinese-owned gold mine in Nyarugusu village, burying at least 13 workers, including a Chinese national.
    (AP, 1/26/17)

2017        Jan 27, Spanish rescuers pulled nearly 300 people from two rubber boats in waters off the Libyan coast and were looking for 100 more believed to be on a another boat missing since Jan 22.
    (AP, 1/27/17)

2017        Jan 28, In Madagascar at least 47 people, including 10 children and a newly-wed couple, were killed when a truck carrying a wedding party and guests veered off the road and plunged into the Mananara river.
    (AFP, 1/29/17)

2017        Jan 29, In Germany the bodies of six teenagers were found dead in a garden house following a Saturday night party near the southern city of Wuerzburg. Investigators later said they all died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
    (AP, 1/29/17)(AP, 1/31/17)
2017        Jan 29, Twenty-two people, mostly Chinese tourists, wore life vests and formed a human chain at sea to drift more than 10 hours before they could be rescued off Malaysia's coast after their boat sank in turbulent waters. Three bodies were recovered, and six other people from the boat were missing.
    (AP, 1/29/17)

2017        Feb 1, In northern India a six-story tannery building under construction collapsed, killing at least five workers and possibly trapping up to 50 others in Kanpur city, Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 2/1/17)

2017        Feb 2, In eastern China 9 people were buried in the collapse of a group of homes. Four homes, each between four and five stories tall, tumbled in the city of Wenzhou, Zhejiang province.
    (AP, 2/2/17)

2017        Feb 4, In northern Albania a hydrogen gas explosion at chromium mine in Bulqiza killed three Chinese miners.
    (AP, 2/10/17)
2017        Feb 4, In northern Pakistan at least 13 people were killed in an avalanche that buried five homes following heavy snowfall in the town of Chitral.
    (AP, 2/5/17)

2017        Feb 5, Afghan officials said more than a 100 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by days of heavy snowfall around the country, including 50 in one village, warning the death toll could rise still further.
    (AFP, 2/5/17)
2017        Feb 5, In eastern China a fire at the Zuxintang foot massage parlor killed 18 people and injured two others in Tiantai county, Zhejiang province.
    (AP, 2/5/17)

2017        Feb 10, In Angola a stadium stampede killed at least 17 and injured scores during a domestic soccer league match between host side Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo de Libolo in the northern town of Uige. The host team blamed the stampeded on police error. The death toll soon climbed to 22.
    (AFP, 2/11/17)
2017        Feb 10, In the southern Philippines a magnitude 6.7 nighttime earthquake killed eight people and injured more than 120 in Surigao del Norte province. The number of people killed was later reduced to four.
    (AP, 2/11/17)(AP, 2/12/17)(AP, 3/5/17)

2017        Feb 11, Indonesian officials said up to 40,000 people were caught in severe flooding following days of torrential rain in West Nusa Tenggara province. The death toll from landslides on Bali resort island rose to 13.
    (AP, 2/11/17)

2017        Feb 13, In the French Alps at least four skiers were killed in an avalanche near the resort of Tignes. Rescuers said they are trying to dig out five others from the snow with shovels.
    (AP, 2/13/17)
2017        Feb 13, In Taiwan a bus carrying tourists on a trip to view cherry blossoms flipped over on an expressway ramp in Taipei, killing 32 people and injuring many others.
    (AP, 2/13/17)

2017        Feb 14, In central China a gas explosion at the Zubao Coal Mine in Hunan province killed at least nine people. The official death toll climbed to 10 after investigators found a miner who had been listed as "injured".
    (AP, 2/18/17)

2017        Feb 16, In southeastern Brazil two passenger buses collided head-on, killing at least nine people and injuring 46 near the city of Teodoro Sampaio west of Sao Paulo.
    (AP, 2/16/17)

2017        Feb 17, In Kazakhstan seven army soldiers died in an avalanche in the ex-Soviet republic's southern mountains. Rescuers saved 16 other soldiers who had been trapped by the avalanche.
    (AP, 2/17/17)
2017        Feb 17, Mozambique disaster officials said Cyclone Dineo has killed seven people, injured 55 and affected hundreds of thousands across southern Mozambique.
    (AFP, 2/17/17)

2017        Feb 18, In Argentina a passenger bus has flipped over on an Andean highway, killing 19 of the 42 people aboard.
    (AP, 2/18/17)
2017        Feb 18, In Belgium one person died and 27 were injured, three seriously, when a train derailed shortly after leaving a station east of Brussels.
    (AFP, 2/18/17)

2017        Feb 19, In Sri Lanka at least 11 people were killed and 24 others rescued after the boat they were traveling in capsized off of the southwestern coast.
    (AP, 2/19/17)

2017        Feb 20, At least 74 bodies of African migrants washed ashore in western Libya, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking route to Europe.
    (AP, 2/21/17)
2017        Feb 20, In Libya 13 African migrants suffocated inside a shipping container while being transported over four days from the central town of Bani Walid to Khoms. The dead were among 69 migrants, many from Mali, who were packed into the container.
    (AP, 2/23/17)

2017        Feb 26, In northeastern India at least 16 people were killed and 50 injured when a truck taking them to a church service overturned after hitting a concrete barricade on a highway in Meghalaya state.
    (AP, 2/26/17)

2017        Feb 28, Tornadoes and storms killed at least three people and destroyed homes in Illinois and Missouri. Tornado spotters reported at least 23 twisters in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Tennessee and Indiana.
    (Reuters, 3/1/17)(SFC, 3/2/17, p.A6)

2017        Feb, Zimbabwe appealed to international donors for $100 million to help those affected by recent floods. Since December, southern floods have killed 246 people, injured 128 and left nearly 2,000 homeless.
    (AP, 3/5/17)

2017        Mar 2, In Italy three skiers were killed in an avalanche in the northern Alps. Another five people were injured at Plan de la Gabba.
    (AP, 3/2/17)
2017        Mar 2, In southern Italy two African workers were killed late today after fire broke out at a camp housing hundreds of migrants who pick fruit and vegetables near Foggia.
    (Reuters, 3/3/17)(AP, 3/3/17)
2017        Mar 2, In South Africa emergency workers dug through rubble in Johannesburg after part of the Charlotte Maxeke hospital's roof collapsed, reportedly trapping several patients.
    (AFP, 3/2/17)
2017        Mar 2, In western Ukraine eight miners died when a methane gas explosion tore through a pit in the western Lviv region.
    (AFP, 3/2/17)

2017        Mar 4, Somalia's PM Hassan Ali Khaire announced that 110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in a single region as a severe drought threatens millions of people across the country.
    (AP, 3/4/17)

2017        Mar 5, In Panama a bus carrying farmworkers went off a highway in Anton killing 18 people and injuring 37 others.
    (SFC, 3/6/17, p.A2)

2017        Mar 6, In Zambia eight people died and 28 were injured in a stampede during food handouts at a youth center in the capital, Lusaka.
    (AP, 3/6/17)

2017        Mar 7, In Mississippi a freight train hit a tour bus in Biloxi killing at least four people.
    (SFC, 3/8/17, p.A5)
2017        Mar 7, Cyclone Enawo slammed into Madagascar. The Indian Ocean tropical storm packed winds up to 300 kph (185 mph). At least 38 people were killed and some 50,000 people driven from their homes.
    (Reuters, 3/8/17)(SSFC, 3/12/17, p.A4)

2017        Mar 8, In Guatemala a fire ripped through an overcrowded home for abused children following an escape attempt from government-run Hogar Seguro (Safe Home) Virgen de Asuncion home for youths. 19 people died at the scene, mostly girls, and another 20 died later in local hospitals.
    (Reuters, 3/9/17)(AP, 3/11/17)(AP, 3/12/17)

2017        Mar 9, In Italy an overpass collapsed onto the A14, the main Adriatic coast highway, crushing a car and reportedly killing two people inside.
    (AP, 3/9/17)

2017        Mar 11, In Ethiopia at least 30 people were killed and dozens more hurt in a giant landslide at the Koshe landfill, country’s largest rubbish dump, on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. The death toll soon climbed to 72.
    (AFP, 3/12/17)(AFP, 3/14/17)

2017        Mar 12, In Haiti a bus plowed into a crowd in Gonaives early today killing at least 34 people.
    (SFC, 3/13/17, p.A2)

2017        Mar 15, In western Austria three people were killed when their ski touring group was swept away by an avalanche in the Tyrol region. A fourth person was missing.
    (AP, 3/15/17)

2017        Mar 17, An avalanche in Austria's western region of Tyrol killed two people.
    (Reuters, 3/17/17)

2017        Mar 19, In Ghana at least 18 people were killed when a large tree fell into the pool they were swimming in at the base of a waterfall near Kintampo, crushing and drowning people enjoying a day out at a popular beauty spot.
    (Reuters, 3/20/17)

2017        Mar 22, In central China two students died and more than 20 others were injured in a stampede during a morning bathroom break at an elementary school in Puyang county, Henan province.
    (AP, 3/22/17)

2017        Mar 23, Spain’s Proactiva Open Arms group found five bodies near two capsized boats. A day later the group said it feared hundreds of migrants may have died off Libya's coast as it recovered one more body in the area.
    (AP, 3/24/17)

2017        Mar 24, In central China accidents at two neighboring gold mines in Henan province killed 11 people.
    (Reuters, 3/25/17)
2017        Mar 24, Five children were among 11 Syrians killed after their plastic boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast.
    (Reuters, 3/24/17)

2017        Mar 25, In southern China an operation platform collapsed at a power plant under construction in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, killing nine people.
    (Reuters, 3/25/17)

2017        Mar 27, In Oakland, Ca. an early morning fire killed three people at a large transitional housing building at 2551 San Pablo Ave. One person remained missing.
    (SFC, 3/28/17, p.A1)
2017        Mar 27, In central Japan an avalanche killed seven high school students and a teacher who were among a group of almost 50 on mountain climbing training.
    (Reuters, 3/27/17)
2017        Mar 27, In the northern Netherlands two people were killed when a train hit a car at a rail crossing near Harlingen.
    (AP, 3/27/17)

2017        Mar 28, In Bangladesh at least four people died and several remain missing after a ferry carrying about 80 passengers capsized the Panguchi River. At least 18 people remained missing.
    (Reuters, 3/28/17)
2017        Mar 28, A Gambian boy (16) was rescued by a Spanish frigate after a rubber boat packed with 147 migrants sank in the Mediterranean shortly after leaving Libya a few days earlier. The sole survivor was transferred to an Italian Coast Guard ship. 140 others disembarked at a different port March 30 and several identified the boy as having been on the same boat. Aid groups said this reduced the death toll to five.
    (Reuters, 3/29/17)(Reuters, 3/31/17)

2017        Mar 29, In Oklahoma and Texas six people were killed and nearly 200,000 customers were without electric power after overnight storms brought tornadoes, torrential rain and hail to large parts of the states.
    (Reuters, 3/29/17)(SFC, 3/30/17, p.A12)

2017        Mar 31, In southern Colombia mudslides late today claimed at least 16 lives and injured some 65 people following recent torrential rains. The mudslides were caused by the rise of the Mocoa River and three tributaries. On April 7 Colombian officials formally abandoned the search for survivors as the death toll stood at 314.
    (AFP, 4/1/17)(AP, 4/2/17)(AFP, 4/5/17)(AP, 4/8/17)
2017        Mar 31, The Stella Daisy cargo ship being used by a South Korean shipping company went missing in seas near Uruguay with 16 Filipino and 8 South Korean crew members. Two Filipino sailors were rescued on April 1.
    (AP, 4/1/17)(AFP, 4/2/17)

2017        Mar, The UN said 7million of Yemen’s 27 million people are going hungry and that the country is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.
    (Econ, 3/25/17, p.40)

2017        Apr 1, Tens of thousands of Australians were stranded by floodwaters after the remnants of Cyclone Debbie swept along the country's east coast, cutting roads, destroying bridges. The storm left three people dead.
    (Reuters, 4/1/17)(Reuters, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 1, In northern China an explosion in a residential building Shanxi province this evening killed at least nine and injured six. The blast was believed to have been caused by illegally stored explosives.
    (Reuters, 4/2/17)
2017        Apr 1, In Indonesia rescuers searched for more than three dozen people who were missing after a rain-triggered landslide struck a village on the main island of Java. Three were found over the next few days. 28-38 villagers remained missing.
    (AP, 4/1/17)(SSFC, 4/2/17, p.A4)(AP, 4/3/17)

2017        Apr 2, In central Sweden a bus carrying high school students to a ski resort crashed  south of Sveg, killing three people and injuring 20 others — seven of them seriously.
    (AP, 4/2/17)

2017        Apr 3, In St, Louis, Mo., three people were killed when an explosion launched a boiler through the roof of the Loy-Lange Box Company. A fourth person died of his wounds on April 5.
    (SFC, 4/4/17, p.A4)(SFC, 4/7/17, p.A7)

2017        Apr 7, In Myanmar a ferry boat carrying wedding guests capsized after colliding with a boat carrying gravel in the Ngawun river of the Ayeyarwaddy delta, killing at least 20 people and leaving more than a dozen missing.
    (AFP, 4/8/17)

2017        Apr 8, In Canada five hikers were killed in mountains north of Vancouver when unsupported snow collapsed on Mount Harvey.
    (SFC, 4/10/17, p.A2)   
2017        Apr 8, In southwestern Poland an apartment house collapsed in Swiebodzice, leaving six people dead and four injured. A gas explosion was suspected.
    (AP, 4/8/17)(AP, 4/11/17)

2017        Apr 9, In central Turkey a hot air balloon hit a high-voltage transmission line and crashed in Cappadocia, killing a French tourist and injuring at least seven people.
    (AP, 4/9/17)

2017        Apr 10, In Mexico a parking garage under construction collapsed in Mexico City. At least seven people were killed and 10 other construction workers were being treated for injuries.
    (AP, 4/11/17)

2017        Apr 11, Three migrants from sub-Saharan Africa were killed when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean but the Spanish navy managed to rescue another 30 people in the group.
    (Reuters, 4/12/17)

2017        Apr 12, In Senegal a fire tore through makeshift straw shelters at a Muslim religious retreat near the town of Medina Gounass in the southeastern region of Tambacounda, killing 25 people and triggering a stampede.
    (AFP, 4/13/17)(AFP, 4/14/17)

2017        Apr 13, The Libyan coast guard rescued 23 migrants around 6 miles (10 km) off the Libyan coast following a distress call. At least 97 African migrants were missing and believed drowned after their Europe-bound boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea.
    (AP, 4/13/17)

2017        Apr 14, In Sri Lanka a massive mound of garbage collapsed late today, killing at least 29 people, injuring 13 and forcing more than 600 others to flee their homes during festivities to mark the local new year. Dozens more were believed to be trapped under the rubble.
    (AP, 4/15/17)(AP, 4/16/17)(AP, 4/17/17)

2017        Apr 15, Iran state TV reported that death toll in flash floods triggered by heavy rains in the northwest province of eastern Azarbaijan rose to 30 with seven people missing in the cities of Ajab Shir and Azarshahr.
    (AP, 4/15/17)

2017        Apr 16, At least 20 migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya.
    (Reuters, 4/16/17)

2017        Apr 18, In the northern Philippines a bus plunged into a deep ravine, leaving at least 29 people dead in Carranglan town, Nueva Ecija province.
    (AP, 4/18/17)

2017        Apr 19, In Colombia at least 11 people were killed after intense overnight rains provoked several landslides in Manizales. About 20 people remained missing in the mountainous, coffee-growing region.
    (AP, 4/19/17)
2017        Apr 19, In northern India a bus swerved off a mountain road and plunged into a deep ravine, killing at least 44 people in Himachal Pradesh state.
    (AFP, 4/19/17)

2017        Apr 20, In Jamaica Olympic medal-winning track and field athlete Germaine Mason (34) died in a motorcycle crash outside the capital.
    (AP, 4/20/17)

2017        Apr 21, In China a woman, surnamed Ma, died in a traffic accident in the city of Zhumadian. Two drivers who hit her were held under investigation. A video later emerged showing a speeding taxi knocking the pedestrian off her feet and sending her hurtling through the air. Dozens of people stand gawking or walk past. A full minute passes, and another speeding vehicle, this time an SUV, trampled the prone woman.
    (AP, 6/11/17)
2017        Apr 21, In southern India at least 20 people were killed and several others seriously injured after a truck driver lost control and plowed into a group of protesting farmers. The farmers were gathered outside the main police station in the town of Yerpedu protesting against illegal sand mining in their area.
    (AP, 4/21/17)
2017        Apr 21, In South Africa a driver and 19 school children were killed when the minibus they were travelling in collided with a truck and exploded in a ball of fire in Mpumalanga province.
    (Reuters, 4/21/17)

2017        Apr 22, Veteran Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi (37) was killed after colliding with a van while out training on his bike, plunging the cycling world into mourning.
    (AFP, 4/22/17)
2017        Apr 22, In western Romania two teenagers died in an avalanche after the country was hit by a blast of wintry weather.
    (AP, 4/22/17)

