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November 13, 2013

Death toll continues to rise in Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, warehouse raid

  • eight people were killed by a crumbling wall after thousands of Philippine residents stormed a government-owned warehouse that held more than 100,000 bags of rice.
  • 2,275 people have been confirmed dead in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which slammed into the Philippines over the weeked. Approximately 670,000 people were also displaced by the typhoon, according to the latest UN estimates. source
14:43 // 9 months ago
November 12, 2013

Revised Typhoon Haiyan estimates still point to thousands of deaths in Phillipines

  • 2,500 people are believed to have been killed by Typhoon Haiyan, a drastically lower number than the 10,000 cited after the storm first hit the Phillipines four days ago. The United States and the UK have announced plans to send warships to the region, to help with recovery efforts, and the United Nations has called for $300 million in aid for the region. source
15:14 // 9 months ago
September 1, 2011

War casualties: Iraq War hits historic low, Afghan War hits historic high

  • 4,464 number of U.S. troops that have died in the Iraq War since fighting began in mid-2003; combat operations ended last year, but training and support staff remain
  • zero number of U.S. troops that died in the country in August; the shocking part is that this is literally the first month without a casualty since the start of the war source

» Afghan War in sharp contrast: Part of the reason for the lack of troop deaths in Iraq is that the war in Afghanistan has picked up. There, it was a record month where 66 Americans died — a total which was much higher than it would’ve been due to the deadly Chinook helicopter crash that killed 30 highly-specialized troops.

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10:40 // 3 years ago
March 20, 2011

Japan quake: A massive death toll, with thousands more missing

  • 8,450 the official death toll from the quake so far
  • 12,931 the number of people still missing over a week after the quake
  • 118,000 support personnel are on the ground assisting in the recovery source

» A huge relief budget, still not enough: The city of Sendai, which is roughly the center point of the quake and Tsunami, has gathered an extra budget of roughly $220 million. Even that will likely not be enough. “No one believes this will be enough to cope with reconstruction,” said a Sendai city spokesperson. “This disaster will cause severe damage to city finances.”

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11:22 // 3 years ago
March 14, 2011
The situation here is just beyond belief, almost everything has been flattened. The government is saying that 9,500 people, more than half of the population, could have died and I do fear the worst.
International Red Cross Federation official Patrick Fuller • Describing the situation in Otsuchi, just one of the many towns hit by the earthquake in Japan. Death toll estimates are expected to far exceed 10,000 people, and thousands of bodies have already been found. Remember how we gave that warning about early death toll estimates? This was why.  source (viafollow)
10:17 // 3 years ago
March 12, 2011
Via BreakingNews: "Death toll in Japan may top 1,800; more than 300,000 evacuated - Kyodo News”

Via BreakingNews: "Death toll in Japan may top 1,800; more than 300,000 evacuated - Kyodo News

16:50 // 3 years ago

Update: The latest Japan earthquake death toll numbers*

  • 637 the current official death toll after yesterday’s quake and tsunami
  • 653 the number of people  missing after the quake broke out in Japan
  • 400+ bodies have been found but are unaccounted for in the totals source

* Editor’s note: Please take heed of the note we made last night on death tolls for the current quake. The devastation is just too wide for specific numbers right now.

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10:09 // 3 years ago
March 11, 2011

Japan Quake: Some early death toll estimates, with an asterisk*

  • 402+ number of confirmed deaths in the Japanese quake this week
  • 1,000+ could have died, according to estimates by Kyodo News agency
  • 3,000+ homes were destroyed on the coast of Honshu Island alone source

* – Why we’re wary of the death toll numbers: The dramatic scale of this disaster does not encourage firm estimates, so we’d like to offer these numbers, which some of our readers have asked for, with a warning: They’re subject to change. This incident is far too huge to offer hard statistics right now. For example: Police in Sendai said that there were 200-300 bodies on the shore at least. Considering the scope of the disaster in Sendai alone, it’s entirely possible that many more will be found. Maybe in a few days we’ll have a better idea.

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20:47 // 3 years ago
February 26, 2011

Update: Christchurch earthquake death toll gets deadlier

  • 145 have been found dead in the rubble of the 6.3-magnitude quake
  • 200+ are still missing; most are feared dead from the quake source
10:42 // 3 years ago
January 29, 2011

Egypt death toll estimates: Three sources, three different numbers

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10:39 // 3 years ago