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#Mudslides and #snow impacting holiday travel in #California, #USA

19 killed, 21 injured in #Russia after commuter #bus plummets from bridge into frozen river

19 killed, 21 injured in Russia after commuter bus plummets from bridge into frozen river (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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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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3 Dead, Hundreds Displaced After #Floods and #Landslides in #SriLanka

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At least 3 people have died after heavy rain triggered a landslide in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.

The landslide occurred in Walapane, about 17 km north east of the city of Nuwara Eliya, on 30 November, 2019. One person is thought to be missing.

Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) says that stormy weather and heavy rain has been affecting wide areas of the country over the last few days.

Around 9 locations in the country recorded more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours to 01 December, 2019. Periya Pandivirichchan in Vavuniya district recorded 238mm and Yodha Wewa in Mannar District recorded 231 mm of rain during the same period. Further heavy rain of up to 150mm is likely, according to Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology. Strong winds of up to 80 km/h are also possible.

According to DMC over 4,100 people have been affected by the weather, in particular in Batticaloa and Ampara in Eastern Province. and Mannar in Northern Province. Almost 570 people have moved to safe locations after flooding in Batticaloa District.

Power supply has been cut to around 5,000 people after strong winds downed cable across the country. Roads have been blocked at several locations due to landslides or flooding.

Sri Lanka’s Irrigation Department said that the flood gates of at least 10 reservoirs have been opened.

DMC has urged the public to pay close attention to the weather forecasts and to be vigilant about the disasters in the area to minimize the damages caused by inclement weather.

Heavy rain has also been reported in southern states of India, including Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

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Heavy #Rain and Deadly #Floods in #Chihuahua and #Sinaloa, #Mexico

Flooding in Chihuahua, Mexico, 28 November 2019. Photo: Government of Chihuahua

Heavy rain has affected parts of northern Mexico over the last few days, with severe flooding reported in the states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua. Sonora and Baja California states were also affected.

One person died after being swept away by flash floods in the municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua on 28 November, 2019.

The state government said it will request an Emergency and Natural Disaster Declaration for severe rains in 14 municipalities. As much as 141mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 28 November in Urique, which along with the municipalities of Batopilas, Chínipas and Morelos, was among the worst affected areas. According to Chihuahua Civil Protection, around 200 people were evacuated after floods and landslides in Batopilas, Chínipas and Urique municipalities.

In Sinaloa the governor, Quirino Ordaz Coppel requested a state of emergency for the municipalities of Culiacán, Elota, San Ignacio and Mazatlán. Schools have been closed across the state. Over 50 people were evacuated in Coyotitán in San Ignacio.

Flooding caused severe damage in the city of Mazatlán, with streets flooded to roof height of vehicles. Roads in the area, including the Mazatlán-Culiacán highway, have been closed. Mazatlán recorded 195mm of rain in 24 hours to 29 November.

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#Floods Displaced Over 2,000 in #Terengganu, #Malaysia

Flood rescues and evacuations in Terengganu, Malaysia, November 2019. Photo: Government of Malaysia

Flooding in Terengganu State in eastern Peninsular Malaysia has displaced over 2,000 people according to disaster agencies.

Floods hit the area after heavy rainfall from 27 November. Parts of Besut District recorded as much as 400mm of rain in 24 hours on 29 November. The Besut river in the district exceeded danger levels on 29 November, standing at 35.20 metres (danger mark is 35m) near Keruak. The Dungun in Kuala Jengal was also above the danger mark (21 metres), standing at 22.45 metres as of 30 November, 2019.

A total of 2,296 people from 648 families have been evacuated to relief centres in the districts of Besut (1,148 people), Setiu (553), Hulu Terengganu (112) and Dungun (483).

They are being given temporary shelter at 40 flood relief centres which have been opened in four districts, with 21 of the centres in Besut.

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Thousands Affected by #Landslides in Western Region of #Uganda

Landslides in Bundibugyo district in Western Region, Uganda, November 2019. Photo; Uganda Red Cross

Landslides in Bundibugyo district in Western Uganda have affected around 4,000 people and destroyed almost 350 homes.

Landslides have affected the district since mid-November. On 13 November, Uganda Red Cross said areas of Bundibugyo Town council as well as Tokwe, Bukonzo and Busaru sub-counties were all affected.

Recent reports from Uganda media said say that 349 homes have been destroyed and 4,000 people affected. According to the reports, the worst hit areas are Bundimulinga and Hikitara villages in Tokwe sub-county, Hamutoma, Humya villages in Bundibugyo and Buhundu in Bukonzo sub-county.

Affected communities are in need of shelter, wash facilities, food and other supplies, according to the Red Cross.

Roads have been cut and several bridges in the affected area destroyed, disrupting the transport network. Crops have also suffered damage.

At least 3 people died in nearby Kasese District, Western Region, after a house collapsed due to a landslide that occurred after a heavy on 30 October, 2019.

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Over 100 Dead, 18,000 Displaced After Recent #Floods and #Landslides in #Kenya

Floods have blocked roads in floods Tana River County, Kenya, October 2019. Photo: Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS)

Flooding in Kenya has affected more than 160,000 people since the onset of the short rains in October, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS).

At least 120 people have reportedly died, including dozens who lost their lives after a landslide in West Pokot County on 23 November.

KRCS said that nearly 18,000 who are displaced countrywide, including 10,000 in West Pokot County. According to Kenyan government, 16,000 houses have been destroyed across the country.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) reports that flash and riverine floods have affected at least 31 of the 47 Kenya’s counties, including in Central, Coastal, Eastern, Northern, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western regions, and urban areas in Nairobi and Mombasa, according to the Government’s National Disaster Operation Centre (NDOC).

Landslides and mudslides have been reported in Meru, Murang’a, Taita Taveta and West Pokot counties, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS).

Infrastructure including roads and bridges has been damaged, hampering effective humanitarian response efforts in affected areas. UN OCHA said: “Sections of roads and bridges have been cut-off, paralyzing transport and humanitarian access in Embu, Garissa, Isiolo, Kwale, Lamu, Machakos, Makueni, Mandera, Marsabit, Meru, Mombasa, Samburu, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Trans Nzoia, Turkana and Samburu counties. The Gurdis and Botula dams in Banisain Mandera County broke their walls or banks and require urgent repairs.”

Recent flooding has been reported in Bute and Gurar in Wajir County, where around 5,000 people have been displaced.

Flooding also affected over 3,000 people in Garissa and Tana River counties after heavy rains on 22 and 23 November led to massive flooding in the area, exacerbated by the bursting of Tana River. In Meru County at least 550 people were reportedly displaced in Tigania.

According to the Kenya Meteorological Department, heavy rains are expected to continue across the country over the next few weeks, mainly due to the positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) measurements.

Flood alerts have been issued especially for Coastal, Northern and Western regions of the country, with the risk of landslides and mudslides expected in parts of the Central Highlands and parts of the Rift Valley, including West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nandi counties.

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#London’s #OxfordCircus station #emergency: People seen ‘running’ out of #TubeStation

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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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Multiple injured after #knifeAttack on shopping street in The #Hague, #Netherlands

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SEVERAL people have been wounded following a knife attack in The Hague tonight, according to reports.

Police reported that emergency were on the scene but it is unsure if there have been any more casualties.

The attack took place on a busy shopping street in the Dutch capital which was even more busy than usual due to Black Friday.

Dutch police are said to be hunting a man aged between 45 and 50-years-old.

Reports have suggested that the attack took place at a Hudson’s BAY STORE.

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#LondonBridge #TerrorAttack: #Police shoot dead #knifeman -At least 2 members of public dead

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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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