Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Guinea concert stampede kills 24

At least 24 people have died in a stampede at a beach concert in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The president's office has declared a week of national mourning after what it called a "tragic drama" at a concert by the Guinean rap group Instinct Killers.

Dozens of people were injured, said police sources quoted by AFP.

The concert took place on Tuesday evening on a beach in Ratoma, a northern suburb of Conakry.

The authorities were "shocked by the tragic drama caused by mass movements at a cultural event," said a statement from the president's office.

Hospital sources said there were 13 girls among the dead.

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Boat capsize in padma: 12 missing victims

Rescuers have failed to locate the bodies of 12 people who went missing in a boat capsize in Padma river in Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia yesterday.

The missing people include five chilrden, reports our Kushtia correspondent.

“Among the 12 missing people, nobody was recovered till 10:30am,” Syed Belal Hossain, deputy commissioner of Kushtia told journalists on the spot.

The boat sank near a shoal that emerged recently into the middle of the river from Bairagir Char to celebrate Eid day around 3:15pm, said Ashraful Islam Sentu, boatman of the capsized boat.

Hearing hue and cry, locals rushed to the spot and rescued eight people so far while the rest were missing.

Later the divers from Khulna rushed to the spot to rescue the missing 11 people.

The five-member diver team started to search them around 9:30pm in the river near Bairagir Char where the boat capsized.

Local administration, Fire Service and Civil Defence and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) of Kushtia sectors are giving the logistic support to the rescue team.

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At least 20 migrants dead, dozens missing in shipwreck off Libya

More than 20 migrants have died and dozens are missing after their makeshift boat sank off the Libyan coast, the navy has said.

"A navy patrol on Monday rescued 22 clandestine migrants who were clinging to debris from their boat," spokesman Colonel Ayoub Kassem told AFP yesterday, adding that more than 20 bodies were retrieved from the water.

Survivors said some 150 people had been aboard the vessel, which sank some 100 kilometres east of the Libyan capital Tripoli.

Search operations for other possible survivors continued today.

The migrants from south of the Sahara desert had sought to reach the Italian coast or nearby Malta after crossing restive and lawless Libya.

Hundreds of would-be immigrants die in the process every year, while others are detained by Italian police once they reach the southern EU member-state's territorial waters or the islands of Sicily or Lampedusa.

This year nearly 80,000 migrants have landed in Italy so far, many more than the 2011 record of a total of 63,000, according to authorities in Rome.

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