A tragic air-crash took place yesterday in Colombia, South America where a chartered airplane carrying the Brazilian football team ‘Chapecoense’ crashed near the town of Rionegro. 75 passengers and crew on board were killed, but miraculously, six others survived. The ill-fated Avro RJ85 was en route from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to Medellin, Colombia when it crashed.
Jakarta Post reported that around 15,000 followers of all Buddhist sects participated in a joint prayer ceremony in Medan, North Sumatra, on Saturday 19 November. Dozens of Buddhist monks, members of the House of Representatives and local officials also participated in the event, which aims to invoke blessings for peace in Indonesia.
At least 142 people were killed early today when a Patna-Indore Express train derailed near India’s northern city of Kanpur. Over 150 passengers were injured, 58 of them seriously. Sadly, more than 70 passengers could still be trapped in mangled rail cars.
New Zealand’s South Island was struck by a powerful earthquake today. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake measured 7.8 on the Richter Scale, and had its epicentre at 95km north of Christchurch. Two hours after the quake, the first tsunami wave hit the shores of South Island. More tsunami waves of different magnitudes, as well as aftershocks from the earthquake, are expected in the next few hours.
A year ago tomorrow – on 13 November 2015 – a group of “Islamic State” (“IS”) terrorists launched a series of coordinated attacks across Paris and Saint-Denis, killing 130 people and injuring hundreds more. The loss of innocent lives is still a very painful memory for France, and especially so for the victims’ families. We stand in solidarity with French citizens in commemorating this tragic event – another dark day in the annals of humanity. May the deceased rest in Peace; and may all beings be free from suffering.
Nalandians offer our deepest condolences to the families of patients at Johor Bahru’s Sultanah Aminah Hospital who perished in a fire yesterday, 25 October. The blaze occurred at the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where all six casualties were warded. As a result of the fire, other patients and staff at the hospital were temporarily evacuated from the building.
The powerful Hurricane ‘Matthew’ struck islands in the Caribbean Sea earlier this week, leaving a string of destruction across Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and the Bahamas. In Haiti alone, more than 300 people have died from the storm and floods.
Super Typhoon “Meranti”, which is the strongest storm anywhere in the world in 3 years, is expected to hit the southern coast of Taiwan today. Packing wind speeds of over 350kmh, “Meranti” threatens to bring devastation to Taiwan and Mainland China.
Today marks 15 years since the worst terrorist attacks on the United States of America; the incident is commonly referred to as the September 11th attacks. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives when four airplanes were hijacked and used as weapons to kill innocent lives and cause great damage to properties.