9 Killed In Plane Crash During Skydiving Trip In Sweden//AIWA! NO!/
Nine Swedes were killed when their plane crashed during a skydiving trip near Umea, a small university city in northern Sweden, authorities said on Sunday.
The small plane designed to carry parachutists crashed on an island on the Ume river shortly after take off, police spokesman Peder Jonsson said, adding the cause for the accident was unknown. He said those on board were on a skydiving trip.
The region’s main University Hospital of Umea confirmed there were no survivors and relatives of the deceased had been notified.
Neither Jonsson nor the hospital immediately identified the victims’ names or nationalities.
Above: Residents stand on rooftops in a flooded area of Buzi (population 200,000), in central Mozambique, on March 20, 2019, after the passage of cyclone Idai. Image credit: ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty Images.
Resources stretched as Cyclone Kenneth piles misery on Mozambique
The United Nations has said it will grant Mozambique $13 million in emergency funds to help cope with the massive flooding and destruction caused by Cyclone Kenneth, the second tropical storm to hit the country within weeks.
Cyclone Kenneth crashed into the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado on Thursday just as the country was recovering from Cyclone Idai that hit further south last month.
Weather experts are warning that Kenneth could dump twice as much rain on northern Mozambique as Idai did. It has already killed five people as it unleashed heavy rains and flooding that has seen rivers burst their banks and smash whole villages.
An estimated 160,000 people are at risk, with more torrential rain forecast in the coming days, officials have warned.
On Sunday, the UN said it would grant $13 million in emergency funds to help provide food and water and repair damage to infrastructure.
“This new allocation of Central Emergency Response Fund funds will help humanitarian partners to scale up the response to address the needs of those most vulnerable in the aftermath of Cyclone Kenneth”, said UN Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock in a statement.
Earlier in April, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) granted the southern African nation a $118.2 million credit facility, with the World Bank estimating that Mozambique and other countries affected by the tropical storm will need over $2 billion to recover.
Mozambique officials have described flooding from the new cyclone as “critical” in parts of Cabo Delgado province such as the towns of Ibo, Macomia and Quissanga, where many buildings and homes have been destroyed.
As soon as the rains lift aid distribution will begin Monday via helicopter and boats in Ibo and Quissanga, said officials, noting that roads have been rendered impassable by the heavy rains. Canoes may be used to deliver aid in Macomia, they added.
Safe drinking water is also becoming a challenge as wells have been contaminated, raising the threat of cholera. Malaria is another concern.
The prolonged heavy rains in Pemba, the provincial capital and an historic port city, caused deadly mudslides. As the rains eased Monday, residents of a poor neighbourhood were digging for bodies.
Two houses were crushed by the collapse of a sprawling dumpsite that hit just after midnight when rains poured, local resident Manuel Joachim told the Associated Press.
“We have pulled out one body only, maybe we can find the other five,” he added.
In other parts of Pemba, some tried to return to a semblance of daily life amid the destruction.
At a school in one suburb, school children in blue uniforms trooped into classes. In central Pemba, traders put their wares on street pavements and wooden tables while others were busy removing rubble from their homes and yards.
Kenneth claims 5, villages wiped out and thousands made homeless – AIWA! NO!
A powerful cyclone has smashed into Mozambique, flattening thousands of homes and flooding low-lying areas; BBC News
Cyclone Kenneth has ‘entirely wiped out’ some villages in Mozambique, after making landfall on Thursday, according to a UN official.
One aid worker said it looked like areas had been ‘run over by a bulldozer’. It comes just a month after Cyclone Idai killed 900 people across three countries, including Mozambique.
A powerful cyclone has smashed into Mozambique, flattening thousands of homes and flooding low-lying areas. Cyclone Kenneth struck with winds of 220km/h (140mph) barely a month after a previous cyclone killed hundreds and devastated large areas – BBC News
Heavy rain continued to fall on Friday, raising fears of more floods. Authorities have advised people to move to higher ground amid concern that thousands may be trapped in remote villages.
Mozambique was still recovering from Cyclone Idai, which killed more than 900 people across three countries in March.
Cyclone Kenneth had already killed three people on the island nation of Comoros.
Rescuers continued to search for survivors from Monday’s quake, centred just 50 miles northwest of Manila, the capital. That tremor killed at least 16 people, according to The Associated Press. So far, it appears that Tuesday’s 6.4 magnitude quake in Eastern Samar province did not cause any casualties or major damage.
Monday’s magnitude 6.1 quake struck Pampanga province, north of Manila, shortly after 5 p.m. local time. A supermarket collapsed in the municipality of Porac, killing at least five people, the AP reports. Others remain missing.
One man was reportedly pulled out alive from the supermarket’s rubble on Tuesday morning, to cheers from onlookers.
“We’re all very happy, many clapped their hands in relief because we’re still finding survivors after several hours,” Porac Councilor Maynard Lapid told the AP.
Fifteen of the dead were in Pampanga province, the state news service reported. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in the affected area Tuesday, where he inspected the damage and was briefed on the situation.
Aurelia Daeng, 65, told Reuters that she was in her family’s drug store when the quake struck on Monday. “It was very strong. It was our first time experiencing something like that,” she told the news service. “This one, it’s terrifying.”