2017        Apr 23, In NYC a fire surged through a home in Queens killing five people including three children.
    (SFC, 4/24/17, p.A4)

2017        Apr 24, In Senegal at least 20 people, almost all women, were killed late today when a wooden boat capsized off its central coast. 51 people were rescued and one person remained missing.
    (AFP, 4/25/17)
2017        Apr 24, A migrant boat from Turkey sank in the eastern Aegean Sea and left at least 16 people dead, including two children. Two people were rescued.
    (AP, 4/24/17)

2017        Apr 25, In Croatia a municipal boat heading to an island in the southern Adriatic on a medical emergency struck a rubber boat carrying nine people late today near the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik. Three people were killed.
    (AP, 4/26/17)
2017        Apr 25, In Kenya 27 people were killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a trailer truck on a road linking Nairobi and Mombasa.
    (SFC, 4/26/17, p.A2)

2017        Apr 29, In eastern Texas multiple tornadoes ripped through the town of Canton late today, killing at least four people and injuring dozens of others. Authorities warned the number of casualties could rise.
    (Reuters, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 29, In Indonesia torrential rain triggered flooding in the villages in the Central Java district of Magelang. Thirteen people died in flash floods that inundated five villages on Java island.
    (AP, 5/2/17)

2017        Apr 30, Tornados and flooding in the South and Midwest US killed another 10 people including five in Arkansas, two in Missouri, two in Mississippi and one in Tennessee. The death toll from the weekend of storms claimed at least 16 lives.
    (SFC, 5/1/17, p.A4)(SFC, 5/2/17, p.A5)
2017        Apr 30, In Indonesia a multiple car collision involving a tour bus killed at least 11 people on Java island.
    (AP, 4/30/17)
2017        Apr 30, In northwest Pakistan a minibus plunged into a ravine in the mountainous in Upper Dir district, killing 11 people.
    (AP, 4/30/17)

2017        May 1, In South Korea six people died and more than 20 were injured when a crane collapsed at a Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard.
    (Reuters, 5/1/17)

2017        May 3, In northern Iran more than 50 miners were trapped after a huge explosion in a coal mine, and some were feared to have died in the Zemestanyurt coal mine in Golestan province. At least 35 people were killed.
    (Reuters, 5/3/17)(AP, 5/4/17)

2017        May 6, In northern Tanzania 35 people were killed, most of them young children, after a bus carrying students lost control and crashed near the Mlera river in Meatu district.
    (AP, 5/6/17)(AP, 5/7/17)

2017        May 7, Two groups of survivors told the Italian and Libyan coastguards that hundreds drowned when their rubber boats began to deflate before rescuers arrived. At least two boats sank over the weekend and more than 200 migrants were feared to have died in the Mediterranean.
    (Reuters, 5/8/17)
2017        May 7, In central Vietnam a truck collided with a passenger bus, killing 12 people and injuring 33 in Gia Lai province.
    (AP, 5/7/17)

2017        May 8, In central Mexico at least 14 people were killed, including five children, and scores more were injured in an explosion late today at a house where fireworks were stored in in San Isidro, Chilchotla, Puebla state.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)

2017        May 9, In eastern China eleven young children, five South Korean and six Chinese, were killed along with their driver when their bus crashed and burst in to flames in a tunnel in Shandong province.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)
2017        May 9, In the French Alps an avalanche swept away a group of cross-country skiers, killing three people.
    (Reuters, 5/9/17)

2017        May 10, In western India a building wall collapsed onto guests at a wedding, killing at least 24 people and injuring others in Rajasthan state.
    (AP, 5/11/17)
2017        May 10, In Italy three sisters, ages 4, 8 and 20, died after their camper burst into flames as they slept, in what news reports said might have been an intentional attack aimed at Roma, also known as Gypsies.
    (AP, 5/10/17)

2017        May 13, In northern Greece four people were killed and 10 more were injured when a train derailed and ripped through a house late today.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)(SSFC, 5/14/17, p.A4)
2017        May 13, Italian rescuers saved 484 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean and found the bodies of seven men who had died in the attempt to get to Europe.
    (Reuters, 5/14/17)
2017        May 13, In Turkey at least 23 people died and 11 others were in critical condition after a tour bus tipped over, fell 15 meters (50 feet) down a cliff and then hit a car on a serpentine mountain road in Mugla province.
    (AP, 5/13/17)

2017        May 15, In Ohio seven people, including five children, died in a house fire in Akron.
    (SFC, 5/16/17, p.A5)

2017        May 17, In Colombia two explosions at a shipyard in Cartagena killed four people and injured 22.
    (SFC, 5/18/17, p.A2)

2017        May 19, The Indonesian passenger ferry Mutiara Sentosa 1 ferry that caught fire in the Java Sea, killing at least five people. 193 people were rescued and the number of missing was unclear.
    (AP, 5/20/17)

2017        May 21, In southern Mexico at least 16 people were killed and 30 injured in a bus crash in the mountains of Chiapas state near the border with Guatemala.
    (AP, 5/21/17)

2017        May 23, In Dubai seven people killed and 35 injured when a bus crashed into a truck on one of the sheikhdom's main highways.
    (AP, 5/23/17)

2017        May 24, More than 30 migrants, mostly toddlers, drowned when about 200 people without life jackets fell from a boat into the sea off the Libyan coast before they could be hauled into waiting rescue boats. Another 82 were feared dead after falling into the water when their rubber boat deflated.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)(Reuters, 5/30/17)

2017        May 25, In Sri Lanka flooding and landslides killed at least 200 people and left another 96 missing as the monsoon set in, dumping record rainfalls in many parts of the island. Over 100,000 people displaced in southern and western regions.
    (AFP, 5/26/17)(Reuters, 5/27/17)(AP, 5/28/17)(AP, 5/31/17)

2017        May 26, Nearly 80 migrants were rescued off Libya's coast after clinging to their sinking boat for two days. The bodies of seven people who did not survive were also recovered.
    (Reuters, 5/26/17)

2017        May 29, In England an encounter between a tiger and a zookeeper at Hamerton Zoo Park, 130 km (80 miles) north of London, claimed the life of Rosa King (34).
    (AP, 5/30/17)   
2017        May 29, In Russia five people were killed in Moscow by falling trees and one person died after being hit by bus stop debris torn off by high winds as thunderstorms and strong winds buffet the city and its surrounding areas. The death toll soon rose to 16 with more than 200 others injured.
    (AP, 5/29/17)(Reuters, 5/30/17)

2017        May 30, Cyclone Mora battered Bangladesh, killing five people, damaging thousands of homes and ripping through a camp housing thousands of Rohingya refugees who had fled violence in Myanmar.
    (AFP, 5/30/17)

2017        Jun 1, In Niger local officials in Agadez said at least 44 Libya-bound migrants, including women and babies, died of thirst after their vehicle broke down in the scorching Sahara desert.
    (AFP, 6/1/17)

2017        Jun 2, In southwestern Mexico five people were killed over the last 24 hours as Tropical Storm Beatriz dumped heavy rain, causing landslides that destroyed homes, damaged roads and uprooted trees.
    (Reuters, 6/2/17)
2017        Jun 2, South Sudan’s health ministry said fifteen children died in Nachodopele village last month after being administered with contaminated measles vaccines. Local officials failed to follow guidelines, storing the vaccine unrefrigerated for four days and using a single syringe for the entire campaign.
    (AFP, 6/2/17)   

2017        Jun 4, A stranded Austrian mountain hiker and her would-be rescuer fell to their deaths when a line hoisting them into a police helicopter gave way, sending them and the woman's husband plunging into a gorge below. The husband was critically injured but survived the incident.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 4, In southern Bulgaria ten migrants were killed and seven were injured after a minivan transporting them overturned on a highway near the city of Pazardzhik. The Bulgarian driver (16) of the vehicle, who did not hold a driving license, was also killed.
    (Reuters, 6/4/17)
2017        Jun 4, In Libya seven of 35 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa were found dead in an abandoned refrigerator truck near the Libyan capital.
    (AFP, 6/5/17)

2017        Jun 5, In eastern China eight people were killed and nine injured in an explosion and fire early today at a chemical plant in eastern Shandong province.
    (AP, 6/5/17)

2017        Jun 7, A Myanmar military transport plane with 122 people on board went down on a flight from southern Myanmar to Yangon. The next day fishermen joined navy and air force personnel in recovering bodies and aircraft parts from the sea off Myanmar.
    (AP, 6/7/17)(AP, 6/8/17)
2017        Jun 7, In South Africa at least eight people were killed in a storm that swept into the Cape Town area, which has been suffering from a severe drought.
    (AP, 6/7/17)
2017        Jun 7, In Zimbabwe a bus traveling to Zambia crashed late today, killing 45 people.
    (AP, 6/8/17)

2017        Jun 9, In Chile an accident took place as two miners were working with heavy machinery following flooding in the Delia II pit of the Cerro Bayo mine, operated by Canadian firm Mandalay Resources. By June 17 the chances of rescuing the two miners looked slim as the mine appeared to be flooded.
    (AFP, 6/18/17)
2017        Jun 9, In the Philippines a motorboat capsized south of Manila, killing five people. The coast guard said all 44 others were rescued.
    (AP, 6/9/17)

2017        Jun 10, Libyan officials said at least ten migrants have died after their Europe-bound boats sank off Libya's coast and some 100 people were missing.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)

2017        Jun 12, In southeast Bangladesh heavy rain triggered landslides that killed at least 141 people. Police and soldiers struggled to reach the remote districts with aid. The homes of some 4,500 people were swamped by mud and debris unleashed by the landslides.
    (AP, 6/13/17)(AP, 6/14/17)(AP, 6/15/17)

2017        Jun 13, In Kenya at least four people were missing after the collapse of a eight-storey building in Nairobi overnight. Rescuers soon pulled two children and their mother from the building. Two people were thought to be still trapped in the debris.
    (AFP, 6/13/17)(SFC, 6/14/17, p.A2)

2017        Jun 14, In London a fast-moving overnight fire engulfed the 24-story Grenfell Tower, a housing block built in 1974. London police later said 80 people who were in Grenfell Tower were missing and presumed dead. Experts later said the exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower. Officials later identified a Hotpoint model FF175BP refrigerator-freezer as the cause of the fire, which started on the fourth floor. 72 people were killed as many residents were told to remain in their apartments.
    (AP, 6/14/17)(AP, 6/15/17)(AP, 6/16/17)(AP, 6/18/17)(AP, 6/19/17)(AP, 6/23/17)(Reuters, 6/28/17)(SFC, 6/5/18, p.A2)
2017        Jun 14, A Kazakh man died and another was hospitalized after they were caught in a fire on the steppes triggered by falling debris from a Russian space launch. The fire broke out in the "planned fallout zone" for the Soyuz 2.1a rocket, which had blasted off from Baikonur at 0920 GMT (3:20 pm local time).
    (AFP, 6/15/17)

2017        Jun 15, In eastern China eight people were killed and 59 injured in an explosion at the front gate of the Chuangxin Kindergarten in Fengxian, Jiangsu province, as relatives were picking up their children at the end of the school day. Police soon identified a male suicide suspect (22) primarily using security camera footage and DNA collected at the scene of the blast.
    (AP, 6/15/17)(AP, 6/16/17)

2017        Jun 16, Ivory Coast rescue workers in Abidjan said the death toll from rains this week has climbed from eight to 11 today, with one person unaccounted for and hundreds affected by landslides and flooding.
    (AFP, 6/16/17)
2017        Jun 16, In Niger 14 people were reported killed after houses collapsed in Niamey with another four missing. Nine children were reported dead there earlier this week.
    (AFP, 6/16/17)

2017        Jun 17, US and Japanese vessels and aircraft searched for seven American sailors who were missing after their Navy destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, collided before dawn with the ACX Crystal, a container ship four times its size, off the coast of Japan. The search for seven US Navy sailors was called on June 18 off after several bodies were found in the ship's flooded compartments, including sleeping quarters.
    (AP, 6/17/17)(AP, 6/18/17)
2017        Jun 17, In northwestern Greenland magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck near the village of Nuugaatsiaq. A tsunami followed destroying 11 buildings there and left four people missing.
    (SFC, 6/19/17, p.A2)
2017        Jun 17, In Portugal 47 people died in their cars at Pedrogao Grande as they fled the flames of a wildfire. The wildfire killed 66 people.
    (AP, 6/18/17)(AP, 6/20/17)(AP, 6/17/18)

2017        Jun 18, In Puerto Rico boat capsized off the southern coastal town of Salinas. Three people drowned and eight others were rescued.
    (AP, 6/19/17)

2017        Jun 19, In New Mexico a 25-vehicle pileup left six people dead near the Arizona state line. High winds blowing dust had led to limited visibility.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.A4)

2017        Jun 23, In central Colombia an explosion at an illegal coal mine killed at least eight people, as rescuers scrambled to find five others still missing.
    (AFP, 6/24/17)

2017        Jun 24, In southwest China some 112 villagers were feared dead, 17 hours after a landslide buried their homes. A day of searching by rescuers recovered ten bodies in Xinmo, Sichuan province. A day later 93 remained missing.
    (Reuters, 6/24/17)(Reuters, 6/25/17)

2017        Jun 25, In north-central Colombia the El Almirante tourist boat sank in the Penol-Guatape reservoir, killing at least seven people with nine people missing.   
    (AP, 6/26/17)(SFC, 6/27/17, p.A3)
2017        Jun 25, In the Indian portion of Kashmir four Indian tourists and three local residents died when a cable car came crashing down from a height of at least 30 meters (100 feet) in the tourist town of Gulmarg.
    (AP, 6/25/17)
2017        Jun 25, In eastern Pakistan an overturned oil tanker burst into flames, killing 157 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel outside the city of Bahawalpur. The death toll continued to rise in south Punjab as many suffered extensive burns. The death toll later climbed to 215.
    (AP, 6/25/17)(AP, 6/26/17)(AP, 6/30/17)(Reuters, 7/4/17)(AP, 7/7/17)
2017        Jun 25, In northwestern Pakistan six children were killed in a village when they picked up an explosive device that looked like a toy in the South Waziristan region. A day earlier two children were killed in a nearby village when they stepped on a landmine while playing in the fields.
    (Reuters, 6/25/17)

2017        Jun 26, Three migrants died off the Libyan coast this evening, during Italian-led rescue operations in which thousands more were pulled to safety from rickety boats.
    (Reuters, 6/27/17)

2017        Jun 27, The International Organization for Migration says 51 migrants are presumed dead in the Sahara Desert in Niger after smugglers abandoned them during their journey north to Libya.
    (AP, 6/27/17)

2017        Jul 1, In northern Wisconsin a Cessna airplane crashed near the city of Philips killing all six people aboard.
    (SFC, 7/3/17, p.A4)

2017        Jul 2, In southwest China at least eight people died and another 35 were injured in a natural gas pipeline explosion in Guizhou Province.
    (Reuters, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, In western Ghana an illegal goldmine collapsed, trapping at least 17 miners underground in Prestea-Nsuta.
    (AFP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 2, In Indonesia a helicopter carrying crashed while on the way to help with evacuations near a volcano that erupted on the main island of Java. All eight people aboard were killed.
    (AP, 7/2/17)(SFC, 7/3/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 2, In Lebanon a fire broke out in a Syrian refugee settlement in the Bekaa Valley, killing at least one person. The fire burned down over 100 tents near Qab Elias.
    (AP, 7/2/17)
2017        Jul 2, In Russia fourteen people died, two of them children, were killed when a long-haul passenger bus collided with a truck 900 km (550 miles) east of Moscow. In southern Russia a passenger car span out of control and collided with a tree and a parked vehicle, killing five people inside.
    (AFP, 7/2/17)

2017        Jul 3, In Bangladesh a boiler explosion late today at a garment plant near the city of Dhaka killed 10 people and injured dozens, the latest industrial tragedy to hit one of the world's biggest garment producers.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 3, In Germany eighteen people were killed when a tour bus carrying mostly pensioners smashed into a trailer truck and burst into flames on the A9 motorway near the small Bavarian town of Stammbach.
    (AFP, 7/3/17)

2017        Jul 4, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said at least 56 people have been killed and another 22 reported missing as heavy rains continue to pummel southern China, flooding towns, cutting off power and halting traffic.
    (AP, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, In Lebanon a fire caused by an electrical malfunction killed a girl at a Syrian refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley overnight, in the second lethal blaze in a camp in the area in three days.
    (Reuters, 7/4/17)
2017        Jul 4, Spain's maritime rescue service said it has rescued three migrants from a deflated rubber boat that is believed to have set sail from Morocco with 52 people aboard.
    (AP, 7/4/17)

2017        Jul 5, Indian authorities said heavy rains since the start of the monsoon season have triggered floods and landslides in parts of the remote northeastern region, causing at least 20 deaths in Assam state.
    (AP, 7/5/17)
2017        Jul 5, In South Africa a fire broke out in a building in downtown Johannesburg in which squatters were living illegally, killing seven people.
    (AP, 7/5/17)

