Woman’s body found
Rescuers recovered the body believed to be of a Japanese diver and searched for six others missing yesterday off the island of Bali, police said. The group, including two instructors, left on Friday morning on a boat they hired for a dive around mangroves in Crystal Bay when strong winds and heavy rains hit the area, Nusa Penida police chief Major Nyoman Suarsika said. Rescuers yesterday found the body of a woman, Bali police spokesman Colonel Hariadi said. A list provided by police shows the group included one man and six women. The search for the missing involved police, the National Search and Rescue Agency and fishermen, guided by the two Indonesian skippers from the divers’ boat. Nusa Penida is about 20km east off Bali capital Denpasar.
Haiyan survivors supported
Tens of thousands of members of a sect took to the streets in Manila yesterday in a charity walk to raise funds for survivors of the country’s deadliest typhoon. Members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) poured into the capital’s seaside avenue in response to the politically influential sect’s appeal to help compatriots caught up by Super Typhoon Haiyan’s onslaught. All those taking part bought special white T shirts, costing 250 pesos (US$5.59) to wear during the march, with all proceed from sales of the garment being donated to help those in need. Police estimated the crowd at about 200,000. Haiyan tore across 171 towns and cities on Nov. 8 last year, killing at least 6,200 people and leaving about 2,000 missing, according to an official count.
Wedding hall kills 10
A wedding hall in the east of the country collapsed, killing 10 people among more than 200 attending a banquet, state media reported on Friday. There was no immediate word on the cause of Thursday’s collapse in Yazhuang in Zhejiang Province, but Xinhua said the structure was old and the roof was straining under the weight of a recent heavy snowfall. Xinhua news agency cited officials as saying 91 people were hospitalized with injuries, including 11 in a critical condition. “Just a few minutes after I sat down to dine, I heard creaking wood. Then the roof fell in the minute I looked up,’’ Xinhua quoted one of the injured, Chen Dianzhong, as saying. More than 100 rescue workers, aided by local villagers, pulled dead and injured from the rubble, Xinhua said.
Snow kills three more
Road, rail and air travel services faced further disruptions yesterday, reports and officials said, after a fresh snow storm killed three people and injured 850 following last week’s deadly blizzard. Snow began falling on Friday morning in the capital Tokyo and piled up to 26cm by early yesterday. A driver was killed on Friday in a crash involving his car and a truck on an icy road in central Shiga, while a farmer died after a tractor overturned on a snow-covered road in southwestern Oita, media said. NHK said about 850 people, including one in a coma, have been injured in snow-related accidents across the nation since snow hit the country’s west late on Thursday. At least 628 flights, mostly on domestic routes, were canceled yesterday at Haneda airport in Tokyo and other airports in the east, NHK said, a day after more than 260 flights were grounded due to heavy snow. Two commuter trains collided at Motosumiyoshi station in Tokyo early yesterday, leaving 19 passengers injured, officials said.