| AROUND THE WORLD: AUGUST, 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 27th August 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 26th August 2009
SPAIN: A wildfire forced the evacuation of about 20 people overnight in eastern Spain, emergency services said Wednesday. The 20 were evacuated preventatively
from the village of Villalonga as flames were moving through pine forest and bush towards their country houses. The fire, which was fanned by wind, was believed
to have been sparked by lightning. Wildfires have consumed more than 80,000 hectares this year in Spain and Portugal.
BULGARIA: Suspicions are that the August 26 2009 fire near the Bulgarian Black Sea coastal resort of Sveti Vlas that destroyed 30ha of forest was started
deliberately, according to Roumen Zhelev, head of the Bourgas regional forestry department. The fire was reported to have started on dry grass on private land and
spread to a nearby pine forest, at one point coming near the Coral Beach Hotel.
UKRAINE: Food poisoning struck a Ukrainian army combat unit, leaving more than 150 soldiers on sick list, Ukrainian Army officials said Wednesday. Soldiers and
officers of the 72nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade based in Bely Tserkov in central Ukraine began suffering gastric complaints after meals in the unit cafeteria. More
than 60 soldiers with severe symptoms were hospitalized, but all are expected to recover, army officials said.
CHINA: At least five workers were killed and seven were injured when a stone bridge under construction collapsed Monday in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, a
local official said Wednesday
CYPRUS: An unnamed Cyprus dairy has been forced to destroy 2,500 litres of milk after an inspection by health authorities discovered large quantities of dangerous
toxins on its premises. Large amounts of aflatoxin M1 were detected at the dairy firm and were destroyed earlier this week. The problem emerged as the Cyprus
Diaries Organisation carried out intensified checks for aflatoxin milk at the so-far unnamed location. Authorities confiscated and destroyed 2,500 litres of milk while
four farms were placed under quarantine.
CANADA: About 160 residents living near the southern Interior town of Salmon Arm, B.C., have been forced out of their homes after a fire sparked by a lightning
storm last week was blown up by gusty winds. On Monday afternoon, emergency officials issued the evacuation order for the residents around the Notch Hill and
Tappen-Notch Hill Road areas as winds gusted up to 40 kilometres per hour.
Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 25th August 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 24th August 2009
GREECE: Greek firefighters are facing another day battling wildfires still threatening areas north of Athens. Thousands of residents of the capital's northern suburbs
were forced to leave their homes as dozens of houses and large areas of forest were burnt.
UKRAINE: Donetska Oblast - A methane explosion at a pit in eastern Ukraine's Donbass coalfield, plagued by recurring accidents, killed eight miners and injured five
on Sunday, industry officials were quoted as saying. The coal industry's safety directorate said the blast occurred late on Sunday afternoon at the Kirov mine in
Makeyevka, outside Donetsk, the coalfield's main centre. It said 141 miners had been underground at the colliery at the time of the blast.
NORTHERN IRELAND: Co Tyrone - A clean-up operation was under way last night after a flood damaged 10 houses and two businesses in Newtownstewart. A
blocked grille is said to have been overwhelmed when heavy rain ran-off fields into a small river sending a torrent of water surging into part of the town. The flood
carrying mud and river sediment poured into properties in the Mill Street, Mill Court and Dublin Street areas.
RUSSIA: Siberia - An oil reservoir was set ablaze by lightning overnight, killing one firefighter and leaving two others missing, Russian news agencies reported on
Sunday. Eighty-eight firefighters were dispatched to tackle the blaze at the Kanda oil transport station, controlled by Russian oil pipeline monopoly Transneft.
TANZANIA: A fire that started when a student at a central Tanzanian girls' school tried to study in candle light has killed 12 students, police said on Sunday. The
Saturday night incident at Idodi Secondary School in Iringa region, about 460 km (285 miles) southwest of the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, razed a dormitory
to the ground.
