Kaduna Explosion: El-Rufai Orders Closure of Gas Retail Outlets In Residential Areas

 

Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has ordered the closure of all illegal gas retail outlets located in residential areas across the state with immediate effect.

The directive comes two days after an explosion occurred at an illegal gas retail shop in Sabon Tasha area of Chikun local government.

The incident resulted in the death of six people including the Director-General of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Professor Simon Mallam.

Speaking to reporters after an on the spot assessment at the scene of the explosion on Monday, Governor El-Rufai appealed to residents to report such gas outlets to the government for immediate action.


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While he described the incident as very unfortunate and avoidable, the governor emphasized that all gas refill stations should relocate to industrial layouts rather than being allowed to operate within residential areas thereby exposing the residents to imminent dangers.

He also announced that the state government will, through the state Urban Development Authority map out specific areas where the gas plant operators will be relocated to with all the necessary safety measures in place.

Five Die In Gas Explosion In Slovakia

This handout picture made available by the Slovak Police on December 6, 2019 shows the emergency services working at the scene of a gas explosion in an apartment building in Presov, eastern Slovakia.  HO / Slovak Police / AFP

 

At least five people died in a gas explosion that rocked a high-rise apartment building in eastern Slovakia on Friday, police and firefighters said. 

“The blast followed by a fire affected four or five floors” of the 12-storey building, firefighters told local media, adding that the building was in danger of collapsing.

The blast in the eastern Slovak town of Presov, 410 kilometres (254 miles) from the capital Bratislava, took place around mid-day Friday.

Firefighters were evacuating a unknown number of people from the building, local police said in a post on their official Facebook page.

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Gas Explosion Kills Two In Lagos, Many Injured

 

Two children have been confirmed killed following an explosion in a gas store on Aduke street in Ajegunle area of Lagos.

Many others are said to be in critical condition as a result of the incident.

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According to the general manager of the Lagos state emergency management agency, LASEMA, Femi Osanyintolu there was a leakage from the gas cylinder before the explosion which also affected several shops and homes.

The area has since been cordoned off.

Panic In Bayelsa Community Following Gas Explosion

Bayelsa Govt House Photographer, One Other Shot Dead

 

A Gas explosion from the Nembe Creek Trunk Line operated by the Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company has led to panic among indigenes of Seven communities of Nembe in Nembe Local Government area of Bayelsa State.

The explosion, which occurred at about 4am near Oil Well 7, sacked indigenes of the affected communities and many are reported missing including women and children.

A source from the community who asked to be anonymous said that the Nembe Creek Trunk Line, NCTL, was shut for emergency repairs following the detection of oil leakage.

The Nembe communities affected include Nembe creek 1,2 and 3,Jalungo,Fatuo and Kalablomi. An indigene of the communities, identified Patrick, told journalists that the gas explosion has polluted the air and water in the area.

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Contacted on the development, the spokesman of the Nembe Chiefs Council, Chief Nengi James–Eriworio, confirmed the development and describes it as “massive destruction of the area with air and water heavily polluted.

“According to Chief James-Eriworio, “people have deserted the area and the company have refused to respond despite series of emergency calls.”

“As at 6pm, the time you are calling, the fire is still raging.The incident is uncalled for and questionable. The people are afraid. Women and children are missing.

“He called on the oil exploration company to be mindful of welfare of indigenes.

This is large scale explosion. We are calling on the Federal Government agencies to investigate and respond to salvage the people.

The incident has caused air and water pollution.”

“we are concerned that the oil exploration company despite the questionable aquisition of the company from SPDC without due consultation with the people.

We are concerned about the poor attitude of the company towards the host communities in Nembe. They have abused the rights of the people.

We are ready to drag the company before the National Assembly and the Presidency. “

Two Firefighters, Tourist Killed In Paris Gas Leak Blast

A general view shows debris and car wreckage following the explosion of a bakery on the corner of the streets Saint-Cecile and Rue de Trevise in central Paris on January 12, 2019. 
Carl LABROSSE / AFP

 

A powerful gas explosion tore through a building in central Paris on Saturday, killing two firefighters and a Spanish woman, injuring dozens of people and badly damaging nearby apartments, officials said.

Around 200 firefighters were mobilised to battle the fire that broke out after the blast and evacuate victims and residents in the area, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters at the scene.

The explosion came with the city on edge during the latest “yellow vest” anti-government demonstrations, which have often degenerated into violence and vandalism in Paris and other cities in recent weeks.

