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Five dead, 15 injured in plastic factory explosion in West Bengal’s Malda, India

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Five persons were killed and 15 critically injured in a blast in a plastic factory in West Bengal’s Malda district on Thursday, police said.

The incident took place in Sujapur area around 11 am, a senior police officer said.

“Four factory workers were killed and four others critically injured in the explosion that ripped the establishment apart,” he said.

A huge police contingent has been sent to the spot to bring the situation under control. Fire tenders are trying to douse the blaze and rescue survivors from beneath the debris, he said, adding an investigation is underway.

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Coronavirus HORROR: Fire kills 10 people at Romanian hospital treating Covid patients

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TEN PEOPLE have died following a fire at a hospital in Romania treating patients suffering from coronavirus.

The blaze broke out in the intensive care unit of the Piatra Neamt county hospital and quickly spread to a nearby room.

Officials said it is not yet clear what triggered the fire.

They added seven other people have been injured and are in a critical condition, including the doctor on call.

Health Minister Nelu Tataru said the injured doctor, who had severe burns on 40 percent of his body, would be transferred to a hospital in the capital Bucharest.

He added six surviving patients would be transferred to separate coronavirus hospital in the eastern Romanian city of Iasi.

Prosecutors have said they will be opening an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

Mr Tataru said: “In future legislation, all public hospitals will be coordinated by the health ministry.” He did not elaborate on this.

Local hospitals in Romania are managed by county councils, which makes the overall supervision of the health system difficult.

The health minister said the Piatra Neamt hospital would continue to run an intensive care unit on another floor.

The fire at the hospital is Romania’s deadliest since 2015, when a blaze at a nightclub in Bucharest killed 65 people.

Romania has so far reported mor than 350,000 c coronavirus cases and 8,8313 deaths.

On Saturday, just under 13,000 people were in hospital with coronavirus throughout the country.

This includes 1,172 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units.

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Algeria wildfire kills two

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A wildfire has killed two people west of the Algerian capital, the emergency services said Saturday, one of a spate of seasonal blazes to hit the north African country.

Nearby residents were evacuated from their homes after the fire swept through forest near the coastal city of Tipaza trapping and killing two men in a chicken coop.

More than 50 additional firefighters were dispatched from Algiers to help tackle the blaze which broke out on Friday night.

Over the past 24 hours, fires have been reported in northern Algeria in 10 of the country’s 58 provinces.

Already in September, authorities in Tipaza announced their worst year for wildfires since 2010, with nearly 900 hectares (2,200 acres) of forest or crops destroyed.

Every year, Algeria loses up to one percent of its vegetation to seasonal wildfires, according to the forestry department.

Last year, it lost 21,048 hectares (more than 52,000 acres) between June 1 and October 31.

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2 killed, 6 injured in explosion at chemical factory in Maharashtra, India

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Two persons were killed and six others injured in an explosion at a chemical factory in Maharashtra’s Raigad district in the wee hours of Thursday, a police official said.

The explosion took place around 2.30 am in the factory at Dheku in Sajgaon industrial area of Khopoli town, located about 70 km from Mumbai, following which a fire broke out in the premises, he said.

Two persons including a woman died and six others were injured, the official from Khopoli police station said.

Fire brigade and police personnel rushed to the spot and launched firefighting and rescue operations, he said.

The injured were taken to a civic-run hospital in Khopoli, the official said.

Firefighting was on till early morning, he added.

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60,000 to evacuate after wildfire grows in Southern California, USA

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A fast-moving wildfire has forced evacuations for 60,000 people in Southern California as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes. The smoky fire in Orange County broke out just before 7 a.m. Monday and quickly threatened neighborhoods in Irvine, a sprawling city of about 280,000 people. California is extremely dry and fire danger is high as the state experiences winds that are gusting above 60 mph (97mph) in places. Such winds can knock down power lines and send tree branches into wires, sparking fires. It’s not clear what started the Orange County fire.

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Explosion at a chemical plant linked to the nuclear project in Iran

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A large explosion following a fire of chemicals occurred today (Friday) at one of the largest petrochemical facilities in Iran. This is a petrochemical plant of the Hormusi company in Bander Mashhar, a facility whose name was previously linked to the Iranian nuclear project and was even included in the list of facilities in the list of sanctions imposed on Iran.

According to reports and videos circulated on social media, black smoke was seen rising from the scene of the explosion and large forces of firefighters arrived at the scene of the incident.

The state-run state news agency, Irena, reported that the man was under control and that there were no casualties in the blast or fire. The cause of the explosion was not reported in the media, but the possibilities range from a technical malfunction, human error or even deliberate sabotage by opposition groups in the country, which carried out several attacks on infrastructure facilities in the country during the summer.

Iran experienced a wave of mysterious explosions at key sites in the country this summer, including the ballistic missile development facility in Perchin and the uranium enrichment facility, part of the Iranian nuclear program, near the city of Natanz. Alongside these facilities, port facilities, petrochemical plants and oil pipelines in the country caught fire.

Last week, the Diaspora opposition organization “Iran’s National Resistance Council” announced that Iran had recently inaugurated a new facility for the assembly and production of nuclear warheads at a facility east of the capital Tehran.

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Russian oil tanker suffers explosion, fire in Sea of Azov

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A Russian oil tanker experienced an explosion in the Sea of Azov and an operation to rescue three of its crew members was underway Saturday, officials said.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry said the explosion on the General Azi Aslanov took place as the tanker was traveling from the port of Kavkaz to the city of Rostov-on-Don. Authorities said 10 members of the tanker’s 13-person crew havebeen rescued, while the remaining three were believed to be in the water.

The tanker has tilted and efforts to stabilize the ship were underway.

Maritime officials said the tanker wasn’t loaded explosion may have been triggered by flammable vapors left behind from the vessel’s previous cargo.

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A massive fire has broken out in a chemical factory in Kharkhada, India

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A massive fire has broken out in a chemical factory in Kharkhada area of Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut. Six fire tenders have reached the spot, and firefighting operations are under. Senior officials have also rushed to the spot.

No reports of injuries so far.

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