DVI News 7 February 2011
07/Feb/2011Drame de la rue Léopold: inauguration d'une stèle commémorative
Leopold Street drama: inauguration of a memorial stone
27 January 2011. France.
Municipal and federal authorities opened a memorial stone in honor of victims of the explosion of Leopold Street on Thursday morning at Liege. The Leopold Street explosion occurred there just over a year ago. Families were present, as well as representatives of firefighters, police, Red Cross and the Disaster Victim Identification Team (DVI) of the federal police.
9/11 forensic expert Dr. Askin, has passed away
30 January 2011. USA.
A 9/11 responder and pioneering forensic dental-identification expert who dedicated his life to assisting law enforcement died on Thursday.
Dr. Haskell Askin, 75, of Brick, was tour commander for the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, playing a major role in the identification of World Trade Center victims and later that year of American Airlines Flight 587 crash victims.
Askin also assisted in the identification of the eight teenage victims of the fire at the Six Flags Great Adventure Haunted Castle in Jackson in 1984; the 11 victims of the Philadelphia MOVE disaster in 1985; and Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005.
31 Dead in Floods in Bolivia
31 January 2011.
At least 31 people died and 13 were injured in a flood in the southeastern Bolivian province of Chuquisaca, regional police commander Col. Iver Marquez said.
Preliminary reports received by the governor said that bodies were found “without heads, without legs” in the river, where about 100 peasants and police have been searching for victims and survivors since Saturday
Death toll in flood disaster rises to four
1 February 2011. Kuala Lumpar
The floods in five states claimed its fourth victim today, the latest being a man, whose body was found in a drain in Gemas Baru, Negeri Sembilan, this evening.
Gemas Fire and Rescue Department officer Jaafar Yusof told Bernama when contacted that the body of the man was found by passers-by at 5.30pm and contacted the department.
He said that based on the details on an identification card found inside the man's wallet, the victim was identified as Pareynthan Monivasagam, of Kampung Kasipillai, Kuala Lumpur.
Cracker unit blast toll rises to 12
2 February 2011. India.
With three more persons succumbing to injuries, the toll in the explosion at anunlicensed cracker unit at Thrnaliyil near Shornur town roseto 12 today.
Doctors at the Medical College Hospital at Thrissursaid two seriously injured labourers died this morning.
Eight bodies were recovered from the blast site lastevening and four were rushed to hospital.
$1.2 Million Grant To Develop Ethics, Policy Recommendations for DNA ID Practices
2 February 2011. USA.
Forensic DNA profiling has become a standard tool in the search for missing people in the aftermath of mass violence and disaster, but until now there has been very little effort to identify and analyze the major ethical and policy challenges associated with this new use of genetic technology.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Carnegie Mellon University a three-year, $1.2 million grant to analyze ethical and policy problems associated with post-conflict and post-disaster DNA identification and develop recommended practices.
Dormitory fire kills five in southwest China
2 February 2011.
Five people were killed in a fire at a company dormitory in southwest China's Guizhou Province early Wednesday morning.
Fire fighters rescued four people but found five dead after the fire was brought under control.
Collision Leaves 6 Dead in Honduras
2 February 2011.
Six people were killed and 12 others injured when a cargo truck collided with a pickup near the northern city of Olanchito, Honduran media said Tuesday.
Brazil Death Toll at 869 in Heavy Rains
2 February 2011.
The death toll resulting from the heavy rains that have deluged the mountainous region of the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro stands at 869 at last count, authorities said
At least 14 killed as Congolese train derails
3 February 2011.
At least 14 people were killed Wednesday and around 20 injured when a goods train derailed in western Democratic Republic of Congo, local authorities said.
Those killed and injured were passengers who had hitched a ride by perching on top of the carriages
Shahjahanpur rail incident death toll climbs to 19
3 February 2011. India.
The death toll in Tuesday's incident at the Mohammadi railway crossing in Shahjahanpur district, where youth travelling atop the Himgiri Express had their heads smashed against a foot overbridge, has risen to 19.
Nine victims are yet to be identified, among them three in the age group 18-19 who succumbed to their injuries in the Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University here late Tuesday night.
The victims hit against the overbridge and an electric pole, when the train was running at good speed. There is no stop for the Himgiri Express at Shahjahanpur.
