Australia: Tropical Cyclone #ZANE LOW/SS-TS Cyclone WARNING for coastal areas from Mapoon to Cape York to Coen has been CANCELLED – 020513 0750z

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Ex-Tropical Cyclone Zane

Issued at 4:14 am EST Thursday 2 May 2013. Refer to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 20.



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The forecast path shown above is the Bureau’s best estimate of the cyclone’s future movement and intensity. There is always some uncertainty associated with tropical cyclone forecasting and the grey zone indicates the range of likely tracks of the cyclone centre.

Due to the uncertainty in the future movement, the indicated winds will almost certainly extend to regions outside the rings on this map. The extent of the warning and watch zones reflects this.

This product is designed for land-based communities; mariners should read the coastal waters and high seas warnings.

The Cyclone WARNING for coastal areas from Mapoon to Cape York to Coen has been CANCELLED.

At 3:00am EST Thursday, Ex – Tropical Cyclone Zane was estimated to be 160 kilometres east of Lockhart River and moving west northwest at 17 kilometres per hour.

Gusty thunderstorms are expected over the Peninsula district today and may generate some locally heavy rainfall. This activity is not expected to be widespread and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued as necessary.

Name:Ex-Tropical Cyclone Zane


Time (EST) Intensity Category Latitude
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0hr 3 am May 2 tropical low 12.9S 144.8E 75
+6hr 9 am May 2 tropical low 12.3S 143.3E 80
+12hr 3 pm May 2 tropical low 11.8S 141.7E 100
+18hr 9 pm May 2 tropical low 11.3S 140.0E 125
+24hr 3 am May 3 tropical low 10.8S 138.0E 145
+36hr 3 pm May 3 tropical low 9.8S 133.7E 185
+48hr 3 am May 4 tropical low 8.9S 129.3E 220

There will be no further Forecast Track Maps issued for this system.



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Tropical Cyclone 3-day outlook for The Coral Sea

Issued at 2:30pm EST on Thursday the 2nd of May 2013 and valid until end of



Existing Cyclones in the Eastern Region:



Potential Cyclones:

There are no significant lows in the region and none are expected to develop

over the next three days.


Likelihood of a tropical cyclone in the Eastern Region on:

Friday: Very low

Saturday: Very low

Sunday: Very low


This will be the final Tropical Cyclone Outlook for the 2012/13 season. The next

Tropical Cyclone Outlook will be issued on the 1st November 2013.


NOTE: The likelihood is an estimate of the chance of each system being a

tropical cyclone in the Region for each day.

Very low: less than 5% Low: 5% – 20%,

Moderate: 20% – 50% High: Over 50%


The area of coverage for this outlook is the Coral Sea and northern Tasman Sea

west of 160E.


Further information on Tropical Cyclones is available at:



Preparing for Cyclones Brochure


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology




Coastal Waters Wind Warning

For coastal waters from Torres Strait to Cooktown

Issued at 4:05 pm EST on Thursday 2 May 2013


Synoptic Situation

A high pressure system [1029 hPa] over Victoria is expected to push a strengthening ridge up the east coast of Queensland during Friday.


Strong Wind Warning

Torres Strait to Cooktown

SE winds increasing to 25 to 30 knots during Friday afternoon. Seas rising to 3 metres outside the reef.


The next warning will be issued by 11 pm AEST.


Please be aware

Wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.


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Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

(Image: JTWC) TC Zane track (Click image for source)

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011800Z — NEAR 12.5S 144.5E








REPEAT POSIT: 12.5S 144.5E



020600Z — 11.3S 142.1E





012100Z POSITION NEAR 12.2S 143.9E.


























Cyclone Zane Wednesday Evening Webcast


This webcast from our partners at OZCYCLONECHASERStakes a look at what has gone wrong with Zane and why he is dying as he approaches the coast.

Even though the storm has weakened cyclone warnings remain in effect in areas south of the center of circulation. Gale force winds are expected and heavy rainfall near coastal regions. The storm will quickly die out after making landfall.


Russia: At least 36 dead in fire in psychiatric hospital nr Moscow, 3 survive (named) – 260413 1150z

At least 38 people have been killed in a fire at a psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Moscow that housed as many as 41 people, including medical staff.

The fire started around 2:30 am Moscow Time (22:30 GMT) in Psychiatric Hospital 14 in Ramenskoe.By the time fire rescue arrived, the entire one-story building was engulfed in flames. The fire started in a wing for special treatment patients. One nurse managed to escape the blaze, bringing two patients out of the building to safety, where they were found by firefighters. The nurse told reporters that she was woken up by the fire alarm, and ran into the hallway where she saw a chair burning. She remembers seeing a flash. Firefighters found the bodies of 12 dead people, according to ITAR-TASS. Four were found near the exit of the hospital, while eight others were found in the wards.

The hospital had bars on its windows, preventing people from escaping. Most of the bodies were found still in their beds. “The fire started when they were asleep,” a law enforcement source told TASS, adding that people had little chance to escape. “Some of them tried to escape but were poisoned by the products of combustion,” he said. The fire, meanwhile, has now been fully extinguished but the building “burned down almost completely.” “Some windows had bars, some did not,” doctor-in-chief of the facility, Murat Shahov told lifenews. He said that only two patients in the facility could not walk, the rest suffered severe psychological illnesses. “There were patients with acute psychosis, alcoholics and one drug addict. We also had patients with schizophrenia.”

Authorities point to faulty electric wiring and a short circuit as the possible cause. Forty five police have cordoned off the area and are investigating the cause of the fire. Currently there are 120 people working at the site of the tragedy, including 30 pieces of machinery. According to the Ministry of Health 18 ambulances were on site. The Emergencies Ministry has published a list of 41 patients and medical staff who were inside the facility when the fire started (full list in Russian). The patients ranged in age from 20 to 76. The two medical staff listed as “to be verified” are believed to be dead.

Friday, 26 April, 2013 at 04:39 UTC RSOE

Other Reports

Dozens dead in fire in psych ward near Moscow, 3 survive

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RUSSIA TODAY Published time: April 26, 2013 00:50

Edited time: April 26, 2013 10:48

Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation into the fire, reporting that 36 people died, including two nurses. However, the Emergency Ministry has said that 38 died in the blaze.

Authorities point to faulty electric wiring and a short circuit as the possible cause. But, the investigators are looking into all possible causes of the fire, śincluding careless use of fire”, Investigative Committee representative Irina Gumennaya told the media.

The fire started around 2:30 am Moscow Time (22:30 GMT) in Psychiatric Hospital 14 in Ramenskoe in a wing for special treatment patients. By the time fire rescue arrived, the entire one-story building was engulfed in flames. The fire burned an area of about 420 square meters.

One nurse managed to escape the blaze, bringing two patients out of the building to safety, where they were found by firefighters.

The nurse told reporters that she was woken up by the fire alarm, and ran into the hallway where she saw a couch burning. She remembers seeing a flash.

Emergency response team eliminates fire at Mental Hospital No. 14 in the village of Ramensky of the Dmitrovsky District in the Moscow Region (RIA Novosti/Press-service of Russian Emergency Situations Ministry)

Emergency response team eliminates fire at Mental Hospital No. 14 in the village of Ramensky of the Dmitrovsky District in the Moscow Region (RIA Novosti/Press-service of Russian Emergency Situations Ministry)

Authorities have recovered 36 bodies at the scene. “Seven died from carbon monoxide poisoning, while others perished from burns”, Gumennaya said.

Experts have begun to identify the dead bodies at a local hospital, the Emergency Ministry reported.

Rescuers found eight of the dead bodies by the exit inside the psychiatric hospital, suggesting that they were trying to escape but were prevented by the effects of carbon monoxide, RIA Novosti reported, quoting a source close to the investigation. 

Firefighters were delayed getting to the scene because of a closed river crossing – the trip took an hour instead of the expected 20 minutes, local media reported.

The hospital had bars on its windows, preventing people from escaping. Most of the bodies were found still in their beds.

śThe fire started when they were asleep,ť a law enforcement source told TASS, adding that people had little chance to escape. śSome of them tried to escape but were poisoned by the products of combustion,” he said. The fire, meanwhile, has now been fully extinguished but the building “burned down almost completely.ť

Emergency response team working on the fire scene at a mental hospital in the village of Ramensky. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

Emergency response team working on the fire scene at a mental hospital in the village of Ramensky. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

śSome windows had bars, some did not,ť doctor-in-chief of the facility, Murat Shakhov told LifeNews tabloid. He said that only two patients in the facility could not walk, the rest suffered severe psychological illnesses.

śThere were patients with acute psychosis, alcoholics and one drug addict. We also had patients with schizophrenia.ť

Forty five police have cordoned off the area and are investigating the cause of the fire. Currently there are 120 people working at the site of the tragedy, including 30 pieces of machinery. According to the Ministry of Health 18 ambulances were on site.

Emergency response team working on the fire scene at a mental hospital in the village of Ramensky. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

Emergency response team working on the fire scene at a mental hospital in the village of Ramensky. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

A half-meter-long tunnel was discovered dug out under the burned hospital, suggesting that one of the patients may have been planning an escape, according to Interfax.

Investigators reported that the fire started in the hospital’s common room.

“One of the patients who survived the fire told investigators that when he woke up, the blaze had already begun and a couch in a common room was burning. He added that a new patient was recently admitted who suffered from drug addiction and constantly smoked, disregarding safety rules”, Gumennaya added.

Another eyewitnesses described how firefighters could not extinguish the blaze due to a lack of water: śThe first car arrived without water. Then another came – also empty. It was only the third car that had water,ť local resident Yefim Volkov told the media.

Emergency response team working on the fire scene at a mental hospital in the village of Ramensky. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

Emergency response team working on the fire scene at a mental hospital in the village of Ramensky. (RIA Novosti/Andrey Stenin)

Some sources claimed that the patients were unable to escape the building in time because they were sedated by powerful drugs, reported.

śThe chief psychiatrist of the hospital told the investigative team that there were special headgear available in case of a fire, but none of them were used,ť an investigator told the media.

One of the firefighters at the scene told reporters that the “building itself was all wooden, which made it easier for the fire to spreadť. 

The Emergencies Ministry has published a list of 41 patients and medical staff who were inside the facility when the fire started (full list in Russian). The patients ranged in age from 20 to 76. The two medical staff listed as śto be verifiedť are believed to be dead.

Fire inspectors made two visits to the hospital in 2012. During the first visit, a number of fire safety violations were found that were later fixed in time for the second inspection in August that same year.

Relatives of those killed in the fire will be paid 500,000 rubles ($16,000) in compensation, RIA Novosti quoted Moscow regional governor Andrey Vorobyov as saying.

Moscow declared April 27 to be a day of mourning for those killed in the psychiatric hospital fire.

Tragic history of fires in medical facilities

Tragic blazes in medical facilities are common in Russia, with at least 18 cases in the past seven years.

Among the most notable was in 2009 in the Russian Republic of Komi, where a blaze in an old people’s home in the region took the lives of 23 people. Only three were saved in the incident.

23 people died in a fire at a wooden care home in the village of Podyelsk, Republic of Komi (RIA Novosti)

23 people died in a fire at a wooden care home in the village of Podyelsk, Republic of Komi (RIA Novosti)

Two years earlier, a fire in the city of Tula, again in a home for the elderly, resulted in 32 victims. 247 patients, including medical staff were saved.

That same year, in 2007, another inferno in a care home claimed the lives 61 of victims. Only 35 people were saved.

Over 20 psychologists providing information and psychological support

Today 13:09
Over 20 psychologists of the Center of emergency psychological aid of the the Russian Emergencies Ministry, the Central Regional Centre and the Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry in the Moscow region are working with the relatives of victims in a fire at a psychiatric hospital №14, Ramenskoye, Dmitrovsky district, Moscow region.
Psychological help is being provided by hot line 8 (800) 775-17-17, which has already received 114 calls.

LIST of administrative staff and patients the mental health facility №14of Moscow Region, Dmitrovsky Municipal district, Kulikovsky rural settlment, Ramenskoye settlement,

Bolnichnaya St.6(as of06.0026.04.2013)

Specified = feared dead


Last, first and middle names Date of birth Location Annotation
1 Gladkikh Dmitry Andreevich 1987 evacuated patient
2 Kulikova Diana Vladimirovna 1945 evacuated patient
3 Volkova Victoria Viktorovna 1983 evacuated administrative staff
4 Ambramenkov Vladimir Nikolaevich 1949 specified patient
5 Arkhipova Valentina Aleksandrovna 1957 specified patient
6 Gertsev Grigory Nikolaevich 1965 specified patient
7 Glinkin Denis Anatolievich 1976 specified patient
8 Gluboko Vyacheslav Nikolaevich 1951 specified patient
9 Grishin Igor Vladimirovich 1963 specified patient
10 Grushin Aleksandr Mikhailovich 1988 specified patient
11 Yegorushkin Vladimir Yurievich 1988 specified patient
12 Zhivotkov Aleksey Stepanovich 1941 specified patient
13 Ivanova Lubov Viktorovna 1993 specified patient
14 Isktin Nikolay Alekseevich 1956 specified patient
15 Kosachev Mikhail Nikolaevich 1972 specified patient
16 Kocheshkov Anatoly Viktorivich 1953 specified patient
17 Kruglyakov Igor Nikolaevich 1969 specified patient
18 Krylov Yuriy Vladimirovich 1957 specified patient
19 Kutyanin Yuriy Grigorievich 1941 specified patient
20 Lobzev Aleksandr Evgenievich 1954 specified patient
21 Maksman Boris Avgustovich 1960 specified patient
22 Medvedev Kiril Andreevich 1987 specified patient
23 Mensitova Marina Rustamovna 1963 specified patient
24 Netryakhin Evgeny Mikhailovich 1945 specified patient
25 Mikhailenko Olga Aleksandrovna 1977 specified patient
26 Sergey (Last and middle name was not determined) presumably 1979 specified patient
27 Noskov Yuriy Mikhailovich 1961 specified patient
28 Peskov Aleksandr Vladimirovich 1977 specified patient
29 Podshibyakina Alevtina Vladimirovna 1974 specified patient
30 Prokhin Yuriy Aleksandrovich 1981 specified patient
31 Pchelkin Andrey Vladimirovich 1960 specified patient
32 Smartseva Valentina Vasilievna 1950 specified patient
33 Sokolova Maria Georgievna 1972 specified patient
34 Stepanova Svetlana Gurievna 1937 specified patient
35 Stroganov Boris Semenovich 1948 specified patient
36 Tomin Sergeevich 1960 specified patient
37 Frolov Genadiy Yurievich 1955 specified patient
38 Salimov Yuriy Leonidovich 1939 specified patient
39 Shchyukin Aleksandr Ivanivich 1979 specified patient
40 Popova Tamara Sergeevna 1941 specified administrative staff
41 Mayorova Tatiana Anatolievna

Finally, A Genetically Modified Bacteria that Can Kill Cancer Cells by 90%


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China: Beijing Accident, Cars and People on Fire Caught on Camera – 250413 2105z

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A collision between three vehicles on Linglong Road in Beijing on Monday evening resulted in rolling fireballs that consumed four cars, resulting in five injuries.

According to eyewitnesses, two Audis an A5 and A6 were dueling with one another on the road (or driving with a grudge, as it were). That might not mean street racing per se, but a degree of recklessness is implied. The A6 lost control first and rammed into another car, and the ensuing flames would engulf a fourth vehicle.

In the dramatic video below, someone shouts, Is there a child in the car?

A dog.

A dog?

Are there any people left in those cars? people continue to ask while trying their best to pull others to safety, fearing an explosion.

F**k, the man behind the camera marvels. How did this happen?

Burning car in Beijing 1
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Afghanistan: Moderate earthquake kills at least 18, injures 141, 676 homes damaged or destroyed – 250413 2025z

A moderate earthquake that struck eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday resulted in the deaths of at least 18 people, the presidential palace said on Thursday, adding that 130 others were injured and that hundreds of homes in the area were damaged.

The 5.6-magnitude earthquake at 1:55 p.m. local time (0925 GMT) on Wednesday was centered about 11 kilometers (6 miles) south of Mehtar Lam, a town in Laghman province. It struck about 62.1 kilometers (38.6 miles) deep, making it a relatively shallow earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

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Afghanistan: HAP FLASH Situation Report, 25 April 2013


Earthquake 2013-04-24 13:55:30 UTC, Magnitude = 5.7 has shocked eastern region of the country 24- Apr-13 which caused damage to houses, deaths, injuries, total 676 houses damaged, 18 died, 141 injuries and as well as unknown number of livestock killed due to the incident.

Nangarhar: Reports from different organization indicates 300 houses damaged, 16 deaths, 126 injured and 26 livestock killed.


• Total affected families in Khas Kunar = 200 families, 2 individuals died, 11 injured.

• Total affected families in Nurgal = 110 families, 4 individuals injured.

• Total affected families in Chawki = 40 families.

• Total affected families in Sarkano district = 16 families

• Total affected families in Wata Por district = 10 families

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Earthquake in Afghanistan

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Joanna McQuillan missing from New Forest found in Winchester – 260413 0915z

Police today made an urgent appeal for information about a woman who left her New Forest home on Saturday, April 20.

They also issued a photograph of missing Joanna McQuillan, 39, who was last seen outside the Potters Heron Hotel at Ampfield at about 3pm Tuesday, April 23.

(Photo: Maria Heasell ‏@Ria1712) Missing: Joanna McQuillan

She arrived at the hotel on Saturday, April 20. When last seen, she was carrying a Bible, but she apparently did not return to her room and left her personal possessions behind.

Her car was left at her Bartley home, where she appears to have abandoned her dog. Joanna has not been in contact with her family, and her phone has not been used since April 20.

Ms McQuillan is described as white, 5ft 3ins tall and slim with long, blonde hair and blue eyes. When last seen, she was wearing a beige top, blue jeans and black knee-high boots.

Detectives today appealed to Joanna to contact police at Southampton and asked for information from anyone who has seen her since Tuesday.

They described her disappearance as totally out of character because she always has maintained close contact with her family. She has not responded to an appeal on Facebook.

One detective said: We are increasingly concerned for her welfare and appeal to Joanna to make contact with us as a matter of some urgency.


Found in Winchester

Joanna McQuillan, the 39-year-old Bartley (near Hailsham) woman who was reported missing by her family, was found in a Winchester restaurant on Thursday (250413) morning. Her family has been informed.

She was located after many reported sightings of her in Winchester, and police thanked the public for their assistance.

Detective Inspector Ellie Hurd said: “The police are indebted to the media and the public for their terrific response. There were many sightings of Joanna in the Winchester area, where she was found safe this morning.”


2nd International Space Apps Challenge at Exeter

Official blog of the Met Office news team

Over the weekend, the Met Office hosted the NASA led International Space Apps Challenge. Months of planning and challenge selection culminated in a global event with over 480 organisations and more than 9,000 people taking part in 83 cities.The Met Office hosted events at the Met Office headquarters in Exeter and Google Campus in London, which saw over 150 participants work on challenges using open data.

Teams at the event in Exeter participated in a number of challenges including the Arduhack challenge which looked at extending the functionality of the ArduSat with a Raspberry Pi computer and steerable web camera to send images of the Earth to mobile phones.

