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Apr 28 2021

Latvia: 8 dead after ‘illegal’ hostel catches fire in Riga

At least eight people were killed and nine more were injured when a hostel caught fire in the Latvian capital Riga on Wednesday. Latvian authorities said that the state-owned building was housing an illegal hostel at the time. Furthermore, the operators had recently undertaken unauthorised renovation work. Local police reported having to respond to 16 complaints about noise, drinking, and fighting at the hostel. Riga Mayor Martins Stakis told reporters that some of the victims were foreigners. FORUM

Apr 25 2021

Iraq: Hospital closed for deeper probe on morning after fire that killed dozens

After at least 27 people were killed when a fire broke out in the intensive care unit of a hospital treating COVID-19 patients in Baghdad on Saturday night, footage filmed outside the hospital on Sunday shows the remains of those dead being transported. As many as 30 more people were also injured in the blaze at Ibn al-Khatib hospital on the southeastern outskirts of the Iraqi capital on Saturday. Furthermore, beds, ICU equipment, and the hospital corridors were charcoal black in the aftermath of the fire that was extinguished early on Sunday morning. The hospital was closed on Sunday so …

Apr 25 2021

Indonesia: President Widodo sends condolences after missing submarine confirmed sunk

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday issued a condolence message to the families of those who were killed as the country’s missing submarine was found sunk in the Bali Sea. “The Indonesian Navy has updated the status of KRI Nanggala 402 from having lost contact (missing submarine) to having drowned,” said Widodo speaking in Jakarta. The submarine was last contacted on Wednesday and went missing in the Bali Sea. According to the latest updates, Indonesia has now located what is believed to be the wreckage of missing submarine, saying its 53 crew members were killed. FORUM

Apr 25 2021

Iraq: Fire in Baghdad hospital housing COVID patients kills dozens

At least 27 were killed after a fire broke out in the intensive care unit of a hospital treating COVID-19 patients in Baghdad, late Saturday night. Beds, ICU equipment and the hospital corridors were blackened in the aftermath of the fire that was extinguished early Sunday morning. As many as 30 people were also injured in the blaze at Ibn al-Khatib hospital on the southeastern outskirts of the Iraqi capital. The faulty storage of oxygen cylinders has been blamed for an explosion that started the blaze. Iraq announced three days of national mourning to honour the deceased. FORUM

Apr 23 2021

Indonesia: Navy identifies possible location of missing submarine as search rescue escalates

Major General Achmad Riad from the Military Central Information Unit said an area has been identified where they believe the missing naval submarine with 53 people on board could be located, in Bali, on Friday. According to the head of the military’s central information unit, the submarine is believed to be located around 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Bali where an “oil spill and great magnetic resonance” have been detected. Riad said the Indonesian navy has deployed the Riguel warship to the area, with international help also arriving soon from including an Australian warship HMAS Ballarat equipped with a …

Apr 23 2021

Japan: Helicopters battle wildfire for second day near Midori City

Firefighting operations resumed on Friday morning, near Midori City, Japan, as helicopters attempted to put out a wildfire which started on Thursday at around noon. Helicopters were seen dumping water from the Kusaki dam onto the blaze as firefighters prepared a fire engine. Some 32 residents were evacuated from 24 households in the area of the fire, which spread on the forest hills west of the Kusaki dam. FORUM

Apr 20 2021

Nigeria: Petrol tanker truck explosion kills at least 12

A petrol tanker explosion in north-central Nigeria resulted in the death of at least 12 on Sunday. The scale of devastation was visible on Monday in Oshigbudu, where residential houses, shops, store houses, and electricity poles have been razed down. “When we were at the garage yesterday, the petrol tanker just came out from Melemu, Atagale. It fell on the road, and spilled its petrol, which burnt many shops, and killed many people,” explained eyewitness and local resident Hannah Amos. “After that, the spilled petrol started flowing downwards to Oweto, another area. Power supply within the area was switched off, …

Apr 20 2021

South Africa: Students evacuate Cape Town university after fire damages campus

Students were seen evacuating campus after a fire that erupted in Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park spread to the University of Cape Town, damaging several buildings. Many buildings of the University of Cape Town sustained severe fire damaged, chief among them the African studies section of the library that lost many one-of-a-kind manuscripts and publications. Students had to be evacuated from their residences and sheltered at several hotels. Relief programmes are set in motion to supports the student. FORUM