CANADA: Nova Scotia - Hurricane Bill brushed the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia with torrential rains and heavy gusts Sunday â€” leaving thousands without power
and flooding beach areas â€” but passing far enough offshore to spare residents the full force of its winds. Officials at the Canadian Hurricane Centre called it a "near
miss," but warned that dangerous conditions could still occur as Bill arrives as a Category 1 storm in Cape Breton on Sunday evening and southeast Newfoundland
Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 23rd August 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 22nd August 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 21st August 2009
FRANCE: Mounds of rotting seaweed clogging beaches across northwestern France are emitting a toxic and potentially lethal gas, test results released by the
government showed on Thursday.
SWINE FLU: Targeting vaccines to school-age children and their parents could help manage potential outbreaks of swine and seasonal flu and avert worrisome
vaccine shortages, researchers suggested on Thursday.
IBERIAN PENINSULA: Hundreds of firefighters battled raging wildfires in northern Portugal and Spain Wednesday, as the flames disrupted an international train
route and sparked the evacuation of a village.
SWINE FLU: Deaths from swine flu in Latin America -- the worst-hit region in the world -- rose to over 1,300 on Wednesday after governments added to tolls from
the disease. Brazil late Tuesday said its count climbed to 368 deaths, putting it just behind Argentina which, with 404 deaths, has the second-highest fatality tally in
the world. The United States has 477 deaths.
USA: Maryland - A scary situation took place at a Maryland high school as a dozen players and coaches passed out at football practice. At first it was thought to be
heat exhaustion but now there are concerns that a chemical used in field maintenance may be the cause. (Thanks Kent)
PORTUGAL: A landslide at a beach in the Algarve of southern Portugal killed one person, left four missing and injured two, emergency services said. Part of a cliff
crashed onto tourists onto the packed Maria Luisa beach at Albufeira. About 20 firefighters were searching for those missing.
AUSTRALIA: WA - Two Federal Government aircraft containing oil dispersal chemicals are flying to a crude oil and gas leak at the West Atlas offshore drilling craft
off the northern WA coast. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has activated a national response plan to deal with the spill 250km north of Truscott in WA's
USA: North Carolina - Two people are undergoing treatment for rabies after being attacked by a rabid fox in southern Richmond County Monday night. A man and a
woman were walking to their car parked on Battley Dairy Road near Marks Creek when the fox attacked her leg.
INDIA: It's a virus that has already claimed over 100 lives but Indian and American scientists seem to have no clue about what it is. While the entire country is busy
dealing with H1N1 influenza, a mystery virus is causing havoc in Uttar Pradesh. Since January, the state has recorded 665 cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome
(AES) -- a severe neurological condition associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Around 137 people have already succumbed to the viral infection.
CANADA: Ontario - Violent storms have ripped across parts of the southern Canadian province of Ontario, damaging buildings, closing roads and killing one person.
Reports said 120 homes were evacuated in the city of Vaughan, which declared an emergency late on Thursday.
Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 20th August 2009
SWINE FLU: Northern hemisphere countries have so far ordered more than one billion doses of swine flu vaccine, the World Health Organisation said Tuesday,
sparking warnings over shortages. Some countries -- notably Greece, The Netherlands, Canada and Israel -- have ordered enough double doses to inoculate their
PAKISTAN: Flash floods have killed 27 people and affected 70,000 others in northwest Pakistan, where authorities are already grappling with a displacement crisis,
government officials and the UN said. Heavy rain since Sunday has also caused massive destruction to homes, livestock and crops in Mardan and Swabi districts.
GREECE: A wildfire raged close to a village near the Greek capital on Thursday, damaging one building and threatening homes, officials said. About 100 fire-fighters
with 16 fire engines, two aircraft and five helicopters battled the flames near Magoula, about 20 km (12 miles) ) northwest of Athens, while strong winds fanned the
JAPAN: Japan's Chubu Electric Power Co said on Thursday a tiny amount of radioactive iodine had leaked from a nuclear power plant that was shut after a
magnitude 6.5 quake last week, but it added that the leak posed no danger to the public.
MEXICO: Mexico is suffering from its driest year in 68 years, killing crops and cattle in the countryside and forcing the government to slow the flow of water to the
crowded capital. Below-average rainfall since last year has left about 80 of Mexico's 175 largest reservoirs less than half full, said Felipe Arreguin, a senior official at
the Conagua commission, which manages the country's water supply.
