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ago 04 2014

Death toll climbs to 109 in west Indian landslide

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Mumbai,Aug. 4 (Xinhua) — Death toll in last Wednesday’s devastating landslide in a village in the western state of Maharashtra has climbed to 109 while some 100 others are still missing, Indian officials said on Monday.

More than five days after a landslide swept away 40 homes in Malin village in Pune’s Ambegaon Taluka, the rescue operations are still on.

With the recovery of three more bodies from under the debris, the death toll in the calamity reached 109, even as the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) operation to locate possible survivors entered the sixth day on Monday amid intermittent showers.

The 109 dead included 44 men, 49 women and 16 children, district administration officials said.

The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has issued advice to rescue teams and district officials to evacuate remaining houses near the landslide site.

“If it continues to rain for another three or four days, there is a possibility of further sliding in the adjacent portions of the landslide that has already taken place,” the GSI said in a statement.

Intermittent showers continued to lash the region, hampering movement of heavy machinery deployed by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on the marshy land, developed at the site due to rain and mud.

About 50 more people are still believed to be trapped under the rubble but there is dim hope of finding any survivors. Eight injured had earlier been pulled out to safety, officials said.

Though landslides are common in India during the monsoon, environment experts say that this disaster could be man-made as deforestation of jungles on the mountains surrounding the village could have triggered the landslide.

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ago 04 2014

640 fishermen on 40 trawlers missing off eastern Indian coast

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New Delhi, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) — Some 40 trawlers, carrying 640 fishermen, have gone missing since late Sunday night in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a senior official said Monday.

“The 40 trawlers, with 16 fishermen on board each of them, went to the high seas near Kakdwip in the Sunderbans for catching fish a couple of days back. But they went missing during a storm last night. No contact could be established with the missing fishermen, ” he said, on condition of anonymity.

The state’s Sunderbans Development Minister Manturam Pakhira told the local media that efforts were on to locate the missing fishermen, and the Coast Guard has also been alerted.

He added that the state government would leave no stone unturned to track down the missing fishermen.

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ago 04 2014

China strengthens customs checks against Ebola

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Beijing, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) — China’s quarantine authority has ordered strengthened inspections at customs to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering the country.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said it will implement stricter inspections on inbound airlines from regions affected by Ebola, and step up sanitary measures on incoming vehicles and goods.

China will also suspend imports of some special goods and animal products, while raising awareness among travelers bound for those regions.

Ebola, which spreads through mucous and other body fluid or secretions such as stool, urine, saliva and semen of infected people, is believed to be very difficult to control.

Four western African countries — Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone — have reported 729 deaths from Ebola with 1,323 infected between the start of March and the end of July.

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ago 04 2014

Rescue efforts underway after Bangladeshi ferry capsizes

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Dhaca, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) — A search operation is underway after a ferry carrying some 200 passengers sank on Monday in the middle of a river in Bangladesh’s central Munshiganj district, police said.

“The ferry Pinak-6, carrying some 200 passengers, capsized in Padma river at around 11:15 a.m. local time,” the district’s acting Police Chief Mohammad Zakir Hossain told Xinhua over phone.

He said a rescue vessel has been called in to boost local efforts to salvage the ferry.

Hossain said many passengers were able to swim ashore after the accident but the exact number of missing passengers could not be immediately verified.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

Ferry disasters are common in Bangladesh, where ferry is still a key means of transport.

The ferry services in Bangladesh do not maintain lists of passengers and no one can say exactly how many passengers a ferry carries. Most of the ferries are overcrowded.

At least 112 bodies were recovered after a ferry capsized in Munshiganj district in March 2012.

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ago 04 2014

Half a million people under water-related state-of-emergency in Ohio

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Chicago, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) — More than half a million people are under a state of emergency in Toledo, Ohio as water supply from Lake Erie is unsafe to drink.

A deadly chemical called microcystin was found in excess of the recommended amount coming from the City of Toledo Water Plant and Governor John Kasich has issued a declaration in three counties Saturday.

Residents of Toledo are being told not to use the water for drinking, making infant formula, making ice, brushing teeth, or preparing food. They have waited for word on when their water will be safe to drink for more than 24 hours.

Tests of water have been sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and are pending analysis.

In a news conference, Toledo’s mayor D. Michael Collins said Sunday that tests of the water supply were going to take longer than expected.

Toledo’s drinking water comes from Lake Erie, where a harmful algae bloom that causes microcystis has been growing, according to a city official.

