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A packed bus ruptured a tire and skidded off a bridge, landing upside down in a frozen river in Russia, killing at least 19 passengers. Rescuers fought to free survivors as the vehicle was still at risk of becoming submerged.
The bus fell six meters (about 20 feet) from a bridge over the Kuenga River while traveling from the city of Chita to Sretensk in Zabaykalsky Region in Russia’s Far East on Sunday. Harrowing video footage from the scene shows first responders swarming the damaged bus, which lay upside down on a bloodied snowy surface, with its roof completely smashed in and windows shattered.
Calls for help and wailing were heard in the background. “It’s scary,” one person said, while walking around the bus.
Traffic police said that the bus sustained a burst tire, which caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. There were 45 people on board when the tragedy occurred.
A total of 19 passengers were killed as a result of the crash, and 21 more are injured, local media reported, citing regional authorities.
Fire trucks and ambulances were at the scene as the rescue operation proceeded. Several people remained trapped inside the bus and rescuers hurried to free them, fearing that the bus could go underwater.
All survivors were eventually evacuated and the vehicle was recovered. An investigation has been launched into the crash.
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PEOPLE have been seen “people running and panicking” from Oxford Circus underground station in London.
Anthony Knight on Twitter said: “Chaos on #OxfordStreet #OxfordCircus – people sprinting out of the underground and diving into nearby shops. Never seen people run so fast. Very scary to watch after the events of today. What’s going on?”
Another person tweeted: “Just got evacuated from Oxford Circus tube.
“Don’t know what’s going on but obviously would recommend avoiding.”
Mary Whittaker described the experience as “terrifying” and said there had been a “burning” smell.
She tweeted:” Terrifying experience in #oxfordcircus tube station just now – smell of burning, all up escalators blocked off and people running in all directions trying to get out.
“Jumped on a train in the end. No idea what happened?!”
Police have responded to the scene, with one witness saying: “Pulled into #oxfordcircus tube stop and police everywhere at my door; people yelling and shouting and holding someone. Rather frightening given today’s events.
The incident comes as London is still reeling from a suspected terror attack this afternoon.
Police shot dead a knifeman on London Bridge after the suspect went on a stabbing frenzy.
Two members of the public have reportedly died from their injuries.
Police are treating the attack as terror-related.
The knifeman was wearing a “hoax explosive device”, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations Neil Basu in a police statement in front of New Scotland Yard.
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ARMED police shot dead a terrorist on London Bridge after five people was injured in a horror stabbing frenzy in the capital. The knifeman was also wearing a hoax suicide vest, police have revealed, adding that at least two members of the public have died as a result of their injuries.
Panic spread through London Bridge at around 2pm this afternoon when the knifeman struck at innocent members of the public. he force said in a statement: “I can confirm at 2pm today police were called to a stabbing at a premises near to London Bridge. Emergency officers attended. A male suspect was shot by specialist armed officers from the City of London Police and I can confirm the suspect died at the scene.” The force saaid he was wearing a fake bomb vest.
Another person on Twitter added: “Loads of police going to London Bridge right now.”
The London Metropolitan Police said: “We are currently dealing with an incident at London Bridge.
“Please stand by for updates.”
Sniffer dogs are also at the scene.
Pictures show several police vans with officers in riot gear.
Initial reports state a man had been shot, but officers now state a suspect has been detained. Another person has been killed.
Another social media user said there was a “Huge amount of police”.
A police helicopter is also circling the area in the sky and police boats were also in use.
The bridge has been evacuated while the police investigate.
Witness Cecilia Sodero was on the top deck of a bus going over London Bridge when she heard shots and saw a man lying on the ground with a “very scary device, like a bomb device”.
“I was like okay, this is unusual, so me and the other passengers started looking outside, to see what’s going on, and we saw like six people holding someone on the floor,” she told Sky News.
“At some point someone says ‘oh, he has a knife’, and we were like, oh my gosh, this guy is supposed to stab someone and people was running away.
“The police officers finally they removed the knife. But then what happened is when they shot the guy, the guy is still alive, and they shoot and he’s trying to pull the black jacket off so I was able to see the vest that he was wearing. And it seems like a very scary device, like a bomb device, at that point we just ran away from the bus, crossing the bridge in the other direction. The whole thing was very scary to be honest.”
Some witnesses have claimed a man has been shot, while Sky News reported one person has died. However, it is not known if this was the knifeman or an innocent member of the public.
This is yet to be confirmed by Scotland Yard.
Video footage from the scene shows armed police officers running towards London Bridge and shouting at people to “get inside”.
More dramatic video footage also shows a man laying on the ground with armed police standing over him.
Footage from the scene showf a white HGV lorry across the central reservation heading into incoming traffic.
Police cars were seen blocking off the southbound carriageway while traffic was gridlocked heading north, away from London Bridge station and into the City.
Armed police officers were seen moving along the footpath, which has terror bollards in place, towards London Bridge. One video shows what appears to be police pulling equipment out of a vehicle nearby.
Those in the video can be heard saying: “They’ve actually got guns out. They’ve got the guns out.”
The attack comes nearly two and a half years since the capital was rocked by a terror attack which left 11 people dead – including all three terrorists.
Political commentator Owen Jones tweeted: “I’m near London Bridge, looks like a bad incident – people running, police yelling ‘keep moving’, lots of emergency services, area cordoned off. Stay safe everyone.”
BBC correspondent John McManus told BBC News that he had heard several gunshots on London Bridge.
“Just a few minutes ago I was walking across London Bridge on the south bank to the north bank of the bridge,” he said.
“There appeared to be a fight going on on the other side of the bridge, with several men attacking one man.”
Workers in the London Bridge area state they are being kept inside their places of work.
One worker told Sky News they could see a woman being carried from the bridge.
Police are still demanding people “move away” from the area.
Another worker in one of the offices near to the bridge say the atmosphere is “tense” and officers are telling employees to “stay away” from the windows.
One eye witness told Sky news: “We saw lots of police cars head towards the bridge.
“We saw a man on the ground with people pointing guns at him.
“At that point we were escorted away from the window.”
Police have cordoned off nearby Tooley Street, while trains are also not running from London Bridge train or Tube stations.
The British Transport Police said on Twitter: “We are aware of an incident at #LondonBridge and are assisting our colleagues at @metpoliceuk.
“London Bridge station is currently closed and trains are none stopping.
“Please check with @metpoliceuk for further updates.”
Another video taken from inside a bus on London Bridge showed three armed police officers pointing down the west-side footpath.
Videos taken from people stuck on busses at the scene show a crowd flocking around an injured person at the Monument side of the Bridge.
Workers told Sky News they are now being evacuated from buildings.
Police have also been pictured on boats on the Thames.
They are reported to be stopping traffic on the water also.
The London Ambulance service also released a statement.
It read: “We have now declared a major incident and have a number of crews at the scene in London Bridge.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is being kept updated on the “major incident”.
He said in a statement from No10: “I’m being kept updated on the incident at London Bridge and want to thank the police and all emergency services for their immediate response.”
People in offices continue to be evacuated.
The Met Police say the incident is an “isolated attack” and there will not be further instances.
They added the incident is “terror-related”.
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A powerful snowstorm swept across Colorado and into the U.S. Midwest on Tuesday, blocking roads and causing hundreds of flight cancellations that threatened travel plans for many people hoping to fly or drive to Thanksgiving feasts this week.
The storm dumped a foot (30 cm) of snow in parts of Colorado and buffeted the Denver area with wind gusts of 45 miles per hour (72 kph). Nearly 500 flights were canceled and more than 350 delayed at Denver International Airport by Tuesday afternoon.
“We just landed at the Denver Airport! Crazy conditions. Literally 0 visibility,” Amber Kimbrell, a high school science teacher from Huntsville, Alabama, said in a Twitter message. She posted a photo of a runway covered in white.
Some 55 million travelers planned to fly or drive at least 50 miles (80 km) from their homes for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, according to the American Automobile Association, but the snow will likely alter those plans for many.
“Nothing like starting Thanksgiving break with boarding the plane in the snow, sitting on the tarmac for 2 hours,” Jude Matyo-Cepero, a University of Nebraska professor, wrote on Instagram.
By early Tuesday afternoon, the storm was pushing northeast, with parts of northwest Kansas and western Nebraska reporting snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm), coupled with winds of 50 mph (80 kph), the National Weather Service said.
Treacherous conditions forced the closure of eastbound Interstate 70 from east of Denver to the Kansas state line, and Interstate 76 from Denver northeast to the Nebraska state line, the Colorado Department of Transportation said. Officials advised drivers to stay off the roads, with strong winds creating white-out conditions across the region.
Schools and many retailers in the Denver metropolitan area were closed. But grocery stores, already well-stocked ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, were ready for a deluge of customers.
“So far so good. It doesn’t seem to be impacting us much,” Phil Vanderlaan, a cashier at a Safeway store in Denver, said by phone. “Probably later throughout the day it might.”