UGANDA: Medical workers in Mbale Hospital have been put on high alert following the admission of a patient suspected to have Ebola.
INDONESIA: A Liberian-registered tanker caught fire on Monday night after colliding with a bulk carrier in the Malacca Strait. The tanker and bulker carrier collided
at 2130 hrs, local time, on August 18, 15 miles off Port Dickson in the Malacca Strait, resulting in a huge fire which could be seen from the resort town.
MEDITERRANEAN: About 75 illegal immigrants from Africa have died while travelling on a crowded rubber dinghy between Libya and Italy. It is thought many
succumbed to hunger or thirst, with reports some may have drowned after their boat lost power.
USA: New York - A thunderstorm accompanied by lightning caused extensive damage in New York's Central Park on Tuesday night. Dozens of trees were knocked
over exposing their roots by winds that reached speeds of 80 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.
CHINA: China closes a second metal smelter after more than 1,300 children fall sick with lead poisoning, state media say.
Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 19th August 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 18th August 2009
RUSSIA: Koryaksky volcano, which is located some 28 kilometers away from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the administrative center of the Kamchatka territory, is
ejecting columns of vapor, gas and ash to the altitude of about 4,000 meters above sea level. The trail of gas and ash extends over a distance of almost 20 kilometers.
BANGLADESH: Heavy downpour has triggered flash flood in the low-lying areas of Lalmonirhat district and Rangpur town. In Lalmonirhat, the low-lying areas
along the Teesta river in four upazilas have been inundated as the river swelled following heavy rains in the upstream. Over 30,000 people are now marooned at flood-
hit Goddimari village under Hatibandha upazila, Votmari village under Kaligonj upazila, Mohiskhocha village under Aditmari upazila and Khuniya Gachha and Rajpur
villages under Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, according to a correspondent. The Teesta was flowing 27 cm above the danger mark at Dowani point in Hatibandha upazila
on Sunday night.
USA: Florida - Tropical Storm Claudette hit Florida early Monday, lashing tourist resorts with strong winds and heavy rain as the first Atlantic hurricane of the
season gathered power. Claudette wreaked havoc in Florida resorts as Tropical Storm Bill was reclassed as a hurricane by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC)
JAPAN: Two strong earthquakes jolted the ocean floor off southern Japan on Monday, triggering tsunami warnings for a cluster of sub-tropical islands and shaking
buildings in nearby Taiwan.
EGYPT: Egypt on Monday prevented dozens of pilgrims over the age of 65 or under 25 from travelling to Mecca as part of measures to prevent the spread of swine
flu, an airport official said.
Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 17th August 2009
TAIWAN: International aid, including US military helicopters, arrives in Taiwan, more than a week after Typhoon Morakot hit the island.
RUSSIA: A blast at Russia's largest hydro-electric power station kills eight workers and leaves 54 missing, investigators say.
INDIA: Nearly 130 people are known to have died from Japanese encephalitis this year in eastern parts of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials say. A senior
health official told BBC that 640 people were admitted in hospitals for encephalitis, known locally as brain fever. Out of these, 129 died.
MOZAMBIQUE: An unidentified disease in the Tsangano district of Mozambiqueâ€™s north-western Tete province has claimed 20 lives since May, reported today.
According to the Maputo-based paper, health authorities have sent samples to South Africa and are still waiting for laboratory results. The disease has claimed 20
lives out of 142 cases reported since May.
CHINA: Following the breakout of pneumonic plague in Chinaâ€™s Qinghai Province, nine people from Yichun City in Heilongjiang Province were hospitalized,
suspected to be affected with the same disease. Mr. Li, a relative of one of the patients, said that his cousin and several other villagers had symptoms such as
burning fever, vomiting, and loss of appetite since last week. They went to the local hospital but doctors there were unable to determine what was causing their
problems. Later, the symptoms worsened and the group was transferred to Yichun City Hospital for further examination.
JAPAN: Four people died and four are missing in mudslides brought on by heavy rains in southwestern Japan, national broadcaster NHK Television said, citing local
fire officials. Three people died and four people are missing at a nursing home that was hit by a mudslide in the city of Hofu, in Yamaguchi prefecture, NHK said.
