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Storm rescue center to be built on Ly Son Island

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:49 am

A rescue center will be built on Ly Son Island in the central province of Quang Ngai to seek and save people in the rainstorm season, according to Colonel Bui Phu Phu, deputy commander the provincial Border Guard Command.

The rescue center covering on an area of 5,000 square meters in An Hai Commune will be equipped with modern facilities with an investment capital of more than VND100 billion (US$5 million).

The center will focus on building 2300-CV rescue ships that can be sent out during hurricanes.

The rescue center is expected to be put into operation in 2012.

Source: SGGP

Rescue centre built in Ly Son island

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

NZealand rescue possible, but needs to be quick: experts

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:04 am

Poison gas fears stall New Zealand mine rescue

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Europe heads for Irish bank rescue

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 6:27 am

Rescue on blazing ship carrying 111 off English coast

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 at 9:11 am

LONDON, Oct 27, 2010 (AFP) – An operation was under way Wednesday to rescue 111 people from a factory fishing vessel which caught fire southwest of the Isles of Scilly off southwest England, the coastguard said.

“There are 81 persons in life rafts with 30 people remaining on the ship fighting the fire,” a spokesman said, adding that the “Athena” was 230 miles (370 kilometres) southwest of the Isles of Scilly.

Source: SGGP

Rescue continues as flood death toll rises

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Rescue continues as flood death toll rises

QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The entire 16-strong crew of a sunken fishing boat was rescued by Brunei marines off the Hoang Sa archipelago at 17h on October 19, reported the rescue force.

The Hoa Hai boat, captained by Nguyen Ngoc Sinh, was broken by typhoon Megi and lost contact with land.

The news was confirmed by Ly Son island authorities in the central province of Quang Ngai later the same day, who said Captain Sinh had telephoned his family about his and crew members’ survival. However, information on the whereabouts of the rescued fishermen has not yet been released.

The Hoa Hai boat was just one of eight fishing boats stranded in dangerous waters.

The provincial border guards command said about 411 fishing boats are still offshore and they are trying to locate and contact with these fishing boats.

Since typhoon Megi hit the central region on October 13, the death toll has reached 36.

Almost 200,000 homes have been inundated, over 8,000 ha of rice fields, 38,000 ha of crops and almost 40,000 tonnes of food in stores have been either flooded or swept away.

Domestic and international efforts have been increasing to alleviate the plight of typhoon victims.

The Vietnam Red Cross Association President, Tran Ngoc Tang, said the association has sent supplies to 12,000 victim families, which however fell far behind demand by people in flood areas.

The association on October 18 sent the third batch of urgent aid worth over VND2.1 billion (roughly US$107,000) in cash and kind to typhoon Megi victims in the three central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh. The aid included VND350 million in cash, 3,000 barrels of water-purifying pills, 50 tents and 3,600 barrels of daily necessities.

The Prime Minister has signed decisions to aid disaster victims in the central region.

One of the decisions allowed the allocation of VND70 billion from the 2010 Central Hedge Fund and free supply of 3,000 tonnes of rice for flood victims in the three central provinces .

The Ministry of Finance has been assigned to allocate VND20 billion to buy seedlings, domestic animals and aquatic breeds to help recover production in flood areas.

In addition, the Prime Minister has entrusted the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to supply free 2,800 tonnes of rice seedlings, 200 tonnes of maize seedlings and 110 tonnes of vegetable seedlings for 15 provinces hit by the recent natural disasters, including the three central provinces hit by typhoon Megi.

The Vietnamese Embassy and the Vietnamese Community Federation in Laos have also raised over VND170 million for their flood-hit patriots.

The Vietnamese in Khammuon province have donated VND70 million to help flood victims in the central region.

The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa has donated 5,000 Rand (roughly US$700) for flood victims in Quang Binh province.

Source: VOVNews/VNA

Source: QDND

Chile miners consider future after epic rescue

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 10:25 am

COPIAPO, Chile (AFP) – The 33 rescued Chilean miners pondered their futures Friday as they began to leave hospital and adjust to new lives in the media glare, after 69 days trapped in a gold and copper mine.

The first three of the group left hospital on Thursday under high security in a government vehicle that was chased by a mob of photographers after medics determined they were well enough to go home.

All 33 were admitted to hospital for treatment after their ordeal ended with a flawless rescue that inspired pride throughout Chile in a saga that captivated the world’s attention following a partial mine collapse in August.

Bolivian miner Carlos Mamani Soliz arrives at his house after being released from hospital in Copiapo, Chile on October 14, 2010.AFP

“I want to be alone, relax,” said Juan Illanes, one of those leaving the hospital, surrounded by a throng of journalists and onlookers as he set off to his humble house on a hill in this northern Chilean town.

Asked what he wanted for his future, Illanes said he was considering leaving the mining profession, if he could find other work, adding it was also time for him to realize a long held dream: “I want to go to Miami now,” he said.

“I’m well, really healthy,” said another of the trio who left hospital, Edison Pena.

“I thought I would never come back… Thank you for believing we were alive,” he added.”

