Sweden: 15 people injured in overnight fire at large refugee centre outside of Vanersborg – Published 26 Feb 2017 1718z (GMT/UTC)

Swedish police say at least 15 people have been injured when a fire broke out overnight at one of the country’s largest refugee centers outside of Vanersborg in southwestern Sweden. Police spokesman Tommy Nyman says two people were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries after jumping out of a second-floor window to escape the blaze and 15 people in all were treated for smoke inhalation. He said police received the alarm at 4:15 a.m. Sunday and all 158 people in the building were evacuated. Firefighters extinguished the flames. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Nyman said police would open an investigation.

RSOE February 26 2017 04:55 PM (UTC).

China: 50 Killed, 700+ injured in massive Tianjin explosions. 12 of the dead were firefighters (videos) – Published 13 Aug 2015 1250z (GMT/UTC)

50 people killed and more than 700 were hospitalized, 71 of them for serious injuries. Contact lost with 36 firefighters, 12 of the 44 killed were firefighters – BBC latest.

Update 3:

As Chinese rescue workers and emergency services raced to respond to the deadly explosions that rocked the port city of Tianjin Wednesday, another group of Chinese officials, with a very different purpose also sprang into action: the country’s censors and security officials intent on limiting coverage of the disaster by conventional media outlets and social media. Authorities in Tianjin have been attempting to tightly control information about the disaster. Journalists and nonessential personnel were being kept six miles away from the scene of the blasts, the Los Angeles Times reported. In addition, a CNN correspondent reporting live from outside a hospital was seen being accosted by security officials live on air. In the video below [the confrontation starts around 1:48] reporter Will Ripley is confronted by several men, demanding that he end his broadcast, and shouting “stop recording” in Chinese. His feed is then cut, and the studio anchor comments that such incidents have “happened many times over the years in any number of stories in China.” In addition, local Chinese outlets reportedly had trouble being able to report on the incident. One journalist who took photographs inside a Tianjin hospital was threatened by security guards and told to delete the images, the Hong Kong Free Press reported. Local station Tianjin Television was reportedly airing a Korean soap opera 8 hours after the incident, as reporters waited for permission to start covering the story. Media censorship of this kind is not new in China, particularly when it comes to coverage of national disasters. After a 2011 train crash that left 39 people dead and over 200 injured, propaganda directives issued by Chinese authorities leaked online, which showed that reporters were warned not to run investigative reports or commentary, but rather focus on “stories that are extremely moving, for example people donating blood and taxi drivers not accepting fares,” the BBC reported. “From now on, the Wenzhou train accident should be reported along the theme of ‘major love in the face of major disaster’,” the directives added. The strategy ultimately backfired, prompting online anger from citizens who accused the authorities of “arrogance.” In the world of social media, users of Sina Weibo, China’s hugely popular version of Twitter, were reporting Thursday that some of their posts about the Tianjin disaster were being censored or deleted, according to the Associated Press. In addition, the number of searchable posts on the disaster fluctuated, in a sign that authorities were manipulating or placing limits on the number of posts.

Thursday, 13 August, 2015 at 07:56 UTC RSOE

Update 2:

A series of huge explosions shook the northern Chinese city of Tianjin late Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and injuring hundreds more, according to officials and state media. The cause was not immediately clear. Liu Yue, a 25-year-old Tianjin resident, said she felt the first blast but didn’t think too much of it. “The second explosion was so powerful that I felt the entire 16-floor-building was shaking,” said Liu, who lives about 4 kilometers (21 miles) from the site of the blasts. “I thought it was an earthquake! I was extremely scared. I was afraid my family was in danger.” The initial explosion erupted at a warehouse for a logistics company in an industrial area of the port city, according to Tianjin police. The company was identified as Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co. Ltd. The state-run news agency Xinhua reported that an explosion tore through a warehouse storing “dangerous and chemical goods” in Binhai, an area of the city by the water. The firefighting division of the Chinese Public Security Ministry said firefighters were first called to the scene about a fire. An explosion went off after they arrived, it said. As smoke continued to billow into the sky from the site Thursday, local authorities suspended firefighting efforts at the scene because of a lack of information on the “dangerous goods” that were stored at the warehouse, Xinhua reported. Xinhua reported Thursday that 12 firefighters were among the dead and that dozens more remained unaccounted for in the aftermath of the blasts. Video from late Wednesday showed a blinding blast of light and smoke that sent fireballs shooting across the night sky. That was followed by an even bigger explosion, the force of which appeared to knock over the video camera. The shock waves were felt kilometers away, Xinhua reported, and some residents said windows and fish tanks had been shattered. The state-run China Earthquake Networks Center said in an official post on social media that two of the explosions had carried the force of small earthquakes. The first was measured at magnitude of 2.3, the second at 2.9, it said. As day broke Thursday, the extent of the damage was beginning to become clear. State media carried images of damaged buildings and parking lots full of rows of burned-out cars. Xinhua said that 44 people were killed and more than 500 were hospitalized, 66 of them for critical injuries. It had reported earlier that most of the injuries were from stones or broken glass.

Thursday, 13 August, 2015 at 07:07 UTC RSOE

Update 1:

Two massive explosions caused by flammable goods ripped through an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring as many as 400, official Chinese media reported. Authorities had lost contact with 36 firefighters on the scene, the official Beijing News newspaper reported, citing the Tianjin fire department. The force of the explosions unnerved residents across much of the city of 15 million people, with some posting videos on the Internet that showed giant fireballs shooting into the sky and shock waves buffeting apartment blocks and cars. Fires were still burning after dawn, with photographs on Chinese news websites showing what appeared to be several destroyed buildings as well as torched cars at a multi-storey car park inside a logistics base at Tianjin Port. The port, one of the busiest in China, was operating normally, a port official said. President Xi Jinping demanded that authorities quickly extinguish the fires and “make full effort to rescue and treat the injured and ensure the safety of people and their property”, China Central Television (CCTV) said on its official microblog. CCTV said the blasts erupted in a shipment of explosives at around 11:30 p.m. local time (1530 GMT), triggering a shockwave that was felt kilometres (miles) away. The second blast came roughly 30 seconds after the first, state media said. Video posted on YouTube from what appeared to be an apartment building some distance from the scene showed fire shooting into the night sky from the initial blast when the second, much bigger, explosion rocked the area, sending a huge fireball into the air. Seconds later, shockwaves hit the apartment building. “Our building is shaking. Is this an atomic bomb?” said a frenzied voice inside. In other amateur video which appears to be shot closer to the scene, people scream from inside a car as the shockwave hits from the second blast, rocking their vehicle. The official People’s Daily newspaper said the death toll was 17 while other state media said six firefighters were among the dead. The official Xinhua news agency gave varying estimates of between 300 and 400 injured, with 32 critically hurt. Xinhua said the explosions ripped through a warehouse storing “dangerous goods”. The first explosion was equivalent to 3 tonnes of TNT and the second blast 21 tonnes of TNT, it said. It identified the owner of the warehouse as Tianjin Dongjiang Port Ruihai International Logistics. The company’s website said it was a government-approved firm specialising in handling “dangerous goods”. Company officials could not immediately be reached for comment. anadian teacher Monica Andrews told the BBC that she awoke in panic after what she thought was an earthquake. “I … looked out the window and the sky was red … I just watched a second explosion go off and (it was) just pure chaos, everyone leaving their apartment buildings thinking it’s an earthquake, cars trying to leave the complex and … it was crazy the amount of light that this explosion and fire lit up,” she said. Pictures posted on Chinese media websites also showed residents and workers, some bleeding, fleeing from near the scene. Citing a local hospital, Xinhua said people had been hurt by broken glass and stones. CCTV said on its website about 100 fire trucks had been sent to the scene. Several fire trucks had been destroyed and nearby firefighters wept as they worked to extinguish flames, the Beijing News said. Tianjin is home to around 15 million people, making it one of the biggest cities in China. Industrial accidents are not uncommon in China following three decades of breakneck economic growth. A blast at an auto parts factory in eastern China killed 75 people a year ago when a room filled with metal dust exploded.

Thursday, 13 August, 2015 at 04:27 UTC RSOE

Initial Report:

Massive, deadly explosions have erupted in the major Chinese port city of Tianjin, sending a fireball and mushroom cloud into the night sky and causing at least 17 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The explosions ripped through a warehouse storing hazardous goods near the port’s container terminal at around 11.30pm local time on Wednesday. The two biggest blasts occurred within 30 seconds of each other and caused extensive damage in the surrounding area, blowing out the glass on nearby high-rise buildings. The force of the blasts were felt kilometres away and registered on earthquake scales. Eyewitness videos, apparently taken from nearby apartments overlooking the area, quickly circulated on Chinese social media, some capturing a major blast, which sent a mushroom cloud tens of metres into the sky. Hundreds of injured people crowded into nearby hospitals, many arriving on foot, car and taxi overwhelming emergency services. Of the more than 400 report injured, at least 32 remained in a critical condition on Thursday morning. In one video of the explosion on Weibo, people can be heard reacting with shock and fear in Mandarin. “What about the people in that area?” one person can be heard saying as they watch the fire, before a major explosion occurs. Another voice can be heard saying “I’m scared to death”, before a woman exclaims “I can’t open the door”. Another video being circulated, purporting to be security camera footage from near the blast, shows a man standing inside a building in front of glass doors, before an explosion blows the doors and walls inwards, knocking the man to the ground. The city’s fire department first received reports at 10:50 pm about a fire at the warehouse, used by Ruihai International Logistics, a company that handles hazardous materials. Two firefighters were reported missing after the explosions, while another four were injured, it said. The precise nature of the materials that exploded was not made clear, and there was no indication whether the blast was accidental or intentional. The strength of the explosions also shattered windows of nearby buildings, and eyewitnesses reported feeling the blasts from kilometres away. The blasts were so massive they were reportedly visible from space, captured by the Japanese weather satellite Himawari 8.

Thursday, 13 August, 2015 at 03:04 (03:04 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports:

BBC

China explosion: Tianjin death toll rises in port blasts

Media caption Drone footage showed the devastation caused by the explosions

At least 44 people are known to have died, and more than 500 injured, following two major explosions in China’s northern port city of Tianjin.

Twelve firefighters are among those who lost their lives; 36 are still missing.

The blasts happened in a warehouse for hazardous chemicals and caused a huge fireball that could be seen from space.

Hospitals have been overwhelmed with people seeking treatment for injuries caused by flying glass and debris. Some 66 people are in a serious condition.

President Xi Jinping has promised a thorough investigation into what happened and “transparent information disclosure to the public,” Xinhua news agency reports.

