Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Migrant boat capsizes near Bodrum, 5 drown, 3 missing

A boat crammed with migrants capsized on Monday in the Aegean sea off the coast of bodrum in Turkey, leaving five people dead and three missing, according to news agencies.

According to the private Doğan news agency, the boat, which had Syrian refugees among its occupants, had been trying to enter Greece illegally when it overturned early Tuesday off the coast of the Greek island of Kos near the Turkish coast. The five dead were all Syrian men, Doğan said.

Coast guard vessels, fishing boats and search and rescue helicopters combed the area for survivors or bodies. So far, eight migrants, including one woman, out of 16 Syrians on the boat have been rescued by the coast guard teams dispatched to the area. The Syrians who were saved were hospitalized and were suffering from hypothermia.

The boat reportedly capsized around 2:00 a.m. when it started to take on water due to windy weather conditions. Fatal accidents are frequent in the area as migrants risk the dangerous sea crossing from Turkey to Greece.

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Bodies identified in Argentine chopper crash

Forensic experts have identified the bodies of the 10 victims killed when two helicopters filming a French reality show collided in Argentina, including three of France's top sports stars.

'The bodies of the eight French nationals and two Argentine pilots have been identified,' the Argentine judge leading the investigation, Daniel Herrera, said Monday.

The helicopters were filming an episode of Dropped, a reality show in which sports stars were taken blindfolded into inhospitable environments, when they collided in mid-air in a mountainous region of northwest Argentina.

The accident killed Olympic champion swimmer Camille Muffat, renowned yachtswoman Florence Arthaud and Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine, as well as five French television crew members and two Argentine pilots.

It took French and Argentine forensic experts a week to identify the bodies, which were badly burned in the crash.

Herrera said they had relied on dental and medical records and X-rays.

'The bodies are still at the morgue (in the city of La Rioja). I will sign the authorisation for them to be taken to Buenos Aires,' he said.

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Myanmar ferry accident death toll climbs to 59

The death toll in a weekend ferry accident off Myanmar's northwestern coast has increased to 59 as more bodies were recovered, state-run media reported Tuesday.

The Myanma Ahlin newspaper said that rescuers pulled 23 more bodies out from inside the ship in about 30 meters (90 feet) of water, but that the number of survivors increased to 169 from 167.

The crowded government-run double-decker ferry was carrying more than 225 passengers when it left the coastal town of Kyaukphyu. The ferry had travelled about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north near Myebon in Rakhine state Friday night when it hit rough seas and capsized after taking on water.

Boat accidents due to overcrowding and bad weather are common in Myanmar's river deltas and coastal regions. People rely on boat transport because of the lower cost and the inaccessibility of many areas by road.

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AirAsia Flight 8501: More Bodies Recovered From Crash Site

The search for AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed in the Java Sea on Dec. 28, will end in the next “four or five” days, Tony Fernandez, the airline’s CEO, told BBC on Monday. The news comes the same day authorities revealed that more bodies of the crash victims were recovered from the sea.

Fernandes reportedly said that the search for those on board the Airbus A320-200 could not go on indefinitely and that authorities are in constant communication with the next of kin. Last week, Fernandes said that the Malaysian low-cost airline would give "one last shot" at recovering the missing bodies.

Suryadi B. Supriyadi, director of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, said Monday that three bodies were found about nearly 130 feet from where the main fragment of the plane’s fuselage was retrieved, Sputnik News reported, citing local news website Detik.com.

So far, over 100 bodies of the 162 people on board the flight have been recovered, while the plane’s debris and flight data recorders have also been retrieved from the bottom of the Java Sea, where it went down in stormy weather. Flight 8501 was on its way to Singapore from Surabaya, Indonesia. The body of the plane’s pilot, Captain Iriyanto, is yet to be found.

Investigators are reportedly analyzing flight data recorders to determine the cause of the crash.

In January, Indonesia's transport minister said, citing radar data, that the plane made an abnormally steep climb before stalling and crashing into the Java Sea.

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18 dead in Julma bus accident

Eighteen people have been killed and fourteen injured in a bus accident at Raralihi, Jumla. The passenger bus carrying 29 people was en route to Kalikot when it overturned at Raralihi, and plunged 200 meters down the road into Tila River at 8.30AM Monday morning.

According to Police Inspector Indra Bahadur Saud, 13 people were killed on the spot while five others died during treatment. Three of the critically injured have been taken to Kohalpur Hospital in Banke for treatment while remaining passengers are being treated at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences. Only one passenger was unhurt in the accident.

Police have identified all eighteen deceased including bus driver Sagar Buda and conductor Harka Buda.

Police suspect the bus may have overturned due to slippery road but the full detail of the accident is yet to come out. Passengers say that the bus was over speeding and lost control at a turning.

Road accidents are common in the highways of Nepal. Most of these accidents are blamed on reckless driving, overcrowding, poorly maintained roads and the terrain of the country.

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10 killed in bus accident in Chhattisgarh

At least 10 persons died, including three women and a six-year-old girl, in a road accident on Monday morning when a passenger bus crashed into railing of a small over bridge near Korba. The passengers fell into a canal from the broken windscreen, about 30 feet down in water, resulting in their death.

More than 30 persons were said to be injured in the accident. The incident took place at village Madanpur on Badni nullah, main road, inspector in charge KS Tiwari told.br>
According to eyewitnesses, the accident took place at 9.30am about 100km from Vishrampur and a team of police reached the spot for rescue operations two hours after the incident.

The bus, belonging to Hindustan bus service, was headed to Korba from Surajpur district, carrying passengers of Korba, Vishrampur, Katghora, Ambikapur and few from Palamu district of Jharkhand.

Prima facie evidence indicates that there were more women and children travelling in the bus. While nine died on spot, one woman died in hospital during treatment. The bus driver, who was said to be in inebriated, fled after the accident.

Eye witnesses said that the bus was running on a very high speed and made a huge noise when it crashed. While the left side of bus remained hanging in air, passengers sitting in the front cabin fell from bus' broken windscreen.

Police said that the bodies were sent for autopsy. A woman and her two daughters were identified among the deceased while two persons of same family were also reported dead.

Chief minister Raman Singh expressed condolence to the bereaved families and ordered Korba district administration to assist those injured.

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