Cars were overturned by the blast and glass and rubble was strewn across large swathes of the street after the explosion gutted the lower part of the building. Dozens of residents were treated by rescue workers on the road.

“I was sleeping and was woken up by the blast wave,” Claire Sallavuard, who lives on the Rue de Trevise where the explosion occurred, told AFP. “All the windows in the apartment exploded, doors were blown off their hinges, I had to walk on the door to leave the room, all the kids were panicking, they couldn’t get out of their room.”

“Firefighters advised us to leave but the elevator shaft had been blown out, there was no railing, nothing, and there was too much smoke,” she said.

As well as the three dead, 47 people were injured in the blast, 10 of them seriously, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

The two firefighters who died were aged 27 and 28, it added.

A source in the Spanish foreign ministry said a woman who was holidaying with her husband in Paris died in hospital after the blast while another Spanish national was also injured.

Around 100 police officers blocked off several streets in the area, home to restaurants and tourist attractions including the Musee Grevin wax museum and the popular Rue des Martyrs.

Police also closed off streets in front of the Garnier Opera house as emergency services landed two helicopters in front of the historic building to evacuate victims.

The explosion occurred shortly after 9:00 am (0800 GMT) in a building that housed a bakery as well as a restaurant on the ground floor.

“It happened when there were people in the street, and firefighters inside,” the interior minister said.

The cause was thought to be accidental, “but at this stage we do not exclude any hypothesis”, he added.

‘Like an earthquake’

The shockwave was felt as far as four blocks away, Commander Eric Moulin of the Paris fire service said, adding that rescuers were still searching for other victims.

Firefighters had been responding to an alert of a gas leak at the site when the explosion occurred, Paris prosector Remy Heitz said at the scene.

“First there was a gas leak and the firefighters arrived, then there was an explosion that caused the fire,” Heitz said.

Dozens of tourists, suitcases in hand, were evacuated from the many nearby hotels in the area.

Other residents were in bathrobes or quickly dressed in the street as police helicopters circled overhead.

One man found himself barefoot in the street, his hair completely white from the dust.

Another resident, an elderly woman, still dressed in her pyjamas and dressing gown had to be evacuated from her second-floor apartment using a firefighters ladder.

“We were sleeping when we heard the noise, it sounded like an earthquake,” a teenager who lives on a nearby street told AFP.

“We came downstairs and we saw a building on fire,” her brother said.

Many homes and buildings in Paris use gas for heating and cooking, though explosions due to leaks are relatively rare.

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More Bodies Pulled From Rubble Of Russian Gas Explosion

The collapsed facade of a building is seen after a gas explosion rocked a residential building in Russia’s Urals city of Magnitogorsk on December 31, 2018. At least 4 people have been killed in the gas explosion in the residential building.
Ilya MOSKOVETS / AFP

 

 

Rescuers hunted for survivors Wednesday in the rubble of a Russian apartment building hit by a New Year’s Eve gas explosion but found only bodies as the number of confirmed dead rose to 18.

Nearly two dozen people were still missing following the explosion, which destroyed 35 apartments in the high-rise in the city of Magnitogorsk in the Ural mountains.

Braving temperatures that fell as low as minus 27 degrees Celsius (minus 16 degrees Fahrenheit), rescue workers were combing through mangled concrete and metal.

Their efforts were given a boost on Tuesday when a 10-month-old baby boy was found alive and reunited with his mother. But hope was starting to fade of finding many more survivors.

The emergency situations ministry said in a statement that as of 12:15 Moscow time (0915 GMT) the bodies of 18 people, including two children, had been recovered from the partly collapsed building.

Six people, including two children, had been rescued and 23 people were still missing.

“Work at the scene is continuing,” it said, noting that 800 square metres of debris — loaded into 50 dump trucks — had been cleared from the site in the last 24 hours.

The explosion, believed to have been caused by a gas leak, tore through the nine-storey building in Magnitogorsk, an industrial town nearly 1,700 kilometres (1,050 miles) east of Moscow, in the early hours of Monday.

Witnesses described a “wave of fire” from the explosion and said the blast was strong enough to shatter windows in nearby buildings.

The Soviet-era apartment block was home to about 1,100 people and the blast left dozens homeless over the New Year — the biggest holiday of the year in Russia.

– ‘New Year’s miracle’ –
Tuesday’s recovery of the infant boy offered a rare moment of hope, with officials describing his rescue as a “New Year’s miracle”.

