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Three killed, dozens hurt as US train derails after hitting truck  

Amtrak train derails after hitting a truck in Missouri State; kills three, injures dozens  

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An Amtrak train carrying more than 200 passengers derailed in northern Missouri after hitting a dump truck at an uncontrolled crossing, killing two aboard and a person in the truck, and injuring at least 50. 

Eight cars and two locomotives derailed, Amtrak said, leaving all but one car lying on its side along the track surrounded by grass and farmland. Passengers evacuated the wreck through windows facing skyward, social media images showed, as dozens of rescue vehicles and some helicopters soon converged on the scene.

Rescuers used ladders to reach people perched atop the train. A vehicle axle was among the debris strewn along the track.

The train with 243 passengers and a dozen crew on board hit the vehicle near Mendon, Missouri, at 1:42 p.m. ET (1742 GMT) as it traveled eastbound from Los Angeles to Chicago, Amtrak, the U.S. national passenger carrier, said.

Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Justin Dunn confirmed the deaths at a news conference. He said the collision occurred at an uncontrolled crossing without lights or signals.

At least 50 people were injured, the Chariton County Ambulance Service said

Mendon is in a rural area about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Kansas City, Missouri.

A team of 16 investigators from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was due at the crash site early Tuesday morning to begin an investigation that will block service on that line for several days, NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy told reporters.

It was too early to speculate on a cause or the speed of the train, Homendy said, saying that investigators would ask Amtrak if the train was equipped with a forward-facing camera, an internal-facing camera, and a data recorder.

An unprotected crossing normally would have stop signs and cross blocks, Homendy said, saying she wanted to inspect the scene to determine what safety signals were in place.

Passenger Robert Nightingale told CNN he had been dozing off when the train derailed.

"I could feel the tracks go back and forth, back and forth, and then it started to go, to tumble on my side of the road," Nightingale said from a school where passengers were taken.

"There were ambulances all over. They were bringing stretchers to the train, and now there are stretchers here at the school," he said.

In September, an Amtrak train derailed in north-central Montana, killing three people.

SOURCE: REUTERS 

 

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NDMA provides relief items to flood-hit areas of Balochistan

The NDMA also provided 117 dewatering pumps for drainage of accumulated rain and floodwater from the localities.

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Islamabad: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Thursday continued to provide relief items to flood affected areas of the country especially Balochistan.

The NDMA ensured emergency assistance to the flood victims including ration and other necessary equipment, a news release said.

The relief equipment provided by the Authority included provision of ration packs for over 40,000 people, tents, mosquito nets, and blankets for the accommodation of 60,000 victims, it said.

The NDMA also provided 117 dewatering pumps for drainage of accumulated rain and floodwater from the localities.

However, during the emergency aid dispatch most of the aid was given to the affected areas of Balochistan.

Moreover, 60,000 liters of drinking water was also provided to flood victims in Balochistan alongwith other aid items including kitchen sets, hygiene kits and chemical spray machines.

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Non-Muslim citizens integral part of our national fabric: PM

Pakistan is a pluralistic society in which all are equal citizens of the state.

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Thursday said that non-Muslim citizens are an integral part of our national fabric.

On his official Twitter handle, the premier, on the occasion of National Day of Minorities, said today we celebrate their valuable contributions and thank them for their service to the country.

The Prime Minister said our founding fathers envisaged Pakistan as a pluralistic society in which all are equal citizens of the state.

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South Korea flooding death toll rises to 11

President Yoon Suk-yeol says it was the heaviest rainfall since Seoul weather records began 115 years ago

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South Korea flooding death toll rises to 11

Seoul: The death toll from South Korea’s record-breaking rains and flooding has risen to 11, officials said Thursday, with eight more people still missing as Seoul struggles to clean up after the deluge.

Two days of torrential rain flooded streets and subway stations in the capital, with President Yoon Suk-yeol saying it was the heaviest rainfall since Seoul weather records began 115 years ago.

Images shared on social media earlier this week showed people wading through waist-deep water and overflowing metro stations, with the posh Gangnam district particularly hard hit.

Of the 11 dead, six were in Seoul, three in Gyeonggi province and two in Gangwon province, according to data from the interior ministry. Three of the eight missing were from the capital.

More than 5,300 people were forced to evacuate their homes, the ministry added.

Among the 11 victims, three died while trapped in their flooded semi-basement apartment, known as a banjiha, according to the ministry. Local reports say the victims were a teenager, her mother and her aunt.

One victim is believed to have been electrocuted while removing a tree that had fallen onto a sidewalk while another died when a landslide buried his home in mountainous Gangwon.

At an official meeting on relief efforts, South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said the government had already completed the bulk of emergency repair work.

SOURCE: AFP

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