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Turbulence injures 21 on VN Airlines’ Paris flight

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Turbulence injures 21 on VN Airlines’ Paris flight

QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 19:32 (GMT+7)

Eighteen passengers and three crew members were injured by severe turbulence on Oct. 20 while on board Vietnam Airlines Flight VN535 from Hanoi to Paris.

The flight operated a Boeing 777-200 aircraft and was carrying 222 passengers and 15 crew members.

Immediately after the incident, the captain and Vietnam Airlines Operation Control Centre requested that local airport authorities be prepared with medical assistance upon landing.

The crew provided first aid and took other necessary measures to all injured passengers while the plane continued its route to Paris, finally landing safely at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

All 21 injured passengers and crew members were taken to the airport clinic for medical evaluation, and nine were later sent to a local hospital for treatment.

As of 8pm October 20, most of the injured had been discharged from the hospital and are expected to recover soon.

A press release from the carrier said that all remaining passengers were safe and unaffected.

The aircraft is currently grounded at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and will go through further evaluation and maintenance before returning to Vietnam .

Vietnam Airlines is proactively co-operating with local authorities and insurance partners to complete necessary formalities and to provide further assistance to passengers.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Tropical storm Conson injures three people

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Tropical storm Conson injures three people

QĐND – Sunday, July 18, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

By 6 a.m on July 18, three people were injured and 11 others remained missing after tropical storm Conson (named after a well-known historical site in Vietnam) hit the nation’s northern and central coastal provinces on July 17.

At a meeting in Hanoi on the morning of July 18, the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control cited localities’ initial report as saying that the storm, the first to hit Vietnam this year, unroofed 303 houses and damaged 27 vessels and swept away 37 others.

The storm brought strong winds and heavy rains to the northern province of Quang Ninh southwards.

Localities said they have not been able to calculate damage cost.

The committee instructed localities to continue searching near the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago for six missing fishermen and their vessels from the central province of Quang Ngai. Meanwhile, rescue teams continued dredging up sunken ships.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Thai speedboat collision injures 33 tourists: hospitals

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 4:45 am

BANGKOK, June 27, 2010 (AFP) – Two speedboats carrying Thai and Western tourists have collided in the Gulf of Thailand injuring at least 33 people, and two are thought to be missing, hospital staff and media said Sunday.

The accident happened late Saturday night as the boats were ferrying people to and from a full moon party on a beach on Koh Phangan, a monthly event on the island that is popular with thousands of Western backpackers.

Two hospitals on the nearby resort island of Koh Samui told AFP they had treated 33 tourists between them, with nine still in their care including five Australians, two Britons, one Singaporean and one Irish holidaymaker.

The Nation newspaper website said two people were missing and 39 were injured, two of them in a serious condition with head injuries, after the crash threw them into the sea.

At least seven Australians were injured in the accident, according to an Australian foreign ministry spokesman.

“The Australian embassy in Bangkok is working with Thai authorities to determine whether there are any other Australians involved,” he told AFP.

Koh Phangan has gained notoriety for the hedonistic monthly full moon event, billed as one of the biggest beach parties in the world, where drugs and alcohol are rife.

Source: SGGP

Dhaka blaze kills 117, injures hundreds

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2010 at 6:15 am

DHAKA, June 4, 2010 (AFP) – Bangladeshi firefighters said Friday that an illegal chemical warehouse had fuelled a toxic blaze that ripped through one of Dhaka’s most densely populated areas, killing nearly 120 people.

The deadliest fire in Bangladesh’s 39-year history raged for three hours late Thursday, destroying at least six multi-storey apartment buildings, one of which was hosting a wedding party, and gutting a string of small shops.

Residents and relatives carry the coffins of the previous day’s Old Dhaka fire victims for burial in Dhaka on June 4, 2010. AFP photo

“At least 117 people have died and rescue workers are still finding bodies,” the city’s district administrator Muhibul Haque said.

The fire began when an electrical transformer exploded, with the flames spreading rapidly to a warehouse next door which was illegally storing strong adhesives used to manufacture shoes, fire official Masudur Rahman Akand told AFP.

“The adhesives are incredibly flammable. When the flames hit the chemical warehouse it created a huge fireball which engulfed the surrounding buildings,” he said.

Hundreds of people were trapped in burning buildings as rescue workers struggled to contain the blaze, their work hampered by the narrow lanes of the crowded residential area and the choking, toxic smoke.

“The temperature and fumes became unbearable because of the chemicals,” fire chief Abu Nayeem told AFP.

“We struggled to get inside due to the narrow stairways of the very old buildings. It was almost impossible for us to get firefighting equipment into the area,” he added.

At least six large, residential buildings in old Dhaka, the historic heart of the city, were engulfed by the blaze.

“I heard a huge explosion and then something shot through my window and suddenly our furniture was on fire,” said witness Badal Chandra Barman, who sustained serious burns on his upper body.

“I grabbed by wife and daughter and ran out into the street — but the road itself was burning from the chemicals, we had to run through the flames to escape,” he said.

Witness Younus Haoladar, 38, said the chemical explosion ignited the surrounding buildings so quickly that people did not know what had hit them.

“It was like a volcanic eruption — something like lava was running down the street,” Haoladar told AFP.

“I saw three or four people die in a matter of seconds,” he said.

More than 40 members of the wedding party were among the dead — a toll firefighters attributed to the fact that stoves for cooking the wedding banquet had exploded in the stairwells, cutting off any means of escape.

Army medical teams were called in to help overwhelmed staff at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital — the country’s largest — where most of the hundreds of victims, many with life-threatening injuries, were taken.

“We consider burns to 15 percent of the body to be critical, but the majority of victims today sustained burns to at least 30 percent of their body,” hospital burns unit director Shamanto Lal Sen said.

He said 14 critical patients had been transferred to a nearby military hospital for further treatment.

All off-duty medical personnel were called in and by Friday morning, the wards and corridors of the hospital were overflowing with badly burned patients and weeping relatives.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who was scheduled to visit the injured Friday, announced a full investigation into the blaze.

Special prayers will be held across the Muslim-majority country on Saturday, which has been declared a day of national mourning, said Amul Kalam Azad, the prime minister’s press secretary.

Fires due to short-circuits, substandard wiring and electrical faults are common in Bangladesh, where building regulations are rarely enforced.

Source: SGGP