The boy was found in his cradle after rescuers heard him crying from within the rubble. He was brought to his mother, who had survived the blast, and then flown to Moscow for treatment.

Russian television showed footage of the boy lying in a hospital bed watched by his tearful mother.

Medical officials in Moscow said the boy was in serious but stable condition after suffering from severe frostbite, a head injury and multiple fractures.

Residents left homeless by the explosion were being housed in a nearby school and helped by a team of psychologists.

Wednesday was a day of mourning in the region, with flags lowered and entertainment events cancelled, in a country where New Year’s Eve celebrations are an annual highlight.

Mourners laid flowers and lit candles near the site of the building.

“We are all grieving,” a middle-aged man told Rossiya 24 television. “Nearly everyone in the city knew someone” caught up in the accident, he said.

Investigators have said there is no reason to suspect foul play in the blast.

Rumours have swirled on social media of a possible terror link, especially after a minibus explosion on Tuesday that killed three people.

“No traces of explosives or their components have been found” at the scene, the federal Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Local authorities have said the minibus explosion was the result of leaking gas tanks and that there was no link between the two blasts.

Gas explosions are relatively common in Russia, where much of the infrastructure dates back to the Soviet era and safety requirements are often ignored.

Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin told Russian television that gas equipment in the Magnitogorsk building had not been checked for more than six months prior to the explosion.

Located in the mineral-rich southern Urals region, Magnitogorsk, with a population of more than 400,000 people, is home to one of the country’s largest steel producers.

Four Killed, Dozens Missing In Deadly Gas Explosion

 

Four persons have been killed with dozens more missing after a gas explosion tore through a high-rise residential building in central Russia.

Rescuers hunted for survivors on Monday in the rubbles left by the explosion.

A large section of the building collapsed after the explosion around 6:00 am local time (1100 GMT) at the high-rise in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk, nearly 1,700 kilometres (1,050 miles) east of Moscow in the Ural mountains.

President Vladimir Putin rushed to the city, where the blast left hundreds of residents homeless in freezing temperatures on New Year’s Eve — the biggest holiday of the year in Russia.

Officials said four people were confirmed dead and five others, including two children, had been taken to hospital. But officials added that up to 40 people could still be trapped under the rubble.

National television showed rescue workers combing through mangled heaps of concrete and metal in temperatures of minus 18 Celsius (minus 0.4 Fahrenheit).

“I went out to have a cigarette at quarter-to-six,” a local man told Russian television. “There was a blast and a wave of fire… then people started running out.”

Other witnesses said the explosion was strong enough to shatter the windows of nearby buildings.

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“I woke up and felt myself falling. The walls were gone. My mother was screaming and my son had been buried,” said another witness.

Russian television showed a grim-looking Putin in a black winter jacket meeting with local officials. He was also shown donning a white coat and visiting a victim in hospital.

“It is in the character of our people, despite New Year’s festivities, to remember to think of the dead and wounded at this moment,” Putin said.

Senior officials, including the emergencies and health ministers, flew to Magnitogorsk to oversee the rescue operation.

Emergencies minister Yevgeny Zinichev told Putin that between 36 and 40 people could be trapped under the rubble. Regional governor Boris Dubrovsky said seven children were among the missing.

– Plunging temperatures –
Authorities said rescue teams were to work through the night, with local temperatures expected to plunge to minus 23 Celsius.

Officials warned that two more sections of the Soviet-era high-rise on Karl Marx Street were in danger of collapsing.

Located in the mineral-rich southern Urals region, Magnitogorsk, with a population of more than 400,000 people, is home to one of the country’s largest steel producers.

The high-rise was built in 1973 and was home to around 1,100 people. Residents were evacuated to a nearby school.

Volunteers offered money, clothing and essentials to the victims, and some said they were ready to provide temporary shelter to those in need.

Dubrovsky, the local governor, said authorities planned to buy apartments for people who had lost their homes.

Staff from the local Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK), one of the country’s largest steelmakers, took part in the rescue operation.

Billionaire Viktor Rashnikov, who controls the plant, called on city residents to help the victims.

“This is our common tragedy and pain,” he said in a statement, adding that MMK would provide financial assistance to those in need.

Investigators opened a criminal probe into the accident, with the FSB security service confirming the blast had been the result of a gas explosion.

Such deadly gas explosions are relatively common in Russia where much of the infrastructure dates back to the Soviet era and safety requirements are often ignored.

Putin arrives in Magnitogorsk after deadly high-rise blast-

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Monday in the Urals city of Magnitogorsk after a gas explosion tore through a residential building killing at least four people and leaving several dozens missing.