The judges were extremely impressed by the collaboration of the teams and the progress made on all of the challenges. The two winning solutions, decided by a panel of judges from, Mubaloo, Dundee University and Tangerine Bee, were WebRover1 and Arduhack. These will now be judged…

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Major Flooding Potential on the Red River Next Week


The combination of an unusually deep late-season snowpack and surging warmth this weekend will set into motion rising water on the Red River.

An end of cold, snowy pattern is coming quickly to the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest. However, the sudden shift to more seasonable temperatures will lead to problems.

Much of the existing snow cover will wither away this weekend into early next week. As this happens, water locked up in the snow (the equivalent of 2 to 6 inches and in some cases more) will be released.

A larger version of this snow water equivalent map is available at the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center.

Hope is for the meltdown to be gradual enough to limit the flooding to manageable levels.

If heavy rain avoids the area, then there is still a chance that flooding could stop short of record levels. However, even with…

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South Africa: Teen dies after being told he was not gay and ‘beaten’ at camp that ‘makes men out of boys’ – 240413 2045z

“Raymond Buys, who had learning difficulties, was admitted to hospital and put on life support two months into a three-month training course run by Alex de Kokers Echo Wild Game Rangers in the bush an hour south of Johannesburg.

(Photo: Raymond Buys ((left)

He was severely emaciated and dehydrated, had brain damage, a broken arm and bruises, and cigarette burns all over his body. His mother was told that the chances of him surviving were virtually zero. He died two weeks later.

I sent my son on this course to make him a better man, to give him a better future, Wilma Buys told The Daily Telegraph. I trusted Alex de Koker with his life.

Mr de Koker, 49, and employee Michael Erasmus, 20, are currently on trial for charges of murder, child abuse and neglect, along with two cases of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm in relation to Mr Buys death.

His death is alleged to have been the third among the mainly Afrikaans children who attended the R22,000 (1,500) courses run by Mr de Koker, who was reportedly a member of murdered white supremacist Eugene Terreblanches Iron Guards movement.

In 2007, 25-year-old Erich Calitz died from severe brain injuries, according to Afrikaans newspaper Rapport. The same year, 19-year-old Nicholas van der Walt died at the same training camp being run in Swartruggens in the Northwest province.

Mr Calitzs sister Mathilda Groenwald told Johannesburgs Star newspaper that her brother was slightly brain-damaged and struggled to hold down jobs. She told the paper he was beaten when he asked to quit the camp, adding: Alex (de Koker) told him that he wasnt gay and he would make a man out of him.

Mr de Koker was handed a suspended sentence in 2009 over Mr Calitzs death but escaped charges for Mr van der Walts death, which was ruled to have been caused by a heart attack.

Mrs Buys said her son had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and was struggling at school. The course had been recommended to her by a friend. When she went to see Mr de Koker, he told her he could help her son find a job in the wildlife trade.

She said that her son started the course on January 12, 2011. Over the next two months, she said, she spoke to Mr Buys just three times and was told by Mr de Koker that he was self-harming.

Raymond was only allowed to speak to me on speakerphone, she said. When I asked him why he was hurting himself, he told me Mum, Im not doing it to myself.

Mr de Koker rang Mrs Buys on March 23 to say her son had been admitted to hospital for tests. When she arrived, she found that he was dying.

This week, during the trial of the two men at Vereeneging District Court, a boy who shared a tent with Mr Buys sobbed as he recalled how recruits carried out manual labour including cutting grass with machetes and stacking stones to build a dam.

Gerhard Oosthuizen, 19, said Mr Buys was chained to his bed after he tried to escape and, forbidden from going to the bathroom, repeatedly soiled himself, according to a report in Beeld newspaper.

He was said to have told the court that on one occasion, when Mr Buys went to the toilet in a field while the recruits worked, he was forced to eat his own faeces.

On another, Mr Oosthuizen said, after Mr Buys tipped over a container of washing powder, he was forced to eat what he had spilled and vomited foam.

He said Mr Buys was beaten with planks, sticks and plastic pipes when he failed to work, the paper reported.

He was said to have claimed that he had once seen Mr Buys in a hut at the camp with a pillowcase over his head, being shocked with a stun gun by Mr de Koker and Mr Erasmus.

He screamed I was scared and ran away, the newspaper quoted the witness as saying.

Both Mr de Koker and Mr Erasmus have pleaded not guilty to the charges. The case continues.” – Aislinn Laing


“Raymond Buys, wat leerprobleme het, is in die hospitaal opgeneem en het op die lewe ondersteuning twee maande in ‘n drie-maande opleidingskursus wat deur Alex de Koker se Echo Wild Game Rangers in die bos ‘n uur suid van Johannesburg.

Hy was erg uitgeteer en ontwater, het breinskade, ‘n gebreekte arm en kneusplekke, en sigaret brandwonde oor sy liggaam. Sy ma is meegedeel dat die kanse van hom oorlewende was “feitlik nul”. Hy het twee weke later.

“Ek het my seun op hierdie kursus te maak vir hom ‘n beter man, om te gee hom ‘n beter toekoms,” het Wilma Buys het The Daily Telegraph. “Ek vertrou Alex de Koker met sy lewe.”

Mnr de Koker, 49, en die werknemer Michael Erasmus, 20, is tans op verhoor vir die aanklagte van moord, kindermishandeling en verwaarlosing, saam met twee gevalle van aanranding met die opset om ernstig te beseer met betrekking tot Mnr Buys se dood.

Sy dood is na bewering die derde plek onder die hoofsaaklik Afrikaanse kinders wat die R22, 000 ( 1500) kursusse wat deur mnr de Koker, wat na bewering ‘n lid van die vermoorde wit supremacist Eugene Terreblanche se Yster Guards beweging bygewoon.

In 2007, 25-jarige Erich Calitz gesterf het ernstige brein beserings, volgens Afrikaanse koerant Rapport. In dieselfde jaar, 19-jarige Nicholas van der Walt is op dieselfde oefenkamp wat loop in Swartruggens in die Noordwes-provinsie.

Mnr Calitz se suster Mathilda Groenwald ges Johannesburg se Star koerant dat haar broer was effens brein beskadig en het gesukkel om te hou werk. Sy het aan die koerant ges hy is geslaan toe hy gevra is om die kamp te sluit, en voeg by: “Alex (de Koker) het vir hom ges dat hy nie gay en hy sal ‘n man maak van hom.”

Mnr de Koker is oorhandig ‘n opgeskorte vonnis in 2009 oor die heer Calitz se dood, maar ontsnap koste vir die eienaar van der Walt se dood, wat was beslis te gewees het wat veroorsaak word deur ‘n hartaanval.

Mev Buys het ges haar seun het gediagnoseer is met Aandaggebrek-hiperaktiwiteitsindroom en sukkel om by die skool. Die kursus is aanbeveel om haar by ‘n vriend. Toe sy mnr de Koker om te sien, het hy aan haar ges hy kan help om haar seun ‘n werk in die wild handel.

Sy het ges dat haar seun het die kursus begin op 12 Januarie 2011. Oor die volgende twee maande, het sy ges, sy het aan mnr Buys net drie keer – en is meegedeel deur mnr de Koker dat hy self-benadeel.

“Raymond is slegs toegelaat om te praat met my op speaker,” het sy ges. “Toe ek hom vra hoekom hy seer het, het hy vir my ges ‘Mamma, ek doen dit nie vir myself’.”

Mnr de Koker lui mev Buys op 23 Maart om te s haar seun het die hospitaal opgeneem vir toetse. Toe sy aangekom het, het sy gevind het dat hy sterwend was.

Hierdie week, tydens die verhoor van die twee mans by Vereeneging District Court, ‘n seuntjie wat ‘n tent met Mnr gedeel Buys huil as hy onthou hoe rekrute uitgevoer handearbeid insluitend sny gras met pangas en stapel klippe ‘n dam te bou.

Gerhard Oosthuizen, 19, s mnr Buys was vasgeketting aan sy bed nadat hy probeer het om te ontsnap en verbied om te gaan na die badkamer, herhaaldelik vuil homself, volgens ‘n berig in Beeld koerant.

Hy was ges het aan die hof ges dat op een geleentheid, toe mnr Buys het na die toilet in ‘n veld terwyl die rekrute gewerk het, is hy gedwing om sy eie ontlasting te eet.

Op ‘n ander, Mnr Oosthuizen het ges, nadat mnr Buys gestort oor ‘n houer van waspoeier, hy was gedwing om te eet wat hy gestort en gebraak skuim.

Hy het ges mnr Buys is geslaan met planke, stokke en plastiek pype toe hy versuim het om te werk, het die koerant berig.

Hy was ges het beweer dat hy een keer gesien het mnr Buys in ‘n hut by die kamp met ‘n kussingsloop oor sy kop, geskok met ‘n stun gun deur mnr de Koker en mnr Erasmus.

“Hy het geskree … Ek was bang en het weggehardloop,” het die koerant aangehaal die getuie ges.

Beide mnr de Koker en mnr Erasmus het onskuldig gepleit op die aanklagte. Die saak duur voort. “- Aislinn Laing

Other Reports/Ander Verslae

Raymond Buys, 15, dies after hell camp

Afrikaans youth tortured and starved for 10 weeks, says his mother; third death at the Echo Wild Game Rangers camp run by Alex de Koker two deaths were recorded on death certificates as natural deaths

source: Riaan Bam 25 April 2011 Sondag tabloid, South Africa

BUYS RAYMOND DEAD AFTER HELLCAMP TORTURE 25APRIL2011 SONApril 21 2011 VEREENIGING. Raymond Buys, the fifteen-year-old Afrikaans youth who was rushed to hospital iDE KOKER ALEX RAN HELL CAMP WHERE YOUTH DIEDn severely emaciated condition after a ten-week stay at Echo Wild Game Rangers, a controversial game-warden-training camp run by rightwinger Alex de Koker, has died Wednesday-night in a Vereeniging hospital according to journalist Riaan Bam of the Sondag tabloid. This is the third death recorded at this camp. The deaths have been recorded as natural deaths.

Camp cures femine traits in male youths

This is the third death occurring at this camp since 2007. Parents with affeminate youths can enrol their children in the camp for R1,500 a month to make men out of them.

In 2007, Eric Calitz, 18, and Nicolaas van der Walt, 19, also died. Alex de Koker and two assistants were arrested for these days, and released on very low bail amounts by the Swartruggens magistrates court. The then-national police commissioner claimed that the camp was being investigated for right-wing militia training activities. Its not known what has happened to this case.

Young Buys fought for his life in the intensive care unit for the past four weeks . A post-mortem examination and an inquest will be held into the cause of death. A week earlier, Echo Wild Game Rangers manager Alex de Koker (right) testified in the local court in front of the clearly horrified magistrate Bruno van Eeden, that the injuries sustained by the young Buys, who was healthy and unblemished before he entered the costly training course, were ’caused by Raymond himself, for instance when he ran against the pump-house.

Pictures submitted by the parents to the court however showed the steady deterioration of the Afrikaans youngster after his parents dropped him off at De Kokers smallholding on 12 January 2011 until they rushed him to hospital ten weeks later. On the first photos before he started his training camp, Raymond was a healthy, cheerful and unblemished youth. His steady deterioration over the next two and a half months turned him into a walking skeleton, with numerous injuries.

His mother Wilna and her fiancee Gys Nezar told Sondag journalist Riaan Bam that her son fought bravely for his life and that he now is with dear Jesus.

Two Afrikaans youths also died in 2007 at camp:

In 2007, 18-year-old Eric Calitz and Nicolaas van der Walt, 19, also got the chance to train as a game ranger and earn R5,000 a month and grabbed it. Both young Afrikaners died at Alex de Kokers camp. De Koker was arrested for the Calitz and Van der Walt deaths and released on R10 000 bail. He and two of his alleged lieutenants Jacques Mans and are facing trial, it was reported in 207, for the brutal murder of 18-year-old Calitz on January 31 2007. After Calitz died, while training with 14 others in Swartruggens, in North West, his family received an SMS telling them he had died of a heart attack

Inexplicably, Alex de Koker, 43, the chief executive of Echo Wild Game Rangers, assistants Bianca Pronk, 18, and Jacques Mans, 18, were granted very low bail at the Swartruggens magistrates court on April 18 2007. Pronk and Mans were relesed on R5,000 bail each, while De Koker was granted R10,000 bail. Police say Eric Calitz, the victim, was allegedly assaulted to death during so-called game ranger training in Swartruggens in January. In a statement issued by the office of the national police commissioner, police confirmed they suspect the paramilitary-style training presented on the course was not normal ranger training and this forms a key part of the investigation. Police are also probing the death of another man who reportedly died during the same training session.

The late Mr Calitz’s sister, Mathilda Groenewald, was informed he had died as a result of bleeding on the brain. A devastated Groenewald and her husband Henno spoke to The Star, saying that Calitz was very impressionable, slightly brain damaged and struggled to keep down a job because he was born slightly brain-damaged after he was born too early. “He was hit, burnt and wounded,” Groenewald said. “It’s beyond sick – it’s psychopathic.”Another youth, 19-year-old Nicolaas van der Walt, also died at the camp. Groenewald claims he was beaten and had a car seatbelt tied around his neck before being dragged “from the lake to the camp”.
Calitz’s murder, Groenewald said, was sparked by his asking De Koker if he could quit the camp.
‘What did Eric do to deserve this?’

You arent a moffie

“Alex (de Koker) told him (Calitz) that he wasn’t a moffie (gay) and he would make a man out of him.”
Groenewald said her brother was a “miracle baby” who was born three months premature, died in the incubator and was brought back to life. This, unfortunately, had left him brain damaged and he never finished school. She recalled that the only jobs her brother could keep were basic security guard ones where he would earn about R1,500 a month. According to Groenewald, Van der Walt could afford the camp entrance fee of R10,000 — but her brother could not. He arranged to work off the debt and signed a two-year contract. He had been lured in by their brother Brian Calitz, 31, who was working as an instructor in the camp. Brian is now co-operating with the police. “When they went to the camp, their cellphones were confiscated. He just disappeared,” Groenewald said.

Police will have to investigate how these deaths were declared natural.. SAPF spokeswoman Sally de Beer

Calitz’s mother, according to Groenewald, is shattered and is undergoing counselling. She said the family suspected the camp was a recruitment centre for the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging’s Ystergarde (Iron Guard). “It is suspected that the paramilitary-style training presented on this course was not normal ranger training and this forms a key part of the investigation,” said police spokeswoman Director Sally de Beer. De Koker, 43, had been advertising the training camps since the middle of last year, police said. The business was operating from a Vereeniging farm. Although they won’t confirm it, police will now have to investigate how it came to be that the deaths were declared natural. “Every aspect of the deaths will be thoroughly investigated,” was all De Beer was willing to say.

Suspects arrested without any weapons on them:

It is understood that about 13 people were involved in running the training camp, including Bianca Pronk and Jacques Mans, who were arrested with De Koker. The trainees were taught various military skills, such as leopard crawling, and were conditioned to walk and run long distances. Part of their training was apparently a two-day vasbyt (endurance march). Police detectives from the national Violent Organised Crimes Unit swooped in on their suspects the weekend before last. De Koker and Pronk were arrested in East London on Friday night while Mans was apprehended on a farm near Henderson, in the Eastern Cape. “He (De Koker) was very surprised,” the source said. None of the suspects resisted arrest and no weapons were found in their possession. Pronk and Mans were released on R5,000 bail the following Monday while De Koker remained behind bars. On Tuesday, despite the state objecting, he was released on bail. He wasn ordered not to leave Gauteng and not to apply for a passport.

AWB wants to sue training camp organiser Alex de Koker

DE KOKER ALEX RAN HELL CAMP WHERE YOUTH DIED Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Steyn van Ronge wants to sue Alex de Koker (left), who runs the controversial game-warden training camp where 15-year-old Raymond Buys emerged in such emaciated, abused condition that he died in a Vereeniging hospital on Wednesday, April 21 2011.

Van Ronge accused De Koker of deliberately discrediting the AWB by using the organisations logos and flags to lure people to his training camp but that the AWB have nothing to do with this and that De Koker isnt even a member.

Sondag reported a week earlier that De Koker issued all his trainee-rangers with AWB-membership cards which, allegedly in his words, made them untouchable.

Van Ronge is livid, telling Sondag that he issued those cards all by himself and is demonising the AWB. We dont even know anything about all these things Ronge told to Sondag. We are talking to our attorneys to undertake legal action against him. He is linking our organisation to his criminal behaviour and this is just rubbish.

Raymond de Koker: background:

Aug 17 2010 — Elise Tempelhoff, Beeld JohannesburgFarmers next to the Vaal River and residents of Parys are fed-up with Groenpunt Prison’s “refuse” which is being dumped into the river. They complain that pieces of pork meat, blood, stomach contents, sewerage and old dishwater has for several months been running into the Vaal River from the jail.

The file-smelling waste ran into the river about 7km downstream from the Vaal Dam. Alex de Koker from Ecowild, a non-governmental organisation which looked after the interests of about 52 farmers with farms on the edge of the Vaal River, said he didn’t know “where to go with his complaints”. Three departments were in charge of matters at Groenpunt. The department of correctional services looked after the prisoners wellbeing, water affairs made sure water licences were abided to and public works maintained the infrastructure.

Bokkie Redelinghuys, acting head of the prison, said on Monday that there was “a problem” but that it had been fixed. “One of the pumps of the sewage works broke and some stuff ran into the Vaal River. But correctional services fixed it.”

But when De Koker and other reliable sources went to investigate on Sunday, the situation was unchanged. De Koker said he had been complaining about the matter since May. Groenpunt had its own feeding pen with about 4 000 pigs. They were apparently slaughtered on the premises. Redelinghuys said he was not aware of this as he had only been the acting head of the prison for two months. Beeld learnt that some of the prisoners and their family members had also complained about unhygienic conditions to Rand Water.

Gregg Mulzack, head of communications at Rand Water, said it was no concern of his what was going on at Groenpunt. When Beeld pointed out to him that drinking water for Gauteng was sometimes (even if it was in small amounts) taken from the Vaal Barrage, he said the reporter “was becoming ridiculous”.Water tests done by Rand Water on Monday showed no signs of any harmful bacteria or viruses, he said.

A scientist said such unhygienic conditions (like those at Groenpunt) were an ideal breeding ground for viruses like giardia and cryptosporidium. Water tests sometimes did not immediately show the presence of these viruses. “If the same water is tested two or three days later, it could possibly pick up the viruses.”

Annalien Burger, chair of Save the Vaal in Parys, said she was shocked to hear of all the rubbish that Groenpunt was dumping in the Vaal River. “Don’t they know it is Parys’s drinking water that they are messing with? We don’t have all of Rand Water’s technology. Ngwathe (the municipality serving Parys) tries to purify its own water, but it is struggling.” The department of water affairs was not available for comment.” –


Raymond Buys, 15, sterf na die hel kampAfrikaanse jeug ‘gemartel en uitgehonger’ vir 10 weke, s sy ma, derde dood by die Echo Wild Game Rangers kamp gelei deur Alex de Koker … twee sterftes is aangeteken op doodsertifikate as ‘natuurlike sterftes’ …
bron: Riaan Bam 25 April 2011 ‘Sondag’ koerant, Suid-Afrika

BUYS RAYMOND dood nadat HELLCAMP MARTELING 25APRIL2011 SEUN “21 April 2011 -. VEREENIGING Raymond Buys, die vyftien-jaar-ou Afrikaanse jeug wat na die hospitaal IDE Koker ALEX gehaas is RAN hel kamp YOUTH DIEDn erg uitgeteer toestand na ‘n tien-week verblyf by Echo Wild Game Rangers, ‘n omstrede se spel-hoof-oefenkamp ‘loop deur regse Alex de Koker, gesterf het Woensdag-aand in ‘n hospitaal Vereeniging volgens joernalis Riaan Bam van die Sondag koerant. Dit is die derde dood aangeteken by die kamp Die sterftes het. is aangeteken as ‘natuurlike sterftes.

