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People regret heroic mother’s death

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

Hundreds of people have come to mourn the death of heroic Mother Nguyen Thi Thu, whose 11 children and grandchildren laid down their lives during the war, which was fought for national independence and freedom.

Artist Dinh Gia Thang’s impression of Heroic Mother Nguyen Thi Thu statue

Mother Thu, born in 1904 in Dien Ban District’s Dien Thang Commune, died on December 10 at her home in the central province of Quang Nam aged 106.


In the war, her house was used to shelter soldiers who fought in the enemy-occupied areas. She also used her garden to hide liberation soldiers.


In 2007, on the 60th Anniversary Day of War Invalids and Martyrs, the construction of Vietnam Heroic Mother Statue began. It is to be built on a 15-hectare site located at Cam Mountain in New Urban Zone Tan Phu, Tam Ky City, Quang Nam. The statue is expected to be completed in 2011.


Inside the statue, there is a list of names of over 50,000 heroic mothers. In addition, the statue tells the stories about the lives and the contributions these individuals made for their country. There are also pictures and art works relating to the mothers.


The funeral for Nguyen Thu Thu will be held at the martyrs’ cemetery in Dien Ban District on December 14.

Source: SGGP

‘Gag unit’ to try to make NZealand death mine safe

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 11:21 am

GREYMOUTH, New Zealand, Nov 26, 2010 (AFP) – A specialist machine arrived in New Zealand Friday to aid the grim task of reaching the bodies of 29 men killed in the nation’s worst mining disaster for almost a century, police said.


Authorities hope it will speed up the recovery of corpses from the Pike River mine, which remains flooded with toxic gases following a tragedy that plunged New Zealand into mourning.

This frame grab from New Zealand’s TV3 News shows a jet engine called “The Gag” arriving on the back of a truck at the Pike River Coal mine on November 26, 2010. AFP

The Australian device, known as a “gag unit”, would use water vapour and gases to purge oxygen from the mine and ensure there would be no repeat of the two explosions that rocked it over the past week, the machine’s operators said.


“It displaces explosive gases or methane gases, extinguishes any fires and suppresses any sparking or sources of ignition,” Queensland Mines Rescue Service manager Wayne Hartley told TNVZ Friday.


Prime Minister John Key has warned that it could take months to reach bodies entombed in the mine, preventing grieving families from properly bidding farewell to their loved ones.


The relatives’ slim hopes of a miracle rescue following an explosion at the mine last Friday were dashed by an even bigger blast on Wednesday that authorities said no one could survive.


The “gag unit” machine could not have been used while there was a faint chance some of the men remained alive in the mine shaft at Pike River, on the remote west coast of New Zealand’s South Island.


Grey District mayor Tony Kokshoorn said recovering the victims — 24 New Zealanders, two Australians, two Britons and a South African — was an essential part of bringing closure to distraught relatives.


“We want the miners out of the mines and into the loving arms of the families,” he said Friday.


Police confirmed the machine, which incorporates a specialist jet engine, had arrived at Hokitika airport, near the mine, but said it was unclear how long it would take to assemble and deploy to make the mine safe for retrieval teams.


A cocktail of explosive gases prevented rescuers from going into the colliery, which sent its first shipment of hard coking coal for steelmaking to India only this year.


Pike River Coal executives were scheduled to meet Friday to discuss the future of the mine, with the company’s chief executive Peter Whittall and local politicians pushing for it to reopen once rendered safe.


“It’s not like the mine was a big scary place that was waiting to kill them,” Whittall told reporters. “The mine was where we worked, it was where we went to every day, we understood it.”


Key has vowed “no stone would be left unturned” in finding why the 29 men perished and stringent safety mine standards went “terribly wrong”.


Condolence messages have poured in from around the world for the victims, who ranged from a 17-year-old on his first shift to a 62-year-old veteran.


Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II — who is also the head of state of New Zealand — and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were among the dignitaries who expressed sorrow over the tragedy.


Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said hopes for a repeat of a dramatic rescue in her own country at Tasmania’s Beaconsfield mine in 2006 and last month’s retrieval of 33 Chilean miners had been dashed.


“After Beaconsfield, then Chile this year, I suppose in some part of our minds we were always hoping, always thinking that there’s going to be a happy ending. Unfortunately, and tragically, there wasn’t,” she said.

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Source: SGGP

Cambodia revises stampede death toll down to 347

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 2:19 am

PHNOM PENH, Nov 25, 2010 (AFP) – The official death toll from a festival stampede in the Cambodian capital now stands at 347, the social affairs minister said Thursday, after earlier putting the figure at 456.


“The total number of dead victims is 347,” said a letter signed by Social Affairs Minister Ith Samheng, who sits on a committee investigating the disaster.


It said 221 of the victims were women.

The toll was revised following a late-night meeting between committee members, Prime Minister Hun Sen, Phnom Penh and provincial authorities.

Cambodian First Lady Bun Rany Hun Sen wipes away tears as she attends a mourning ceremony with her husband, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, on November 25, 2010 in front of the bridge in Phnom Penh. AFP

“We took out the overlapping figures” from some provinces, senior minister Om Yentieng, who sits on the investigating committee, told reporters at a mourning ceremony for the victims in the capital.

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Source: SGGP

Indonesia volcano death toll rises to 322

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:51 am

JAKARTA, Nov 23, 2010 (AFP) – Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano has killed 322 people since it began erupting late last month, and over 130,000 people are still living in makeshift camps, an official said Tuesday.


“The Merapi death toll has reached 322 people. More than 130,000 people are still living in temporary shelters,” disaster management official Agam Ferdatama said, updating the previous toll of 309 dead.


“Rescuers found many bodies in the incinerated area of Cangkringan,” he said.


The government reduced the exclusion zone on Friday for the second time in a week because of the volcano’s declining volatility, allowing more refugees to return to their homes.


Ferdatama said they had updated the number of refugees from more than 200,000 people.


Merapi killed around 1,300 people in 1930 but experts say November has seen its biggest convulsions since 1872.

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Source: SGGP

Indonesia volcano death toll rises to 240

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2010 at 9:53 am

Floods death toll increases to 28

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

Death toll in Pakistan suicide attack rises to 68

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 7:51 am

Thai flood death toll hits 122

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

Over 30,000 people register to donate corneas after death

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 8:13 am

Death toll rises to 18 in India ferry sinking

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 at 11:12 am

Two more bodies were pulled out of a fast-flowing river in eastern India on Sunday taking the death toll to 18 after an overcrowded ferry capsized and sank, with scores of people still missing.

Coastguard and navy vessels searched for further victims of the ferry accident, which took place on Saturday morning in West Bengal state.

“We now have collected 18 bodies from the river which is wide and turbulent, and we are uncertain of exactly how many more people are missing,” senior state police officer Surojit Karpurokayastha told AFP.

The vessel, which was carrying around 150 people, capsized in a river in the Sundarbans mangrove forest, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Kolkata, capital of West Bengal.

The boat had the capacity of just 60 passengers, officials said, but was badly overloaded.

The passengers, who were mainly farmers and fishermen, were returning from a Muslim religious function when the accident occurred.

Naval fishing vessels, hovercraft and helicopters joined the rescue operation when the search was restarted at dawn on Sunday, the Press Trust of India said, adding the victims were 15 women and three girls.

It said the exact spot where the ferry sank had yet to be established.

Some television news channel reported that more than 100 people were missing, but officials dismissed the number.

“I only remember a big tide and then everything was blank. I had my son sitting beside me. But right now I don’t know where he is,” Ajmal Sheikh, 23, told the IANS news agency.

Press reports said the boat had turned over after hitting a sand bank in rough conditions.

The ferry was one of five vessels making their way to Kakdwip from Khejuri when it sank in the Muriganga River off Ghoramara Island.

“The boat was badly overcrowded and the vessel sank after a giant wave slapped the side of the vessel,” West Bengal civil defence minister Srikumar Mukherjee told AFP.

Fishermen plucked at least 60 survivors from the water while others managed to swim to safety, police said.

“The river’s strong current is hampering the search operation,” Mukherjee said.

Anxious relatives were keeping vigil for news of their loved ones.

Rescuers erected floodlights on the river’s banks to make the search easier at night, but authorities feared that many of the victims had been swept away by the current.

Boat accidents are common in the South Asian subcontinent due to lax safety standards and overloading.

A similar ferry accident occurred in the same river in September, leaving two dozen people dead.
 
Source: SGGP