AUSTRALIA: A large bushfire with a 300-metre wide front has burned through 20 hecatres of scrubland behind Rainbow Beach on the Cooloola Coast after being
swept along by gusting 35 kmh winds. Asthmatics are being warned the fire is producing thick smoke.
CHINA: An explosion triggered by lightening strike left nine people missing in a mountainous village in southwest China's Yunnan Province Sunday, local authorities
said. The nine people, who were building a road between two villages in the deep mountains in Zhenxiong County, were preparing to use explosives to blow up
barriers when a lightening strike ignited the explosives, a county government spokesman said.
INDIA: At least twenty people were reported dead in rain related incidence as torrential rains followed by floods played havoc in Mardan and Swabi districts on the
night between Saturday and Sunday.
USA: Florida - The Hill home was one of 23 residences damaged by a Sunday afternoon tornado in northwest Cape Coral. The Cape Coral Police Department, which
was assisting impacted homeowners deep into the night, said the tornado touched down at Northwest 18th Terrace and Northwest Third Avenue.
Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 16th August 2009
INDONESIA: On 8/16/2009 7:38:26 AM UTC (about 14:17h local time) an earthquake of magnitude 7 occurred in the unpopulated region of Sumatera Barat in
Indonesia. The earthquake happened 92km from Padang.
KUWAIT: Forty-one women and children have died after a fire broke out in a tent at a wedding near Kuwait City. Guests were trampled in the stampede towards the
only exit, as the tent was razed in just three minutes, a fire department chief told AP news agency.
TAIWAN: Taiwan began airlifting nearly 1,000 people found alive in a cluster of villages flattened by muddy landslides, as survivors recounted the horror of
watching their homes vanish. The island-wide death toll from Typhoon Morakot rose to 107 early Thursday following Taiwan's worst flooding in half a century over
the weekend, with entire villages submerged in water and mud.
MALTA: Patrol boats of the Armed Forces of Malta have rescued a group of 115 illegal migrants found on a sinking vessel some 20 miles south of the Mediterranean
island. The migrants, 81 men and 34 women, said they were Somali and that they had left from Libya, according to an army spokesman.
Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 15th August 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 14th August 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 13th August 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 12th August 2009
TAIWAN: Three crew members were missing after a helicopter crashed into a valley when attending typhoon rescue in Taiwan's southern Pingtung County Tuesday
afternoon. The helicopter crashed during a mission to deliver goods to villagers affected by the powerful typhoon Morakot, said Chen Chung-hsien, an official in
charge of the relief operation. (Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the lost EM responders.)
TAIWAN: About 700 people missing in southern Taiwan after Typhoon Morakot have been found alive, army officials say. People from several villages are said to
have made it to higher ground before mud and rock engulfed their homes. Among the survivors found by rescue teams are 200 from Hsiaolin village, reports the
Taiwan Central News Agency. However, despite frantic rescue efforts in Hsiaolin and elsewhere since the weekend, hundreds of people are still missing, feared
buried under the mud.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Rescue workers have found no survivors from a passenger plane that crashed in Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, Australian Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd says. Nine Australians were among 13 people on board.
INDIA: A huge 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday, triggering panic as people fled their homes amid initial
warnings of a possible tsunami.
USA: California - Authorities have ordered the evacuation of 14 ranches near a wildfire in northern Santa Barbara County. The order was issued Tuesday, hours after
authorities closed nearly 111 square miles of the Los Padres National Forest.
SPAIN: The intense storms affecting Madrid, Toledo, Guadalajara and Ciudad Real have knocked trees down and caused flooding in garages and homes, as well as
the cancellation of the AVE (high speed train) between Madrid-Sevilla-MÃ¡laga and on the Madrid-CÃ¡ceres line. In Madrid, the storms caused flooding in a number
of streets, houses and garages and several accidents on the roads in the southern part of the province, as water levels topped the metre mark.
