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Typhoon Molave, landslides leave 35 dead, dozens missing in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam – A typhoon that officials said was the most powerful to hit Vietnam in 20 years blew away from the country on Thursday after setting off landslides, sinking boats and knocking out power to at least 1.7 million people. At least 35 people were killed and more than 50 were missing, state media said.

5.8-magnitude quake strikes Puerto Rico, damaging homes

A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Puerto Rico before dawn Monday, unleashing small landslides, causing power outages and severely cracking some homes. It was one of the strongest quakes yet to hit the U.S. territory that has been shaking for the past week.

Threat of more disaster looms in Sierra Leone amid burials

Sierra Leone’s government has hired 600 grave diggers for the burials of hundreds of mudslide victims, officials said Thursday, as some residents were told to evacuate one mountainside amid fears the rainy season could unleash further disaster.

President approves Washington storms disaster declaration

President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Washington state to address damage from late January and February storms that brought flooding, landslides and mudslides. Spokane County was one of many counties named in the declaration.

73 dead, scores missing in weeklong Sri Lanka storms

Sri Lanka’s government on Saturday raised the death toll from landslides and heavy flooding around the island nation to 73, as soldiers continued searching for scores of people missing since deadly landslides struck hill country several days ago.

Spokane has lower risk for landslides than Western Washington

Landslides are part of Spokane’s geologic history, though the risk is slim for the type of major slide such as last weekend’s devastating mountainside collapse northeast of Seattle. “Low risk doesn’t mean no risk,” said Thomas Frost, geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Spokane.

28 dead from ‘waterfall-like’ rain in Japan

TOKYO — Most of the quarter-million people who fled massive flooding in southwest Japan were able to return home today, but the danger had not fully passed from record rains that have killed at least 28 people.