The first explosion occurred at about 23:30 local time (15:30 GMT) on Wednesday in the city’s Binhai New Area, a vast industrial zone which houses car factories, aircraft assembly lines and other manufacturing and research firms.

The blast was followed seconds later by another, more powerful blast, and a series of smaller explosions.

Buildings within a 2km radius (1.5 miles) had windows blown out, office blocks were destroyed and hundreds of cars burnt-out.

The impact of the blasts could be felt several kilometres away, and was registered as seismic activity at a US Geological Survey monitoring unit in Beijing 160km (100 miles) away.

The China Earthquake Networks Centre said the magnitude of the first explosion was the equivalent of detonating three tonnes of TNT, while the second was the equivalent of 21 tonnes.

Blast ‘like end of the world’

Pictures reveal devastation

Daylight revealed the extent of the devastation around the warehouse
Buildings and cars within a two kilometre radius of the explosion were destroyed
Hundreds of people were injured by flying glass and debris
Shipping container boxes were crumpled by the heat
Tianjin is a major port and industrial area to the south-east of Beijing

“I saw fire burning and then: Boom! There was an explosion. My first reaction was to run as fast as I could and get down on the ground to save my life,” Wu Dejun, 38, a hairstylist, told Reuters.

“When I escaped, I had blood all over me.”

“It was like what we were told a nuclear bomb would be like,” truck driver Zhao Zhencheng told the AP news agency. “I’ve never even thought I’d see such a thing. It was terrifying, but also beautiful.”

Media caption Pictures and video shared on social media showed the moment of the blast

The blast ripped apart a nearby dormitory for migrant workers, who were forced to flee the collapsing building.

“I rolled off the bed after the first shockwave hit, so I scrambled to run for my life,” said resident Dan Agio.

“When I reach downstairs the second blast happened. It’s as if the sky collapsed. In a blink of an eye, the roof fell.”

Media caption Explosions survivor “The second blast blew me away”

As of 12:00 local time (04:00 GMT), 44 people had died and a total of 520 people were being treated in hospital, Xinhua reported.

Around 1,000 firefighters, along with 140 fire engines, spent the night tackling the flames.

A number were reportedly already on the scene at the time of the explosions, having been called out to earlier reports of a fire in the area.

There was an outpouring of support for them on social media as it became apparent that they were among the dead, injured and missing.

Media caption The BBC’s John Sudworth reports from inside the blast zone

Hospitals struggled to cope as residents rushed there to be treated for injuries or for news of missing loved ones.

Many without injuries responded for calls to donate blood, and long queues formed outside blood donation centres.

Chinese media has reported that the blasts happened after a shipment of explosives detonated in a warehouse owned by Ruihai Logistics, a company that specialises in handling dangerous and toxic chemicals.

State broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said at least one person from the “relevant company” had been detained for questioning.

There has been some criticism in Chinese media that a warehouse containing such dangerous chemicals should have been sited near a main road, housing complexes and office blocks.

Tianjin, home to some 15 million people, is a major port and industrial area to the south-east of the Chinese capital, Beijing.

Tests are being undertaken to check pollution levels both in the air and water around Tianjin. Tanker traffic in and out of the port has been disrupted.

The blasts caused a huge fireball that lit up the night sky

People flooded on to nearby streets shortly after the explosions

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UK (England): Man injured in major Hackney blaze in East London – Published 150615 1420Z (GMT/UTC)

 Man rushed to hospital with burns & smoke inhalation as over 70 firefighters tackle Hackney shops blaze

Crews working hard fighting the fire on Yorkton St in Hackney range of shops and roof alight (Image: London Fire Brigade)

Crews working hard fighting the fire on Yorkton St in Hackney range of shops and roof alight (Image: London Fire Brigade)

Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers are tackling a fire at a joinery workshop on Hackney Road in Hackney. One man was injured and taken to hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

Thick black smoke from the fire was visible for miles around and residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed if affected.

Station Manager Keith Cunnew who is at the scene said:

“A member of the public spotted smoke and called the Brigade. On arrival crews wearing breathing apparatus helped three women and three men to leave the properties either side of the fire and two other people left the property before the Brigade arrived. The structure of the building has been seriously damaged by the blaze.

“We expect to be at scene for a number of hours. We are making good progress, but it will take some time to fully damp down the fire.”

Firefighters from Soho, Islington, Holloway, Shoreditch, Homerton, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Tottenham and Poplar fire stations are at the scene.

The Brigade was called at 1301. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

 

Location of fire (Image: London Fire Brigade)

Location of fire (Image: London Fire Brigade)

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Thick black smoke coming from the blaze on Yorkton St (Image: London Fire Brigade)

Thick black smoke coming from the blaze on Yorkton St
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LFB making good progress tackling the fire at Yorkton St in Hackney (Image: London Fire Brigade)

LFB making good progress tackling the fire at Yorkton St in Hackney (Image: London Fire Brigade)

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(Image: London Fire Brigade)

Crews are currently working hard to contain a substantial fire in a row of shops in Hackney. (Image: LFB BEXLEY ‏@bexleyfire)

Crews are currently working hard to contain a substantial fire in a row of shops in Hackney. (Image: LFB BEXLEY ‏@bexleyfire)

London Fire Brigade making steady progress fighting the fire in Hackney & busy damping down for some time - LFB 1542 BST (Image: London Fire Brigade)

London Fire Brigade making steady progress fighting the fire in Hackney & busy damping down for some time – LFB 1542 BST (Image: London Fire Brigade)

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Russia (Siberia): Khakassia wildfires leave at least 4 dead, 73 injured. Approx 100 houses in 21 villages on fire – Published 120415 1520z (GMT/UTC)

The government of a Siberian region reports that more than 70 people have been injured by agricultural fires that got out of control and swept through more than 20 towns and villages.

The fires were started by farmers burning the grass in their fields and they spread quickly because of strong winds. The government of Khakassia, a region in southeastern Siberia, has called on all residents to help put out the fires, which on Sunday destroyed 118 homes in 21 towns and villages.

The Defense Ministry and Emergencies Ministry said they were sending aircraft to help fight the fires. The state RIA Novosti news agency, quoting an Emergencies Ministry official, reported that firefighters were hampered by a shortage of water since the reservoirs were still covered with ice.

Sunday, 12 April, 2015 at 14:35 (02:35 PM) UTC RSOE

Press Reports

Two people died and 70 were hurt as a wildfire in Siberia caused by the burning of dry grass threatened villages, Russian officials said Sunday.

“Over 70 people asked for medical help, and two people died” as a fire raged in the Khakassia region of southern Siberia, the regional government said.

The emergency ministry said that they are using a plane, three fire trains and over 5,000 people to control the fire, but that strong winds are making this impossible.

“Over 100 houses in 21 villages are on fire,” the ministry said.

Two people were reported dead although authorities said the toll was “preliminary” until the exact cause of their deaths could be determined.

They called on “residents of the region to battle the fire, which began because of residents themselves after uncontrolled grass burning,” the ministry said on its website.

Spring and autumn burning of dry grass regularly results in massive wildfires that often cause extensive damage to homes and human life.

Wildfires in Russia in 2010 killed at least 60 people, destroyed over 3,000 homes and left Moscow shrouded in smoke. In 2012, fire destroyed 10 million hectares of Siberian forest, according to environmental groups.” – naharnet.com

Four killed by wildfires in Russia’s Siberia: TASS

“(Reuters) – Four people have been killed by wildfires raging though the grasslands of Russia’s Khakassia republic in southern Siberia, the TASS news agency reported on Sunday.

More than 20 villages and towns have been damaged by the fires that have been burning for several days in dry and windy weather, the Emergency Ministry said. Seventy-three people have suffered burns or smoke inhalation.

Two planes and a helicopter have been deployed, along with more than 1,000 firefighters.

Environmental activists say the occurrence of grassland wildfires in Russia has increased in recent years for various reasons, including rising temperatures.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy) ” – reuters.com

Wales: Major fire at Indian Restaurant, Monk Street, Abergavenny. Person jumps from window – Published 030115 0922z (GMT/UTC)

Sundaarbon Indian Restaurant fire at Abergavenny. Picture credit: @LoveBreconBeaco

Jennie Griffiths

@GriffithsJECtrl

(Head of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Fire Control and Designate Head of Fire Controls at the Joint Emergency Centre SWP HQ Bridgend:)

“At 03.26 a 999 call was received to a flat on fire with persons reported as trapped on Monk Street. Abergavenny crews responded

Update Abergavenny: at 03.34 on arrival crews requested 2 further fire engines one person had jumped from a window

Update Abergavenny: Blaenavon+Brynmawr crews responded to the incident further people were believed still to be inside the building

Update Abergavenny: At 03.38 crews requested 2 further fire engines as they were still searching inside the building for people trapped

Update Abergavenny: Cefn Fforest and New Inn crews responded also an Aerial Ladder and a water bowser

Update Abergavenny: at 03.46 crews reported this was a terraced property well alight 3 storeys in well developed fire 5 people led to safety

Update Abergavenny: At 04.12 crews reported a row of 3storey terraced properties well alight + crews in BAs were still searching for people

Update Abergavenny: At 04.14 crews requested a further 2 fire engines making the total 8 fire engines Cwmbran+Abersychan responded

Update Abergavenny: At 05.44 crews reported all persons safe and the fire was under control 3 persons rescued by crews in adjoining property

Update Abergavenny:At the height of the fire 8 fire engines,Aerial ladder+2 bowsers fought the fire using 6BAs 2jets 2hosereel+water tower

Update Abergavenny: 5 fire engines a water bowser and aerial ladder remain in attendance the building was used as an Indian Restaurant

Update Abergavenny: Fire investigation officers and Police will liaise at 0900 this morning to investigate the cause”

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Turkey: Deaths rise to 284, 122 rescued injured. 18 trapped in coal mine explosion/ongoing fire in Soma, Manisa province – Updated 160514 1335z

Update 16 May 2014 1308 UTC :

President Gl visits Soma amid protests

May 15, 2014, Thursday/ 17:15:17/ TODAY’S ZAMAN/ ISTANBUL

President Abdullah Gl speaks to reporters during his visit to Soma mining. (Photo: Today’s Zaman)

President Abdullah Gl traveled to Soma, in western Turkey, on Thursday after the mining town was hit by a disaster that left at least 283 miners dead and was met by angry protests from relatives of the victims.

Gl’s first stop was Akhisar State Hospital, where he visited those who were injured in the incident. Gl wished them a speedy recovery and said he is praying to God that such incidents never take place again. The president was accompanied by Parliament Speaker Cemil iek and Health Minister Mehmet Mezzinoğlu.

