#Australia; #StateOfEmergency; #Fire; #AustraliaFire; #LandsBurnt;
Australia, Jan 31 (Canadian-Media): A state of emergency was declared Friday in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) -- the first fire emergency in ACT since 2003 -- because of an out-of-control forest fire burning to its south, media reports said
Australia fire Image credit: Unsplash
Being the most dangerous of dozens of blazes burning in Australia's drought-stricken southeast, this fire has blazed more than 214 square kilometres caused by heat from a military helicopter landing light on Monday and had embers have created dangerous spot fires nearby, the Emergency Services Agency said.
Rise in summer temperatures rise over the weekend, would cause an escalation of fire danger across the southeast in the ACT and the states of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, according to the forecast giving additional powers to Canberra's local government to block roads, direct people's movements and undertake firefighting work on private land.
#UN; #Turkey; #DeadlyEarthquake; #DozensKilled; #UNOffersSurrport
Turkey, Jan 26 (Canadian-Media): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres was deeply saddened by the “loss of life and destruction of property” caused by a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey on Friday night, UN news release reported on Jan 25.
Turkish Red Crescent provides essential assistance to people affected by a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck eastern Turkey. Image credit: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
“The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Turkey”, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said in a statement issued on Saturday. “He wishes those injured a speedy recovery”.
Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, AFAD, said that 25 people were killed in Elazig province – some 465 miles east of the capital, Ankara – and four in the neighbouring province of Malatya.
And the country’s Health Minister recorded more than 1,450 injured people.
State media in Syria and Iran both reported feeling tremors in their countries, and local media in Lebanon said that Beirut and Tripoli also felt the quake.
More than 400 aftershocks have been recorded, 14 of which had magnitudes over 4.0, according to AFAD.
Hundreds of residents were left homeless or with damaged homes as rescue teams from neighboring provinces worked throughout the night with floodlights, using their hands, drills and mechanical diggers to remove bricks and plaster from collapsed buildings in search of survivors.
“The United Nations expresses its solidarity with Turkey and has offered support”, concluded Mr. Dujarric.
#AustrliaBushfires; #CanadianForces; #ImagesOfFires; #OperationRenaissance
Ottawa, Jan 26 (Canadian-Media): Canadian Forces' military transport plane CC-177 Globemaster and about 15 military personnel would leave Monday to help fight bushfires in Australia, media reports said.
Australia Bush fires. Image credit: Twitter
Images of fires from the air would be taken by the plane and crew by freeing up Australian airlift capacity to measure and predict how the fires spread.
About 100 firefighters and experts have already sent by Canada to Australia to help combat the fires.
They are being sent as a part of Operation Renaissance mission that sends military help to other countries coping with natural disasters.
#HoustonPlantExplosion; #DamagedHouses; #TwoKilled; #ChemicalPolypropylene
Houston (U.S.), Jan 24 (Canadian-Media): A large Explosion of the Watson Grinding and Manufacturing plant in NW Houston plant this morning with debris blowing as far as a half-mile from the blast site, killed two and damaged nearby homes, media reports said.
Houston Plant explosion. Image credit: Twitter
Houston police received reports of the explosion around 4:15 a.m., with reports on Twitter of a boom felt across the city.
The search of one worker at the plant unaccounted for could not be started immediately, said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo until crews closed the valves that were releasing the chemical polypropylene, a chemical compound lighter than air and will dissipate, according to the outlet.
There was no significant problems with air quality in the area surrounding the explosion site, The City of Houston tweeted.
At least one person was transported to the hospital as a result of the blast, the city's fire department said.
The explosion blew out windows and damaged garage doors of residents in a nearby neighborhood in the northwestern part of the.
#UN; #PhilippineVolcano; OCHA; #NaturalDisaster; #Evacuation; #TaalVolcano
United Nations, Jan 20 (Canadian-Media): The top UN emergency relief coordinator in the Philippines said on Thursday that his team is anxious to see the full evacuation of vulnerable citizens completed as the Taal volcano continues to erupt, UN reports said.
Sunday’s major eruption caused widespread destruction, and it’s feared that there could be a “catastrophic” eruption over the coming days or weeks, said humanitarian affairs coordination office OCHA’s team leader, Mark Bidder.
With the response led by the Government of the Philippines, he told Julia Dean of our UN Information Centre in the Australian capital, Canberra, that the UN system and international aid organizations would be looking for the most effective ways of working together, during the difficult days ahead.
Tal Philippines Volcano Zone. Image credit: pixaby
#NLBlizzrd; #4thDayofEmergencyState; #ClosureOfMostSchools&Businesses
St. John's (Newfoundland), Jan 20 (Canadian-Media): Overnight blizzard conditions, unprecedented weather and with snowfall topping to 100 centimeters forced St. John's to enter its fourth day of the state of emergency, media reports said.
Blizzard in Newfoundland & Labrador. Image credit: Facebook
Troops arrived in St. John's Sunday, before the latest storm set in. Up to 300 troops from across Canada are being mobilized in a federal response that was authorized Saturday.
Some of the top priorities for the troops from CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick and across canada are to clear roads, attend to elderly and sick residents and ensure that people who need medical care get to hospitals and clinics.
With most of the schools and business remaining closed, gas stations are allowed to open in St. John's for emergency fuel only.
Some pharmacies can open and fill prescriptions for a limited period of time, Health Minister John Haggie said after a discussion with the mayor.
St. John's Mayor Danny Breen asked the public for patience if their street remains snowed in.
"You're not being forgotten," Breen said. "The first goal is to get all the roads to have one cut in them."
Breen said usually snow is blown up onto lawns in residential areas. "But there's no room on the lawns, so it's going to have to be removed," he said, a slower operation requiring dump trucks and loaders.