Apr 19 2021

South Africa: Firefighters on site as Cape Town fire burns university library

A fire that erupted in Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park spread to the University of Cape Town, burning the historic campus library, on Sunday. Around 4,000 students were evacuated, as firefighters were tackling the flames seen through the library windows and on the roof of the building. The historic library is house to considerable book collections and archives. All academic activity at the University of Cape Town has been suspended on Monday and Tuesday. FORUM

Apr 18 2021

USA: World War II-era plane crash-lands in ocean during Florida airshow

A World War II-era plane crash-landed into the water during an air show in Cocoa Beach, Florida, on Saturday. Video filmed by a beachgoer shows the plane slowing down as it flies before it skids across the water. The emergency landing was triggered by a technical issue. No injuries were reported during the incident. FORUM

Apr 18 2021

Egypt: Dozens of people injured after train derails north of Cairo

People could be seen searching for survivors following a train derailment that left 11 people dead and injured 98 in the Qalyubia province, north of Cairo, on Sunday. The cause of the derailment is still under investigation. Damage to the train, including the interior, could be seen. The accident is the third train crash this year in Egypt. On March 26, two passenger trains collided in the governorate of Sohag, which resulted in the deaths of 19 people with 185 injured, according to the Egyptian Health Ministry. Fifteen people were injured during another train crash in Minya al-Qamh earlier this …

Apr 18 2021

South Africa: Huge fire erupts in Cape Town’s Table Mountain

A fire has erupted in Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park on Sunday, eliciting the evacuation of hikers from the city’s landmark. More than 120 firefighters are reported to be fighting the blaze, with four helicopters being deployed to aid with the efforts. The fire has been raging at Table Mountain’s Rhodes Memorial and has reportedly reached the grounds of the University of Cape Town, prompting the evacuation of some 4,000 students. FORUM

Apr 16 2021

Ukraine: Ministry of natural resources plans to give new life to Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Ukrainian authorities announced on Thursday that they have developed a plan for the restoration of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for the 35th anniversary of the nuclear disaster The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine showed the fourth power unit of the nuclear power plant, where the explosion of the nuclear reactor took place. “The main message that I want to convey is a very important one. We want a new narrative to appear so that it is not an exclusion zone, but a development zone, so that it is a revival zone,” the First Deputy Minister …

Apr 16 2021

Iraq: Wounded in Sadr City bombing attack recall moment of blast *GRAPHIC*

Wounded were admitted to the Martyr Al-Sadr General Hospital, east Baghdad, on Thursday, following an explosion that targeted a popular market in Sadr City earlier the same day. Footage from inside the hospital showed a number of wounded, who were receiving treatment for injuries sustained in the blast, according to hospital staff. “We were sitting and the car exploded as soon as it approached, so everyone who was with me fell,” said one of the wounded, Abbas Kamil Al-Ad. For his part, another injured person, Ali Dirar Silwan, said: “what I saw were large numbers of injured people, but I …

Apr 15 2021

Iraq: Car bomb kills at least 4, injures dozens in Baghdad’s Sadr City

At least four people were killed and 12 others wounded as a car bomb targeted a popular market in Sadr City east of Baghdad on Thursday. Footage filmed from the explosion site shows locals gathering around the scene, burned cars, medics, and security forces. Initial information indicated that a highly explosive IED placed inside a car went off, thus burning out the surrounding vehicles while killing the driver of the booby-trapped car, according to security sources. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which is seen as the second largest explosion that hit Baghdad this year, after the …

Apr 13 2021

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: La Soufriere spews plumes of smoke as volcanic activity continues

The Caribbean island of Saint Vincent saw La Soufriere volcano spew plumes of smoke on Tuesday, as volcanic activity continues following last week’s eruption. Footage from the Chateaubelair village located near the volcano shows dark clouds of smoke and ash rising from the volcano. La Soufriere volcano has been spewing ash and hot gas since the strart of its explosive volcanic activity late last week forcing the evacuation of thousands, with residents of the island currently facing power cuts and a water shortage. La Soufriere volcano, located in the north of the island, had not erupted since 1979, before its …

Apr 12 2021

Russia: Several cars fall into sinkhole caused by pipe burst

Several cars fell into a sinkhole after a hot water pipe broke in the parking lot of a shopping centre in St. Petersburg on Monday. Footage filmed by eyewitnesses shows the cars slowly falling into the hole. According to the press office of the Fuel and Energy Complex, the reason behind the accident was a technological malfunction that caused a burst of the main pipeline. The press service also added that reconstruction of the road is currently undergoing. FORUM

