Five Killed As Burst Hot Water Pipe Floods Russian Hotel

 

At least five people including a child died in the Russian city of Perm on Monday when a broken heating pipe flooded their hotel rooms with scalding water, investigators said.

The accident happened in a small private hotel located in the basement of an apartment block in the industrial city in the Urals region, some 1,100 kilometres (700 miles) east of Moscow.

“At least five people died and a further three were taken to hospital with burns,” the Investigative Committee, which probes major incidents, said in statement.

Those who died were all staying at the Karamel hotel, which has five single and double rooms, according to its website.

The hotel did not have an emergency exit while the water pipe that burst dated back to 1962, the building’s managing company said in a statement.

Hot water is piped under streets at a high temperature to supply homes in Russia and when these pipes burst, the scalding water and steam can cause fatal accidents, with cars sometimes plunging into holes that open up in roads.

Investigators have opened a criminal probe into the provision of dangerous services to consumers.

Japanese Govt Says Hotels Must Be Wheelchair Accessible Before Tokyo 2020

Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organising committee, delivers a speech during the 133rd IOC session in Buenos Aires, on October 08, 2018.JUAN MABROMATA / AFP

 

New hotels in Japan with more than 50 rooms will be required to provide wheelchair-friendly accommodation, the government said on Tuesday, as the country gears up to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

Japan is hoping to attract around 40 million tourists annually by the time of the Games and concerns have been expressed over the quantity of accommodation and facilities for disabled travelers.

Under the revised laws, which come into effect on September 1 next year, at least one percent of rooms in newly built and refurbished hotels or traditional inns must be barrier-free for wheelchair users.

“Through efforts to improve travel and lodging for the disabled, we hope to make the Games a success and create a society” where people with and without disabilities can live together, Olympics Minister Yoshitaka Sakurada told reporters on Tuesday.

According to a government survey conducted last year, only 0.4 percent of around 100,000 rooms at more than 600 hotels or inns were “barrier-free”.

Under the government definition, a barrier-free room must have an entrance wider than 80 centimeters (30 inches), a bathroom with handrails and no steps dividing rooms.

Tokyo has already embarked on an overhaul of its infrastructure with an eye to filling stadiums for the 2020 Games.

Elevators and ramps are being installed across Tokyo’s subway system, with officials saying around 90 percent of stations are now wheelchair accessible.

AFP

SSS Arrests Terrorists Gathering Information on Prominent Abuja Hotels

The Deputy Director, Public Relations of the Service, Marilyn Ogar

The State Security Services (SSS) on Wednesday in Abuja paraded three persons suspected to be terrorists who engage in espionage activities for foreign terrorist organisations.
Parading the suspects, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the Service, Marilyn Ogar said the service stepped up measures to curtail the spread of terrorist activities and its impact on the peace and stability of Nigeria through sustained covert operations on suspected terrorists.

The suspects, Abdullahi Berende, Sulaiman Saka and Saheed Adewumi who claimed to be working for some Iranian handlers were arrested while trying to gather intelligence on public places and prominent hotels frequented by Americans and Israelis to facilitate attacks.

Ms Ogar said  the leader of the team, Mr Berende was asked by his sponsors to establish a small business in Lagos, using that as a cover for his activities.

The three suspected terrorists will soon be charged to court according to Marilyn Ogar.