Camp genees ‘femine eienskappe “in die manlike jeugdiges …

Dit is die derde dood wat op hierdie kamp sedert 2007. Ouers met ‘affeminate’ jeugdiges kan inskryf om hul kinders in die kamp vir R1, 500 per maand aan ‘maak mense uit hulle.

In 2007, Eric Calitz, 18 en Nicolaas van der Walt, 19, het ook gesterf. Alex de Koker en twee assistente is in hegtenis geneem vir hierdie dae, en wat vrygestel is op ‘n baie lae borgtog bedrae deur die Swartruggens-landdroshof. Die destydse nasionale kommissaris van polisie beweer dat die kamp ondersoek word vir Dit is nie bekend wat gebeur het met hierdie geval ‘regse militia opleiding aktiwiteite. “.

Young Buys het geveg vir sy lewe in die waakeenheid vir die afgelope vier weke. ‘N nadoodse ondersoek en ‘n geregtelike doodsondersoek sal gehou word na die oorsaak van die dood. ‘N week vroer, Echo Wild Game Ranger se bestuurder, Alex de Koker (regs) het gister in die plaaslike hof in die voorkant van die “duidelik geskok’ landdros Bruno van Eeden, dat die beserings wat die jong Buys, wat gesonde en skoon voordat hy die duur opleiding, is “veroorsaak deur Raymond homself, byvoorbeeld wanneer hy hardloop teen die pomp-huis.

Foto’s wat deur die ouers aan die hof egter het die geleidelike verswakking van die Afrikaanse jongeling na sy ouers het hom af by De Koker se kleinhoewe op 12 Januarie 2011 tot en hulle storm hom na die hospitaal tien weke later. Op die eerste foto’s voordat hy begin het om sy oefenkamp, ​​Raymond was ‘n gesonde, vrolik en ongeskonde jeug. Sy bestendige agteruitgang oor die volgende twee en ‘n half maande het hom in ‘n loop geraamte, met talle beserings.

Sy ma Wilna en haar verloofde Gys Nezar het Sondag joernalis Riaan Bam dat haar seun het dapper vir sy lewe en dat hy nou met liewe Jesus. ”

Twee Afrikaanse jeugdiges het ook gesterf het in 2007 by die kamp:

In 2007, 18-jaar-oue Eric Calitz en Nicolaas van der Walt, 19, het ook die geleentheid gekry om op te lei as ‘n wildbewaarder en verdien R5 000 per maand – en het dit gegryp. Albei jong Afrikaners sterf op Alex de Koker se kamp. De Koker is in hegtenis geneem vir die Calitz en Van der Walt sterftes – en op borgtog van R10 000 vrygelaat. Hy en twee van sy beweerde “luitenante” Jacques Mans en in die gesig staar verhoor, was dit gerapporteer in 207, vir die wrede moord op die 18-jarige Calitz op 31 Januarie 2007. Na Calitz gesterf het, terwyl hy saam met 14 ander mense in Swartruggens, in Noordwes, het sy familie ontvang ‘n SMS aan hulle vertel dat hy gesterf het aan ‘n hartaanval …

Onverklaarbaar, is Alex de Koker, 43, die hoof uitvoerende beampte van Echo Wild Game Rangers, assistente Bianca Pronk, 18, en Jacques Mans, 18, verleen ‘n baie lae borgtog aan die Swartruggen se landdroshof op 18 April 2007. Pronk en Mans is relesed op R5, 000 elk vrygelaat, terwyl De Koker toegestaan ​​is R10, 000 vrygelaat. Polisie s Eric Calitz, die slagoffer, is na bewering ‘aangerand te dood “tydens die sogenaamde” wildbewaarder “opleiding in Swartruggens in Januarie. In ‘n verklaring wat uitgereik is deur die kantoor van die nasionale kommissaris van polisie, het die polisie bevestig dat hulle vermoed dat “die para-styl opleiding aangebied op die baan is nie normaal veldwagter opleiding en dit vorm ‘n belangrike deel van die ondersoek”. Die polisie is ook ondersoek na die dood van ‘n man wat na bewering gesterf het tydens dieselfde sessie. –

Wyle mnr Calitz se suster, Mathilda Groenewald, is in kennis gestel dat hy gesterf het as gevolg van bloeding op die brein. ‘N verwoeste Groenewald en haar man Henno het aan The Star ges dat Calitz was baie’ ontvanklike, effens brein beskadig en gesukkel om ‘n werk, want hy was effens breinskade gebore is nadat hy te vroeg gebore. “Hy het hom getref, verbrand en gewond,” het Groenewald ges. “Dit is verby siek -. Dit is psigopatiese” Nog ‘n jong, 19-jaar-oue Nicolaas van der Walt, het ook gesterf in die kamp. Groenewald s hy is geslaan en het ‘n motor gordel om sy nek gebind voordat gesleep “van die dam aan die kamp”.
Calitz se moord, het Groenewald ges, is te danke aan sy vra De Koker as hy die kamp verlaat.
“Wat het Eric doen om dit te verdien?”

“Jy is nie ‘n moffie …”

“Alex (de Koker) het hom (Calitz) dat hy nie ‘n moffie (gay) en hy sal ‘n man maak van hom.”
Groenewald het ges haar broer was ‘n “wonderwerk baba” wat gebore is drie maande te vroeg, het gesterf in die broeikas en teruggebring na die lewe. Dit is ongelukkig het dat hy breinskade opgedoen het en hy het nooit skool klaargemaak het. Sy onthou dat die enigste werk haar broer kon hou was basies sekuriteitswag di waar hy sou verdien sowat R1, 500 per maand. Volgens Groenewald, kon Van der Walt die kamp toegangsfooi van R10, 000 kan bekostig nie – maar haar broer kon nie. Hy het gerel om te werk die skuld af en onderteken ‘n kontrak van twee jaar. Hy is gelok deur hul broer, Brian, Calitz, 31, wat besig was om as ‘n instrukteur in die kamp. Brian is nou saam met die polisie. “Toe het hulle na die laer, hul selfone is gekonfiskeer. Hy het net verdwyn,” het Groenewald ges.

Polisie sal moet ondersoek instel hoe hierdie sterftes is verklaar natuurlike .. SAPF woordvoerder Sally de Beer ‘

Calitz se ma, volgens Groenewald, is verpletter en is tans berading. Sy het ges die familie vermoed die kamp was ‘n werwing sentrum vir die Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging se Ystergarde (Yster Guard). “Daar word vermoed dat die para-styl opleiding aangebied op hierdie kursus is nie normaal veldwagter opleiding en dit vorm ‘n belangrike deel van die ondersoek,” het die polisie woordvoerder Sally de Beer. De Koker, 43, het die oefenkampe sedert die middel van verlede jaar is advertensies, het die polisie ges. Die onderneming is wat vanaf ‘n Vereeniging plaas. Alhoewel hulle sal dit nie bevestig nie, sal die polisie het nou te ondersoek hoe dit gekom het om te wees wat die dood verklaar is natuurlik. “Elke aspek van die sterftes sal deeglik ondersoek word,” was al wat De Beer was bereid om te s nie.

Verdagtes in hegtenis geneem sonder enige wapens op hulle:

Dit word verstaan ​​dat sowat 13 mense is betrokke by die bestuur van die oefenkamp, ​​insluitend Bianca Pronk en Jacques Mans, wat saam met De Koker in hegtenis geneem is. Die leerlinge geleer is verskeie militre vaardighede, soos luiperd kruip, en gekondisioneer was om te loop en loop lang afstande. Deel van hul opleiding was blykbaar ‘n twee-dag-vasbyt (uithouvermo Maart). Polisie speurders van die nasionale gewelddadige georganiseerde misdaad eenheid toegeslaan op hul verdagtes die naweek voor die laaste. De Koker en Pronk is in hegtenis geneem in Oos-Londen op Vrydagaand, terwyl Mans is aangekeer op ‘n plaas naby Henderson, in die Oos-Kaap. “Hy (De Koker) was baie verbaas,” het die bron ges. Nie een van die verdagtes weerstaan ​​inhegtenisneming en geen wapens is in hul besit gevind. Pronk en Mans is op borgtog van R5 000 borgtog die volgende Maandag, terwyl De Koker steeds agter tralies. Op Dinsdag, ten spyte van die staat beswaar het, is hy op borgtog vrygelaat is. Hy was nie bestel nie Gauteng te verlaat en nie om aansoek te doen vir ‘n paspoort.

AWB wil oefenkamp organiseerder Alex de Koker te dagvaar

De Koker ALEX RAN hel kamp YOUTH gesterf Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leier Steyn van Ronge wil Alex de Koker (links), wat die omstrede se spel-hoof oefenkamp ‘loop waar 15-jarige Raymond Buys het in so ‘n uitgeteerde, mishandelde te dagvaar voorwaarde dat hy gesterf het in ‘n hospitaal op Vereeniging Woensdag 21 April, 2011.

Van Ronge beskuldig De Koker van doelbewus die geloofwaardigheid van die AWB deur die gebruik van die organisasie se logo’s en vlae om mense te lok na sy oefenkamp – maar dat die AWB het niks te doen met dit en dat De Koker is nie eens ‘n lid.

Sondag het ‘n week vroer dat De Koker uitgereik al sy “leerling-veldwagters ‘met AWB-lidmaatskapkaarte wat na bewering in sy woorde,” het hulle onaantasbaar. ”

Van Ronge is woedend, vertel dat hy Sondag uitgereik die kaarte deur homself en demoniseer die AWB. “Ons weet nie eens iets oor al hierdie dinge Ronge aanges om Sondag. Ons praat met ons prokureurs om regstappe te doen teen hom. “Hy is ‘n skakel ons organisasie aan sy misdadige gedrag en dit is net snert.”

Raymond de Koker: agtergrond:

17 Augustus 2010 – Elise Tempelhoff, Beeld Johannesburg – Boere langs die Vaalrivier en die inwoners van Parys is keelvol Groenpunt-gevangenis se “afval” wat in die rivier gestort word. Hulle kla dat stukke van varkvleis, bloed, maaginhoud, riool en ou skottelgoedwater het vir ‘n paar maande is loop in die Vaalrivier uit die tronk.

Die ler reuk afval gehardloop in die rivier sowat 7 km stroomaf van die Vaal Dam. Alex de Koker van Ecowild, ‘n nie-regeringsorganisasie wat na die belange van sowat 52 boere met plase op die rand van die Vaal River, het ges hy weet nie “waar om te gaan met sy klagtes”. Drie departemente was in beheer van sake by Groenpunt. Die departement van korrektiewe dienste het na die gevangenes se welstand, waterwese het seker gemaak dat water lisensies is gehou om en openbare werke in stand gehou om die infrastruktuur.

Bokkie Redelinghuys, waarnemende hoof van die gevangenis, het gister ges daar was “‘n probleem”, maar dat dit vasgestel is. “Een van die pompe van die rioolwerke gebreek en ‘n paar dinge het in die Vaal River Maar korrektiewe dienste vasgestel is.”.

Maar toe De Koker en ander betroubare bronne het gaan ondersoek instel op Sondag, was die situasie onveranderd. De Koker het ges hy is kla oor die saak sedert Mei. Groenpunt het sy eie voerkraal met sowat 4 000 varke. Hulle is glo geslag op die perseel. Redelinghuys het ges hy is nie bewus van hierdie as hy het net die waarnemende hoof van die tronk vir twee maande. Beeld verneem dat sommige van die gevangenes en hul familielede het ook gekla oor die onhiginiese toestande Rand Water.

Gregg Mulzack, hoof van kommunikasie by Rand Water, het ges dit is geen rede tot kommer van sy wat aangaan by Groenpunt. Toe Beeld hom daarop gewys dat drinkwater vir Gauteng was soms (selfs al was dit in klein hoeveelhede), geneem van die Vaal Barrage, het hy ges die verslaggewer “is besig om belaglik”. Water toetse gedoen word deur Rand Water op Maandag het geen tekens van enige skadelike bakterie of virusse, het hy ges.

‘N Wetenskaplike het ges sulke onhiginiese toestande (soos di by Groenpunt) was ‘n ideale teelaarde vir virusse soos Giardia en Cryptosporidium. Water toetse soms nie onmiddellik wys die teenwoordigheid van hierdie virusse. “As dieselfde water twee of drie dae later getoets word, kan dit moontlik haal die virusse.”

Annalien Burger, voorsitter van Save the Vaal in Parys, het ges sy is geskok om te hoor van al die gemors wat Groenpunt is die storting in die Vaal Rivier. “Moenie hulle weet dit is Parys se drinkwater dat hulle geknoei met Ons hoef nie almal van Rand Water se tegnologie.? Ngwathe (die munisipaliteit dien Parys) probeer om sy eie water te suiwer, maar dit sukkel.” Die departement van waterwese was nie beskikbaar vir kommentaar nie. “- Http://afrikaner-genocide-

South Africa: 8 KZN pupils killed, 25 injured in bus crash – 240413 1145z

Eight pupils died when their bus driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned on the R66 between Ulundi and Kwaceza, a transport spokesman said on Wednesday.

Kwanele Ncalane said eight pupils died, five were in a critical condition and 20 sustained minor injuries.

The accident happened on Tuesday night while the bus was transporting pupils from Richards Bay to Kwaceza. Ncalane could not immediately provide the ages of the pupils.

It was not clear whether the driver was injured. “Investigations to establish the cause of the accident have started,” Ncalane said. He said Mchunu would inspect the accident scene, and would visit the survivors and their school.
Wednesday, 24 April, 2013 at 10:50 (10:50 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports
“CAPE TOWN, April 24 A bus overturned in South Africas KwaZulu-Natal Province, killing eight pupils on board, authorities said on Wednesday.

The accident took place Tuesday night when the driver lost control of the vehicle which was transporting pupils from Richards Bay to Kwaceza in the province, provincial transport spokesman Kwanele Ncalane said.

The accident also injured 25 pupils, five of them in critical condition, Ncalane said.

The cause of the accident was unknown. It was also unknown whether the driver was injured.

Investigations to establish the cause of the accident have started, Ncalane said.

The accident occurred amid growing calls for tougher measures to ensure road safety. A drive home safely campaign is currently underway in the country.

Official figures indicate that at least 241 people died in road accidents over the Easter holiday which began on March 28 and ended on April 1.

South Africa is among the countries which have the highest road fatalities.

The country has more than 700, 000 crashes a year on the average, claiming the lives of three children every day, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).” –

” – Xinhua

Bangladesh: Deaths rise to over 1000; 2,500+ injured; Many missing, but woman found alive 17 days after building collapse near Dhaka – 100513 1905z

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An eight-storey block housing garment factories and a shopping center collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people (Sky News states 82 killed, local media reports 100 killed) and injuring more than 500.(Sky News states 700 injured)

Fire fighters and army personnel were working at the Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 km (19 miles) outside Dhaka, to rescue people who were trapped inside, Mohammad Asaduzzaman, officer in charge of the areas police station said. He said factory owners appeared to have ignored a warning not to allow workers into the building after a crack was detected in the block the previous day. Bangladeshs booming garment industry has been plagued by fires and other accidents for years. In November last year, 112 workers were killed in a blaze at a factory in an industrial suburb of Dhaka.
Wednesday, 24 April, 2013 at 06:20 (06:20 AM) UTC RSOE

Bangladesh: Dozens Dead After Building Fall

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SKY NEWS 10:12am (BST) UK, Wednesday 24 April 2013

Emergency services near Bangladeshi capital Dhaka search for up to 1,000 people trapped after a building collapses.

It is thought some 2,000 people were in the building when it collapsed.

At least 82 people have died after an eight-storey building collapsed on the outskirts of Bangladeshs capital, Dhaka.

Another 700 are reported to have been injured in the buildings collapse which involved several garment factories, a senior emergency ward doctor at a nearby hospital revealed, while many remain still trapped inside the building.

Tens of thousands of people gathered at the site, some of them weeping survivors, some searching for family members.

Brigadier General Mohammed Siddiqul Alam Shikder, in charge of the recovery operation, said 600 people had been rescued but the death toll could rise.

Clothing factories are usually staffed 24 hours a day.

Firefighters and soldiers using drilling machines and cranes worked together with local volunteers in the search for other survivors from the building, which fell into itself, leaving it about two storeys tall.

Crowds gather at the collapsed Rana Plaza building as people rescue garment workers trapped in the rubble, in Savar
Hundreds of factory workers were trapped inside the building

The collapse stirred memories of a fatal fire in a clothing factory in November that killed 112 people and raised an outcry about safety in the nations garment industry.

That fire at the Tazreen factory drew international attention to the conditions workers toil under in the $20bn-a-year (13bn) textile industry in Bangladesh.

The country has about 4,000 garment factories and exports clothes to leading Western retailers the industry wields vast power in the South Asian nation.


Tazreen did not have emergency exits and its owner said only three floors of the eight-story building were legally built.

Surviving employees said gates had been locked and managers had told them to go back to work after the fire alarm went off.

The factory made clothes for Wal-Mart, Disney and other Western brands.

More follows Sky News

Factory workers were forced to return to work after warnings about cracks in & movement of, the building were ignored by owners.
The army has now been drafted in to help Search & Rescue efforts.

Building collapse legal action will be taken: Minister

Savar multi-storied buildings collapsed after an incident at the home of Rana Plaza Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir said. The present Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hasan Mahmud Khandaker.


He said, Those who would endanger public life, building construction, and measures will be taken against them.

He said, The committee will investigate the incident. Uddharakaja and treatment of the wounded had to be carried from the treasury.

Army, RAB, Fire Service, Ansar, police and Awami League activists took part in the rescue tatparataya. He told them to thank.

Blood is needed to treat the injured, he said.

Savar multi-storied buildings collapsed after an incident at the home of Rana Plaza Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir said. The present Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hasan Mahmud Khandaker.

He said, Those who would endanger public life, building construction, and measures will be taken against them.

He said, The committee will investigate the incident. Uddharakaja and treatment of the wounded had to be carried from the treasury.

Army, RAB, Fire Service, Ansar, police and Awami League activists took part in the rescue tatparataya. He told them to thank.

positive blood needed for labourers injured in Savar tragedy

By News Editor

Published: 2005-04-26 18:00:00.0 Updated: 2005-04-26 18:00:00.0

Seven labourers who received severe injuries at the garments factory collapse at Savar urgently need O positive blood.

Dhaka, April 27 (BDNEWS) Seven labourers who received severe injuries at the garments factory collapse at Savar urgently need O positive blood.

They have been undergoing treatment at Orthopaedic Hospital.

The labourers who are fighting for life at the hospital are Kamal Hossain, Manjurul Islam, Mozaffar, Rafiqul Islam, Md Nure Alam, Motaleb and Safiqul Islam.

