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Death toll rises to 16 from earthquake on Malaysia mountain

The death toll from an earthquake that trapped scores of climbers on Malaysia’s highest peak rose to 16 Monday as rescuers searched for two Singaporean climbers still missing. A magnitude-5.9 earthquake on Friday sent rocks and boulders raining down the trekking routes on 4,095-meter (13,435-foot) Mount Kinabalu in eastern Sabah state on Borneo island. Nine of the bodies found Saturday were flown out by helicopter, while two were carried down, police said. Five more bodies have now been recovered. State tourism minister Masidi Manjun said the victims were seven Singaporeans, six Malaysians, and a Filipino, Chinese and Japanese national each. He said a Singaporean student and teacher were still missing. Singapore on Monday flew flags at half-staff to mourn the victims, part of a school outing to the mountain…


Hurricane Blanca roars toward Mexico’s Baja California

hurricane blancaHurricane Blanca is churning in the Pacific toward Mexico’s Baja California coast, where it is expected to make landfall. Blanca has maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (110 mph). “The center of Blanca will approach the southwest coast of the Baja California peninsula later today and move near or along the coast tonight and Monday,” the National Hurricane Center said Sunday…


Minot appoints chief resilience officer to try to get grant

Minot has appointed a chief resilience officer as part of an attempt to earn a portion of nearly $1 billion in federal grant money to boost flood recovery efforts. Minot is competing against nearly 70 other applicants in the National Disaster Resiliency Competition, which aims to help communities continue recovery and enhance resilience for future disasters…



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