Irma death toll in St. Maarten climbs to four: Dutch PM

A palm tree lays on a car after the passage of Hurricane Irma, near the shore in Marigot, on the island of St. Martin on Saturday, September 9, 2017. (File photo by AP)
Updated 10 September 2017

Irma death toll in St. Maarten climbs to four: Dutch PM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands: Four people are now known to have died in the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten when it was hit by Hurricane Irma, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Sunday.
“Unfortunately, there were two more victims that we did not know about earlier,” Rutte told reporters, adding the death toll from Wednesday’s storm in the Dutch part of St. Martin was now four. But he added there had been “no new damage” caused by Jose which whipped past the island shared with France late Saturday.


In Bolivia desperate family leaves coffin in the street

Updated 57 min 56 sec ago

In Bolivia desperate family leaves coffin in the street

  • The Andean nation has reported 36,818 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,320 deaths

LA PAZ, Bolivia: The rising toll of COVID-19 deaths is overwhelming the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, where desperate relatives of one apparent victim of the new coronavirus left his coffin in the street for several hours on Saturday to protest difficulties in getting him buried.
Neighbor Remberto Arnez said the 62-year-old man had died on Sunday and his body had been in his home ever since, “but that’s risky because of the possible contagion.”
After a few hours, funeral workers showed up and took the coffin to a cemetery.
Police Col. Iván Rojas told a news conference that the city is collecting “about 17 bodies a day. This is collapsing the police personnel and funeral workers” in the city of some 630,000 people.
“The crematorium oven is small, that that is where the bodies are collecting,” said national Labor Minister Óscar Mercado, who told reporters that officials were preparing 250 new burial plots in the city’s main cemetery.
The Andean nation has reported 36,818 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,320 deaths.