The persons who want to donate blood are requested to contact at the Ward I/J, Ward A/B, Ward C and Ward Para.

BDNEWS/2026 hrs

Large volumes of blood needed

Staff Correspondent

Dhaka: Major General Chowdhury Hasan, General Officer Commanding of the 9th infantry division, have called upon all government and private hospitals to store large volumes of blood that are needed to treat victims of Savar tragedy.

He also called on voluntary blood donors to donate blood by going to hospitals.
Hundreds of people were wounded in Savar when an eight-storey building suddenly collapsed at around 09:00am.
The wounded persons were admitted to the local Enam Medical College & Hospital, National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
25 April 2013:

Bangladesh: Factories Ignored Evacuation Order

Clothing factories apparently ignored police instructions to leave a building that collapsed a day later, leaving 175 people dead.

SKY NEWS 9:39am (BST) UK, Thursday 25 April 2013

A building in Bangladesh was ordered to be evacuated a day before it collapsed but clothing factories there continued working and ignored police instructions, officers claim.

The order was made after deep cracks became visible as the death toll from the tragedy rose to at least 175 and it emerged a Primark supplier was based at the premises.

After the cracks were reported on Tuesday, managers of a bank that also had an office in the building, evacuated their workers and suspended their operations.

But the garment factories continued working, ignoring the instructions of officers, said police spokesman Mostafizur Rahman.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association had also asked the factories to suspend work starting on Wednesday morning, just hours before the building fell.

After we got the crack reports, we asked them to suspend work until further examination, but they did not pay heed, said Atiqul Islam, the groups president.

People mourn for their relatives, who are trapped inside the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, in Savar
Thousands gathered on the streets where the building collapsed

Survivors say they were made to carry on working in the eight-storey block despite apparent concerns about its safety.

The building, in Savar on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka, housed at least four factories producing clothes for leading Western retailers.

The high street giant Primark has confirmed that one of its suppliers occupied the second floor of the building.

Bosses at the retailer say they were shocked and saddened by the collapse.

In a statement released on the companys website, a Primark spokesman said: The company is shocked and deeply saddened by this appalling incident at Savar, near Dhaka, and expresses its condolences to all of those involved.

Primark has been engaged for several years with NGOs and other retailers to review the Bangladeshi industrys approach to factory standards. Primark will push for this review to also include building integrity.

Meanwhile Primarks ethical trade team is at this moment working to collect information, assess which communities the workers come from, and to providesupport where possible.

Army Brigadier General Mohammed Siddiqul Alam Shikder said late on Thursday that many people were still trapped in the building.

The disaster came less than five months after a factory fire killed 112 people and underscored the unsafe conditions faced by Bangladeshs garment workers.

Workers said they had hesitated to enter the building on Wednesday morning because it had developed such large cracks a day earlier that it even drew the attention of local news channels.

Just hours later the building came tumbling down.

Tens of thousands of people have gathered at the site, weeping and searching for family members.

Searchers worked through the night to get through the jumbled mess of concrete with drills or their bare hands, passing water and flashlights to those pinned inside the building.

I gave them whistles, water, torchlights. I heard them cry. We cant leave them behind this way, said fire official Abul Khayer.

Abdur Rahim, who worked on the fifth floor, said a factory manager gave assurances that the cracks in the building were no cause for concern, so employees went inside.

After about an hour or so, the building collapsed suddenly, MrRahim said.

The next thing he remembers is regaining consciousness outside.

On a visit to the site, Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir told reporters the building had violated construction codes and that the culprits would be punished. Sky News

Bangladesh building collapse toll hits 175

By Julhas Alam, AAP April 25, 2013, 5:38 pm (Australia)

A garment factory building in Bangladesh that collapsed, killing at least 175 people, had been ordered to be evacuated due to deep cracks but the factories flouted the order and continued working, officials say.

One day after Wednesdays collapse, as hundreds of rescuers clawed through the rubble, the cries of trapped survivors could still occasionally be heard, with the screams of a woman pinned between concrete slabs mingling with the wails of distraught relatives waiting for news or collecting bodies.

An enormous section of the concrete structure appeared to have splintered like twigs.

The disaster in the Dhaka suburb of Savar came less than five months after a blaze killed 112 people in a garment factory.

The incidents underscore the unsafe conditions faced by Bangladeshs garment workers, who produce clothes for global brands worn around the world.

After the cracks were reported on Tuesday, managers of a local bank that also had an office in the building, evacuated their workers and suspended their operations.

However, the garment factories continued working, ignoring the instructions of the local industrial police, said Mostafizur Rahman, a director of the industrial police.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association had also asked the factories to suspend work starting Wednesday morning, just hours before the building fell.

After we got the crack reports, we asked them to suspend work until further examination but they did not pay heed, said Atiqul Islam, the groups president.

On Thursday morning the odour of rotting bodies was evident as rescue workers continued to search for more survivors and victims.

Junior minister for Home Affairs, Shamsul Haque, said that by late Thursday morning a total of 2000 people had been rescued from the wreckage.

Brigadier General Mohammed Siddiqul Alam Shikder, who is overseeing army rescue teams, said the death toll had climbed to 175 on Thursday afternoon.

Dozens of bodies, their faces covered, were laid outside a local school building so relatives could identify them.

The garment manufacturers group said the factories in the building employed 3122 workers but it was not clear how many workers were in the building when it collapsed.

Searchers worked through the night to probe the jumbled mass of concrete with drills or their bare hands, passing water and flashlights to people pinned inside.

I gave them whistles, water, torchlights. I heard them cry, said fire official Abul Khayer.

Abdur Rahim, an employee who worked on the fifth floor, said a factory manager gave assurances that the cracks in the building were no cause for concern, so employees went inside.

After about an hour or so, the building collapsed suddenly, Rahim said.

The next thing he remembered was regaining consciousness outside.

On a visit to the site, Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir told reporters the building had violated construction codes and that the culprits would be punished.

Abdul Halim, an official with the engineering department in Savar, said the owner was originally allowed to construct a five-storey building but he added another three storeys illegally.

Local police chief Mohammed Asaduzzaman said police and the governments Capital Development Authority have filed separate cases of negligence against the building owner.

Habibur Rahman, police superintendent of the Dhaka district, identified the owner as Mohammed Sohel Rana, a local leader of ruling Awami Leagues youth front.

Rahman said police were also looking for the owners of the garment factories. - Julhas Alam, AAP April 25, 2013, 5:38 pm (Australia)

Workers protest in Dhaka over factory deaths

Thousands take to streets day after building collapse leaves at least 161 dead, as hunt for survivors continues.

Thousands of garment factory workers have protested in the capital, Dhaka, over the death of more than 150 workers in building collapse, as rescuers continued to hunt for survivors, local media have reported.

Al Jazeeras special correspondent, whom we are not naming for security reasons, said on Thursday that thousands of protestors took to the streets of Dhaka with sticks in their hands chanting slogans such as we want execution of the garment factory owners.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association building office has been attacked, our correspondent said.

Workers have blocked road and indulged in vandalism at some places, the Daily Star newspaper reported. 25 Apr 2013 08:46

Tessel Pauli, a spokeswoman for the Amsterdam-based Clean Clothes Campaign, said the latest disaster was symptomatic of problems in Bangladesh where foreign buyers are accused of jeopardising safety in their search for profit.

These accidents represent a failure of these brands to make safety a priority. They know what needs to be done and they are not doing it, Pauli said.

Bangladeshi unions and rights activists have also reacted furiously, calling for an end to the impunity the countrys garment manufacturers enjoy.

Among the textile businesses in the building were Phantom Apparels Ltd., Phantom Tac Ltd., New Wave Style Ltd., New Wave Bottoms Ltd. and New Wave Brothers Ltd. According to their website, the New Wave companies make clothing for major brands including U.S. retailers The Childrens Place and Dress Barn, Britains Primark, Spains Mango and Italys Benetton. Benettons communications department said in an email to The Associated Press that people involved in the collapse were not Benetton suppliers.

Jane Singer, a spokeswoman for The Childrens Place, said that while one of the garment factories located in the building complex has produced apparel for The Childrens Place, none of our product was in production at the time of this accident.

Dress Barn said that to its knowledge, it had not purchased clothing from the factories involved since 2010. Primark, a major British clothing retailer, confirmed that one of the suppliers it uses to produce some of its goods was located on the second floor of the building.

In a statement emailed to The Associated Press, Primark said it was shocked and deeply saddened by the appalling incident. It added that it has been working with other retailers to review the countrys approach to factory standards and will now push for this review to include building integrity. Meanwhile, Primarks ethical trade team is working to collect information, assess which communities the workers come from and provide support where possible.


Mango denied reports it was using any of the suppliers in the building. However, in an email statement to the AP, it said that there had been conversations with one of them to produce a batch of test products.

Kevin Gardner, a spokesman at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the second-largest clothing producer in Bangladesh, said the company is investigating to see if a factory in the building had been producing for the chain at the time of the collapse.


25 April 2013 Extract from
Loblaw Cos. (L)’ Joe Fresh and Associated British Foods Plc (ABF)’s (ABF) Primark, which yesterday said that their suppliers made garments at the collapsed factory, both vowed to help improve working conditions in Bangladesh.

The disaster is another black mark on Bangladesh’s industrial safety record, which made headlines after a fire at a plant producing garments for companies including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) that killed at least 100 people in November. More than 700 garment workers have died since 2005 in Bangladesh, according to the International Labor Rights Forum, a Washington-based advocacy group.

“Labor rights groups around the world have been asking, indeed imploring, major retailers to address the grievous safety hazards in their Bangladesh factories and the response is always the same: vague promises and public relations dodges, while the pile of corpses grows ever higher,” Scott Nova, executive director of the Washington-based Worker Rights Consortium, said yesterday in a statement.

Joe Fresh, the clothing brand owned by Brampton, Ontario- based Loblaw, had a “small number” of items produced at the complex, Julija Hunter, a spokeswoman, said in an e-mailed statement.
Regular Audits

The company is “saddened” by the tragedy and will work with its vendor to see how it can help, she said. Loblaw has standards for suppliers to make sure that products are produced in a socially responsible manner and conducts regular audits to ensure compliance, Hunter said.

“We hope to hear more from the authorities about the status of this situation and we are committed to supporting them,” she said.

One of Primark’s suppliers occupied the building’s second floor, the company said in a statement. The budget fashion chain owned by London-based Associated British Foods said it was “shocked and saddened” by the accident and has worked with non-governmental organizations to help improve factory standards in Bangladesh.
Supply Chain

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is investigating its supply chain to see if a factory in the building was producing for the company, Kevin Gardner, a spokesman for the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer, said yesterday in an e- mailed statement.

“We are sorry to learn of this tragic event,” Gardner said. “We remain committed and are actively engaged in promoting stronger safety measures, and that work continues.”

The number of deaths rose to 153 today, Mohammad Asaduzzaman, who’s in charge of Savar Model Police Station, said in an interview from the scene. Officers have handed over 92 bodies to relatives, according to Aminur Rahman, a senior police officer. The remaining 46 bodies with bruises and cuts on their faces and bodies are laid out in the corridor of a school building.

The accident at the eight-story building injured about 800 people working in the plants, the website reported without citing anyone. As many as 6,000 people were employed in the facilities housed in the building 24 kilometers (15 miles) northwest of the capital Dhaka, the news website reported. A few shops and a bank also had an office in the area, Health Minister A.F.M. Ruhal Haque said in a briefing yesterday.

“It will take a lot of time to get a full picture of the devastation,” Nilufa Yasmin, a duty officer at the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence, said in a phone interview. “The top five floors of the building collapsed on top of each other, trapping many inside.”
Mangled Concrete

Rescue operations continued through the night at the disaster site surrounded by hundreds of onlookers. Families of the workers were seen wailing for their loved ones while the others were in frantic search for them from hospital to hospital. Injured workers were being carried on stretchers into a crowded emergency room at a nearby hospital.

Rescuers struggled to help free people from the mangled pieces of concrete, rods and bricks. The government has deployed the army, the elite Rapid Action Battalion and police to help fire officials in the rescue effort.

Surging wages and inflation in China, the largest apparel supplier, have prompted retailers such as Wal-Mart and Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) to shift production to Bangladesh. In response, an $18 billion manufacturing industry has sprung up, marred by factories operated in buildings with poor electrical wiring, an insufficient number of exits and little fire-fighting equipment.

The collapsed building had developed cracks the previous day, prompting BRAC Bank Ltd. to order its employees to vacate the premises, said Zeeshan Kingshuk Huq, a spokesman.

“We evacuated our staff yesterday,” Huq said. “Other commercial units did not do the same.”
Safety Standards

About half of the Bangladesh’s garment factories don’t meet legally required work safety standards, and those that have improved working conditions have done so under pressure from Western apparel makers, said Kalpona Akter, executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, a non- governmental organization founded by two former garment child workers to promote safer factories.

Bangladesh’s labor law requires safety measures such as fire extinguishers and easily accessible exits at factories.

Workers-rights advocates are petitioning companies to sign a contractually enforceable memorandum that would require them to pay Bangladesh factories enough to cover costs of safety improvements.

So far, PVH Corp. (PVH), owner of the Tommy Hilfiger brand, and German retailer Tchibo are the only ones to sign the agreement, which also would require companies to provide accurate and regularly updated lists of their approved suppliers and subcontractors in Bangladesh. It won’t take effect until four major retailers sign on.
Factory Conditions

“These accidents are a huge reason why we’ve created the agreement,” Akter said. “It’s not just about fires, it’s about all factory conditions. This building has collapsed. There are many more buildings waiting to collapse.”

Textiles contribute more than 10 percent of Bangladesh’s gross domestic product and about 80 percent of the nation’s exports, mainly to the U.S. and the EU, according to the manufacturers’ association.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in a statement that she was shocked at the tragedy. Bangladesh will observe a day of mourning tomorrow, Cabinet Secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters in Dhaka.

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Dhaka building collapse: Dozens found alive in rubble



Dozens of people have been found alive in a room in the ruins of a building outside the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, a day after it collapsed.

Bangladeshi television broadcast images of the operation at the site of the collapse in the Savar area, which killed at least 250 people.

It is thought many more people may still be unaccounted for.

Police said the owners of factories in the building had ignored warnings about cracks appearing on Tuesday.

Some 2,000 people were in the Rana Plaza building in Savar, some 30km (20 miles) outside Dhaka, when it collapsed suddenly on Wednesday morning.

At the scene

Rescue teams have been frantically searching for survivors as they are aware that they are racing against time.

The heat and the dust could take its own toll. The broken concrete blocks are precariously placed and there are concerns for rescue workers as well.

When more people are pulled out alive, that gives lots of encouragement to the rescue workers, many of whom are local volunteers.

The collapse has already triggered anger among garment factory workers who were holding protests in some places in Dhaka. Garment factory owners and Western retailers are likely to face tough questions from labour rights campaigners in the coming weeks.

The High Court has summoned the Rana Plaza building owner and senior managers of the factories to appear before judges on 30 April, local media report.

The factory owners are said to have gone into hiding.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said those thought to be responsible for the disaster, including the owner, would be prosecuted.

Wherever he is, he will be found and brought to justice, she told politicians.

Bangladesh is holding a day of national mourning for the victims.

I want to liveTeams from the army, the fire service and border guards have been working around the clock at the site to find survivors, using heavy lifting gear, tools and their bare hands.

Officials say they have now found 250 bodies in the rubble. Thousands of people have gathered at the site, waiting for news of relatives.

On Thursday, Brig Gen Mohammed Siddiqul Alam Shikder, who is heading the rescue mission, said 40 people had been located in the rubble, trapped inside one room.

Garment is used to rescue a young woman.

The news was greeted with jubilation at the scene, the BBCs Anbarasan Ethirajan reports.

However later reports put the number found at 24.

The military said at least 12 of the group had since been pulled free.

One rescue official told the BBC that the group was found after they were heard screaming in the rubble.

Search teams have been dropping water bottles and food items to other survivors who are still trapped.

One trapped man, Mohammad Altab, was able to speak to an Associated Press reporter, telling him he had two children.

I want to live. Its so painful here, he said.

Another man, trapped deeper in the rubble, begged for rescue, telling the reporter: Its hard to remain alive here. It would have been better to die than enduring such pain to live on.

Local hospitals have been overwhelmed with the arrival of more than 1,000 injured people.

Are London shoppers concerned about where there clothes come from?

Industry criticisedOur correspondent says the rescuers intend to continue their operation for several days, but that they are aware time is now running out.

Bangladesh has one of the largest garment industries in the world, providing cheap clothing for major Western retailers which benefit from its widespread low-cost labour.

But the industry has been widely criticised for its low pay and limited rights given to workers and for the often dangerous working conditions in garment factories.

Primark, a clothes retailer with a large presence in Britain, confirmed that one of its suppliers was on the second floor of the Rana Plaza, and said it would work with other retailers to review standards.

US discount giant Wal-Mart said it was still trying to establish whether its goods were being produced at the Rana Plaza.

Graph showing the growth in the number of people employed in garment factories in Bangladesh

A company called New Wave, with two factories in the building, supplies firms from around Europe, the US and Canada, while Spanish retailer Mango said it had been in production talks with a supplier at the factory.

Labour rights groups say the companies have a moral duty to ensure their suppliers are providing safe conditions for their employees.

These are billion dollar companies. They have a huge amount of power to change the way that building safety is accepted here, Gareth Price-Jones, Oxfams country director for Bangladesh, told Reuters.

Thousands of garment workers in other areas of Dhaka have taken to the streets and blocked roads to protest about the deaths of the workers in Savar.

Bangladeshs Daily Star newspaper reported that protesters had clashed with police, resulting in some injuries.

Update 26 April 2013:

Dhaka building collapse: Fears for hundreds still missing


Police fired teargas and rubber bullets at protesters, who are angry at poor safety standards in factories

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Hundreds of people are still missing after Wednesdays collapse of a building in Bangladesh which killed at least 273 people, local officials say.

More than 40 people have been rescued since Thursday from the Rana Plaza building near Dhaka, which housed clothes factories.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for special prayers to be held across the country later for the victims.


Angry protesters have taken to the streets of Dhaka for a second day.

They are demanding the authorities arrest the owner of the collapsed building and improve conditions for garment workers.

Police said that at least ten thousand people had gathered for the demonstrations and described the situation as volatile.

Police used tear-gas and rubber bullets to break up the crowds, which had blocked roads, torched buses and attacked textile factories.

Bangladesh media reaction

The Daily Sun asks: Have the garment factories become a death valley for poor workers?. It says the sense of impunity around such disasters has left factory owners with the feeling they can get away with every violation of the basic rules of workers safety and are accountable to nobody.

The New Age also pulls no punches, saying it is a clear case of mass murder committed by greedy rich people and accuses the government of protecting such people by making misleading public statements.

The Holiday points out that factory owners owe their opulent lifestyles to some 3.5 million workers, mostly women, whose lives are wretched. The accumulation of wealth should not be at the cost of exploitation, it says.

The Daily Star praises peoples reaction to the disaster and hopes that when the dust has settled and the rubble cleared the authorities will get their act together in addressing loopholes in the system that allow for disasters like this to happen.