2017        Jul 6, In Central African Republic more than 78 people were killed after a truck overturned in an accident in the city of Bambari. The victims were mostly traders who piled into the truck to go to the weekly market in Maloum.
    (AP, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, In Japan torrential rains battered the southwest for a second day, killing three people, with 100,000 ordered to evacuate their homes and while thousands of rescuers, some in helicopters, searched for survivors.
    (Reuters, 7/6/17)
2017        Jul 6, In Malawi a crowd stampeded at the Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe during independence day celebrations, killing eight people and injuring more than 40 others, most of them children.
    (AP, 7/6/17)

2017        Jul 7, In Italy part of a four-storey apartment block in Torre Annunziata, near the port city of Naples, collapsed. Over the next 24 hours eight bodies were pulled from the rubble.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)(AP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 7, Japanese rescuers searched for victims of freak rains that have killed at least 11 people and left hundreds cut off from the outside world by landslides. Public broadcaster NHK said 14 people were still unaccounted for.
    (Reuters, 7/7/17)

2017        Jul 8, In southwestern Japan the death toll from several days of freak weather rose to 16 as rescue crews took advantage of a break in the weather on Saturday to search for survivors. At least 14 others remained missing.
    (Reuters, 7/8/17)(SSFC, 7/9/17, p.A4)
2017        Jul 8, The Libyan coastguard said thirty-five migrants, including seven children, were feared drowned after their inflatable boat sank off the Libyan coast.
    (AFP, 7/8/17)
2017        Jul 8, In Libya the bodies of 19 migrants, believed to be Egyptians, were found in the eastern desert south of Tobruk.
    (Reuters, 7/9/17)

2017        Jul 10, A US military KC-130 air tanker crashed in rural Mississippi killing at least 15 Marines and a navy sailor.
    (SFC, 7/11/17, p.A9)(SFC, 7/12/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 10, In Peru a double-decker bus went out of control on a sight-seeing tour in the hills of Lima killing nine people and injuring 40.
    (SFC, 7/11/17, p.A2)

2017        Jul 11, In India at least 14 people were killed after a mudslide swept through a village Arunachal Pradesh. Since mid-June flooding in Assam state has left some 45 people dead.
    (SFC, 7/14/17, p.A2)

2017        Jul 12, In Saudi Arabia a fire broke out in the southwestern city of Najran. 11 workers from India and Bangladesh were killed in the building where they lived.
    (AP, 7/13/17)

2017        Jul 13, Japanese officials said the death toll from heavy rains and flooding in the south has risen to 30, while rescue workers continued their efforts to find survivors.
    (AFP, 7/13/17)

2017        Jul 14, In Hawaii at least three people were killed and two suffered smoke inhalation as a fire consumed several floors of a 36-story condominium tower in Honolulu.
    (AP, 7/14/17)
2017        Jul 14, In central Ecuador fourteen people were killed late today and 26 injured when a bus drove off the highway, flipped and caught fire.
    (AFP, 7/15/17)

2017        Jul 15, In Senegal a wall collapsed in a Dakar stadium during extra time at the League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and US Ouakam killing eight people. The match was marred by clashes between rival fans. In August ten football fans were arrested in connection with the stampede.
    (AFP, 7/16/17)(AFP, 8/8/17)

2017        Jul 16, A Cameroon military vessel sank off the country’s Atlantic coast. Three soldiers were rescued and 34 people declared missing.
    (SFC, 7/18/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 16, In eastern China at least 22 people were killed when a two-storey residential building in Changshu, Jiangsu province, caught fire. Authorities apprehended a man suspected of setting fire.
    (Reuters, 7/16/17)(AP, 7/16/17)
2017        Jul 16, In Indian Kashmir at least 16 Hindu pilgrims were killed and 27 injured after a bus they were traveling in skidded off a mountain road and fell into a gorge.
    (Reuters, 7/16/17)

2017        Jul 17, Authorities searched for a missing man after a flash flood crashed down an Arizona canyon, reportedly killing his wife and eight other family members at a popular swimming spot north of Phoenix.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)

2017        Jul 18, In Pakistan a dilapidated, three-story building in a poorer neighborhood of Karachi collapsed before dawn, killing at least five people and injuring 14.
    (AP, 7/18/17)

2017        Jul 20, In northern India an inter-city bus plunged into a deep gorge, killing 28 people and injuring 10 others in Rampur Bushahar, Himachal Pradesh state.
    (AP, 7/20/17)

2017        Jul 22, In southern China a crane at a construction site collapsed in Guangzhou city killing seven people. Authorities the next day suspended all construction projects in the city pending inspection.
    (Reuters, 7/23/17)

2017        Jul 23, In Texas 8 people were found dead after emergency crews pulled dozens of smuggled migrants from a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer heat. A ninth victim died at the hospital.
    (AP, 7/24/17)

2017        Jul 25, In Hungary two Romanian women and a man were killed when a minibus crashed into the back of a truck that had stopped on the shoulder on a highway while traveling to Romania.
    (AP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, In India a five-story building came crashing down in Mumbai killing at least six people and injuring nine others.
    (AP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, Indian officials said least 16 people have been killed this week in heavy monsoon rains that have lashed western India, including the desert state of Rajasthan, with more than 24,000 villagers evacuated to higher ground.
    (AP, 7/25/17)
2017        Jul 25, In Indonesiaa speed boat capsized off Borneo island, killing at least 10 people with several others believed missing.
    (Reuters, 7/25/17)

2017        Jul 26, Indian officials said at least 48 people have been killed as large swaths of Gujarat and Rajasthan states were lashed by heavy monsoon rains and flooding over the last week.
    (AP, 7/26/17)

2017        Jul 28, In central Colombia six people were killed after an explosion at an illegal gold mine in the Buritica municipality, Antioquia province.
    (Reuters, 7/29/17)

2017        Jul 29, In Vietnam a fire broke out at a small cake factory in Hanoi, killing eight workers and seriously injuring two others.
    (AP, 7/29/17)   

2017        Aug 2, In Portugal a light plane made an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon, killing a man and an 8-year-old girl who were sunbathing.
    (AP, 8/3/17)

2017        Aug 3, Thailand’s interior ministry said floods have killed at least 23 people in the northeastern farming region.
    (Reuters, 8/3/17)
2017        Aug 3, A Vietnamese official said flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed seven people and left 27 others missing in northern Vietnam. Rescuers over the next few days recovered 16 more bodies, bringing the death toll from floods in four northern provinces to 23.
    (AP, 8/3/17)(AP, 8/6/17)

2017        Aug 4, In eastern Russia rescuers at Alrosa’s Mir diamond mine in the Sakha region searched for 9 miners still unaccounted for after water leaked into an underground shaft with more than 100 workers inside. One of nine missing was rescued the next day. On Aug 26 Alrosa said it has called off the search for the missing miners.
    (AFP, 8/4/17)(AP, 8/5/17)(AP, 8/26/17)

2017        Aug 5, In southern India four Spanish nationals and their Indian driver were killed in a collision between their bus and a trailer truck on a highway.
    (AP, 8/5/17)

2017        Aug 11, In Egypt a train collision near the coastal city of Alexandria killed at least 43 people and injured 80 others.
    (AP, 8/11/17)(SFC, 8/12/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 11, In Germany a 26-ton garbage truck tipped over on a road, crushing a car and killing five people, including at least four members of the same family in the Baden-Wuerttemberg town of Nagold.
    (AP, 8/11/17)
2017        Aug 11, In Iran flash floods triggered by heavy rains killed 12 people. 38 people remained missing in Khorasan Razavi province.
    (AP, 8/12/17)

2017        Aug 12, Indian officials said at least 64 children suffering from encephalitis have died over six days at the government run Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh state, as it suffered oxygen shortages. State health minister Sidharth Nath Singh denied that any of the deaths were linked to the oxygen shortage.
    (AFP, 8/12/17)(Econ, 3/21/20, p.34)
2017        Aug 12, Nepalese authorities said flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have left more than 30 people dead in the past 24 hours.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)
2017        Aug 12, In Poland five people, including two teenage girl scouts, died and more than 30 were injured as a result of falling trees in a series of severe overnight storms.
    (Reuters, 8/12/17)

2017        Aug 13, In India two packed buses were swept into a gorge overnight by a landslide so powerful it destroyed an entire stretch of highway in Himachal Pradesh state. 17 bodies were recovered from the site, but dozens remained missing.
    (AFP, 8/13/17)
2017        Aug 13, Nepalese authorities upgraded the death toll from flash flooding across the country to 49 as the water kept rising, forcing thousands to flee for higher ground. Another 17 remained missing.
    (AFP, 8/13/17)

2017        Aug 14, Officials said heavy monsoon rains have unleashed landslides and floods that killed at least 173 people in recent days and displaced millions more across Bangladesh, northern India and southern Nepal.
    (AP, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, Shekue Kahale, a Kenya politician who campaigned for election to parliament in last week's election, survived as eleven other people drowned when the boat they were traveling in capsized in waters in the Indian Ocean off Kenya.
    (Reuters, 8/14/17)
2017        Aug 14, In Sierra Leone hundreds of people were believed killed when a mudslide struck the outskirts of Freetown. Upper estimates were in the thousands.
    (Reuters, 8/14/17)(Econ, 9/30/17, p.74)

2017        Aug 15, Officials said the death toll in flooding and landslides that devastated parts of Bangladesh, northern India and southern Nepal over the past few days has risen to 245, while millions of others have been displaced.
    (AP, 8/15/17)
2017        Aug 15, Sierra Leone's Pres. Ernest Bai Koroma appealed for urgent help for the flood-hit capital of Freetown where more than 300 people have died, as rescue workers resumed the grim search for bodies. The Red Cross estimated that 600 people were still missing.
    (AFP, 8/15/17)(AP, 8/15/17)

2017        Aug 16, In San Jose, Ca., a fire at the Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park killed three people, including two young girls.
    (SFC, 8/17/17, p.D1)
2017        Aug 16, In eastern Congo DRC at least 200 people were believed killed in a landslide in Tora village, Ituri province. 48 houses were destroyed. 140 bodies were soon recovered and over 100 were believed still buried.
    (Reuters, 8/17/17)(SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A4)(AFP, 8/21/17)

2017        Aug 18, In northwestern Austria an intense storm ripped through a beer tent, killing two people and injuring at least 40 more.
    (Reuters, 8/19/17)
2017        Aug 18, In Sierra Leone aid workers warned of a humanitarian crisis as the official death toll passed 400, with more than a hundred children among the victims -- and a similar number orphaned.
    (AFP, 8/18/17)
2017        Aug 18, In Vietnam six people, including four children in a family, were killed when a Vietnam War-era mortar shell they were sawing for scrap metal exploded.
    (AP, 8/18/17)

2017        Aug 19, In northern India a crowded train went off the tracks, killing 23 people and injuring more than 80 others in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 8/20/17)
2017        Aug 19, The Al-Misbar, a diving support ship owned by Iraq's ports authority, sank after a collision with another vessel. Eleven sailors were rescued and the bodies of 20 sailors were recovered over the next few days.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)

2017        Aug 20, In northern Portugal a light helicopter that was taking part in firefighting efforts crashed and exploded, killing its pilot and further raising the death toll from the country's deadliest summer of wildfires.
    (Reuters, 8/20/17)

2017        Aug 21, An early morning collision off Singapore between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker, the merchant vessel Alnic MC, left 10 US sailors missing. Singapore and Malaysia both said the incident took place in their territorial waters. Divers soon found the remains of two of the 10 sailors in sealed compartments of the ship. On May 25, 2018, Cmdr. Alfredo Sanchez pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty.
    (AP, 8/21/17)(Reuters, 8/21/17)(AFP, 8/22/17)(AP, 8/25/17)(SFC, 5/26/18, p.A6)

2017        Aug 22, In northern Brazil a boat carrying 70 people sank late today on the Xingu River in Para state. 15 people made it to shore and 10 bodies were recovered.
    (SFC, 8/24/17, p.A2)

2017        Aug 23, In Switzerland up to 14 people including Germans, Austrians and Swiss went missing after a landslide struck the eastern canton of Grisons near the Italian border.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)

2017        Aug 24, The US Navy suspended search and rescue efforts for missing USS John S. McCain sailors in an approximately 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.
    (AP, 8/24/17)
2017        Aug 24, Officials said more than 950 people have been killed in floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
    (SFC, 8/25/17, p.A4)
2017        Aug 24, In Brazil a commuter boat carrying more than 100 passengers flipped and sank on the Bay of All Saints off the coast of Salvador city. At least 18 people were killed and dozens left missing.
    (SFC, 8/25/17, p.A2)
2017        Aug 24, The head of Macau's observatory stepped down after chaos and confusion followed one of the strongest typhoons on record. Typhoon Hato left at least 22 dead in southern China.
    (Reuters, 8/24/17)(AP, 8/27/17)

2017        Aug 25, In southern Russia at least 14 people died after a bus carrying construction workers veered off a pier and plunged into the Black Sea on the Taman peninsula.
    (AP, 8/25/17)
2017        Aug 25, In South Africa two miners at a gold mine owned by Harmony Gold died after they were trapped underground following an earth tremor. Three miners remained missing after the incident at the Kusasalethu mine near Cartonville. On August 31 the bodies of the last two miners unaccounted for at the Harmony Gold mine were recovered, bringing the death toll to five.
    (Reuters, 8/27/17)(Reuters, 8/31/17)

2017        Aug 26, In England eight people died and four were injured early today after a collision on the southbound carriageway of the M1 motorway involving two lorries and a minibus.
    (AFP, 8/26/17)

2017        Aug 27, Five mountain climbers died in the Austrian Alps in Wildgerlostal on Mount Gabler, east of Innsbruck. Two Italian mountain climbers died after falling into a crevasse in the Italian Alps. A day earlier Another Italian climber died after being hit by boulders in the Valtellina Alpine area.
    (AP, 8/27/17)

2017        Aug 28, In southern China a landslide buried dozens of homes, killing one person and leaving 37 missing on the outskirts of the city of Bijie, Guizhou province.
    (AP, 8/28/17)
2017        Aug 28, In Texas federal engineers released water from Houston area reservoirs in hopes of controlling rushing currents as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to dump more rain on the city. Local officials reported 10 deaths possibly related to the storm.
    (Reuters, 8/28/17)(SFC, 3/29/17, p.A9)

2017        Aug 30, In Bangladesh at least three boats carrying an unknown number of Rohingya Muslims sank in the Naf River at Teknaf in Cox's Bazar.  26 bodies of women and children were recovered.
    (AP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 30, Guinea’s government said that the bodies of 19 people thought to have perished in an August 14 mudslide in Sierra Leone have washed up on the shores of Guinea. The mudslide at Freetown's crowded Mount Sugar Loaf killed an estimated 500 people, with hundreds of others still missing.
    (Reuters, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, In India police said two toddlers were among 14 people killed in Mumbai after floods caused by heavy monsoon rains destroyed homes and disrupted traffic.
    (Reuters, 8/30/17)
2017        Aug 30, Yemeni security officials and witnesses said flooding in the city of Taiz has killed at least 18 people and that another 32 have gone missing.
    (AP, 8/30/17)

2017        Aug 31, The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey drenched northern Louisiana as it moved inland. Rescuers searched homes around Houston and in the hard-hit southeastern coast for more survivors and victims as the storm killed at least 35 people.
    (Reuters, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, Bangladesh coastguards found the bodies of 17 Rohingya, many of them children, who drowned when their boats capsized as they fled violence in Myanmar that has forced at least 18,500 to seek refuge across the border.
    (AFP, 8/31/17)
2017        Aug 31, In India torrential rains caused a five-story apartment building to collapse in Mumbai, killing at least 33 people and possibly burying more than a dozen others.
    (Reuters, 8/31/17)(AP, 8/31/17)(AP, 9/1/17)

2017        Sep 1, In Texas rescuers searched painstakingly through flooded neighborhoods across the southeast for people stranded by Hurricane Harvey's deluge as President Donald Trump asked Congress for $7.85 billion in federal disaster relief. 50 people were feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston.
    (Reuters, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, In India at least two people were killed when part of a huge mountain of garbage came crashing down in a landfill on the eastern outskirts of New Delhi. Media reports said about 2,800 tons of garbage are dumped at the site every day. The garbage comes from east Delhi, home to more than 4 million of the capital's 21 million people.
    (AP, 9/1/17)
2017        Sep 1, Nigeria's president said more than 100,000 people have been displaced by flooding in the central part of the country. It was not immediately known whether anyone has died in the flooding in Benue state.
    (AP, 9/1/17)

2017        Sep 2, In Kenya seven teenage schoolgirls died and 10 more were hospitalized after a fire engulfed the Moi Girls School boarding dormitory in Nairobi early today. On Sep 13 a girl (14) was charged with multiple counts of murder for allegedly starting the fire at the Nairobi school dormitory that left nine other schoolgirls dead.
    (Reuters, 9/2/17)(AFP, 9/13/17)

