Saturday, 21 February 2015

Bus overturns in western Indonesia, killing 18

Police say a crowded bus overturned on a toll road on Indonesia’s main island of Java and 18 people were killed.

Java police Lt. Col. Pungki Bhuwana says about 50 other passengers were injured in the crash Friday on Jatingaleh turnpike near Semarang, the capital of Central Java province.

The bus ran out of control and rolled over on a sharp bend, hitting a road divider before ending up on a gorge wall.

It was carrying members of a Quran recitation group back from the Central Java town of Pekalongan to Bojonegoro in East Java.

The injured victims were taken to the Bhayangkara, Kariadi, St. Elisabeth and Sultan Agung hospitals. Semarang Traffic Police unit chief Adj. Sr. Comr.

Sixteen passengers of the Sang Engon bus died after it rolled over at high speed on the Jangli toll road in Semarang on Friday.

Two more passengers of a bus that rolled over in Semarang, Central Java, died on Saturday, bringing the accident death toll to 18.

Central Java Police medic and health division head Sr. Comr. Rini Muliawati said the two victims died at Kariadi Hospital.

"The remains have been taken to their hometown in Bojonegoro, East Java," Rini said in Semarang as quoted by Antara news agency.

The bus was transporting 58 passengers, most of them middle-aged, from Bojonegoro on Friday morning to a religious event in Pekalongan, Central Java.

The Disaster Victim Identification team (DVI) of new Central Java Police has identified five of a total of 18 bodies of victims killed.

Tim Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Sector Health Medicine (Dokkes) Central Java Police opened a post Ante Mortem for reporting missing persons related to the accident at Toll Teak Ngaleh.

Ante Mortem post Bhayangkara Hospital Complex opened in Semarang. Dokkes Head of Central Java Police, Police Commissioner Muliawati Rini said, passengers are not all know each other.

For identification of victims it also involves INAFIS (Indonesian Automatic Fingerprint Identification System) Central Java Police. "Not all victims identified. Data ante mortem less complete (profile or supporting data on the victim), "he said in the Post DVI, Friday February 20th.

Saturday 21 February 2015

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10 workers dead in Abu Dhabi building fire

In one of the worst fires in the UAE, 10 people were killed and eight injured in an early morning blaze in the capital’s Musaffah area at a local tyre shop located in a two-storey building on Friday.

The ground floor had seven stores and one car repair-shop and witnesses say five of the commercial units and the car repair shop were affected by the fire. The blaze spread to the upper level, which was being illegally used as a workers’ accommodation, police said.

“The 10 individuals who died were residing in the upper floor that was actually designed to be used as a warehouse, not a place of residence,” a statement by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said.

Police said the fire victims were of different nationalities.

Firefighters doused the fire and evacuated the building after receiving a tip-off at 3.44 am that a fire had broken out in three car repair shops in the Mussafah area of Abu Dhabi.

Quick Intervention

Civil Defence vehicles from the Musaffah’s main centre M14 and M33, Al Wathba, Al Maqta and Khalifa City B, all headed towards the scene. Quick Intervention Units from Khalifa City A and Mohammad Bin Zayed City in addition to patrols, ambulances, rescue, medical prevention and investigation teams all rushed to help.

Thick, black smoke surrounded the scene just behind the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), witnesses said. The bodies were transferred to the Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), hospital employees reported.

The injured individuals were also taken to SKMC and Al Jazira Hospital for treatment. The Abu Dhabi Police arrested the building’s owner, and is in the process arresting the other suspects, including the building supervisor. The Abu Dhabi Civil Defense General Directorate had warned investors, workshop owners, and workers of the dangers associated with illegal housing, and indicated that they would show zero tolerance to those who disregard public safety conditions.


A full investigation is underway and the area has been cordoned off to conduct a forensic sweep to determine the fire’s origin. Victims were brought to public hospital, the Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), at about 8am, said Nizam, a Bangladeshi worker who lives in Musaffah Industrial area. “We wanted to see what was happening, but the area was cordoned off by police personnel and I don’t know if anyone was really allowed to enter the hospital,” he said.

“We heard that some workers were shifted to buildings adjoining SKMC (which earlier housed Al Jazira Hospital) but we did not have access to them either,” he added. Sources at the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), which manages public healthcare facilities in the emirate, were unavailable for comment at the time of going to print.

A doctor, who wished to remain anonymous, said that medical staff who were off duty had been asked to come in. “Many of us were asked to come to the hospital to help deal with the emergency cases,” he said.

Saturday 21 February 2015

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Efforts to retrieve 7 coal miners bodies in Duki still underway

A rescue operation is still underway to retrieve the dead bodies of the seven coal miners who are trapped in 2,200-feet deep coalmine at Duki Coalfield in Loralai district.

The coalmine collapsed on Thursday after a huge explosion, causing a landslide with the miners trapped inside. At least eight were killed and 15 others were injured as they made efforts to rescue their colleagues.

“There is huge quantity of Methane inside the mine which is causing trouble in the rescue operation,” Levies official Habibur Rehman told Express Tribune on Saturday. “The rescue operation is still underway to retrieve the bodies,” he added.

He said the rescue operation could take more than 12 hours for the bodies of seven coal miners to be taken out.

The member of National Assembly from Shangla, Dr Ibadullah Khan visited the mine which belongs to a private contractor who had got the contract from Agha Mohammed Sharif Tareen Company.

“The incident occurred purely due to negligence. It seems as if no safety measures were adopted,” an official at the site said, adding that “the mine was poorly ventilated.”

With no rescue facility available nearby, miners started a rescue mission and 14 of them have been wounded as a result of Methane gas. A formal rescue missing started 15 hours later on Friday afternoon, and rescue workers made attempts to pull dead bodies and the injured from the mine.

Saturday 21 February 2015

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No sign of Cemfjord bodies during survey, say investigators

An underwater survey of the Cemfjord, which sank in the Pentland Firth nearly two months ago, saw no sign of the missing crew’s bodies.

And investigators from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) say that any attempt to raise the wreck could be “extremely challenging”.

The Cemfjord is sitting on the sea bed – at a depth of around 270ft – after mysteriously sinking at the start of the year.

No distress call was issued and despite a major search, the eight men on board are missing, presumed dead.

One theory is that the vessel was overcome in bad weather while passing through the Pentland Firth.

The MAIB has said that its fieldwork is now complete. This included sending a remote operated vehicle (ROV) underwater to examine the wreck.

In a statement, the agency said: “A detailed examination of the wreck has been completed using multi-beam sonar, video and still camera techniques.

“Detailed analysis of the records obtained will take some weeks but it is evident that the vessel’s hull remains intact with no indications of structural failure. The bodies of the crew were not observed during the survey.

“The wreck is partially inverted and lying on its superstructure in deep water with very strong tidal conditions that would make any attempt to dive on the site extremely hazardous.

“However, the ROV surveys did provide good evidence that will allow the MAIB to complete its investigation into the vessel’s loss.

“There is no need to raise the wreck for the purposes of the MAIB’s investigation; any attempt to do so would be extremely challenging and may not be technically possible given the size and condition of the wreck, the nature of its cargo, deep water and strong tidal currents.”

Relatives of the seven Polish men will attended a memorial service will be held at the port of Gydnia today.

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