More landslide bodies found
Rescuers have recovered 36 bodies three days after a massive landslide in Tibet buried more than 80 mine workers, China National Radio reported yesterday.Another 47 miners remain missing under 2 million cubic meters of earth east of Lhasa, with about 3,500 emergency workers battling snow and altitude sickness to search for them. Two of the bodies were found on Saturday and the rest on Sunday, and the search will continue “as long as there was a 1 percent chance” of recovering bodies, the radio quoted a rescue worker as saying.
Deaths building wreck at 34
Rescuers have pulled more bodies from the rubble of a building that collapsed in the nation’s economic capital, Dar es Salaam, bringing the toll to 34 three days after the crash, a government official said yesterday. “Ten bodies were found between Sunday afternoon and dawn today. This brings the total number confirmed dead to 34,” Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Saidi Mecky Sadicky said. “We will continue looking for more bodies and perhaps we will find more.” Sadicky said rescuers had managed to excavate the rubble up to the ground floor level, but “we will go on until we reach the basement of the building.” Between 60 and 70 people are thought to have been around the partially built 16-story building when it came crashing down on Friday morning in the Kisutu area of the coastal city.
Crash kills two pilots
The Ministry of National Defense says two air force pilots were killed when their Russian-made Su-27 fighter crashed during a training mission. The ministry said in a news release yesterday that the plane went down on a beach near the coastal city of Rongcheng in Shandong Province. It did not offer any reason for Sunday afternoon’s crash and said there were no reports of damage or injuries to people on the ground. The government began purchasing Su-27s in the early 1990s and many of the planes are near the end of their expected lifespans.
Flash floods kill at least 10
At least 10 people have been killed in flash floods and more downpours could be on the way, officials and the Indian Ocean island’s meteorological service said on Sunday.The deaths occurred on Saturday and most of the victims were trapped in an underpass leading to the Caudan Waterfront, a commercial area in Port Louis. Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam said on Sunday that Port Louis had a torrential downpour with 152mm falling in two hours. “The speed of the torrents of water has led to tragic loss of life and heavy damage to property,” he said, adding that he was declaring yesterday a day of mourning.
Mandela’s health improving
Former president Nelson Mandela had a restful day in a hospital on Sunday and is improving following treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia, President Jacob Zuma’s office said. It thanked people who prayed for 94-year-old Mandela at Easter church services, as well as people around the world who showed their “love and support in various ways” for Mandela and his family. Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital near midnight on Wednesday, his third trip to a hospital since December last year.
Suicide bomber kills police
Officials said that a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden truck near a police station in Tikrit, killing five policemen. Health official Raed Ibrahim said the attack also wounded 15. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.