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MERS Virus kills two elderly people; 14 patients critical in South Korea

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South Korea reported two MERS fatalities and three new cases, taking the country’s death toll to 27 in the largest outbreak of the virus outside Saudi Arabia.
The two men – aged 84 and 87 – died from Sunday night to Monday morning of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, the health ministry said, adding both had been battling cancer.
They were infected at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul and Daecheong hospital in the western city of Daejeon and were diagnosed on June 9 and 12, respectively.
The ministry also reported three more cases of the disease to bring the total number of those infected to 172, including 27 who have died. 
The three included two patients at Samsung hospital and Konkuk University Medical Centre in Seoul and one caregiver at Daecheong hospital.
Samsung – a major hospital where more than 80 patients, families and medical workers have been infected – suspended most services on June 14 to stem the spread of the virus.
Fourteen patients were in critical condition, the ministry said, adding 50 people had recovered and were released from hospital so far, including seven from Saturday to Sunday.
The spread of the virus has slowed since the first two weeks of June, when the number of patients often grew by double digits including a daily record of 23 on June 7.
On Saturday the authorities reported no new cases for the first time in 16 days.
The outbreak began on May 20 when a 68-year-old man was diagnosed after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia. 
Since then the potentially deadly virus had spread at an unusually rapid pace, sparking public alarm that prompted the temporary closure of thousands of schools and trip cancellations by more than 120,000 foreign tourist. 
Most schools have reopened except for five in Gyeonggi province surrounding Seoul, the southern port of Busan and the southeastern city of Daegu.
Courtesy of thestandard.com.hk



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1592 km SE of Seoul, South Korea / pop: 10,349,312 / local time: 17:38:53.7 2015-05-14
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Mysterious sinkholes appear across Seoul, South Korea

Sinkholes have appeared across Seoul, raising safety concerns. Yet investigators are struggling to explain what exactly caused them.

After three sinkholes were found in Songpa, southern Seoul, where the Lotte World Tower is under construction, some others were found in other parts of the nation’s capital.

The latest one yawned open Thursday in front of the National Assembly in Yeouido. The hole, about one meter wide and one meter deep, is only 2 meters away from another one, which was discovered last month.

The Yeongdeungpo Police Station immediately started an investigation as soon as the first one was found on June 19. However, what they have found so far is little.

“We do not know the cause yet,” an officer from the police station told The Korea Times. “In cooperation with Seoul Metro and Seoul Metropolitan Government, we investigated the problem and only found that the holes have nothing to do with sewerage.”

The officer said the investigators are now looking more into water supply facilities and communication pipelines.

Some part of a roadway near Jeungmi Station, western Seoul, also collapsed on June 17, creating a hole 1.5 meter wide and 1 meter deep. Officials from Gangseo Police Station are still trying to figure out what caused it.

A sinkhole refers to any hole in the ground created by erosion,drainage of water or human activity.

For the holes in Songpa, where the Lotte World Tower is being built,some experts believed that the construction is responsible for creating the sinkholes.

However, the explanation is not enough for those created in other parts of Seoul.

No major incidents caused by the holes have been reported.


Subway trains collide in Seoul, South Korea

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TWO subway trains have collided in Seoul, injuring more than 170 people but with no reported fatalities

News of the accident broke as the country still reels from the ferry disaster that has left around 300 people dead or missing — most of them schoolchildren — after the boat capsized and sank on April 16.

The ferry tragedy has triggered widespread public anger and a bout of national soul-searching as to whether South Korea — now Asia’s fourth-largest economy — sacrificed safety standards in its rush for development.

Train ‘knocked off rails’ by force of impact

Briefing reporters, fire department official Kim Kyung-Soo said 172 people had been injured in Friday’s train collision, none of them seriously.

The accident happened around 3.30pm (4pm AEST) when a moving train slammed into the rear of a stationary train at Sangwangsimni station in eastern Seoul.

Around 1000 people were evacuated from the two trains, Mr Kim said, adding that many of those hurt had complained of ankle injuries, cuts and bruises.

Smashed ... a train broke after the collision at Sangwangshipri subway station in Seoul.

According to senior Seoul Metro official Chung Soo-Young, initial investigations suggested the automated stopping system that should prevent a train getting too close to another appeared to have failed.

The tunnel curves before entering Sangwangsimni station and Mr Chung said the driver of the moving train did not see the platform was occupied until quite late.

