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New Delhi, September 02, 2017: The Capital’s oldest garbage dump site, the Ghazipur landfill, could not bear the weight of the trash it had been holding for over three decades and on Friday a portion of it came crashing down, killing two people.

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Shimla, July 20, 2017: At least 28 people were killed Thursday after a bus plunged into a deep gorge in a Himalayan region of northern India popular with tourists, police said.

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New Delhi, July 03, 2017: Just two months ago, TOI had highlighted how several buildings constructed in violation of norms at Lalita Park and other parts of east Delhiwere posing a threat to the lives of residents. The east corporation had initiated a visual survey to identity decrepit buildings, but as the latest incident testified, the ground situation didn't change much.

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July 02, 2017: Sunday’s building collapse in Laxmi Nagar was a stark reminder of the infamous 2010 Lalita Park building collapse that claimed 71 lives.
Seven years later, Delhi seemed to have not learnt any lessons.

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June 26, 2017: A tourist boat packed with about 160 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized Sunday on a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin, leaving at least six people dead and 31 missing, officials said.

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June 25, 2017: The number of tower blocks which have failed emergency fire tests has nearly doubled to 60 in 25 different council areas – up from 34 in 17 areas.

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May 23, 2017: The casualties in the crash of the Island Express at Kuppam railway station on the night of May 21 have risen to 62 passengers dead and 63 others injured. First reports had said ten were killed and 50 others injured as the train from Bangalore bound for Cochin Harbour ran into a sand hump at the station. Kuppam is a halt for the train and it is believed the train, running at good speed, could not be stopped due to failure of the brake system. In the accident the engine and the three bogies next to it jumped rails near the outer cabin of the station. Actually the second carriage which was a third class-cum-luggage van bogie was separated from the others and it fell on its side.

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April 16, 2017: The Japanese Government would send a team of experts to assist Sri Lanka in providing relief to those who were affected by the collapse of Meetotamulla garbage dump, sources close to Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said.

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April 15, 2017: At least 16 people, including 4 children, died, and 20 were injured when a huge mountain of garbage collapsed in the Sri Lankan capital city of Colombo.

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April 15, 2017: Sri Lanka army troops are involved in rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of the disaster at the garbage dump at Meetotamulla which occurred on Friday (14th April). A section of the Meethotamulla garbage mountain dump collapsed last afternoon destroying a many of houses and injuring people. According to army media sources a contingent of troops under the 14 Division of the Security Force Headquarters - West (SFHQ-West) is involved in the relief operations.

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April 08, 2017: During the visit to Japan, Russia's Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation's delegation discussed with Japanese partners possible projects on elimination of consequences of Fukushima nuclear power plant (NPP) disaster, Rosatom said Saturday.

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April 07, 2017: Portions of Oroville Dam’s damaged spillway may have been built atop highly weathered rock, geologists say, a type vulnerable to erosion during the weeks of rain that led up to the disaster.

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April 08, 2017: At least 20 people aboard a wedding boat have died after it struck a cargo ship and sunk in Myanmar today.

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Lions Bay, B.C., April 09, 2017: Five hikers crossing an unstable ledge of snow in the mountains north of Vancouver fell 500 metres to their deaths, a search manager said on Sunday.

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April 03, 2017: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) released its annual report on natural disasters for 2016 and placed Afghanistan among those countries most frequently hit by such events.

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April 03, 2017: Canadian federal aviation inspectors say budget cuts have increased the risk of a major aviation accident in the near future to the point where it is now “likely” to happen, according to a disturbing survey released today.

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April 02, 2017: Five people were rushed to hospital – including one child – and dozens more were injured when a fireworks display exploded into the crowd at a carnival near Paris today. Dramatic footage appears to show a huge fireball sparking terror among the watching crowd, injuring children as young as two.

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Mosul, March 28, 2017: Iraqi Parliament Speaker Selim al-Jabouri has declared on Tuesday the western side of Mosul as a disaster zone, Shafaq News reported.

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Shillong, March 25, 2017: It took nearly four hours for the fire that broke out at a petrol pump in Nongrim Hills on Friday to be brought under control leading to nightmarish traffic snarls on city roads.

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March 23, 2017: Gov. Bill Walker signed into law a bill that will allow for a more concentrated approach to the state's opioid crisis on March 21.

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March 24, 2017: Authority in the Iraqi city of Mosul demanded to open an investigation following the killing of hundreds of civilians in coalition strikes Thursday.

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March 24, 2017: A ferry that sank off the southwest coast of South Korea with the loss of more than 300 lives is being towed to a transport vessel after salvage workers successfully raised it from the sea bed.

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March 24, 2017: A newly unearthed secret report commissioned during the Cold War has brought to light the devastating effects of Russian nuclear testing.

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Nearly ten years after pipeline company TransCanada first applied for a State Department permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the Trump administration has reversed the previous administration's decision and signed off on the "disastrous" project.

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March 23, 2017: Some 20,000 people are being evacuated after a series of explosions at a massive arms depot in eastern Ukraine described by officials as sabotage.

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Members of the House of Representatives have described the Kaduna International Airport as a big disaster that is waiting to happen.

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March 17, 2017: When a Texas City refinery exploded in 2005, 15 people died. Months later, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board found that putting workers in temporary trailers near danger zones at the plant raised the death toll.

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March 22, 2017: Thames water has been fined a record £20.3m after it admitted pumping 1.4 billion litres of raw sewage into the Thames.

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March 18, 2017: The next big migration wave won't be caused by war or hunger. It will be caused by environmental disasters. People will be fleeing cities and countries to escape environmental pollution that makes life short, sick, and unbearable.