There are 10 injured miners in the hospital and they are in good condition.

Gl, who stayed in the hospital for 30 minutes, left the area under tight security measures.

A woman staged an angry protest as the president’s official car was leaving the hospital. The woman, identified as Hlya Akaydın, said: You shameless people, may God damn you. May you burn violently.”

After leaving Akhisar, Gl went to Soma to visit the site of the incident.

Access to the mine entrance was controlled by gendarme roadblocks several kilometers away ahead of the visit by Gl, as gendarmes searched cars.

The president, who cancelled a visit to China after the mine disaster, visited the surroundings of the mine along with iek and was briefed by Energy Minister Taner Yıldız, Health Minister Mezzinoğlu, and Family and Social Policy Minister Ayşenur İslam about the search and rescue efforts and the situation of the injured. The president also spoke with relatives of the miners who were waiting for their loved ones and offered his condolences to the relatives of the victims.

Some had still not received any information about their loved ones and booed the president. One accused the president of hindering the rescue efforts.

Esteemed president, rescue teams cannot enter the mine because of you. We don’t need police here, we need rescue teams. We still cannot get the dead bodies out, he said.

A victim’s mother, whose name was not available, spoke to Gl in person and asked for his help to find her son.

My beloved son lies underground. There is still no news from him. They [rescue teams] stopped working just because the president has come. There are efforts to hide negligence, but there is obvious negligence, the mother told reporters.

Making a statement from the mine area, Gl, who looked upset and had a trembling voice, said Turkey’s loss is very great and there are lessons Turkey needs to take from this disaster.

We need to join hands in order to heal the wounds here and show a big example of solidarity, the president said as he offered his condolences to the victims’ families.

Undoubtedly, such pain should not be experienced again. Just like developed countries minimized such pain [caused by mine disasters], we need to review our regulations and take the necessary measures, he said.

Gl also noted that the State Audit Institution (DDK), tied to the presidency, will provide an outline of measures that need to be taken to prevent similar tragedies in mines.

An administrative and judicial investigation has been launched into the incident, said the president, promising that it will be carried out meticulously.

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HĂĽrriyet Daily News:

Company admits there was no refuge chamber in Soma mine, but vows to continue operations

Soma Holding head Ali Grkan is seen during a press conference May 16, three days after the deadly disaster. AA Photo

Soma Holding head Ali Grkan is seen during a press conference May 16, three days after the deadly disaster. AA Photo

The operator of the Soma mine has denied any negligence in the worst mining disaster in Turkeys history, while admitting that a refuge chamber that could have saved lives had not yet been constructed. Nevertheless, Soma Holding head Ali Grkan vowed to continue operating the mine after shortcomings are addressed in the wake of the May 13 disaster.

There was no negligence on our side. I have worked in mines for 20 years, and I did not witness such an incident [here on May 13], said Akın elik, the operating manager of the Soma Coal Mining Company, during a press conference May 16.

Asked if the company would continue to operate the mine, Grkan said: “Of course. After all the measures are taken and the missing room [for the refuge chamber] is built, this operation will continue. Legally, we don’t have an obligation to build a refuge chamber. But we would have completed it in three-four months if this accident hadnt happened.”

No refuge chamber, but escape point

The officials have admitted that there was no refuge chamber in the mine, but added that there was an escape point close to ground level, allowing workers to exit without walking the 300 meters to the main entrance.

When the facility was first established, there was one refuge room that could host 500 people at the center of the mine, but it was closed when production ended in that area of the mine.

As the production area was moved to a deeper part of the mine, preparations were underway to build refuge rooms there, according to the executives.

If the accident had happened three or four months later, the construction of refuge rooms would have been finished and the workers would have survived, the company claimed.

Reason remains unknown

Officials have accepted that they do not know the reason of the accident, describing the fire as being technically inexplicable.

The cause of the fire was heated coal, and no flames erupted at a power distribution unit in the mine, they said.

The incident happened in three to five minutes. The gas filled everywhere in five minutes, elik added.

Grkan, also said they had made the necessary investments to ensure the safety of workers. We have spent our income to improve working conditions to avoid possible accidents, Grkan said, while refusing to answer questions from journalists.

I am in severe pain. People who know me would understand, he said, noting that he had health issues.

elik also confirmed that there were 787 workers inside the mine when the disaster occurred. He said that 363 workers managed to escape the mine after the accident, while another 122 were rescued injured and transferred to nearby hospitals.

elik also confirmed a previous statement by Energy Minister Taner elik who said 18 miners remained trapped inside the mine.

Officals have declined to provide a list of the 787 workers, saying they do not have the authority to release it publicly as all data has been delivered to Turkeys disaster agency, AFAD.

No child workers

Another senior company official, Celalletin Gkaşan, has categorically rejected claims that they employed child workers or subcontracted workers.

There are no foreign, minor or subcontracted workers, Gkaşan said, answering to widespread criticism about the companys alleged mismanagement of the mine.

Cemal Yıldız, who perished in the disaster, was originally said to be 15, but his family subsequently revealed that he was 19 at the time of death. According to Yıldız’s Facebook account, however, he started working in the mines in 2011, meaning he had been employed illegally at the age of 16.

Along with the compensation required by law, there is a program to give more support to the families of victims, Grkan said.

While the scale of the project is yet to be determined for the moment, the company will cover the education tuition of the victims children and other costs, he added.

The Soma coal mine, which is the regions biggest facility employing up to 6,500 workers, was privatized at the end of the 1970s.

May/16/2014

Update 14 May 2014 0720 UTC :

Turkey Mine Blast: 201 Dead And Toll May Rise

Hopes are fading for hundreds of miners trapped underground, as relatives wait anxiously at the surface for news.

Workers wait outside a mine in Soma, Turkey, following an underground explosion

Oxygen is being pumped into the mine to help those trapped

At least 201 miners have been killed after an underground explosion and fire in western Turkey.

The countrys energy minister Taner Yildiz�said 787 workers were in the mine at the time of the blast, which is thought to have been caused by an electrical fault.

Hundreds are still trapped in shafts and tunnels up to 2.5 miles (4km) from the nearest exit. He said 80 miners were injured and at least four of them are in a serious condition.

Mr Yildiz�said�rescue effort is now reaching a critical stage, with hopes fading for the those still trapped.

Workers wait outside a mine in Soma, Turkey, following an underground explosion
Many of the miners were coughing and covered in dust as they were rescued

The blast in Soma, some 155 miles (250km) south of Istanbul, is one of the worst mining disasters in Turkish history.

It is reported the fire is still burning underground, hampering rescue efforts.

Fresh air is being pumped into the pit to help workers who may be struggling to breathe, amid fears they could suffer carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Dozens of miners have been rescued or made their own way out

TV pictures showed rescued miners coughing and spluttering as they were pulled out alive, their faces coated with black dust.

Relatives waited anxiously at the entrance to the mine, cheering and applauding each successful rescue.

But according to journalist Doran Jones fear has already turned to anger among the relatives of many of those lost.

He told Sky News previous accidents have been reported at the mine and the safety record of operator Soma Komur�has been called into question.

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Worried relatives rush to the mine complex in the town of Soma

Mr Jones said one miner had told him he felt like a lamb to the slaughter every time he went to work.

Miner Oktay�Berrin told new Agency AFP�workers were not protected underground.

In a statement, the mines owners, Soma Komur, described the explosion as a tragic accident which happened despite maximum safety measures and inspections.

The incident took place in the town of Soma, in the province of Manisa
The explosion happened in Turkeys western Manisa province

According to Turkeys ministry of labour, the pit was last inspected on March 17 and was found to be compliant with safety regulations.

The accident happened when a power distribution unit exploded about 1.2 miles (2km) beneath the surface, according to Nurettin Akcul, head of the Turkish Mineworkers Union.

It is thought it happened during a change of shifts, leading to confusion over the exact number of workers still inside.

The countrys worst mining disaster was in 1992, when a gas explosion killed 270 workers near the Black Sea port of Zonguldak.

Turkeys Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has postponed a one-day visit to Albania and is heading to the scene. Sky News

Wales: EXERCISE – Coastguard Rescue Teams, RNLI lifeboats, RAF search & rescue helicopter, Police, Fire & Ambulance attend major incident in Cardiff Bay – 020414 1100z

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EX DRAIG: INCIDENT IN CARDIFF BAY

EXERCISE: PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR AN  TESTING THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN CARDIFF BAY
Swansea Coastguard was first contacted just before 11am this morning to reports that two boats had collided in Cardiff Bay.
The Penarth, Barry and Chepstow Coastguard Rescue Teams have been sent to the scene, along with the Penarth and Barry RNLI lifeboats and the RAF search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor. Police, fire and ambulance crews are also in attendance.
At this time, it is not clear how many people were on board and the extent of any injuries. A search and rescue mission is ongoing.” – MCA

“Barry Coastguard at Cardiff Bay with all emergency services, carrying out major incident training. With Penarth and Chepstow Coastguard . Air sea rescue have been tasked to assist in a mock rescue in the Bay” – Barry Coastguard



UK: Massive blaze at the Assembly Rooms, Derby – Updated 140314 2148z

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service are attending a massive blaze at the Assembly Rooms, Derby – they have 10 pumps +4 alps in attendance – they request people avoid the area

The Fire Service will be there for considerable time dealing with a fire which looks to have started in the plant room

Update 2148z:

Fire Brigade update 2139z: We will be scaling down operations at assembly rooms shortly,however will have a presence all night. Fire investigation to commence tomorrow.

The car park is currently closed following this evenings incident. If your car is in the assembly rooms car park you will not be able to enter the car park this evening & will not be able to access your car. The car park will be secure overnight vehicles will be safe. We hope you will be able to access your car tomorrow (sat 15/3) from 12 noon.please call the Carelink team to confirm details on 01332 642201. If you incur expense as a result of your car being kept overnight at the Assembly Rooms then please keep a receipt & the council will reimburse you. There will be no charge for your car being in the car park. – @DerbyshireFRS

Events cancelled: Assembly Rooms announce more event cancellations. http://t.co/qvr16iR7Vv

News Reports

BBC

Derby fire: Smoke seen from Assembly Rooms car park

Assembly Rooms car park Witnesses have reported seeing “large, thick, black smoke” in the skies above the city

A large fire has caused roads to be shut off in the centre of Derby.

Firefighters were called to tackle the blaze on the top floor of the Assembly Rooms car park in Market Place shortly before 18:00 GMT.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said 10 fire engines were at the scene and asked people to avoid the area because traffic delays have built up with the road closures.

Witnesses have reported seeing “large, thick, black plumes of smoke”.

Full Street is also closed between Sowter Road and Corporation Street.