Apr 11 2021

Nepal: Heavy smoke fills Nagarkot area in Kathmandu Valley amid raging fires

Plumes of thick smoke were seen billowing in the area as wildfires continued battering Nagarkot, Kathmandu Valley, Sunday. The smoke rising from the wildfires in the Himalayan region added up to a low air quality index, with it being marked as ‘unhealthy’ in the air quality data from Sunday. Firefighters were seen trying to extinguish the fires that are threatening the vegetation around the bowl-shaped valley with Bhaktapur resident Bane Tamang saying that “it’s a matter of time if it goes out of hand then all the villages would be reduced to ashes.” According to reports citing the government, at …

Apr 10 2021

Indonesia: East Java hospital damaged after deadly earthquake strikes

A hospital ward in Blitar, East Java, was left damaged on Saturday, after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck of the south coast of Java island, leaving at least seven dead. The quake destroyed part of the roof of the ward at the Mardi Waluyo Hospital and necessitated the evacuation of patients from the area, according to an official at the hospital. A local government building could also be seen in the aftermath of the earthquake, which caused the partial collapse of its tiled roof. Indonesia is still recovering from another natural disaster caused by a cyclone that hit a different …

Apr 9 2021

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Thousands evacuated as volcano erupts

The La Soufriere volcano on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent erupted on Friday, prompting the evacuation of thousands. Images filmed at the nearby Chateaubelair village show the moment ash and smoke began pluming into the sky from the volcano. Local authorities issued an evacuation notice for residents on Thursday following seismic activity indication warnings that the eruption of the volcano may be imminent. The La Soufriere volcano last erupted in 1979 with no reported resulting casualties. Approximately 16,000 residents were required evacuation as of Friday morning. FORUM

Apr 8 2021

Mexico: Several injured following explosion at Veracruz oil refinery

A fire broke out at the Lazaro Cardenas oil refinery in the southeastern Mexican city of Minatitlan in Veracruz state on Wednesday following an explosion. At least seven people reportedly suffered minor injuries in the aftermath as hundreds of workers were evacuated from the area including some locals living near the refinery. Smoke and flames were seen billowing out of the Pemex-run facility as emergency crews arrived at the scene to bring the situation under control. “It is important that the rescue workers remain alert and are not exposed to smoke,” said Luis Castro, the regional coordinator of Civil Protection …

Apr 7 2021

Turkey: Military pilot dies after training aircraft crashes in Konya

A Turkish air force plane has crashed during a solo training flight in Konya, south of Ankara, Wednesday, resulting in the death of a military pilot, the Ministry of National Defense confirmed. Debris, officials and a search and rescue team could be seen at the accident site. The NF-5 aircraft belonged to the ‘Turkish Stars’, the renowned aerobatic demonstration team of the Turkish air force. The crash site was close to the Third Main Jet Base, the main military aviation hub in the province. Turkish President Recep Erdogan wished Allah’s mercy for ‘the martyred pilot’ in a tweet. An investigation …

Apr 6 2021

Indonesia: More than 100 killed in flooding and landslides after tropical cyclone *DISTRESSING CONTENT*

Emergency workers could be seen rescuing bodies and searching for survivors in the island of Lembata on Tuesday, a day after Seroja tropical cyclone wreaked havoc and caused flooding and landslides in several districts and islands in southern Indonesia and East Timor. According to Indonesia’s disaster management agency, more than 130 people were killed and at least 70 are still reported as missing, while thousands have been displaced, mostly in the area of West and East Nusa Tenggara islands. “The flood brought so many big rocks and is making the rescue process very difficult,” said a rescue worker, adding that …

Apr 6 2021

USA: Piney Point toxic wastewater leak continues as crews work to prevent ‘catastrophic flood’

Efforts to drain a leaking toxic wastewater reservoir at Piney Point have continued on Monday to prevent a ‘catastrophic flood’. Emergency workers in Florida are using pumps and vacuum trucks to drain the reservoir at the former Piney Point phosphate plant, in Manatee County. A state of emergency was declared by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Saturday, and around 300 homes near Tampa Bay were evacuated. DeSantis said on Sunday that emergency crews were pumping out water at a rate of 33 million gallons (125 million litres) a day before discharging it into the Tampa Bay, in an effort to …