2017        Sep 3, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said damage from Hurricane Harvey would exceed that of epic hurricanes Katrina or Sandy, likely reaching $150 billion to $180 billion. It was later reported that Harvey caused an estimated $125 billion in damage statewide.
    (Reuters, 9/3/17)(SSFC, 10/14/18, p.A10)

2017        Sep 4, Officials said the confirmed death toll in southern Texas from Hurricane Harvey rose to at least 60 across 11 counties. The death toll was soon raised to at least 70 with some 200,000 homes destroyed or damaged.
    (SFC, 9/5/17, p.A4)(SSFC, 9/10/17 p.A13)
2017        Sep 4, A Congo DRC officials said at least eight people have died after a bolt of lightning struck a small-scale goldmine in Haut-Uele province.
    (AFP, 9/4/17)

2017        Sep 6, Category Five hurricane Irma slammed into the French Caribbean islands after making landfall in Barbuda, packing ferocious winds and causing major flooding in low-lying areas. After making landfall in Barbuda, part of the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, the hurricane swept on to French-run Saint Barthelemy, also known as St Barts, and Saint Martin, an island divided between France and the Netherlands. In Barbuda, a 2-year-old child was killed as a family tried to escape a damaged home during the storm.
    (AFP, 9/6/17)    (AP, 9/7/17)

2017        Sep 7, Hurricane Irma inflicted "severe and in places critical" damage to the British overseas territory of Anguilla with one death reported. The British Virgin islands also suffered "severe damage.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, Hurricane Irma flooded parts of the Dominican Republic as it roared by just off the northern coast of the island it shares with Haiti. The hurricane was headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Irma has cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 11 dead and thousands homeless.
    (AP, 9/7/17)(Reuters, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told Franc Info that at least eight people died and another 23 were injured when Hurricane Irma walloped the French Caribbean island territories of St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, Hurricane Irma left more than 1 million people in Puerto Rico without power, nearly 70 percent of customers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority.
    (AP, 9/7/17)
2017        Sep 7, An 8.1 earthquake hit off the southern Pacific coast of Mexico late today, killing at least 61 people with 45 dead in Oaxaca state, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco. It was the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in over eight decades sending panicked people into the streets more than 650 miles (1,000 km) away. The death toll later rose to at least 96.
    (AP, 9/8/17)(Reuters, 9/9/17)(AP, 9/9/17)(Reuters, 9/10/17)(Econ, 9/16/17, p.30)

2017        Sep 8, Britain flew additional aid supplies to the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma flattened homes and schools and flooded hospitals, causing the British Virgin Islands to declare a state of emergency.
    (AFP, 9/8/17)
2017        Sep 8, Hurricane Irma menaced Cuba and the Bahamas as it drove toward Florida after lashing the Caribbean with devastating winds and torrential rain The death toll from Irma increased to 20 with four more deaths reported in the British Virgin Islands. The other lives lost include nine on the French Caribbean islands of St. Martin and St. Barts, four in the US Virgin Islands, and one each on the islands of Anguilla, Barbuda and the Dutch side of St. Martin.
    (Reuters, 9/8/17)(AP, 9/8/17)

2017        Sep 9, Hurricane Irma weakened slightly to a Category 4 storm early today after making landfall in Cuba with maximum-strength Category 5 winds. Irma ripped roofs off houses, collapsed buildings and flooded hundreds of miles of coastline as it raked Cuba after cutting a trail of destruction across the Caribbean leaving 22 dead.
    (AFP, 9/9/17)(AP, 9/10/17)

2017        Sep 10, In eastern India at least one person was killed and several others injured when an under-construction flyover bridge collapsed in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state.
    (Reuters, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, In Italy torrential rain triggered flooding that killed at least six people in the Tuscan port of Leghorn, including a family of four who were trapped by rising water in a basement. Two persons were reported missing.
    (AP, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, In Mexico government cargo planes flew in supplies and troops began distributing boxes of food to jittery survivors of an earthquake that destroyed a large part of Juchitan and killed at least 37 people here. Officials counted nearly 800 aftershocks of all sizes since the big Sept. 7 quake that claimed at least 90 lives.
    (AP, 9/10/17)(Reuters, 9/10/17)
2017        Sep 10, In Pakistan 10 members of a family who were on their way to a wedding celebration died when their van collided with a long trailer in Punjab province.
    (AP, 9/10/17)

2017        Sep 11, Cuba’s civil defense organization said at least 10 people were killed as Hurricane Irma ripped through over the weekend. State-run media reported that Irma seriously damaged its already dilapidated sugar industry and flooded and flattened an extensive area of sugar cane. 40 percent of the country’s mills were also damaged.
    (AFP, 9/11/17)(Reuters, 9/11/17)

2017        Sep 12, A British junior minister said over 100 high-risk prisoners had escaped in the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma. He raised the death toll in British territories to nine, with five in the BVI and four in Anguilla.
    (AFP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, In the Philippines at least four people died and six were missing after a major storm caused flooding in and around Manila, forcing schools, government offices and businesses to shut down.
    (AFP, 9/12/17)
2017        Sep 12, The World Health Organization said Hurricane Irma has left about 17,000 people in desperate need of shelter and has devastated hospitals and health clinics across the eastern Caribbean islands. At least 43 were left dead in the Caribbean and at least 11 in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
    (AP, 9/12/17)(Reuters, 9/12/17)

2017        Sep 13, In Florida Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said five people have died in a Florida nursing home that had lost power following Hurricane Irma. Within days four more deaths were reported at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. On Sept. 21 a 12th patient from the nursing home died. On Oct. 9 two more deaths were reported linked to nursing home. At least 26 people were left dead in Florida and nearby US states following Irma.
    (AP, 9/13/17)(Reuters, 9/13/17)(SFC, 9/14/17 p.A7)(SFC, 9/20/17 p.A5)(SFC, 9/30/17, p.A7)(SFC, 10/10/17, p.A5)
2017        Sep 13, A Dominican dredger collided with an Indonesian oil tanker in Singapore waters. Divers recovered two bodies from the partially submerged dredger. Three people remained missing.
    (AP, 9/14/17)

2017        Sep 14, In Malaysia 24 people, mostly teenagers, died in a fire at a school dormitory outside Kuala Lumpur.
    (SFC, 9/14/17 p.A4)
2017        Sep 14, In Romania a car carrying a group of British volunteers slammed into a tree early today, killing one person and injuring three others.
    (AP, 9/14/17)
2017        Sep 14, In Sri Lanka Paul Stewart McClean, a reporter for the Financial Times, went missing in a lagoon near the city of Panama. The next day local navy divers found the body of the British journalist, believed to have been attacked by a crocodile while holidaying with friends.
    (AP, 9/15/17)

2017        Sep 15, Typhoon Doksuri slammed into central Vietnam, killing four people and injuring 10 others as heavy rains and strong winds ripped off roofs and knocked over many electricity poles.
    (AP, 9/15/17)
2017        Sep 15, In Ukraine a fire swept through a children's camp in the Black Sea port of Odessa, killing two girls and leaving a third one missing.
    (AFP, 9/16/17)

2017        Sep 16, In western Denmark two race officials died after being hit by a rally car, driven by a male (73) and female (22) co-pilot, which came off the road.
    (AP, 9/16/17)

2017        Sep 17, In Romania more than 200 towns and villages were affected by a storm that overturned vehicles, downed power lines and left eight people dead.
    (AP, 9/18/17)

2017        Sep 19, In Mexico a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed at least 245 people, nearly half of them in the capital, 32 years to the day after a devastating 1985 quake. The death toll nationwide later rose to at least 369.
    (Reuters, 9/20/17)(AP, 9/21/17)(AP, 9/25/17)(AP, 9/29/17)(AP, 10/4/17)
2017        Sep 19, In southern Pakistan an accidental explosion at a cement factory killed at least five people in Rohri.
    (AP, 9/19/17)

2017        Sep 20, A Congo official said that flooding caused by torrential rains overnight has killed at least 12 people and left 92 others missing in North Kivu province.
    (AP, 9/20/17)
2017        Sep 20, The Libyan coast guard rescued 30 migrants offshore from the western coastal city of Zuwara following a shipwreck. Some 100 migrants were missing.
    (AP, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 20, Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico, tearing off roofs and sending doors flying from hinges. Maria has already killed at least nine in the Caribbean. In 2019 it was reported that the hurricane killed an estimated 2,975 people and caused more than $100 billion in damage and that recovery was slow.
    (AP, 9/20/17)(SFC, 9/23/19, p.A7)

2017        Sep 21, President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria slammed into the US territory. Trump said that Maria "totally obliterated" the US island territory with its electrical grid destroyed.
    (AP, 9/21/17)(Reuters, 9/21/17)
2017        Sep 21, In Bangladesh a truck carrying relief supplies for Rohingya Muslim refugees skidded off a hilly road and plunged into a paddy field, killing nine people and injuring 10.
    (Reuters, 9/21/17)

2017        Sep 22, In Afghanistan at least four young children were killed in an automobile accident in eastern Nangarhar province. 34 others, including children, women and men were injured when a minibus overturned and went into a ditch late today.
    (AP, 9/23/17)
2017        Sep 22, Puerto Rican officials said at least six people have died in connection with Hurricane Maria. Hurricane Maria lashed the Turks and Caicos Islands after destroying homes, causing widespread flooding, crippling economies and killing at least 25 people on Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.
    (AP, 9/22/17)(Reuters, 9/22/17)
2017        Sep 22, At least 21 people drowned and 5 others were missing after a fishing boat carrying migrants sunk off Turkey's Black Sea coast. Forty migrants were rescued.
    (AFP, 9/22/17)(SFC, 9/23/17 p.A2)

2017        Sep 23, Puerto Rico's National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for people living along the Guajataca River in the northwest of the island, saying an earthen dam there was in danger of collapsing as the death toll from Hurricane Maria stood at 33 across the Caribbean. Some 3,000 homes were destroyed.
    (AFP, 9/23/17)(SSFC, 9/24/17 p.A7)

2017        Sep 24, In Mexico the search continued in a ruined office building in Mexico City's hip Roma neighborhood and a five-story apartment in historic Tlalpan after the Sep 19 magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings and killed over 300 people. Economic losses were estimated at $4 billion to $8 billion.
    (Reuters, 9/24/17)

2017        Sep 25, In Mexico City the death toll from the Sept. 19 earthquake rose to 186, and 324 nationwide. Only 103 of Mexico City's nearly 9,000 schools were cleared to reopen.
    (AP, 9/25/17)

2017        Sep 26, In Mexico the death toll in the Sept. 19 earthquake rose to 333, with 194 of those deaths in Mexico City.
    (AP, 9/26/17)(SFC, 9/27/17, p.A4)

2017        Sep 28, A boat carrying 130 Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bay of Bengal. More than 60 Rohingya Muslim refugees were believed to have drowned. 23 people were confirmed dead and 40 were missing. Seventeen survived.
    (Reuters, 9/28/17)(Reuters, 9/29/17)

2017        Sep 29, In India a stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai during the morning rush, killing at least 22 people and injuring 32 others.
    (AP, 9/29/17)
2017        Sep 29, Mexico’s National Civil Defense chief said the death toll from the Sept. 19 earthquake in central Mexico has jumped by 10 to 355.
    (AP, 9/29/17)

2017        Sep 30, In Congo DRC a military cargo plane crashed in Kinshasa, killing its 12 crew members.
    (Reuters, 9/30/17)

2017        Oct 5, Tropical Storm Nate was blamed for at least 22 deaths in Central America as it dumped rain across the region. The death toll soon climbed to at least 16 in Nicaragua, 10 in Costa Rica, two in Honduras and two in El Salvador.
    (SFC, 10/6/17, p.A4)(AFP, 10/7/17)(Reuters, 10/8/17)

2017        Oct 6, Polish officials say that a heavy storm that ravaged parts of western Poland has killed two people and injured 39. Tens of thousands of households were also without electricity after falling trees broke power lines when the storm hit overnight.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, In Russia at least 16 people were killed when a train slammed into a bus that had broken down on a level crossing near the town of Pokrov, east of Moscow.
    (AFP, 10/6/17)

2017        Oct 7, In Ghana at least seven people were killed when a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in the capital, Accra, triggering explosions.
    (AP, 10/8/17)
2017        Oct 7, In Turkey a tourist bus tipped over after hitting a palm tree on a traffic island in the southern Antalya province, killing three German tourists.
    (AP, 10/7/17)

2017        Oct 8, A boat with more than 30 people fleeing Myanmar capsized off Bangladesh. Twenty-five people drowned, 13 of them children.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 8, Eight Tunisian migrants died and a further 20 are believed to be missing after a Tunisian naval ship collided with a wooden boat packed with migrants.
    (AP, 10/9/17)

2017        Oct 9, Buildings in California's Napa and Sonoma counties were being evacuated after multiple, fast-spreading wildfires engulfed the area with thick smoke and large flames. The "Atlas Fire" was burning in the hills above Napa County and had damaged several buildings.
    (Reuters, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, In southern California a wildfire destroyed at least a half dozen homes in the affluent Anaheim Hills neighborhood, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)
2017        Oct 9, Indian officials said twenty farmers have died since August and hundreds of others are in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying crops. The farmers in the western state of Maharashtra died after using the dangerous pesticides without wearing protective gear.
    (AFP, 10/9/17)
2017        Oct 9, Heavy rain in northern and central Vietnam triggered floods and landslides that killed 46 people and left 33 people missing in the worst such disaster in years.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)

2017        Oct 10, In California firefighters battling 15 wildfires that have killed at least 11 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings in the Napa and Sonoma wine region welcomed a drop in winds and an expected layer of cool, moist fog. About 1,500 homes and commercial buildings were destroyed as tens of thousands of acres had gone up in flames since the weekend.
    (Reuters, 10/10/17)

2017        Oct 11, In California firefighters battling wildfires in the wine country faced the prospect of new outbreaks as winds were forecast to return. Blazes have killed at least 17 people and destroyed 2,000 homes and businesses.
    (Reuters, 10/11/17)
2017        Oct 11, In Turkey an explosion in a storage tank at the Tupras refinery killed four people in the western province of Izmir. Authorities the next day detained seven people over the blast, of which four have been formally arrested and three released on probation.
    (Reuters, 10/13/17)

2017        Oct 12, In California winds up to 45 mph (72 kph) were expected to pummel areas north of San Francisco where at least 23 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed. Officials voiced concern that the 22 separate blazes would merge into larger infernos.
    (AP, 10/12/17)

2017        Oct 13, In California 35 confirmed fatalities, with 19 in Sonoma County, marked the greatest loss of life from a single fire event on record in California. 235 people were still missing in Sonoma County alone. 17 major fires had already destroyed an estimated 5,700 homes.
    (Reuters, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 13, The 33,205-ton Emerald Star, a Hong Kong-registered freighter, sank in rough seas off the Philippine coast, leaving 10 crewmembers missing.
    (AP, 10/13/17)

2017        Oct 14, Four Moldovan nationals were killed when a transport plane chartered by the French army crashed off Ivory Coast. Six other people were injured including four French nationals.
    (AFP, 10/14/17)
2017        Oct 14, Puerto Rican authorities raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria by 3 to 48 based on a review of medical records.
    (AP, 10/14/17)

2017        Oct 15, In northern California firefighters continued to grapple with the deadliest blazes in state history. At least 40 people have been killed and entire neighborhoods reduced to ash.
    (Reuters, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defense said 10 people have died in a fire that broke out overnight at a carpentry workshop in Riyadh.
    (AP, 10/15/17)
2017        Oct 15, In Spain over 125 wildfires raged across Galicia. Three people were reported killed by the fires.
    (AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 15, Vietnamese officials said the death toll from landslides and heavy rain triggered by a tropical depression has climbed to 68, with another 34 people missing.
    (AP, 10/15/17)

2017        Oct 16, Thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar. An overcrowded boat carrying refugees capsized in the Bay of Bengal near a Bangladeshi fishing village, killing 12 people, including six children. Up to 65 people were on board, almost half of them children.
    (Reuters, 10/16/17)(AP, 10/16/17)
2017        Oct 16, Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland leaving three people dead, 120,000 homes and businesses without power and every school in the country closed. Ophelia was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless wrought havoc.
    (AFP, 10/16/17)(AP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 16, In Portugal at least 32 people have died in fires which have ravaged forests in the north and center of the country over the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 10/16/17)

2017        Oct 17, Overnight rain and calmer winds helped firefighters tame a spate of deadly wildfires that broke out over the weekend, devouring homes and killing 37 people in Portugal and another four in northern Spain.
    (AFP, 10/17/17)
2017        Oct 17, In Turkey seven miners were killed and another was missing after part of a coal mine collapsed in the southeastern province of Sirnak.
    (Reuters, 10/17/17)

