Archive | June 7, 2014

Plane crashes at private airstrip near Paso Robles; pilot and passenger both killed, USA

Plane Crash Alert

A spokesman for the San Luis Obisbo County sheriff’s office says two people have died in a plane crash at a private airstrip in the town of Templeton.

Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla says witnesses reported seeing the single-engine Piper Cub take off, lurch to the right and then spiral into an open field at about 10 a.m. Saturday.

Cipolla says the people who died were the pilot and a passenger, both male. Their identities are not being released until relatives are notified.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are headed to the crash site.

Templeton is a little more than five miles south of Paso Robles.


Tornado Touches Down East Of Fishers Peak In Trinidad, Colorado, USA

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A tornado touched down east of Fishers Peak in Trinidad Friday afternoon.
The tornado ripped up trees and brush and even damaged some fences before it was finished.
The tornado was about a quarter of a mile wide and touched down for about 30 minutes.
There were no injuries reported. This was a first for many who live in the area seeing a strong, slow moving tornado like this.
There was also severe weather in eastern El Paso County. Marble sized hail fell in Falcon and Black Forest area.
Northern Colorado saw some tornadoes as well. Several touchdowns were reported in Adams County and one in Weld County. There were no injuries reported but some property was damaged.

Severe heatwave grips India

Heatwave Warning

An Indian bus driver from the Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) receives treatment for heat stroke at the VS Hospital in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Temperatures in the region are soaring from a prevailing heat wave in India’s western Gujarat state, with two people reported dead in Ahmedabad from heat stroke

07.06.14 India Heatwave

Baseball-Sized Hail Storm Hits Nebraska

Baseball-sized hail has pounded homes and cars across Nebraska, as powerful thunderstorms swept the Midwest, wreaking extensive damage, severe flooding and even reportedly tornado touchdowns in some areas.

Hailstones the size of baseballs pummeled the state with devastating effect Tuesday, producing a social media storm flooded with images of the aftermath of the freak hail, showing cracked windshields and houses riddled with holes.

The US National Weather Service received reports of flooding and registered winds of up to 85 mph in neighboring Iowa. In addition, there were reported of eight unconfirmed tornado touchdowns in Nebraska, Reuters reported.
The bout of stormy weather has been brought on by a derecho storm system – a short-lived, large cluster of storms – which is expected to move East on Wednesday morning.

Severe thunder & lightning storm forces England’s World Cup warm-up game against Honduras in Miami to be delayed


Severe thunder & lightning storm forces England’s World Cup warm-up game against Honduras in Miami to be delayed

Super sized hailstorm forces Belgium’s World Cup warm-up game against Tunisia to be delayed

Ice, ice, baby: Hail stones the size of gold balls called Belgium's game against Tunisia to be delayed

Belgium’s final warm-up game before the World Cup was postponed after a severe hail storm forced players off the field.


Many people’s choice as dark horses to succeed in Brazil were playing Tunisia at the King Baudoin stadium in Brussels when supercell thunderstorms erupted over north east Europe.


Hail stones the size of golf balls rained down on the pitch, eventually forcing players from both teams off after 24 minutes with the score still goalless.


The game was resumed after 40minutes once the storm passed.

Postponed: The World Cup Brazuca ball lies on the pitch after the hailstorm forced players to retreat
Short break: The match resumed after the hail storm had passed over the stadium in Brussels
Take cover! Belgium's final warm-up game for the World Cup was postponed after a severe hailstorm
Wally in the brolly: A photographer tries to avoid hailstones the size of golf balls at the King Baudion stadium
Deluge: Members of the Red Cross use a stretcher to protect themselves from  the severe hail storm

Train crash kills at least 10 with many injured in Iran

Breaking News

A passenger train collided with a freight train in northern Iran on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and injuring dozens, Iranian media reported.

“The train was en route from the northeastern city of Mashhad to Tehran. So far 10 passengers have been killed and dozens wounded,” the semi-official Fars news agency reported. “The death toll is expected to rise.”

A local official said the train carried 340 passengers.

State television said the cause of the crash was under investigation by authorities.

The Students News Agency ISNA put the death toll at two and said four people were in critical condition.

In 2004, a runaway train laden with fuel and fertilizers derailed in northeastern Khorasan province, exploded and burst into flames, killing about 300 people. 

