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China: Three ships collide on Yangtze River, at least 7 missing

HEFEI, CHINA (BNO NEWS) — At least seven people went missing after three ships collided in eastern China, local authorities said Friday.

The accident occurred on the Yangtze River in Wuhu City, Anhui Province on Friday morning, when three different vessels crashed into each other on the Baimao Waterway, the Yangtze River Maritime Department said, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

A total of twenty crew members fell into the river’s waters from the three vessels, which included a tub boat carrying iron ore from central China’s Henan Province and two cargo ships carrying steel products and limestone from Zhejiang Province and Jiangsu Province, respectively.

Authorities confirmed that thirteen of those crew members had been pulled out safely from the river, but seven others were still missing.

Search-and-rescue teams were deployed by China’s Ministry of Transport. The cause of the incident was not immediately known, but investigations were also launched.

Turkey: Explosion at illegal fuel warehouse kills at least 9

ANKARA, TURKEY (BNO NEWS) — At least nine people were confirmed dead after a fuel tank explosion in southern Turkey on Friday, local authorities said.

The incident occurred on Friday at a building under construction in the village of Tanışma, located in Altınözü district of Hatay Province. The building was reportedly being used as an illegal fuel oil warehouse.

Hatay Governor Mehmet Celattin Lekesiz spoke with the Hurriyet Daily News, said the owner of the building set the illegal warehouse on fire after refusing to hand over the fuel.

As a result, a strong explosion took place, as authorities believe a number of highly flammable products were also located inside the building, including paint thinner and solvent. In addition, authorities believe the warehouse contained some five tons of smuggled oil.

It was not immediately clear as of who were the fatal victims, but reports indicate that at least five officers were wounded, while witnesses said several residents from the local village as well as construction workers were among the victims.

String of tornadoes kill at least 6 in northern Texas, 7 missing

DALLAS, TEXAS (BNO NEWS) — At least six people were confirmed dead after a series of tornadoes swept through the northern region of the state of Texas, local authorities said.

A group of over ten tornadoes struck the region on Wednesday night, heavily affecting Hood County, located southwest of the Forth-Worth/Dallas area, killing at least six people. Weather services said wind speeds reached up to 200 miles per hour.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds on Thursday afternoon during a press conference identified the six fatal victims as Glenda Whitehead, Bob Whitehead, Tommy Martin, Leo Stefanski, 80, Jose Tovar, and Marjorie Davis, 82. In addition, Deeds said another seven people were still missing.

Meanwhile, county government officials estimated that the tornadoes destroyed 19 buildings and damaged around 60 others, while 17 mobile homes were also destroyed with a couple of others damaged as well. Thousands of homes reportedly suffered from power outages.

Twin bomb blasts in southern Afghanistan kill ast least 9

KANDAHAR CITY, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) — Twin bomb explosions killed at least nine people and injured dozens more in southern Afghanistan, local authorities said Friday.

The bomb blasts took place in the Aino Mena area of Kandahar City, located in the country’s province which holds the same name.

The initial blast detonated at around 7:40 p.m. local time, targeting a police vehicle, while the second struck another vehicle loaded with explosives, according to the governor’s spokesperson, Javed Faisal, who spoke with Pajhwok Afghan News.

Medical officials confirmed the death toll of nine, adding that at least 70 others were taken to the city’s Mirwais Civil Hospital to treat injuries. The attack took place when a large number of people were at the locality, the media outlet said.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attacks, describing them as cowardly and savage acts. No group or terrorist organization claimed responsibility of the attack.

Commuter trains collide in Connecticut, at least 20 injured

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — Two New York area commuter trains collided on Friday injuring at least 20 people, officials said Friday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the incident occurred on Friday evening at around 6:10 p.m. local time when an eastbound train derailed near the rail station in Fairfield, Connecticut, according to the New York Times.

The train collided with an oncoming train on the adjacent track that was traveling westbound. As a result, between 20 to 25 people were injured, a Fairfield Police Department spokesperson told the media outlet.

A number of the trains’ cars also derailed, but no casualties were reported after the incident.

At least 4 killed in Rwanda building collapse

KIGALI, RWANDA (BNO NEWS) — At least four people were confirmed killed after a building under construction collapsed in eastern Rwanda, local authorities said Wednesday.

The four-story building located in the district of Nyagatare in Rwanda’s Eastern Province was under construction when it collapsed on Tuesday afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. local time.

