Deadly India

India: Deadly building collapse near Mumbai, many feared trapped – Al Jazeera English

Rescue workers search for survivors from the debris of the three-storey residential building in Bhiwandi [Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters]

Rescue workers search for survivors from the debris of the three-storey residential building in Bhiwandi [Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters]

A three-storey building on the outskirts of Mumbai has collapsed in the early morning hours as residents slept inside, killing at least 10 people, according to officials.

A further 20 to 25 people are reportedly trapped in the building in Bhiwandi – about 40km (25 miles) from Mumbai – the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said on Monday.

Emergency workers from the NDRF team pulled 19 people from the rubble – including two boys aged four and seven – to loud cheers from residents.

“Total number of deaths is 10… Rescue operations are ongoing”, NDRF commandant Ithape Pandit told AFP news agency.

More than 40 emergency workers, including a team of 30 rescuers from the NDRF, were pressed into action for the rescue operation.

The accident in the city of Bhiwandi occurred at approximately 3:40am local time (22:10 GMT on Sunday), local authorities said.

Images shared on the NDRF’s official Twitter page showed emergency workers combing through concrete and brick rubble with electrical wires hanging over their heads.


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Television showed a pile of rubble with rescuers climbing ladders to get to anyone still inside and deploying dogs to search for survivors.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Twitter. “Praying for a quick recovery of those injured. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected,” he wrote.

The building had been on a list of dangerous buildings and a notice for it to be vacated had been issued, the Times of India reported, citing Pankaj Ashiya, a commissioner in the Bhiwandi-Nizampura City Municipal Corporation.

Last month, at least 13 people were killed after a five-storey building collapsed in Mahad, an industrial town about 165km (100 miles) south of Mumbai.

In 2017, National Crime Records Bureau data showed that more than 1,200 people were killed in building collapses nationwide.

Bhiwandi map, India

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Deadly mosquito

Deadly mosquito virus prompts Michigan to urge residents to stay indoors – NBC News

Michigan health officials are urging residents of 11 counties to stay inside from dusk to dawn to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes carrying a deadly virus that last year killed six people in the state.

The state Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that a resident in Barry County in southwest Michigan was the state’s first suspected human case of eastern equine encephalitis, called EEE.

That suspected case in a person comes after the virus has been found in 28 horses in 11 counties — twice as many animal cases as at the same time last year.

“When there are high rates of animal infections, humans are just as at risk,” a state advisory said.

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The health department has also urged the rescheduling or cancellation of outdoor activities during or after dusk, particularly for children.

“EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the United States,” a state advisory said, noting that people can be infected from one bite of a mosquito carrying the virus and that people younger than 15 and over 50 are at greatest risk of severe disease following infection.

“This suspected EEE case in a Michigan resident shows this is an ongoing threat to the health and safety of Michiganders and calls for continued actions to prevent exposure, including aerial treatment,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive for the MDHHS, said in a statement.

A first night of aerial anti-mosquito treatments was conducted Wednesday for high-risk areas.

As of Sept. 9, the U.S. has had only five confirmed human cases of EEE this year, three in Massachusetts and two in Wisconsin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Only about 4 to 5 percent of people who become infected with the EEE virus contract encephalitis, and the U.S. has on average 11 cases of the disease each year.

But 2019 had the highest number of cases in more than a decade — 38. Michigan, with 10 cases, accounted for more than 25 percent of that number.

Signs of EEE infection include the sudden onset of fever, chills, body and joint aches, which can progress to a severe encephalitis, resulting in headache, disorientation, tremors, seizures and paralysis, the Michigan Health Department said. Approximately a third of all people with encephalitis due to EEE infection die, according to the CDC.

The best prevention is to avoid mosquito bites by following preventative measures, including using an EPA-approved mosquito repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and cleaning any outdoor items containing standing water, like bird baths or planters.

Wilson Wong

Wilson Wong is a news associate at NBC News.

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Deadly earthquake

Deadly earthquake strikes southern Mexico – CBS News

Deadly earthquake hits southern Mexico

A powerful earthquake centered near the southern Mexico resort of Huatulco killed at least two people, swayed buildings in Mexico City and sent thousands fleeing into the streets.

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said one person was killed and another injured in a building collapse in Huatulco, Oaxaca. Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat later said a second person was killed in an apparent house collapse in the tiny mountain village of San Juan Ozolotepec.

The state-run oil company known as Pemex said the quake caused a fire at its refinery in the Pacific coast city of Salina Cruz, which was relatively close to the epicenter. It said one worker was injured and the flames were quickly extinguished.

López Obrador said there had been more than 140 aftershocks, most of them small, and that much of the damage was minor.

An earthquake in Mexico City
A damaged building is seen after an earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico, on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Carlos Jasso / Reuters

Seismic alarms sounded midmorning with enough warning for residents to exit buildings. Power was knocked out in some areas. Helicopters flew over downtown Mexico City and police patrols sounded their sirens.

Groups of people still milled around in close proximity on streets and sidewalks in some neighborhoods of the capital about an hour after the quake. Many were not wearing masks, despite past appeals from municipal officials for them to do so to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

An earthquake in Mexico City
Patients and medical staff are seen outside a hospital after an earthquake in Mexico City, Mexico, on Tuesday, June 23,2020.

Carlos Jasso / Reuters

The U.S. Geologic Survey said the magnitude 7.4 quake hit at 10:29 a.m. local time along Mexico’s southern Pacific coast at a depth of 16 miles. The epicenter was 7 miles south-southwest of Santa Maria Zapotitlan in Oaxaca state.

It was felt in Guatemala and throughout south and central Mexico. In Huatulco, a laid-back beach destination known for surfing and small protected coves, the earthquake knocked goods off shelves and some rubble from buildings.

Mari González of the Princess Mayev hotel in Huatulco said staff and guests were able to evacuate the building before the quake, but that 45 minutes after the initial quake they were still outside as strong aftershocks continued.

“It was strong, very strong,” she said.

González said there was some visible broken glass and mirrors, but no major damage. The staff was waiting for the aftershocks to dissipate before fully evaluating the property.

Mexico Earthquake
A policeman removes rubble from a building damaged by an earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. 

Luis Alberto Cruz Hernandez / AP

The USGS estimated that some 2 million people felt strong or moderate shaking and another 49 million felt weak or light shaking.

The earthquake hit a quake-prone region where four underground tectonic plates come together. In the past 35 years, there have been at least seven magnitude 7 or greater earthquakes, killing around 10,000 people — most of them in a 1985 quake.

“This has the potential to be a deadly earthquake and cause significant damage,” U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Paul Earle said. “This area is capable of and has had larger earthquakes in the past.”

“There will be aftershocks,” Earle said. “It is not unexpected to see a magnitude 6 at this point and a number of smaller ones.”

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Deadly Passenger

Deadly passenger plane crash in Karachi, Pakistan – CBS News

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Published on 22 May 2020

An Airbus A320 passenger jet with 98 people on board crashed Friday n a residential neighborhood of Karachi, Pakistan. CBS News foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab joins CBSN from London with the latest.


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Deadly India

Deadly gas leak at India chemical plant, hundreds hospitalised – Al Jazeera English

At least 11 people have died and several hundred admitted to hospitals after a gas leak at a chemicals plant in India.

Nearly 400 people were taken to hospital, of which 15 are in a critical condition.

The incident at the factory of South Korean company LG happened after gas tanks were left unattended for 40 days because of India’s lockdown.

Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam reports from the Indian capital, New Delhi.

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