A hail storm covers streets in ice in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo which will host the opening match of the football World Cup in less than a month
A storm has brought marble-sized hail to the city of Sao Paulo, leaving some streets coated in white ice in Brazil’s largest city, which will host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup on June 12.
The Centre for Emergency Management said Sunday’s storm broke a dry spell that caused historically low levels at the main dams that supply water to Sao Paulo.
Many Sao Paulo residents struggled to keep their balance on the ice and the storm stranded cars in some neighbourhoods.
Sunday’s game between Corinthians and Figueirense at the Itaquerao Stadium, which will host the first match of the World Cup, was also affected by the rain and hail storms.
Would-be bride among three killed in lightning. The tragedy left the families on both sides shocked as she was to get married on Tuesday evening
Three persons, including a bride, were killed in separate incidents of lightning in Warangal district, while standing and harvested crops in a large extent were damaged in different parts of Telangana in the untimely rains/hailstorm across the region on Tuesday.
Heart-rending scenes were witnessed across Warangal district as the farmers lost standing and harvested crops in a sudden hailstorm that lashed late on Monday night and on Tuesday.
Bhanoth Uma (20), a would-be bride belonging to Khambalapalli thanda in Mahabubabad mandal, lost her life when a thunderbolt struck her.
The tragedy left the families on both sides shocked as she was to get married on Tuesday evening.
Two other persons – K. Kondaiah, 38, of Salakapur in Maddur mandal, and E. Govardhan, 26, of Gangapur village in Bachannapet mandal, were also killed by lightening.
Heavy winds that blew across the district left many trees and electricity poles uprooted and broken. Power supply was snapped in several mandals due to the gales. Inclement weather also prevented the officials reaching out to the victims to provide relief and assess the damage.
Farmers in Kesamudram, Mahabubabad and surrounding mandals suffered heavy loss as their paddy bags kept under the open sky in market yards were soaked in the rain. In Pandikunta, standing banana crop was damaged due to gales.
District Collector G. Kishan said the crop damage would be enumerated at the earliest. This is the second time the hailstorm has lashed the district in less than a month. Chilly, paddy, maize, cotton and other crops brought to market yards by farmers for sale were damaged due to the slow process of procurement.
In Nizamabad, the untimely rain caused heavy damage to paddy and turmeric in the market yard there and to the standing paddy crop at several places. About 5,000 bags of paddy and an equal quantity of turmeric and ‘aamchur’ (dried mango peels) were soaked in the heavy rain.
Paddy bags were also damaged in the market yard at Banswada. Farmers belonging to Mylaram and Nusrullabad staged rasta-roko on Varni-Nizamabad road in Beerkur mandal demanding procurement of the soaked grain. The details of standing paddy crop damaged in the rain is yet to be assessed.
In Nalgonda, untimely rain coupled with gales damaged paddy and horticulture crops in a large extent. Gales that swept the district hurt the crops in Nalgonda mandal, Bhongir division and parts of other places. Horticulture Officer P. Ananta Reddy said sweet lime and mango crops were badly hit.
Masterton Fire Station Officer Garry Nielsen said two fire engines and an ambulance were scrambled soon after 2.30pm yesterday to the scene, where the blazing microlight aircraft was doused and the middle-aged pilot checked and cleared of injury.
“We assume he’s probably stalled it or lost control somehow and crash-landed it,” Mr Nielsen said.
“He was quite lucky.
“It’s hit the ground pretty hard but he’s bounced it off and managed to get out before the thing caught fire.”
The pilot was the only occupant of the Italian Tecnam aircraft, Mr Nielsen said, and the blaze was extinguished using water carried aboard the fire engines.
The cockpit and central structure of the aircraft had been destroyed in the blaze, which Mr Nielsen said had failed to ignite the petrol tanks before firefighters arrived at the scene.
“It was no different from a car fire really. The petrol wasn’t burning. It was only the plane. He’s a lucky man. He may be sore but he walked away from it.”
Airport manager Tony Heyward said Hood Aerodrome had been closed to air traffic while the wreckage was cleared from the runway, where the aircraft had caught fire.
Wairarapa Ruahine Aero Club president Alex McLeod said the plane had been crash-landed soon after take-off. He and the chief flying instructor had helped to clear the crash scene.
He said the pilot was a Wairarapa man and the club had bought the training aircraft for $95,000.
“He’d just taken off and he was just at about 50 feet. It was one of our two training aircraft but our main concern, of course, was the safety and well-being of the pilot.”
It is understood the other aircraft was undergoing routine maintenance and the hangar at the aerodrome clubrooms was empty yesterday afternoon.
At least one carriage from a passenger service is “crushed” by a derailed freight train outside Moscow, rescue officials say
At least five people have been killed after a freight train crashed into a passenger train near the Russian capital, Moscow.
According to a preliminary report from Russia’s Interior Ministry, another 15 were seriously injured in the collision on the Bekasovo-Nara line, near the town of Naro-Fominsk and 24 miles from central Moscow.
Several of the goods train’s carriages derailed immediately before the crash, Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported.
In a statement, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said: “Keep calm, do not panic.”
Itar-Tass reported that police had said 16 carriages on the freight train derailed and smashed into the passenger train.
Three carriages holding people on the passenger train, which was en route from Chisnau to Moscow, reportedly overturned in the crash.
Rescue co-ordinator Vadim Andronov told Itar-Tass that the death toll was likely to rise.
“One of the carriages of the passenger train was crushed by the freight train wagons,” he said.
“Rescuers are working to pull out injured people being crushed by the wagon.”
Service on the line has been suspended.
This was as scores of others were said to have suffered severe degree of burnt during the fire incident, which occurred when oil pipeline vandals were siphoning oil from pipelines belonging to NNPC at the jetty, near Okrika, in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Chairman of the local government area, Tamunu Williams, who confirmed the incident, said “the fire incident is as a result of oil thieves, who were siphoning oil from NNPC pipelines.
He appealed to the management of NNPC to provide adequate protection and security for their pipelines and equipment so as not to endanger the lives of the people of the community.
Reacting, the NNPC Executive Director (Services), Mr Ralph Ugwu, while admitting that there was, indeed, a fire incident, said nemesis caught up with the pipeline vandals, as their boat exploded and caught up in fire.
“The incident has no impact on our operations whatsoever and, on our own side as NNPC, there is no casualty and the incident has no impact on our refining operations or on our jetty operations,” he said.
Ugwu said there were, indeed, some casualties but he could not ascertain the exact number, stressing that none of the victims was on the staff of the corporation.
The state police command confirmed the fire explosion, attributing it to activities of oil pipeline vandals, even as it was disclosed that those who were burnt had be taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
Also, Mr Umesi Emenike, the South-South zonal coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), confirmed the fire incident.
Emenike told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Sunday that the fire did not affect the main refinery before it was put out by fire service officers.
He said NEMA officials were still assessing the situation to ascertain whether there was loss of life and property.