Rescue personnel survey the wreckage after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on Friday. The explosion, caused by a gas leak, killed 22 people, injured 270 and sent flames shooting 15 storeys into the air
Rescue workers remove debris at a collapsed apartment after an air strike in Snizhne, 100 km east from the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. An air strike demolished an apartment block in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, killing at least nine civilians.
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A man carries two girls covered with dust following a reported air strike by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria.
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Rescue workers transport equipment into a police helicopter near the entrance to the Riesending vertical cave after the final phase of the transport of injured spelunker Johann Westhauser to the surface on Thursday near Marktschellenberg, Germany
A Malaysian search and rescue team helps a victim from a capsized boat in Kelanang Jetty, near Banting after an apparently overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants sank in seas off western Malaysia on Thursday
An injured miner is carried to an ambulance after being rescued from a coal mine he was trapped in, in Soma, a district in Turkey’s western province of Manisa. Rescuers pulled more dead and injured from the mine on Wednesday, more than 12 hours after an explosion, bringing the death toll to more than 200, in the nation’s worst mining disaster for decades. Hundreds more are believed to be still trapped inside the mine.
Chinese firefighters try to rescue a pig from a well at a farm in Huanghua, Zhejiang province, on Friday.
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Flood victims are evacuated from heavy flooding brought by tropical depression Agaton, in Butuan, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
Emergency rescuers tend to a trapped victim inside a commuter train in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday. The train ploughed into a truck carrying petrol, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 60.
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School children watch as volunteers of the Israeli sea turtle rescue centre free a loggerhead sea turtle back into the Mediterranean sea on Thursday in Ga’ash, Israel.
A Ground Self-Defense Force rescue member searches for survivors after a landslide caused by heavy rains brought on by typhoon Wipha buried houses at Oshima island, 120km south of Tokyo on Thursday. At least 17 people died as a powerful typhoon lashed Japan’s Pacific coast, with dozens still missing and the death toll likely to rise.
People watch the rescue operation from outside the factory after a devastating fire at the dyeing section of two-storey Aswad Composite Mills at Maona, Gazipur, Bangladesh. At least nine people were killed when a fire broke out at an apparel factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
A survivor is rescued from the rubble after a four-storey residential building collapsed in Mumbai, India. According to news reports, at least four people were killed and more than 100 were feared trapped under the debris after the building collapsed near the Babugenu Market on Dockyard Road.
An Indian army soldier at a makeshift helipad at Joshimath, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, on Monday comforts an injured pilgrim after he was rescued from the higher reaches of mountains. Soldiers have been clearing debris from towns and villages flattened by landslides and monsoon flooding that has washed away thousands of homes. Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the number of people who have perished could be more than the 1,000 deaths reported so far.
An army soldier takes part in a special prayer in front of the damaged site in Bangladesh as 20 days of rescue work comes to an end following the building ‘s collapse in Savar, Dhaka, on April 24. The eight-story Rana Plaza mostly housed garment factories and reports state that the death toll rose to more than 1,127, while 2,438 people were rescued alive.
Ariel Castro (R), Pedro Castro (C) and Onil Castro appear in court in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday. Ariel Castro, 52, a veteran school bus driver was fired from his job last autumn, was formally charged with kidnapping and raping the three women, who were rescued from his house on Monday.
A woman holds a photo of her missing son near the damaged building at Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh on Monday. Police inspector Aminur Rahman says 377 bodies have been recovered, of which 309 have been released to relatives. One thousand remain missing from the rescue operation of the Rana Plaza that housed mostly garment factories. The army has taken charge of the rescue using heavy machines such as cranes and bulldozers.
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A policewoman and paramedic wrap a thermo foil round a woman injured by a powerful gas blast on Monday in Prague’s historic centre. The blast injured up to 20 people, four seriously, rescuers said, adding that it was possible some people were buried in the rubble.
Rescue workers, army personnel, police and members of the media run after they hear someone shouting that a building next to Rana Plaza is collapsing during a rescue operation in Savar, 19 miles outside Dhaka, Bangladesh.