UN, Red Cross seek better preparation for future heat waves
The international Red Cross and the United Nations want people and governments to do more to beat the heat by getting ready for heat waves like the recent ones from Sacramento, California, to Somalia to Sichuan, China, that could take many lives in the futurewashingtonpost.com
Azov Regiment Commander Prokopenko taken to Russia his wife
VALENTYNA ROMANENKO - SUNDAY, 14 AUGUST 2022, 12:23 Russian media have reported that Denys Prokopenko, commander of the Azov Regiment, has been taken to Russia, but government agencies and the Red Cross have yet to confirm this.news.yahoo.com
Hamas says captive Israeli's condition has deteriorated
Gaza's Hamas rulers on Monday said the condition of one of the Israelis it is holding captive has deteriorated. The announcement marked a rare piece of information about the Israelis in Hamas captivity. Hamas is believed to be holding the remains of two soldiers killed during a 2014 war.news.yahoo.com
Fighters appeal for evacuation of wounded from Mariupol mill
Fighters of the Azov Regiment, the Ukrainian unit holed up in the besieged Azovstal steel mill in the devastated port city of Mariupol, have released photos of their wounded comrades in arms who they say are in the plant, along with an appeal to the United Nations and Red Cross to arrange for their evacuationwashingtonpost.com
The world wants to help Ukraine. But organizations delivering humanitarian aid face major obstacles.
Russian attacks on Ukrainian cities and key supply routes — as well as the sheer scale of the humanitarian needs — are hindering the ability of international organizations to deliver aid.washingtonpost.com
South Lake Tahoe residents begin cautious return as nearly half-contained Caldor Fire burns nearby
On Sunday, South Lake Tahoe’s evacuation order was downgraded, allowing around 22,000 people who had been forced to evacuate because of the Caldor Fire to return home. Nearby communities had downgraded their warnings a day earlier.washingtonpost.com
Nigerian parents excited by return of 2 abducted schoolgirls
Seven years after Boko Haram extremists abducted more than 270 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria, two of the more than 100 still being held by the rebels returned this month, renewing the hope of parents who have all but given up on the long wait for the return of their childrenwashingtonpost.com
Greece: Thousands spend night outdoors after powerful quake
Red Cross distribute food to local residents after an earthquake in Damasi village, central Greece, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 6.0 struck central Greece Wednesday and was also felt in neighboring Albania and North Macedonia, and as far as Kosovo and Montenegro. (AP Photo/Vaggelis Kousioras)ATHENS – Fearful of returning to their homes, thousands of people in central Greece were spending the night outdoors late Wednesday after a powerful earthquake, felt across the region, damaged homes and public buildings. The shallow, magnitude-6.0 quake struck near the central city of Larissa. Ad___ Elena Becatoros and Theodora Tongas in Athens, Llazar Semini in Tirana, Albania, and Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey contributed.
Seguin couple displaced, several pets killed in RV park fire, firefighters say
SEGUIN, TEXAS – Susan Pargeter has lived at the Young Creek RV Park for several years. The neighborhood is located in the 4800 block of FM 467 in Seguin. Pargeter described it as a place where neighbors look out for one another, but she never imagined she would be without a home. Other fire crews from Seguin and Wilson County assisted in the response and they were able to extinguish the flames fairly quickly. Both of the travel trailers are considered a total loss, according to fire officials, and damages are estimated to be over $20,000.
Family displaced, dog killed following house fire on West Side, firefighters say
SAN ANTONIO – A man and his three grandkids are displaced and their dog is deceased after a fire broke out at their West Side home, according to San Antonio Fire Department. Firefighters said the family was alerted of the fire from a passerby who saw the flames coming from a structure behind the house. The family evacuated safely as firefighters made their way behind the home to extinguish the flames, according to officials. No injuries to the family or firefighters were reported; however, fire officials did attempt to resuscitate the family’s dog. The Red Cross is assisting the family in finding them a new place to stay for the time being.
Belgium fears ICU beds could reach capacity next month
FILE - In this Thursday, April 23, 2020 file photo, nurses cheer as a patient who had COVID-19 leaves the intensive care ward at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium. Belgium's intensive care units will hit capacity by mid-November if new coronavirus cases continue to soar at the same pace, according to the country's health authorities. File)BRUSSELS – Belgium’s intensive care units will hit capacity by mid-November if new coronavirus cases continue to soar at the same pace, the country’s health authorities warned Wednesday. The latest COVID-19 figures published Wednesday by the national institute of public health show that Belgium has seen 7,360 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours. Van Laethem said the country is currently the second-worst in Europe in terms of new coronavirus infections, behind the Czech Republic.
Apartment fire on Northeast Side of San Antonio displaces 63 residents
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio firefighters spent two hours Thursday afternoon battling an apartment fire on the city’s Northeast Side that officials said left 63 residents without a place to call home. And I’m thankful for that," said Ousman Hosein, one of the residents displaced by the fire. The Red Cross is helping the displaced residents find a temporary place to stay. Some residents believe the fire may have been caused by a barbecue grill on a balcony, but the official cause is still under investigation. WATCH: Drone video of the apartment fire Courtesy: Kelvin Williams