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‘One in thousand year situation’ in West Virginia, Flood claims 23 lives

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US state of West Virginia is facing troubling time as a sudden massive floods have claimed atleast 23 lives including a eight year-old boy, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said on Friday.

A state of emergency has already been declared in 44 of the state’s 55 counties.west-virginia-wefornewsTomblin labelled the flood as “among the worst in a century for some parts of the state,” that damage is widespread and devastating. The death toll could rise further, Xinhua reported.west virgina-wefornews Earlier on Thursday afternoon, a bridge connecting the shopping centre to a main road collapsed and washed away due to deadly floods and endangered  500 lives of employees and customers. However the search operation is underway to save them.rescue-wefornews Meanwhile, the West Virginia governor said that the search and rescue operations were a top priority.

Areas of West Virginia has witnessed 8 to 10 inches of rain in six to eight hours , said the National Weather Service, naming it a “one-in-a-thousand-year event”.

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Quake jolts Himachal

The epicentre of the quake was Chamba region, bordering Jammu and Kashmir.

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Shimla, June 23 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh was again jolted by a low intensity earthquake on Saturday, the third within a fortnight, an official said. There were, however, no reports of damage.

The earthquake measuring three on the Richter scale was recorded at 2.37 a.m., the meteorological office told IANS.

The epicentre of the quake was Chamba region, bordering Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, the epicentres of the quakes were Shimla and Chamba regions and occurred on June 17 and June 14, respectively.

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Tourists raise over $11,000 for Guatemala volcano victims

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Guatemala City, June 16: Tourists from a Japanese cruise ship that docked in Guatemala this week have raised more than $11,000 for those affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the Central American country.

The ship, Asuka II, arrived in Puerto Quetzal on the country’s Pacific coast on June 11 and at the initiative of the crew and the passengers, the funds were raised, reports Efe news.

The passengers and crew made a gesture of “fraternity and solidarity” with the people of Guatemala in the face of the tragedy and natural disaster caused by the eruption of the volcano, the Japanese embassy here said in a statement on Friday.

The Fuego volcano suffered its biggest eruption in recent years on June 3, leaving 110 dead and almost 200 missing, in addition to causing significant material damage.

On Friday, the volcano produced seven explosions per hour and small pyroclastic flows.

Guatemala’s National Institute for Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology said that the volcano, located some 50 km west of the capital, has been producing between five and seven moderate explosions per hour and has belched out ash clouds rising 4,700 metres into the air.

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Himachal Pradesh: Earthquake of magnitude 4.5 strikes Chamba

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New Delhi, June 14: An earthquake of magnitude 4.5 on the Richter Scale hit Himachal Pradesh on Thursday. The quake was reported at Chamba region.

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