Apr 5 2021

Indonesia: Rescue teams recover more bodies after dozens killed by floods

Search and rescue teams found more bodies among the rubble in Lamanele Village on Monday after flash floods and landslides killed dozens in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. The local national disaster agency BNPB [Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management] reported that at least 70 people had died as a result of the flooding across several islands in Indonesia’s West and East Nusa Tenggara provinces. BNPB also announced that 70 more people remain unaccounted for and a total of 30,000 people in Indonesia have been affected by the floods. “People are still missing and we are still in the process of searching …

Apr 5 2021

USA: Hundreds asked to evacuate due to ‘imminent collapse of reservoir containing radioactive pollutants

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency on Saturday, residents of over 300 homes near Piney Point, south of Tampa, were asked to evacuate due to a leak of 11 million litres per day (3 million gallons) in a reservoir containing water polluted with radioactive materials. Footage shows police barricades and roadblocks in the area as officials warn it is “No longer safe to be anywhere near Piney Point.” The leak in a containment wall at the Piney Point phosphate mine could cause the wall to collapse, which authorities have warned was ‘imminent’. Residents received an evacuation alert …

Apr 3 2021

Taiwan: Emergency workers move train in aftermath of deadly derailment

Emergency workers in eastern Taiwan were seen lifting a train and placing it back on rails, on Saturday, after it derailed, killing at least 51 people the previous day. The incident took place in a tunnel near the coastal city of Hualien. According to local authorities, almost 500 people were on the train which was travelling from the capital, Taipei, to Taitung. FORUM

Apr 3 2021

‘We had no choice but to save his life’ – Russian doctors after performing open-heart surgery during blaze

Doctors from the Blagoveshchensk cardiac surgery centre successfully completed open-heart surgery while a large blaze engulfed the roof of the building on Friday. The group of eight doctors and nurses did not think about interrupting the operation as the fire broke out during the intervention, as the patient’s life was at stake. “We had no choice but to save his life. We performed a high-level surgery,”said lead surgeon Valentin Filatov after the operation. To continue the operation, surgeons used emergency electricity cables, while oxygen masks ready in case of further development of the situation. “To prevent smoke from emerging in …

Apr 2 2021

Taiwan: Rescue efforts continue after train derailment kills dozens

Emergency workers and army personnel were seen near the site of a train crash that killed least 51 people and injured dozensa in eastern Taiwan on Friday. The incident took place in a tunnel near the coastal city of Hualien. According to local authorities, almost 500 people were on the train which was travelling from the capital, Taipei, to Taitung. FORUM

Apr 2 2021

Taiwan: Bodies of train crash victims taken to Xichen railway station

Some of the bodies of victims of a train crash near Hualien in Taiwan were taken to the nearby Xincheng railway station for identification on Friday. Members of a local Buddhist organisation lined up for a prayer bowing as emergency workers carried bodies one by one from the premises for further transportation. At least 48 people were killed and dozens more injured after an express train derailed in a tunnel near the coastal city of Hualien in the east of the island. According to local authorities, almost 500 people were on board. FORUM

Apr 2 2021

Taiwan: Dozens killed and injured after busy train comes off the rails

At least 48 people were killed and dozens more injured after a train derailed in eastern Taiwan on Friday. The incident took place in a tunnel near the coastal city of Hualien in the east of the island. According to local authorities, almost 500 people were on the train which was travelling from the capital, Taipei, to Taitung. FORUM

Apr 1 2021

USA: Area of deadly shooting in California’s Orange cordoned off

At least four people, including a child, were killed in a mass shooting at a business complex in Orange, California, on Wednesday night. A fifth victim as well as the suspect were taken to a hospital in critical condition, according to a police spokesperson. It is the third such incident in the country in just two weeks following the Atlanta spa shootings and a shooting in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. FORUM

Mar 31 2021

Germany: Thousands of animals feared dead in major fire at Alt Tellin pig farm

Thousands of animals were feared dead following a fire at one of Germany’s largest pig farms in Alt Tellin on Tuesday. According to the authorities, only 1,500 animals were rescued from the engulfed farm, which usually hosts as many as 50,000 piglets and 9,000 sows. The fire began on Tuesday morning and was still active on Wednesday morning as firefighters monitored the chain of events closely. The facilities have been seized and an investigation was launched into the possible causes. FORUM

