News Flash – 13 May 2019

National News

 

 

2 Try Breaking into ATM, Fail

 

 

Hyderabad: Two people attempted to steal money from ATMs on Sunday morning in Suraram Colony in Dundigal between 2.30and 3am, but the accused left after they failed to break open the Bank of India and Axis Bank ATM machines. The police have found the CCTV footage of the incident and have launched a manhunt to nab the accused.

 

 

Odisha confirms another 21 FANI deaths, toll now at 64

 

 

Bhubaneswar: The state government on Sunday confirmed 21 more deaths due to Cyclone Fani, which struck the Odisha coast on May 3. With this, the death toll rose from earlier reported 43 to 64. The special relief commissioner’s situation report on Sunday confirmed that 39 people died in Puri district alone. This is 18 more than what the government had declared earlier. Three more deaths were confirmed in Khurda district, bringing up the district toll to nine. Out of the 64 people dead, 25 died due to wall collapse, 20 were crushed by uprooted trees, electric poles and hoardings, and six died after being buried under collapsed roofs. The cause of 13 other deaths is yet to be ascertained. This makes Fani the deadliest cyclone to hit the state after the 1999 Super Cyclone, which killed more than 10,000. In October 2018, 60 people were killed by Cyclone Titli and in October 2013, 44 had perished in Cyclone Phailin (21 by the cyclone and 23 by the resultant floods). A central inter-ministerial team reached Bhubaneswar on Sunday to assess the losses caused by Fani.

 

 

The team will visit the affected areas in Puri, Cuttack and Khurda districts over the next three days till May 15, sources said. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday said all families whose houses were damaged would be given pucca houses. House damage assessment would begin from May 15 and be completed within a month, he said. Patnaik also said senior officers would be appointed to supervise the assessment process in the severely affected blocks. “The work order distribution to the beneficiaries will begin from June 1. I assure you that all efforts will be made so that not a single eligible person is left out,” Patnaik said. According to a preliminary state government assessment, more than five lakh houses have been damaged in the cyclone — the highest of around 1.9 lakh in Puri district alone. Patnaik had earlier said house damage assistance would be Rs 95,100 for fully damaged structures, Rs 5,200 for partially damaged ones and Rs 3,200 for minor damages.

 

 

International News

 

 

Gunmen Kill Six in Second Church Attack in Burkina Faso

 

 

Ouagadougou: Gunmen killed six people, including a priest, outside a Catholic church in Burkina Faso on Sunday, the government said, the second attack on Christians in two weeks in a nation increasingly overrun by jihadists. Congregants were leaving church around 9am (0900 GMT) in the town of Dablo when about twenty men encircled them and shot six dead, according to a government statement and local sources. The attackers then burned the church, looted a pharmacy and some others stores, and left, Dablo mayor Boucary Zongo said. The government statement only mentioned the burning of a shop and two vehicles. “These terrorist groups are now attacking religion with the macabre aim of dividing us,” it said.

 

 

Burkina Faso has been beset by a rise in attacks in 2019 as groups with links to Islamic State and al Qaeda based in neighbouring Mali seek to fuel local tensions and extend their influence over the porous borders of the Sahel, the arid scrubland south of the Sahara. The government declared a state of emergency in several northern provinces bordering Mali in December because of Islamist attacks. But violence has only worsened since. Two French soldiers were killed in an operation to rescue four people taken hostage in Burkina last week, France said. Over 100,000 people in Burkina Faso have been displaced by the unrest this year, the UN has said. Roughly 55% to 60% of Burkina Faso’s population is Muslim, with up to a quarter Christian. The two groups generally live in peace, but in April unidentified gunmen killed a pastor and five congregants at a church suggesting the violence was taking a religious turn.

 

 

Pilot Lands Plane without Front Wheels

 

Myanmar: A Myanmar pilot safely landed a passenger jet without its front wheels on Sunday, after landing gear on the Myanmar National Airlines plane failed to deploy, the airline said. The pilot followed emergency procedures and did the fuel burn out to reduce the landing weight. Video of the landing shows the Embraer aircraft touching down on its rear wheels before lowering its nose. The aircraft travels some distance along the runway on its nose, kicking up smoke, before coming to a halt. The airline did not say how many people were on board but Embraer said on its website the aircraft has a typical capacity of between 96 and 114 seats.


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