BBC Radio Derby reporter Wesley Malin, who is at the scene, said it is believed the fire started in a room of the multi-storey car park where machinery is kept.

He said debris was also falling from the car park.

Derbyshire Police said they had widened the cordon with the danger of vehicles in the car park “exploding”.

A force representative said officers were in the process of evacuating nearby buildings.

Derby Live confirmed that dancer Anton Du Beke’s show, which had been scheduled for the Assembly Rooms on Friday night, had been cancelled.

Assembly Rooms car park BBC Radio Derby reporter Wesley Malin said debris could be seen falling from the car park

Massive blaze at Assembly Rooms car park in Derby – Derby Telegraph

“A LARGE fire has broken out at the top of the Assembly Rooms car park in Derby.

Three fire crews are on scene and are currently using water from the Derwent to tackle the blaze.

Fire fighters have been moved away from the scene due to the ferocity of the flames.

It appears the whole of the top floor of the Assembly Rooms car park is on fire.

Thick, acrid black smoke is filling the air as well as 30-40 foot flames.

The flames appear to be spreading quickly to the top of the Assembly Rooms itself.

Explosions have also been heard at the scene.

Joey Severn, a reporter at the scene has spoken to someone who works at the car park.

He said there are materials on the top of the car park which are hazardous and potentially explosive.

Joey added: “They are pumping water from the river up to the appliances next to the Assembly Rooms, the aerial platform is out however firefighters have been moved away due to the ferocity of the flames.

“The fire’s getting worse and there are fire tornadoes running along the edge of the building.” – derbytelegraph.co.uk

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Assembly Rooms fire, Derby City Centre

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Festive greetings from Goaty (Goaty’s News) – 251213 1542z

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UK: Man rescued from sea after multiple explosions onboard boat 6 miles off Littlehampton – 281113 1435z

A man has been rescued after he abandoned a boat which suffered multiple explosions during a fire.
He had tried fighting the blaze, but abandoned the Margaret Rose six miles off Littlehampton when it become engulfed with flames.
The skipper called 999 and Solent Coastguard coordinated a rescue operation to recover him from his life-raft around10amtoday.
The Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was deployed, along with RNLI lifeboats from Shoreham and Littlehampton. Littlehampton Coastguard Rescue Team were also on standby.
The man was recovered by the Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat and returned safely to shore. He didnt sustain any injuries.
Shoreham RNLI lifeboat remains on scene to monitor the boat, which is still on fire.
Jenna Smith, Watch Officer for Solent Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said: This was a very dangerous situation and required a swift response.
The boat was well alight and very hazardous, as it is carrying around 150 litres of diesel and two gas canisters.
We continue to monitor the situation and have advised boats to stay away from the immediate vicinity of the incident.
Update: 11:55am

Thecasualtywas met and checked over by Littlehampton Coastguard Rescue Team. He had no apparent injuries.

Update: 12:15pm

There are no reports of any pollution.

Update: 1:10pm

TheMargaret Rose has now sunk. MCA

Littlehampton Lifeboat on Facebook:

Littlehamptons RNLI Atlantic 85 Iifeboat Blue Peter 1 launched on service at 9:30am to the motor vessel Margaret Rose which was on fire 8 miles south east of Littlehampton harbour entrance.


The owner had taken to his liferaft and paddled away from the craft and watched with dismay. He was wearing a lifejacket and called for help using his mobile phone.
Littlehampton Lifeboat arrived on scene at 9:49am coinciding with the arrival of the coastguard rescue helicopter. The lifeboat crew found that the sole occupant of the fishing boat had successfully launched and climbed aboard his liferaft. The survivor was unharmed, and was recovered from the liferaft by the lifeboat crew and returned to the lifeboat station. Shoreham Lifeboat remained on scene and stood by the burning wreck, which has subsequently sunk.Our photos (G: top & below) taken by the lifeboat crew show the burning boat as the lifeboat approached, and the liferaft as it is recovered ashore, photo by Eddie Mitchell. (All photos credit: RNLI)

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Bolivia: At least 8 dead, others injured, in Amazon plane crash – 041113 1030z

An Aerocon turboprop with 18 people on board crashed Sunday in northern Bolivia, killing eight and leaving the other 10 people injured, the airline said.

Aerocon spokesman Nelson Kinn said that the plane had technical issues that led to the plane catching fire on landing in the small city of Riberalta near the Brazilian border, where the Madre de Dios River joins the Beni River.

There were 16 passengers and two crew on board the Fairchild Metro 23 aircraft. “As they were landing, on touchdown, the plane had some kind of problem that led to fire. The people who died sustained multiple injuries and burns,” Kinn said. Authorities were investigating the causes of the tragedy.

Monday, 04 November, 2013 at 04:27 (04:27 AM) UTC RSOE

Other reports

Deaths in Bolivia aircraft crash

Jet crashes while trying to land during bad weather in the northern part of the country, killing eight.

Last Modified: 04 Nov 2013 02:20

“A spokesman for the airline said the plane had technical issues that led to it catching fire while landing [Reuters]

An aircraft carrying 18 people has crashed while trying to land during bad weather in the north of Bolivia, killingeight passengers and injuring the others on board.

Heavy rain was falling as the small turboprop plane operated by local airline Aerocon tried to land in Riberalta, near the Brazilian border, according to witnesses.

Aerocon spokesman Nelson Kinn said that the plane had technical issues that led to the plane catching fire on landing.

“As they were landing, on touchdown, the plane had some kind of problem that led to fire. The people who died sustained multiple injuries and burns,” Kinn told AFP news agency.

“[There were] 16 passengers and the pilot and co-pilot, of whom 10 survived and 8 died,” director of the Riberalta hospital, Jose Luis Pereira, told the Reuters news agency.

“The pilot and the co-pilot are in the gravest situation … Seven [bodies] are [so] charred, we can’t identify them.”

President Evo Morales said he had ordered “a deep investigation” into the accident and “drastic sanctions on the company”. ” – Al Jazeera

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Plane crashes in northeastern Bolivia, killing at least nine people, including three government officials. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Eight killed in Bolivia plane crash

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Published on Nov 3, 2013

An aeroplane has crashed in Bolivia’s northern Amazon region, killing at least eight of the 18 people on board.

The pilot and the co-pilot have survived but are in a serious condition.

The turboprop plane caught fire as it landed at around 16:00 local time (20:00 GMT) in the remote town of Riberalta, near the border with Brazil.

 

Vietnam: Massive explosion(s) guts Phu Tho fireworks factory in military complex – At least 23 dead, 98 injured & some 2,000 evacuated – 131013 1910z

Update Sunday, 13 October, 2013 at 04:33 UTC RSOE:

At least 21 people died and several were injured Saturday in an explosion at a fireworks factory in northern Vietnam, local media said. Authorities said that thousands of people have been evacuated from the scene of the accident in Phu Tho province while the search for victims continues, according to the daily Thanh Nien News. Gen. Le Quang Dai, head of the military-run fireworks factory, said that scores of workers were on hand when the explosion occurred and that most were able to escape. Police and soldiers are investigating the causes of the accident and helping provide aid at the factory, located some 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of Hanoi.

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Saturday, 12 October, 2013 at 09:12 (09:12 AM) UTC RSOE:
At least seven people died early today in an explosion at a fireworks factory within a military complex, state media reported.The explosion prompted the evacuation of some 2,000 people living near the Z121 military facility, around 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Hanoi, police said, adding incident was yet to be brought under control. “At least seven people have died and more are injured in the explosion,” the official Vietnam News Agency reported, without providing details on the number of injured. Residents in Thanh Ba district — where the complex is located — said they felt the ground shake in repeated explosions, the VNExpress news site reported. “The fire and explosion are ongoing. Firemen and soldiers have not been able to get access,” policeman Pham Quang Minh told AFP from near the accident site. “About 2,000 people around the Z121 factory have been evacuated,” he added. One local resident told AFP that locals have fled to the Viet Tri township, about 40 kilometres away, fearing further damage.”We have received warnings from authorities that there could be further explosions which could be very destructive,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. No information on the cause of the explosion was immediately available.

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(Translated by Google)

(Note 3 reports from VNExpress – note different time stamps)

Thousands m2 gutted by the explosion in Phu Tho

Sunday, 10/13/2013 15:47 GMT +7

One day after fireworks warehouse explosion, regional operators, warehouses and factories littered Z121 factory in ruins.

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A workshop near the main gate of the factory wide Z121 thousand m2 pressure of the explosion blew half the roof. According to the report of the General Department of Defence Industry, the explosion did the whole production line and warehouse fireworks factory blast – fireworks burned down and some of the damaged buildings.

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Trees along the path from the studio to a broken gate and leafless fine.

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Executive Building was also heavily damaged.

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The destructive power of the explosion to a few thousand meters wide areas devastated.

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2 storey concrete house also under pressure from the explosion hit desolation. Most rooms no doors …

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The tradition of the unit near the main gate collapsed roofs, tattered.

Damage 52 billion in fireworks depot explosion

Sunday, 10/13/2013 10:37 GMT +7

Morning 13/10, reported Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, Lieutenant General Nguyen Duc Lam, Chairman of the General Department of Defence Industry said the fireworks depot explosion has killed 23 people, 52 billion damage.

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Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai inspect the scene of the fire. Photo: midwife

Mr Lam said the fireworks explosion at a warehouse of the factory 4, Z121 factory, no workers but many people working in the warehouse next to impossible to get up dead and injured.

Afternoon 12/10, 17 corpses were transferred to a funeral home, and the other victims have not been identified to the hospital for evaluation 103.

In relation to the injured, Mr. Lam said 73 people, but Monday afternoon, the Health Ministry reported 98 people injured, most seriously injured.

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The explosion leveled part of the factory Z121. Photo: midwife

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai direct cause investigation assessment and lessons learned after the explosion. He expressed condolences to the victims, asked the Defense Ministry to coordinate with local combined rescue the wounded. Deputy Prime Minister asked the province to assess the damage of the surrounding population to support the plan, adequately compensated.

8am this morning, the port Fireworks Factory – Explosive defense of factory Z121 continues to tighten security with over 10 soldiers work to protect. Area warehouses factory explosion fireworks drug is only a rubble more than 2 m high. outer, a few tens of meters are police forces and local militias. C continuous light factory gate to welcome the convoy opened fire and military vehicles carrying sea water spray to cool fire just off. Dozens of factory workers continue digging through the rubble. A truck constantly moving to the area and residual materials into other areas.

Talking with VnExpress, Lieutenant General Truong Quang Khanh said last night, after reviewing the number of workers present at the time of the fire, the authorities confirmed that no trapped victims Back at the scene.

