Structural failures

FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, a man paddles his boat through a flooded village after a dam in southeastern Laos collapsed, in the Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, Laos. A United Nations human rights expert is urging Laos to focus less on big, foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children and the poor. Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, said Laos’ economy can only thrive if its leaders do a better job of educating and caring for all of its people.(AP Photo/Hau Dinh, File)
March 29, 2019 - 3:38 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A U.N. expert on human rights says hundreds of people displaced by the collapse of a dam in Laos face bleak prospects for recovering their homes and livelihoods. Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, said Friday in an interview that questions over who's responsible for the...
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FILE - This March 17, 2019 file photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an aerial view of Offutt Air Force Base and surrounding areas in Nebraska affected by flood waters. After this spring's massive flooding along the Missouri River, many want to blame the agency that manages the river's dams for making the disaster worse, but it may not be that simple. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says much of the water that created this month's flooding came from rain and melting snow that flowed into the river downstream of all the dams, and at the same time, massive amounts of water filled the reservoirs and some had to be released. (Tech. Sgt. Rachelle Blake/U.S. Air Force via AP, File)
March 28, 2019 - 7:36 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After this spring's massive flooding along the Missouri River, many want to blame the agency that manages the river's dams for making the disaster worse, but it may not be that simple. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says much of the water that created the flooding came from...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, a man paddles his boat through a flooded village after a dam in southeastern Laos collapsed, in the Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, Laos. A United Nations human rights expert is urging Laos to focus less on big, foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children and the poor. Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, said Laos’ economy can only thrive if its leaders do a better job of educating and caring for all of its people.(AP Photo/Hau Dinh, File)
March 28, 2019 - 2:27 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A United Nations human rights expert has urged communist-ruled Laos to focus less on foreign-invested dam and railway contracts and devote more resources to helping its children and the poor. The U.N. rapporteur on poverty, Philip Alston, said Thursday that Laos' impoverished economy...
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March 25, 2019 - 2:02 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a story March 23 about the aftermath of a Brazilian dam collapse, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a new evacuation had been ordered for people near a dam. They had been evacuated in February. A corrected version of the story is below: Brazilian miner Vale...
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Helmut Shea Kaukver III looks on from a boat alongside Tim Rockford Monday, March 18, 2019, in Bellwood, Neb. The men were returning to their neighborhood which was only accessible by boat because of floodwaters. (Brendan Sullivan/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
March 21, 2019 - 8:39 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states. Parson's action will allow state agencies to work directly with local officials...
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This satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows from top, Pacific Junction, Iowa on Aug. 10, 2018 before flooding and Pacific Junction during flooding on March 18, 2019. (DigitalGlobe, a Maxar company, via AP)
March 19, 2019 - 10:49 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was expected to visit the Midwest on Tuesday to view flooding caused by heavy rains and snowmelt that damaged hundreds of homes and inundated tens of thousands of acres with water. Flooding is expected throughout the week in several states as high...
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Volunteers fill sandbags in preparation for flooding along the Missouri River in St Joseph, Mo., Monday, March 18, 2019. Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
March 19, 2019 - 1:53 am
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to linger. About 200 miles of levees were compromised —...
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CORRECTS MONTH TO MARCH NOT MAY - The Elkhorn River consumes a section of western Douglas County Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Omaha, Neb. Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in Nebraska and Iowa as levees succumbed to the rush of water. (Jeff Bundy/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
March 17, 2019 - 4:40 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Residents in parts of southwestern Iowa were forced out of their homes Sunday as a torrent of Missouri River water flowed over and through levees, putting them in a situation similar to hundreds of people in neighboring Nebraska who have been displaced by the late-winter flood...
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Water seeps into the west side of town with sandbags lining the intersection of Ridge Road and Military Avenue in Fremont, Neb., on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The flooding followed days of snow and rain — record-setting, in some places — that swept through the West and Midwest. (Kent Sievers/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
March 17, 2019 - 5:02 am
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities were using boats and large vehicles on Saturday to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers, and killing at least one person. The scramble...
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Government officials from Standard Organisation of Nigeria examine materials used in constructing the building that collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday March 14, 2019. A Nigerian official says search efforts have been halted a day after a school building collapsed in Lagos with an unknown number of children inside.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba
March 15, 2019 - 6:37 am
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Twenty people are confirmed dead in the school building that collapsed in Nigeria on Wednesday, and most of them are children, an official said Friday. Forty-three other people were rescued, Lagos State Health Commissioner Jide Idris told The Associated Press. The disaster...
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