On Monday morning, Breen said police will start enforcing the rules of the state of emergency — up to a $5,000 fine for people and stores who disobey it — if needed.
"We're focused on getting the streets open and getting the residents back to their normal routines, ... not in penalizing people. That said, we can't let it get out of control because we really need the streets to be open and available to the snow-clearing equipment and our operators."
Snow clearing aid from the Canadian Armed Forces is set to begin Monday.
Rear Admiral Craig Baines, commander of Joint Task Force Atlantic, said 200 troops arrived Sunday night, with more on the way.
They're armed with shovels and snowblowers to dig out people still stuck inside their homes, but the city says help is limited to vulnerable populations.
Blizzard. Image credit: Pixaby
Closure of all government offices in the St. John's metro area on Monday was announced by the province.
After the the federal government approved the province's request for help with the cleanup, including army mobilization, National Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan said the Canadian Armed Forces were already on their way to Newfoundland and added that by the end of the day there would be between 150-200 people on the ground, which could increase to 300 by Monday.
People had been advised by the city of St. John's not to leave their residences unless they require medication.
Closure of many schools and universities on Monday have also been announced
Meanwhile, Memorial University has announced that all St. John's campuses will remain closed while the state of emergency remains in effect.
Around 11:30 a.m. Newfoundland Power was reporting 2,499 customers without electricity after utility restored last night the connections of 75 percent of customers impacted by the storm.
St. John's Airport said in a tweet, that its airfield is only available for "medevac and military aircraft operations" and that commercial flights will not commence by Sunday at 8 p.m.
The state of emergency in St. John's was called partially due to the difficulty of traveling around the city, something local firefighters are experiencing as well.
Extremely long hours are being put by some nurses as cleanup with this storm continues.
#JetFuelsLandedOnSchoolPlaygrounds; #Cudahy, #SoutheasternLosAngelesCounty
Cudahy (California), Jan 14 (Canadian-Media): An airliner making an emergency return Tuesday to Los Angeles International Airport due to an engine problem dumped fuel which fell onto three schools around noon, causing minor irritation to 40 children and adults, media reports said.
Delta Air Lines Flight 89. Image credit: Wikipedia
The fuel had dissipated by the time it reached the ground but the children and adults could smell it, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Henry Narvaez and added the patients complained of mild skin irritation and were treated with soap and water.
There were no evacuation orders for the immediate area .
Delta Air Lines Flight 89 headed to Shanghai, China declared an emergency after leaving Los Angeles International Airport, returned and landed without incident, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement and added it was looking into the reports of schoolchildren being affected.
Delta Air Lines said in a statement that Flight 89 “experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return to LAX. The aircraft landed safely after an emergency fuel release to reduce landing weight.”
#crashedUkrainianplane; #UkraineInternationalAirlinesflight752; #investigation
Ottawa, Jan 8 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon in the wake of one of the worst-ever aviation disasters involving Canadians, that a total of 138 passengers on crashed Ukrainian plane early Wednesday were set to take a connecting flight to Toronto, media reports said.
Crashed Ukrainian plane. Image credit: Wikipedia
Since 2012, when Canada broke off diplomatic relations with Iran, there had not been direct flights between Canada and Iran.
Trudeau said his government is seeking to be part of the investigation into what downed Ukraine International Airlines flight 752.
“I’m here today to express my deep grief and condolences for the families who’ve lost loved ones following this terrible crash,” he said, adding Canada is preparing consular teams to go to Iran.
“There are conversations we need to have with the Iranian government,” he said. “I am confident that we are going to be able to be a part of the investigation... I believe that there is a clear need for answers.”
In the tributes posted to social media, friends of some listed passengers identified them as university students, professors and professionals returning to Canada.
By Wednesday afternoon among the dead confirmed were students attending nearly a dozen universities in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
A few hours after Iran launched a series of ballistic missiles at military bases housing U.S. soldiers in Iraq that the jet crashed hours .
Ukrainian authorities initially said that due to mechanical problems the plane had crashed, but later said nothing had been ruled out.
Any suggestion that the airliner was shot down was disputed by the Iranian military, which claimed the pilot lost control after a fire broke out in the plane.
Global Affairs Canada warned against any non-essential travel to Iran due to security reasons and added Canadians, particularly those holding dual Canadian-Iranian citizenship, were at risk of being questioned, arrested and detained.
#IranPlaneCrash; #All176PeopleAboardKilled; #Boeing737-800aircraft; #63CanadiansKilled
Iran, Jan 8 (Canadian-Media): All 176 people aboard Boeing 737-800 aircraft, including 63 Canadians killed when the plane crashed just minutes after takeoff on Wednesday morning in Tehran, Ukraine said, media reports said.
Iran Plane crash. Image credit: Wikipedia
Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Vadym Prystaiko said 82 Iranians and 11 Ukrainians were also aboard the plane, along with Swedish, Afghan, British and German nationals. Ukranian officials did not say what caused the plane to crash.
"Tragic news regarding Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. Our hearts are with the loved ones of the victims, including many Canadians," tweeted Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne Wednesday morning.
"I have been in touch with the government of Ukraine. We will continue to keep Canadians informed as the situation evolves."
Canada is urging Canadians to avoid non-essential travel to the Middle Eastern country "due to the volatile security situation and the regional threat of terrorism."
The travel advisory makes no mention of the plane crash.
All flights to Tehran have been suspended indefinitely by Ukraine International Airlines.
After the missile attack, U.S. civil aviation operators had been notified by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration prohibiting from flying in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Air Canada, the only Canadian air carrier that operates in the region covered by the U.S. notice, had changed its routes in the region.