wiki globe

Posts Tagged ‘missing’

Scores dead or missing in Australian floods

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:10 am

 Australia braced for a rapidly rising death toll Tuesday after flash floods killed eight and left 72 missing, as a quickly spreading flood disaster forced evacuations in central Brisbane.


A sombre Prime Minister Julia Gillard, dressed in black, warned the country to prepare for the worst after flash floods described as an “inland tsunami” smashed mountainside Toowoomba, sweeping away entire houses.


“Yesterday we saw some simply shocking events in Toowoomba and other communities in the Lockyer Valley, literally walls of water smashing into cars and into buildings,” Gillard said.


“We have seen very dramatic images of cars tossed around, people on roofs of houses and on the roofs of cars and people literally hanging on for dear life to trees and to signposts.”

Screengrab taken on January 10, 2010 from footage aired by Australia’s Channel 9 shows flood waters racing through the city of Toowoomba.

Queensland state premier Anna Bligh said the death toll would rise “potentially quite dramatically”, with families among those missing and rescue efforts hampered by heavy rain and washed-away roads.


“Mother Nature has delivered something terrible in the last 48 hours but there’s more to go and our emergency people are more than up to that task,” said Bligh.


“This is going to be I think a very grim day, particularly for the people in that region, and a desperate hour here in Queensland.”


TV images showed Toowoomba’s streets turned into churning rapids dotted with floating cars, some with people sitting on top, while elsewhere residents were forced onto roofs as waters lapped at awnings.


Four of the dead were children, some of them swept away in cars driven by their mothers. A man and a younger male died in Murphy’s Creek near Toowoomba, 125 kilometres (80 miles) west of Brisbane in the Great Dividing Range.


Nineteen people have now died in flooding across Australia’s northeastern coal-mining and farming zone after weeks of rain blamed on the La Nina weather system, which has also dumped heavy snow on the northern United States.


Meanwhile floods that have devastated an area the size of France and Germany combined threatened central Brisbane, the state capital, forcing evacuations in a riverside inner city area and warnings for a swathe of suburbs.


“All members of the community who live or are currently near the Brisbane River at West End are advised to move to higher ground,” Queensland police said in a statement.


Hundreds of people were air-lifted out of outlying towns as floods that have cost billions of dollars in damage spread yet further.


Disaster coordinator Ian Stewart said he had serious concerns for the small Queensland town of Grantham, where three of the flash-flooding victims died and where dozens of residents are thought to be stranded.


“Grantham is going to be, in my view, just a disaster in terms of the number of homes that have been damaged or destroyed and we’re waiting on confirmation of potential extra loss of life,” Stewart said.


Federal MP Ian MacFarlane described dramatic scenes in Toowoomba as the flash flood deluged the town before subsiding within three hours, leaving scenes of destruction and people dead in their cars.


“We’re just seeing building after building, the water rushing in and blowing the windows out,” MacFarlane told Sky News. “Cars that were parked in the car parks were just lifted up and went bobbing down the street.”


Toowoomba mayor Peter Taylor said the town was struck without warning after two normally innocuous waterways suddenly overflowed.

“Torrential rain over a very short period of time came down two major creeks through the middle of the city which are normal quiet drainage ways, and people had no warning at all,” Taylor told the Seven Network.

“It was just unprecedented. Some people are saying an inland tsunami, and I think that probably sums it up really.”

Four military helicopters were sent to join the emergency effort but rescuers were badly hampered by continuing heavy rains in the Lockyer Valley region.

Source: SGGP

One more of sunken Van Don 02 saved, 11 still missing

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:04 am

Another man from the cargo vessel Van Don 02, which sank on the southern part of East Sea on December 28, has been saved. This now takes the rescued crewmembers to 12. However, another 11 people from the ship are still missing.

Van Dong Port in northern province of Quang Ninh.

Do Thanh Tu, 26, from Hai Phong City was saved by fishing boat number 95690 on December 29, said Do Trieu Quang, the owner of the Van Don 02.


Mr Quang, director of the Quang Ninh Sea Transport, Import and Export Joint Stock Company, also added that Tu’s health is still rather weak.


Earlier on December 28, 11 members of the vessel were saved by two fishing boats from the southern province of Kien Giang.


Pham Xuan Thuy, deputy director of the company said that the sinking incident might have been caused by a tornado, triggered by a low-pressure system.


The remaining crewmembers that were lost at sea have been identified and they are mainly from Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Ha Noi and Ha Nam.