As he worked his way through the crowd at the hospital entrance, Pena said: “We are not pop stars or anything, we’re just ordinary people.”

Hospital deputy director Jorge Montes said all 33 have undergone thorough medical exams, and those determined to have the fewest health problems were to be allowed to check out.

Another three of the miners had surgery under general anesthetic for serious dental problems, while one was being treated for pneumonia. Two were diagnosed with the lung disease silicosis that is common among miners.

Montes said most of the men were in surprisingly good health given their 10-week ordeal.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who had been at the San Jose Mine over the 22-hour rescue to greet the emerging miners, hailed their “miracle” salvation during a visit Thursday to the hospital.

He sparked cheers when he suggested they form a football team under one of their number who used to be a professional player, Frank Lobos, for an October 25 game against rescuers and officials.

One of the miners, Richard Villaroel, gave a brief interview to Chilean public broadcaster TVN that gave powerful insights into their harrowing experiences.

“We all supported each other. When one of us found it tough, the comrade at his side helped him,” said Villaroel, the day after the 27-year-old mechanic emerged to be greeted by his pregnant wife.

Villaroel said that despite trying conditions in the dark, dank and hot hole where the miners survived for 17 days on fragments of food before being discovered, decisions were reached calmly and democratically.

“If a decision was taken in which one person lost, most would still be winners,” he explained. “The food was distributed in small portions, something that would last, the same for water.”

He also recalled his anguish when disaster struck on August 5.

“When the second rockfall came, that was the scariest moment because the mine was completely blocked. I thought that I would never see my wife again or the birth of my son.”

In the hospital, the miners still wore the dark glasses they received to protect their weakened eyes when they made the claustrophobic, 15-minute journey up from the underground cavern in the narrow Phoenix 2 rescue capsule.

But they also wore fresh clothes, gray T-shirts and hospital trousers, some in blue bathrobes, and were cleanly shaven — looking much fresher than the drawn-out figures who joyously tasted freedom a day earlier.

The miners now have the challenge of charting out a life forever changed by their ordeal.

Suddenly, they are household names in Chile and media stars around the world. They have been flooded with requests for interviews, and can even set their own price.

But Omar Reygadas, the son of one of the miners with the same name, said the men wanted everything to be shared equally.

“The miners have told the authorities they want to set up a foundation. They want it to cover everything (royalties from documentaries, films or books), and to cover all 33,” he told AFP.

Officials said they would seal up the escape shaft at the mine, which Pinera has placed a symbolic metal cover over, and dismantle the equipment there. Much of it was being tagged for inclusion in a future museum.

Source: SGGP

World is captive audience for Chile mine rescue

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm

A captive global audience looked on as the first of 33 miners trapped for a record 68 days deep underground emerged Wednesday into the cold night air of Chile’s Atacama desert.

Chilean miner Florencio Avalos (L) is embraced by Chilean President Sebastian Piñera after been brought to the surface on October 13, 2010 following a 10-week ordeal in the collapsed San Jose mine, near Copiapo, 800 km north of Santiago, Chile.

People logged on and tuned in to read, watch and listen as Florencio Avalos was extracted safe and sound from 600 meters (2,000 feet) below ground at 0311 GMT, followed exactly one hour later by co-worker Mario Sepulveda.

Media outlets around the world including CNN International, Britain’s Sky News, France’s iTele and BFM and also Europe-wide Euronews live-streamed the drama as it unfolded in real time.

As well as cameras trained on the surface, viewers also saw grainy pictures of the miners still awaiting rescue in the their deep underground shelter.

The workers’ families had all but given up hope of seeing their loved ones again when on August 22 — 17 days after the collapse at the San Jose mine — a note tied to a drill probe announced their sensational survival to the world.

Millions, struggling to comprehend the nightmarish existence of the trapped men and the anguish of their families, have followed the long rescue efforts since as a shaft wide enough to extract the miners was drilled.

Wellwishers from around the globe, ranging from fellow miners to exalted heads of state, watched minute-by-minute overnight as a missile shaped capsule bearing Chile’s national colors was winched into the mine.

A measure of how the epic survival tale has ballooned into a global human interest story, live images from the site were broadcast to viewers as far afield as New York and Sydney, London and Tokyo.

The BBC streamed footage of the operation alongside a scrolling sidebar of mini-bites of information emerging from the crowd of relatives and Chilean politicians waiting to receive the miners-turned-national heroes.

Many outlets also employed counter graphics as the miners were brought out one-by-one.

Japan’s major television networks offered live coverage, complete with profiles of the 32 Chileans and one Bolivian, who survived their first 17 days before making contact with rescuers by rationing emergency supplies.

Japanese doctors discussed various medical complications the men could suffer, while Australian news stations, websites and radio bulletins devoted non-stop coverage to the dramatic operation.

“It was supposed to be a day off for me, and I was planning to catch up on my reading,” high school English teacher Tetsuro Umeji in Kudamatsu City, Japan, wrote on the BBC live feed.

