Devastating flash flooding in Libya leaves 5,000+ dead

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Important Takeaways:

  • The number of people killed by the devastating flash flooding in northern Libya remained unclear Thursday, due to the daunting scale of the catastrophe…but it was undoubtedly well into the thousands.
  • An enormous surge of water, brought by torrential downpours from Storm Daniel over the weekend, burst two upstream river dams and reduced the city of Derna to an apocalyptic wasteland where entire blocks and untold numbers of people were washed into the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Hundreds of body bags lined its mud-caked streets Thursday, awaiting mass burials, as traumatized and grieving residents search mangled buildings for the missing and bulldozers worked to clear streets.
  • More than 3,000 bodies had been buried in Derna alone, while another 2,000 were still being processed. He said most of the dead were buried in mass graves outside the city, while others were transferred to nearby towns and cities.
  • An official with the U.N.’s World Health Organization in Libya told the AP the number of fatalities could reach 7,000, given how many people were still missing, adding that “the numbers could surprise and shock all of us.”
  • Speaking to the Al Arabia television network, Derna’s Mayor Abdel-Raham al-Ghaithi said the final death toll could even be as high as 20,000.

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Libya devastated by storm that caused dams to break and great loss of life

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Important Takeaways:

  • Storm Daniel has wreaked havoc across Libya with 2,000 people feared dead as the devastating floods have broken dams and swept away neighborhoods.
  • Worst hit was the city of Derna in eastern Libya, which had become inaccessible, and many of the thousands missing there were believed carried away by waters after two upstream dams burst.
  • Ahmed al-Mosmari, a spokesman for the country’s armed forces based in the east, told a news conference that the death toll in Derna had surpassed 2,000. He said there were between 5,000 and 6,000 reported missing.
  • Al-Mosmari attributed the catastrophe to the collapse of two nearby dams, causing a lethal flash flood.

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Rescue efforts in Morocco in search of survivors after historic earthquake strikes “biggest in 120 years”

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Important Takeaways:

  • Morocco earthquake: at least 2,000 dead and thousands more injured
  • A powerful earthquake in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains has killed at least 2,000 people, a death toll that is expected to rise as rescuers were struggling on Saturday to reach hard-hit remote areas.
  • The magnitude-6.8 quake is the biggest to hit the North African country in 120 years.
  • At least 2,012 people died in the quake, mostly in Marrakech and five provinces near the epicenter, Morocco’s interior ministry said. At least another 2,059 people were injured, 1,404 critically, officials said.
  • The full toll will almost certainly increase as rescuers have struggled to bypass boulder-strewn roads to the remote mountain villages that were hit hardest.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 300,000 people had been affected by the powerful tremors throughout the country.

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Johannesburg building fire leaves at least 73 dead

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Important Takeaways:

  • As many as 200 people may have been living in the building, witnesses said
  • A nighttime fire ripped through a rundown five-story building in Johannesburg that was occupied by homeless people and squatters, leaving at least 73 people dead early Thursday, emergency services in South Africa’s biggest city said.
  • A witness said he saw people throwing babies out of the burning building in an attempt to save them and that at least one man died when he jumped from a window on the third floor and hit the concrete sidewalk “head first.”
  • Seven of the victims were children, the youngest a 1-year-old, according to an emergency services spokesperson.
  • Mulaudzi, the emergency services spokesperson, said the death toll was likely to increase and more bodies were probably trapped inside the building.
  • The fire took three hours to contain, he said, and firefighters needed time to work through all five floors.

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Maui’s death toll reaches 111 with more than 1,000 still unaccounted for

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Important Takeaways:

  • Maui’s death toll reaches 111 as searchers – many coping with their own losses – comb the wildfire zone
  • “No one has ever seen this that is alive today – not this size, not this number, not this volume,” Maui Police Chief John Pelletier said Wednesday. “And we’re not done.”
  • A genetics team will help identify remains, “so that we can make sure that we’re finding who our loved ones are, and that we make the notifications with dignity and honor,” Pelletier said, urging patience.
  • Searches through the burn areas have expanded over the past week, with 40 canines from 15 states deployed, the Hawaii Department of Defense’s Jeff Hickman told CNN.

