“I was coming up the road and I could see the hail on the ground here and just driving up the road I could see the leaves on the trees were gone,” said Bob Fellner of Fellner Orchards. “The initial reaction was that it’s just brutal. That total loss and it’s just jaw dropping and wonder what you’re going to do.”
While other farms in the area dodged the damage, insurance will help Fellner recover as he continues to operate this orchard that’s been in his family for generations.
“It is pretty much all damaged. The cherries we have will be bird food. And the apples we’ll be lucky to have deer feed,” said Fellner. “It is all just kind of part of the game. A game you’re often times behind in the score, but one day you hope to win.”
The fruit his family worked hard for in the orchard now hangs on battered limbs, shredded, but Fellner says he’s already focused on the task ahead.
“You just kind of move forward. That’s all you can really do. What’s done is done, you can’t change it. Hope for better results next year,” said Fellner.
Two generals who led the helicopter unit of Cambodia’s air force were killed in a crash Monday, along with two pilots, police said. Defense Minister Tea Banh, who rushed to the crash site in a muddy pond south of the capital, said a fifth person on the chopper was seriously injured.
Gen. Um Phy, deputy chief of staff of Cambodia’s air force, confirmed the casualty count and said the aircraft was a Chinese-made Z-9 helicopter. Authorities had previously said five people were killed.
It was not immediately clear what caused the accident, which police said was a training mission for new pilots.
Two of the dead men were a major general and a brigadier general, Phnom Penh Deputy Police Chief Chuon Narin said. An incident report filed by police at the scene said the generals were the head and deputy head of the helicopter unit, and the other two men were pilots. Military officials confirmed the men’s ranks, but not their positions. The survivor was not identified.
The chopper went down about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of Phnom Penh, sinking in a rain-filled excavated rice field surrounded by rural land and other fields. Defense Ministry Secretary of State Moeung Samphan said 300 military personnel were sent to take part in the recovery operation. By evening, all four bodies had been recovered, said Um Phy.
The main part of the helicopter’s fuselage, whose cabin could be seen badly mangled in photographs from the local DAP news agency as it was lifted by a winch, was also retrieved and taken to air force headquarters for inspection, he said.
Cambodia last year took delivery of 12 of the Z-9 helicopters, a licensed version of France’s Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin that can carry nine passengers in addition to a pilot. The aircraft were purchased with a $195 million loan made to Cambodia in 2011 by China, the closest ally of the small Southeast Asian nation.
The helicopters were meant to replace a small fleet of aging Soviet-made transport helicopters. The deal with China was made as Cambodia was engaged in intermittent border warfare with neighboring Thailand, but it was unclear if any were fitted as attack helicopters, which would be the first ever in Cambodia’s arsenal. Cambodia has a strong disadvantage in air power compared to larger neighbors Thailand and Vietnam.
Chhay Bunna, chief of police at Phnom Penh’s nearby international airport, said the flight was a training mission for new pilots. Tea Banh said the area where the crash took place has been used for training for several years without any previous accidents.
A witness said she saw helicopters flying the same route almost every day, but the doomed flight seemed to be flying lower than usual, almost hitting her house.
Ath Neang, 48, who lives about 15 meters (yards) from the pond, said that as one of the craft’s rotor blades hit the bank of the pond, one man jumped out into the water. At about the same time, she heard what sounded like an explosion from the aircraft, which then sank.
Russia has declared a “day of mourning” as death toll from an underground train derailment in Moscow rises to 21
“Wednesday will be a day of mourning in Moscow, given the scope of the tragedy,” Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Tuesday
According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, the accident occurred as a train going from the city center halted abruptly between the Park Pobedy and Slavyansky Bulvar stations early on Tuesday morning. The incident derailed three train cars.
The ministry also believes that the accident was a result of a sudden sharp decline in the voltage, but Moscow’s electricity company denies any fall in the rails voltage.
The Russian Health Ministry announced that around 129 people were injured, 49 of whom are in critical condition.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation by Russian authorities.
At least 18 people were killed and 40 others injured in a deadly accident involving a passenger bus near Moscow in July last year.
In Russia, some 25,000 people lose their lives in traffic accidents every year.
Evacuation orders have been issued for Entiako Provincial Park, Tetachuck Lake and Chelaslie River as a wildfire in Chelaslie Arm grows to 8,000 hectares in B.C.’s northwest region.
The Regional District of Bulkey-Nechako issued an evacuation order Monday, covering the northeast half of Tetachuck Lake to the south side of Chelaslie River, and the whole area within the Regional District ofBulkley-Nechako Electoral Area “E” (Ootsa/François Lake Rural).
BC Parks has also closed nearby Entiako Provincial Park and issued an evacuation order for all cabin owners and any recreational users within the park.
The Chelaslie Arm wildfire, which is burning some 200 kilometres southwest of Prince George, was discovered on Tuesday and is believed to have been caused by lightning.
On B.C.’s south coast, the fire risk is high to extreme and a campfire ban has been issued throughout the entire Kamloops Fire Centre, beginning on Wednesday.
The ban applies to open fires of any size, fires with a burn registration number, industrial burning, fireworks, tiki torches, sky lanterns and burning barrels.
However, it does not apply to stoves or portable campfire apparatus that use gas, propane or briquettes, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.
This is a location map of the Regional District of Bulkey-Nechako evacuation area – click here for more information and a larger map. (Regional District of Bulkey-Nechako)
This is a map of the area affected by the Kamloops campfire ban – click here for more information and a link to a larger map. (Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations)