Italy Landslide Death Toll Rises To 11

 

Rescuers on Thursday pulled another three bodies from the wreckage caused by a landslide on the Italian island of Ischia, bringing the death toll to 11, with one woman still missing.

A wave of mud and debris swept through the small town of Casamicciola Terme on Saturday following heavy rains, destroying houses and sweeping cars to the sea.

The fire service announced that the bodies of two men and a woman had been found, and “the number of confirmed victims rises to 11”.

“The search continues for the last woman” still missing, it wrote on Twitter.

It emerged on Monday that former mayor Giuseppe Conte had called four days before the landslide struck for at-risk areas to be evacuated.

He sent 23 emails to authorities, but “nobody answered me,” he told the Corriere della Sera.

Geologist Aniello Di Iorio told the newspaper there were “high risks” of further landslides on parts of Ischia, a lush island near Capri that is thronged with tourists in summer.

Experts said the disaster was caused by a fatal mix of deforestation, overdevelopment and a lack of mitigation strategies.

Three Dead, Nine Injured In Ogun Road Auto Crash

The accident scene around Fidiwo area, along the Lagos/Ibadan expressway in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

 

Three persons have died with nine others injured in an accident around the Fidiwo area, along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday by the Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

According to the FRSC spokesperson in the state, Florence Okpe, the accident which occurred on Saturday, was caused by excessive speed and a tyre burst which led to the loss of control.

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“The crash occurred on Saturday after Fidiwo Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. A total of 14 persons were involved, nine persons sustained injuries, while three persons were recorded dead,” the statement read.

“Two vehicles were involved with registration numbers LSR377BL a Nissan car and a Toyota Sienna ABJ24XV.”

Okpe, who is also the corps’ Public Education Officer, said the injured victims have been taken to Victory Hospital in Ogere for medical attention, while the corpses of the dead victims have been deposited at the State Hospital mortuary, Isara.

On his part, the Ogun FRSC Sector Commander, Ahmed Umar, commiserated with the family of the victims.

He advised motorists to always do a vehicle parade by checking the tyres, engine, light and other necessary things in the vehicle before embarking on any trip.

The FRSC Sector Commander also stressed the importance of obeying traffic rules and regulations, warning motorists against speed violations.

37 Dead In Borno Auto Crash

FRSC officials are seen clearing an accident scene along the Damaturu-Maiduguri Road in Borno State on November 22, 2022.

 

Thirty-seven persons on Tuesday died in an auto crash along the Damaturu-Maiduguri Road in Borno State.

It was gathered that the accident occurred after two Hummer buses and one golf saloon car collided in the early hours of the day.

The Zonal Commanding Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in charge of Borno, Yobe and Bauchi states, Rotimi Adeleye, confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.

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“A fatal crash occurred this morning along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road very close to a village called Jakana.  Two Hummer Buses and one golf saloon were involved and so far, 37 persons have been confirmed dead and most of them burnt beyond recognition,” he said.

Adeleye further explained, the FRSC and fire service had deployed their men for the rescue mission and had also liaised with the Borno state Commissioner of Police to obtain a court order for a mass burial of the victims burnt beyond recognition.

According to him, the tyre of one of the Hummer buses coming from the opposite direction burst resulting in the collision, while the golf saloon which was coming behind at a very high speed ran into the two buses already on fire.

He advised the motorists to ensure they obey traffic rules and drive at a low speed, especially where there are potholes.

20 Dead As Bus Plunges Into Ditch In Pakistan

A policeman stands beside a damaged passenger minibus after an overnight accident in Sehwan of Sindh province on November 18, 2022. (Photo by Husnain ALI / AFP)

 

At least 20 people were killed, including 11 children, when a minibus crashed into a deep and water-logged ditch in southern Pakistan, police said Friday.

Pakistan has a staggeringly high rate of road deaths, blamed on decrepit highways and reckless driving.

Late Thursday in Sindh province, the bus “fell into a water-filled ditch on a road swept away by floods this summer”, local police official Khadim Hussain told AFP.

“The driver could not see the diversion sign on the road and so the van plunged into a 25-foot (eight-metre) deep ditch” near the town of Sehwan Sharif.

Hussain said the children killed were between two and eight years old, likely sitting on their parents’ laps when they were fatally injured.

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A further 14 people were injured in the accident.

Pakistan was lashed by record monsoon rains this year that put a third of the country underwater, displaced eight million people, and battered its already crumbling infrastructure.

Credible research has linked the catastrophic flooding to climate change.

According to World Health Organization estimates, more than 27,000 people were killed on Pakistan’s roads in 2018.

AFP

16 Dead, Three Injured In Algerian Car Crash

The Algerian flag.

 

Sixteen passengers died and another three were injured, mostly sub-Saharan Africans, on Monday when two pickup trucks collided in southern Algeria, rescue services and local media reported.

The accident took place on a highway in the country’s desert south, the civil protection agency said on Facebook.

Out of the 16 victims, 14 were from African countries further south and two were Algerians, according to local media, which said the accident took place between Reggane and Bordj Badji Mokhtar in the vast country’s southwest.

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The government’s road safety agency blames speeding, both by private drivers and public transport, for Algeria’s high rate of accidents.

In 2021, Algeria recorded more than 7,000 traffic accidents which killed at least 2,643 people and left in excess of 11,000 injured.

Algerian roads are among the most dangerous in the region but other North African countries also see thousands of road deaths annually.

AFP

Two WWII Planes Collide At Dallas Air Show

This image obtained from the twitter account @GollyItsMollie, shows smoke rising from the crash after two planes collided mid-air during the Wings Over Dallas Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport, in Dallas, Texas, on November 12, 2022.

 

Two World-War-II-era airplanes collided Saturday at an air show in Dallas, US authorities said, with social media footage showing the aircraft crashing into each other and hitting the ground with a fiery explosion.

It was not immediately clear how many people were in the two craft, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a smaller Bell P-63 Kingcobra, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Nor was it clear whether anyone survived the early afternoon crash, which occurred during the Wings Over Dallas Airshow at Dallas Executive Airport.

While the number of casualties was not immediately known, “no spectators or others on the ground were reported injured,” Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson tweeted.


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Multiple videos posted on social media showed dramatic scenes of the smaller plane descending towards the lower-flying B-17, crashing into it.

After the collision, the planes appeared to break up into several large pieces before crashing into the ground and exploding in a ball of fire, creating a huge plume of black smoke.

The crash scattered debris across the airport grounds as well as on a nearby highway and strip mall, Johnson said.

The FAA said its agents and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the incident.

“As many of you have now seen, we have had a terrible tragedy in our city today during an airshow. Many details remain unknown or unconfirmed at this time,” Johnson said.

The B-17, a four-engined bomber, played a major role in winning the air war against Germany in World War II. With a workhorse reputation, it became one of the most produced bombers ever.

The P-63 Kingcobra was a fighter aircraft developed during the same war by Bell Aircraft but it was used in combat only by the Soviet Air Force.

One of the last major crashes of a B-17 was on October 2, 2019, when seven people died in an accident at an airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

At Least 19 Killed In Egyptian Minibus Accident

Members of Egyptian security services look inside a damaged minibus that was pulled out of a water canal following a crash in al-Dayris village near the Nile Delta city of Mansoura in the Dakahlia Governorate, some 120Km north of the capital, on November 12, 2022.  (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

 

At least 19 people were killed and six injured Saturday when the minibus they were travelling in overturned in northern Egypt’s Nile Delta, the health ministry said.

The minibus tumbled into a canal in Dakahlia province, the ministry said.

It was badly damaged and its windows were shattered, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.

Police have cordoned off the site as a crowd gathered to watch the rescue efforts, the photographer said.

Egyptian media outlets reported the accident was caused by a malfunctioning steering wheel, without elaborating.

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Traffic accidents are common in Egypt where roads are often poorly maintained and driving rules flouted.

In 2021, around 7,000 people were killed on the roads of the Arab world’s most populous country, according to official figures.

In July, 25 people died and 35 were injured in central Egypt when a bus crashed into a truck parked on the side of the road.

AFP

11 Burnt Beyond Recognition In Kogi Crash

Gunmen Attack Kogi Communities, Kill Policeman And Three Others
A map of Kogi State in Nigeria’s north-central.

 

Eleven persons have been burnt beyond recognition in a multiple crash along Ejule-Ochadamu by Olofu Bridge, Ochadamu area of Kogi State.

