Taiwan, Aug 31 (Canadian-Media): A video footage posted on social media on Sunday showed the survival of a three-year-old girl's terrifying rid when she was entangled in the tail of a giant kite after being swept more than 30 metres into the air during a kite festival in Taiwan, media reports said.
Kite flying. Image credit: Unsplash
The girl's nightmare ended after 30 seconds before she was pulled back to the ground by members of the crowd when the kite was brought back under control.
The girl only suffered minor cuts.
The shock of the impending danger forced organizers to cut short the festival in Hsinchu city in northwestern Taiwan.
Video of the incident was shared by festival-goers on social media and quickly racked up millions of views.
Louisiana (United States), Aug 27 (Canadian-Media): Hurricane Laura made landfall early Thursday in southwestern Louisiana, packing winds of 240 km/h, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
U.S. National Hurricane Center. Image credit: Twitter handle
One of the most powerful to hit the state, with forecasters warning that the storm could push a massive wall of water nearly 65 kilometres inland from the sea.
Officials said that the area in the direct path of the storm, home to about 4 million people, most had left for safer areas under evacuation orders.
Hurricane-strength winds could blow as far as 320 kilometres inland to Shreveport, La., said the forecasters
U.S. has set a new record for landfalls by the end of August when Laura, the seventh named storm to strike the U.S. this year.
The old record was six in 1886 and 1916, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach, reported by CBC News.
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Lebanon, Aug 5 (Canadian-Media): A massive explosion at the port sent shock waves across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people and wounding thousands, which could rise further, George Kettaneh, an official with the Lebanese Red Cross said, media reports said.
Beirut Explosion. Image credit: Wikipedia
Scores of people were missing and an Instagram page called "Locating Victims Beirut" was created with photos of missing people, and radio presenters read the names of missing or wounded people throughout the night.
It was unclear what caused the blast, which appeared to have been triggered by a fire and struck with the force of an earthquake. There is no evidence the Beirut explosion was an attack.
It appeared the blast was caused by the detonation of more than 2,700 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a warehouse at the dock after it was confiscated from a cargo ship in 2014, Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi told a local TV station.
It was the most powerful explosion and one of the local newspapers described it as "The Great Collapse."
Already being on the brink of collapse amid a severe economic crisis with its hospitals confronting a surge in coronavirus cases.
Security forces cordoned off the port area on Wednesday as a bulldozer entered to help clear away debris.
Numerous apartment buildings were destroyed by the blast, potentially leaving large numbers of people homeless at a time when many Lebanese were financial crisis.
The government of Lebanon was also concerned how it will continue to import nearly all of its vital goods with its main port devastated.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab, in a short televised speech, appealed to all countries and friends of Lebanon to extend help to the small nation, saying: "We are witnessing a real catastrophe."
There is also the issue of food security in Lebanon, with 80 percent of Lebanon's wheat supply is imported, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department with estimated 85 percent of the country's grain having been contaminated.
Rooted in decades of systemic corruption and poor governance since the end of the civil war, Lebanese have held mass protests calling for sweeping political change since last autumn but due to the economic situation having steadily worsened, few of their demands have been met.
The explosion came three days before a UN-backed court is due to deliver a verdict in the trial of four suspects from the Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah over a 2005 bombing that killed former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri and 21 others.
It was on the same waterfront, that Hariri was killed by a huge truck bomb, about two kilometres from the port.
Canada stands ready to assist Lebanon in the aftermath of an explosion in Beirut earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.
"Absolutely tragic news coming out of Beirut. Canadians are thinking of everyone who has been injured and all those who are trying to locate a friend or family member or have lost a loved one. We’re keeping you in our thoughts and we stand ready to assist in any way we can," Trudeau said via Twitter on Aug 4.
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Geneva/United Nations, Aug 4 (Canadian-Media): The United Nations has said that it is “actively assisting” in the response to the horrific explosions that ripped through the port area of Beirut on Tuesday, reportedly leaving dozens dead and thousands wounded, among them some UN naval peacekeepers.
Wide view of the city of Beirut, Lebanon. (file). Image credit: World Bank/Dominic Chavez
A statement from a UN spokesperson said Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon, following the horrific explosions in the capital.
The UN chief wished a speedy recovery to the injured, including several UN personnel working in Lebanon.
News reports suggest that along with dozens of deaths, perhaps several thousand people were injured in the massive blasts, which sent shockwaves across the bustling city of Beirut, bursting out windows and shaking buildings. The cause of the explosions has not yet been confirmed.
“The United Nations remains committed to supporting Lebanon at this difficult time and is actively assisting in the response to this incident,” Mr. Guterres said.
Separately, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the President of the UN General Assembly,also extended his deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the explosion in Beirut today and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.
“Mr. Muhammad-Bande would like to reiterate his solidarity with Lebanon during this time,” said the Assembly President’s Spokesperson.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), said that as a result of a huge explosion, a ship from its Maritime Task Force docked in the port was damaged, leaving some UNIFIL naval peacekeepers injured – some of them seriously.
“UNIFIL is transporting the injured peacekeepers to the nearest hospitals for medical treatment. UNIFIL is currently assessing the situation, including the scale of the impact on UNIFIL personnel,” said a statement from the operation, which was set up in 1978 initially to confirm the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon, as well as to ensure the area returned to Beirut's control.
UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Del Col said: “We are with the people and the Government of Lebanon during this difficult time and stand ready to help and provide any assistance and support.”