Wednesday, 30 December 2015

UK floods: Storm Frank threatens more misery


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Media captionFootage showed the moment a bridge collapsed in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire
A fresh storm threatens to bring more misery to parts of the UK, including areas already hit by severe flooding.
Storm Frank is due to sweep in from Tuesday evening, with Cumbria and south and central Scotland most at risk.
There are four severe flood warnings - meaning "danger to life" - in force in England and Wales, along with 47 flood warnings requiring immediate action.
An old stone bridge in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, has collapsed, and as a result a nearby gas pipe has ruptured.
The area around the bridge, over the River Wharfe, has been cleared. Shops and businesses in the main street of the small market town have been badly affected by flooding since the weekend, and the bridge had been closed for the past two days.
Twelve people have been evacuated from their properties as a result of the gas leak.

'Bad situation'

Meanwhile, Communities Secretary Greg Clark announced on Tuesday £50m extra funding to help households and businesses affected by flooding in northern England. The government says it has now pledged more than £100m towards the crisis.
The head of the Environment Agency, Sir Philip Dilley, is expected back in the UK by Wednesday, cutting short the Christmas holiday that he was spending at his property in Barbados.
Floods minister Rory Stewart told BBC Radio 4's Today programme residents should prepare for what could be "a very bad situation [on] Wednesday and Thursday".
Weather map


December has already seen communities in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire swamped by rising waters and Storm Frank now poses a new threat.
The number of severe flood warnings is now four - three at Croston in Lancashire, where an RAF Chinook helicopter has been delivering one-tonne sandbags in a bid to try to shore up the nearby River Douglas.
The fourth was issued in response to the collapse of the Tadcaster Bridge, where "significant flooding" is now expected.
The Met Office issued amber weather warnings - meaning "be prepared" - for rain in Strathclyde; Central, Tayside and Fife; Dumfries, Galloway, Lothian and Borders; Grampian; and north-west England for Wednesday.
There are also yellow weather warnings - meaning "be aware" - for rain for the rest of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, north east England and Yorkshire and Humber.

At the scene - Jorvik Viking Centre, York
The Jorvik Viking Centre attraction in York which has been closed due to floodingImage copyrightPA
By Fiona Trott, BBC News, York
One place counting the cost is York's popular tourist attraction, the Jorvik Viking Centre.
"It's really hard to see it like this," the museum's director of attractions Sarah Maltby told us as we waded through the contaminated floodwater that has closed it.
The faces of the Viking dummies looked strange in the torchlight, and it felt warm and damp. Sarah explained how they saved some of their priceless exhibits by ripping a door off its hinges and using it as a flood barrier.
"Within about six hours we moved all our most valuable items - an original Viking sock, bowls and tools all dating back to the 9th Century."
The museum attracts 400,000 visitors a year and they don't yet know when it will reopen. It's just one corner of this historic city that's now counting the cost.

BBC weather presenter Sarah Keith-Lucas said: "The wind and the rain will strengthen during the course of Tuesday, all down to Storm Frank.
"That's going to be pushing towards the north of the UK but Tuesday night into Wednesday a trailing weather front will be quite a troublemaker, bringing not only destructive winds but also further heavy rain."
Media captionFurther warnings are in force as Storm Frank threatens more heavy rain and strong winds.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency warned Storm Frank could bring further flooding to Scotland. Wales is also bracing itself for more rain.
Further afield, Ireland has also issued weather warnings ahead of the arrival of Storm Frank - two orange (equivalent to amber) and two yellow, both for wind and rain.
A soldier carrying a sandbagImage copyrightPA
Image captionSoldiers have been deployed to help shore up flood defences in York
Flooded house in York
Image captionResidents in York are trying to clean up - while simultaneously bracing for more extreme weather
Flood-hit York residents
Image captionDespite the bleak outlook, many remain positive in York, say correspondents
In York, BBC correspondent Jeremy Cooke says there is a bleak outlook for many, with some facing the loss of their livelihoods and others worried about claiming for the flood damage amid fears insurance companies will not insure them again.
Meanwhile, West Yorkshire Police warned residents that there had been incidents of theft of property left out to dry and said motorcycle clubs had offered to assist police in patrolling flood-hit areas "as extra eyes and ears on the ground".