Chicago officials said Sunday the government is re-testing its Lake Michigan water supply as a safety precaution.

Chicago Department of Water Management spokesperson Gary Litherland said the test results would likely be available in a day or two.

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jul 23 2014

51 killed in Taiwan plane emergency landing: local media

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Beijing, July 23 (Xinhua) — At least 51 people were killed and seven injured when a passanger plane with Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways made an emergency landing on the outlying island county of Penghu on Wednesday, local media reported.

The plane was carrying 54 passengers and four crew, according to local fire department.

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jul 23 2014

Cuba to continue expanding seismic network

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Santiago de Cuba, Jul 22 (Prensa Latina) The seismic stations network continues its expansion in the country in order to improve the national coverage and its effectiveness, Dr. Jose Alejandro Zapata reported here today.

Dr. Zapata, an expert of the National Center for Seismological Research (CENAIS) based in this city, said that new stations in Caibarien, province of Villa Clara, and Isabel Rubio, in Pinar del Río will join the 14 units in operation in the west, center and east,

He added that anoter one will be built in Camarioca, near Varadero resort, in the province of Matanzas, which will increase the current number of seismic stations in the west and center of the country.

Dr. Zapata said that the National Seismic Center (SSN) has been through two updating processes, the first one in 1997 to change from the old analogue system to the current digital system, and the second one in 2010.

He highlighted that the most relevant thing in these recent changes, in addition to the marked expansion of bandwidth, is the possibility of real-time recording in all stations and the ability to analyze that kind of reports on the Internet.

He also felt they still need to be able to post SSN data on the Internet, as they do in Jamaica, Bahamas, Dominican Republic to facilitate the exchange and flow of information.

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jul 23 2014

Nigeria: Cholera kills many in Kano state says official

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Abuja, 22 Jul (Prensa Latina) A cholera outbreak in northern Nigeria”s Kano State has killed 6 people and infected scores, the state health commissioner said Sunday, although a local charity put the toll higher.

“16 people died out of the 46 cases recorded,” Abubakar Labaran Yusuf said of the outbreak this week in Kafin Dalawa village, 70 kilometres (43 miles) outside the state capital of Kano.

Contaminated water in the area was the most likely cause, he said, adding that teams had been dispatched to clean water sources and supply drugs.

But a local medical charity put the toll higher, saying at least 16 people had died and the outbreak was threatening to become a pandemic.

“We have recorded 16 deaths from the cholera outbreak in the past six days, which has so far infected 701 people with 20 severe cases,” Surajo Alkassim of ISMA Medicare Initiatives said.

Cholera, a highly contagious intestinal infection, is transmitted by water soiled by human waste. The disease leads to diarrhoea, dehydration and death if untreated.

Outbreaks are most common during the rainy season, which roughly runs from April to October in Nigeria.

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jul 22 2014

1 dead, dozens injured in S. Korean passenger train collision

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Seoul, July 22 (Xinhua) — At least one passenger has been confirmed dead and dozens of others wounded in a head-on collision of passenger trains in the eastern area of South Korea on Tuesday, YTN and Yonhap News Agency reported.

Two passenger trains collided head-on at around 5:50 p.m. local time on a railway that runs along the east coast.

One train crashed into the front of the other that had stopped in the single track between Taebaek Station and Mungok Station on the Yeongdong Line, located in Teabaek, the eastern Gangwon Province.

The collision was estimated to be caused by a signal failure as one train passed by the Mungok Station without a stop. Trains are required to call at the single-track station where trains take turns to go by.

The exact cause of the collision was under investigation.

One female passenger in her 50s or 60s has been confirmed dead until now, and dozens of others wounded. The number of casualties was feared to increase because 65 passengers were taken to a nearby hospital.

A total of 103 people were on board the crashed trains.

Witnesses said the terrific explosion sound was heard when the trains collided.

The passengers escaped from the crashed trains through their own efforts. A number of fire engines and rescuers were dispatched to the site.

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jul 22 2014

Trains crash spilling thousands of gallons of fuel in the U.S.

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Washington, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) Two trains crashed today in Slinger, Wisconsin, causing the spill of nearly 19 thousand liters of diesel, local media reports today.

According to a CNN report, Slinger Fire Chief Rick Hanke said residents in a one km radio had been evacuated due to risks of fire of contamination after the collision last night.

More than a hundred homes are in the evacuation area, said Hanke, adding that two people, a driver and an engineer, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Slinger is 55 km away from Milwaukee, the biggest city in Wisconsin.

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