Bridge collapse kills five
Five people were killed and another 15 injured when a section of a partially constructed New Delhi metro bridge gave way suddenly early yesterday, Anuj Dayal, spokesman for the Delhi Metro Rail Corp told reporters. The accident occurred when a pillar supporting a part of the carriageway collapsed, he said. “It appears that there is a problem in the design of the pillar of the bridge,” he said. “Two of the injured are in a serious condition” while some workers had been discharged after first aid.
Filipina battling swine flu
A Filipina maid was fighting for her life in hospital yesterday in the territory’s most severe case of swine flu so far, Department of Health officials said. The 37-year-old woman arrived from the Philippines on June 28 and fell ill shortly afterwards. She was admitted to hospital five days ago and tested positive for swine flu on Friday. Her pregnant employer was also admitted to hospital for observation after she complained of flu symptoms, officials said.
Choir contest canceled
A world choir contest has been canceled after more than a dozen Indonesian participants were found to have swine flu, health authorities and organizers said yesterday. Fourteen people — 13 Indonesians and one South Korean —attending the contest tested positive for the A(H1N1) influenza virus on Saturday and yesterday, the health ministry said. It forced organizers to call off the rest of the contest, which was to run until Thursday in South Kyeongsang Province. Organizers were working yesterday to send home hundreds of foreign contestants. “We feel really sorry that we had to cancel this great event. But it’s inevitable for the sake of public health,” said Kang Mal-rim, an organizer of the South Kyeongsang Province government.
Pickpocket gang nabbed
Police have detained 23 Philippine nationals, believed to be part of a pickpocket syndicate that has been active in Kuala Lumpur, reports said on Saturday. Police arrested eight men and six women as they were targeting a victim at a shopping complex on Thursday, the Star daily reported. Police caught five other syndicate members at another shopping complex, the paper said. Police formed a task force to investigate the pickpocket cases after receiving at least five reports daily over the past week, a senior officer said. Five more syndicate members, including the leader, were still being sought.
Asylum seekers stopped
The navy stopped a boat carrying more than 70 suspected asylum seekers about 32km northwest of Christmas Island, where the government detains and processes refugee applicants, Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor said in a statement. The 73 passengers were being held yesterday on the island, which is about 2,575km northwest of Western Australia. There nationalities were not given.
Flash flood kills hikers
Seven hikers were killed and a dozen more are missing after being swept away by a flash flood in a scenic gorge near Chongqing on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. About 400 rescuers worked overnight at the Tanzhangxia Gorge to locate 16 injured members of the 35-person group.
Migrants’ camp destroyed
Bulldozers escorted by riot police yesterday leveled a camp at the port of Patras, where hundreds of migrants had lived in growing tension with city residents, a photographer said. About 100 police took part in the early morning operation in the camp occupied by mainly Afghan migrants that left standing only the migrants’ makeshift mosque and a tent used by volunteer doctors. The camp was mostly empty as many migrants had apparently been forewarned, but police took away around 100 people including some 30 minors who were boarded on buses and taken to a local hotel according to officials.