VI-20170328-57644-PAK – Vehicle Accident – Pakistan – Asia

At least two people were killed and 10 injured as Karachi-bound passenger train Shalimar Express collided with an oil tanker leading to a huge explosion late Monday night. DCO Tariq Akram said the oil tanker's brakes failed moments before the train collided with it, however, contrary to the DCO's claims, DSP Khalid Gujjar said the accident occurred as the railway crossing's barrier was left opened. The engine and five bogies of the train, including the luggage compartment, and a power plant caught fire in the accident. The railway DS said the driver Abdul Lateef and his assistant, Abdul ...

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HT-20170328-57643-IND – Heat Wave – India – Asia

In a scary preview to how tortuous the 2017 summer threatens to be, the mercury breached the 43-degree mark in at least four towns and cities. In most cities across Gujarat, the temperature touched 43 degrees. Deesa in Banaskantha was record-breaking hot at 43.4 degrees. The hottest March day before this was in 2011 at 43 degrees. State capital Gandhinagar seared at 43.2 degrees while Ahmedabad shrivelled at 42.8 degrees which was a seven-year high after mercury climbed to 43 degrees on March 21, 2010. City holds all time record high temperature of 43.9 degrees on March 30, 1908. "The IMD ...

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VI-20170328-57642-ZWE – Vehicle Accident – Zimbabwe – Africa

Six people, four of them directors of Beira-headquartered Green Motor Services (GMS) who included a Zimbabwean, were killed in a plane crash in Vumba yesterday morning. The eight-seater plane crashed in the Vumba Mountains around 8AM on the Zimbabwean side, while it was headed for Mutare where the deceased were due for a board meeting of the goods clearing firm. Witnesses attributed the crash to bad weather, as it was misty in the area by the time of the accident. The four GMS directors, Adelino DeJesus Mesquita (managing director), Isaac Noor (finance director), Antonio Jeorge Ucucho (legal ...

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BH-20170328-57641-USA – Biological Hazard – USA – North-America

Florida saw one of its first shark attacks of the season Monday when a surfer was bitten at New Smyrna Beach on the East Coast. The surfer, a 58-year-old man from Stuart, Florida, was about 40 yards from the shore when a shark bit his foot, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Capt. Tammy Marris with the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue told WFTV the surfer suffered only a minor injury, got out of the water himself and didn't need to be hospitalized. The man didn't get a good look at the shark, which she surmised may have confused him with prey in "a typical case of mistaken identity." ...

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TC-20170328-57640-AUS – Tropical Storm – Australia – Australia – New-Zealand

Tropical Cyclone Debbie is making landfall across the coast of northeast Australia, packing sustained winds of 185 kph (114 mph) with gusts reaching more than 262 kph (163 mph). The storm is lashing the Queensland coast with torrential rain, bringing about a significant flooding risk, meteorologists said. The Category 4 cyclone is the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane and is very slow-moving. "With the very, very strong winds if they just sit there and twirl, it's like a battering ram," Queensland police commissioner Ian Stewart told CNN affiliate 7 News. It's already left a path of ...

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BH-20170328-57639-USA – Biological Hazard – USA – North-America

Public Health officials in Buda have issued a "rabies alert" after a live bat found last on March 20th tested positive for the virus. Officials located the bat at the Santa Cruz Catholic Church, located on1100 N. Main St., between the playscape and educational building. The animal was tested by the Department of State Health Services and was found to be positive for rabies.

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EH-20170328-57638-CAN – Epidemic Hazard – Canada – North-America

The province's second travel-related case of measles has been confirmed in Digby. The case was confirmed on Thursday and is linked to last week's confirmed case in Queens County. "It's quite a contagious virus, so not unusual that we would have more cases identified," Dr. Lynda Earle, medical officer of health for South West, South Shore and Annapolis Valley, said in a news release. The virus poses little risk, since most people are vaccinated. All current confirmed cases have been young adults.

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BH-20170328-57637-USA – Biological Hazard – USA – North-America

Dozens of reptiles have mysteriously died inside a Tennessee zoo in less than a day in what officials are calling a "catastrophic loss." Zoo Knoxville officials said 33 reptiles, mostly snakes, died inside one building between last Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The deaths, which are under investigation, do not appear to stem from disease but rather an unspecified "environmental cause," Zoo Knoxville President and CEO Lisa New said in a statement Sunday night. "This is what we suspect and what we are pursuing, although we are still awaiting further necropsy results," New said. The ...

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VI-20170327-57636-ZAF – Vehicle Accident – South Africa – Africa

A woman was trapped in her car and as many as 15 children were injured Monday morning after she collided with a minibus taxi on Beyers Naude Drive close to CR Swart Road in Randpark Ridge. ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics found a badly damaged minibus taxi and light motor vehicle on the side of the road. The entire front and side of the minibus taxi had been completely smashed open. Paramedics assessed the injured and found that 15 children, aged between 4 and 6, had sustained minor to moderate injuries. Meiring said the driver of the light motor vehicle sustained moderate ...

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FF-20170327-57635-IDN – Flash Flood – Indonesia – Indonesian Archipelago

A flash flood hit Padang Sidempuan regency in North Sumatra on Sunday, killing three people. Another victim is still missing. The people killed in the flood were a family of three consisting of Sahriana Situmorang, 45, Rafiah Sarumpaet, 8, and Sakinah Sarumpaet, 10. The family lived in Lubuk Raya subdistrict. The flood also destroyed dozens of houses in several districts such as Padang Sidempuan Batunadua, North Padang Sidempuan and South Padang Sidempuan. A number of cars were swept away during the flood. The deluge also gravely damaged a bridge. The bridge is now closed for repairs. ...

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