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US sends ‘deep condolences’ to Cambodia stampede victims

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:50 am

WASHINGTON, Nov 22, 2010 (AFP) – The United States on Monday extended its “deep condolences” for the nearly 350 lives lost during deadly stampede in Cambodia’s capital.

“On behalf of President (Barack) Obama and the people of the United States, I offer our deep condolences for the tragic loss of life and the injuries in Phnom Penh during Cambodia’s annual Water Festival,” said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims and with all the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia,” she added in a statement.

Clinton remarked on the “strength and resilience” of the Cambodian people she observed “first hand” during her recent visit earlier this month to the country.

“I am confident that they will pull together and persevere through this difficult time,” she added.

Cambodia began the grim task Tuesday of identifying 347 people — two thirds of them women — crushed to death in a bridge stampede when revellers panicked at a huge water festival in Phnom Penh.

A Cambodian rescue team carries an unconscious woman near a bridge in Phnom Penh where hundreds of people were crushed during a stampede on November 23, 2010. AFP

More than 400 people were also injured in the disaster, Cambodia’s deadliest in decades, which took place late Monday on an overcrowded narrow bridge as millions celebrated the end of the annual three-day event.

Source: SGGP

PM sends condolences to families of flood victims

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on October 5 sent condolences to families of flood victims in central provinces and urged local authorities to provide relief to affected residents to ensure that none of them will suffer from thirst and starvation.

Streets in Huong Khe and Vu Quang districts in the central province of Ha Tinh are submerged in floods

He asked Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces to relieve residents who have yet to evacuate from flood-hit areas, and vessels that have been in accidents on the sea.
The affected provinces were also ordered to cure the injured, bury the dead, and provide foods and water to residents in flooded areas.
The PM asked rescue centers of all levels to mobilize all of their staff and means to rescue victims.
Heave rains brought floods and landslides to the central provinces on October 5, killing 28 people.
Authorities of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri organized evacuation of 5,154 households from deeply-submerged and dangerous areas.
The National Hydro-Meteorology Forecast Center said the center of a low pressure was 360 kilometers far from the coasts of Quang Binh and Thua Thien-Hue to the northeast at 1:00 pm on October 5.
The center forecast that heavy downpours are likely to continue in areas from Nghe An to Quang Tri due to the low pressure and strong winds from the northeast.
According to the center’s report, the water level on the La River in Linh Cam was 5.3 meters, 0.2 meter under the second warning level, while the water level on the Gianh River in Mai Hoa hit the third warning level of 6.5 meters, and that on the Kien Giang River in Le Thuy was 0.6 meter over the third warning level.

A report from Quang Binh Province said the water level at Ho Ho Hydroelectricity Dam in Tuyen Hoa District was 1 meter over its peak and at risk of breaching the dam.

Heavy downpours blocked roads in many areas and isolated Tuyen Hoa, Minh Hoa, Le Thuy and Quang Ninh districts.

In Ha Tinh Province, 18 landslides along Highway No.8A had occurred, blocking traffic and drainage systems in Huong Son District for hours.

Nearly 100 workers were mobilized to clear the roads and keep watch around the clock to ensure people’s safety.

In Quang Tri Province, heavy rainfall destroyed 36 houses, seriously damaged two drainage systems and blocked main roads including Highway No.9 and Ho Chi Minh Road.

At least five fishing vessels have sunk and three fishermen are missing due to heavy rainfall and strong winds in Nghe An Province.

According to the Transportation Ministry, many parts of Ho Chi Minh Road were fallen down, with over 100,000 cubic meters of stone and land, and some parts were submerged in water, about one to two meters, causing severe traffic jams.
The ministry said floods submerged and caused landslide on many parts on highways including 12A, 9, 15 and 49.
On the same day, Nguyen The Thao, chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, also sent condolences to the affected provinces for the loss of life and property in the flooding.
He said Hanoi’s people and organizations will donate over VND1 billion to each province to help them deal with floods and stabilize lives of residents.
Huynh Dang Linh, vice chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Fatherland Front Committee, said the city will contribute VND500 million to Thua Thien-Hue, and VND1 billion to each of the other provinces.
Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper will give Ha Tinh and Quang Binh VND50 million each, and has launched a relief program to call on donations for the central region.

Source: SGGP

RoK’s President sends condolences to family of killed Vietnamese bride

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Complying with the instruction of the Republic of Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak, Korean Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Park Suk Hwan visited and conveyed the president’s most sincere condolences to the family of a Vietnamese woman who was killed by her Korean husband, in Can Tho City on July 20.

Vietnamese bride Thach Thi Hoang Ngoc and her Korean husband

The ambassador reported that the RoK’s President regretted not being able to express his deepest sympathy to the family directly.

The President also asked relevant department investigate the situation in order to prevent such cases from happening again.

The ambassador donated an undisclosed sum of money from President Lee Myung-bak’s Fund for Social Support to Ngoc’s family.


Related article:
Another Vietnamese woman killed by Korean husband

Source: SGGP

Russian leaders express condolences over tragic death of Polish president

In Uncategorized on April 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has sent his condolences to acting President, Parliament speaker Bronislaw Komorowski on the tragic death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash on Saturday.

“I, like all Russian citizens, have accepted with deep and sincere shock the news of the tragic death of the Republic of Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and the members of the large Polish delegation near the city of Smolensk, who were on their way for commemorations in Katyn,” the Kremlin’s press service quoted Medvedev as saying in his message to the acting Polish president.

In line with the president’s death, Parliament Speaker Bronislaw Komorowski has become the acting president in Poland. Komorowski has called an emergency government meeting in Warsaw and is on his way to the Polish capital from Gdansk. It is expected that the acting president will call for presidential elections to be held within 14 days in line with the death of Kaczynski.

Medvedev also added in his statement to Komorowski that a complete investigation into the cause of the plane crash would be made in full cooperation with Polish authorities.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has also sent his condolences to his Polish counterpart, Donald Tusk, in regard to the death of Poland’s president, Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said.

“Vladimir Putin called Prime Minister Donald Tusk and expressed his condolences to him personally and the entire Polish nation in regard to the tragic airplane crash outside Smolensk,” Peskov said.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski and up to 131 others traveling with him to commemorate the mass killing of Polish officers during World War Two died on Saturday when his plane crashed on landing in western Russia.

“On Saturday, President Kaczynski’s Tu-154 airplane crashed when landing near the town of Pechorsk, Smolensk region, in heavy fog,” Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Russian Prosecutor General’s Investigations Committee said. “There were 132 people on board the plane, including the president and his spouse.”

In a conflicting report, a spokesperson for Russian Emergencies Ministry said there were 96 people on board.

“According to the latest information, there were 96 people on board including 88 [from the] official delegation,” the Emergencies Ministry spokesperson said.

Both sources said there were no survivors.

Source: SGGP