Police said the fire started in the factory's sawmill and spread to the furniture factory. At the height of the blaze flames were about 10 metres high and could be clearly seen from the Thai and Myanmar sides of the border. When the fire started, local villagers and workers tried to put out the blaze but strong winds caused the fire to spread quickly. The villagers and workers helped to save some of the furniture. Ten fire engines were brought in to tackle the flames. The blaze destroyed the entire warehouse and about half of the furniture was destroyed. No one was injured in the blaze. Nongkran Mungtun, 61, the owner of the factory, said the factory has been operating for many years. She said workers who stayed in living quarters smelled fumes and found that the fire started in the sawmill section. An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire. … [Read more...] about Tak furniture factory destroyed in blaze
The Thousand Islands Police have secured an old but live military bomb found in a volleyball court on Untung Jawa Island, Thousand Islands, Jakarta, on Sunday morning. An officer at the Thousand Islands Water Management Agency, Dadi Suhendar, who was digging a trench in the sand at the location to make a water channel, found the bomb at about 9.30 a.m., a police officer said. Dadi reported his finding to the police. "It is a live bomb, weighing about 60 kg," Thousand Islands Police chief Adj. Comr. Bambang Budi Hastono said on Sunday. He said the bomb might have been there since colonial times, adding that it might have failed to explode after it was dropped from a plane. Ten personnel, including seven from the Gegana bomb squad, were deployed to lift the bomb from the trench and carry it to a safer place. "The bomb was brought to the Gegana headquarters in Petamburan, Central Jakarta," Bambang said, kompas.com reported. At the … [Read more...] about Old but live bomb found in Thousand Islands
PEMBA: Tens of thousands of people in the far north of Mozambique are bracing for violent flooding as torrential rain pushes up water levels, after the death and devastation wrought by Cyclone Kenneth.The first floods have already been seen in some parts of Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado province, as well as in surrounding areas, lashed by heavy rain since daybreak, AFP journalists reported.Fields on the outskirts of the city that had been lush green just a day earlier were now brown with floodwater."It's been raining hard since Sunday morning," said Deborah Nguyen, spokeswoman for the UN World Food Programme. "Violent flooding is expected in and around Pemba."We are very worried because, according to the forecasts, heavy rain is expected for the next four days," she added."We expect the rainfall to be twice as much as that which accompanied Cyclone Idai that hit the city of Beira last month."Idai hit central Mozambique six weeks ago and communities in that region are still reeling … [Read more...] about Mozambique braces for violent floods after Cyclone Kenneth
The beautiful, sun-kissed islands of our tourism paradise of the Philippines have the mixed blessings of abundant natural resources, fertile volcanic soil and also lots of natural disasters once in a while, such as earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, typhoons, and others. How can businesses — most especially the numerous micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) — be prepared for any natural or manmade disasters? How can small enterprises and professionals survive calamities and accidents? The following is not based just on textbook research or interviews, but I personally suffered a destructive accidental fire in one of my businesses and it was caused by the fire from a next-door neighbor’s business (which had mysteriously been allowed to operate by the fire department without any fire extinguishers, while my staff had to use up to 13 units of 10-kilo and 20-kilo fire extinguishers). Here are suggestions for all of us: Review and be sure to update your … [Read more...] about How can small businesses & professionals prepare for disasters?
PEMBA, MOZAMBIQUE: In the wake of the death and devastation wrought by Cyclone Kenneth, tens of thousands of people in the far north of Mozambique now face the threat of violent flooding as torrential rain dangerously pushes up water levels. The first flooding was already seen in some parts of Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado province, as well as in surrounding areas, after heavy rain lashed down since daybreak, AFP journalists reported. Fields on the outskirts of the city that had been lush green just a day earlier were now brown with floodwater. “It’s been raining hard since Sunday morning. Violent flooding is expected in and around Pemba,“ said Deborah Nguyen, spokeswoman for the UN World Food Programme. “We are very worried because, according to the forecasts, heavy rain is expected for the next four days,“ she said. “We expect the rainfall to be twice as much as that which accompanied Cyclone Idai that hit the city of Beira last month.” … [Read more...] about Mozambique fears ‘devastating’ floods after Cyclone Kenneth