“The body did not match the identification number of the missing victims. Department of Defense has identified these people moved to the hospital for conditions forensics, identify personal, family handed over in the earliest time, “said Khanh said, the Defense Ministry is urgently address the policy for victims, support the injured quick recovery.

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In addition to factory exploded completely destroyed, other buildings outside the factory walls adjacent to unroofed well. Photo by midwives.

According to Lieutenant General Khanh, “the accident was completely controlled, no risk of recurrence.” After cleaning, check the whole, the plant will continue to produce because this task is the only factory producing fireworks festival to serve the country and exported abroad.

Share on accidents causing particularly serious consequences, General Khanh said the Defense Ministry has always placed priority on safety over the top and this was fully aware. The incident took place, the initial cause was attributed to ignite explosives made ​​of fireworks warehouse fire, explosion and resulting fire spread to the factories. “This is the most tragic accidents in the past 15 years” Mr Khanh said.

In meeting this morning, said Phu Tho t INH has mobilized all forces from the police, the military, health workforce, the local leaders to coordinate the remediation.

‘We have gone all out to rescue hundreds of victims’

Sunday, 10/13/2013 00:00 GMT +7

This morning, hundreds of patients from the scene of the explosion at fireworks factory in Phu Tho Z121 was rushed into hospital Phu Tho town, many people can no longer heal itself.

8 am 12/10, two communal ground Khai Xuan Phu Tho and Lao Vo shaking with the continuous deafening explosion. Numerous houses were unroofed pressure caused, burning furniture. Thousands of panicked residents out into the street.

Many military vehicles, emergency, fire set to move to the direction of factory Z121, which specializes in producing the country’s biggest fireworks. All the health facilities in Phu Tho patients receiving mobilization, which is the largest hospital in Phu Tho town.

Around 8h15 cases first brought here. As long as 10-15 minutes a whistle ambulances rushed to the emergency department. The nurses, doctors welcome patients continuously. Hundreds of people flock to find relatives of the victims. Emergency Zone 2 storey home with people ken.

Most patients with head injuries, broken limbs, burns … The oxygen tank is filled outdoors antiseptic, gauze quality stainless steel table.

Tuan, head of the emergency department, said this morning that day off. Listen notice the explosion, he draped blouse hustle and colleagues embarked cure patients. Smell of disinfectant concentration anonymously spread to all areas of the park.

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Hospital Phu Tho town received more than 200 victims of the explosion affected. Favorites: Do Vietnam

In the surgical ward, nearly 10 doctors for emergency’re focused Nguyen Thi Van (29 years old), one of the most severely ill patients, with multiple burns and injuries. After nearly an hour of first aid, the victim has not regained consciousness. Standing in the hallway, Ms. Van relatives sobbed.

Dr. Hoang Thi Kim Vinh shared morning when the victim is too many, hospitals have mobilized hundreds of teachers, college students and help health care Phu Tho. “Never Institute we receive many emergency patients virtually the same time as this,” said Dr. Vinh.

Dr. Bui Anh Giao, said hospital director, had mobilized all human and material resources are used to rescue the victim. 40 people have voluntarily donated blood.

He Transportation share, from morning till now not a moment to rest. “We’ve gone all out to rescue the victims,” ​​said Transportation said.

After a winter aid for patients, more than half had been transferred to hospital in Phu Tho province, 103 Military Hospital, Central Hospital burns, Vietnam-Germany Hospital for treatment.

In the emergency department resuscitation, Vietnam Duc Hospital in Hanoi, said Swedish girl sitting bandaged hand not stunned. Tran Thi Lieu, 29, his daughter, a worker at the factory Z121, wounded in the legs, thighs, traumatic brain injury, is preparing to surgery.

“After a loud explosion and saw smoke rolling up, I hurriedly took up motorcycle plant but not in it. Components of not healthy, I hurried back to the car to the town of Phu Tho Hospital and found baby,” said Sweden recounts his voice still shaking. Due to her injuries were transferred to Touches Vietnamese Hospital in Germany at noon.

Touches Her husband said: “When I saw the smoke, I ran home and saw the collapsed wall, just hurry up to take the car to get the car to pick up the two posts to go.”

Dr. Duong Trong Hien (deputy dean emergency gastrointestinal surgery, shift leader) said outside her Lieu, Vietnam-Germany Hospital patients also received other a lighter, so he moved back to the province. The hospital has also sent a delegation including 2 doctors and 2 nurses to support hospital in Phu Tho Province Vietnam Tri city.

One of the patients with severe burns, being special care in the intensive care department, National Institute of Burns named Jade, 26 years old, 4 months pregnant, the body burns. She is a worker in fireworks factories in the factory Z121.

“The charred grandchildren. In the morning, when the lead in Phu Tho General Hospital, I see that I no longer recognize their children anymore. I’m pregnant with a second heavy people should not start running up. Not that I do not have to keep “her mother said Jade choked. According to the doctors, Jade patients with deep burns 70% rate.

The same was transferred to the intensive care department National Institute of Burns this afternoon, Nguyen Thi Kim Tuyen severe injury by 90%. She burned the body, from head to toe, is in critical condition fairly.

19 pm tonight, another patient was Bui Van Nhan (23) also burns hospitalized in a state of severe burns and stamping femur. The patient’s surgery has been rearranged femur Vietnam Tri Hospital before moving to the National Burn Institute.

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Nguyen Thi Ly told, after the explosion, her son – a factory worker Z121 – thrown on the pole and break down the entire leg and arm fractures caused. Photo: Minh Thuy

Nguyen Thi Ly’s mom said her son was doing at the factory Z121 2 years. 9 o’clock this morning, her limbs fall off when he heard the news reported dead in blast at fireworks factory. She loved the run up scattered plants, but was not able to 20km due to congestion. “Thank God, then I got the call from the factory they said it is not dead, just broken limbs, has been transferred to hospital. I rushed to the hospital, that I was moved from the stretcher to the ambulance, who was covered in blood, “Ms. Li said.

She added that, while the Phu Tho hospital, he’s there once woke up, she saw the tears flowed, including “After the explosion, I was knocked up and break down the column. You could just go down the fibro sheets nearby heard the roar. 5 minutes later if no one pulled me over, I’m dead. I thought I died, I just worry about her, “her brimming Li said. He’s been out of state rescue lost a lot of blood, broken femur fractures, burns along the body from the chest, two to the leg side.

By about 9 pm tonight, the National Burn Institute has received at least 6 patients injured by the explosion at the factory moved to Phu Tho Z121. The figure at Army Hospital 103 is 15.

Initial information said the explosion caused 20 deaths, 98 people were injured. The reason for the incident was spontaneous explosion of fireworks.

Z121 plant under the General Industrial Defense (DOD) is the only domestic production and supply of fireworks to the celebration service

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Deadly explosions at Vietnamese fireworks factory

BBC

Amateur footage purported to show an explosion at the complex

A series of explosions at a fireworks factory in northern Vietnam has killed at least 15 people and left many others injured.

Witnesses said the explosions continued for several hours, sending a large cloud of smoke into the sky.

The factory at a military complex 120 km north of the capital, Hanoi, employs about 300 workers.

A large area around the plant was cordoned off and residential areas nearby were evacuated.

The fire was later brought under control, according to police, but they feared more bodies could be found inside the wreckage.

Residents said many local people had fled after their homes were rocked by a series of powerful detonations.

Officials said the fireworks were being produced at the factory in Phu Tho province for military and other official ceremonies.

UK: Sainsbury’s probe gas leak at Hedge End store, near Southampton, that left 62 needing medical treatment – 180913 2235z

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More than 60 people treated by paramedics after gas leaks from Sainsbury's fridge


Staff and customers wait to be treated in the sites car park (Photo: Robin Jones/Digital South via Telegraph)

Early Report

A major gas leak at a shopping centre tonight left at least 19 people needing urgent medical treatment.

The mystery gas left shoppers and staff at Hedge End retail park near Southampton, Hants, coughing and gasping for breath.

The alarm was first raised at around 5pm when people at the checkout tills of a Sainsbury’s store at the park started feeling ill.

At least one elderly woman was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance and others were treated at the scene.

Dozens of shoppers were later seen wrapped in turquoise, foil emergency blankets as they waited to be checked over by paramedics.

Police evacuated the park, which also includes a large Marks and Spencer store, and placed a 60-yard cordon around the site.

Firemen wearing protective clothing from Hampshire Fire Brigade’s specialist hazardous materials unit were called in to try and find the source of the leak.

A spokesman for the brigade said they had not yet been able to establish the type of gas at the centre of the incident.

More than 10 ambulances were on the scene. South Central Ambulance Service said everybody had been accounted for.

The Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and Southampton General Hospital said they were preparing to receive patients if needed. In a statement, Sainsbury’s said: “We can confirm there has been an incident at our Hedge End store this evening.
Wednesday, 18 September, 2013 at 03:34 (03:34 AM) UTC RSOE

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Investigation After Gas Leak At Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s has started an investigation after 62 people needed medical treatment because of a gas leak at their Hedge End store near Southampton.

All three emergency services were called to Sainsbury’s in Tollbar Way and the Marks & Spencer next door, just after 5pm on Tuesday 17 September, after shoppers complained of feeling unwell at the tills in Sainsbury’s. Both stores were evacuated.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue confirmed that the source was a leaking refrigerator at the Sainsbury’s store, but said the gas was ‘non-toxic’. M&S was also closed as a precaution.

62 people were checked over for symptoms including coughing, difficulty breathing, chest pains and runny eyes and noses. One person was taken to hospital as a precaution. No-one was seriously affected by the gas.

A 60-yard exclusion zone was put round the stores by police, and hospitals in the area were put on standby.

The fire service checked out the store but later said there was no further risk to the public. Cordons were lifted at around 9pm.

A fire service spokeswoman confirmed that the gas had been identified as a refrigerant. She said:

“We have attended a refrigerant leak at the Hedge End Retail Park on Toolbar Way, Hedge End, Hampshire.

“Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to reassure residents in the local area that there is no public health warning, following earlier reports of a gas leak.”

Sainsbury’s says an investigation into the cause of the gas leak is underway, and anyone affected is asked to call their customer careline.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said:

“Last night at around 6pm, our Hedge End store was evacuated, along with the neighbouring M&S store. Following air quality checks, the emergency services confirmed the site safe at 8.25pm.

“We have worked overnight to conduct further tests and have found no cause for concern, so have reopened the store at 7am today.”

An M&S spokeswoman said that a total of 100 of its staff had been evacuated from the store, and 40 had been treated as a precaution. She said:

“We were advised by police to evacuate our Hedge End store following the detection of a gas leak in an adjacent store. The store remains closed and we are supporting the emergency services.”