Flooding in northern Afghanistan claims 50 lives, thousands forced to flee homes

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Flooding in a remote part of northern Afghanistan has claimed more than 50 lives and forced thousands to flee their homes, a provincial official said Saturday. It was the latest in a string of deadly flash floods, landslides and avalanches in Afghanistan’s rugged northern mountains, where roads are poor and many villages are virtually cut off from the rest of the country.

Lt. Fazel Rahman, the police chief in the Guzirga i-Nur district of the northeastern Baghlan province, said 54 bodies have been recovered, including the remains of women and children, but many others are still missing. He said the death toll could climb to 100 and called for emergency assistance from the central government.

“So far no one has come to help us. People are trying to find their missing family members,” Rahman said, adding that the district’s police force was overstretched by the scale of the disaster.

Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry, said two Army helicopters have been sent to the area to provide assistance.

The Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) has stockpiles of food and other supplies in Baghlan province and has started the process of shipping them to the affected area, said Mohammad Aslim Sayas, deputy director of the agency.

He said a delegation has been sent to the affected villages to assess needs.

Guzirga i-Nur district is located more than 140 kilometers (85 miles) north of the provincial capital Puli Khumri.

Jawed Basharat, the spokesman for the Baghlan provincial police, said they were aware of the flooding, but that it would take eight to nine hours for them to reach the area by road.

Afghans living in the northern mountains have largely been spared from the country’s decades of war, but are no strangers to natural disasters.

Last month a landslide triggered by heavy rain buried large sections of a remote northeastern village in the Badakhshan province bordering China, displacing some 700 families. Authorities have yet to provide an exact figure on the number of dead from the May 2 landslide, and estimates have ranged from 250 to 2,700. Officials say it will be impossible to dig up all the bodies.

A landslide in Baghlan province in 2012 killed 71 people. After days of digging unearthed only five bodies, authorities decided to halt the recovery effort and turn the area into a memorial for the dead.

Alert raised in China after storms, floods kill 27

Alert raised in China after storms, floods kill 27

Alerts were raised for southern and north-eastern China Saturday after the death toll reached 27 with two missing from this week’s heavy rains.

Ten people died in the southern province of Guizhou and nine in the south-western city of Chongqing. Neighboring Sichuan province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region suffered three deaths each.

The National Meteorological Center warned students taking college entrance exams to leave home early to make sure they arrive on time, as up to 80 millimeters of rain was expected over the weekend in certain regions.

Hail, floods and landslides wreaked havoc across southern areas. The weather bureau also expanded its warnings to include northern provinces of Liaoning and Jilin, as well as the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

The National Commission for Disaster Reduction announced that 239,000 people had been relocated and 116,000 were in urgent need of basic living necessities.

The picturesque Guangxi region was hit hardest, with thousands of residents facing water and power outages. Luzhai county suffered its highest rainfall in 30 years – 326 millimeters in 31 hours – Xinhua news agency said.

Primary schools cancelled classes in Fengshan county, where 480 students had to be evacuated after flooding reached up to 1.8 meters deep, Xinhua said.

The storms toppled more than 9,700 houses, damaged 55,000 homes and destroyed 19,400 hectares of crops, it said.

Boat capsizes killing 60 in the Red Sea

Breaking News

Sixty migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia have drowned in the worst disaster to occur off the coast of Yemen this year, the United Nations has said.

Two Yemeni crew members also died when the boat capsized in the Red Sea.

“The tragedy is the largest single loss of life this year of migrants and refugees attempting to reach Yemen via the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden,” the UN’s refugee agency said.

After the incident, witnesses said that the bodies of dozens of illegal immigrants were found on the beaches of Yemen.

Approximately 50 bodies were found and buried near the town of Zoubab. Local residents used a bulldozer to bury the migrants in a mass grave.

An unnamed official said that the capsized boat was one of two which were travelling in convoy.

The first boat, holding the 60 immigrants, capsized while the second boat, carrying 45 migrants, was captured and those on board were arrested.

This week, Yemen’s Ministry of the Interior released a statement saying that up to 2,500 African immigrants arrived in Yemen in May via boats from Somalia.

This influx has led to fears within the country that some Somali members of al-Shabaab may be disguising themselves as immigrants to sneak into the country, which already acts as a haven for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants.