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Taiwan Water Park Fire
June 29, 2015
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Rescue workers tend to injured people at the Formosa Fun Coast amusement park after an explosion in the Pali district of New Taipei City on June 27, 2015.

More Than 500 Injured as Fire Hits Taiwan Water Park Party

By RALPH JENNINGS Associated Pres, www.abcnews.go.com June 28


TAIPEI TAIWAN--A fire on a music stage spread into a crowd of spectators at a Saturday night party at a Taiwan water park, injuring more than 500 people, including eight in critical condition, authorities said Sunday.

The fire was sparked by an accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder thrown from the stage in front of about 1,000 people, the fire agency and local media said. The powder for the one-time event called "Color Play Asia" ignited along the ground, mainly burning people's lower bodies, said Wang Wei-sheng, a liaison with the New Taipei City fire department command center.

Taiwan's Central News Agency reported witnesses as saying the fire at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City spread quickly after powder was blown into the air.

Taiwan Premier Mao Chih-kuo announced a ban Sunday on parties that use flammable colored powder.

A total of 516 people were reported to have burn injuries as of about 11 a.m. Sunday, Wang said.

The official injury toll had risen from slightly more than 200 at midnight, because about 300 people had made their own way to hospitals. Eight people had life-threatening injuries, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency.

The victims included four mainland Chinese and two foreigners. An 18-year-old from Taiwan was burned on 90 percent of her body.

Central News Agency said that police were questioning two park workers who had launched the powder as well as the party's on-site organizer and two technicians. They may face charges of professional negligence causing serious injuries and endangering the public, it said.

The exact cause of the fire is still being investigated.

Video showed rescue workers and bystanders carrying burned and injured people on their backs, in inflatable boats and on stretchers to get medical treatment.

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Sinabung Volcano
June 5, 2015
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Mount Sinabung Eruption 2015

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung Erupts Leaving Doomsday like fiery images, Karo tourists remain unalarmed!

www.esbtrib.com  June 22, 2015


The volcano looms ominously over the horizon of northern Sumatra. This scary volcano, one among many dominating the island of Indonesia, had been dormant for the past 400 years until a 2010 eruption saw the volcano rearing its head again.

And looks like it has started to erupt again, spewing lava and pyroclastic flow down the mountainside. Reports claim columns of ash have gone as high as 1.2 miles into the air.

Located on the island of Sumatra, the 8,070 foot-high Mount Sinabung has been periodically erupting since 2010.

Authorities raised the alert level earlier this month (2nd June), warning they had recorded a “sharp rise” in volcanic activity. More than 2,700 residents have been forced to seek refuge in temporary shelters in the wake of the eruption.

While authorities warn people to stay safe, tourists on the other hand, appear undaunted by the eruption.

Tourist Tan Sin Kok of Malaysia said that when Mount Sinabung started erupting five years ago, it had initially deterred him from visiting the region...

“Frankly speaking, I was afraid to come here. Yet after reading up, I came to Karo and found out that the weather here was still cool and clean,” Tan told The Jakarta Post at Taman Simalem Resort on Sunday.

Tan has been visiting Karo alone since Saturday and said he had enjoyed witnessing the eruption, with Mt. Sinabung spewing pyroclastic flows.

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Nepal Earthquake
April 25, 2015
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Nepal: in earthquakes' wake, UNICEF speeds up response to prevent child trafficking

June 22, 2015


At least 245 children have been intercepted from being trafficked and unnecessarily or illegally placed in children's care homes since the first earthquake hit Nepal almost two months ago, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported.

The children's agency is working with the Government and the Nepal Police to reduce the risk of trafficking through targeted action and policy measures.

“UNICEF feared a surge in trafficking cases after the two earthquakes”, said Tomoo Hozumi, a UNICEF representative in Nepal over the weekend. “Loss of livelihoods and worsening living conditions may allow traffickers to easily convince parents to give their children up for what they are made to believe will be a better life.”

The traffickers, he stressed, promise education, meals and a better future. But the reality is that many of those children could end up being “horrendously exploited and abused”, Mr. Hozumi warned.

Trafficking was rife in Nepal even before the 25 April earthquake, with an estimated 12,000 children trafficked to India every year, according to a 2001 International Labour Organisation (ILO) study...

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