12 Jasad Korban Tewas Tak Bisa Diidentifikasi
12 Bodies of victims cannot be identified
3 February 2011. Indonesia.
The forensic disaster victim identification team, Polda Banten, was not immediately able to identify 12 bodies found at last under the ship Sea Dack Pacific. According kabidokes Polda Banten, the institute is working on identifying the bones found.
Plane crashes in northern Iraq, killing 7
4 February 2011.
A small commercial plane crashed Friday while taking off from a regional airport in northern Iraq, killing seven on board, officials said
Ankara Industrial Zone Blast Toll Rises To 17 - Officials
4 February 2011. Turkey.
The death toll from two explosions in an industrial zone in Ankara, that were triggered by a gas leak, rose overnight to 17, with one person still unaccounted for.
The first explosion on Thursday morning in a factory that produced generators left seven dead.
Rescue teams were still combing the debris for survivors after nightfall when a second explosion went off in the neighboring factory making flammable paint products.
Four people were originally thought to have died in the second explosion but rescue services said that a further six bodies had been recovered Friday.
Morgue fridges out as bodies pile up
5 February 2011. Nepal.
Each year, more than three hundred people who die in Kathmandu remain unclaimed as nobody come forward to stake claim on their dead bodies, according to a Nepal Police report.
This number is set to increase as most of the fridges in the mortuary of Nepal Police Science Laboratory (NPSL) located behind the Institute of Medical Sciences at Maharajgunj have been dysfunctional for three months. Due to lack of sufficient fridges, the department has started disposing the corpses quickly…. If the mortuary has sufficient fridges, the bodies could be kept for several weeks for identification.
'Briton Among Seven Killed In Plane Crash'
5 February 2011.
A Briton is reportedly among seven people killed in a plane crash in northern Iraq.
Iraq's mobile phone company AsiaCell reportedly said the Briton was killed along with an American and a Spanish businessman
Bodies of three Lebanese killed in Iraqi plane crash arrive in Beirut
6 February 2011.
The bodies of three Lebanese killed in the crash of a private jet in Iraq arrived in Beirut on Saturday. Four other people were also killed in the plane crash.
Solemn services mark Black Saturday fires
6 February 2011. Australia
Survivors and bereaved families have marked the second anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires with a low-key remembrance ceremony in Melbourne.
While simple services were held in some of the communities ravaged by the February 7, 2009 fires, about 400 people gathered in an auditorium at Federation Square for a central service with the theme Remember, Reflect, Hope.
Explozie la Mina Uricani: Cinci mineri au murit
Mine Explosion Uricani: Five miners died
6 February 2011. Romania.
An explosion took place on Saturday afternoon at Mina Uricani Jiu Valley. Five people were underground when the blast occurred. A team of workers was repairing an electrical panel which caught fire killing the miners in the explosion.
Six dead, two injured in fighting against forest fire in east China
6 February 2011.
Six fire fighters were killed, with another two injured in fighting against a forest fire in Chun'an County, east China's Zhejiang Province as of Saturday evening
Digging the past in search of the future
6 February 2011. Cyprus.
This time last year, two Greek Cypriot and two Turkish Cypriot teenagers got on a bus with three Elders, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former UN special representative Lakhdar Brahimi and former US President Jimmy Carter to learn about the search for the missing of Cyprus.
A film crew followed the unlikely group around the island as they visited excavation sites in Strovolos and Kyrenia as well as the Committee on Missing Persons’ (CMP) Anthropological Laboratory in Nicosia
The 36-minute doc is a subtle reminder at a time when reunification remains at arm’s length that humanity continues to exist, not just on the Elders’ bus but around the island.
One of the teenagers counts 16 members of his family amongst the missing and yet began the journey with the neutrality and enthusiasm of someone setting off on any road trip. Another probed with youthful sincerity a CMP worker searching for bones knee-deep in the mud, discovering that she too has a relative still missing
44th Anniversary Black Tuesday Fires – Tasmania 1967
The Black Tuesday bushfires that ravaged southern Tasmania on 7 February 1967 were one of the worst natural disasters in Australian history. More than 120 fire fronts, feeding on high temperatures and strong winds, caused devastation, particularly in the Hobart area. In total, in the space of a few hours, 62 people lost their lives, more than 900 were injured, tens of thousands of animals died, and more than 1200 homes, 1500 vehicles and 80 bridges were destroyed.