MONGOLIA: An official with Mongolia's Emergency Situations Ministry has confirmed to Xinhua on 11 Aug 2009 that avian influenza recently occurred in
Arkhangai Province. Mongolian disease control and prevention agencies found 56 dead swans, wild geese, and other kinds of birds in the area around Shelechagan
Lake in Tsetserleg District of Arkhangai Province and after testing samples, confirmed that the birds had died of avian influenza virus. For the moment, it has been
confirmed that the virus is H5 subtype.
USA: Illinios - A State of Emergency has been declared in Lapeer County because of flooding. More than six inches of rain fell over the weekend causing flooding.
There are reports of collpsed basements and flood damage to homes. Emergency Management Director May Stikeleather says most of the damage is in the City of
EGYPT: Two new human cases of bird flu have been reported in Egypt by the health ministry, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.
JAPAN: A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck near the coast of Japan southwest of Tokyo, injuring 82 people, damaging buildings and a four-lane expressway and
triggering automatic shutdowns of nuclear power plants.
INDIA: Indian authorities in the city of Mumbai say they will close all schools, colleges and cinemas as they seek to control the spread of the H1N1 virus. Schools
and colleges will remain shut for a week, officials said.
SWINE FLU: The World Health Organisation on Tuesday said some 1,462 people had died from swine flu, and that infections were starting to decline in the southern
hemisphere but picking up in several Asian countries.
Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 11th August 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 10th August 2009
JAPAN: Japan's Chubu Electric Power Co (9502.T) halted operations at its sole Hamaoka nuclear plant in Shizuoka prefecture after a strong quake, the trade ministry
said on Tuesday. The two reactors, the 1,137-megawatt No.4 and 1,267-MW No.5 units shut down automatically after registering the Magnitude 6.6 quake, the
ministry said. The ministry said there was an alarm for high radioactivity inside the No.5 unit but that there was no radioactive material impact on the outside
SLOVAKIA: Nine people have been treated so far at Bojnice Hospital (Trencin region) for injuries sustained from the blast of an explosion at the face of a coal mine
in Handlova on Monday.
FRANCE: A fire in a block of flats in a Paris suburb killed five people and injured 29 others, French emergency services said on Monday. The blaze took hold shortly
before dawn in the stairwell of a public housing estate in Sevran, northeast of Paris.
JAPAN: Four people died and 11 are missing after a typhoon brought heavy rains overnight to Japanâ€™s western prefectures of Hyogo, Okayama and Tokushima,
treported a local police officials.
CHINA: A dog is suspected to be the origin of an outbreak of pneumonic plague in northwest China that has killed three people and left 10,000 under strict
quarantine, state media reported. Ziketan, a remote town in a Tibetan area of Qinghai province, has been locked down since Saturday in an effort to contain the
spread of the highly virulent disease.
Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 9th August 2009
PHILIPPINES: Nearly 1,000 residents were evacuated from two hinterland villages in a Tubungan, Iloilo province, on Sunday, after days of landslides destroyed
crops and farms and threatened to destroy houses. There were no reports of deaths or injuries as of Sunday but crops and farms were either damaged or destroyed
by the landslides that were caused by over a week of continuous rain.
SYRIA: A four-storied building collapsed in a slum in northern Syria and killed a woman and her child, reported Sunday. Two other women were also injured when
the building in an informal settlement collapsed on Saturday in the north-western Lattakia Governorate. The governor of Lattakia said he would form a special
committee to investigate the case.
OFF PORTUGAL: A cargo ship with Russian crew has gone missing off Portugal's Atlantic coast, the Russian maritime journal Sovfrakht reported on Sunday. The
dry cargo vessel, the Arctic Sea, was expected to arrive at the Algerian port of Bejaia on August 4. However, "the vessel has literally disappeared since July 28: there
is no communication, and neither the ship-owners nor the relatives [of crewmembers] nor Lloyd's have any information about its whereabouts,"
TAIWAN: A hotel in southern Taiwan has collapsed after flood waters from Typhoon Morakot cause problems with its foundations. The hotel was one of the
country's most famous hot spring resorts. It's thought the hotel had been completely evacuated of people before it collapsed, and no-one was hurt.
