OMG: Pregnant woman shot and killed in New York breaking up a fight at her baby shower

A pregnant woman has been shot and killed at her baby shower in Harlem, New York after trying to break up a fight. The woman, a mother-of-four and pregnant with a fifth child, died on Sunday morning after she was shot in the head. Police identified the woman as 31-year-old Shanice Young. When officers arrived on the scene they found Ms Young unconscious with a gunshot wound to the head. Police said the woman’s ex-boyfriend, who was not invited to the party, was one of the men involved in the fight. Witnesses told The New York Daily News that Ms Young had attempted to get … Continue reading OMG: Pregnant woman shot and killed in New York breaking up a fight at her baby shower

Deadly fire guts Covid-19 hospital in North Macedonia

At least 14 people have been killed in a fire at a makeshift hospital treating Covid-19 patients in North Macedonia. Footage shared on social media showed a building in flames and a thick cloud of black smoke billowing into the air near a main road in the city of Tetovo. Firefighters put out the blaze in less than an hour. It had broken out at about 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT) on Wednesday. Public prosecutors said 14 deaths had been confirmed. They said they were investigating whether there were more victims, as reported locally. “This is a very sad day,” … Continue reading Deadly fire guts Covid-19 hospital in North Macedonia

Flooding hits Mexico hospital, killing 17 patients

At least 17 patients have been killed after heavy rainfall caused flooding at a hospital in Mexico’s central Hidalgo state, officials say. They say a river burst its banks and water then cut the power supply at the hospital in the town of Tula. Some of the victims were Covid-19 patients who were being treated with oxygen therapy, local media report. Rescuers evacuated about 40 patients. Meanwhile, a boat transporting the state governor sank in the river. Omar Fayad later tweeted that he was “safe and sound”, adding that the state authorities would continue co-ordinating emergency operations in the affected … Continue reading Flooding hits Mexico hospital, killing 17 patients

Death toll climbs in Haiti as Tropical Depression Grace hits

Rescue workers are rushing to locate survivors of the deadly earthquake that struck Haiti on Saturday as a tropical storm hit the Caribbean nation. At least 1,419 people are known to have died in the 7.2-magnitude quake. More than 6,900 were injured, and an unknown number are still missing. Tropical Depression Grace is expected to dump up to 25cm (10 inches) of rainfall over the worst affected area. It is feared the deluge could trigger landslides. Social media footage showed heavy rain pouring over the island’s east, with the quake-hit west next in its path. Roads already made impassable by … Continue reading Death toll climbs in Haiti as Tropical Depression Grace hits

Update: 8 tourists survives helicopter crash in Russia

A tourist helicopter with 16 people on board has crashed into a lake in Russia’s Far East, officials say. There were eight known survivors, Russian media quoted emergencies ministry officials as saying. Thirteen tourists, including a child, and three crew were on board when the Mi-8 crashed and sank in the Kuril Lake on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Emergencies ministry rescuers and divers have been sent to the area to search for those still unaccounted for. The helicopter belonging to the Vityaz-Aero company is reportedly lying at a depth of 100 metres (330 feet) in the lake. According to preliminary information, … Continue reading Update: 8 tourists survives helicopter crash in Russia

Tourist helicopter crashes into Russian lake

A tourist helicopter with 16 people on board has crashed into a lake in Russia’s far east, officials say. There were nine known survivors, Russian media quoted local health authorities as saying. Thirteen tourists and three crew were on board when it crashed into the Kuril Lake on the Kamchatka Peninsula, the local government said in a statement. Emergency services and divers have been sent to the area to search for those still unaccounted for. The Mi-8 helicopter was carrying tourists from Moscow and St Petersburg, state news agency RIA reported. The helicopter is reportedly lying at a depth of … Continue reading Tourist helicopter crashes into Russian lake

Bangladesh lightning strike kills 17 wedding party guests

At least 17 members of a wedding party have died in Bangladesh after being struck by lightning, officials said. Fourteen other people, including the groom, were injured. The bride was not with the wedding party. The party was disembarking from a boat at the riverside town of Shibganj, heading towards the bride’s house, when they were caught in a thunderstorm. Local people said several bolts of lightning hit the group. Every year, hundreds of people across South Asia are killed by lightning. In 2016, Bangladesh declared lightning strikes a natural disaster when more than 200 people died in the month … Continue reading Bangladesh lightning strike kills 17 wedding party guests

Eighteen die after truck crashes into bus in India

At least 18 migrant workers died after a truck crashed into their bus in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Their 1,300km-long (800 miles) journey from Haryana to their home state of Bihar was cut short when the bus broke down in Barabanki district. Some of the workers were still in the bus while others were sleeping next to it when the accident happened in the early hours of Wednesday. Police told reporters that the bus was “overloaded beyond its capacity”. Yamuna Prasad, superintendent of police in Barabanki, said some of the passengers decided to sleep next to the … Continue reading Eighteen die after truck crashes into bus in India

India monsoon death toll rises as search for missing continues

More than 135 people have died from flooding and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in India, with rescuers searching for dozens more missing on Sunday. The country’s western coast has been inundated by torrential rains since Thursday, with the India Meteorological Department warning of further downpours over the next few days. In Maharashtra state, 114 people have been killed, including more than 40 in a landslide that hit the hillside village of Taliye, south of Mumbai, on Thursday. Villager Jayram Mahaske, whose relatives remained trapped, told the AFP news agency that “many people were washed away as they were … Continue reading India monsoon death toll rises as search for missing continues

Update: Death toll in Iraq hospital fire rises to 92

The death toll from a fire that tore through a coronavirus ward at a hospital in southern Iraq has risen to 92, health officials have said, as grieving relatives slammed the government over the second such disaster within three months. Officials said more than 100 people were injured in the blaze at al-Hussein Teaching Hospital on Monday night in Nasiriya, highlighting the crippled healthcare system in the country amid decades of war and sanctions. An investigation showed the fire began when sparks from faulty wiring spread to an oxygen tank that then exploded, police and civil defence authorities said. Prime … Continue reading Update: Death toll in Iraq hospital fire rises to 92

Iraq hospital fire kills 50 people

More than 50 people have died after a fire in a coronavirus isolation ward at a hospital in the Iraqi city of Nasiriya. Much of Iraq’s health care system is in poor condition after years of conflict and angry relatives of the victims have been protesting outside the facility. The cause of the fire at the al-Hussein hospital is unclear, but reports said it began after an oxygen tank exploded. Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered the arrest of the head of the hospital. The speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Mohammed al-Halbousi, tweeted that the blaze was “clear proof of the … Continue reading Iraq hospital fire kills 50 people

Lightning strike kills 11 taking selfies in India

A lightning strike killed at least 11 people and injured many more in the northern city of Jaipur on Sunday. The victims were taking selfies in the rain atop a watch tower at the 12th Century Amer Fort, a popular tourist attraction. Some 27 people were on the tower and the wall of the fort when the incident happened – and some of them reportedly jumped to the ground. Lightning strikes have been killing 2,000 Indians on average since 2004. A senior police officer told the media that the tower was a popular spot in the fort, adding that most … Continue reading Lightning strike kills 11 taking selfies in India