Mar 31 2021

Indonesia: Cockpit voice recorder of crashed Sriwijaya Air plane discovered

A cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from the crashed Sriwijaya Airplane flight was handed over to the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) for further analysis in Jakarta on Wednesday. It was originally located by divers in January, however, a memory unit was only recovered on Tuesday. The committee will now take the investigation to the next stage in attempt to better understand the course of events that led to the crash. The Boeing 737-500 operated by Sriwijaya Air crashed on January 9 shortly after leaving from Jakarta for Pontianak, killing all 62 passengers on board. FORUM

Mar 30 2021

Egypt: President El-Sisi gives press conference after visiting Suez Canal

President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi visited the Suez Canal to inspect the situation after the resumption of navigation there on Tuesday. The canal had been suffering from a 6-day suspension of activity due to the stranding of the MS Ever Given cargo ship. “There are 400 ships that could not cross the Suez Canal during the past five to six days. God willing, the traffic of delayed ships will be cleared within the next three days hopefully,” stated El-Sisi. On Monday, The MV Ever Given containership with full cargo on board was towed to the Great Bitter Lake, through …

Mar 30 2021

Russia: House ablaze amid firefight with law enforcement as man barricades himself inside

Footage from Moscow region’s Veshki village shows fire engulfing a private house, Tuesday, amidst a reported gunfight between law enforcement and a man who has barricaded himself inside the building. The fire was preceded by a number of reported grenade explosions. Although the precise cause of the blaze cannot be verified, reports say the man burned the inside stairs to prevent security forces from reaching the upper floors. Security forces attempted to storm the building after a 61-year-old man refused to let them in so they could investigate alleged ‘illegal possession of weapons’, the Investigative Committee reports. The stand-off is …

Mar 30 2021

Egypt: Ships once again moving along Suez Canal after Ever Given refloated

Ships are once again moving along the Suez Canal on Tuesday after the Panama-flagged Ever Given cargo ship was refloated and freed from its position blocking the Canal. Tsingtao Express, a container ship belonging to German transportation company Hapag-Lloyd could be seen travelling down the waterway. Around 400 ships are estimated to have been stuck in the Canal behind the Ever Given and may take weeks to be cleared. FORUM

Mar 30 2021

Egypt: Suez Canal Authority Chairman gives presser as navigation resumes

Suez Canal Authority Chairman Osama Rabie gave a press conference in Ismaila on Monday night discussing the plans for navigation to restart in the Suez Canal. Navigation can restart after the authority’s success in moving the stuck Ever Given cargo ship. MORE TO FOLLOW FORUM

Mar 29 2021

Egypt: Rare satellite image shows Ever Given cargo ship being tugged to safety *STILLS*

A Rare satellite images shows the stricken Ever Given cargo ship being pulled by a tugboat, after it was stranded for six days in the Suez Canal on Monday. Around 400 ships are estimated to have been stuck behind the Ever Given, and may take weeks to be cleared. According to reports, the blockage was costing the global economy around €339 million ($400 million; £290 million) an hour. FORUM

Mar 29 2021

Egypt: Cargo ships wait in line to be able to enter Suez Canal after Ever Given freed

Cargo ships that have been stuck in traffic after the Ever Given container vessel blocked one of the busiest trade routes for six days, could be seen waiting in line to be able to continue their journeys through Egypt. Around 400 ships are estimated to have been stuck behind the Ever Given, and may take weeks to be cleared. According to reports, the blockage was costing the global economy around €339 million ($400 million; £290 million) an hour. FORUM

Mar 29 2021

Egypt: Ever Given arrives approaches Great Bitter Lake after 6 days stuck in Suez Canal

The Ever Given container ship was able to reach the Great Bitter Lake after attempts to free it from being dislodged in the Suez Canal were successful on Monday. The container ship had been stuck in one of the world’s busiest trade routes since last Tuesday. The ship could be seen passing through the Suez Canal on the way to the Great Bitter Lake, with the aid of tugboats, still with cargo intact on board, following fears the boat would need to be unloaded to refloat the vessel. Around 400 ships are estimated to have been stuck behind the Ever …

Mar 29 2021

Lebanon: Radioactive materials moved from Zahrani oil installations

Radioactive materials used for research purposes have been transferred from the Zahrani oil installations in southern Lebanon to the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission facilities, Monday, under strict security measures. The operation was supervised by Ziad Al Zein, director of Zahrani oil installations, Omar Nosli, director of Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission, along with other officials. “We requested to move these materials to the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission because we have only two choices: keep them in Zahrani according to specific rules and regulations, or transfer them to the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission”, Al Zein said. “We are taking these materials to …