CHINA: At least one person was killed Sunday as Typhoon Morakot slammed into eastern China, packing high winds and torrential rain. Nearly a million people had
been evacuated from Fujian and Zhejiang provinces as Morakot approached. The storm made landfall in the coastal area of Beibi Town, Xiapu County in Fujian
province at about 4:20 p.m. Sunday (4:20 a.m. ET). Morakot's winds were clocked at 118 kilometers per hour (73 mph) in its eye.
SOUTH CHINA SEA: Three fishermen were confirmed dead and another 26 missing from more than ten maritime disasters caused by tropical storm Goni in south
Chinese island province of Hainan, local officials said Sunday.
NIGERIA: At least 15 people were missing on Sunday after two small boats overturned on a lagoon on the northern outskirts of Lagos, police said. One of the boats,
with 24 passengers on board, began to sank after it cracked and began to take on water. As the second boat, with 11 on board, attempted to come to its rescue, both
TAJIKISTAN: A total of 3 residents of the Tursunzoda District, some 60 kilometres west of Dushanbe, have died of hemorrhagic fever, Asia-Plus has learned from
Azamjon Mirzoyev, Deputy Health Minister and Tajikistan Head Sanitary Physician.
TONGA: The authorities in Tonga now say 85 people are missing and feared drowned after an inter-island ferry sank. The probable toll rose from earlier estimates of
64, after it was found 141 people were on board the Princess Ashika when it went down on Wednesday.
Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 8th August 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Friday 7th August 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Thursday 6th August 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Wednesday 5th August 2009
GULF OF MEXICO: An Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD) natural gas compression plant caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday night, the company said.
The fire has been extinguished. Workers at the plant, at High Island 264 B about 90 miles southeast of Galveston, reported that a small fire caused an explosion at
about 10:15 p.m. CDT Tuesday. All 40 crew members were safely evacuated, and the plant's emergency shut off switch was engaged when the plant was
evacuated, the Coast Guard and Enterprise said.
NEW ZEALAND: A mystery poison has killed dogs and other animals on beaches in the Auckland, New Zealand, area, prompting warnings to keep kids and dogs off
the beaches. Dead fish have washed up on the beaches, along with a few birds and penguins, the New Zealand Herald reported. The Ministry of Agriculture and
Forestry is trying to determine what is poisoning the animals.
CHINA: HONG KONG - Ten people were hurt during Tropical Storm Goni which passed within about 100 kilometres of Hong Kong early on Wednesday morning
but the city was spared major storm damage.
Subject: Around the World Today: Tuesday 4th August 2009
THAILAND: An airport official says a domestic airliner has crashed into the air traffic control tower after landing on the popular Thai resort island of Samui. There
were no immediate reports of casualties after the Bangkok Airways flight crashed Tuesday. The official said there were at least 70 people aboard when the plane
skidded off the runway and hit the tower.
CHINA: The death toll from a building collapse in north China's Hebei Province rose to 17 on Tuesday afternoon, said local authorities. Three injured victims have
been hospitalized. The collapse happened at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Tengfei Malleable Iron Casting Co. Ltd.'s building in Nanshijiazhuang village, Xizhaotong
township in Shijiazhuang, Hebei's capital, as the city was hit by torrential rain.
UKRAINE: A total of 131 towns in seven Ukrainian regions have been left without electricity due to heavy rain, wind gusts and the tripping of automatic power line
protection systems. The storm cut electricity supplies to 32 villages and towns in Lviv region, 23 in Rivne region, 19 in Vinnytsia region, 19 in Khmelnytsky region,
14 in Ternopil region, 14 in Volyn region, and ten in Ivano-Frankivsk region, the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry's spokesman, Ihor Kril, told Interfax-Ukraine.
AZERBAIJAN: Overnight severe flooding hit parts of this country with reported fatalitites.
FRANCE: Nine beaches have been closed at Marseille after storms dropped more than a monthâ€™s worth of rain in an hour and left them heavily polluted. The
beaches at Huveaune, BorÃ©ly, Bonnevein, Vieille Chapelle, Prado nord, Prado sud, Pointe rouge, Catalans and Goudes were closed by the mayor because of oil
pollution. The oil had been washed off streets and from drains when 55mm of rain fell. Hygiene and public health official FranÃ§oise Gaunet said council engineers
had been keeping an eye on a slick which was being pushed to the south by currents and they would decide today whether the beaches could be reopened.