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At least 62 shoppers fell ill at Sainsbury’s and M&S supermarkets after gas leaked from a fridge

A shopping centre had to be evacuated and 62 people required medical treatment after a suspected gas leak from a faulty supermarket fridge.
Hazardous materials officers were called to the retail centre at Hedge End, in Southampton, after staff and shoppers at a Sainsbury’s fell ill at the checkout.
A neighbouring Marks and Spencer store also had to be evacuated last night.
Officers from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service entered the building in protective clothing and found the gas was a refrigerant.
Police cordoned off a 60-yard exclusion zone around the two stores.
The alarm was raised when people at the Sainsbury’s check-outs complained of feeling unwell shortly after 5pm.
The Marks and Spencer store was also cleared because it shares the same heating system.
More than ten ambulances were at the scene with paramedics treating people inside the vehicles.
One elderly woman was put into an ambulance and driven away to hospital.
Writing on Twitter, website manager Richard Hillier said: ‘Hopefully the gas leak wasn’t serious.
‘Left Sainsbury’s Hedge End just as emergency services turned up. Haven’t stopped coughing since leaving.’

US: Massive fire on the historic Seaside boardwalk along the New Jersey shore, fanned by strong wind, out of control – 120913 2210z

The Ocean (NJ) Boardwalk 6 Alarm fire continues to rage out of control.

(Picture courtesy of John Lobello twitter account)

Fire thought to have started about two or more hours ago (estimate) at 1807 Boardwalk (Fun Town Pier). Heavy winds are driving the blaze.

Entire boardwalk will be lost. Heavy winds and water supply issues. 4 storey condo building 3 blocks north of main fire now burning, no apparatus available to respond. Situation dismal.

Seaside Park NJ chief: “We’re in trouble here. We’ve got major problems.”

(All the above sourced from @Alertpage – credit)

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Firefighters Battle 6-Alarm Boardwalk Blaze In Seaside Park

CBS Chopper 3 Over Seaside Park Fire

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Seaside Boardwalk Fire NJ – Fire erupts on Seaside Park NJ boardwalk

A stretch of boardwalk on the Jersey Shore was engulfed in flames this afternoon when a five-alarm fire broke out in Seaside Park, N.J.

The boardwalk is near the same stretch of sand where a rollercoaster landed upright in the ocean after Superstorm Sandy hit the coastline in October 2012.

The fire began at a Kohr’s frozen custard stand on the boardwalk, according to WABC.

Officials told ABC News that the section of boardwalk that is on fire is the only stretch that was not rebuilt after Sandy. It was part of the old boardwalk that was not destroyed in the storm, they said.

Children’s rides and amusements were also located along the part of the boardwalk affected by the fire.

There is no immediate word on how the fire started, according to WPVI. Seaside Park officials did not immediately respond to calls from ABC News.

Parts of the famed boardwalk — home of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and to amusements and restaurants — was destroyed in the storm but quickly rebuilt in order to open by the summer of 2013.

Egypt: ‘Maersk Kampala’ Container ship Caught Fire Near Suez Canal – 300813 1205z

'Maersk Kampala' Containership Caught Fire Near the Suez Canal

Maersk Line can confirm that the Maersk Kampala is presently fighting a fire in two containers within the foremost bays on deck. The vessel is fully maneuverable, but drifting south of the Suez Canal.

All crew are accounted for and no injuries reported and communication with the vessel is ongoing.

Tugboats with fire-fighting capability are on the scene fighting the fire. In addition, a fire fighting team will arrive this evening to provide further assistance.
Friday, 30 August, 2013 at 08:54 (08:54 AM) UTC RSOE

 

Europe: Fourth firefighter killed as wildfires rage in Spain and Portugal – 270813 1955z

 

Fourth firefighter killed as wildfires rage in Spain and Portugal

The fires have consumed large parts of forests in the two countries.

Firefighters carry fire hoses as they work to extinguish a forest fire outskirts of Cebreros, Spain, Sunday 4 August
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“FIREFIGHTERS AND LOCAL residents struggled today to tackle raging wildfires that have consumed large swathes of forest in Portugal and Spain and cost the lives of four emergency workers.

Firefighter death

A volunteer firefighter who tackled the same blaze as a female colleague killed last week in the mountains of central Portugal has died from his injuries, his commander Carlos Coelho said.

The 23-year-old’s death brings the number of emergency responders killed in Portugal’s August fires to four.

More than 800 firefighters were mobilised in Portugal to tackle the blazes, which have intensified overnight due to high winds.

A spokesman for Portugal’s emergencies agency repeated his call for France to remain in the country after two French planes were dispatched to drop water on affected regions this week.

“The French mission is supposed to be completed Thursday, but we asked for an extension. We are waiting for a response,” said Miguel Cruz, spokesman for the Civil Protection Authority.

Two Spanish planes had also helped Portuguese authorities take on the fires but returned home at the weekend.

‘Difficult situation’

Cruz said Portugal would not ask neighbouring Spain for more help because of their own “difficult situation”, as firefighters and water-dumping planes battled a large wildfire in Spain’s northwest that drove residents from their homes, according to officials.

The blaze, one of hundreds to ravage Spain’s parched land over the summer, broke out late yesterday near Oia, a village on the Atlantic coast near the border with Portugal.

Firefighters backed by aeroplanes and helicopters were battling to curb flames that ravaged 1,200 hectares as they spread, the regional government said in a statement.

An alert was declared after the fire came close to some houses and residents were evacuated, an official in the Galicia region rural affairs ministry told AFP, but no one was reported hurt.

“The situation has improved since last night,” the official said. “We are not aware of the fire reaching any houses, although there were some evacuations.”

Spanish newspapers said the number of evacuations was at least 176.

The ministry said firefighters had controlled four other fires in the region in recent days, which burned thousands of hectares between them.

The central government said it had sent firefighting planes and personnel to the Oia fire and two others, in the Asturias region and the Tarragona area west of Barcelona.

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Wildfires ravage Portugal and Spain

SKY NEWS AUSTRALIA Updated: 21:48, Tuesday August 27, 2013

“Around 1000 firefighters are trying to put out 11 major wildfires in Portugal amid continuing hot weather and strong night-time winds.

The National Civil Protection Authority said on Tuesday the biggest blaze was near Viseu, about 200 kilometres north of the capital Lisbon.

It said four water-dropping aircraft were helping more than 360 firefighters working in thick woodland and ravines there.

Temperatures above 30C were forecast for northern areas where wildfires have caused the most damage, but winds were expected to drop.

Officials said a 23-year-old firefighter died on Monday night from severe burns he sustained in a wildfire last week. That blaze killed another firefighter at the scene.

Forest blazes have caused the death of four Portuguese firefighters this northern summer.

In Spain, firefighters and water-dumping planes were battling a large wildfire in the northwest that has driven local residents from their homes.

The blaze, one of hundreds to ravage Spain’s parched land over the northern summer, broke out late on Monday near Oia, a village on the Atlantic coast near the border with Portugal.

Firefighters backed by aeroplanes and helicopters were battling to curb the flames which have ravaged 1000 hectares as they spread, the regional government said in a statement on Tuesday.

An alert was declared after the fire came close to some houses and residents were evacuated, an official in the Galicia region rural affairs ministry told AFP, but no one was reported hurt.

‘The situation has improved since last night,’ the official said. ‘We are not aware of the fire reaching any houses, although there were some evacuations.’

The ministry said firefighters had controlled four other fires in the region in recent days, which burned thousands of hectares between them.” – skynews.com.au

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Weather warnings: Portugal

Venezuela: Oil refinery fire blamed on lightning strike (Videos) – 120813 1435z

A huge pillar of black smoke enveloped the Venezuelan town of Puerto La Cruz on Sunday after a bolt of lightning set fire to one of the country’s largest oil refineries, prompting residents to evacuate the immediate area.

Firefighters battling the blaze in heavy rain managed to extinguish the fire, according to vice-president of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, Asdrubal Chavez.

He congratulated fire crews for their “sustained effort which allowed us to control this important fire in record time.”
Monday, 12 August, 2013 at 09:57 (09:57 AM) UTC RSOE

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‘Lightning’ to blame for Venezuela oil refinery fire

Homes were evacuated on Sunday after a fire broke out at one of Venezuela’s largest oil refineries.

According to authorities, the blaze at the Puerto La Cruz refinery in the eastern part of the country was sparked by lightning during a thunderstorm – but was extinguished after four hours.

Alvaro Ricciardelli reports.


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BBC News – ‘Lightning’ to blame for Venezuela oil refinery fire

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Venezuela: oil refinery fire blamed on lightning strike

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Published on Aug 12, 2013

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: oil refinery fire blamed on lightning which struck a storage tank. Firefighters battling the flames in a steady rain, fire completely extinguished. Luckily, no casualties. Aug 11, 2013 video /

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: incendie d’une raffinerie pétrolière attribué à la foudre qui a touché un réservoir de stockage. L’incendie a complètement éteint, les pompiers luttent contre les flammes dans une pluie. Heureusement, aucune victime. 11 août 2013 /

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: Öl-Raffinerie Feuer auf einem Blitz, der Schlaganfall einen Vorratstank verantwortlich gemacht. Das Feuer vollständig gelöscht, Feuerwehrmänner, die Flammen in einem regen. Zum Glück keine Verletzten. 11. August 2013 /

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: olieraffinaderij brand toegeschreven aan een blikseminslag die een beroerte een opslagtank. Het vuur volledig gedoofd, brandweerlieden vechten tegen de vlammen in een regen. Gelukkig, geen slachtoffers. 11 augustus 2013 /

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: raffineria di petrolio fuoco attribuito a un fulmine che ha colpito un serbatoio di stoccaggio. Il fuoco completamente spento, i vigili del fuoco combattono le fiamme in una pioggia. Per fortuna, nessuna vittima. 11 agosto 2013 /

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: fogo refinaria de petróleo atribuída a um relâmpago que traço um tanque de armazenamento. O fogo completamente extinto, os bombeiros combatendo as chamas em uma chuva. Felizmente, não houve vítimas. 11 de agosto de 2013 /

Puerto La Cruz, Wenezuela: pożar rafinerii obwiniać piorun który skok w zbiorniku. Ogień całkowicie ugaszony, strażacy walczą z płomieniami w deszczu. Na szczęście nie było ofiar. 11 sierpnia 2013 /

Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela: oljeraffinaderi eld skyllde på en blixt som slår en lagringstank. Branden släckt helt, brandmän slåss lågorna i ett regn. Lyckligtvis inga offer. Aug 11, 2013 /

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Lightning sparks massive fire at refinery in Venezuela

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Published on Aug 11, 2013

A huge pillar of black smoke enveloped the Venezuelan town of Puerto La Cruz on Sunday after a bolt of lightning set fire to one of the country’s largest oil refineries, prompting residents to evacuate the immediate area. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/srvtpj

Drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico collapses after fire

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The operator of the natural gas rig burning out of control in the Gulf of Mexico has begun preparations to move a jack-up rig to the location to potentially drill a relief well…The well suffered a blowout Tuesday morning and the rig caught fire later Tuesday night when the leaking natural gas ignited…

No one was on board at the time of the ignition and no one was injured, according to BSEE. The burning rig is southwest of Grand Isle, about 55 miles offshore, authorities said.