2017        Oct 18, In eastern India flames swept through an illegal firecracker workshop in the state of Odisha, killing at least eight workers.
    (AP, 10/18/17)(SFC, 10/19/17, p.A2)

2017        Oct 20, Italian news reports said a Moroccan father and three of his four children have died in an apartment fire in the northern lakeside city of Como. Fire crews found flammable material inside the apartment, suggesting the blaze might have been set intentionally by someone there.
    (AP, 10/20/17)

2017        Oct 21, In Malaysia four foreign workers were killed and 10 others left missing after a landslide at a construction site in George Town, capital of the northwest state of Penan.
    (Reuters, 10/21/17)
2017        Oct 21, In Pakistan rescue workers recovered the bodies of seven of nine mine workers who were buried under a landslide in the country's southwest.
    (AP, 10/21/17)

2017        Oct 22, In California it was reported that the Atlas Fire burned 51,624 acres and left 6 people dead; the Nuns Fire burned 56,216 acres and left two people dead; the Patrick Fire burned 10,000 acres with no fatalities; and the Tubbs Fire burned 36,793 acres with 22 people killed.
    (SSFC, 10/22/17, p.A1)
2017        Oct 22, Typhoon Lan roared towards Japan's main island on election day, killing at least two people, prompting a warning for tens of thousands to evacuate and the cancellation of hundreds of flights.
    (Reuters, 10/22/17)

2017        Oct 26, In Finland a train collided with a military vehicle at an unguarded railroad crossing in southern Finland, killing four people and injuring 11 others.
    (AP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, In Indonesia an explosion and inferno at a fireworks factory in Tangerang, a city in Banten province on the western outskirts of Jakarta, killed at least 47 people, most of them female workers who were apparently locked inside.
    (AP, 10/26/17)
2017        Oct 26, Norwegian rescuers searched for a Russian helicopter which went down with eight people on board at sea off the coast of the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. On Oct. 29 Norwegian rescue officials said the wreckage of the Russian helicopter has been located on the seabed east of Cape Heer.
    (Reuters, 10/26/17)(AP, 10/29/17)

2017        Oct 28, Indonesian police said that the inferno at a firework factory near Jakarta that killed 48 people on Oct. 26 was started by sparks from a welder's torch.
    (AP, 10/28/17)
2017        Oct 28, In Nepal a passenger bus heading toward Kathmandu veered off a key highway early today, killing at least 31 people and injuring 15.
    (AP, 10/28/17)

2017        Oct 29, High winds knocked down trees and caused widespread travel chaos across much of Central Europe, leaving five people dead and several injured in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and Poland.
    (AP, 10/29/17)
2017        Oct 29, In central Michigan a collision between a horse-drawn buggy and a pickup truck killed three children and critically injured six other people.
    (SFC, 10/30/17, p.A5)
2017        Oct 29, In southern Iran a fire broke out at an oil rig, killing at least two workers near the town of Omideih just days after another fire at an oil refinery in Tehran killed seven workers.
    (AP, 10/29/17)

2017        Oct 31, California officials said the northern Tubbs Fire has been contained. The blaze had destroyed 5,600 buildings homes and killed 24 people. A day earlier crews reached full containment on the Nuns Fire, which burned 56,556 acres and killed two people. The Pocket Fire was also contained. The state’s northern fires left 43 people dead. In 2019 invetigators said the Tubbs Fire was caused by faulty equipment at a home in Calistoga.
    (SFC, 11/1/17, p.D4)(SFC, 1/25/19, p.A1)
2017        Oct 31, Four Rohingya Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast.
    (Reuters, 10/31/17)

2017        Nov 1, In India an explosion at a power plant in Uttar Pradesh state killed at least 16 workers and seriously burned dozens of others. Preliminary findings suggested that ash had collected in the furnace below the boiler, causing the explosion at the coal-fired plant run by the government-owned National Thermal Power Corporation.
    (AFP, 11/1/17)
2017        Nov 1, The 78-meter (256-foot) Turkish-flagged Bilal Bal cargo ship, which had 10 crew members aboard, disappeared in the Black Sea after issuing a distress signal. Divers on Nov. 3 located two bodies.
    (AP, 11/3/17)

2017        Nov 3, The Greek coast guard rescued 15 people after a boat carrying migrants from Turkey sank off the island of Kalymnos. At least three people died and several more were believed to be missing.
    (AP, 11/3/17)
2017        Nov 3, A shipwreck off the coast of Libya left 26 women dead. Italian media later said others are believed to have perished and 60 people were rescued.
    (AP, 11/5/17)(AFP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 3, In northwestern Pakistan a mudslide killed eight children and wounded two others in Gardai village in the Bajur tribal region.
    (AP, 11/3/17)

2017        Nov 4, India’s government said thousands of people have taken refuge in relief camps as torrential monsoon rains flooded parts of southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, killing at least 12 people this week.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, In India at least three people were killed and another six injured when a stampede broke out during a Hindu religious ritual on a crowded bank of the Ganges River in Begusarai, Bihar state.
    (AP, 11/4/17)
2017        Nov 4, Typhoon Damrey slammed into Vietnam's south-central coast, killing at least 15 people and leaving four others missing.
    (AP, 11/4/17)

2017        Nov 5, In India five boys aged 9-12 and one woman, all from a single extended family, drowned in the Ganges River while on a picnic near Patna. Three other people drowned when their boat capsized in the Sarswati River in the state's Samastipur district.
    (AP, 11/5/17)
2017        Nov 5, In Malaysia flash floods caused by hours of torrential rain killed at least five people. Military forces deployed to help rescue thousands of displaced people in the northern state of Penang.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)
 2017        Nov 5, Floods inundated swathes of central and southern Vietnam in the wake of a typhoon that left at least 27 dead just days before the region is due to host the APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.
    (Reuters, 11/5/17)

2017        Nov 6, At least five migrants died and an unknown number were feared missing after their boat capsized off western Libya.
    (Reuters, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, Senegal reported that two buses have collided, killing at least 25 people and injuring at least a dozen, including many who were heading to an annual pilgrimage.
    (AP, 11/6/17)
2017        Nov 6, Vietnam’s government said the death toll from Typhoon Damrey and ensuing floods has reached 61 and that some reservoirs were dangerously near capacity after persistent rain.
    (Reuters, 11/6/17)

2017        Nov 7, Vietnam’s government said the death toll from Typhoon Damrey that struck its south-central coast last weekend, causing widespread flooding, has risen to 89 with 18 others still missing. Vietnam released water from seven dangerously full reservoirs to avoid further flooding.
    (AP, 11/7/17)(Reuters, 11/7/17)

2017        Nov 8, In southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo nine children died and another was missing after a canoe capsized on Lake Tanganyika.
    (AFP, 11/9/17)
2017        Nov 8, Vietnam reported 106 people known to have died because of Typhoon Damrey, which struck on Nov. 4, leaving 25 missing and 197 injured.
    (Reuters, 11/8/17)

2017        Nov 9, In Russia at least three people were killed when a corner section of a nine-storey residential building collapsed due to a suspected gas explosion in the provincial city of Izhevsk.
    (AP, 11/9/17)

2017        Nov 12, In Congo DRC about 30 people were killed and more than two dozen injured when a train derailed then caught fire near the town of Buyofwe.
    (Reuters, 11/13/17)
2017        Nov 12, In India at least 11 people died when a tourist boat capsized in the Krishna River in southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
    (Reuters, 11/12/17)
2017        Nov 12, A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake late today near the Iraq-Iran border killed over 400 people across both countries. Iran's western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor. At least 530 people were killed in Iran and seven in northern Iraq. the number of dead later rose to 483 with eight people killed in Iraq.
    (AP, 11/13/17)(Reuters, 11/14/17)(AFP, 11/26/17)

2017        Nov 14, Greece declared a state of emergency on the island of Symi after a sudden downpour swept cars into the sea, damaged homes and cut off electricity and water supplies.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)
2017        Nov 14, Iranian officials called off rescue operations, saying there was little chance of finding more survivors from the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that shook parts of western Iran on Nov 12, killing at least 530 people.
    (Reuters, 11/14/17)

2017        Nov 15, In eastern China more than 30 vehicles collided in heavy fog on an expressway, killing at least 18 people and injuring 19 others in Fuyang, Anhui province.
    (AP, 11/15/17)
2017        Nov 15, In Greece flash floods killed at least 20 people. Most of the fatalities occurred in Mandra, a working-class district on the western outskirts of Athens. Days later two people remained missing.
    (AP, 11/16/17)(SFC, 11/17/17, p.A2)(AFP, 11/18/17)(AP, 11/20/17)

2017        Nov 17, In central Bulgaria nine people were killed and 19 others were injured when a minibus crashed into a truck on a highway near the village of Mikre.
    (Reuters, 11/17/17)

2017        Nov 18, In China a fire in a low-income Beijing housing block killed 19 people. The next day workers evacuated hundreds from nearby apartments and demolished other buildings in Xinjian village. Residents said many of the densely clustered properties were built illegally and had been slated for demolition for months.
    (AP, 11/19/17)

2017        Nov 19, In western Morocco at least 15 people were killed and five injured in a crush as food aid was distributed near the coastal tourist town of Essaouira.
    (AFP, 11/19/17)
2017        Nov 19, Pakistani police said a car carrying a family has fallen off a mountainous road into a deep gorge killing five and wounding one in the country's northwest.
    (AP, 11/19/17)

2017        Nov 21, Croat border guards refused to allow the family with six children to file an asylum claim and forced them back into Serbia down railway tracks in pitch darkness. A girl (6) was hit and killed by a train minutes later. On Dec. 19 the family of the Afghan migrant girl filed charges against Croatian police for putting them in danger by forcing them back over the frontier.
    (AP, 12/19/17)

2017        Nov 24, In Georgia a fire at a luxury hotel in the Black Sea resort city of Batumi left 11 people dead and 21 others hurt.
    (AP, 11/25/17)

2017        Nov 25, At least 31 migrants died after their boat sank off Libya's western coast and some 200 others were picked up by the coastguard to be brought back to port in Tripoli.
    (Reuters, 11/25/17)

2017        Nov 25, In the SF Bay Area a collision left four people dead in a collision on I-80 in San Pablo. Fred Douglas Lowe (47) fled the scene but was soon caught and later charged with four counts of murder for driving under the influence and causing great bodily harm within 10 years of two other driving under the influence offenses. On March 6, 2019, Lowe was found guilty of murder.
    (SFC, 11/30/17, p.D2)(SFC, 3/7/19, p.C4)
2017        Nov 25, In Britain a stolen car smashed into a tree in Leeds, killing five. The victims included a 12-year-old, two 15-year-olds, and two men aged 24 and 28. Two 15-year-old boys were held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
    (AP, 11/26/17)

2017        Nov 26, In China a powerful explosion killed two people and injured over 30 in the port city of Ningbo, toppling several disused buildings. Local authorities said two people died and two were seriously injured.
    (AFP, 11/26/17)

2017        Nov 27, A Chinese cargo ship sank after colliding with another vessel in the mouth of the Pearl River near the southern city of Guangzhou. 12 sailors were missing.
    (AP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, Greek authorities raised to 23 the death toll from the Nov. 15 heavy flooding near Athens, after one more body was found and an injured woman died in hospital.
    (AP, 11/27/17)
2017        Nov 27, In Japan eight bodies, which had been reduced partly to skeletons, were found on in a small wooden ship that washed up on a beach in the sea of Japan. The bodies of two males, similarly partly skeletonized, were also found at the weekend on the western shore of the Sea of Japan island of Sado.
    (Reuters, 11/27/17)

2017        Nov 29, In Sri Lanka powerful winds and torrential rain battered much of the island late today, toppling trees and damaging buildings. Seven people were killed with five others left missing.
    (AFP, 11/30/17)

2017        Nov 30, At least 3 migrants, two of them women, died when their boat sank off Morocco late today. Another 28 people who were on their boat were missing.
    (Reuters, 12/1/17)

2017        Dec 1, In Albania at least one person died during heavy rainfall overnight that flooded many parts of the country, paralyzing its ports and causing flights from its only international airport to be suspended.
    (AP, 12/1/17)
2017        Dec 1, In China a blaze killed 10 and injured five early today in the northern port city of Tianjin. It was caused by renovation materials catching fire on the 38th floor of a serviced apartment building. 11 people were soon detained in connection with the fire.
    (Reuters, 12/3/17)

2017        Dec 2, In Zimbabwe at least 21 people died this evening in a northwestern province after a truck carrying 69 people overturned.
    (AP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 2, In southern India a strong cyclone over the southeast Arabian Sea triggered heavy rains and strong winds, damaging hundreds of huts, power lines and trees and killing at least 12 people.
    (AP, 12/2/17)

2017        Dec 3, In western Germany a fire in a multi-story apartment building killed at least four people and left 23 others injured so far in the city of Saarbruecken.
    (AP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, A South Korean fishing boat collided with a refueling vessel and capsized, leaving at least 13 people dead and two missing in waters off the port city of Incheon.
    (AP, 12/3/17)

2017        Dec 7, In southern California hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors as raging wildfires wreaked havoc, forcing about 200,000 people to flee and destroying hundreds of houses. Officials closed US 101 for more than a dozen miles along the coast, cutting off a major route between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for several hours as fire charred heavy brush along lanes.
    (Reuters, 12/7/17)(AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 7, In southwestern Iran eight climbers died in an avalanche and a ninth was missing on Oshtorankouh mountain in the Zagros range.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 7, Pakistani officials said a boat carrying dozens of pilgrims has capsized near an island in the Arabian Sea, killing 14 people. Over 30 people were missing after the boat sank near Thatta, 100 km (60 miles) east of Karachi.
    (AP, 12/7/17)

2017        Dec 8, In southern California firefighters in Ventura tried to corral the Thomas Fire, largest and most destructive fire in the state, which has destroyed 430 buildings. A new fire in San Diego area broke out a day earlier and became the latest front in the state’s wildfire fight.
    (AP, 12/7/17)
2017        Dec 8, In central Florida a small plane crashed into Lake Harney killing all three men on board.
    (SSFC, 12/10/17, p.A9)
2017        Dec 8, In Maryland FBI Agent Carlos Wolff (36) and Fire Marshall Sander Cohen (33) were killed late today while standing on the shoulder of I-270 at the scene of a traffic crash in Rockville.
    (SSFC, 12/10/17, p.A9)

2017        Dec 9, Some 8,700 firefighters in southern California fought to contain six raging wildfires, which have destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee.
    (AP, 12/9/17)
2017        Dec 9, Finnish Border Guards said two people have been found dead inside a pilot boat that capsized and sank off southern Finland.
    (AP, 12/9/17)

2017        Dec 10, California’s largest wildfire, the Thomas Fire, advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fueled destructive blazes across the state's southern region. The blaze has already blackened 155,000 acres (62,726 hectares) and consumed hundreds of structures.
    (Reuters, 12/10/17)

2017        Dec 11, In California the 4,100-acre (1,660 hectare) Lilac Fire north of San Diego was 90 percent contained after destroying 151 structures.
    (Reuters, 12/12/17)

2017        Dec 12, In California the Thomas Fire grew by about 2,500 acres overnight. It has burned 234,200 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, about 100 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, and has destroyed almost 900 structures including more than 690 homes.
    (AP, 12/12/17)

2017        Dec 13, In California the Thomas Fire, which has destroyed more than 700 homes, displaced more than 94,000 people and is threatening some 18,000 structures, was 25 percent contained. The Lilac Fire, which burned more than 4,000 acres in northern San Diego County and destroyed 157 structures, was 95 percent contained.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, In China five residents of Chaoyang district of Beijing died before dawn after electric bike batteries plugged into a home-rigged charging system caught fire and belched noxious fumes into a three-story apartment building.
    (AP, 12/13/17)
2017        Dec 13, In Switzerland the Gotthard road tunnel under the Alps closed for hours after a truck and a passenger car collided, killing two people.
    (AP, 12/13/17)

2017        Dec 14, In southern California the Thomas Fire overnight grew to the fourth-largest blaze of its kind on record, at 242,500 acres (98,140 hectares) burned. One firefighter was killed battling the blaze. Cal Fire said the Thomas Fire was 30 percent contained. The fire has destroyed more than 700 homes since it began on Dec. 4 and now threatened 18,000 structures.
    (Reuters, 12/14/17)(SFC, 12/15/17, p.D1)
2017        Dec 14, In southern France a regional train sliced open a school bus, killing four children aged 12 or 13 One more student died the next day. 18 other children and the bus driver were injured in the horrific crash at a crossing close to the Spanish border.
    (AP, 12/15/17)

