A government spokesman says at least 57 people have died in a rail accident in the country’s southeast
At least 57 people have died in a train crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s southeast, according to a government spokesman.
The accident on Tuesday involved a goods train that was also carrying people near Likasi, a mining town located between Lubumbashi and Kolwezi.
“Thirty-seven people have died, but the police fear that there will be more,” Lambert Mende, a government spokesman, told the AFP news agency.
He added that it appeared that engine failure had caused the train to speed out of control.
The Reuters news agency reported that Dikanga Kazadi, Katanga’s interior minister, said 63 people were killed and another 80 people were seriously injured in the crash. Reuters also reported that 50 people were trapped inside the train after 12 of its carriages flipped off the track.
“Evidently the train was going too fast, the driver came to a curve and had to break suddenly leading to the accident,” Kazadi said.
An investigation is currently under way to determine the cause of Tuesday’s crash, but Kazadi said the priority is to rescue those still trapped.
The country’s infrastructure is in poor condition due to decades of neglect and conflict.
The World Bank is currently funding a refurbishment of the train network, which has received few upgrades since the country gained independence from Belgium in 1960.
More than 100 people were killed in a 2007 accident involving a goods train in the province of Kasai Occidential.
Sand envelopes Gansu Province in northwest China reducing visibility to less than 65ft, in the strongest sandstorm since 1996
A strong sandstorm swept Gansu Province in northwest China on Wednesday, reducing visibility to less than 65ft, according to the provincial meteorological center.
The sandstorm, the strongest since 1996 according to reports, started in the early afternoon in Dunhuang County.
“Suddenly it became dark and I can’t tell whether it’s day or night,” said one resident.
“My nose hurts and I can’t open my eyes,” another resident said.
The Jiuquan City Meteorological Center, which includes Dunhuang, issued a sandstorm red alert, the highest level alert, forecasting that visibility would be reduced to less than 164ft throughout Jiuquan on Wednesday evening.
As well as Dunhuang, neighbouring counties were also affected, with Guazhou, Subei, Yumen and Jinta counties also issuing sandstorm red alerts.
The provincial meteorological center forecast that the sandstorm will die down on Thursday.
Depth: 9 km
Distances: Latitude, Longitude 63.777 -22.871
(5.9 km NE of Eldeyi)
Earthquake location 23 Apr 22:40 GMT
Time and magnitude of earthquake 23 Apr 22:40 GMT
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Depth: 533 km
Distances: 365km (227mi) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji
559km (347mi) WSW of Nuku`alofa, Tonga
648km (403mi) SSE of Suva, Fiji
720km (447mi) SSE of Nadi, Fiji
818km (508mi) S of Lambasa, Fiji
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Depth: 10 km
Distances: 1355 km NE of Cayenne, French Guiana / pop: 61,550 / local time: 15:21:10.0 2014-04-23
1484 km NE of Paramaribo, Suriname / pop: 223,757 / local time: 15:21:10.0 2014-04-23
1576 km E of Bridgetown, Barbados / pop: 98,511 / local time: 14:21:10.0 2014-04-23
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Depth: 16 km
Distances: 7km (4mi) ESE of Lincoln, Montana
55km (34mi) NW of Helena, Montana
101km (63mi) N of Butte, Montana
107km (66mi) E of Missoula, Montana
117km (73mi) WSW of Great Falls, Montana
The Fuego volcano increased its eruptive activity from Monday and generated alarm in the population living in areas near the crater, located 50 kilometers west of the capital.
The National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) reported that giant increased its moderate to heavy explosions in the past hour and throws ash 4000 500 meters above sea level moving west and southwest crater, and falls into the villages Panimaché, Morelia, Santa Sofia, mainly.
The institute reported that the explosive rumblings can be felt 30 miles away and the shock waves vibrate windows and roofs of houses and towns Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango, and Escuintla.
The director of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conrad) Alejandro Maldonado, said that while the call remains prevention, no evacuation alert. The recommended Insivumeh maintain yellow alert and authorities remain pending developments.
The volcano, 3 thousand 763 meters altitude caused a national emergency in September 2012 when an explosion by which evacuated more than 10,000 people from nearby towns.
On Monday, Conrad issued a bulletin which reported that increased volcanic activity affected villages and hamlets near colossus with small earthquakes that “vibrate ceilings and windows” of homes, but there was no reason to start the evacuation.