TOKYO — Typhoon Chan-hom, with an atmospheric pressure of 935 hectopascals at its center and with winds hurtling up to 234 kilometers per hour, ransacked areas of Okinawa in Japan, leaving more than 20 people injured, before heading off in the East China Sea, the weather agency said here Friday.
Local TV stations also reported that trees in Okinawa were being uprooted by Chan-hom and tossed around like toys, with the ferocity of the storm forcing local officials to evacuate nearly 200 people from the worst-affected areas.(Japan-Thphoon-Injuries)
SINGAPORE — Singapore’s train services operator SMRT may face a 50 million Singapore dollars (37.1 million U.S. dollars) fine for Tuesday’s unprecedented train service disruption, Maybank Kim Eng Securities said in a report on Friday.
On how the estimated amount came out, the report said that the Bill, passed by the parliament on February 17, 2014, increased the maximum fine for every rail disruption to 10 percent of an operator’s annual fare revenue for the relevant rail line.( Singapore-SMRT-Fine)
DHAKA — At least 23 people were killed in a stampede in Bangladesh’s Mynensingh district, about 120 km north of capital Dhaka, early Friday morning as they crowded outside a donor’s house to receive zakat cloths, which doled out during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, police said.
Dozens more were injured in the crush as thousands packed the narrow side street.(Bangladesh-Stampede-Death)
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN — Powerful squally showers hit Brunei Friday afternoon following an “Orange” level public weather warning issued by the Brunei Meteorological Department early in the morning.
No official report on the damage of properties and casualties was immediately available, but some houses’ roofs have been damaged and many trees uprooted by the storm. Traffic on the highway is also affected by the wind.(Brunei-Tropic Storm-Warning) Enditem