The Federal Road Safety Corps disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, saying, the unfortunate mishap involved 20 vehicles.

FRSC Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, described the crash as avoidable and unfortunate, calling on drivers to regularly maintain their vehicles.

“The crash investigation team revealed that the fatal crash involved a total of 18 people. Out of the number, a total of seven victims comprising three males and four females sustained various degrees of injuries, while the remaining 11 whose sexuality could not be ascertained at the time of carrying out the rescue were burnt beyond recognition,” the statement read.

“The investigation further revealed that the main causes of the crash and subsequent fire outbreak that claimed the innocent lives of the victims are road obstruction and break failure; a mechanical deficiency that impacted negatively on the functionality of the braking system of the vehicle.

“As at the time of this statement, the emergency rescue team of the Corps has concluded the rescue of the injured persons to the hospital while the burnt victims were also evacuated.”

He said the FRS acting Corps Marshal, Dauda Ali Biu, has deployed personnel to ensure prompt clearing of obstructions and free flow of traffic on the affected part of the road.

While decrying the dangers and damages that come from poor vehicle maintenance, wanton neglect of signs and warnings about mechanical deficiencies in the vehicle and driving against the legal speed limit, the Acting Corps Marshal further directed Commanding Officers to intensify sensitization and routine inspection for all fleet operators nationwide.

He equally urged the public to always patronize the FRSC toll-free line 122 and the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM which are always available for all road users to report emergencies at any given time.

Four Injured In Turkey New Mine Accident

A map of Turkey used to illustrate the story.
A map of Turkey used to illustrate the story.

 

Four miners were injured, two of them seriously, after an explosion at a mine in northwest Turkey, media reported on Sunday, three weeks after a blast at another pit in the area killed 42.

The blast occurred overnight at a privately-owned mine in the Kilimli district, the DHA news agency reported.

The two seriously injured miners have been transported to a hospital in the capital Ankara for treatment, DHA said.

On October 14, a blast that ripped through a state-owned mine near the small coal town of Amasra, 50 kilometres (just over 30 miles) away from this weekend’s blast, ended up killing 42 people. Twenty-five people, including the director of the mine, have been detained.

The opposition has accused the government of failing to take the necessary measures to prevent the disaster.

Turkey suffered its deadliest coal mining disaster in 2014 when 301 workers died in a blast and ensuing fire that brought down a mining shaft in the western town of Soma.

At Least 13 Passengers Burnt To Death In Enugu Auto Crash

Enugu, usually referred to as Enugu State to distinguish it from the city of Enugu, is a state in southeastern Nigeria, created in 1991 from part of the old Anambra State.
Enugu, usually referred to as Enugu State to distinguish it from the city of Enugu, is a state in southeastern Nigeria, created in 1991 from part of the old Anambra State.

 

At least 13 passengers have been burnt beyond recognition in a fatal accident in Enugu State.

The accident occurred on Sunday night along Enugu/Port-Harcourt Road, near the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla.

According to reports, a 14-seater bus was said to be travelling from Imo State to Adamawa when it ran into a trailer before bursting into flames.

While confirming the incident, Enugu State Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr Joseph Toby who described it as unfortunate, said the command is yet to ascertain the casualty figure.

“My boys are still at the accident scene. It was a commercial vehicle that was involved in the crash that caused a fire. So my people are still there, as I am telling you now, we don’t know the exact number of persons that were involved and I don’t want to start giving wrong information,” he said.

“But as soon as details are gathered, we will post it online. We don’t know the number of persons that were involved. It happened last night.

“Throughout the night we were there with the fire service to make sure we put out the fire but because of the sit-at-home order, we found it difficult to go there this morning, eventually, I have taken my boys and we are there now. Any number you see is just speculation because we have to be very sure of what we give to the public.”

Over 130 Killed As Bridge Collapses In India

 

At least 132 people died in India when a colonial-era pedestrian bridge packed with revellers collapsed into the river below, police said Monday.

Authorities said nearly 500 people were celebrating the last day of the Diwali festival on and around the nearly 150-year-old suspension bridge in Morbi when supporting cables snapped after dark on Sunday.

CCTV footage showed the structure in the western state of Gujarat swaying — with a few people apparently deliberately rocking it — before it suddenly gave way.