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Rio De Janeiro, March 16, 2017: The decision came as part of a ruling in which federal judge Mário de Paula Franco Júnior approved a road map toward a final agreement between prosecutors and mining companies Vale SA, BHP Billiton Ltd. and their joint-venture Samarco Mineração SA.

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Tokyo, March 17, 2017: A court in Japan has ruled that negligence by the state contributed to the triple meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011 and awarded significant damages to evacuees.

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March 17, 2017: A massive wall of garbage collapsed at a dump in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last Saturday (March 11), killing at least 115 people, with dozens more still missing.

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The Syrian crisis is “the worst man-made disaster the world has seen since World War II” the UN’s top human rights official says.

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Over 60 people have died after a landslide at a rubbish dump on the outskirts of Addis Ababa on Saturday, and Amnesty International holds the Ethiopian government fully responsible.

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March 13, 2017: With a height of 234.7 metres California’s Oroville Dam is the tallest dam in the US and the body of water it holds back, Lake Oroville is the second largest man-made lake in California. It serves three functions: water supply, hydroelectricity generation and flood control. It’s estimated that the floods it prevented between 1987 and 1999 avoid a damage bill that would have topped $US1.3 billion.

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Geneva, March 10, 2017: A United Nations human rights expert is warning against the threat of catastrophic chemical disaster due to the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

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March 10, 2017: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won’t be holding a news conference on Saturday, putting an end to a regular media event on the anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, it was learned Friday.

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It has been 31 years since the horrendous man-made tragedy in Bhopal. The victims/survivors continue to struggle for justice and reparation, for basic decontamination and cleaning, and expanding medical care beyond the arbitrarily-identified 'victims'. The genetic impact of the Union Carbide gas leak has been revealed in many scientific studies, but these haven't led to any serious efforts by the Central or state governments.

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February 14, 2017: Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe arrived in India on 11 December. He came with a bag of goodies - bullet trains, aircraft and, most importantly, nuclear power.

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February 14, 2017: A week ago, the Union government ratified the International Convention for Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage and handed it over to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAE).

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If the statement of the newly appointed chairman of India's Atomic Energy Commission last week is anything to go by, the Narendra Modi government has made up its mind to entirely exempt foreign nuclear suppliers of any liability in case of a nuclear accident.

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On this day in 2011, I was sitting in my office in the Institute of Defense Studies and Analysis, when the news of massive tsunami and earthquake came. I was working as a senior research fellow on a project funded by the Department of Atomic Energy (DoAE).

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March 10, 2017: Nuclear meltdowns don't have anniversaries. In almost every other kind of industrial accident, repair, reconstruction and resumption of normal life can start from the next day. In case of a nuclear accident, the radiation spewing from damaged reactors makes any semblance of normalcy impossible for decades.

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Rio De Janeiro, March 08, 2017: In 2015, the collapse of a dam at a mine in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais caused environmental damage that was unprecedented in the country.

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March 07, 2017: North Korea is warning that U.S.-South Korean military exercises are driving the Korean Peninsula and northeast Asia toward "nuclear disaster."

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Two ships collided off the coast of Ennore in Tamil Nadu on Saturday. Inexplicably, Kamarajar port authorities did not report any oil spill when it informed the Indian Coast Guard about the accident on Sunday morning. By the time they owned up and the Coast Guard fixed the leak, the damage was done. As oil sludge is being removed manually using large buckets since, the slick has travelled more than 30 km and tarred Chennai’s Marina Beach.

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March 03, 2017: The Health Effects Institute (HEI), a Boston-based non-profit organization that specializes in studying health effects as a result of pollution, recently published its “State of Global Air, 2017: A Special Report on Global Exposure to Air Pollution and its Disease Burden.” Based on extensive research conducted across 175 countries, HEI found that India and China face the deadliest air pollution in the world.

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March 03, 2017: U.S. small businesses are losing $75 billion per year due to this cyber menace. At this moment, thousands of small businesses in the U.S. are losing around $8,500 per hour of downtime due to ransomware, according to Aberdeen Group, or more than $75 billion per year. These cyber attacks literally hold data for ransom, and since organizations are only as strong as their data, ransomware can easily wipe out even the most stable of businesses in the blink of an eye. If that situation doesn’t earn a spot on your worst-case scenario list, consider that the cyber criminals perpetrating such attacks rarely suffer consequences, honing their craft while they bring businesses to the ground.

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Durgapur, February 17, 2017: Alert lineman Indradev Paswan today averted a major traindisaster when he noticed cracked on the rail and waved a red flag to create attention of the guards of the Dn Rampurhat-Howrah Mayurakshi Fast Passenger near Pandaveswar station in Burdwan district of West Bengal, Eastern Railway officials confirmed. The rail line was vertically cracked, which took around 40 minutes to repair for restoration of busy section in the peak hours. Around 0700 hours when the packed train was speeding towards Andal leaving Pandaveswar station, lineman Indraveb Paswan was working near a cabin to clear the tracks suddenly he noticed the one of the rails was cracked vertically and immediately hoisted the red flag, which forced the drivers to used emergency brakes for halt. After forty minutes of repair work, the one was restored around 0810 hours, eyewitnesses said.

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New Delhi, February 16, 2017: Amid the crowded lanes of Chandni Chowk lies Bhagirath Palace, a tightly-knit market famous for electrical appliances. Thousands of customers flock to the area every day, but the 80-year-old structure in which the market is built is causing structural and fire safety concerns.

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