A stronger storm was expected to hit Northern California and Oregon by Tuesday night, the weather service said, which may drop 1 feet to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) of snow across mountainous areas.
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Parts of Greece have seen torrential rain, strong winds and stormy seas since 24 November, 2019. Two people died after strong winds and stormy seas capsized a moored boat in Antirio.
Heavy rain caused flash flooding and landslides in Kineta, west of the capital Athens. The Fire Department say they received 47 calls for the Kineta area including 27 rescues. Parts of the surrounding road network were blocked.
Further north, around 6 buildings were damaged after flooding in Katerini in Pieria. The Fire Department also attended flood incidents in areas around Ierissos, Halkidiki and Thassos.
Flooding was also reported on some of the country’s islands, in particular Rhodes on 25 November. One person was found dead in a flooded building, 6 people were rescued and 7 others evacuated. The Fire Department received 190 calls for assistance, mainly for the areas in the north of the island including Ialyssos, Kremasti and the city of Rhodes. Greek Civil Protection have since declared a state of emergency for the island.
In Italy, part of a motorway viaduct near Savona in Liguria Region was washed away by a landslide and flood waters. The rain has caused numerous other landslides across the region, prompting around 100 evacuations.
In Piedmont Region, one person died after a vehicle was swept away by flood waters from the overflowing Bormida River in Sezzadio Municipality, Alessandria Province. Two others survived. Around 200 people were evacuated after flooding in the province, with around 160 others were left isolated.
In the Lombardy Region, the River Ticino burst its banks causing flooding in the of Pavia, prompting flood rescues.
Heavy snowfall and avalanches have also caused major problems in the north of the country. Around 500 people were evacuated in the Aosta Valley Region.
Meanwhile Venice has suffered yet further flooding from high tides, known as acqua alta. Peak tide level reached 1.3 metres on 24 November, prompting authorities to close some buildings. The city has been regularly flooded by high tides since mid-November.
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Emergency services were called out to 2,300 interventions after floods in southeastern France from 23 November, 2019. Photo: Securite Civile France
Severe flooding in southeastern France has left at least 4 people dead with 1 person still missing. Hundreds have evacuated their homes and emergency services have carried out over 2,000 interventions, many by helicopter.
Some areas of southeastern France recorded almost 400mm of rain between 21 and 24 November.
Several rivers including the Argens, burst their banks, flooding homes and prompting dozens of high water rescues and evacuations. Thousands of homes were left without electricity and road and train transport was severely disrupted.
France’s Ministry of Interior said that emergency services had carried out more then 2,300 interventions in Var and Alpes-Maritimes departments. The government of Var department said that 625 people had evacuated their homes and were staying in 14 emergency accommodation centres.
The government of Var department reported flood-related fatalities in the villages of Le Muy and Cabasse. One person is still reported missing in Saint-Antonin-du-Var. Local media reported that 2 people died after their vehicle was trapped in flood water near the town of Tanneron on 24 November.
The town of Roquebrune-sur-Argens in Var Department was particularly badly affected and only accessible by boat or helicopter. Levels of the Argens river in the town jumped from around 3 metres to 7.12 metres on 23 November, the second highest level on record behind the June 2010 record of 7.7 metres.
The Endre river at Le Muy reached record levels of 2.88 metres on 23 November, beating the previous high of 2.72 metres set in November 2011.
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Iranian Red Crescent (IRC) has carried out rescues and evacuations after a period of severe including heavy rain, snowfall and cold temperatures that has swept the country since last week.
IRC reported that it has pumped flood water from 95 residential buildings. Over 300 people have been given emergency shelter. In mountainous areas roads have been blocked and IRC have recovered 283 vehicles from the snow.
IRC said relief supplies have been distributed among the affected people in provinces of Isfahan, Bushehr, Tehran, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Zanjan, Semnan, Fars, Ghazvin, Qom, Golestan, Gilan, Lorestan, Mazandaran and Hormozgan.
From initial reports it is not clear which areas have been affected by flooding, however heavy rain was reported in Gilan, Bushehr, Mazandaran and Hormozgan provinces.
Bandar-e Anzali, a city of Gilan Province in northern Iran recorded 118mm of rain in 24 hours to 19 November, according to WMO figures. Babolsar in Mazandaran Province, recorded 66.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 21 November.
The country has endured a spate of flash floods over the last 2 months. Northern provinces saw deadly floods hit in mid-October and again in early November. Flooding hit southern provinces in early October.
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