Mar 29 2021

Egypt: Ever Given escorted through Suez Canal by tugboats after being freed

The Ever Given cargo ship was escorted through the Suez Canal on Monday, after efforts to dislodge the ship were successful. The container ship had been stuck in one of the world’s busiest trade routes for just under a week. The ship could be seen passing through the Suez Canal with the aid of tugboats, still with cargo intact on board, following fears the boat would need to be unloaded to refloat the vessel. Around 400 ships are estimated to have been stuck behind the Ever Given, and may take weeks to be cleared. *GRAPHICS AT SOURCE* *BUG AT SOURCE* …

Mar 29 2021

Indonesia: Hundreds evacuated as massive fire erupts in Balongan oil refinery

A massive smoke plume could be seen billowing from one of Indonesia’s biggest oil refineries in Indramayu, West Java, Monday, forcing the evacuation of more than 900 people living in the area. Locals were evacuated to a building of the Regional Secretariat in the Indramayu District. “So far all the evacuees here are in good condition, none of them was tested positive with the coronavirus, and also there is no other serious illness, so everything is under control,” a healthcare worker said. It is still unknown what caused the large fire that broke out at the Balongan refinery run by …

Mar 29 2021

Egypt: Ever Given dislodged after blocking Suez Canal for six days

The Ever Given container ship was finally on the move after being dislodged from the Suez canal on Monday, having blocked one of the world’s busiest trade routes for nearly a week. Tugboats were seen pulling the 22,000-ton ship from the back of the canal, which had been stranded there since Tuesday. Around 400 ships are estimated to have been stuck behind the Ever Given, and may take weeks to be cleared. According to reports, the blockage was costing the global economy around €339 million ($400 million; £290 million) an hour. FORUM

Mar 29 2021

Egypt: Suez Canal remains closed as stuck Ever Given cargo is partially floating

The MV Ever Given which has been stuck in the Suez Canal for nearly a week has been ‘partially refloated’ and its stern dislodged on Monday morning but the Canal remains entirely closed as efforts to fully dislodge the Panama-flagged ship continue. According to local authorities, a rescue operation succeeded in partially dislodging the container 400 metre long (1312 ft) long and 59 metres (193 ft) wide cargo. Some 400 ships remain stranded in the area as subsequent rescue operation to dislodge the stuck bow of the ship are expected to last over three days. FORUM

Mar 29 2021

Egypt: Ever Given remains in Suez canal as efforts to fully dislodge it continue

The MV Ever Given was seen in the Suez canal on Monday, after it was ‘partially refloated’ and the rear of the ship reportedly dislodged, after it blocked one of the world’s busiest trade routes for nearly a week. According to authorities a rescue operation succeeded in partially dislodging the container 400 metre long ship. The Suez Canal Authority has stated that the Ever Given has been ‘partially refloated’ adding that the operation will continue later on Monday with the high tide. They expect the route to be reopened later today. Head of the Dutch company Boskalis Peter Berdowski reported …

Mar 29 2021

Egypt: Ever Given ‘partially refloated’, dislodged from Suez Canal *STILLS*

The MV Ever Given has been ‘partially refloated’ and dislodge from the Suez canal on Monday morning, after it blocked one of the world’s busiest trade routes for nearly a week. According to authorities a rescue operation succeeded in partially dislodging the container 400 metre long ship which has blocked the route for over a week. The Suez Canal Authority has stated that the Ever Given has been ‘partially refloated’ adding that the operation will continue later on Monday with the high tide. They expect the route to be reopened later today. Head of the Dutch company Boskalis Peter Berdowski …

Mar 29 2021

Indonesia: Large smoke plume seen rising from Balongan oil refinery amid reports of blaze

A large plume of smoke was seen rising above the Balongan oil refinery, which is operated by Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina, on Monday. The refinery was reportedly shut down when a fire broke out.”The incident has led the company to carry out a normal shutdown [at] the refinery to control the crude flow and to prevent the fire from expanding,” said a PT Pertamina spokesperson in a press release. FORUM

Mar 29 2021

Indonesia: Massive fire break out at oil refinery in West Java

A massive explosion occurred at the Balongan oil refinery operated by Indonesia’s state owned oil and gas company, PT Pertamina, on early Monday. A large fire can be seen in the distance, as some riders stopped by the side of a road to watch the flames. Residents in neighbouring areas were reportedly evacuated. The cause of the fire was not clear and no casualties have been reported yet. FORUM