He applied the emergency break, but the distance was “too short” to avoid a collision, Mr Chung said.

Gory scene ... blood stains mark the floor inside one of the subway trains.

The two last cars of the stationary train appeared to have been thrown off the rails by the force of the impact, and TV footage showed cracked windows on the two trains and one door connecting two carriages that had been completely knocked off its hinges.

One image showed a bloodstained floor leading to the sliding doors in one carriage.

Seoul’s subway network in one of the busiest in the world, carrying around 5.25 million passengers a day, according to official data from City Hall.

Train ‘knocked off rails’ by force of impact

Although there were no fatalities, the accident will likely fuel public criticism of the government for lax safety standards caused by the alleged collusion of transport companies and state regulators.

President Park Geun-Hye’s approval ratings, which have been impressively high since she took office a little over a year ago, have fallen by around 11 percentage points in the wake of the ferry disaster, according to Gallup Korea.

Ferry sinks leaving 4 dead and 295 missing in South Korea

South Korean ferry "Sewol" is seen sinking at the sea off Jindo

Almost 300 people are missing after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea.

Four people have been confirmed dead so far – including a male student, a female crew member and another unidentified man.

The South Korean government says about 180 people have been rescued so far but 295 remain unaccounted for.

A girl rescued by South Korean maritime policemen from a sinking ship "Sewol" in the sea off Jindo, is treated at a port in Jindo

The ferry, with 476 people and 150 vehicles on board, was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call at 9am local time (1am UK time) on Wednesday morning as it began listing to one side.

Within two hours it had completely capsized, with only the front part of its hull visible above the water.

There is no indication yet what caused the ship to list and roll onto its side, although one witness told television channel YTN there had been a “loud impact and noise” before it began sinking.

Part of South Korean passenger ship "Sewol" that has been sinking is seen as South Korean maritime policemen search for passengers in the sea off Jindo

Captain John Noble, a marine salvage expert, told Sky News the most likely explanation was the ferry hit a rock.

He added that passengers would have struggled to get off the ferry quite soon after it began listing.

“Once a ship gets beyond 20 degrees it is impossible for passengers to stand up without holding onto something,” he said.

South Korea ferry accident.

“Once a ship gets to its side you completely lose your orientation. Those poor people would really have relied on rescuers to get them out.

“It’s truly remarkable so many rescue crews got there so quickly.”

The 6,825-ton ship left Incheon port, west of Seoul, on Tuesday evening and ran into difficulties about 60 miles (100km) south of the Korean peninsula.

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The 325 students and 15 teachers on board were from a high school in Ansan, near Seoul. They were reportedly on their way to the Jeju island for a four-day trip.

One student, Lim Hyung-min, told YTN he jumped into the ocean wearing a life jacket with other students and then swam to a rescue boat.

“As the ferry was shaking and tilting, we all tripped and bumped into each another,” he said, adding some people were bleeding.

South Korea ferry sinking.

He said the ocean was “so cold”, adding: “I was hurrying, thinking that I wanted to live.”

The news agency AP is reporting 55 injuries, including people with burns, hypothermia and fractured bones. 

A total of 18 helicopters, 87 rescue boats and 160 divers are at the scene, according to AP.

Passengers rescued from a ferry that sank off the Korean peninsula.

The US Navy has dispatched its amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard to aid the operation.

Fishing and other commercial vessels appeared to rescue many passengers before emergency teams arrived at the scene.

Passenger Kim Seong-mok told YTN he was “certain” people were trapped inside as water quickly rushed into the vessel, and the severe tilt of the ferry stopped them getting out.

A passenger is rescued by South Korean maritime policemen from a sinking ship in the sea off Jindo

Some people yelled at those who could not get out, urging them to break windows, he said.

Mr Kim said he felt the ship tilt and heard it crash into something before the ferry operator made an announcement asking passengers to wait and not move.

Darkness has now fallen in South Korea and the rescue operation is also being hampered by muddy waters.

A South Korean passenger ship "Sewol" is seen in this undated photo

“There is so much mud in the sea water and the visibility is very low,” Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, told a press briefing in Seoul.

Those rescued are being taken to the nearby Jindo Island, where medical teams are wrapping them in blankets, checking for injuries and directing them towards a school gymnasium.

Meanwhile, parents of the children on board have gathered at their high school in Ansan to wait for news.

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One of the dead was found inside the sinking ferry, while the other died soon after arriving at the Mokpo Hankook hospital on the mainland.





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