Related article:
Vietnamese ship sinks in East Sea, 12 missing

Source: SGGP

Search for 45 missing people halted

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:27 am

The National Committee for Search and Rescue has halted the search for 22 people on the BV 4248TS and 23 others, on the Phu Tan vessel.

The search for 45 missing people, including 23 on the Phu Tan Vessel (in the photo) has been ‘called off’ after one week of searching (Photo: Lao Dong)

In a document sent to navy and army forces, the committee permitted them to end the weeklong search. The two vessels with 45 people on board were found missing at sea, due to bad weather and strong northeasterly winds.


According to the High Command of Border Guard, for the 45 people to survive in the rough sea for this long time, is extremely low.


The northeasterly winds have left 7 dead and 45 missing. In addition, 25 boats have been sunk and 20 others have been damaged.


Meanwhile, rescue forces have not yet had contact with another boat.


In the last few days, the rescue officials and workers have saved 20 boats with 130 people, and guided other 14 with 226 men to safety.


On Wednesday, seven fishermen on the fishing boat BĐ 96321-TS, which sank 95 kilometers east of Song Tu Tay Island,  were taken to Cam Ranh Port in Khanh Hoa Province.


Related articles:
Northeasterly winds cause havoc for central residents
Seven fishing boats sunk in Vung Tau
Two of five missing fishermen found dead in Thua Thien-Hue

Source: SGGP

Two of five missing fishermen found dead in Thua Thien-Hue

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 7:56 am

Border soldiers found a second body, that of Ho Van Chay on Saturday in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.  He was one of the five fishermen missing at sea, after huge waves swallowed their boat in waters off Lang Co town, three days ago.

Provincial officials in Thua Thien-Hue meet Nguyen Quan, the only survivor of the sunk boat (Photo: SGGP)

On December 17, the body of Tran Chuong had been recovered while authorities were able to save 34 year old Nguyen Quan.


The accident was caused by giant waves and fierce winds lashing the area as a northerly cold front has affected the country for the last few days. The boat was on its way to Chan May Port when it was overwhelmed by the ferocious waves.


The local army personnel and authorities have mobilized 35 soldiers to continue search for the remaining two fishermen.


Phu Loc District has assisted each of the five fishermen’s families with VND3 million.


In the northern province of Hai Phong, 23 members on board the Phu Tan Vessel have gone missing for three days and have as yet not been found. Rescue forces are continuing the search operations.

Related article:
Cold front lashes central region

Source: SGGP

Two Chinese missing after clash with S.Korea coast guard

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 9:57 am

Two Chinese fishermen are missing and another is in a critical condition after their trawler collided with a South Korean coastguard ship Saturday and capsized, officials said.

South Korean Coast Guard patrols near a group of disputed islets.

Four coastguard officers were also injured as they tried to arrest the crew of the Chinese boat for illegal fishing off South Korea’s Eocheong island in the Yellow Sea.


The Chinese fishermen attacked the Korean officers with iron pipes and clubs, the Yonhap news agency quoted the coastguard as saying.


The 63-ton Chinese boat capsized after it collided with the 3,000-ton coastguard ship, leaving two of its crew members missing. Eight other Chinese were rescued but one was in a coma and taken to hospital by helicopter.


Eight boats and four helicopters were searching for the missing.


Illegal Chinese fishing is common in South Korean waters. In 2008 a South Korean coast guard officer was attacked and drowned while trying to inspect a Chinese boat operating illegally.


 

Source: SGGP

Strange vessel sinks fishing boat, four missing reported

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

A fishing boat was sunk by unknown vessel on November 30 while catching fish in the sea off Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, leaving four missing.

Fishing boats in Ly Son Island

The unknown vessel fled after the accident.


The sunken boat had 11 sailors. Other fishing boats timely rescued seven fishermen including captain Nguyen Thanh Trung. However, one of them was serious injured.


On the same day, the Vungtau Marine Rescue Coordination Centre III took seven fishermen to the shore. Rescue boat SAR 413 is looking for four missing people.


The strange boat has not been identified yet.


In related news, Quang Tri Province’s border guard forces rescued five fishermen, who had met an accident on the same day.


On November 29, the boat was broken by strong wind and waves.

Source: SGGP

‘Every chance’ missing NZealand miners alive, says PM

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:08 am

Explosion at NZealand mine, 25-30 miners missing

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 5:56 am

18 dead, four missing in two day flood in central Vietnam

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 4:27 am

Shanghai fire toll at 53 as relatives search for the missing

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 4:55 am