At least 80 people were injured in a train collision near Berea in Durban on Tuesday evening, said South African officials.
The accident trains are passenger trains operated by Metrorail. The power line of the railway was shut down after the crash.
Emergency Service ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks told media that the passengers, sustained minor to moderate injuries, had been transported to various hospitals.
Metrorail spokesperson Dumi Dube said no death have been reported.
The investigation of the accident is under way. However Dube said the collision could have been caused by faulty signals on one of the trains.
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Depth: 15 km
Distances: 129km (80mi) NE of Shache, China
189km (117mi) E of Kashi, China
267km (166mi) SW of Aksu, China
286km (178mi) SE of At-Bashi, Kyrgyzstan
495km (308mi) SE of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
- Heavy downpours have been affecting several parts of the country causing flash flooding in Bournemouth
- North-east also affected by heavy rain causing A&E department at South Tyneside District Hospital to partially close
- Yellow ‘be aware’ warning for heavy rain issued for parts of eastern England, eastern Scotland and Northern Ireland
Russia’s active volcano Shiveluch, located on the Kamchatka peninsula in the country’s Far East, spewed a series of ash emissions to a height ranging between five and 11 kilometers (3-7 miles), but the eruptions pose no threat to nearby residential areas, local volcanic research group reported on Tuesday.
However, the Kamchatka Volcanic Response Team (KVERT) warned air traffic control services of the danger, which volcano poses to aircraft issuing the “Orange” code of warning for the aviation. The service advised airlines to alter their scheduled flight routes saying ash particles are capable of choking aircraft’s engines.
The Aviation Color Codes reflect four levels of danger posed for civilian aircraft overflying areas adjacent to volcanoes and range from ‘Green’ to ‘Red’ codes. According to the International Airways Volcano Watch system (IAVW) the ‘Orange’ code stands for “Volcano is exhibiting heightened unrest with increased likelihood of eruption” or “Volcanic eruption is underway with no or minor ash emission.”
The cloud of ash, which the 3,283-meter (10,771 feet) Shiveluch churned out as a result of three emissions over the past 24 hours, has extended to the length of 100 kilometers (62) miles and moves in the southeastern direction towards the Pacific Ocean.
Local Emergencies Ministry’s department warned tourism companies operating in the region against holding tours in areas located near the volcano.
There are over 150 volcanoes on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia’s Far East, and up to 30 of them are active.
The Shiveluch is located some 450 kilometers (280) miles to the northeast of the Kamchatka Peninsula’s largest city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchhatsky with the population of over 181,600. However, nearest residential areas are located within the distance of 50 kilometers 931 miles) from the Shiveluch, which had been regularly spewing out ash since 1980s.
The latest hail victims in the French vineyards are located in the south where a violent hailstorm, with very high winds, hit late Sunday afternoon.
A total of 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of agricultural land – mainly vineyards – are said to be affected. The two wine regions worst hit are Malepère, west of Carcassonne and Minervois, between Carcassonne and Narbonne. Parts of Corbières were also in the hail zone.
Weather in Languedoc-Roussillon this summer has veered from one extreme to the other. It started out unseasonably dry and hot, with concerns about drought. Vintage is expected to start very early in mid-August, making this a potentially disastrous time in the vines’ development for storms to hit.
After a visit to one of the producers in the affected area, the director of the local Chamber of Agriculture, Philippe Vergnes, described the situation as “a catastrophe, a cataclysm”. He pointed out that one quarter of the vineyards in the Aude department (one of the most-planted parts of France) was hit. Only an estimated 10-15 percent of producers have hail insurance.
At the main wine cooperative in Malepère – whose members own around 1000 hectares – about half the vines are estimated to be severely damaged.
Jérome Despey, the president of the wine advisory section for Agrimer (the French agricultural ministry) commented that there had been a growing phenomenon of storms in the past few years and no region had been spared.
Despey expects there to be another drop in French wine production this year, leading to supply problems. In recent years bad weather conditions have led to the smallest production levels ever experienced. There has been an estimated 22 percent drop in volumes in France between 2002 and 2013.
Hail also hit the vineyards of Lavaux in Switzerland’s Vaud canton on Sunday, while eastern French wine regions suffered storms that caused some localized hail, flooding and high winds.
Northern Bordeaux, Cognac and La Clape in the Languedoc all suffered devastating hailstorms recently, while producers in Burgundy are still reeling after the severe hailstorm 10 days ago, which damaged around 3000 hectares (7400 acres).
It was the third consecutive year that the same zone in Burgundy’s Côte d’Or has suffered hailstorms and, last week, producers called on local government for assistance.
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Depth: 17 km
Distances: 52km (32mi) WNW of Wewak, Papua New Guinea
224km (139mi) ESE of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea
292km (181mi) ESE of Jayapura, Indonesia
302km (188mi) ESE of Abepura, Indonesia
807km (501mi) NNW of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, KCP&L said they currently have about 8,800 customers remaining without power.
During the span of the storm, KCP&L had about 69,000 customers without power. High winds in excess of 50 mph and wind gusts as high as 70 mph, as well as lightning, were the major causes of the outages.
Some of the most affected areas are Paola, Liberty and just south of Raytown.
“We have called in all our available linemen and tree crews including our contract crews and are working to restore our customers as quickly and safely as possible. However the lingering storms from this morning and the fact that the storm hit during the night may impact restoration times,” KCP&L said on their website.