The owner of the building, according to police, ignored warnings about cracks appearing earlier this week. He is said to be in hiding, but Sheikh Hasina has promised that he will be punished.

I want to liveSome 2,000 people were in the Rana Plaza building in Savar when it collapsed suddenly on Wednesday morning.

Teams from the army, the fire service and border guards are still working around the clock at the site to find survivors, using heavy lifting gear, tools and their bare hands.

Search teams have been dropping water bottles and food items to other survivors who are still trapped.

The local command centre said families had given the names of 372 people who were still unaccounted for.

However, reports suggest the number of missing is much higher.

One trapped man, Mohammad Altab, was able to speak to journalists, saying: I want to live. Its so painful here.

Footage shot by a fire service volunteer shows the scene inside the building

Another man, trapped deeper in the rubble, begged for rescue, said: Its hard to remain alive here. It would have been better to die than enduring such pain to live on.

Local hospitals have been overwhelmed with the arrival of more than 1,000 injured people.

Industry criticised

The rescuers intend to continue their operation until Saturday, but correspondents say they are aware time is running out.Bangladesh has one of the largest garment industries in the world, providing cheap clothing for major Western retailers which benefit from its widespread low-cost labour.

But the industry has been widely criticised for its low pay and limited rights given to workers and for the often dangerous working conditions in garment factories.

Primark, a clothes retailer with a large presence in Britain, confirmed that one of its suppliers was on the second floor of the Rana Plaza, and said it would work with other retailers to review standards.

US discount giant Wal-Mart said it was still trying to establish whether its goods were being produced at the Rana Plaza.

Labour rights groups say the companies have a moral duty to ensure their suppliers are providing safe conditions for their employees.

These are billion dollar companies. They have a huge amount of power to change the way that building safety is accepted here, Gareth Price-Jones, Oxfams country director for Bangladesh, told Reuters.

Map showing location of the collapsed building within Dhaka


Death toll rises to 294; about 2400 rescued alive; still about

800 feared missing

More than 11 people rescued alive in the last 10 minutes, rescuers are pulling more people out minute by minute.

Lines of ambulances are waiting to carry the survivors; rescuers are pulling out survivors every moment.

A group of 8 people will be rescued from the 7th floor within minutes: rescuers informed.


Death toll rises to 312

Rescue activities were being hampered as a fire broke out on the ground floor around 12:30am.
Some volunteers claimed that it would be difficult to rescue the trapped workers because the firefighters were failing to identify the source of the fire.
The flame could not be doused as of 1:30am today.

News of other buildings with cracks emerge:

Saturday, April 27, 2013 | 02:05 (local time)

Hopes not over yet

24 rescued together 34 hours into collapse; rescue goes on with no break

Altaf Hossain raised his arm and pleaded the photographer to lift the pillar on his back just a little so that he could slip out and live. Unable to bear the pain he was in, he couldn't speak anymore. He was yesterday found in the rear end of Rana Plaza, which is just rubbles at Bazar bus stand in Savar.  Photo: Amran Hossain

Altaf Hossain raised his arm and pleaded the photographer to lift the pillar on his back just a little so that he could slip out and live. Unable to bear the pain he was in, he couldnt speak anymore. He was yesterday found in the rear end of Rana Plaza, which is just rubbles at Bazar bus stand in Savar. Photo: Amran Hossain

Around 34 hours after the collapse of Rana Plaza, 24 trapped people were rescued alive from beneath the rubble of the nine-storey building yesterday evening, keeping alive the hope that more lives can be saved as the rescue operation continues.
The death toll in the tragic incident in Savar rose to 258 as of 2:00am today, with 108 more bodies extricated from the debris throughout the day. Of the bodies, at least 216 have been handed over to their relatives, police and district administration officials said.
So far some 1,400 survivors have been pulled out, with about 1,000 more believed to be still trapped inside.
Brig Gen Ali Ahmed Khan, director general of Fire Service and Civil Defence, told The Daily Star that 24 survivors and a dead body had been found at one point under the third floor.
Between 1:30am and 2:05am today, another 20 trapped workers were rescued and sent to hospitals.
About the rescue operation, he said a decision would be made depending on the situation. But we hope to go on with it till tomorrow night [tonight].
Major Sharif Mohammad Aman Hossain, a rescue leader, told the media around 12:15am today there were around a few hundred people alive in the collapsed building.
Also, the rescue activities were being hampered as a fire broke out on the ground floor around 12:30am.
Some volunteers claimed that it would be difficult to rescue the trapped workers because the firefighters were failing to identify the source of the fire.
The flame could not be doused as of 1:30am today.
Anisur Rahman Raihan, one of the 24 rescued, said those trapped in the debris had severe difficulties breathing inside. We could hear people working outside, but none heard us screaming.
According to firemen, the lack of oxygen was the main threat to the lives of those trapped alive.
Rescue workers are making frantic efforts to save more lives. But they are facing difficulties in speeding up the operation due to the precarious situation the survivors are in. Shortage of equipment is also slowing down their efforts.
Moreover, the presence of the crowd that gathered on the road stretching for more than a kilometre from the collapsed building is badly affecting the rescue job.
Curious people in their thousands came just to have a glimpse of the crumbled building. Others came to help the rescuers or donate blood for the victims in makeshift blood donation centres. Hundreds of others brought in drinking water and saline.
Although the firefighters, army personnel, Rab members and policemen are running the rescue operation, the general people, locals and even outsiders, are also working round the clock.
The road from Hemayetpur to Savar, which was closed yesterday, will remain so until the rescue operation ends.
Babul Mia, a day labourer, is one of them. He joined the rescue efforts around 6:00pm on Wednesday and was seen working side by side with the professional rescuers yesterday evening without any safety gear on.
I pulled out 23 trapped workers and 21 bodies from the rubble, he told The Daily Star.
A strong stench of decomposing bodies is already seeping through the cracks and crevices of the concrete jumble.
Inside a crevice, the corpse of a young man lies on his belly in the dust as if he was in deep sleep.
A girl was rescued around 11:50am by cutting off her hand, which was trapped under the debris. Rescuers later rushed her to a hospital.
Survivors like her are still calling out for help.
A pillar has fallen over me. Someone please save me. Cut my hands to free me, Aftab, another trapped man, cried out as The Daily Star correspondents went near the building in the morning.
Hundreds of relatives and neighbours still wait in the hope that they will get some news about their loved ones. As bodies are pulled out and carried to a nearby school ground, they rush for identification. Photos of dozens of victims are pasted on the boundary walls of the school.
But the relatives have to go from one place to another in desperate search of their loved ones due to the absence of a central coordination team that will keep the records of the victims.
I have been waiting here since yesterday [Wednesday] noon, but I am still clueless about my sisters fate, says Abu Taher, whose red swollen eyes do not produce any more tears.
I went to every clinic here but did not find her. Can you tell me where to go? said Taher, who had come all the way from Mymensingh on hearing of the tragedy.
Some people, agitating at the disaster site, alleged the bodies were being transferred to unknown places. They were shouting for the return of their relatives, dead or alive.
Meanwhile, cracks developed yesterday in another eight-storey building owned by Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza. The building, Rana Tower, which houses business offices, has been closed down.
The cracks developed in a pillar on the ground floor of the building, about half a kilometre from Rana Plaza.
Another six-storey building housing a readymade garment factory Fatema Garments Ltd in nearby Sobhanbagh area developed cracks on its third, fourth and fifth floors.
Local residents forced the building owner, Abdur Rahman, to have it vacated early yesterday, said Anisur Rahman, who runs a medical chamber close to the building near Savar City Centre.
The Upazila Nirbahi Officer and police later visited the building and declared it unsafe.
Meanwhile, the government has formed a five-member committee to investigate the collapse of Rana Plaza.
The committee will probe the reasons for the collapse and find out those responsible for the disaster, said Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir at a press briefing at his secretariat office yesterday.
The minister added the authorities would take action against the Savar UNO if he was found guilty of issuing a no-objection certificate to Rana Plaza. The UNO has no such authority.

Update 27 April 2013 1300 UTC:

Death toll continues to rise; 347 people are confirmed dead so far; many dead bodies to be recovered.

Bangladesh Building Collapse: Five In Custody

Rescuers continue to pull out trapped workers alive more than three days after the factory complex collapsed killing 340 people.

Rescuers search for survivors after a garment factory collapsed in Dhaka

Rescue crews are still trying to find survivors in the collapsed building

A survivor is pulled from the wreckage of a building that collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

A survivor is pulled out alive on Saturday

Police in Bangladesh have arrested two clothing factory bosses based at the eight-storey building near the capital Dhaka that collapsed killing 340 people.

Two engineers Imtemam Hossain and Alam Ali involved in approving the design of the structure have also been detained for questioning.

Junior home minister Shamsul Haque Tuku said police had arrested Bazlus Samad, managing director of New Wave Apparels Ltd, and Mahmudur Rahaman Tapash, the company chairman. It is the largest of the five factories in the complex.

Police have filed a case against them for death due to negligence, after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the owners forced the workers to return to work after cracks appeared in the building.

The wife of Mohammed Sohel Rana the owner of the collapsed Rana Plaza building who has not been seen since the tragedy has also been detained.

(Latest: Owner & MD of 2 are remanded for 12 days each; 2 engineers remanded for 8 days each

Protesters set fire to furniture from a police control room during a demo in Dhaka
Protesters set fire to furniture from a police control room on Saturday

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association had asked the factories based in the structure to shut down on Wednesday morning, hours before the building came down.

After we got the crack reports we asked them to suspend work until further examination, but they did not pay heed, said association president Atiqul Islam.

The arrests came after police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of clothing workers who took to the streets on the outskirts of Dhaka to protest over the deaths as clashes also erupted in the southeastern city of Chittagong.

There was no sign of the rescue operation being called off with authorities pledging to continue the search after 19 people were pulled out alive on Saturday more than three days after the building came down.

With time running out to save workers still trapped in the collapsed building, rescuers have been digging through mangled metal and concrete to find more survivors.

The rescued described hearing a loud crack just before the eight-storey building collapsed, with each level pancaking on top of those below.

The building housed at least four factories producing clothes for leading Western retailers.

High street giant Primark confirmed one of its suppliers occupied the second floor of the building.

A Primark spokesman said: The company is shocked and deeply saddened by this appalling incident at Savar, near Dhaka, and expresses its condolences to all of those involved.

Elsewhere in Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of workers walked out of their factories in solidarity with their dead colleagues.

Some workers leaders attacked Western firms, whom they accused of turning a blind eye while using Bangladeshis as money-making machines.

Protests spread in Bangladesh amid arrests

Clashes reported in Chittagong city, as police detain five over building collapse tragedy that left more than 300 dead.

Al Jazeera Last Modified: 27 Apr 2013 12:05

Protests in Bangladesh have spread to a second city with hundreds of people throwing stones and setting fire to vehicles, as authorities made arrests in connection with the collapse of factory building that killed more than 300 workers.Police said on Saturday they had arrested two owners of the garment business and two engineers involved in approving the design of the shoddily constructed eight-story building which collapsed on Wednesday.Deputy Home Minister Shamsul Haque Tuku said police had arrested Bazlus Samad, managing director of New Wave Apparels Ltd, and Mahmudur Rahman Tapash, the company chairman.He told reporters that police had also detained the wife of Mohammed Sohel Rana, the owner of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, for questioning. The top three floors of the eight-story building were illegally constructed.Everyone involved including the designer, engineer, and builders will be arrested for putting up this defective
building, Haque said.Dhaka police superintendent Habibur Rahman said Rana was a local leader ofruling Awami Leagues youth front.

Officials said Rana Plaza, on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, had been built without the correct permits, and the workers were allowed in on Wednesday despite warnings the previous day that it was structurally unsafe.

Manypulled out alive

At least23 people were pulled out alive from under the tangled mess of concrete, bricks and steel on Saturday, more than 72 hours after the building came down that has claimed the lives of at least 340 people.

The death toll in the factory collapse has risen to 340, but people are still being pulled alive from the rubble [AFP]

We must salute the common people who dared to enter the wreckage to rescue them, as even our professionals didnt dare to take the risk, Mizanur Rahman, deputy director of the fire service, told Reuters.

As many as 900 people could still be missing, police said.

Police in riot gear formed a cordon around the site to keep away hundreds of protesters who have vented their anger at the situation since Wednesday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina vowed there would be justice in the worst tragedy to hit Bangladeshs poorly regulated garment industry that supplies clothes to top Western brand names.

Anger has grown and protests have spread across Bangladesheven as protesters clashed with the police in Savar, thesite of the accident, for the second day.

Worker safety

Police said on Saturday thatclashes haderupted in other parts of Dhaka and in the southeastern city of Chittagong where hundreds of garment workers took to the streets, blocked roads and vandalised vehicles.

Authorities shut garment factories in Dhaka for fear of violence,which has persisted over demands that authorities take stern action against the guilty.

Wednesdays collapse was thesecond major industrial incident in five months in Bangladesh, the second-largest exporter of garments in the world.

In November last year, a fire at the Tazreen Fashion factory nearby the latest disaster killed 112 people.

Such incidents have raised serious questions about worker safety and low wages, and could taint the reputation of the poor South Asian country, which relies on garments for 80 percent of its exports.

There is anger over the working conditions of Bangladeshs 3.6 million garment workers most of whom are women -who toil for $38 a month.

Human Rights Watch said the tragedy showed there was an urgent need to improve Bangladeshs protections for worker health and safety.


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Update 1st May 2013:

Bangladesh building collapse: Death toll passes 400


The BBCs Anbarasan Ethirajan reports from Dhaka on the fallout from last weeks building collapse

The number of people killed in the collapse of a building in Bangladesh which housed garment factories last week has passed 400, officials say.

At least 149 people are still believed to be missing underneath the remains of the eight-storey Rana Plaza in Savar, a town on the outskirts of Dhaka.

At May Day parades in the capital, workers demanded the death penalty for the buildings owner.

The Rana Plaza collapse is the nations worst industrial disaster.

Bangladesh has one of the largest garment industries in the world, and some of the clothes produced in the building were made for Western retailers.

Police officials confirmed on Wednesday that 399 bodies had been pulled from the wreckage, and that another three people had died in hospital.

An army general said the list of the missing had been drawn up by local officials and was confirmed by Dhaka district administrator Zillur Rahman Chowdhury.

Earlier estimates had put the figure far higher, but this may have been as a result of duplications. Some 2,500 people were injured in the disaster.

Hang the killers

The building was turned into 600 tons of rubble in the disaster, about 350 tons of which has now been cleared.

The number of people at the main Dhaka protest was put at about 20,000, with other demonstrations in separate parts of the capital and in other cities.

Graves in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1 May Mass graves are prepared to receive bodies of unidentified garment workers

Some in Dhaka held banners with the words: Hang the killers, Hang the Factory Owners.

One protester blared through a loudspeaker: My brother has died. My sister has died. Their blood will not be valueless.

Kamrul Anam, of the Bangladesh Textile and Garments Workers League, said the building collapse was murder, telling AFP: We want the severest punishment possible for those responsible for this tragedy.

The protesters also demanded better working conditions.

Garment worker Mongidul Islam Rana told Associated Press: We want regular salaries, raises and absolutely we want better safety in our factories.

Rana Plaza owner Mohammed Sohel Rana, a local leader of the youth wing of the ruling Awami League party, is in police custody.

A total of eight people have been arrested, including factory owners and engineers, and they have been accused of negligence.

Cracks had appeared in Rana Plaza, in the Savar district, the day before the collapse but the staff were reportedly told to continue work.

Clearance at the disaster site, 30 April Some 350 tons of the 600 tons of rubble has so far been cleared at the Rana Plaza collapse

Many factories have been closed since the disaster, with regular street protests.

On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged people to return to work.

She said in parliament: I would like to tell the workers to keep their head cool, keep mills and factories operative, otherwise you will end up losing your jobs.

Speaking at his regular morning Mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis called the working conditions of those who died in Bangladesh slave labour.

Not paying a fair wage, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking to make a profit, that goes against God, he said.

Meanwhile, the European Union said it was considering appropriate action to encourage improvements in working conditions in Bangladesh factories.

It said its actions may include the use of its trade preference system, which gives Bangladesh duty- and quota-free access to EU markets.

Bangladeshs garment industry makes up almost 80% of the countrys annual exports provides employment to about four million people.

However, it has faced criticism over low pay and limited rights given to workers, and for the often dangerous working conditions in factories.


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Kamola Begum (C) whose husband was killed in the building collapseShattered lives

Relatives of victims of the Dhaka building collapse tell the BBCs Farid Ahmed about the impact of losing a loved one and their demands for justice.

Bangladesh building collapse death toll passes 700


A woman grieves as she sticks a poster of a portrait of her family member on the wall of a school turned make-shift morgue on Tuesday 30, April, 2013 Rescue officials say they do not know exactly how many people are still missing after the disaster

The death toll from the collapse of an eight-storey factory building near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has passed 700, officials say.

The announcement came after workers pulled dozens more bodies from the rubble. Many people are still missing.

Several people, including the buildings owner, have been arrested.

The collapse of the Rana Plaza on 24 April stands as Bangladeshs worst industrial disaster. It sparked outrage among workers in the country.

The previous most deadly structural failure in modern times excluding the 9/11 terror attacks in New York was the Sampoong department store in Seoul, South Korea, in 1995, in which 502 people died.

The death toll from Bangladesh now stands at 705. Officials say about 2,500 people were injured in the collapse and that 2,437 people have been rescued.

Rescue officials also say they do not know exactly how many people are still missing as factory owners have not given them precise figures.

Working conditions

It came as hundreds of garment workers who survived the collapse protested by blocking a highway close to the accident site demanding unpaid wages and benefits.

Reports say many of them were working in some of the factories housed in the illegally constructed building.

Local government administrator Yousuf Harun told the Associated Press news agency that they are working with a garment industry body to ensure the workers are paid.

The disaster put the spotlight on conditions in the countrys garment sector.

Bangladesh has one of the largest garment industries in the world, and some of the clothes produced in the building were made for Western retailers.

The EU has said it is considering appropriate action to encourage an improvement in working conditions in Bangladesh factories.

This includes the use of its trade preference system, which gives Bangladesh duty- and quota-free access to markets in member states.

On Monday the government announced a panel that would inspect garment factories for building flaws.


Update 9 May 2013:

Bangladesh building collapse death toll over 800


Rana Plaza rescue operation The collapse left more than 2,000 people injured

The army in Bangladesh says 804 people have been confirmed dead after the collapse of an eight-storey factory building near the capital Dhaka.

Authorities are continuing to search the rubble for more bodies two weeks after the Rana Plaza building collapsed on 24 April.

Bangladeshs largest industrial disaster sparked outrage among workers in the country.

Several people, including the buildings owner, have been arrested.

Many of the bodies recovered on Wednesday were so decomposed, they were being sent to a lab for DNA identification, the AP news agency reports.

Officials say about 2,500 people were injured in the collapse and that 2,437 people have been rescued.

Mohammad Sohel Rana, the owner of the Rana Plaza building, is escorted to court by police

Bangladesh has shut down 18 garment plants for safety reasons since the Rana Plaza disaster, the Bangladeshi textile minister has confirmed.

Well ensure ILO standards in terms of compliance, Abdul Latif Siddique told AFP news agency.

We have seen that those who claim to be the best compliant factories in Bangladesh have not fully abided by building regulations, he added.

The move follows Mondays government announcement that a panel would inspect garment factories for building flaws.

Bangladesh has one of the largest garment industries in the world, and some of the clothes produced in the building were made for Western retailers.

The EU has said it is considering appropriate action to encourage an improvement in working conditions in Bangladesh factories.

Eight dead in Bangladesh garment factory blaze


The BBCs Masud Khan in Dhaka: It has become a real headache for the government as to how to enforce the safety standards

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A fire in a garment factory in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, has killed at least eight people, police say.

Officials said the blaze happened overnight in the Mirpur industrial district.

It came with the issue of industrial safety in Bangladesh under intense scrutiny after the collapse of an eight-storey building last month.

On Thursday officials confirmed that at least 912 people had died in that disaster.

Reports suggested that a police officer and the owner of the factory were among the eight killed in Wednesdays blaze.

They were believed to be holding a meeting in the 11-storey building, which belongs to garment exporter Tung Hai Group, when the fire broke out.

It was a big fire but we managed to confine it on one floor, Mahbubur Rahman, operations director of Bangladeshs fire service, told AFP news agency.

The victims had suffocated after becoming overwhelmed by toxic smoke from burnt acrylic clothing, he said.

Fire officials said it took around two hours to tame the blaze.

Most of the workers had already gone home when the fire started, reports said.

It is not clear to us how the accident happened, but we are trying to find out the cause, Mohammad Atiqul Islam, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, told Reuters news agency.

Regulations ignored

Two weeks ago Bangladesh was hit by its biggest industrial disaster, with the collapse of the Rana Plaza building on 24 April, which provoked outrage among workers.

Mohammad Sohel Rana, the owner of the Rana Plaza building, is escorted to court by police

The search for bodies is continuing at the complex, where there were several garment factories.

Officials say about 2,500 people were injured in the collapse and 2,437 people were rescued.

On Wednesday, Bangladesh announced a shutdown of 18 garment factories for safety reasons.

We have seen that those who claim to be the best compliant factories in Bangladesh have not fully abided by building regulations, the Bangladeshi textile minister, Abdul Latif Siddique, told reporters.

Bangladesh has one of the largest garment industries in the world, and some clothes produced in the Rana Plaza building were made for Western retailers.

The industry employs about four million people and contributes almost 80% of the countrys annual exports. However, it has faced criticism over low pay and the often dangerous working conditions in factories.

Update 10 May 2013:

MIRACLE IN BANGLADESH – Woman Found Alive After 17 Days

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Bangladesh building collapse: Reshma Begum found alive after 17 days trapped under rubble as rescuers were about to call off the search

“Workers clearing a collapsed building site in Bangladesh rescue a woman from the rubble of a Muslim prayer room in the complex.

Rescuers in Bangladesh have found a survivor in the rubble of a clothing factory that collapsed 17 days ago.

Bangladeshi television channels broadcast live footage of emergency service workers pulling the woman out from the debris, as onlookers burst into cheers.

The woman, called Reshma Begum, 19, was discovered on the second floor of the eight-storey Rana Plaza building in the capital Dhaka, where crews had been focusing on recovering bodies, not rescuing survivors, for much of the past two weeks.

“I heard voices of the rescue workers for the past several days.

“I kept hitting the wreckage with sticks and rods just to attract their attention,” she told a TV company from her hospital bed.

Bangladeshi rescuers retrieve garment worker Reshma from the rubble of a collapsed building in Savar on May 10, 2013, seventeen days after the eight-storey building collapsed.
The woman is carried by rescuers to an ambulance on a stretcher

“No one heard me. It was so bad for me. I never dreamed I’d see the daylight again,” she said.

“There was some dried food around me. I ate the dried food for 15 days. The last two days I had nothing but water. I used to drink only a limited quantity of water to save it. I had some bottles of water around me,” she said.

She was discovered in the wreckage of a Muslim prayer room in the building and army officials immediately ordered the cranes and bulldozers to stop work.

Once Reshma finally got their attention, the crews ordered the cranes and bulldozers to immediately stop work and used handsaws and welding and drilling equipment to cut through the iron rod and debris still trapping her.

Bangladeshi rescuers use a digger to move debris at the site of a building collapse
Rescuers have been using diggers to move debris from the site

They gave her water, oxygen and saline as they worked to free her, using handsaws to cut through the rubble, as hundreds of people who had been engaged in the grim job of removing decomposing bodies from the site, raised their hands together in prayer.

“Allah, you are the greatest, you can do anything. Please allow us all to rescue the survivor just found,” said a man on a loudspeaker leading the prayers. “We seek apology for our sins. Please pardon us, pardon the person found alive.”

Abdur Razzak, a warrant officer with the military’s engineering department who first spotted her in the wreckage, said she was in a remarkably good condition and could even walk.

“She was fine, no injuries. She was just trapped. The space was wide,” said Lt Col Moyeen, an army official at the scene.

Soldiers and rescue workers at a collapsed building in Savar, near Dhaka
The building was in Savar, near the capital, Dhaka

Reshma told her rescuers there were no more survivors in her area. Workers began tearing through the nearby rubble anyway, hoping to find another person alive.

Sky’s Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lisa Holland said: “What’s really remarkable about the story … is that the authorities had said that they were going to call off the search for survivors at the end of today and send the bulldozers in as from tomorrow.

“So, with the clock against them, they heard the remarkable cries for help of this woman who somehow had become trapped between a fallen beam and a column and that somehow gave her some sort of pocketed protection and enabled her to survive for 17 days.”

More than 2,500 people have been rescued in the immediate aftermath of the collapse. However, the death toll has now risen to more than 1,000.

The collapse is already the world’s deadliest garment industry disaster and one of the worst industrial accidents.

The disaster has raised alarm about the often deadly working conditions in Bangladesh’s $20bn (£13bn) garment industry, which provides clothing for major retailers around the globe.” – Sky News

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Published on 10 May 2013

Bangladeshi rescuers have found a woman survivor in the rubble of a garment factory complex which collapsed and killed more than 1,000 people on April 24, the country’s fire service chief told AFP news agency.
One of the rescuers said that the woman had cried out for help as recovery teams sifted through the wreckage more than 16 days after the nine-storey Rana Plaza complex collapsed on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka.
“As we were clearing rubble, we called out if anyone was alive,” the unnamed rescuer told the private Somoy TV channel.
Army officials ordered workers to stop clearing the site Friday as they tried to free a person they said might still be alive.
More than 2,500 people were rescued in the immediate aftermath of the building collapse.

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The Government is not Solving the Financial Crisis, It is Causing It

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The Financial Crisis of 2007/8 was a crisis of private debt.  It only became a crisis of public debt when states around the world made the taxpayer guarantor for this debt and bailed out banks.  However, since then conversation and policy has focussed almost exclusively on public debt, as if this were the source of the crisis.  This has seen devastating impacts on public services, and public perceptions on the welfare state.  In doing so, the government is not solving the financial crisis, but causing it.

Public Debt before and after the Financial Crisis


In the last year before the Financial Crisis, public spending in the UK stood at 41% of GDP and national debt was just 44.1% of GDP. This was consistent with the level of debt and public spending as a proportion of GDP for around the last fifty years.

Running budget deficits has also been a…

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Malaysia hopes anti-gay musical will cure gay ‘poison’


The government of Malaysia shows no sign of curtailing its cultural offensive against LGBT people, which includes this year’s government-sponsored anti-gay musical that is touring the country and last year’s ludicrous list of gay “symptoms.”

Muhyiddin Yassin, who is the country’s education minister, deputy prime minister and deputy chairman of the Barisan Nasional ruling party, this week “warned Malaysian Muslims of two challenges facing them today — the alleged spread of the lesbian, gay, trans-sexual and bisexual (LGBT) movement, and demands for freedom of religion among the Malays,” according to The Malaysian Insider.

He said both were “efforts by foreign influences who are trying to divide the Muslims in the country, backed by masterminds from among Malaysian Muslims themselves.” The news website added:

“Muhyiddin warned Muslims today of LGBT advocates who are said to be ‘poisoning’ the minds of Muslims to accept ‘deviant practices’ in the name of human…

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Update: Red Cross Responds to Ontario Flooding

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Flooding is occurring in communities across parts of central Ontario with State of Emergencies declared in many municipalities including: Huntsville, Bracebridge, Kawartha Lakes, Powassan, Markstay-Warren (Sudbury area) and Minden Hills. Thousands of people may be affected, with a majority of those being in Kawartha Lakes.  In some communities, such as Burnt River, families have been forced to evacuate their homes.

The Canadian Red Cross is working closely with community officials and is prepared to respond as needed. Red Cross volunteers have set up reception centres in Minden and Burnt River to assist families who are in need of shelter, food, personal services and information.

To find out more information about flood warnings in Ontario, check out the Ministry of Natural Resources flood page.

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UK: Nationwide Building Society IT glitch, millions cannot access online, mobile banking or online payments – 230413 1635z

Nationwide Building Society has been hit by technical difficulties meaning millions of customers cannot access online and mobile banking while some reports suggest cash machines are not working either.

On Nationwides website this afternoon, a message reads:

Were sorry to have to tell you that our Online Bank is unavailable

We are making every effort to restore service as quickly as possible and will keep the service status page updated with our progress.

We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause you.

If your banking is urgent, we have other ways you can bank with us. You could try:

A Nationwide spokesman said: We are currently experiencing an IT issue that is affecting services including our online bank.

Customers can still use ATMs to withdraw cash and check their balance and our branches are open to deal with our customers needs. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and we are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

No time frame was given by Nationwide as to when the online banking system would be back to normal.

The glitch has seen scores of customers complain on social networking website Twitter including businesses who are unable to take payments.

Ryan Shelton (@ryanshelton2011) said: Nationwide online banking, mobile banking and some cash machines not working. Cannot access accounts or withdraw money.

Mia (@SianMia_) said: The whole of Nationwide is down so we unable to do transactions.

Last year, Nationwide suffered an IT hiccup when 700,000 customers were double-charged for payments from their current accounts between Tuesday 24 July and 25 July 2012 with 50,000 being adversely affected.

But the problems were nothing compared to those suffered by NatWest-RBS.

NatWest-RBS had the worst meltdown of 2012 and one of the biggest in recent banking times. An IT failure left 17million customers without access to their accounts, some of whom were affected for three weeks.

It is now to be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and could result in a huge fine for NatWest-RBS, which is 82 per cent owned by the taxpayer.

RBS already took a 175million hit to cover costs and compensation relating to the calamity, while the incident prompted chief executive Stephen Hester to turn down not to take his 2012 bonus.

Many Nationwide customers have been unable to log into their accounts or carry out transactions following a technical glitch.

The building societys systems went down at 9.30am today, but Nationwide says it is hopeful they will be up and running soon (see the Best Bank Accounts guide for the best deals if you want to switch).

Angry customers took to Twitter to tell us of their problems, with reports many couldnt log into their accounts, use their debit cards or withdraw cash. Nationwide claims there are no problems with its ATMs.

Twitter user @natashastill said: Unable to access online banking and huge delays trying to get through to telephone banking! #frustrating #nationwide.

Todays outage is the latest in a long list of banking blunders.

Last week, many Lloyds TSB, Halifax and Bank of Scotland customers were unable to log into their accounts for one afternoon.

Halifax and Lloyds TSB customers reported they could not access their cash from ATMs on New Years Eve.

RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank customers have suffered most. Last summer, some couldnt access their cash or make transactions for a month, while the bank was hit by a glitch lasting a few hours earlier this year. Guy Anker
News Editor,

Update 23 April 2013 1826BST:

On-line banking up and running now!!


Nigeria: Petrol tanker sparks massive fire, 50 houses, shops, vehicles and a mosque gutted – 230413 1545z


Over 30* (see below) houses and shops were Monday razed in Omitowoju area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, in a late afternoon inferno caused by a petrol-laden tanker which fell on a road side.

THIS DAY learnt that the fully loaded tanker was trying to link Inalende road towards the Mokola round about area of the city when the driver lost control falling on its side while its 33,000 litres content which spilled on the gutter immediately sparked fire.

It was gathered that the driver of the tanker took the densely populated area due to the closure of the Dugbe/Mokola road as a result of the ongoing construction of an overhead bridge in Mokola by the state government. While the fire was still burning as at the time of filling this report, the effect of the inferno led to traffic jam at the area by many sympathisers who with the men of the state fire service were trying to put out the fire.

According to an eye witness, when the tanker fell, people in the area rushed out of their houses and afterwards the entire area was enveloped in a thick smoke. He added that it will be difficult to determine whether any life was lost in the incident, stating that an old man whose where about could not be ascertained was in one of the affected buildings.
Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 at 13:12 (01:12 PM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports:

“A gasoline tanker traveling on narrow road in a residential area in Ibadan caught fire from a local cooking fire place leading to fire explosions that have now gutted 25 houses and 45 shops in Omitowoju area of Ibadan city in Oyo state.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said they are working to stop the raging inferno before looking into the number of casualty caused by the fire.” –

Houses razed in Ibadan in petrol tanker fire

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About fifty houses, a mosque, shops, vehicles and other property worth several millions of naira were lost to an inferno Monday evening at Omitowoju and Inalende areas of Mokola, Ibadan, capital of the western Nigerian state of Oyo.

Witnesses said the fire was caused by a tanker carrying about 33,000 litres of petrol.

One of the witnesses, Adewale Salami said: The tanker was taking fuel to the Oando filling station on the narrow road in the residential area. As it was negotiating to turn around St. Stephen Church at Omitowoju junction, it fell and the fuel started pouring on the road and before we knew what was happening, the fire has started consuming the houses.

The tanker that caused the inferno

The tanker that caused the inferno

The fire which started burning down houses was curtailed at Okun Abere Street where one of the vehicles of the fire service was stationed and the fire fighters battled to ensure that it did not extend beyond the area.

Another witness, Dada Damilola said, It would have been more than that if not the promptness of the residents. Everybody trooped out en mass with their buckets full of water which they were pouring on the fire. That was what we were doing before the fire service came

One of the leaders of the fire service who managed to speak with our correspondent said that it was early for them to give the account of things damaged by the fire saying that they would be in a better position to give the accurate figure of what were destroyed later.

As you can see, several things have been destroyed. Houses, cars, shops and other things. We are trying our best to put it off. Immediately we heard of the incident, we drafted our men and vehicles from virtually all our stations including secretariat, Gbagi and Molete. Zartech also assisted us by sending its private truck. Things are under control now. We have combated it. What we are doing now is to put it off completely. ” – GBENRO ADESINA/IBADAN


Wales: RNLI – Mumbles lifeboat disaster of 1947 remembered – 230413 1430z


(Photo: RNLI) Today’s Mumbles Lifeboat

Today’s Mumbles lifeboat:

“Today we take a moment a remember those lost in the 1947 Mumbles lifeboat disaster, in which all eight of our lifeboat crew members perished alongside the 39 people onboard the stricken steamship Samtampa they had attempted to rescue after she ran aground.”



The Mumbles lifeboat disaster of 1947

Friday 20 April 2012, 10:00 Phil Carradice

“As far as sailors are concerned the land bordering the Bristol Channel, and in particular its northern extremity, has always been a dangerous and deadly stretch of coast.

This part of the estuary has seen hundreds, perhaps thousands, of shipwrecks over the years but none is more famous or more tragic than the post-war wreck of the Liberty ship Samtampa and the subsequent loss of the Mumbles lifeboat Edward Prince of Wales.

The double disaster took place on the night of 23 April 1947. The Samtampa was a 7219 ton Liberty ship, built and launched in the USA in December 1943, one of many vessels intended to plug the gap caused by the German U-boat campaign against British and Allied shipping.

She, like all of her class, was built in a hurry, her hull being welded together rather than riveted – something that may have contributed to the eventual breaking up of the stricken ship.

By 1947 the Samtampa was owned and operated by the Houlder Line. On 19 April she left Middlesborough, in ballast and therefore high out of the water, bound for Newport. Her captain, Neale Sherwell, was a New Zealander, an experienced and able seaman. In all, she had a crew of 39.

Severe gales

By the afternoon of 23 April, the Samtampa was in the channel off the Devon coast. With a severe south westerly gale blowing and being in ballast, she was light and soon unmanageable. Both anchors were out but the stricken vessel was being blown, slowly and inexorably, towards the Welsh coast.

Her captain had little option other than to radio for assistance. The nearest lifeboat station at Mumbles, to the west of Swansea, was alerted.

As darkness gathered, the Mumbles lifeboat Edward Prince of Wales, under the command of coxswain William Gammon, was launched in what was to prove a fatal and unsuccessful rescue attempt. Unable to locate the Samtampa, Gammon brought his tiny craft back to the slipway at Mumbles in order to find the exact location of the vessel. Then he and his crew set out, once more, into gigantic seas and a wind that had now assumed virtual hurricane proportions.

Shortly after 7pm the Samtampa was driven onto the rocks of Sker Point, close to Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. The tragedy was that watchers from the shore could see what was happening, could even hear the cries of the doomed men, but were powerless to help in any way.

The hull broke into three sections almost immediately. The bow section drifted several hundred yards out to sea and most of the crew huddled together on the central bridge section or at the stern. They were already beyond help.

The Porthcawl Lifesaving Company made three attempts to fire rockets out to the ship, with the hope of setting up a breechers boy. But, with the wreck lying about 500 yards beyond the waters edge and the wind – now between Force 10 and 11 – howling into their faces, the lines fell well short. Before long all three sections of the wreck were under water.

The Edward Prince of Wales was last seen by Coastguard watchers at 7.10 pm. She was not equipped with radio and attempts to communicate with her by signal lamp were hindered by mountainous seas and rain squalls. It was not until the following morning that her wrecked hull was found about 450 yards south east of the Samtampa.

The events surrounding the loss of the Edward Prince of Wales will never be fully known. The RNLI, after looking into the disaster, said that she had been capsized and driven ashore onto the rocks at high water, about 8pm on 23 April. She was never seen by the watchers on Sker Point so it is hard to confirm these findings.

Choked by oil

Many of the bodies – lifeboat men and sailors from the Samtampa – were found with their mouths, ears and nostrils clogged by fuel oil. In many cases they had died after being choked by this oil rather than by drowning.

There is a theory that William Gammon took his tiny vessel inside the stricken Liberty ship, between the Samtampa and the coast, where the water was calmer and the chances of taking men off were greater. Then, so runs the theory, the Samtampa was hit by a gigantic wave that threw her on top of the lifeboat and capsized her.

After this time it is hard to know – certainly there were few marks on the hull of the boat while everything above deck had been smashed away, consistent with her being driven ashore upside down.

In all, 39 of Samtampa’s crew perished along with eight crewmen from the Edward Prince of Wales. It remains perhaps the worst maritime disaster to hit the south Wales coast. But such is the courage of the men and women of the RNLI that within 24 hours of the sinkings a new lifeboat crew had been formed and the service from Mumbles carried on as before.” – BBC Blog

(Video credit: LivingData)

“The story of the Samtampa is one of the worst maritime disasters in living memory and happened in April 1947 after originally setting out from Middlesborough to Newport, and developing engine trouble after entering the Bristol Channel.

“Her Captain, Neale Sherwell, decided to drop anchor down just off Lynmouth to carry out repairs on the engine… The weather was deteriorating by the minute. First the starboard anchor was dragged, then the port cable snapped. Unfortunately, the hurricane force winds took the old Liberty ship eastwards and within minutes she was on the rocky ledges near Sker Point.”” – Prince Kenfig

Downwood Film Productions – Dangerous Coast

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The west coast of Britain is one of the most dangerous coasts in the world, and on 23rd April 1947 a 7,000 ton liberty ship, the S.S. “Samtampa”, entered the Bristol Channel in a strengthening gale. The “Samtampa” quickly got into difficulty, and the Mumbles lifeboat was called out to render assistance. Several hours later, the “Samtampa” lay wrecked on the rocks of Sker Point, Porthcawl in Glamorgan, with the Mumbles lifeboat capsized nearby, there were no survivors.
Many of the scenes in this remarkable and memorable film have been carefully recreated, including the “Samtampa”, the lifeboat “Edward Price of Wales”, the Coastguard and bystanders at Sker Point as the ship ran aground, attempts to launch rockets over the wreck, and the subsequent burning of the doomed lifeboat.


It is 190 years since Sir William Hillary asked the nation to lend our utmost aid to those in trouble at sea.It was an impassioned appeal to the nation, calling for a service dedicated to saving lives at sea, that ultimately led to the formation of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Help those in peril on the sea: RNLI founders call still resonates

What drives postmen, engineers and teachers to put their own lives at risk to save those in peril on the sea?

RNLI: What drives these volunteers to put their own lives at risk?

An account of the incredible history of Irish lifeboats, and the even more incredible men and women who are respond in the case of disaster.

For Those In Peril on the Sea



Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0845 122 6999 or by email.

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland


BBC News -Mumbles lifeboat disaster is remembered (Video)

SS Samtampa

China: The price of gold – Hope fades for 83 miners buried in Tibet gold mine after massive landslide – 230413 1250z

Chinese authorities today said that no signs of life have been detected nearly 30 hours after a massive landslide buried 83 mine workers in Tibet despite a major search and rescue operation.

“Rescuers have not yet found survivors or bodies… The miners’ survival chances were slim due to the scale of the landslide”

officials of the regional government were quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.
Rescue work is continuing, they said, adding that as the site is at an altitude of more than 4,600 metres, most rescuers have been suffering from slight altitude sickness. And temperatures as low as minus three degrees Celsius have affected the sniffer dogs’ senses of smell.
The landslide happened late yesterday (21 April) in Maizhokunggar County of Lhasa, the regional capital.
The victims were workers from Tibet Huatailong Mining Development Co Ltd, a subsidiary of the China National Gold Group Corporation.
The affected area is three km wide, covered with about 2 million cubic meters of mud, rock and debris, the report said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have ordered all out efforts to rescue the workers buried in the landslide.
Monday, 22 April, 2013 at 12:07 (12:07 PM) UTC RSOE


Tibet: major landslide rescue effort for buried miners

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More Than 80 Trapped in Tibet Gold Mine Landslide 2013-03-29

Mining in Tibet: The price of gold

Standoff at Tibet Gold Mine

Italy: 100 Dolphins in Measles epidemic, washed up dead along Italian coast – 230413 1155z

Scientists believe that more than 100 dolphins washed up dead along the Italian coast were struck down by a killer strain of measles.

(Photo: Striped Dolphin

A total of 101 dolphin carcasses have been counted on the west coast of Italy since the beginning of the year. All are the same species – striped dolphins which have a distinctive blue and white pattern and grow to about eight feet long. They usually live for 50 or 60 years. The bodies have appeared on beaches spanning more than half the western coastline of Italy, from Tuscany to Calabria, as well as the island of Sicily – which suggests that the problem is not caused by humans pollutants such as oil. Instead the deaths are being attributed to a possible outbreak of Morbillivirus, the virus that causes measles in humans, which scientists believe created a gateway for other illnesses among the animals.

(Image: The bodies have been found all along the Italian coast, from Tuscany in the north to Sicily in the south

Thirty-five per cent of the corpses tested positive for dolphin measles, Italy’s Ministry for the Environment said. A statement from the ministry read: ‘At the moment the suspected cause of the mass cetacean deaths is measles (morbillivirus delphini) and the bacterium Photobacterium damselae. ‘The deaths could be caused by food shortages which weaken the animal making them more easily exposed to diseases and parasites.’ A similar epidemic decimated Spanish dolphin populations between 2006 and 2008. The current strain has mostly affected young dolphins between the age of 15 and 20, who have not come across the disease before. Animals born after a 1990-92 epidemic are devoid of the antibodies needed to defend them against the disease, scientists said.

None of the dead dolphins had food in their stomachs, which suggests that they may have starved to death because the virus left them weakened. Overfishing which has left the Mediterranean with sparse reserves of dolphin prey could also be a factor, the government agency said. Striped dolphins feed on small prey including hake, cuttlefish, squid, mackerel and sole, all species subject to intensive fishing. The species is found in all the world’s tropical oceans. They are very sociable, travelling in large pods which can include hundreds of dolphins and are among the most acrobatic breeds. There are thought to be around two million striped dolphins in the world.


Morbillivirus is a type of virus that causes serious disease in several species of animals and in people. Distemper in dogs and rinderpest in cattle are caused by different morbilliviruses. Measles (rubeola) is a generally less severe morbillivirus-induced disease of people, although this morbillivirus caused many fatalities prior to the age of modern medicine. An important feature of morbillviruses is their ability to cause major epidemics when populations without immunity are exposed. A large proportion of the canine population died when canine distemper entered Europe 200 years ago. Rinderpest, otherwise known as the “cattle plague”, has caused epidemics of biblical proportions. Furthermore, one half to two thirds of the native population died when measles was introduced into various areas of the New World in the 1500s. There have been several major die-offs among marine mammals caused by morbilliviruses in recent years. Baikal seals in Lake Baikal (1987), harbor seals in northwestern Europe (1988), and striped dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea (1990) have all been affected by separate morbillivirus epidemics. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association recently implicated morbillivirus infection as the primary cause of the 1987-1988 U. S. Atlantic coast bottlenose dolphin die-off. In each of these events, thousands of animals are believed to have died.

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Blixenkrone-Moller, M., G. Bolt, T. D. Jensen, T. Harder and V. Svansson. 1996. Comparative analysis of the attachment protein gene (H) of dolphin morbillivirus. Virus Research 40:47-56.

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Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 at 03:04 (03:04 AM) UTC RSOE


Striped dolphin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Thailand: 3 Tour buses crash in Ayutthaya province, 1 dead & 100 injured – 230413 1120z

(Photo: Pongpao) 3 tour buses crash in Ayutthaya province, Thailand

One passenger was killed and about 100 others injured, two suffering severed limbs, in an accident involving three tour buses in heavy rain in Ayutthaya province on Tuesday morning, reports said.

The crash happened about 4.30am on Asia Road in front of Hi-Tech Industrial Estate in Bang Pa-in district.
An unidentified woman was killed and two passengers each lost an arm in the three-bus collision.
Police said about 100 injured passengers were taken to hospitals.
Witnesses told investigators that the driver of a Bangkok-Chiang Mai bus lost control of his vehicle on the slippery road and slammed into a traffic island.
Another tour bus travelling between Bangkok and Mae Sot stopped by the roadside to check out the situation.
However, another Bangkok-Mae Sot bus travelling at high speed then smashed into both vehicles.
Each bus was carrying about 40 passengers. The drivers of the three buses remained at the scene and were questioned by police.
Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 at 08:11 (08:11 AM) UTC RSOE


Hovercraft, RAF helicopter & Coastguard Rescue Teams recover horse rider with spinal injuries from Hest Bank, Morecambe – 230413 1035z

Transfer of the casualty from the beach to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary via RAF helicopter (Photo: RNLI/James Donnell)

Transfer of the casualty from the beach to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary via RAF helicopter
(Photo: RNLI/James Donnell)


Morecambes RNLI team were requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service this afternoon in recovering a horse rider with spinal injuries stranded after being thrown from her horse. The incident occurred near Hest Bank, Morecambe.

Morecambes volunteer RNLI crew members were paged by Liverpool Coastguard at 15:50pm onSaturday 20th April 2013 after Liverpool Coastguard received a 999 call from the riders friend who was out on the sands.

Immediately the Morecambe RNLI Inshore Rescue Hovercraft The Hurley Flyer was tasked to the area along with the Morecambe and Arnside Coastguard Rescue Teams to support the North West Ambulance Service. An RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley, Anglesey also attended the scene.

The person had been riding approximately a mile from shore when she had fallen from the horse, injuring her back.

Upon arrival on scene Morecambes RNLI Inshore Rescue Hovercraft crew assisted the RAF and ambulance service paramedics in transferring the casualty from the beach to the Sea King helicopter. Once the person had been stabilised she was immediately transferred to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The horse was found safe and well ashore.

US/Ireland: Shipwreck Silver Recovered from SS Gairsoppa off Galway Goes on Display – 220413 1400z

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Silver recovered from the wreck of the SS Gairsoppa which was sunk by a German U-boat 300 miles southwest of Galway on February 17, 1941 is to be put on public display for the first time at an exhibition at Discovery Times Square in New York on May 24.

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Nigeria: Massacre – At least 185 civilians killed as army battles Islamists – 220413 1130z

A northeastern Nigerian town turned into a slaughterhouse as a battle between government troops and Islamist militants left at least 185 dead. Heavily-armed extremists used locals as human shields while soldiers set residential quarters on fire.

“The town of Baga, on the border with Chad, has been largely devastated in hours-long fully-fledged urban combat between regular troops and Islamist insurgents that started on Friday, local government official Lawan Kole told AP on Sunday.

The official body count confirms 185 citizens have been found dead. The real number of casualties is much greater, as citizens continue to collect corpses throughout the town and in the suburbs.

The streets of Baga were strewn with the corpses of dead humans and animals and about 2,000 private houses and several markets were burnt down in fighting, reported local officials when they returned to the town on Sunday.

Most bodies were burnt beyond recognition as fire raged through the town. According to Muslim tradition the bodies were buried the same day, AP reports.

This new stage of the conflict started on Friday after Islamic extremists of the �Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism’, widely known as Boko Haram (�Western education is sinful’ in the western African Hausa language), insurgency murdered an army officer. In return government troops blocked a mosque where they believed the militants found refuge, but very soon more militants armed with automatic weapons, heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades became engaged. Heavy gunfire and explosions of the battle sent civilians fleeing into the bushland around the town.

They only dared to return on Sunday, when government officials returned to the town, only to find their dwellings and businesses in ashes, vehicles burnt down and scores of corpses on the streets.

AFP Photo / Pius Utomi Ekpei

AFP Photo / Pius Utomi Ekpei

Brig. Gen. Austin Edokpaye told government officials that the militants were using town’s civilians as human shields during the fighting. He said the fires in the town started because of explosions, including those of caused by rocket-propelled grenades which could have a incendiary effect.

But locals also told AP journalist that soldiers were deliberately setting buildings on fire to drive militants out of private houses they used as sanctuary.

Many Baga residents have decided to leave the city for good, fearing that the militants will return sooner or later.

Nigerian authorities believe the escalation of the violence on the part of Boko Haram insurgency, is due to militants obtaining heavier, military-grade weapons.

Boko Haram declares plans to found an Islamic state with strict Sharia law cut out of Nigerian territory. Nigeria, with a population of over 160 million, is a multicultural and multi-confessional country, though its northern border with Chad is predominantly Muslim.

Massacres, kidnappings and raids have characterized Nigeria’s extremist insurgency in northern regions of the country since the riot started by Boko Haram in 2009. The riot was suppressed with a price of some 700 human casualties.

After that, hit-and-run attacks and suicide bombings continued, claiming at least over 1,500 lives since 2010.” –


Nigeria violence leaves nearly 200 people dead

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Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris reports on fighting in northern Nigeria that left nearly 200 people dead.

Netherlands: Ex student of The British School in Voorschoten arrested after website threat of mass shooting; 22 schools closed in Lieden – 220413 1045z


Threatener Leiden arrested
Police have arrested a suspect of the serious threat of a school shooting. It would be a former student of The British School in Voorschoten. Report that sources around the school to De Telegraaf. Police have confirmed the message by now.
It would be a student who is expelled from school. Tracy Tichelaar, spokeswoman for The British School late in a reaction that: “We do not comment at this time, we are not formally informed.” According to the NIS, the boy sat up in October 2011 at the international school.
The British School has offices in The Hague and Voorschoten. The high school, with pupils aged 11 to 18 years, is located in Voorschoten.
All schools in secondary schools and vocational schools in Leiden closed Monday in connection with the serious threat. Even at a high school in Oegstgeest is no class Monday.
Sunday hit the police high alert after a threat on the Internet of a possible ‘school shooting’ in the short term. Mayor Henri Lenferink of Leiden said Sunday that the threat was so serious that it was decided to close the schools. It is about twenty schools and thousands of students. ” –


More than 20 schools in the Dutch city of Leiden have been told to stay closed on Monday amid police concerns over a threat to carry out a mass shooting.

The anonymous threat, made on a website, outlined a plan to target a school and teacher in the city, but did not name either.

Police responded by advising all secondary schools and vocational schools to stay closed for the day.

There are reported to be around 22 such schools in the university city.

Two of the main schools, Da Vinci College and Driestar College, had police officers outside them on Monday morning, Dutch media said.

Leiden Mayor Henri Lenferink told Dutch broadcaster NOS: It could just be a morbid joke but we dont want to take any risk.

But some questioned the police decision to close the schools, which affects thousands of students.

Every idiot who sticks a threat on the internet can paralyse half of society, said Ton Duif, chairman of the head teachers association, AVS.


The threat was posted on internet forum 4chan. In English, the writer states: Tomorrow, I will shoot my Dutch teacher, and as many students as I can.

He or she goes on to say that they will be carrying a Colt Defender gun and a note with an explanation for the attack when entering the school.

The threat was picked up by Swiss police during internet checks, Dutch media report.

The decision to close the schools which cover the 12 to 16 age group was made in close consultation with the mayor, the public prosecutor and the police, the BBCs Anna Holligan reports from The Hague.

Police have received mention about a possible school shooting (being planned) in Leiden, the authorities said in a statement.

In light of this serious threat, it has been decided not to take any risk and therefore all middle schools will remain closed on Monday.

Leiden lies some 20km (13 miles) north-east of The Hague, and is home to the countrys oldest university.” – BBC News


Dreiger Leiden opgepakt
De politie heeft een verdachte opgepakt van de ernstige dreiging van een schoolschietpartij. Het zou gaan om een oud-leerling van The British School in Voorschoten. Dat melden bronnen rond de school aan De Telegraaf. De politie heeft het bericht inmiddels bevestigd.
Het zou gaan om een leerling die is weggestuurd van school. Tracy Tichelaar, woordvoerster van The British School laat in een reactie weten: “We geven op dit moment geen commentaar, we zijn formeel nog niet geinformeerd.” Volgens de NOS zat de jongen tot oktober 2011 op de internationale school.
The British school heeft vestigingen in Den Haag en Voorschoten. De middelbare school, met leerlingen van 11 tot 18 jaar, is gevestigd in Voorschoten.
Alle scholen in het voortgezet onderwijs en middelbaar beroepsonderwijs in Leiden zijn maandag gesloten in verband met de serieuze dreiging. Ook op een middelbare school in het Oegstgeest is maandag geen les.
Zondag sloeg de politie groot alarm na een dreiging op internet van een mogelijke ‘schoolshooting’ op korte termijn. Burgemeester Henri Lenferink van Leiden zei zondag dat de dreiging zo serieus was dat werd besloten de scholen te sluiten. Het gaat om ongeveer twintig scholen en duizenden leerlingen. ” –

Meer dan 20 scholen in de Nederlandse stad Leiden heeft verteld om te blijven gesloten op maandag amid politie zorgen over een bedreiging voor het uitvoeren van een massale schietpartij.De anonieme dreiging, gemaakt op een website, schetste een plan om een school en leraar in de stad wilt, maar niet de naam van een van beide.

De politie reageerde met het adviseren van alle scholen voor voortgezet onderwijs en middelbaar beroepsonderwijs te blijven gesloten voor de dag.

Er zijn naar verluidt ongeveer 22 dergelijke scholen in de universiteitsstad.

Twee van de belangrijkste scholen, Da Vinci College en het Driestar College, hadden politieagenten buiten ze op maandagochtend, aldus Nederlandse media.

Leidse burgemeester Henri Lenferink vertelde Nederlandse omroep NOS: Het kan gewoon een morbide grap, maar we willen niet het risico te nemen.”

Maar sommige vraagtekens bij de politie besluit om de scholen, die duizenden studenten benvloedt sluiten.

“Elke idioot die een bedreiging op het internet steekt kan de helft van de samenleving verlammen“, zegt Ton Duif, voorzitter van de vereniging het hoofd leraar, AVS.


De dreiging werd gepost op internet forum 4chan. In het Engels, de schrijver zegt: “Morgen, ik zal mijn leraar Nederlands te schieten, en zo veel studenten als ik kan.”

Hij of zij gaat verder met te zeggen dat ze zullen dragen van een Colt Defender pistool en een briefje met een verklaring voor de aanval bij het invoeren van de school.

De dreiging werd opgepikt door de Zwitserse politie tijdens controles internet, Nederlandse media verslag.

Het besluit om de scholen te sluiten – dat de 12 tot 16 jarigen te dekken is gemaakt in nauw overleg met de burgemeester, de officier van justitie en de politie, Anna Holligan rapporten van de BBC uit Den Haag.

De politie heeft melding gekregen over een mogelijke schietpartij op de school (gepland) in Leiden,” de autoriteiten zeiden in een verklaring.

In het licht van deze ernstige bedreiging, is besloten om geen risico te nemen en dus alle middelbare scholen blijven gesloten op maandag.”

Leiden ligt op ongeveer 20 kilometer (13 mijl) ten noordenoosten van Den Haag, en is de thuisbasis van het land de oudste universiteit.

China: Hail storm leaves 3 dead, 200 homes collapsed, 11,000 damaged & 9,400 evacuated in Hunan Province. More forecast – 200413 1520z

(Photo: Zhizhong/Asianewsphoto) Dongkou, Hunan province, April 18, 2013

Hailstorms have battered parts of central China’s Hunan Province since Thursday, leaving three people dead, local authorities said Friday.
According to Hunan’s Provincial Department of Civil Affairs, the hailstorms have affected 105,000 residents and forced the evacuation of more than 9,400 people.
Nearly 200 houses collapsed and 11,000 houses were damaged to varying degrees.
The storms have also destroyed about 3,900 hectares of crops. Hailstones were as large as 1.8 cm in diameter in the city of Jishou.
Wind speeds hit 22.6 meters per second at Hengshan Mountain, a renowned scenic area.

Weather forecasts said heavy rain and hail will continue to hit parts of Hunan next week.
Friday, 19 April, 2013 at 17:27 (05:27 PM) UTC RSOE


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China currently dealing with major earthquake aftermath

China: Major Sichuan earthquake kills at least 100, over 600 injured 2004130850z

Top 4 Coalition Lies: Busted

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“The Deficit was caused by Labour’s runaway public spending and failure to deal with a ‘something for nothing’ culture”

In the last year before the Financial Crisis, public spending stood at 41% of GDP and national debt was just 44.1% of GDP.

