The death toll from landslides and floods in the Philippines rose to 80 on Wednesday, with scores missing and feared dead, officials said, as rescuers dug up more bodies with bare hands and backhoes in crushed villages.
The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 5 million on Monday, less than two years into a crisis that has not only devastated poor countries but also humbled wealthy ones with first-rate health care systems.
The death toll in the landslides and flash floods triggered by incessant rain in Kerala state rose to 35 on Monday and a red alert has been issued for 11 dams across the state as water levels have breached the danger mark in several areas, according to India Narrative.
Troops and firefighters have scrambled to find victims of the devastation left by the worst floods to hit western Europe in decades, which have already left more than 150 people dead and dozens more missing.
Official tolls showing the number of deaths directly or indirectly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to be a “significant undercount”, the World Health Organization said on Friday, saying 6-8 million people may have died so far.