Sewer explosion kills 12 in Karachi

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Sewer explosion kills 12 in Karachi

KARACHI, Pakistan – A powerful gas explosion in a sewage system in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, left at least 12 dead and 11 injured on Saturday, police and a health official said.

Police spokesman Sohail Jokhio said the explosion was apparently caused when something ignited gas that had collected in the sewers under a bank building in the Shershah district of the port city.

The powerful explosion destroyed the building of the HBL bank. Video footage broadcast by local television stations showed that the entire structure of the Shershah branch was damaged. The floor was blown out and the furniture was mired in sewage from below. The impact of the explosion damaged several cars parked nearby and threw debris at a gas station on the other side of the building.

Jokhio said it was not yet clear what had ignited the gas.

Dr Sabir Memon of Trauma Center Karachi said 10 people were killed and 13 others injured, at least three of them seriously. He said several injured were sent to the intensive care unit. Senior police officer Sarafar Nawaz Shaikh later said two of the injured died in hospital, bringing the death toll to 12.

Palestinian arrested for stabbing settler

RAMALLAH, West Bank – A Palestinian woman was arrested after stabbing and slightly injuring a Jewish settler in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, police said after two days of violence across the territory.

In a statement, Israeli border police said officers arrested the 65-year-old woman after she stabbed and wrestled with the 38-year-old settler in the center of the hotly contested city of Hebron. The police managed to stop the woman without shooting and took her away for questioning, police said.

There was no immediate Palestinian comment on the incident.

The incident took place at a checkpoint near the burial site of religious patriarch Abraham, known to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque. Hebron is the largest city in the West Bank and is a frequent flashpoint between settlers and Palestinians.

The city is home to more than 200,000 Palestinians as well as several hundred ultra-nationalist and radical Jewish settlers who live in the city center in heavily fortified enclaves protected by the military.

Indonesia fears another volcanic eruption

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesian authorities have raised the alert for the highest volcano on the island of Java, saying Mount Semeru could explode again after a sudden eruption earlier this month that left 48 dead and 36 disappeared in villages buried under layers of mud.

Indonesia’s geological agency said on Saturday it had resumed growing activity that could trigger an avalanche of lava and burning gas, similar to the December 4 eruption, which was preceded by heavy monsoon rains that partially collapsed a 12,060 foot lava dome on the mountain.

About 282 million cubic feet of sand from the volcano’s crater has blocked the Besuk Kobokan River, which is in the path of the lava flow, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif said.

“As a result, if there was another eruption, it would block the flow path and create new lava flows spreading into the surrounding area,” Tasrif said, adding that the government had put in place a new map. dangers and urged people to obey them. He raised the alert level to second.

The head of Indonesia’s Volcanic and Geological Risk Mitigation Center Andiani said villagers living on the fertile slopes of Semeru are urged to stay 8 miles from the mouth of the crater. It also stopped tourism and mining activities along the Besuk Kobokan watershed.

Search and rescue operations ended on Friday with 36 people still missing.

In Philippines, typhoon death toll reaches 112

MANILA, Philippines – The governor of a central Philippine island province said today that at least 63 people in his area have died in the devastation caused by Typhoon Rai, bringing the country’s death toll to as low as minus 112.

Governor Arthur Yap of Bohol Province said another 10 people were missing and 13 were injured. He suggested the death toll could rise, as only 33 of the region’s 48 mayors were able to report to him due to disrupted communications.

At least 39 other typhoon deaths have been reported by the disaster response agency and the national police. Authorities in Dinagat Islands, one of the southeastern provinces hit for the first time by the typhoon, separately reported 10 deaths in just a few towns.

Typhoon Rai blew into the South China Sea on Friday night after unleashing the southern and central island provinces, where more than 300,000 people in its path were evacuated to safety in advance, which according to authorities, could have saved many lives.

At its strongest, Rai blew sustained winds of 121 mph and gusts of up to 168 mph, making it one of the most powerful storms in recent years to hit the South Asian archipelago. -East.

A woman collects what she can on Saturday at her home in Talisay, Cebu province in central Philippines, where Typhoon Rai caused extensive damage and killed at least 112 people. Officials said that number could have been higher if more than 300,000 people had not been relocated before the onset of the storm. (AP / Jay Labra)


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