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At least 36 killed on Maui and thousands race to escape

Important Takeaways:

  • At least 36 killed on Maui as fires burn through Hawaii and thousands race to escape
  • Wildfires fueled by a dry summer and strong winds from a passing hurricane killed 36 people and destroyed hundreds of homes and other buildings on the Hawaiian island of Maui, in the deadliest blaze in the U.S. in years.
  • Firefighters still battled blazes on the island, as local officials prepared to evacuate thousands of visitors and find shelter for residents in need.
  • The flames left some people with mere minutes to act and led some to flee into the ocean.
  • It is the deadliest fire since the 2018 Camp Fire in California, which killed at least 85 people and virtually razed the town of Paradise.
  • Maui County Mayor Richard Bissen Jr. said the island had “been tested like never before in our lifetime.”

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Florida City Walmart shooting; 1 dead, 2 injured

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Mathew 24:12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

Important Takeaways:

  • The Florida City and Miami-Dade police departments are actively investigating the shooting
  • A Florida suspect opened fire in a Florida City Walmart, hitting two people and killing one.
  • The shooting took place at around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
  • WSVN reported that two people were shot: one person was reportedly hit in the foot, while another was injured in the abdomen. A third customer had a panic attack from the incident, requiring medical attention.
  • The victim who was shot in the abdomen was transported to the hospital via air rescue, but soon passed away. The other victim with non-life-threatening injuries was a customer that got hit by a stray bullet, authorities say. The victim who died was reportedly involved.

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Hundreds Found Dead in Kenya, Allegedly Connected to Doomsday Cult

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Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the poor oppressed in a district, and justice and rights denied, do not be surprised at such things; for one official is eyed by a higher one, and over them both are others higher still

Important Takeaways:

  • Authorities in Kenya have exhumed the bodies of over 400 people that are said to have died in connection with a doomsday cult.
  • Officials in the area told the Associated Press (AP) that they believe all of the victims to be followers of a doomsday cult in the coastal town of Malindi led by a local pastor, named Paul Mackenzie, who allegedly ordered them to fast to death in order to meet Jesus.
  • An additional 12 bodies were exhumed on Monday, July 17, bringing the total number of those who have died in connection to the Good News International Church to 403.
  • An additional 95 followers had been rescued, and detectives are still working to locate more mass graves as some 613 people have been reported missing to Kenya Red Cross officers in Malindi.
  • “He [Mackenzie] had an elaborate plan of killing children, youths and then adults, telling them he would be the last one to starve himself to death,”
  • Kenya’s president, William Ruto, said what transpired in Malindi was “akin to terrorism” and vowed to crack down on “those using religion to advance their heinous acts.”

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Chaos in Baltimore as police search for suspect in shooting where 28 were shot and 2 killed

Mathew 24:12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

Important Takeaways:

  • Baltimore investigators searching for suspects in block party mass shooting that killed 2 and injured 28 others
  • Investigators in Baltimore are searching for multiple suspects in a mass shooting that launched a beloved annual neighborhood block party into chaos early Sunday, killing two people and injuring 28 others, most of whom were teens, officials said.
  • The gunfire erupted overnight in the south Baltimore neighborhood of Brooklyn, where community members were enjoying a yearly celebration dubbed Brooklyn Day, Mayor Brandon Scott told CNN.
  • Investigators are scouring the sprawling crime scene – which spans several blocks – for evidence and are poring over hours of surveillance footage, the police commissioner said. Officials have also urged community members to come forward with any relevant information or video footage that may assist in the investigation.

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Another instance of someone being shot at while pulling up to the wrong house

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Mathew 24:12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.

Important Takeaways:

  • Florida homeowner fires into couple’s car when they mistakenly turned into his property during a late-night Instacart delivery in latest ‘wrong house’ case
  • A South Florida man opened fire on two Instacart delivery workers after they drove onto his property while lost, attempting to drop off an order.
  • Antonio Caccavale, 43, said he opened fire after the car ran over his foot on his property in Southwest Ranches, about 20 miles northwest of Miami, on 15 April.
  • Police initially closed the case without arrests as, they said, both sides ‘appear justified’ in their actions – but the state attorney is now calling for a full investigation.
  • Nobody was injured by the gunfire but it comes as the latest in a spate of similar shootings across the nation, where people have been shot at after getting the wrong address or into the wrong car.
  • Ralph Yarl, 16, was shot and injured after ringing the wrong doorbell in Missouri. Kaylin Gillis, 20, was shot dead when the car she was in pulled into the driveway in New York. And two Texas cheerleaders were shot and injured after one tried to get into the wrong car by mistake last week in Illinois.

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