Putin was expected to meet victims and regional authorities in the industrial city, Russian news agencies reported.

According to the latest report, 35 people remained unaccounted for, emergencies ministry spokesman Timur Khikmatov told AFP.

Many Feared Killed In Nasarawa Gas Explosion

 

No fewer than 10 persons, including an infant, were reported killed on Monday after a filling station exploded in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

The incident occurred when the gas station owners attempted to refill their commercial cylinder.

Many others were severely burnt in the incident as efforts to quench the fire proved abortive.

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16 Miners Killed In Pakistan Gas Explosion

Pakistani miners shift an injured colleague on a stretcher to carry him to the hospital after the collapse of a coal mine in Quetta on May 5, 2018. BANARAS KHAN / AFP

 

Sixteen miners were killed and nine others were wounded Saturday when a coal mine collapsed due to a gas explosion in southwestern Pakistan, officials said.

The accident occurred in Marwaarh, 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Quetta, which is the capital of oil and gas-rich Balochistan province bordering Iran and Afghanistan.

“The roof caved in following an explosion triggered by the accumulation of methane gas, killing 16 miners and wounding nine others, two of them seriously”, Jawaid Shahwani, the top government official in Quetta, told AFP.

Shahwani said 25 workers were inside the mine when the explosion occurred, adding that all the injured miners had been rescued and taken to a hospital.

“We are trying our best to recover bodies but it will take time as most of the bodies are buried very deep”, he said.

Pakistani mines are notorious for poor safety standards and bad ventilation.

At least 43 workers were killed in March 2011 when explosions triggered a collapse in a coal mine in Balochistan, which has battled separatist insurgents and Islamist militants for more than a decade.

Balochistan is the largest of Pakistan’s four provinces but its roughly seven million people have long argued they do not get a fair share of its vast gas and mineral wealth.

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14 Injured In Suspected Gas Explosion In Belgium

Firefighters inspect a collapsed building, at the Paardenmarkt in Antwerp on January 15, 2018, after several buildings collapsed following an explosion.
DIRK WAEM / BELGA / AFP

Fourteen people were taken to the hospital, including one in critical condition after an explosion collapsed or severely damaged buildings in Belgium’s port city of Antwerp, said police, who ruled out terrorism as a cause.

Belgium’s French-language broadcaster RTBF reported that a gas leak was suspected as the cause of the blast at around 9:30 pm (2030 GMT) Monday, though it had yet to be confirmed.

Police said in a statement that 14 people were taken to hospitals, including one in critical condition and five in a serious condition.

They said emergency services pulled several people from the debris of the buildings in the Paardenmarkt area of central Antwerp, a Dutch-speaking northern city, but could not rule out finding others as searches continued.

Police said the explosion was not related to terrorism, while Belgium has been on a high state of alert since 16 people were killed in suicide bombings in the capital Brussels in March 2016.

Several buildings either collapsed or were badly damaged in the blast, police said.

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Three Killed, 14 Hospitalized In Benin Cooking Gas Explosion

Gas explosion, Cooking gasAt least three persons have been killed in a cooking gas explosion which occurred early Sunday morning at the Ikpoba-Hill axis of Benin City the Edo State capital.

More than 14 others who sustained various degrees of burn are currently receiving treatment at a private hospital in Benin City.

Among the deceased were two siblings, aged 11 and two.

A resident of the building where the incident occurred told Channels Television that the cooking gas which belonged to one of the tenants exploded while a neighbour was cooking.

The fire affected four families.

Gas Explosion Razes Shops in Kaduna

gas explosionAn explosion from a gas cylinder has destroyed at least 15 shops in Kaduna State.

Although no life was lost, goods worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

The fire, which lasted for close to two hours on Friday, razed the shops before the arrival of fire fighters.

The explosion, which occurred at the Police Officers Wives’ Association (POWA) shopping complex in Kawo area in the state capital, left many traders devastated.

According to the North-West Commanding Officer of the Federal Fire Service, Obisesan Olatunde, the incident occurred when a gas retailer was refilling a gas cylinder for a customer.

He attributed the cylinder explosion to the unprofessional manner with which the trader handled the gas refilling.

Mr Olatunde warned the shop owners of such gas re-filling outlets to stop citing their shops very close to residential buildings and crowded areas in order to avert any colossal loss of live and property in case of any such incident.

He stated that from now henceforth, such gas outlets would be sanctioned in accordance with the Federal Fire Service Laws.