2017        Dec 16, California’s Thomas Fire became the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds. It has destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including about 750 homes, in coastal communities in Southern California since erupting on Dec. 4.
    (Reuters, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 16, In southern Chile a mudslide fueled by heavy rains swept over a village, leaving at least five people dead and 15 missing. Rain caused a river to overflow and the side of a hill to collapse, burying 20 of the 200 houses in Villa Santa Lucia in the Los Lagos region.
    (AP, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 16, In Honduras Hilda Hernandez (51), sister of Pres. Juan Orlando Hernandez, and five other people were killed in a military helicopter crash on a mountain near Tegucigalpa. Hernandez was an agronomy engineer who served as communications minister under her brother.
    (AP, 12/16/17)
2017        Dec 16, In the eastern Philippines at least three people were killed and tens of thousands were driven from their homes by floods as Tropical Storm Kai-Tak pounded the area.
    (AFP, 12/16/17)

2017        Dec 17, In southern California the Thomas Fire was 40 percent contained despite hot Santa Ana winds that have powered its expansion. The third-largest wildfire in California's history has burned 267,500 acres.
    (Reuters, 12/17/17)
2017        Dec 17, Philippines authorities said at least 26 people have been killed while several residents were missing on Biliran Island after tropical storm Kai-tak brought heavy rains that triggered landslides.
    (Reuters, 12/17/17)

2017        Dec 18, In Washington state an Amtrak train derailed while making its first-ever run along a faster new route south of Seattle. Eight people were killed and more than 200 injured as cars fell off an overpass over I-5.
    (SFC, 12/19/17, p.A12)(SFC, 12/21/17, p.A6)
2017        Dec 18, In Bangladesh at least 10 people were killed and another 40 injured in a stampede in the port city of Chittagong at a crowded religious ritual for a popular ex-mayor who died last week.
    (AP, 12/18/17)
2017        Dec 18, In Indonesia eight people were found dead after being buried in a landslide while excavating a sand pit on the island of Java.
    (AP, 12/18/17)

2017        Dec 19, In California firefighters halted the spread of the so-called Thomas fire at 272,000 acres (110,100 hectares) and carved containment lines around 60 percent of its perimeter, up from 55 percent.
    (Reuters, 12/20/17)
2017        Dec 19, In southern Mexico a bus carrying cruise ship passengers to the ruins at Chacchoben flipped on a narrow highway in Quintana Roo state and killed 12 people.
    (SFC, 12/20/17, p.A3)

2017        Dec 21, In southern California the Thomas Fire, the 2nd largest in state history, was 60% contained. It had destroyed at least 750 homes and burned about 425 square miles.
    (SFC, 12/22/17, p.A4)
2017        Dec 21, A Philippine inter-island ferry with more than 250 passengers and crew, including Christmas holiday travelers, sank after being battered by fierce winds and big waves off the country's northeast, leaving at least four people dead and at least seven others missing.
    (AP, 12/21/17)
2017        Dec 21, In central South Korea a fire broke out at an eight-story building in the city of Jecheon, killing 29 people and injuring 29 others.
    (AP, 12/21/17)

2017        Dec 22, California officials said the 65% contained Thomas Fire, that has been burning through rugged, drought-parched coastal terrain since Dec. 4, has become the largest on record in the state. It surpassed the previous record of the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County that scorched 273,246 acres and killed 15 people.
    (Reuters, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 22, In the southern Philippines a mudslide triggered by heavy rain buried dozens of houses in a farming community in the Tubod region, Lanao del Norte province. Local officials said seven people had been killed by flooding in Lanao del Sur province.
    (Reuters, 12/22/17)

2017        Dec 23, In Egypt a deadly road accident left 13 people dead and eight others injured when a small bus crashed into a truck on the main road connecting the southern city of Beni Suef to Cairo.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 23, In western India at least 33 people were killed after a passenger bus veered off a bridge and plunged into the Banas river in Rajasthan state.
    (AP, 12/23/17)
2017        Dec 23, Philippine officials said Tropical Storm Tembin unleashed flash floods that swept away people and houses and set off landslides. The death toll in the southern Philippines climbed swiftly to 133, as rescuers pulled dozens of bodies from the swollen Salog river.
    (AP, 12/23/17)(AFP, 12/23/17)

2017        Dec 23, In the southern Philippines a blaze started this morning at the four-storey NCCC Mall in Davao and people were trapped inside.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 23, In the Turks and Caicos Islands a small plane crash killed two people after taking off from the island of Providenciales.
    (AP, 12/23/17)

2017        Dec 24, In central Pakistan two speeding buses coming from opposite directions collided and crashed into a van on a highway, killing 10 people and injuring 17 others.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, Rescuers in the Philippines searched for survivors of a storm that triggered floods and landslides and killed about 200 people, left scores missing and thousands homeless.
    (AP, 12/24/17)
2017        Dec 24, Philippine firefighters recovered one body from a burning shopping mall. An officials said there was "zero" chances of survival for 36 other trapped people inside the four-story building in southern Davao city.
    (AP, 12/24/17)

2017        Dec 25, In the northern Philippines a passenger bus collided with a van carrying pilgrims to Christmas Mass at a church, leaving 20 people dead and more than two dozen injured in La Union province's Agoo town.
    (AP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, In Russia four people were killed when a Moscow bus ploughed into a pedestrian underpass in the west of the city.
    (AFP, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, Swiss police said three people have died over the last 48 hours in separate avalanche accidents in the Swiss Alps.
    (Reuters, 12/26/17)
2017        Dec 25, Typhoon Tembin was expected to slam into Vietnam after it battered the Philippines with floods and landslides that killed at least 240 people. The storm entered Vietnamese water but weakened to a tropical depression and did not cause any casualties.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)(AFP, 12/25/17)(Reuters, 12/26/17)

2017        Dec 26, In Afghanistan at least five coal miners were killed in a tunnel collapse in northern Samangan province. One miner remained missing.
    (AP, 12/26/17)

2017        Dec 27, In Argentina an explosion at a grains terminal owned by China's COFCO International killed one employee, injured others and affected shipping activities from one of the world's top food suppliers.
    (Reuters, 12/27/17)

2017        Dec 28, In Kansas Andrew Finch (28) was killed by a SWAT team in Wichita following the fake 911 call about a shooting and killing at the victim’s address. Police in southern California arrested Tyler Barriss (25) the next day, suspected of making the hoax call that resulted in the fatal shooting. On Nov. 13, 2018, Barriss pleaded guilty to making the hoax call following a dispute between two online gamers over a $1.50 bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game..
    (SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A7)(SFC, 11/14/18, p.A5)
2017        Dec 28, In NYC a fire in the Bronx left 12 people dead and four more fighting for their lives.
    (SFC, 12/29/17, p.A7)

2017        Dec 29, In India a fire engulfed an upscale rooftop restaurant in Mumbai, killing 15 people and sending others fleeing for their lives.
    (AP, 12/29/17)

2017        Dec 29, In southern Mexico five people visiting from the United States were among 10 people killed in a car crash and fire late today near the tourist hot spot of Acapulco, Guerrero state.
    (Reuters, 12/30/17)(AP, 12/31/17)

2017        Dec 31, In Australia the chief executive of British catering giant Compass Group Plc and four members of his family were killed when the seaplane they were flying in crashed into the Hawkesbury River in Sydney. All six people on board were killed.
    (AP, 12/31/17)(Reuters, 1/1/18)
2017        Dec 31, In Costa Rica a Nature Air's pilot training director died in an air crash near the Punta Islita beach town west of the capital, San Jose. The co-pilot was also killed, along with 10 US citizens including a family of five from New York. On January 12 Costa Rica's civil aviation agency suspended local airline Nature Air.
    (AP, 1/1/18)(Reuters, 1/12/18)
2017        Dec 31, In central Kenya 36 people were killed and 11 injured early today in a head-on collision between a bus and a lorry on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
    (AFP, 12/31/17)

2018        Jan 1, In China seven people were killed when a minibus fell into the sea in Qidong a city north of Shanghai.
    (AP, 1/1/18)
2018        Jan 1, In Indonesia a speedboat carrying 51 people capsized off of Borneo island, killing at least eight in North Kalimantan province. Rescuers found 42 survivors and searched for one man still missing.
    (AP, 1/1/18)(AP, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 1, In South Africa two climbers were killed while scaling Cape Town's Table Mountain, with hundreds of tourists stranded on the summit for hours during the rescue effort. A female Japanese climber injured in the fall was rescued. Authorities in Hong Kong later said one climber who died was from the southern Chinese city.
    (AFP, 1/2/18)(AP, 1/3/18)

2018        Jan 2, In England 13 Patas monkeys died in a fire at Woburn Safari Park, marking the second major fire at an animal attraction in the last two weeks.
    (AP, 1/2/18)
2018        Jan 2, In Peru at least 48 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck and careened off a cliff along a sharply curving highway north of the capital Lima.
    (Reuters, 1/3/18)

2018        Jan 3, In Congo DRC 44 people perished overnight in Kinshasa as shanty homes were swept away by killer floods and landslips.
    (AFP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 3, In the southern Philippines eight people were killed when a rusty mortar round they thought was an iron canister with gold inside exploded as they tried to pry it open with a hammer in Sirawai town, Zamboanga del Norte province.
    (AP, 1/4/18)

2018        Jan 4, High winds and heavy snow barreled into the US Northeast, closing schools and government offices and disrupting travel as work crews scrambled to clear roads before plummeting temperatures turn snow into treacherous ice. The cold has been blamed for at least nine deaths over the past few days. Utilities along the East Coast said about 65,000 homes and businesses were without power from the massive snow and ice storm battering Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, Four people were reported killed in North Carolina and South Carolina after their vehicles ran off snow-covered roads. More than 5,000 flights were reported cancelled across the US.
    (SFC, 1/5/18, p.A5)
2018        Jan 4, France's interior ministry said a second person has died in the country as a result of the violent storm battering northern Europe. Storm Eleanor swept through Europe. The body of a man was pulled from the Breda River. He was soon identified the missing firefighter who was swept away just after saving a family. The death brought to four the number of people killed in France this week as winter storms battered western Europe. At least two other people have disappeared in other eastern France regions.
    (AP, 1/4/18)(AFP, 1/4/18)(AP, 1/5/18)
2018        Jan 4, In Russia at least 10 people were killed in a warehouse fire in Chernoretsky village, Siberia. The dead were believed to be workers from China and Kyrgyzstan.
    (AP, 1/4/18)
2018        Jan 4, In South Africa more at least 18 people were killed and hundreds were feared injured after a train struck a lorry, derailed and burst into flames as it traveled between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.
    (Reuters, 1/4/18)(SFC, 1/5/18, p.A2)

2018        Jan 5, In Louisiana a house fire in Baton Rouge killed a woman and two children. Another young woman and a boy (5) were hospitalized in critical condition.
    (SFC, 1/6/18, p.A6)
2018        Jan 5, In Egypt a hot air balloon crash near Luxor killed a South African tourist and injured several others. High winds and sandstorms swept the country, clouding the skies at Cairo's main airport and forcing the closure of a number of Red Sea ports.
    (Reuters, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 5, In Kashmir 13 people were swept away by three near-simultaneous avalanches at three places in a stretch of about 10 km (6 miles) on a mountainous road in Kupawara district. Two people were rescued. 11 bodies were recovered the next day.
    (AP, 1/6/18)

2018        Jan 6, The Sanchi tanker carrying Iranian oil and run by the country's top oil shipping firm was ablaze and spewing cargo into the East China Sea after colliding with the Chinese CF Crystal freight ship, leaving the tanker's 32 crew members missing. The Panama-registered tanker was sailing from Iran to South Korea, carrying 136,000 tons of condensate, an ultra light crude, equivalent to just under 1 million barrels.
    (Reuters, 1/7/18)
2018        Jan 6, The Italian coast guard said at least eight migrants died and 86 were rescued from a smugglers' foundering rubber dinghy in the waters off Libya. An aid group said dozens of migrants could still be missing. A Libyan navy spokesman said at least 25 migrants had drowned. The boat had been carrying 150 migrants with many of the dead vanishing beneath the waves.
    (Reuters, 1/8/18)(AP, 1/6/18)
2018        Jan 6, Tropical cyclone Ava passed through eastern Madagascar over the last 24 hours. Authorities later said the cyclone killed at least six people and injured three others while two people were reported missing.
    (Reuters, 1/8/18)

2018        Jan 7, Forty-eight people from Mali lost their lives in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe. 69 people escaped with their lives.
    (AFP, 1/11/18)

2018        Jan 8, In India a fire in a restaurant early today killed five workers who were sleeping inside the building in the southern city of Bangalore.
    (AP, 1/8/18)

2018        Jan 9, In southern California massive mud slides slammed into homes, turned highways into raging rivers and swept away vehicles after heavy rains. At least 21 people were left dead in the coastal community of Santa Barbara. The mudslides destroyed about 100 homes, injured 28 people and eight remained missing. US Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County was closed down until January 21.
    (Reuters, 1/10/18)(Reuters, 1/11/18)(SFC, 1/22/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 9, The Libyan navy rescued some 279 migrants off the Libyan coast. Some 100 migrants were missing at sea and feared dead.
    (SFC, 1/11/18, p.A2)
2018        Jan 9, A boat carrying roughly 30 migrants left Venezuela for Curacao. Early the next day four bodies washed up on the shore of Curacao. Venezuelan authorities later confirmed 16 survivors from the shipwreck with ten people still missing.
    (AP, 1/12/18)

2018        Jan 10, The Iranian naval destroyer Damavand crashed into a breakwater during a storm, killing two crew members. It sank in the Caspian Sea following the crash.
    (AP, 1/28/18)

2018        Jan 12, Authorities in southern Brazil said two people have died amid heavy rains that have forced more than 1,700 to flee their homes. Two more people were missing after two days of downpour unleashed flooding and landslides.
    (AP, 1/12/18)

2018        Jan 12, In the Czech Rep. three people died after a bus collided with a car near Prague.
    (AP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, A Chinese salvage team recovered two bodies from the stricken Sanchi Iranian oil tanker, still blazing a week after it caught fire and was left adrift following a collision in the East China Sea. 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis remained missing.
    (Reuters, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, In India a helicopter carrying employees of the state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Commission to an off-shore rig in the Arabian Sea crashed, killing five people and leaving another two missing.
    (AP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, In India a ferry boat carrying mostly teenage schoolchildren sank in the Arabian Sea off the western coast, killing three students.
    (AP, 1/13/18)
2018        Jan 13, Fire ripped through a local community center in northern Portugal where dozens of people were watching a weekend football match, killing eight and injuring another 38.
    (AFP, 1/14/18)

2018        Jan 14, The search for survivors of the deadly mudslides in parts of California's Santa Barbara County continued even as hopes dwindled to find anyone alive. The death toll rose to 20 with four people still missing.
    (Reuters, 1/14/18)

2018        Jan 15, Spanish officials found the bodies of seven migrants, believed to be from sub-Saharan African countries, close to the Canary Islands.
    (AP, 1/15/18)

2018        Jan 18, A bus fire in northwestern Kazakhstan killed 52 Uzbek citizens on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russia. Only five people managed to escape the burning vehicle.
    (Reuters, 1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, In Mexico a train derailed in Ecatepec, a densely populated Mexico City suburb, killing at least five people.
    (Reuters,  1/18/18)
2018        Jan 18, In the Netherlands at least 260 flights were scrapped and falling roof tiles led to the closure of airport terminals as powerful winds toppled trees and blew trucks off the road. Three people were killed in the Netherlands, three in Germany and one person in Belgium.
    (Reuters,  1/18/18)(AFP,  1/18/18)(SFC, 1/19/18, p.A5)

2018        Jan 19, The Lebanese Army said nine Syrians have frozen to death crossing into Lebanon after an icy storm hit a smuggling route in the mountains near a border post with Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/19/18)

2018        Jan 20, In the Czech Rep. a fire broke out this evening at the Eurostars David Hotel, situated on a narrow street in Prague a block away from the Vltava River. By the next day at least four deaths were reported.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)
2018        Jan 20, One fisherman was killed and nine others were rescued after their boat was involved in a collision with Vestas 11th Hour Racing some 30 nautical miles off Hong Kong as the yacht was sailing toward the finish line of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race.
    (AP, 1/20/18)
2018        Jan 20, In India 17 people died after a fire broke out at a plastic factory in the Bawana industrial area on the outskirts of New Delhi.
    (Reuters, 1/21/18)(SSFC, 1/21/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 20, A 17-meter (56 foot) ferry with 50 people on board was reported missing two days after it departed Nonouti Island on a 250 km (155 mile) trip to Betio in Kiribati. On Jan. 28 seven survivors from the ferry were found adrift in a dinghy by a New Zealand search plane.
    (Reuters, 1/28/18)
2018        Jan 20, In Turkey eleven people were killed and 44 injured in Eskisehir province when an intercity bus taking families bound for a half-term skiing trip crashed into trees while travelling on a motorway to Bursa.
    (AP, 1/20/18)(SSFC, 1/21/18, p.A4)

2018        Jan 21, Spain's maritime rescue service said two migrants died a day earlier after their boat sank while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.
    (AP, 1/21/18)

2018        Jan 22, In the United Arab Emirates a house fire killed seven children near the eastern city of Fujairah.
    (Reuters, 1/22/18)