As the rig fire continues, the beams supporting the derrick and rig floor have folded and have collapsed over the rig structure, BSEE stated on Wednesday morning.

The Coast Guard said the rig caught fire at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday and BSEE stated that the source of the ignition remained unknown on Wednesday morning…The description of the incident…lists that 47 people had been evacuated from…

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US: 3 Alarm fire in Webster, MA forces 2 men to jump out 2nd floor window – Speculation that fire hydrant not working, delaying water to blaze – 310513 1220z

(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik)

“A fire has destroyed a house in Webster, Mass. It forced people inside to literally jump out the second-floor windows.

The 3-alarm fire is at 4 Goddard Street. Fire officials are on scene at the multi-family home.

Everyone did get out safely, however one man is badly injured after jumping out of a second-floor window.

There were five people at home when the fire started. There were two people on the second floor and three people on the first.

The two people on the second floor were two 49-year-old men. Both of them had to jump to safety out the second floor window. The first guy to jump out the window apparently broke his hip and was rushed to a local hospital.

NECNs Kathryn Sotnik spoke with the second man, John Noga, who jumped out the window but only has minor injuries.”

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Published on 31 May 2013

“Fire in Webster, MA – 4-something AM. Across from the corner of Lake and Harris St. Heard some of the neighbors talking about hearing on the scanner that the fire hydrant wasn’t working and another one was taken out. Please note that this is hearsay and I can’t verify this one way or the other. It appeared that the blaze was going for quite some time before the firefighters were able to get water on it.”

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China: Massive blast rips through Shandong explosives factory. At least 12 dead, 19 injured, others missing – 200513 1630z

A massive blast ripped through an explosives factory Monday in eastern China, killing five people and leaving another 20 missing, state media reported.

Rescue work was continuing at the site of the mid-morning explosion in Shandong province’s Caofan township, the Xinhua News Agency said. The company website said the factory run by the Baoli group manufactures 10,000 tons of industrial explosives annually.

A total of 34 people were inside the factory at the time of the blast, and only 14 of them have been found so far, including those that died, Xinhua said.

The cause of the blast and condition of the nine survivors were not known.

A government spokesman for the surrounding city of Zhangqiu said a full accounting of the dead and injured was being compiled and would be released.

Like many Chinese bureaucrats, he would only give his surname, Cao. China has sought to tighten access to explosives used for quarrying following a series of attacks by people using homemade bombs. However, safety rules are often ignored and industrial accidents remain common.

Monday, 20 May, 2013 at 08:58 (08:58 AM) UTC RSOE

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Death toll climbs to 12 in Shandong factory explosion

(05-20 17:22)

“The death toll from a blast that ripped through an explosives manufacturing plant in east China’s Shandong Province on Monday has climbed to 12, local government said.

The explosion, which occurred at 10:45 a.m. inside a workshop of a plant owned by Poly Explosives (Jinan) Co., Ltd. in Caofan Township, Zhangqiu City, also injured 19 people, Xinhua news agency reports.
Thirty-four workers were in the workshop at the time of the accident that caused the building to collapse, according to a statement released by the publicity department of the Zhangqiu City government.
Eight other workers were also working near the workshop when the blast occurred.
As of Monday afternoon, 31 workers had been pulled out of the rubble, including 12 who were killed, the statement said.
Those injured workers, including two who sustained serious injuries, are being treated in local hospitals.
Search and rescue work for the missing workers is ongoing.
Poly Explosives (Jinan) Co., Ltd. is a professional manufacturer of civil explosive materials. Covering an area of 66 hectares, the company’s plant in Caofan Township was a new manufacturing base with an annual output of at least 30,000 tonnes of explosives, according to information on the company’s official website.” – thestandard.com.hk

12 killed and 20 Missing in China factory explosion


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Published on 20 May 2013
A massive blast ripped through an explosives factory in eastern China, killing at least 12 people and leaving others buried in the debris on Monday, State media reported.Rescuers were taking care to avoid setting off additional explosions as they went through the site of the mid-morning explosion in Shandong province’s Caofan township, the China News Service said. The company website said the factory, run by the Baoli group, manufactures 10,000 tonnes of industrial explosives annually.

The force of the blast flung broken glass, smashed concrete and other debris as far as 200 meters (600 feet), reports said. Walls in outlying buildings were flattened and glass shattered.

A total of 34 people were inside the factory at the time of the blast and survivors were rushed to hospital. The cause of the blast and condition of those injured were not immediately known.

Japan: Fire aboard freighter in Wakkanai port leaves 6 Russian crew dead, 3 injured – 170513 1720z

Six bodies found after fire on ship in Japan

“TOKYO Six bodies, suspected to be those of Russian crew members, were found aboard a cargo ship that caught fire on Thursday while anchored in a Japanese port, a coastguard and news reports said.

Fire took hold of the 497-tonne Cambodian-registered freighter, Taigan, which has been in the port of Wakkanai in northern Japan since Tuesday, said an official at the local coastguard office.

A total of 23 Russian and Ukrainian crew members were on the ship, which had transported crabs from a Sakhalin port. Six of them — all Russian — had been unaccounted for, the coastguard said.

“We have found six bodies in the ship and are now identifying them,” the official said, adding that two other crew members were hospitalised for burns but neither was in a life-threatening condition.

Local reports said the six victims were the missing Russian crew members.

The fire was put out by early Thursday afternoon, the official added.” – AFP 160513

NHK WORLD 6 dead in freighter fire at Wakkanai

Six sailors were found dead after a fire on a foreign freighter docked at a port in Hokkaido, northern Japan.
The sailors are presumed to be Russians.

The incident occurred on the Cambodian-registered ship “Taigan” docked at Wakkanai port.

Authorities were alerted of the fire at around 1:45 AM on Thursday. Firefighters and Japan Coast Guard patrol boats were deployed. The emergency personnel took 11 hours to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters said they found 6 male bodies inside the vessel. Police have yet to confirm their identities, but they believe they are the 6 Russian crew members still unaccounted for.

23 Russian and Ukrainian crewmembers were on board the vessel. Three are being treated at a hospital for burns and other injuries.

Japanese Police are questioning the captain of the ship as part of their investigation.

The freighter entered the port on Tuesday carrying a load of Russian crabs.

May 16, 2013 – Updated 07:32 UTC

Six bodies of sailors found in a burned-out ship at the Japanese port of Wakkanai

ruvr.ru May 16, 2013 11:05 Moscow Time

Япония порт Исигаки

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Six people were killed on Thursday as a result of a fire that broke out on the ship “Taigan” carrying Russian-Ukrainian crew, which had docked at the Japanese port of Wakkanai. The bodies of those dead were found by rescuers, said the local branch of the Japanese Maritime Safety department.

The fire on the ship, which lasted more than 11 hours has been extinguished. After the start of the fire most of the crew, including the captain left the ship. Three sailors were taken to hospital, their lives are reportedly out of danger. Currently, the Japanese authorities, together with the captain of the ship are investigating into cause of the incident.

The ship “Taigan” with a capacity of 497 tons was docked at Wakkanai on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido on May 14th with the flag of Cambodia flying on its deck. The ship was carrying a load of crabs from the port of Korsakov of Sakhalin Oblast in Russia. Initially the ship had a crew of 14 Russians and 4 Ukrainians on board. In Wakkanai they were joined by five more Russians.” – ruvr.ru

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Published on 16 May 2013

Six Russian crew members have died in a fire aboard their freighter which was docked at a northern Japanese port. The Taigan caught fire just after 1 a.m. on Thursday. It took about 12 hours for firefighters to put out the blaze. (May 16)

India: Fireworks factory explosion leaves 4 dead (named), 18 injured (inc 2 children). Factory owner arrested – 170513 0930z

Three people, including a woman, were killed on the spot and 19 others, including a child, sustained injuries in an explosion at Meenakshi Fireworks at Kichanayakkanpatti in Sivakasi taluk on Wednesday.

The accident occurred around 9am when the workers were busy manufacturing fireworks at the small unit. S G Rangan, Revenue Divisional Officer of Sivakasi, who inspected the accident site said that the unit was involved in production of small fireworks, mostly light-emitting ones. “The initial investigation reveals that the workers were involved in sieving the chemical mixer and one of them apparently dropped the sieve, triggering the explosion. Three died on the spot,” he said.
Friday, 17 May, 2013 at 04:36 (04:36 AM) UTC RSOE

Three people, including a woman, died and 19 others, including a toddler, were injured in an explosion at Meenakshi Fireworks in Kichanayakkanpatti near Sivakasi on Wednesday.

The explosion took place at Meenakshi Fireworks Unit when the workers were engaged in mixing chemicals for preparing crackers when the accident happened.

G. Mariappan (65) and Chella Karuppayee were killed on the spot. S.Paramasivam (55) of Thulukkapatti died a few hours after he was admitted to Government Hospital.

Sivakasi revenue divisional officer S G Rangan, who inspected the accident site, said the unit was involved in production of small fireworks, mostly light emitting ones.”- chennaivision.com

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Three dead in blast at unit near Sivakasi

“Three people, including a woman, died and 19 others, including a toddler, were injured in an explosion at Meenakshi Fireworks in Kichanayakkanpatti near Sivakasi on Wednesday. The explosion occurred at 9am when the workers had just begun work. It was a small unit licensed by the district revenue officer. The victims were identified as Paramasivam, 58, Mariappan, 65, and Chellakarupayi, 25.

Sivakasi revenue divisional officer S G Rangan, who inspected the accident site, said the unit was involved in production of small fireworks, mostly light emitting ones. “Initial investigation has revealed that the workers were sieving the chemical mixture and one of them apparently dropped the sieve, which triggered the explosion,” he said.

