#AceWorldNews – SRI LANKA – October 29 – At least hundred people are believed to be dead and around hundreds more reported missing after heavy monsoon rains triggered mudslides in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday, AFP said.
“We have reports of 140 houses getting washed away in the mudslides,”said Sarath Kumara, a spokesman for the national Disaster Management Centre (DMC).
Police, security personnel and local volunteers were continuing a major operation to search for survivors.
Sections of several national highways were also washed away by the rains.
#AceWorldNews – HAWAII (Pahoa) – October 29 – Jeff and Denise Lagrimas’ single-story home is just across the street from properties where lava from Kilauea volcano is expected to slither past on its way to the ocean.
But they’re moving to another town 14 miles away before they’re able to find out whether this forecast comes true or whether the molten rock oozes into their home instead.
“I don’t want to stick around and just wait for it to come and take it,” Denise Lagrimas said while taking a break from loading kitchen cups and bowls in cardboard boxes.
“You just never know.”
Civil defense officials in Hawaii County said late Tuesday the lava was about 370 yards from the main road in Pahoa town, the commercial center of Puna, a sprawling, mostly agricultural and forested part on the Big Island.
The lava entered private property next to the main road and was burning tires and other materials. This prompted authorities to warn downwind residents with respiratory problems to stay indoors. The lava was edging forward at a rate of about 10 to 15 yards per hour.
Earlier Tuesday, the lava burned down an empty shed.
#AceWorldNews – ISTANBUL – October 28 – Nineteen miners were trapped on Tuesday after a coal mine in southern Turkey collapsed following a flood inside the mine, local media reported.
Rescue teams and medics were sent to the mine in the town of Ermenek in Karaman province, about 110 km (70 miles) north of Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline.
Media reports said the collapse occurred after water that had built up inside the mine coursed into areas where the workers had been located.
“The water accumulated underground has flooded into the gallery. According to initial reports 25 workers have been saved while 19 workers remain trapped,” Karaman Governor Murat Koca was quoted as saying by Turkey’s Dogan News Agency (DHA).
The flood occurred shortly after midday about 300 meters below ground, DHA said.
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and Transport Minister Lutfi Elvan were heading for the mine, local media reported.
Turkey is no stranger to mining disasters and the country has one of the world’s worst industrial accident records. Its worst ever mining disaster took place less than six months ago in the western town of Soma, where 301 workers were killed.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Gareth Jones)
#AceWorldNews – HAWAII – October 28 – Dozens of Hawaii residents have been told they might have to evacuate because molten lava from a volcano is headed toward their homes.
The lava from Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanos, was about 100 yards from a home Monday morning,
Hawaii County Civil Defence officials said.
Back in 2012:A surge of lava spews out of a rupture in the lava tube system and is heading down steep cliffs, or pali in Hawaiian. This strong flow is being supplied lava from Kilauea Volcano’s Pu`u O`o Crater four miles to the north-west.
The rupture was at the 1600-foot elevation about four miles north-west of Kalapana Gardens, and directly above the old Royal Gardens subdivision.
Further down the mountain he shot the rough a`a lava and chunky pahoehoe lava river, and at the 800-ft elevation videoing the lava ‘toes’.
Video Shot Courtesy of Leigh Hilbert on February 24th, 2012
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Five houses were buried when mud rolled down from surrounding hills just after midnight in Mekarsari village of East Java‘s Jombang district, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. Tuesday’s fatal landslide was the second in several days on densely populated Java.