2018        Jan 24, Iranian media said a fire broke out at a bitumen storage facility in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, killing three workers.
    (AP, 1/24/18)
2018        Jan 24, At least 30 African migrants drowned when their boat capsized off war-torn Yemen with reports of gunfire being used against those on board. At least 152 Somalis and Ethiopians were aboard the overcrowded vessel.
    (AFP, 1/26/18)

2018        Jan 25, In Italy at least three people were killed and about 12 seriously injured after a packed Italian commuter train derailed near the northern city of Milan.
    (AFP, 1/25/18)

2018        Jan 26, In South Korean flames and toxic smoke swept through a hospital in Miryang city, killing at least 37 people and injuring more than 140. The fire was most likely caused by an electrical fault in the first-floor emergency room.
    (Reuters, 1/26/18)(AP, 1/27/18)

2018        Jan 29, In India bus plunged nine meters (30 feet) into the canal in Murshidabad district in West Bengal state. At least 43 people were killed and 4 remained missing.
    (AP, 1/31/18)

2018        Feb 2, In Egypt a crash involving several cars killed at least 11 people and wounded 32 others in Minya province, south of Cairo.
    (AP, 2/2/18)
2018        Feb 2, An estimated 90 migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya after a smuggler's boat capsized early today, leaving three known survivors and 10 bodies washed up on shore. Most of the migrants on board were said to be Pakistanis.
    (Reuters, 2/2/18)

2018        Feb 3, In eastern China an explosion at a chemical plant killed four people at the Jinshan Chemical Plant Co., in Linshu County, Shandong province.
    (AP, 2/3/18)

2018        Feb 4, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver were struck early today and killed by a pickup truck driven by an illegal immigrant, who was arrested shortly after the fatal crash. Manuel Orrego-Savala (37), who is from Guatemala and has twice been deported from the US, was later charged with causing death while driving intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.
    (AP, 2/7/18)
2018        Feb 4, In South Carolina an Amtrak passenger train slammed into a parked CSX freight train in Cayce. Two Amtrak crew members were killed and more than 110 people injured. Human error and a switch in the wrong position was were later identified as the cause of the collision.
    (SFC, 2/5/18, p.A6)(SFC, 2/16/18, p.A7)
2018        Feb 4, Albania said heavy rains all over the Adriatic country have flooded riverbanks and led to the death of an energy worker.
    (AP, 2/4/18)
2018        Feb 4, Spanish authorities said an unspecified number of migrants have been found dead in waters near the coast of Morocco. Moroccan rescue services said they have recovered the bodies of around 20 migrants in the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 2/4/18)(AFP, 2/4/18)

2018        Feb 5, In southern China gas leaking from a pipeline at a steel mill in Guangdong province killed eight people and injured ten others.
    (SFC, 2/6/18, p.A2)
2018        Feb 5, In southwestern Germany a family of four was found dead in Esslingen. Police said their house had elevated carbon monoxide levels.
    (AP, 2/5/18)

2018        Feb 6, A magnitude 6.4 earthquake late today near Taiwan's east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. At least ten people were killed and 58 remained missing.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)(SFC, 2/7/18, p.A2)(AP, 2/8/18)(SFC, 2/8/18, p.A3)

2018        Feb 7, In South Africa two workers were killed after a section of Sibanye-Stillwater's Kloof gold mine collapsed.
    (Reuters, 2/7/18)

2018        Feb 8, In Yemen people in the last of four boats carrying migrants were forced to swim to shore as they approached Shabwa province from Somalia. About 600 Ethiopian migrants, men and women, were aboard the boats and 25 were missing.
    (AP, 2/9/18)

2018        Feb 10, In Arizona three British people died in a helicopter crash at the Grand Canyon. they were in the American Southwest to celebrate one of their birthdays, a trip they had been looking forward to for a long time. They were identified on Feb. 12 as veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson (27), her boyfriend, Stuart Hill (30), and his brother Jason Hill (32).
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 10, In Bolivia eight people died from the explosion of a gas canister at a Carnival parade in Oruro. The toll of injured included at least 40.
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 10, In Hong Kong a double-decker bus crashed in a suburb, killing 18 people and injuring dozens more.
    (AP, 2/10/18)
2018        Feb 10, In Indonesia a bus plunged from a hill and killed at least 27 people on the island of Java.
    (SSFC, 2/11/18, p.A4)
2018        Feb 10, In Taiwan search and rescue workers found the bodies of two people believed to be members of a Chinese family trapped in a partially collapsed hotel, bringing the death toll from the Feb. 6 earthquake to 14. Three people remained missing.
    (AP, 2/10/18)

2018        Feb 8, In Syria the US-led coalition and its local allies struck pro-government forces with deadly air and artillery fire overnight to repel "an unprovoked attack" near the Euphrates. The US-led coalition said it killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its allies. It was later reported that at least four Russian private military contractors were killed in the strike.
    (Reuters, 2/8/18)(AFP, 2/8/18)(SFC, 2/14/18, p.A2)

2018        Feb 12, In eastern Belgium a private plane crashed, killing the two people on board outside Hasselt. It was not clear what caused the accident.
    (Reuters, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, In central Austria two passenger trains crashed killing one person and injuring 22 others.
    (AP, 2/12/18)
2018        Feb 12, In Germany several people died after a truck struck two cars on the A5 Autobahn, pushing the smaller vehicles under another tractor-trailer near Walldorf.
    (AP, 2/12/18)

2018        Feb 13, In northwestern Turkey three people died and four were missing after a refugee boat carrying eight people capsized in the Maritsa river that flows between Turkey and Greece.
    (AP, 2/13/18)

2018        Feb 14, In north-central Mexico a train hit a bus carrying factory workers, and at least seven people were killed in San Luis Potosi.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 14, In Sri Lanka a building collapsed in a busy part of Colombo's Grandpass district, killing at least seven people.
    (AP, 2/14/18)

2018        Feb 15, In central-western Brazil a truck collided with a bus carrying 43 passengers, and at least seven people were killed.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, In Brazil overnight heavy rain and high winds in Rio de Janeiro left four people dead in the Alemao slum complex of Sao Paulo.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, In southwestern China an explosion late today at a stall selling fireworks killed four people and injured four others in Yunnan province on the eve of the Lunar New Year holiday.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 15, In the French Pyrenees the bodies of the three men were found, a day after an avalanche struck on an off-piste sector at the Cauterets ski resort, close to the Spanish border.
    (AP, 2/15/18)
2018        Feb 15, In southern India a five-story building under construction collapsed, killing at least three workers and trapping several others.
    (AP, 2/15/18)

2018        Feb 16, In southern California a cement truck smashed through a guardian rail into oncoming traffic on I-10 in Rialto, San Bernadino County. Five people were killed.
    {California, USA, Tragedy}
    (SSFC, 2/18/18, p.A6)
2018        Feb 16, In southern China nine people died in a fire at a waste processing facility that is suspected of being sparked by fireworks residue in Qingyuan city, Guangdong province.
    (Reuters, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, In southern India seven workers died of suffocation while cleaning an underground drainage pit at a poultry farm in Morem village, Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 2/16/18)
2018        Feb 16, A prolonged 7.2 magnitude quake rocked Mexico and left nearly a million homes and businesses without power in the capital and south. Thirteen people were killed when a minister's UH-60 Black Hawk military helicopter crash-landed in Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca state, on its way to the epicenter of the earthquake.
    (Reuters, 2/17/18)(AFP, 2/17/18)(AFP, 2/18/18)

2018        Feb 17, In Morocco a freight train and a personnel transport vehicle collided near the northern city of Tangier killing six people.
    (AP, 2/19/18)

2018        Feb 18, In southern Iran a commercial ATR-72 airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years crashed into Mount Dena. All 65 people on board Iran’s Aseman Airlines Flight No. EP3704 were killed.
    (AP, 2/18/18)

2018        Feb 19, In Mozambique heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage at the Hulene dump on the outskirts of Maputo, killing as many as 17 people who were buried by debris.
    (AP, 2/19/18)

2018        Feb 21, In Peru at least 36 people died when a bus hurtled some 100 meters into a ravine in the mountainous south in the country's second major bus crash this year.
    (AP, 2/21/18)

2018        Feb 22, In Indonesia a landslide on the island of Java engulfed farmers working in their rice paddies leaving at least five people dead and 18 missing.
    (AP, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) said in its latest update that the southern hemisphere summer rainy season has killed 50 people in Mozambique since October.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)
2018        Feb 22, The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said twenty-six refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have died in a camp in Uganda from acute diarrhea, and hundreds more cases have been registered.
    (Reuters, 2/22/18)

2018        Feb 23, In Texas a gas explosion at a newly renovated house in Dallas killed a girl (12) and injured four other members of her family.
    (SFC, 2/26/18, p.A4) 
2018        Feb 23, In Australia the yacht Finistere was taking part in the 70th Bunbury and Return Ocean Race and had six people aboard when it overturned off Mandurah, south of the state capital Perth just before midnight. Two sailors died.
    (AP, 2/24/18)

2018        Feb 24, In eastern India a speeding jeep plowed through a group of schoolchildren crossing a road, killing nine and injuring 10 of them on the outskirts of Muzzafarpur, Bihar state. The jeep driver sped away after the accident.
    (AP, 2/24/18)

2018        Feb 25, In Nevada a British tourist who was pulled from the wreckage of a fiery helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon died from her injuries, bringing the total number of deaths from the Feb. 10 crash up to five.
    (AP, 2/26/18)

2018        Feb 26, In Papua New Guinea a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in the remote highlands region cut roads and damaged buildings. At least 55 people were killed and authorities fear the toll could exceed 100. ExxonMobil Corp shut its liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the wake of the quake.
    (Reuters, 2/26/18)(Reuters, 2/27/18)(AP, 2/28/18)(SSFC, 3/4/18, p.C16)(AP, 3/7/18)

2018        Feb 27, In Romania two people were found dead over the last 24 hours as snow and sub-zero temperatures across much of Europe saw flights canceled, road and rail transport disrupted, and schools closed.
    (Reuters, 2/27/18)
2018        Feb 27, In Russia nine people were killed when a minibus collided with a truck in the Bashkiria region.
    (Reuters, 2/27/18)

2018        Feb 27, In South Africa a lion mauled a young woman (22) to death in the Dinokeng Game Reserve. The lion was under the care of Kevin Richardson known as the "lion whisperer" for his close interactions with the predators.
    (AP, 2/28/18)
2018        Feb 28, In northern Egypt a freight train and a passenger collided killing at least 15 people and injuring 15 others at Kom Hamada in Behaira province.
    (AFP, 2/28/18)(AP, 2/28/18)

2018        Mar 2, In Azerbaijan at least 25 people were killed in a fire at a residential drug treatment center in Baku.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, In France four skiers were killed, one injured and another left missing after an avalanche in a remote area of the Mercantour national park in the southern Alps.
    (AP, 3/2/18)
2018        Mar 2, In Norway two foreign with residency permits men were hit by a train and killed in Oslo.
    (AP, 3/3/18)

2018        Mar 3, US forecasters said a powerful storm that killed at least seven people moved away from the northeastern US but will continue to lash the coast with damaging winds, hampering power restoration efforts and causing additional flooding.
    (Reuters, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, In Egypt a car crash left nine people dead and eight others wounded on a desert road connecting the capital Cairo and the city of Ismailia.
    (AP, 3/3/18)
2018        Mar 3, Spanish authorities said two female migrants died while trying to swim to the shore of Ceuta, a small Spanish enclave in Morocco.
    (AP, 3/3/18)

2018        Mar 4, In Poland an apartment block collapsed in the western city of Poznan, killing four people and injuring 24 others. Teams of firefighters and rescuers with dogs combed the rubble in search of more victims. The body of a fifth victim was recovered the next day.
    (AP, 3/4/18)(AP, 3/5/18)

2018        Mar 6, The Maersk Honam container vessel, a unit of Danish shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S built in 2017, caught fire in the Arabian Sea. 23 crew members were safely evacuated from the vessel, but four remained missing.
    (Reuters, 3/7/18)
2018        Mar 6, In Syria a Russian military transport plane crashed at the Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province, killing all 39 people on board.
    (Reuters, 3/6/18)

2018        Mar 10, In Rwanda at least 16 people were killed and dozens more injured after lightning struck a Seventh-Day Adventist church in the Nyaruguru district of Southern Province. A similar accident took place a day earlier when lightning struck a group of 18 students, killing one of them.
    (AFP, 3/11/18)

2018        Mar 12, In northern Ethiopia at least 38 people, mostly students, were killed when a bus plunged into a ravine in the Amhara region. Ten people survived the crash.
    (Reuters, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 12, In Nepal a plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh swerved erratically and flew dangerously low before crashing and erupting in flames as it landed in Kathmandu, killing at least 50 people.
    (AP, 3/12/18)

2018        Mar 13, South Africa declared that the drought afflicting Cape Town and other parts of the country is a national disaster.
    (AP, 3/13/18)
2018        Mar 13, In central Turkey a passenger bus hit a truck and burst into flames, killing at least 11 people, including a number of children.
    (AP, 3/13/18)

2018        Mar 15, In Florida at least eight cars were trapped when the 950-ton bridge suddenly gave way in Miami. At least six people were killed.
    (AFP, 3/16/18)

2018        Mar 17, In Florida Cirque du Soleil performer Yann Arnaud died after falling during a show in Tampa.
    (SFC, 3/19/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 17, Greek coast guard officials said at least 16 people, including five children, drowned when the small boat they were on capsized off Agathonisi island.
    (Reuters, 3/17/18)(SSFC, 3/18/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 17, In eastern India a speeding bus plunged into a dry river bed, killing at least 12 people and injuring 35 in Bihar state.
    (AP, 3/17/18)
2018        Mar 17, In the Philippines ten people died when a Piper-23 Apache plane crashed into a house north of Manila. The dead included five people in the plane and five people on the ground.
    (Reuters, 3/17/18)(SSFC, 3/18/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 17, In Switzerland four people were feared dead after an avalanche hit the ski area of Vallon d'Arbi. One body was recovered as rescue workers searching for three others.
    (AFP, 3/17/18)

2018        Mar 18, In Arizona an Uber car operating in autonomous mode struck Elaine Herzberg (49) in Tempe, who soon died of her injuries at a local hospital. This was believed to be the first pedestrian fatality involving a self-driving car. Uber soon suspended autonomous testing in Tempe, Pittsburgh, Toronto and San Francisco. Uber later announced plans to end all autonomous-car testing in California. In 2020 Uber driver Rafaela Vasquez (46) was charged with negligent homicide.
    (SFC, 3/20/18, p.A1)(SFC, 3/28/18, p.A1)(SFC, 3/30/18, p.C1)(SFC, 9/16/20, p.A6)
2018        Mar 18, In Massachusetts three people died in a fire in Springfield. As many as 80 people were displaced by the fire.
    (SFC, 3/19/18, p.A4)
2018        Mar 18, In the Philippines a fire at a hotel at the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino killed five people and injured nearly two dozen.
    (Reuters, 3/18/18)(SFC, 3/19/18, p.A2)(SFC, 3/20/18, p.A2)

2018        Mar 20, In the Philippines a passenger bus careened off a winding dirt road and hurtled down a ravine south of Manila late today, killing 19 people.
    (AP, 3/21/18)

2018        Mar 21, In Australia a helicopter carrying American tourists crashed at a coral-viewing site on the Great Barrier Reef, killing two passengers from Hawaii and injuring two others from Colorado.
    (AP, 3/22/18)
2018        Mar 21, In Malaysia a sand dredger capsized off the southern coast. Two Chinese sailors were rescued more than 50 hours after the vessel overturned. Three more bodies were also discovered, leaving nine others still missing.
    (AP, 3/24/18)
2018        Mar 21, In northeastern Thailand a chartered tour bus lost control on a downhill curve and slid off the side of the road, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more.
    (AP, 3/22/18)

2018        Mar 22, In the Czech Rep. an explosion killed six people at Unipetrol's plant in Kralupy nad Vltavou during cleaning of the storage tank.
    (Reuters, 3/22/18)

2018        Mar 23, In Mexico four members of an Iowa family were found dead at the Tao condominium complex in Tulum, Quintana Roo state. Mexican authorities the next day said autopsies indicate an Iowa couple and their two children had been dead for between 36 and 48 hours from inhaling toxic gas at a rented condo, but there was no sign of foul play or suicide. Iowa officials identified the family as Kevin Sharp (41); his wife, Amy Sharp (38), and their children Sterling (12) and Adrianna (7).
    (AP, 3/25/18)
2018        Mar 23, In Vietnam at least 13 people were killed and 28 injured in a fire at a large condominium complex in Ho Chi Minh City.
    (AP, 3/23/18)

2018        Mar 24, In Tanzania a truck and a minibus collided killing at least 26 people in Mkuranga. The dead included 12 women and 7 children.
    (SFC, 3/26/18, p.A2)

