Floods worsen in Anhui
More than a million people in eastern China were isolated due to floods and rain-fed landslides which have already claimed over 200 lives nationwide since early last month, and more heavy rain was forecast, officials and state media said yesterday. More deaths were reported
in eastern Anhui province. Along the Huai River, rising floodwaters and mudslides have killed 16 people and stranded more than a million, said Wang Xintao, a disaster relief official at the provincial Civil Affairs Bureau. Heavy rain was also on tap for a wide stretch of south-central China along the flood-prone Yangtze River, Xinhua said, citing area meteorologists.
Man gets revenge on dogs
A Thai street vendor who confessed to fatally poisoning 48 dogs living in a Buddhist temple because they stole his lunch has been fined US$20, a Thai newspaper reported yesterday. Warayuth Songslip, a vegetable seller at a Bangkok market, told police he left five bowls of poisoned chicken for the dogs after six of them tried to steal barbecued chicken he had bought for lunch and bit him in the ensuing struggle, the Nation newspaper reported. Warayuth, who was charged with cruelty to animals, was further angered when Buddhist monks said they would not be held responsible because the temple was only sheltering the dogs and did not own them.
■ Hong Kong
Double-decker deaths probed
Investigators suspect panicky passengers might have caused a double-decker bus to topple and plunge off a bridge after it collided with a container truck, killing 21 people and injuring 20, a newspaper reported yesterday. The bus, which was traveling in a slow lane, teetered for a moment on the edge of the bridge after colliding with the truck traveling in the same direction, the South China Morning Post reported. Some passengers were thrown out of the bus and others were trapped inside the wreckage as it then fell. ``The bus seesawed for a second. Passengers might have panicked and moved to the front so they could get out. It might be that was why it plunged,'' an unidentified government source was quoted as telling the Post.
■ Hong Kong
A pro-government politician has apologized for making an obscene gesture at protesters who gathered around Hong Kong's legislature, a news report said yesterday. Philip Wong was photographed sticking his middle finger up and grinning as he was driven through a 50,000-strong crowd protesting against a proposed national security law outside Hong Kong's legislative council building on Wednesday evening. Wong, quoted by yesterday's South China Morning Post, apologized for the gesture which he said was in response to a young person in the crowd outside the minibus he was traveling in raising his middle finger at him.
Bra record stretched
A chain of 79,001 used and unwanted bras stretching over 60km has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records, it was reported yesterday. The bras were pinned together and laid out at a parking lot on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa last December. Organizers of
the event told the newspaper Today that their effort had been accepted by Guinness as a new record. Named
"Bras for a Cause," the attempt was partly organized by the Breast Cancer Foundation "to raise awareness for breast cancer as well as funds."