According to the National Audit Office, the Bank Bailout increased the National Debt by £1.5trn.  The National Debt now stands at 73.5% of GDP and is expected to reach 101% by 2015.

Throughout this time, public spending has stayed roughly the same, rising to 44% of GDP under the Coalition government.

The deficit and the increase in national debt are the results of the Bank Bailout and Austerity (which has choked off economic growth).

“Our benefit reforms reward hardworking people”


The government has been caught making wildly inaccurate claims about the efficacy of its benefit reforms to contribute to a myth that benefits are soaring because of…

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NZ: SEVERE WEATHER WARNING for Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Nelson, Marlborough & E Otago – Flash flood chaos in Tauranga – 200413 1430z


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The Fire Service received around 100 calls during a three to four hour period as torrential rain swept Tauranga early today. Shortly before 6am police warned the rain was causing significant flash flooding across Mt Maunganui.

MetService figures showed around 75mm of rain fell in the two hours to 6am in Tauranga.

Fire Service Tauranga senior station officer Phil Price said industrial buildings, shops and houses had been flooded, while cars had been partially submerged in parts of Mt Maunganui.

One industrial building at Mt Maunganui was badly hit, with water flowing through two floors, including through a computer suite. Water had been up to half a metre deep in some shops in the area, while some householders now faced the prospect of having to lift their carpet after water got into their homes.

“The main problem, after months and months of dry weather … all of a sudden you get a deluge and months of litter and accumulation from people’s roofs and guttering gets moved very quickly to downpipes which just block,” Price said.

“At a number of industrial premises that’s exactly what happened. It just overflowed into the premises.”

Every available fire truck from Tauranga city had been in use during the heavy rain, with others brought in from outlying areas including Katikati and Te Puke. Sergeant Steve Hindmarsh at Tauranga police said some of the worst flooding had been on the approaches to the Tauranga harbour bridge on the Mt Maunganui side.

All four lanes had been affected at one point and traffic had been stopped. Some streets in Papamoa and Mt Maunganui had also been closed because flood waters had been too deep. At one place firefighters had pushed floating cars out of an area of deep flooding, Hindmarsh said. “We’ve had a real deluge.”

Fire Service northern communications shift manager Steve Smith said around 100 calls due to the rain in Tauranga were received between about 2.30am and 6.30am, when the rain appeared to ease.

Most calls were for flooding in houses and shops, while a few people had been trapped in their vehicles by rising waters.

No one had been hurt.

The calls had started coming in from the suburb of Otumoetai, before sweeping across to Mt Maunganui and Papamoa.

Around 3.40am the MetService issued a severe weather warning for parts of Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane, with up to 100mm of rain expected by 3pm today.

The heaviest falls were expected near the coast, where peak intensities could reach 30mm an hour this morning, the warning said. Up to 130mm of rain was also forecast during the 20 hours to 6pm today in the ranges of Nelson and Motueka.
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Tauranga roads closed due to flooding

Saturday April 20 2013 20:24 (local time)

Bay of Plenty motorists are dealing with closed roads in southern Tauranga, after heavy rain caused flooding.

Near the crematorium on Pyes Pa Road, State Highway 36 is closed through to The Lakes subdivision.

And on State Highway 2, the road is closed from Barkes Corner on Pyes Pa Road through to the Oropi roundabout.


Bursts of heavy rain forecast for Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Nelson, Marlborough and eastern Otago are detailed in the latest MetService Severe Weather Warning.(below)

There could be as much as 120 millimetres of rain overnight and tomorrow.

The bands of heavy rain and thunderstorms are part of a low pressure system moving south-east across northern and central New Zealand during the weekend.

Bay of Plenty hit by flooding

“UPDATED: 7.45am Serious flooding throughout the Bay of Plenty overnight has emergency services urging residents to take care in the wet weather and stay inside if possible.

The torrential rain overnight has seen trapped cars and blocked roads with fire crews kept busy attending 72 call outs so far this morning.

Police say torrential rain in Mount Maunganui is causing significant flash flooding across the area.

At this stage a number of roads are water logged including the Tauranga Harbour Bridge, areas around Hewletts Road and parts of Papamoa with police reducing traffic to a single lane at the intersection of Hewletts Road and Tasman Quay to get through the flooding.

Our reporter on the scene says shopkeepers on Maunganui Rd are sweeping flooded water from their premises and many streets are waterlogged. Cordons are in place at several intersections, closing off areas of the Mount and Papamoa.

Tauranga Fire senior station officer Phil Price says he has not seen anything like it in quite a few years with 72 call outs attended, mostly in Otumoetai and Greerton before the Mount area, and the number rising quickly as people wake up this morning.

We had 13 on the go and 30 waiting on top of the 72 we had attended according to northern communications.

Fire appliances from Papamoa, Te Puke, Katikati and Omokoroa have been called in to help manage the excessive amount of call outs.

Phil says people need to make sure their drains and down pipes are cleared to prevent the water blocking up and flooding over.

Theres a lot of wet houses out there.

Sergeant Steve Hindmarsh says the Tauranga Harbour Bridge is very touch and go with traffic reduced to one lane to get through the flooding.

He says parts of Papamoa roads are also under water.

The best advice is dont go outside and dont drive as your car could stop from being submerged and it creates bow waves which go into peoples houses.

Driving conditions are extremely hazardous and Steve advises motorists to avoid the Mount Maunganui area until this eases.

Thank you for all the photos being sent in. We have been innundated and will make sure everyone is credited when we get a chance. Keep them coming.

Keep checking on SunLive for more updates.” –

Road closures and evacuations

Emergency services in Mt Maunganui.

A police car needed rescuing after being disabled by floodwaters in Tay Street.


ISSUED BY MetService AT 9:43 pm 20-Apr-2013 (Local Time)

Bursts of heavy rain for Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Nelson and Marlborough. A period of rain for eastern Otago.

A deep low is expected to remain slow moving west of the South Island overnight Saturday and during Sunday. Bands of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms associated with the low are expected to move southeast across northern and central New Zealand. In the Bay of Plenty, Taranaki especially about the Mountain, the ranges of Nelson, the Marlborough Sounds and in the eastern ranges of Marlborough from Blenheim to Kaikoura, rainfall is expected to reach warning amounts. In these areas 90-120mm could accumulate in an 18 to 24 hour period. Note, in the Bay of Plenty and Taranaki embedded thunderstorms could produce localised downpours and people are advised to keep up to date with severe thunderstorm watches and warnings.

In the east of the South Island a moist northeast flow is expected to bring a period of sustained rain to eastern Otago from early Sunday morning to afternoon. 65mm could fall in a 15 hour period in eastern Otago north of Dunedin, with 40mm accumulating in a 12 hour period.

People should be aware that the heavy rain is likely to cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly, surface flooding and slips.



Bay of Plenty west of Whakatane


Heavy rain is expected at times overnight Saturday and Sunday morning. In the 15 hours from 9pm Saturday, 70 to 100mm could accumulate. Peak rainfall rates of 25-35mm/hr are possible with thunderstorms.


Ranges of Nelson


Bursts of heavy rain in a north to northeast flow are expected to continue until Sunday afternoon. In the 18 hours from 9pm Saturday, 100-120mm could accumulate in the ranges of the Tasman District, while 80-100mm could accumulate in the ranges of Nelson. Peak rainfall intensities of around 15mm per hour.

FREEZING LEVEL: 2600 metres.


The Marlborough Sounds, and the eastern ranges from Blenheim to Kaikoura


Bursts of heavy rain are expected to continue until Sunday afternoon. In the 18 hours from 9pm Saturday, a further 80-100mm could accumulate, with peak intensities of around 15mm per hour.

FREEZING LEVEL: 2400 metres.




Heavy rain is expected at times overnight Saturday and during Sunday. In the 15 hours from midnight Saturday, 100-130mm is likely to accumulate on the Mountain, while 60- 80mm is possible in northern parts of Taranaki. Peak rainfall rates of 25-35mm/hr are possible with thunderstorms, mainly on the Mountain.


Eastern Otago north of Dunedin


Rain is expected to develop overnight Saturday. In the 15 hours from 3am Sunday, 65mm could accumulate in eastern Otago north of Dunedin, with 40mm accumulating in a 12 hour period between 3am and 3pm Sunday. Rainfall rates of 10mm/hr possible.


China: Major Sichuan earthquake deaths rise to 186, over 11,000 injured, 21 missing & 1.5 million affected – Updated 210413 1440z

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A Communist Party official said the earthquake that hit Chinas Sichuan provinces left at least 100 (Sky News figure) people dead and injured more than 600.

Xu Mengjia, party secretary of Yaan city, which administers the area where the quake hit, told China Central Television on Saturday that the casualty count could climb higher.

The quake, which struck shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, was measured at magnitude-7 by Chinas seismological bureau and at 6.6 by the U.S. Geological Survey.

It struck near the area where a devastating quake left 90,000 dead or missing and presumed dead five years ago.

The quake measured by Chinas seismological bureau at magnitude-7 and the U.S. Geological Survey at 6.6 struck the steep hills of Lushan county shortly after 8 a.m. toppling buildings, many of them older brick structures.

People ran into the streets in their underwear and wrapped in blankets, according to photos posted online.

The quakes shallow depth, less than 8 miles, likely magnified the impact.

The official Xinhua News Agency said that the quake rattled buildings in the provincial capital of Chengdu 70 miles, to the east. It caused the shutdown of the citys airport for about an hour before reopening, state media said. Lushan, where the quake struck, is home to 1.5 million people where the fertile Sichuan plain meets foothills that eventually rise to the Tibetan plateau.

Known for its mountains, the area is near a well-known preserve for pandas. Social media users who said they were in Lushan county posted photos of collapsed buildings and reported that water and electricity had been cut off.
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7.0-Magnitude Earthquake hits China CCTV

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CHINA EQ UPDATE: April 19, 2013

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7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Chinas Sichuan province

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Video: A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Chinas Sichuan province Saturday morning, state news agency Xinhua reported. The China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) recorded the quakes 13 kilometer epicenter at 30.3 degrees north latitude and 103.0 degrees east longitude. Xinhua said residents in Leshan and Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, felt the earthquake

China Earthquake (CCTV News Content)

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China earthquake 7.0 April 20 2013

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10,000 homes across the country have been destroyed!!!
Footage from local news showing injured persons and damaged buildings.
1000 tons of debris is blocking the main road into the towns, explosive experts have been called to clear the way so the emergency crews can help those that are injured.
Tent hospitals have been set up to care for the injured people.
Many of the aftershocks are bigger than expected which is hampering rescue efforts in the stricken areas
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China Earthquake 2013 Strong Earthquake hits China April 20 2013 Magnitude 6.6
A 6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes southwestern China, killing at least 28 people and injuring at least 100.

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At least 71 people are believed to have been killed and more than 600 injured after an earthquake struck Chinas south-western province of Sichuan.

Chinese news agency Xinhua said the quake, measured at varying magnitudes between 6.6 and 7.0, struck at 8.02am local time close to the city of Yaan in Lushan county and the epicentre had a depth of a little less than eight miles (13km).

It started landslides, destroyed buildings, and triggereda major rescue operation involving emergency services and more than 2,000 troops.

Residents leave their homes and gather in a public square after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake which struck near Ya'an city, in Chengdu
Residents take shelter in a public square in Chengdu

The rescue effort is understood to have been hampered by aftershocks and landslides. Some of the tremors which followed the main quake have been almost as strong.

According to local media reports, a vehicle carrying 17 soldiers fell off a cliff and into a river as it travelled to the epicentre. One soldier was killed and seven more injured, three seriously.

But extraordinary stories of survival are already emerging. According to one local media report, a mother managed to lift concrete weighing 50 kilogrammes to rescue her son from the rubble.

Another report described how a woman gave birth at a bike shelter just a few hours after the quake hit.

According to the Peoples Daily newspaper, fire-fighters dug out a mother holding her baby in her arms from the rubble. She survived, but her baby sadly died.

Tremors have been felt in neighbouring provinces and in the provincial capital city of Chengdu. Users of Weibo, Chinas microblogging service, have posted images of damaged buildings and described scenes of panic as residents rushed outside.

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Lushan was hit just after 8am local time

A resident in Chengdu said he was on the 13th floor of a building when he felt the quake. The building shook for about 20 seconds and he saw tiles fall from nearby buildings.

Local seismologists registered the quake at magnitude 7.0 while the US Geological Survey (USGS) put it at 6.6.

The USGS said significant casualties were likely and extensive damage is probable and disaster is likely widespread.

Past events with this alert level have required a national or international-level response, it added.

Collapsed houses are seen after an earthquake of 6.6 magnitude, on the side of a road leading from Ya'an city to Luzhou county, in Ya'an
Collapsed houses on a road leading from Yaan city to Luzhou county

A Chinese General, flying over one area in a helicopter, told local media that as many as 50 percent of buildings in one area had collapsed.

Chinas new Premiere Li Keqiang is flying to the region to survey the damage. The quake is the first big test for the new Chinese leadership. Their ability to respond to it is likely to be scrutinised on an ever growing social media forum.

The epicentre is close to the location of the 2008 earthquake which killed 68,000 people. That quake had a greater magnitude of 7.9 but its epicentre was further underground.

The 2008 disaster destroyed large swathes of the province along with areas of neighbouring Shaanxi and Gansu. The government faced significant criticism for allowing badly constructed buildings to be erected and for covering up their failings.

Collapsed houses are seen after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake in Luzhou county, Ya'an
Collapsed houses in Luzhou county

International offers of assistance have already been received.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent Chinas President Xi Jinping a telegram expressing his condolences and offering help.

The Russian leader affirmed Russias readiness in case of need to provide assistance in dealing with the consequences of this damaging natural disaster, the Kremlin said in a statement.

An aerial view shows houses damaged after a strong earthquake in Lushan county, Ya'an
An aerial view of damaged houses Lushan county

Twin tremors in neighbouring Yunnan province last September triggered landslides that left at least 80 people dead.

A 5.5 magnitude quake in Yunnan last June killed four people and injured more than 100.

Another 5.4 tremor the year before near the border with Burma left 25 people dead and injured 250. Sky News

Update 21 April 2013:

China quake leaves 186 dead, 21 missing

(Photo: Rescue efforts under way after SW China earthquake on 20 April 2013

“186 people are now known to have died in the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that hit southwest Chinas Sichuan Province on Saturday. The latest figures come from Chinas Earthquake Administration. 21 people are still officially reported as missing.

More than 11,000 people have been injured, with the total number of affected people standing at 1.5 million. Yaan city in west Sichuan has reported 164 deaths, with more than a hundred occurring in Lushan County. 8 people died in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province. There are also reports of deaths in other cities.

Rescuers say theyve now reached all parts of Lushan county, and that the remote county of Baoxing has become the new focus of the rescue efforts. Getting into Baoxing is proving difficult due to the landslides that have blocked the roads into the county.

According to China Earthquake Networks Center, the quake hit Lushan County of Yaan city at just after 8am on Saturday, Beijing time. As of 0600 GMT, or 2pm Sunday Beijing time, 1445 aftershocks had occurred. 72 of them were 3 or above on the Ritcher scale.” – CCTV China

Aftermath of fatal earthquake in Sichuan, China

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President orders all-out rescue efforts

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“Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday ordered rescuing troops in the quake-hit zone in southwest China’s Sichuan Province to make “every possible effort.”

The 7.0-magnitude quake has caused severe losses to the security of people’s lives and properties, Xi said in his instruction to the armed forces and armed police.

The troops must be quickly dispatched to the front line of the quake-relief work to rescue residents and treat the injured in every possible way, Xi said.

They have also been instructed to take precautionary measures against secondary disasters and help local governments to relocate affected people, as well as safeguard social stability of the quake zone.

Troops should also take care of their own safety, Xi said.” – CCTV China

China in rescue effort after deadly quake

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Government sends 6,000 troops to Sichuan region after earthquake kills at least 180 people and wounds 6,000.

Officials have confirmed at least 180 people have died in a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that struck China’s southwestern Sichuan province, Chinese state television reports.

The shallow quake hit near the city of Ya’an, on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, just after 8am (00:00 GMT) on Saturday and injured at least 6,000 people. The conditons of at least 147 of them were in a serious.

The earthquake, which set off landslides and destroyed buildings, occurred close to where a big earthquake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008. It was followed by several aftershocks.

President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang said all efforts must be put into rescuing victims to limit the death toll.

Li was on his way to Ya’an, state media said.

“The current most urgent issue is grasping the first 24 hours since the quake’s occurrence, the golden time for saving lives,” Xinhua quoted Li as saying.

Rescue efforts

Xinhua said 6,000 troops were heading to the area to help with rescue efforts.

State television CCTV said only emergency vehicles were being allowed into Ya’an, though Chengdu airport
had reopened.

Most of the deaths were concentrated in Lushan, where water and electricity were cut off.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Kevin Xia, information officer of Red Cross and Red Crescent in Sichuan, said that area where the earthquake hit is still cutoff and the victims need urgent care.

“This is a mountainous area so it is a challenge for relief work and the distribution of relief materials,” Xia said.

Local seismologists registered the quake at magnitude 7.0 while the US Geological Survey gave it as 6.6 at a depth of 12km. It was followed by several aftershocks.

Buildings collapse

Rescue workers heading for the quake zone were struggling to clear roads that had been blocked by debris, CCTV reported.

“There are mountains on all sides, it is very easy to trigger mudslides and very dangerous,” one user wrote on the microblogging service Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.

The tremors were felt several hundred kilometres to the east of the epicentre in the city of Chongqing, which is home to about 30 million people. Xinhua showed images of residents outside their apartment buildings after fleeing the shaking.

The military set up a relief and rescue headquarters and medical relief team for the quake-hit region.

Rescue workers turned a square outside the Lushan’s county hospital into a triage centre with medical personnel treating the wounded, according to footage on China Central Television.

Hard-hit parts of the county remained unreachable by road and phone services were cut off, but some text and internet services worked, state media said.

A Sina Weibo user, posting a Lushan geotag, said that many buildings had collapsed and that people could see helicopters hovering above.

Aerial photos issued by China’s military and shown on state television showed houses in ruins and villages flattened into rubble.

Doctors and nurses work day and night at hospital in Chengdu


“Doctors and nurses are working day and night to treat the injured and save lives after the quake.

Emotions are still raw. Fear, anxiety, and also, hope.

As rescue work continues in the quake zone, 150 kilometers away, doctors, nurses and volunteers at Chengdus West China Hospital have spent a sleepless night, the first of many to come. This is western Chinas top hospital, and is playing a key role in treating the injured from the quake zone. They have received a hundred and sixty patients over night.

Most have broken bones. But even so, orthopedic surgeons, as well as neurologists are all on duty. A timely diagnosis has to be, a thorough one as well.

The hospital has put aside 200 beds for patients from the quake zone. Doctors conducted 20 operations overnight. They expect to receive many more patients as rescue efforts continue.

Preparations are already being made. Temporary clinics and treatment rooms are being set up. Another 3 hundred beds will be made available. Emergency treatment specialists from Beijing are also heading here.

Many patients are worried about the high cost of the treatment. But the Chinese government has launched a level one emergency response. Patients will be treated for free.

Volunteers are waiting to receive more patients once they arrive. Just like the rescuers in the quake zone, they are also running against time.” – CCTV China

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