2018        Mar 25, In Russia at least 64 people died in a fire that broke out in a multi-story shopping center in the Siberian city of Kemerovo. Dozens of children were feared to be among the dead.
    (AP, 3/25/18)(Reuters, 3/26/18)

2018        Mar 26, In northern California an SUV drove off an embankment on Highway 1 in Mendocino killing five members of a Washington state family. Three children remained missing in the tragedy. In 2019 a Mendocino County jury found that Jennifer and Sarah Hart acted deliberately when they drugged themselves and their six children and drove off a cliff.
    (SFC, 3/29/18, p.D6)(SFC, 4/5/19, p.C1)

2018        Mar 28, In Venezuela a fast-moving fire swept through a station where prisoners were being kept in crowded cells, killing 68 people in one of the worst catastrophes involving the nation's prison system.
    (AP, 3/28/18)

2018        Mar 29, In southern California Bani Duarte (27) rear-ended a vehicle with four people in Huntington Beach early today. One passenger escaped before the car burst into flames killing three teenagers. Duarte was arrested for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
    (SFC, 3/31/18, p.A6)
2018        Mar 29, In Azerbaijan at least three people working for the HALO Trust landmine clearing charity were killed and two more wounded when an anti-tank mine hit their vehicle in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.
    (Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018        Mar 29, In eastern Turkey a road accident on a highway linking Igdir province with neighboring Kars province killed 17 people, mostly migrants, who had crossed into the country illegally.
    (AP, 3/30/18)

2018        Mar 30, In western Thailand a fire on a double-decker bus carrying migrant workers from Myanmar killed 20 people early today in Tak province.
    (AP, 3/30/18)(SFC, 3/31/18, p.A4)

2018        Mar 31, In central India a four-story rickety hotel building collapsed in Indore, Madhya Pradesh state, killing at least 10 people and injuring three. A driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a pillar holding up the near 100-year-old structure.
    (AP, 4/1/18)(AFP, 4/1/18)
2018        Mar 31, In Indonesia four people died after fuel from an oil spill caught fire, filling skies around Balikpapan city on Borneo island with choking black smoke. A cracked underwater pipeline was later said to have caused the oil spill (see April 5).
    (AP, 4/4/18)(Reuters, 4/4/18)
2018        Mar 31, In Switzerland three Spanish skiers died and two were injured when an avalanche swept them down a mountainside in the southwestern canton of Valais.
    (Reuters, 4/1/18)

2018        Apr 1, In Kuwait a bus collision killed 15 workers of the Kuwait Oil Company near Burgan oil field in the southeastern desert.
    (AP, 4/2/18)

2018        Apr 2, A Fiji disaster management official said weekend floods caused by Cyclone Josie have killed four people, with another presumed drowned.
    (Reuters, 4/2/18)
2018        Apr 2, French emergency doctor and mountain guide Emmanuel Cauchy (58), whose high-altitude work earned him the nickname "Doctor Vertical," was killed in an avalanche in the Alps. He was among a group of off-piste skiers caught up in the avalanche in the Aiguilles Rouges area around the resort of Chamonix.
    (AFP, 4/2/18)

2018        Apr 2, In South Africa six miners were burnt to death when the bus taking them to work at the Modikwa platinum mine was set alight by a petrol bomb thrown by unknown attackers near the town of Burgersfort in northern Limpopo province.
    (Reuters, 4/3/18)

2018        Apr 3, In Egypt a bus crashed into a truck leaving seven people dead and 11 others injured on a desert road connecting the capital Cairo and the city of Suez.
    (AP, 4/3/18)

2018        Apr 4, In Russia a fire at a shopping center in an eastern Moscow district killed an employee and left six firefighters injured.
    (AP, 4/4/18)

2018        Apr 5, An Indonesian energy ministry official said a coal ship that dropped anchor off the coast of the port city of Balikpapan on Borneo island was likely to blame for an oil spill, after dragging a pipeline more than 100 meters and causing it to crack. The spill and fire killed five fishermen.
    (Reuters, 4/5/18)

2018        Apr 6, In Canada fourteen people were killed when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior ice hockey team collided with a truck in Saskatchewan province.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)
2018        Apr 6, An Indonesian fishing boat rescued a group of five Muslim Rohingya found in weak condition off westernmost Aceh province after a 20-day voyage that killed five other people.
    (AP, 4/6/18)

2018        Apr 9, In India at least 27 children were killed when their school bus skidded off a mountain road into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh state in the foothills of the Himalayas.
    (AP, 4/9/18)

2018        Apr 10, Indonesian authorities said at least two dozen people have died in the past day from drinking toxic bootleg liquor, raising the toll to 82 this month and highlighting how attempts to curb legal alcohol have tragically backfired.
    (AP, 4/10/18)

2018        Apr 11, In Algeria a military plane crashed in a field near Boufarik airport southwest of Algiers, killing 257 people. A number of survivors were being treated at an army hospital following the crash of the Russian Ilyushin Il-76 transport plane.
    (Reuters, 4/11/18)

2018        Apr 13, In Bulgaria a passenger bus flipped over on a highway near Sofia, killing at least six people and leaving 22 others injured, including one child.
    (Reuters, 4/13/18)

2018        Apr 16, Tanzanian authorities reported that at least nine people have died in Dar es Salaam after three days of heavy rains flooded homes and roads.
    (Reuters, 4/16/18)

2018        Apr 20, In Peru at least two German tourists were killed and another 10 injured when their minibus went off the road and fell into a ravine in the Andes Mountains.
    (AP, 4/21/18)

2018        Apr 21, In southern China five people were killed and multiple others were missing after two dragon boats capsized, causing 60 people to fall into Taohua River in the city of Guilin.
    (AP, 4/21/18)

2018        Apr 22, In North Korea a bus plunged from a bridge killing 32 Chinese tourists and four North Koreans late today in North Hwanghae province.
    (AFP, 4/23/18)

2018        Apr 23, In Canada a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15. Suspect Alek Minassian (25) was detained on 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder. The officer who apprehended Minassian was praised for making a peaceful arrest eve as the suspect shouted "Kill me" and claimed to have a gun.
    (AP, 4/24/18)

2018        Apr 24, Police in a southern Chinese city caught a man suspected of setting a fire at a three-story building that killed 18 people and injured five others. Liu Chunlu (32) was arrested in Yingde, Guangdong province.
    (AP, 4/24/18)

2018        Apr 25, In western Indonesia a newly drilled unregulated oil well exploded into flames, burning 18 people to death and injuring dozens of others in Pasir Putih village, eastern Aceh province.
    (AP, 4/25/18)

2018        Apr 26, In India thirteen children were killed when a train hit their school van at an unmanned crossing in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)
2018        Apr 26, In southern Israel nine girls and a boy were killed after they were swept away by a flash flood in the Zafit river bed in the Negev Desert.
    (Reuters, 4/26/18)(Reuters, 4/27/18)

2018        Apr 29, In eastern Afghanistan a group of children set off an unexploded mortar round in a residential area, causing a blast that killed a woman and two children in Nangarhar province.
    (AP, 4/29/18)
2018        Apr 29, At least 15 African migrants died when their boat, which had departed from Morocco, capsized off the Algerian coast while trying to reach Europe.
    (Reuters, 4/29/18)

2018        Apr 30, Kenya's Red Cross estimated that at least 100 have also died in the downpours since early April, and that the disaster needs emergency funding.
    (Reuters, 4/30/18)
2018        Apr 30, Swiss police said four people have died in the Swiss Alps and five others were in a serious conditions after bad weather forced 14 people to spend a night outdoors in the Pigne d’Arolla area. The death toll soon increased to six. The victims were identified as five Italians and a Bulgarian woman.
    (Reuters, 4/30/18)(AP, 5/1/18)
2018        Apr 30, In Switzerland the bodies of two climbers, aged 21 and 22, were found east of Pigne d'Arolla area. Bad weather a day earlier foiled rescue efforts. Two French nationals cross country skiing near the Allalin glacier in Valais canton were swept away by an avalanche and one of them died.
    (AFP, 5/1/18)

2018        May 1, Bosnian authorities said chemicals from a soda ash factory near a northern town have polluted the Spreca river, killing fish and damaging surrounding farmland. Authorities declared the area a disaster.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)
2018        May 1, In Brazil an abandoned high-rise building occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo caught fire and collapsed. Firefighters said at least one person was killed in the collapse and that there could be more. 44 people were soon reported missing after the 24-storey building collapsed.
    (AP, 5/1/18)(AFP, 5/2/18)

2018        May 2, India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh was hammered by more than 41,000 lightning strikes in a matter of hours. At least 14 people were killed.
    (AFP, 5/3/18)

2018        May 3, A powerful dust storm and rain swept parts of north and western India overnight, causing house collapses, toppling trees and leaving at least 134 people dead and more than 160 injured.
    (AP, 5/3/18)(AFP, 5/3/18)(SFC, 5/15/18, p.A4)
2018        May 3, In eastern India a bus caught fire after falling into a ditch along a highway in Bihar state. The Press Trust of India news agency said 20 people were feared dead.
    (AP, 5/3/18)
2018        May 3, In Kenya eight people were swept off a bridge in a flashflood outside the capital. 120 people have died over the last two months following weeks of torrential rain. Rwanda officials said 116 people had died and 207 had been injured in flooding and landslides since January. Torrential rains have also hit Tanzania, where 14 people died in April, as well as Uganda where flash floods have destroyed homes and left at least three dead.
    (AFP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 3, In South Africa 13 miners were trapped at the mine located in its Driefontein operations west of Johannesburg after an earthquake caused a cave-in. Seven miners were killed at Sibanye-Stillwater's Masakhane mine. Six others were rescued after being trapped underground for two days.
    (Reuters, 5/5/18)
2018        May 4, In northern Myanmar a landslide of a mound of mining waste killed at least 14 people near the Waikha mine in the jade mining region in Kachin state's Hpakant township.
    (AP, 5/4/18)
2018        May 4, In Uganda a leopard snatched and ate the three-year-old son of a female ranger working in the popular Queen Elizabeth National Park.
    (AFP, 5/7/18)

2018        May 5, In Pakistan methane gas explosions at tow coal mines in the Marwar coalfields in Baluchistan province killed at least 23 people.
    (Reuters, 5/6/18)(SFC, 5/7/18, p.A2)
2018        May 5, In southern Poland two missing coal miners were found hurt but conscious after an earthquake struck at the Zofiowka coal mine in the Silesian coal basin. One miner was crushed to death and another was trapped, while three remained missing. The bodies of two miners were found after many days of rescue efforts. One other miner remained missing.
    (AP, 5/5/18)(AFP, 5/6/18)(AP, 5/13/18)

2018        May 6, Cambodian health officials said ten villagers have died and 120 others have been sickened after drinking water suspected to be contaminated with insecticide.
    (AP, 5/6/18)
2018        May 6, In southern Pakistan four people were burned alive late today when a truck collided with the motorized rickshaw they were in near at the famous shrine of Sufi saint Shahbaz Qalander.
    (AP, 5/7/18)
2018        May 6, In Rwanda landslides caused by heavy rains killed at least 18 people in the Northern and Western province, pushing the death toll since January to more than 200.
    (Reuters, 5/7/18)

2018        May 7, In South Carolina Amber Stanley (24) of Callahan, Florida, and her two young children died from burns after their car hit a tree and caught fire after hitting an alligator on I-95.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y8qdkt3x)(SFC, 5/9/18, p.A4)
2018        May 7, In Germany a crash between a freight train and a passenger train killed two people in Bavaria. A controller (24) was soon detained over the death of a train driver and a female passenger (73).
    (Reuters, 5/8/18)
2018        May 7, Indian officials said 12 children between the ages 5 and 12 have been killed in dog attacks in and around the northern town of Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh state, since November. Roaming packs of feral dogs killed six children in the area last week.
    (AP, 5/7/18)

2018        May 9, In northern India a powerful dust and rain storm demolished homes and downed power lines late today, killing at least 14 people in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/10/18)
2018        May 9, In Kenya the Patel Dam, dam burst its banks in the Rift Valley late today, killing at least 45 people and forcing hundreds from their homes. At least 20 of the dead were children. 40 people remained missing.
    (AP, 5/10/18)(Reuters, 5/10/18)(AFP, 5/11/18)

2018        May 13, In Pakistani-administered Kashmir an old wooden bridge over a fast-moving river in the Neelum Valley collapsed as dozens of students were taking pictures on it, leading to at least five deaths. Eleven students remained missing.
    (AP, 5/13/18)
2018        May 13, In Pakistan violent overnight rainstorms in the northwest caused at least 15 deaths and injured dozens.
    (AP, 5/13/18)

2018        May 14, Officials in India said powerful winds and rainstorms that have swept across a crowded swath of northern India left 43 people dead.. 42 were killed in Uttar Pradesh state and at least one person in New Delhi.
    (AP, 5/14/18)(SFC, 5/15/18, p.A4)

2018        May 15, A violent spring storm left at least five people dead in the northeastern United States. The next morning more than 370,000 residents were without power in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, down from more than 600,000.
    (AP, 5/16/18)
2018        May 15, In northern India a highway overpass being built collapsed in Varanasi. Disaster officials said at least 16 people were killed when an immense concrete slab slammed down onto the road below. More people were feared trapped beneath the slab.
    (AP, 5/15/18)
2018        May 15, In southern India a ferry capsized on the Godavari River leaving at least 40 people missing in Andhra Pradesh state.. 20 people swam to safety.
    (SFC, 5/16/18, p.A3)

2018        May 21, Sri Lanka officials said heavy rain and lightning strikes across the country have left at least seven people dead and displaced more than 1,000.
    (AP, 5/21/18)

2018        May 22, In Hungary nine Romanians were killed when the bus they were traveling in slammed into an oncoming truck 60km southeast of Budapest.
    (AP, 5/23/18)
2018        May 22, A Pakistani welfare organization said the heatwave gripping the Karachi region amid widespread power cuts has killed 65 people in the last four days.
    (AP, 5/22/18)
2018        May 22, Somaliland officials said more than 50 people have died, livestock has been wiped out and hundreds of farms destroyed by heavy rains and floods caused by a tropical cyclone.
    (Reuters, 5/23/18)

2018        May 23, In northwestern Congo DRC 50 people died late today in a boat accident on the Momboyo river in Tshuapa province.
    (AP, 5/25/18)

2018        May 24, In Turkey a blast at a state-owned explosives factory on the outskirts of Ankara killed one worker and injured four others.
    (AP, 5/24/18)
2018        May 24, Yemen declared a state of emergency on the island of Socotra as Cyclone Mekunu intensified after flooding several villages and capsizing boats to leave at least 17 people missing.
    (AP, 5/24/18)

2018        May 25, Uganda police said 22 people were killed after a speeding passenger bus struck a tractor and then a beer truck on its way to Kampala. A Uganda Red Cross statement said that the crash killed more than 40.
    (AP, 5/26/18)
2018        May 25, Yemeni officials said 40 people, among them Yemeni, Indian and Sudanese nationals, are missing after Cyclone Mekunu battered the island of Socotra.
    (AP, 5/25/18)

2018        May 26, Cyclone Mekunu killed at least four people in Oman while more than 30 remained missing. Another two bodies were recovered from the Yemeni island of Socotra.
    (AP, 5/26/18)(AP, 5/26/18)

2018        May 28, Authorities said the death toll from Cyclone Mekunu that hit Oman and Yemen over the weekend rose to at least 13, as relief workers and aid arrived to hard-hit areas in the two Arabian Peninsula countries.
    (AP, 5/28/18)

2018        May 29, Indian disaster management officials in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand said 47 people had died in night-time storms that swept across the region.
    (AP, 5/29/18)

2018        May 30, In North Carolina two people were killed after floods triggered a landslide, as Alberto was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone with diminished rainfall.
    (Reuters, 5/31/18)

2018        Jun 1, US health officials said tainted lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, has left five people dead and at least 197 left ill in 35 states.
    (SFC, 6/2/18, p.A5)

2018        Jun 3, Guatemala's Fuego volcano, near the colonial city of Antigua, erupted sending a pyroclastic flow that engulfed the village of El Rodeo. At least 25 people were reported killed.
    (Reuters, 6/4/18)
2018        Jun 3, In Kenya at least three people were killed after a five-story building collapsed in Nairobi. Authorities say 30,000 to 40,000 buildings built without approval in the capital are at risk, and dozens have died in similar disasters in recent years.
    (Reuters, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, Spain's maritime rescue service said it has rescued 240 people over the last 24 hours, but one person apparently drowned while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa.
    (AP, 6/3/18)
2018        Jun 3, Tunisia's coast guard rescued 68 migrants. At least 46 others were killed after their boat sank near Kerkennah island. Officials later said there were 60 confirmed deaths and 52 people missing and presumed dead from the capsizing off Tunisia's eastern city of Sfax.
    (AP, 6/3/18)(SFC, 6/4/18, p.A2)(AP, 6/5/18)
2018        Jun 3, Turkey's state media reported that