“But now my eyes are glued to the computer screen as the rescue is broadcast live. Absolutely amazing! Congratulations, Chile! I will keep my fingers crossed until the last of the 33 miners is brought to the surface!”

Chile’s embassy in Washington DC set up a public live video feed of the rescue operation, which saw the men emerge one-by-one and reunite with relatives before being flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital.

In Europe, meanwhile, Austrian television had a special news program dedicated to the rescue — a rare occurrence for foreign events — and in the Netherlands the second-largest daily newspaper AD ran its first three pages dedicated to the event.

In the Spanish-speaking world, the rescue bid dominated news stations and websites.

Spanish-language station Univision ran live video of the site, while Chile’s La Tercera newspaper website carried a graphic header with empty boxes to be filled in as each miner emerged safe, and two counters tallying “rescued miners” and “miners in hospital.”

The interest appeared to overwhelm authorities managing media at the mine site. They ran out of international media badges and began issuing hand-labeled IDs to reporters arriving from as far afield as China and Turkey.

China’s Xinhua news agency and state television were reporting from the ground, and popular news portals Sohu and Sina set up special sections on their front pages featuring details on the rescue effort.

Throughout Asia, whether in Singapore, South Korea, Thailand or Vietnam, citizens were greeted with the exciting news that the first miners were out.

China’s CCTV streamed the first two rescues live, and South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo splashed the headline: “Today, Chile will be jubilant.”

Al-Jazeera’s English language station had a correspondent stationed at the site updating a Twitter feed with the latest information.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez also took to the micro-blogging site to send his best wishes to the rescue crews and the miners. “We are with Chile! God be with you,” he wrote.

Source: SGGP

China mudslide rescue hopes fade as toll tops 700

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 7:21 am

 Hopes of finding survivors of China’s worst mudslides in decades faded Wednesday as the death toll topped 700, with more than 1,000 people still missing under an avalanche of rock and sludge.

More than 10,000 soldiers and rescuers combed through the mountains of mud that buried a remote area of the northwest province of Gansu at the weekend, but 72 hours after the disaster, the window of survival was quickly closing.

Authorities were increasingly focused on relief efforts, with hundreds of medical workers sent to the disaster zone along with experts in epidemic prevention amid fears of an outbreak of water-borne disease.

Tens of thousands of residents of hardest-hit Zhouqu county were without adequate food and drinking water, with many roads leading to the area damaged. A Red Cross worker said it was hard to find safe ground to erect tents.

Survivors grieve for a relative killed during the deadly flood-triggered landslides in Zhouqu, in northwest China’s Gansu province.

Meteorologists have predicted thunderstorms in Zhouqu over the next few days — which could hinder clean-up efforts and frighten rattled residents already wary of sleeping on unstable ground.

“Mudslides are much more devastating than earthquakes,” one rescuer was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying.

“There is only a one percent chance that anybody could be found alive here.”

A continuous stream of rescuers trudged through the zone, bearing the dead on stretchers, an AFP correspondent witnessed early Wednesday. Carts of coffins were seen at the roadside.

At least a dozen bodies were laid out at a makeshift morgue in the heat, awaiting identification. Most were covered, but one was out in the open. The stench was overwhelming, causing some residents to gag and others to run past.

The mudslides are the latest in a string of weather-related disasters, as China battles its worst flooding in a decade. More than 2,100 people were left dead or missing and 12 million evacuated before the Gansu tragedy.

On Tuesday, the director of Gansu’s civil affairs department, Tian Baozhong, painted a grim picture, telling reporters the death toll had more than doubled to 702, while the number of missing had dropped only slightly to 1,042.

The mudslides levelled an area five kilometres (three miles) long and 300 metres wide, Xinhua said. Floodwaters up to three storeys high have submerged half of Zhouqu county, where one-third of the population is Tibetan.

The landslides swept homes, cars and debris into the Bailong river running through Zhouqu, choking off the waterway and triggering flooding in the mountainous area, the government said.

In Zhouqu town, workers tried to clear streets buried in thick mud and debris from more than 300 destroyed homes. Workers were also draining an unstable barrier lake created by the landslides, amid fears it could burst.

But some rescuers told state media they could not make much more progress without heavy excavation equipment, which was stuck outside the zone because of flooded roads.

Damaged roads and bridges also prevented much-needed aid from getting through. Yang Long, a doctor running a makeshift clinic at a Zhouqu school, said he had treated several adults and children for diarrhea.

“Unhealthy drinking water and food mainly caused the disease and we need more medicine,” Yang told the China Daily.

The health ministry said Tuesday that no major epidemics had been reported so far.

As homeless residents milled around town, saying they did not know where to go, relief workers said the difficult terrain had

hindered their efforts to provide temporary housing in the form of more than 4,000 tents.

“We have adequate tents, but insufficient space to pitch them,” Zhang Hongdong, a Red Cross worker, told Xinhua.

People who have lost homes will be helped to rebuild, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Tuesday, pledging to complete reconstruction before winter sets in or no later than June next year.

Both US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon extended their condolences to the relatives of the victims.

Source: SGGP