Falling burning debris at the scene of a huge fire at Grenfell tower block in White City , London. Photo: IC
At least 12 people were killed Wednesday when a massive fire tore through a London apartment block in the middle of the night, with witnesses reporting terrified people had leapt from the 24-story tower.
Parents wrapped wet towels around their children as they desperately tried to escape from the Grenfell Tower, with at least one person seen waving a piece of white cloth from an upper floor as flames ravaged the building.
"I can confirm six fatalities at this time but this figure is likely to rise during what will be a complex recovery operation over a number of days," said police commander Stuart Cundy, describing the fire as "truly shocking."
The ambulance service said 50 people had been hospitalized.
The alarm was raised just before 1:00 am and within an hour flames had engulfed the entire block.
Residents claimed the fire was spreading on the exterior of the tower , which had been covered in cladding in a major refurbishment completed last year.
More than 10 hours on, flames could still be seen inside the charred building as thick, black smoke filled the sky.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said firefighters were only able to reach the 12th floor at the height of the blaze.
"A lot of people are unaccounted for," he told Sky News television.
The tower block blaze also delayed British Prime Minister Theresa May's power deal with Northern Ireland in forming her new government.
The Conservative leader lost her parliamentary majority in last week's election and is now desperately seeking the backing of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland's ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
EU leaders have voiced growing impatience to start Brexit negotiations, which have already been delayed by the parliamentary election - and on which the clock is ticking.
An initial round of talks between May and DUP leader Arlene Foster ended with no agreement on Tuesday , although both sides said they were hopeful of a deal.
"The talks are continuing but I think the events in London today probably will have some impact on that. I think it's unlikely there will be any announcement today," a DUP spokesman told AFP.
MOGADISHU, May 29 (Xinhua)-- UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim is due in Somalia on Tuesday to assess the extent of the prevailing drought and its environmental causes and impacts, the UN mission said on Monday.
While in Somalia, Solheim will hold talks with senior government officials on broad range of environmental issues , including supporting initiatives by the Somalia government in environmental protection in the context of climate change.
A statement from the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) said Solheim will also discuss widespread deforestation, and supporting moves towards renewable energy.
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It’s possible you have currently visited Sipadan Island, or even it is on your own list of spots to work out. Nonetheless, here its tale.
For a long period , Sipadan Island was the subject of dispute between Indonesia and Malaysia, until 2002 when the Global Court of Justice conferred the island to Malaysia. On April 23rd 2000, 21 citizens ended up kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf, the Filipino Islamist terrorist group. The armed fanatics arrived by boat and held ten tourists and 11 resort workers at gun position and took them to Jolo. Every one of the victims have been finally set cost-free. For the reason that incident, the Malaysian military safeguards the holidaymakers , whose accessibility is barely permitted to within a set perimeter. From the stop of 2004, many of the resorts were closed and relocated to Mabul island. Seeing as April 1st 2008, Sabah Parks challenges only 120 diver permits every day.
Sipadan Island Diving and Wildlife Conservation
Sipadan Island wildlife was initial introduced up in 1933 when British colonists declared the island a bird sanctuary, a central layover for migratory birds. In 1964, the Sabah State took further simple steps inside of a protection intend to shelter turtle eggs.
Although Sipadan Island diving started in 1983 , the tourism inside the location professional a boost when Jacques Cousteau introduced his film orneo: Ghost within the Sea Turtle鈥? By 1990, 5 resorts sprung around the seaside and ecologists started out noticing the results of tourism upon the ecosystems. In 1992, not unspoiled, the coral had been ruined by unconcerned divers and snorkelers, while boats agitated the sediments , therefore choking the fragile coral polyps. In 1996, the Tropical Storm Greg hit Sipadan Island, destroying shallower areas belonging to the reef. The corals couldn recuperate from the storm.
In 1997, the Malaysian Federal government became established to produce a shift. It started imposing restrictions for the number of tourists permitted within the island. Sad to say, their measures were not enforced , and only a modest amount of dive operators felt any concern. The calendar year 2004 was a important yr for preservation, as the authorities proclaimed that all structures be relocated from Sipadan from the conclude on the year. In 2005, the island was officially declared an endangered marine reserve. The volume of holidaymakers per.