RUSSIA: 5.2 earthquake shook Eurasia province of Russia.
USA: Oregan - Fire crews returned to the steep terrain of the Evans Creek Fire in the Ochoco National Forest, Northeast of Prineville, after severe lightning storms
chased them out Sunday night. The fire was caused by one of over sixteen hundred lightening strikes which hit the ground in Central Oregon Saturday afternoon and
evening, causing seventy seven new fires in Central Oregon. The Forest Service says the storm Sunday night sent two thousand and five hundred strikes to the
ground, sending crews to fifteen new wild fires.
GREECE: A total of 70 firefighters, aided by two water-dropping aircraft and two helicopters, managed to bring the flames under control before they could spread to
residential areas or cause any injuries. Dozens of firefighters grappled with forest fires across the country over the weekend, as high temperatures and strong winds
fueled several blazes that caused widespread damage to land but were stopped before they could threaten homes. The worst blazes broke out in the Peloponnese,
near Corinth, and near the northeastern town of Kavala.
SWINE FLU: Health officials said Monday they had found cases of Tamiflu-resistant swine flu along the US border with Mexico, as India and South Africa
announced their first deaths from the A(H1N1) virus.
PHILIPPINES Twenty-two people were reported dead or missing and more than 400,000 others were displaced after several days of floods, storms and landslides in
the Philippines, rescuers said Monday.
Subject: Around the World Today: Monday 3rd August 2009
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Subject: Around the World Today: Sunday 2nd August 2009
CHINA: One died of pneumonic plague which infected eleven others in Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China's Qinghai Province, said the
province's health bureau. The eleven infected, hospitalized in quarantined wards, are in stable conditions. Most of them are relatives of the dead, a 32-year-old
INDIA: One woman was killed and scores of people went missing, while thousands were made homeless Saturday in the northern Indian state of Bihar in flood
caused by river embankment breaching. The Sitamarhi district of Bigar saw 200 villages submerged by water after the Bagmati River breached its embankment, said
KENYA: Anxiety has gripped Sintaan Primary School in Marigat district after 11 students were admitted to hospital suffering from an unidentified disease. The
disease characterized by headaches, nausea, convulsions, neck stiffness and foaming at the mouth has seen doctors at Marigat hospital working frantically to carry
out tests to identify the mysterious disease. Initial symptoms however indicate the students could have been infected by the rift valley fever.
USA: Alaska - A 18,000-acre wildfire was threatening the village of Circle, off the Steese Highway about 160 miles north of Fairbanks, on Saturday night. The Bluff
Creek Fire crossed the highway and was about six miles from the Yukon River village as of 8 p.m. Saturday, according to Sarah Saarloos, a fire information officer
with the Alaska Division of Forestry.
USA: West Virginia - The entire Town of Sandstone and surrounding areas are being evacuated after a tractor trailer believed to be carrying radioactive material
caught fire. It happened right at midnight Sunday morning on I-64 at the 139 mile marker, which is near the Sandstone exit in Summers County. 911 dispatchers tell
WSAZ.com that the tractor trailer was involved in an accident, possibly with a car, causing it to overturn and catch fire. The truck was carrying a corrosive material
believed to be radioactive.
SPAIN: Canary Islands - Up to 4,000 people were evacuated from the island of La Palma in Spain's Canary archipelago on Saturday to escape a forest fire,
authorities said. Two Spanish air force planes helped six fire trucks to fight the fire, which began at about 11 p.m. on Friday night near the municipalities of Mazo
and Fuencaliente, officials said.
INDIA: An Indian court has re-issued an arrest warrant for the former boss of the US chemical company responsible for the Bhopal disaster 25 years ago. Warren
Anderson was head of Union Carbide when its pesticide factory at Bhopal, central India, leaked tons of poison gas.
Subject: Around the World Today: Saturday 1st August 2009
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