It took hours for the fire department to control the blaze and carry out rescue operations. One of the processing rooms was completely damaged while three more rooms and a shed suffered damage, the Maraneri police said. The injured were rushed to Sivakasi Government Hospital where they were treated for burn injuries. M Kathiresan, joint director of Health Services, said off the 19 injured one Mariswaran is critically-injured with more than 95% burn injuries.

“Others are safe and responding well to treatment,” he said. Among the injured, three are minors. They include one-and-half-year-old T Manojkumar, while Mariswaran, the critically-injured, was 11- years-old. Another boy Arunpandi, 13, was also among the injured. Maraneri police have booked cases against the factory owner, Karupiah from Pudutheru, Sivakasi, and three others.

Among them, factory manager S Ponraj, 45, from Vilampatti was arrested by the police, while three of them, Karupiah, his partner Murugan and foremen Muniandi, are still absconding, police said.” – chennaipatrika.com

Child labour still alive in cracker town

17th May 2013 08:38 AM

“The death of an 11-year-old boy, who was injured in an explosion at Meenakshi Fireworks at Chithanayakanpatti near Sivakasi on Wednesday, has not only raised the toll in the tragedy to four but also turned the spotlight back on the use of child labourers in such units. S Mariswaran died in the early hours of Thursday at Sivakasi Government Hospital.

The blast, which was believed to have been caused by mishandling of chemicals, also left 20 workers injured. Mariswaran and Arunpandi (13) were both employed with the fireworks unit. District Child Protection Officer of the Tamil Nadu Child Rights Consortium P Rajagopal said, Most people think that child labour in fireworks factories has been eradicated but it still prevails as children tend to join these units during the school holidays in a bid to support their families as they get paid up to `100 for a days work. He said that area residents claimed that more children were to join work at the unit before the blast occurred.

Rajagopal explained that as it was the summer holidays, many children would work in printing, matchstick and fireworks units in the town as the wages help pay school fees and buy books.

Rajagopal alleged that there were many cracker units in Sivakasi that had not been inspected even once and called on officials to fix a target of visiting at least 75 per cent of these units.

Three Held for Blast

Meanwhile on Thursday, three people, including the owner of Meenakshi Fireworks, were arrested. Owner Karuppiah, manager Ponraj and foreman Muniandi were arrested while police were searching for Murugan, a partner in the unit.” – newindianexpress.com

UK: Belper, Derbyshire – Explosion and fire at former Thorntons factory sparks asbestos fear – 100513 2220z

(Photo: belpernews.co.uk) Fire at former Thorntons factory , Belper, Derbyshire

“Eyewitnesses reported a horrific bang as a large explosion went off in a former factory building in Belper town centre.

Workers at nearby businesses said they were shocked at the speed at which the fire spread at the former Thorntons site on Derwent Street when it broke out at around 3.30pm on Friday.

Firefighters and paramedics were quickly on the scene and a police investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.

A police helicopter circled over the affected area warning residents to shut doors and windows as plumes of smoke containing asbestos spread quickly across the town.

Nigel Taft, 42, of nearby business Amber Valet said: “I had just pulled-up on Derwent Street when there was a horrific huge bang and then what sounded like big fireworks going off. I heard it was ignited with propane.”

Daniel Wilson, 17, said: “The fire went up so quickly and with such an explosion. The paramedic cars were here so quickly and the firefighters had it under control in a really short space of time.”

Police and fire chiefs advised people living nearby not to pick it up debris as it may contain asbestos.

Now, Amber Valley Borough Council has employed a specialist contractor to begin the initial clean up.

If you suspect that some of this material may be on your property please call the council to arrange its removal on 01773 841414.

A spokesman issued the following advice:

• Dampen any materials

• Minimise your exposure to the material.

• Wear gloves if you need to move the material.

• Do not break up the material.

• The material can be placed in double plastic bags for later collection by Amber •

Valley Borough Council.

Derbyshire FRS: Incident at Belper, if you find any debris from the fire, please do not touch, inform Environmental Health or Police. Now safe to open your windows. Thanks everyone for your co-operation.” – extracts from belpernews.co.uk

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Fire Behind Belper Tackle and Gun 10/5/13

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Fire Behind Belper Tackle and Gun at what appears to be the old Thornton’s factory, sounded like fireworks but the noise was the asbestos roof popping.

Belper Fire

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Belper explosion

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As it happens the belper explosion

belper explosion

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smoke rising in the aftermath of an explosion in a disused factory in belper

Ukraine: Kharkiv blaze in 9 storey hostel leaves 3 dead, 10 injured, 41 rescued and 105 evacuated – 070513 0820z

(Photo: kyivpost.com) Fire at a hostel in Kharkiv

This morning, May 6, fire in a dormitory at 33 Timurovtsev Street in Kharkiv killed three people, the press service of the Kharkiv City Council informs.
According to deputy mayor of Kharkiv for health and social welfare Svitlana Horbunova-Ruban, a fire started in a nine-storey building with elevator shaft and spread across the entrance of an apartment building.
As a result of fire and heavy smoke, three people were killed, nine were hospitalized.
According to assistant chief of the state Emergency Service department in the Kharkiv region Ihor Lupandin, 41 resident of the dormitory were saved, 106 people were evacuated while fighting a fire.
Assistant chief noted that now rescuers, doctors, psychologists, members of all city utilities and emergency services representatives from the departments of the executive committee of the Kharkiv City Council are working at the scene.
A census of residents is conducted. Stations of food services, psychological aid and medical first aid are installed. A tent was also set up for the needs of residents of the burnt house.
Monday, 06 May, 2013 at 19:52 (07:52 PM) UTC RSOE
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Interfax-Ukraine
Three people were killed and ten were hospitalized in a fire at a hostel in Kharkiv early on Monday, the main office of the State Service on Emergency Situations in Kharkiv region has reported.
The message about the fire in a nine-storey building at 33 Tymurovtsiv Street came at 0613. Rescuers said upon arrival at the scene of the fire that household things were burning in the corridors on the third and fourth floors of the building. The total area of the fire was about 800 square meters.

Because of thick smoke rescue workers had to rescue residents of apartments on the upper floors. Forty-one residents of the house were rescued through a fire ladder and stairwells, and 105 people were evacuated.

Three people (residents of apartments in the nine-story building), among them two women born in 1967 and 1960 and a man born in 1990, were killed in the fire. Ten people, including four children, were injured. They were taken to hospital.

One of the firefighters was injured during the rescue operation and hospitalized.

Fourteen vehicles and 60 rescuers were working at the scene.

The fire was contained at 0851 and extinguished at 0900. The causes of the fire and damages are being established.

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

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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, Korrespondent.net 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,

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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

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?

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Burning car in Beijing 2
Burning car in Beijing 3

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.

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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.

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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
Natunbarta.com

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.
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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) http://au.news.yahoo.com

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. aljazeera.com 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.

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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. heraldsun.com.au

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25 April 2013 Extract from bloomberg.com:
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 Bdnews24.com 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.

Full story: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-24/at-least-70-people-killed-as-a-building-in-bangladesh-collapses.html

Dhaka building collapse: Dozens found alive in rubble

BBC NEWS

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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

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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.

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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
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UPDATE 0950 UTC:

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.

UPDATE 2040 UTC:

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:

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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.

 

Source:
Al Jazeera And Agencies

Update 1st May 2013:

Bangladesh building collapse: Death toll passes 400

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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

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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.

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Update 9 May 2013:

Bangladesh building collapse death toll over 800

BBC

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

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

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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.” – informationng.com

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 pmnewsnigeria.com

 

Antarctica: 97 saved from Chinese factory fishing ship fire – 180413 1615z

“SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) –

A Chinese factory fishing ship caught fire Wednesday just off the coast of Antarctica and 97 crew members were rescued by a nearby Norwegian vessel as Chile’s military mobilized to prevent any environmental damage.

(Photo: komonews.com) In this picture released by Chile’s Air Force, smoke billows from a Chinese factory fishing ship Kai Xin just off the coast of Antarctica, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

The crew members abandoned the burning Kai Xin and were taken aboard the Juvel about 34 miles (55 kilometers) from Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins research base near the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula, Chilean officials said.

The ship was not immediately at risk of sinking, and nearby vessels could tow it away from the Antarctic coast if necessary, officials said.

Capt. Juan Marcelo Villegas, maritime governor for Chile’s portion of Antarctica, told The Associated Press that Chile’s navy could send a tugboat from Punta Arenas, near the southern tip of South America, to tow the ship to harbor as long as it remained seaworthy.

Chile’s air force was preparing a second flight for Thursday to check on the vessel’s condition. The Kai Xin left port in Uruguay and Chilean officials did not know how much fuel it was carrying, Villegas said.

“At the moment the weather conditions are pretty favorable. There’s little wind and the ocean conditions are good, so, for the moment, there’s no imminent risk of sinking,” Villegas said.

China’s Panamanian-flagged Skyfrost ship was approaching the area and would be able to take on the rescued sailors, he said.

Chile’s Antarctic base could not handle the rescued crew, Villegas said. He said the chief of China’s Antarctic base had been notified.

China’s Foreign Ministry had no immediate comment, but the official Xinhua News Agency said the Chinese Embassy in Santiago was in close contact with Chilean authorities over the matter.

The environmental group Greenpeace said the crippled Chinese ship is part of an international fleet of about 50 vessels authorized by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources to fish off the Antarctic coast.

“This Chinese fishing ship that’s on fire has permission to fish for krill,” Milko Schvartzman, who campaigns against overfishing for Greenpeace, said in an email.

He said Greenpeace opposed the Antarctic fishing. “They don’t know how the ecosystem might be affected by fishing for krill, which forms part of the foundation for the entire ocean food chain,” Schvartzman wrote.

The commission is meeting in July in Berlin to discuss the possible creation of large Antarctic marine reserves. Schvartzman said Greenpeace is lobbying for approval, saying the reserves would “protect one of the most pristine regions left in the oceans.” ” – komonews.com

Nigeria: Fire Sweeps Through Popular Lagos Market

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photo One of the Lagos State popular markets, Alade Market, Ikeja, was on Sunday engulfed in flames .One of the Lagos State popular markets, Alade Market, Ikeja, was on Sunday engulfed in flames .

Although the cause of the inferno could not be established as of press time, eyewitnesses told our correspondents that the fire was extensive.

Alade is popular in Lagos for its bureau-de-change activities and boutiques.

Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Razaq Fadipe, told one of our correspondents on the telephone that officials of the service were battling to put out the fire.

He said, “We got a distress call this evening that Alade Market was on fire. We have deployed a team from Alausa station to the place. The fire is extensive, but as I am talking to you, we are working hard to put it out.”

Also, a source in the state Emergency Management Agency said LASEMA had mobilised its officials and were at the scene of the inferno to assist in…

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