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#Tornado Causes One Death, Thousands Displaced In #Java, #Indonesia

Tornado Alert

A puting beliung (small tornado) swept through three different villages in Batu city in East Java over the weekend, leaving one dead and over 1,000 residents displaced.

The tornado destroyed about 20 houses, a telecommunications transmitter and parts of the electricity network in three villages: Sumber Brantas, Gunungsari and Sumbergondo.

Several trees fell and blocked access to the affected areas. Sodiq, a resident of Jurang Kuali hamlet in Sumber Brantas village, was killed by a falling tree, news site reported.

Over 1,200 residents took shelter in five locations, including at the mayor’s residence and the Batu Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) compound.

“We have to evacuate the residents for their own safety,” said a BPBD official, Achmad Choirur Rochim, on Sunday.

“In the villages, strong winds were still felt [during the evacuation process],” he added.

As residents left their homes, a joint team of police and military officers were assigned to safeguard vacant houses in the three affected villages.

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#UK #Mobile Operator #Three – Major Outage – Customers left without data or signal after network failure

Three Mobile

Three UK customers have lost data and signal across the country

Three UK mobile customers are still without data or signal after a network failure last night.

The website Downdetector, which offers a live overview of outages across different networks, says the problems started at 11:29pm on Wednesday.

The data failure means users are unable to access the internet, while the loss of signal means customers cannot make calls or send text messages.

Three UK said its engineers are working to fix the problem and has advised customers to their phones off and on again.

The company added that the “service is returning to normal” and they expect the issue to “be resolved over the course of the day”.

A map shows the part of the country where complaints have been logged. Pic: Downdetector
A map shows the part of the country where complaints have been logged. Pic: Downdetector

Downdetector reports complaints have been logged in cities including Manchester, London, Glasgow, Birmingham and Liverpool.

A map also shows complaints were reported in Nottingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Belfast.

Twitter user Bryan Elwick wrote: “Hey ThreeMobile (sic), what have you done with all my lovely mobile data? I’m bereft without it. Please sort asap… @ThreeUK @ThreeUKSupport.”

Alexandre Dias posted: “Complete meltdown of @ThreeUK, no service anywhere, website no working, etc. Imagine being out at midnight and having to call 999 and not being able to do it. Incredible.”

Dan Checklin tweeted on Thursday morning: “@ThreeUK how’s about I keep my money this month? I’m paying for unlimited everything and I’ve currently had no internet access or signal for 10 hours.”

The majority of users who flagged the issue with Downdetector cited problems with mobile internet.

Three UK has not yet confirmed what caused the outage or how many people have been affected.

The company said in a statement: “Following technical difficulties with our services across voice, text and data, some customers will be experiencing an intermittent service.

“Our engineers are working to fix the issue and the service is returning to normal, and we expect it to be resolved over the course of the day.

“We advise our customers to turn their phones off and on or turn airplane mode on and off, which may resolve the issue.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to our customers.”

Three’s website was also unavailable on Thursday morning, instead displaying a message which said it was down for “essential maintenance”.

The outage came on the day the mobile operator O2 became the latest to begin the rollout of its next-generation 5G network.

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Major #Outage On #Plusnet’s #Mobile #Network In Parts Of The #UK

PLusnet down mobile network not working

PLUSNET customers have been hit by a major issue this morning which has left many unable to make or receive calls.

The Plusnet issues that hit customers earlier today have now been resolved with the mobile network now back up and running.

Plusnet users are complaining about a major outage this morning which appears to have hit the firm’s mobile network

Trouble seems to have begun around 11.30am with hundreds of reports across the UK.

Downdector, which uses social mentions to map outages, is showing complaints coming in from areas including Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Ilford, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, Mansfield, and Leeds

Users have also taken to the website’s forum to complain about the problems with one user saying: “What a load of rubbish” and another adding “Phone not able to get connection to make a call since 10.20. #Frustrated”

Along with customers posting on forums, there’s also a barrage of people heading to social media to find out what’s going wrong.

Posting on Twitter, one Plusnet user said: “@plusnethelp how long is Plusnet down for????? Cannot make or receive calls to mobiles. Are you aware of problems???????”

