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Heavy rains kill 20 in Pakistan

PAKISTAN WEATHER STORMAt least 20 people have been killed and about 100 injured as heavy rain and winds in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar caused dozens of buildings to collapse. Riaz Khan Mehsud, a senior local government official, confirmed the toll on Sunday and said the number of dead was expected to rise. Fallen trees and mobile phone towers had blocked several main roads, an AFP reporter at the scene said, while flood water had reached a metre deep in some parts of the city of more than three million people. Safety standards, particularly in construction, are very lax in nuclear-armed but economically underdeveloped Pakistan…


Building healthier communities essential for recovering from disasters

U.S. communities and federal agencies should more intentionally seek to create healthier communities during disaster preparation and recovery efforts — something that rarely happens now, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. By adding a health “lens” to planning and recovery, a community can both mitigate the health damage caused by disasters and recover in ways that make the community healthier and more resilient than it was before…


Nepal earthquake: Death toll passes 4,400 amid fears over remote areas

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN)—Rescue and aid workers in Nepal are struggling to cope with the scale of the devastation dealt by Saturday’s powerful earthquake — digging through rubble by hand, performing surgeries in makeshift operating theaters, scouring notoriously difficult terrain for more victims. But power blackouts in the capital city of Kathmandu, supply shortages and difficulties getting around complicated the efforts…


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