'Lot of money'

The floods minister said £2.3bn being spent on flood defences over six years would allow the government to take long-term decisions.
Graph of record rainfall
"We have to try to be fair, we're putting a lot of money into this and we're making sure we're spending it in the most cost-effective way we can," Mr Stewart said.
The government has ordered a major review of flood prevention strategy.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell told Today that the issue of flooding should be beyond party politics and any review must include the input of experts on the ground.
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said extra funding was needed for flood defences and said David Cameron needed to "show he cares about the North by following up his words with deeds".
The Met Office said parts of Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire had seen record levels of rainfall for December.

Hoverboard sets on fire at shopping mall in Texas

Shoppers evacuated after hoverboard catches fire in Texas shopping mall

 A shopping mall in Humble, Texas, was evacuated after a hoverboard caught fire at a kiosk.
Shoppers filmed a Deerbrook Mall staff member using an extinguisher to put out the fire, which filled the surrounding area with smoke.
Hoverboard catches fire at US shopping mall (Storyful)
Deerbrook Mall said in a statement released to KHOU that no one was injured in the incident. The mall has since reopened.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on December 16 it had opened an investigation into the safety of hoverboards following a spate of similar fires.
source: The Telegraph

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Lai Mohammed must explain Borno, Adamawa Boko Haram attacks – Fayose

Read the press statement below...
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described the Sunday and Monday’s Boko Haram attacks in Borno and Adamawa States as disheartening and an indictment on the All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government, saying that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed must explain to Nigerians how the same Boko Haram that he said had been “technically defeated” could carry out such daring and deadly attacks.

The governor, who commiserated with the government and people of Borno and Adamawa States, especially those who lost their loved ones in the attacks, said; “in other countries of the world, the government would have taken responsibility for deceiving and misleading the people and apologised.”

In a release issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose asked; “If Boko Haram had indeed been technically defeated as Lai Mohammed made Nigerians to believe, what do we call the Sunday and Monday attacks in Maiduguri, Borno State capital and Madagali, Adamawa State? “Should we say that the ‘technically’ defeated Boko Haram insurgents attacked Borno and Adamawa States, killing close to 100 Nigerians and injuring several others?

“Only Lai Mohammed who told Nigerians that Boko Haram had been technically defeated can tell us what happened and he must have to explain how ‘technically defeated’ insurgents could carry out such deadly attacks.”

Governor Fayose, who urged the APC-led federal government to stop deceiving Nigerians, especially on the Boko Haram insurgency and its anti-corruption fight said; “This governance by deceit must stop. Nigerians deserve to know the truth concerning how they are being governed.”

He challenged the federal government to tell Nigerians how much had been spent on security matters since June, this year, saying; “As it is today, they are just using the anti-corruption fight to shift the attention of Nigerians from their failure to fulfil the promises they made while seeking votes.

They are deceiving Nigerians while diverting Security Vote under the pretence of fighting Boko Haram insurgency. “It has therefore become pertinent that they are told expressly to stop behaving as if they are still the opposition. They should realise that election is over and it is already seven months that they assumed office.”

Amazing! This guy didn't let disability hold him back (photos)

He doesn't have legs but that didn't stop him from working and making something of himelf. What's your excuse? #BeInspired! More photos after the cut..

Photo: NDLEA arrests a man at Lagos Airport with cocaine inserted inside his anus

Agents of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Dec. 26, arrested a 40-year-old man, Ikeh Maxwell Obumneme at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, for drug trafficking.

The NDLEA Commander attached to the airport Mr. Hamisu Lawan, who confirmed the arrest revealed that Obumneme was nabbed with substances that tested positive for cocaine inserted in his anus.

According to Lawan, the suspect was arrested on his way from Brazil with the drugs packed in six wraps weighing 120 grammes inserted in his anus. While reiterating the agency's vision to eradicate illicit traficking in narcotics drugs, the Commander said the case is currently under investigation.

Cuteness overload! Tiwa Savage shares adorable pic of son asleep in her arms

The beautiful mom is the picture of happiness and serenity as she snuggled up to her angel in a new photo. Cuddling her son close as he sleeps, Tiwa wrote: "Had the day off so I spent all with my little angel. Watching him sleep off in my arms...priceless moments #MomsKnowBest"

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Graphic photos: Bomb blast in Yola

A bomb explosion occurred in front of the Jimeta main market in Yola Adamawa state at about 7:45pm today June 4th. Eyewitnesses say the residents of the area had just finished observing their evening prayers at a nearby praying ground when the bomb detonated. It is believed the explosion was carried out by a male suicide bomber. Unconfirmed reports say as much as ten persons have been certified dead from the blast. Some survivors pictured above. More photos after the cut...

Photo credit: MDM