Whilst another added: “@Plusnet Having network problems since morning. Cannot send receive calls. Anyone else having this?”

There’s currently no word on what’s causing the problems or when they will be fixed.

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At least 47 people die in #landslides and #flooding after #monsoon #rains in #Nepal

Flood waters flowing through a residential area of Kathmandu

Floodwaters flowing through a residential area of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu

At least 47 people have been killed by flash floods and landslides caused by monsoon rains in Nepal, the country’s home ministry has said.

Another 29 are missing after being either swept away by swollen rivers or buried by mudslides since the delayed annual downpours began hitting the region on Friday, the national emergency operation centre said.

Twenty-eight people have been treated for injuries and more than 1,100 others rescued from flooded areas while more than 10,000 people are believed to have been displaced.

Twenty-eight people have been treated for injuries and more than 1,100 others rescued
Twenty-eight people have been treated for injuries and more than 1,100 rescued in Nepal

Continuing bad weather has grounded helicopter rescue flights.

Thousands of police and soldiers have been clearing roads and other workers repairing power and phone lines.

On Saturday, officials in India reported at least a dozen people had been killed and more than a million affected across the Himalayan border.

Men carry a fridge away from rising flood waters
Men carry a fridge away from rising floodwaters

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#Vodafone services #worldwide hit by #internet failure


Vodafone customers worldwide have faced disruption to their mobile internet and broadband services because of a glitch.

Users in the UK, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Greece and Italy took to social media – despite connectivity difficulties – to say there were problems just before 3pm UK time.

The company later confirmed the failure of an international link also meant disruption further afield – in Australia and India.

A spokesperson said: “We aware that some customers are experiencing issues with their mobile data and broadband services.

“Our engineers are working hard to fix the issue and services are now being restored.

“This could take some time before they are working as normal. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

It is understood the company was initially re-routing internet traffic to get around the problem.

Vodafone will be desperate to avoid PR disasters at a time when it is looking to recover from a big annual loss and invest in the 5G future at the same time.

The glitch happened just weeks before Vodafone in the UK is due to launch of its first 5G services.

The 5G fanfare – slated for 3 July – will be limited to seven cities initially.

Courtesy of Sky News

#Trees and #Powerlines Down As #Storms Batter #Devon and #Cornwall, #UK

Storm Alert

Trees down on A379, A38, A380, B3344, B3417, A3052, B3391, Shaldon Road Newton Abbot near Centrax

#BritishTelecom lines down in #Plymouth.

Disruption to #ferries

More #trees down across #Devon and #Plymouth.

#PowerOutages across many parts of #Devon and #Plymouth

Roof blown off shop Charter Way Liskeard
Tree blocking Rd Old Carnon Hill, Carnon Downs

Record Snowfall In Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Snow Alert

The record snowfall in Gilgit-Baltistan that continued on Thursday brought activities of daily life to a standstill in the region.

The region has been cut off from other parts of the country as Karakoram Highway and other roads have been blocked due to snowfall and landslide.

The officials said that upper parts of 10 districts received more than12 inches snowfall while lower areas received four to six inches snowfall during the last three days.

Liaquat Ali, a resident of Skardu, told Dawn that local people faced shortage of dialy use items due to continuous snowfall. The temperature in the areas has already dropped blow minus 12 centigrade.

Shafqat Ali, a resident of Astore, said that the record snowfall paralysed life in the district. He said that people were forced to remain indoors. “All roads have been blocked and traffic between Astore and other parts of the country has been suspended,” he added.

Shafqat said that the system of telephone and electricity was also disrupted. “Rate of firewood has been increased as 40-kilogram firewood is sold at Rs1,200,” he added.

The residents of Hunza, Nagar, Ghizer, Gilgit also face hardships due to heavy snowfall. Traffic between Gilgit and other parts of the country has been suspended for the last one week following blockade of Karakoram Highway. Thousands of passengers have been stranded in various areas.

However, the administration said that Karakoram Highway was reopened to light traffic though travelling on the road was still dangerous.

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