The walkway and one fence crashed into the river, leaving the other side dangling in mid-air and hundreds of people in the water.

“I saw the bridge collapse before my eyes,” said one witness who worked all night on rescue efforts, without giving his name.

“It was traumatic when a woman showed me a photo of her daughter and asked if I had rescued her. I could not tell her that her daughter had died.”

Another witness named Supran said the bridge was “jam-packed”.

“The cables snapped and the bridge came down in a split second. People fell on each other and into the river,” he told local media.

News reports showed footage of people clinging onto the twisted remains of the bridge or trying to swim to safety in the dark.

Most Indians cannot swim and another Morbi resident, Ranjanbhai Patel, said he helped pull out those who had been able to reach the banks.

“As most of the people had fallen into the river, we were not able to save them,” he said.

Senior police official Ashok Kumar Yadav told AFP on Monday morning that the death toll stood at 132.

Sources said that most of the victims were women and children.

One local MP, Kalyanji Kundariya, told media he had lost 12 family members in the accident, including five children.

The bridge over the Machchhu river, a popular tourist spot, had only reopened several days earlier for the local Gujarati New Year holiday after months of repairs.

‘No certificate’

Authorities launched a rescue operation following the collapse, with boats and divers searching the river all night and on Monday morning.

P. Dekavadiya, the head of police in Morbi, told AFP that more than 130 survivors had been rescued.

The suspension bridge, 233 metres (764 feet) long and 1.5 metres wide, was inaugurated in 1880 by the British colonial authorities and made with materials shipped from England, reports said.

The Gujarat tourist department describes the “grand suspension bridge” some 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the state’s main city, Ahmedabad, as an “artistic and technological marvel”.

Sandeepsinh Jhala, Morbi municipality chief officer, said that after the recent renovation the bridge had not been issued with a safety certificate.

District police have launched an enquiry against the contractor, Yadav said.

Reports said the work had been carried out by a unit of the Gujarat-based Oreva group, which describes itself as the world’s largest clock manufacturer, and also makes lighting products and e-bikes. It could not immediately be reached for comment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was touring Gujarat, his home state, said that he “may rarely have experienced so much pain in my life.”

Moscow and New Delhi have enjoyed close relations for decades and the Kremlin said in a statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences.

Accidents from old and poorly maintained infrastructure including bridges are common in India.

In 2016 the collapse of a flyover onto a busy street in Kolkata killed at least 26 people. Five years earlier at least 32 people perished when a packed bridge collapsed in the hill resort of Darjeeling.

Eleven Die In Stampede At Fally Ipupa Concert In DR Congo

Fally Ipupa, Congolese singer-songwriter, performs during the opening ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football tournament at Stade d’Olembé in Yaounde on January 9, 2022. Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP

 

A stampede left nine spectators and two police officers dead during a packed concert by African music star Fally Ipupa at the biggest stadium in DR Congo’s capital, the interior minister said Sunday, blaming the organisers.

Too many people had been allowed into Kinshasa’s 80,000 capacity Martyrs’ stadium on Saturday night, Interior Minister Daniel Aselo Okito told the Actualite.cd news website.

“Eleven people dead… including two police,” the minister told reporters at the stadium, sending condolences to relatives of the casualties.

He deplored the frequent “loss of human life and damage to equipment” during events held at the stadium.


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The organisers “went beyond 100 percent capacity… they must be punished”, the minister said.

“It was a stampede,” that caused the deaths, a policeman on the scene told the official Congolese Press Agency ACP.

“The music-lovers suffocated.”

Kinshasa police chief General Sylvain Sasongo had earlier told ACP nine people had died, amid reports the venue had been absolutely jammed with people for the local favourite’s performance, with one witness saying “even the corridors” of the stadium were overflowing.

ACP, which had reporters in the stadium covering the concert, said police had cordoned off three areas to secure the pitch, the VIP stand and the stage.

“Under the pressure of the crowd, the police could not hold out long,” ACP said.

Singer-songwriter Fally Ipupa, “like all Congolese singers”, had arrived several hours after the show had been scheduled to start, the agency noted.

The Kinshasa-born 44-year-old is one of Africa’s leading musicians whose albums sell world-wide.