Local police confirmed four deaths, while several others were injured, according to the New Time Rwanda. The identities of those killed was not immediately known, but most of the victims were construction workers, although at least one passerby was affected as well.

Four among those injured were in critical condition and were airlifted to King Faisal Hospital in Kigali, the country’s capital. The others, including those killed, were taken to the Nyagatare Hospital.

The reason of the accident was uncertain, but local authorities launched an investigation to determine the cause.

Libya: At least 15 killed in car bomb attack outside Benghazi hospital

BENGHAZI, LIBYA (BNO NEWS) — A deadly car bomb attack in eastern Libya killed at least fifteen people, local authorities said Monday.

The attack took place at the parking lot of the Al-Jala Hospital located in in the city of Benghazi, the capital of the Cyrenaica region, at around 3 p.m. local time, which is visiting hours at the hospital.

Libyan Deputy Interior Minister Abdullah Masaud spoke to the press, confirming the deaths of fifteen people and over 30 injured. However, the Tripoli Post said at least seventeen were dead, including three children. Fears among local authorities remain, as the death toll could continue rising.

The powerful blast came from an explosive device planted in a vehicle. Nearby buildings were severely damaged, as reports said a three-story building was completely destroyed as was a restaurant.

Large crowds gathered in angry protest, blaming local Islamic militant groups.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) strongly condemned the bombing, expressing its sincerest condolences to the families of the victims, and wished those injured a speedy recovery.

In a statement, UNSMIL called on all Libyans during this “critical phase to stand in solidarity against all attempts of destructions, terrorism, and destabilization of Libya.

The Mission also underscored the need to support the legitimate authority of the State and enable it to shoulder its responsibilities in ensuring the safety and security of all citizens across the country.

Libya has suffered heavy violence since the toppling of Muammar al-Qadhafi two years ago. The former leader ruled the North African country for more than 40 years until a pro-democracy uprising in 2011 – similar to the protests in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa – led to civil war and the end of his regime.

Pakistan: Gov’t buildling in Lahore catches fire, at least 8 killed

LAHORE, PAKISTAN (BNO NEWS) — At least eight people were killed after a government building caught fire in eastern Pakistan, local media reported on Thursday.

The Lahore Development Authority plaza, which is a 13-story building located in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab, caught fire on its seventh and eighth floors at around 12 p.m. local time, the Express Tribune reported.

As emergency teams struggled to arrive and operate quickly due to wrongly parked vehicles outside the building, a number of people desperately jumped out of the building in hope of surviving.

One person who jumped died on the spot while two others doing the same later succumbed to their wounds. In total, at least eight people were confirmed dead. Several others were also trapped, but the number of injured was not immediately known. Nonetheless, those injured were being transferred to the Ganga Ram Hospital.

Two helicopters were also deployed and were evacuating victims. The exact cause of the fire was not immediately known, although it spread quickly in a matter of minutes.

At least 5 missing after ships collide in eastern China

WENZHOU, CHINA (BNO NEWS) — Two ships collided in eastern China and five people have gone missing, local authorities said Thursday.

The accident took place at around noon local time off the city of Wenzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province, when a local fishing ship struck a commercial ship and eventually sank.

The Wenzhou Maritime Safety Administration said five people on board the fishing ship were reported missing, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

According to the department, bad weather condition might have caused the accident, due to strong winds and poor visibility of less than 100 meters (328 feet). Authorities launched an investigation into the accident.

Search-and-rescue operations were also deployed.

At least 5 climbers killed in Philippines’ Mayon Volcano eruption

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (BNO NEWS) — The bodies of five climbers were recovered after a the Philippines’ Mayon Volcano erupted on Tuesday, authorities said Wednesday.

The volcano, which is located in the province of Albay, erupted on Tuesday morning, spewing ash and resulted in a number of climbers going missing. Search-and-rescue teams later found the bodies of five on Wednesday morning at around 6 a.m. local time.

The climbers included three German nationals who were identified as Rolan Tietze, Furlan Stetler, and Joanne Edosa; one Spanish national, Fara Frances; and one Filipino, Jerome Berin, who was working as the tour guide. In addition, one Thai national remains unaccounted for.

The phreatic eruption also injured eight others. Among them were four Thai nationals. Following the incident, the Philippine Air Force deployed three helicopters in the search mission near Mayon’s Camp 2, which eventually recovered the five missing people.