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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor

Afghanistan Gold Mine Disaster Kills 40

At least 40 workers died, and ten others were injured when a gold mine caved in the Northern Badakhshan province on Sunday. Badakhshan is prone to landslides, particularly in the colder months when heavy snow blankets the province. Villagers dug…

Restaurant Explosion and Fire in Japan’s Hokkaido Region Injures 42

Images from the scene showed large flames and plumes of smoke rising in the night air after the blast in the city of Sapporo. The explosion at a restaurant in northern Japan injured 42 people late Sunday (16th Dec), police said,…

One Killed, Two Injured in South Korea Firefighting Helicopter Crash

Channel News Asia has reported that a South Korean firefighting helicopter crashed into a river in Seoul on Saturday (Dec 1), killing one and injuring two others on board, rescue authorities said. The chopper was hovering over the Han River…

If 110 Fires are Not Enough, Queensland Firefighters Could See More Heat, Dry Lightning and Potential Tropical Cyclone to add to State’s Problems

This report from ABC News says Sunday will be a day of vigilance for fire-ravaged parts of Queensland, amid the threat of blazes caused by lightning and the possibility of a tropical cyclone brewing in the northern Coral Sea. Severe…

Fire and Floods brings Devastation to Australian East Coast

While Queensland firefighters fight 140 fires, many of which are threatening towns in central and northern Queensland, an east coast low is dumping record amounts of rain on central New South Wales. Fires Hundreds of firefighters are fighting fires in…

Asia/Pacific is the Most Disaster-Prone Region says Red Cross Report

A Red Cross report has found natural disasters affected more than two billion people around the world over the past decade. Australia and the greater Asia-Pacific was the most disaster-prone region in the world last year, according to the latest report.…

Taiwan train crash kills 18 and injures approximately 171 passengers

Sunday the 21 Oct at 1650 hours an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal tourist route in Taiwan, the island’s worst rail accident for more than 25 years. Images show the Puyuma Express train completely derailed…

Six Malaysian Firefighters Killed in the Line of Duty

Six specialist firefighters were killed by strong currents while trying to rescue a teenager after he fell into a disused mining pool last Wednesday. Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department Director-General Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said today that “it is embedded in…

Update – 12 days on and the toll increases to 1760 dead and 5000 missing in Indonesia

The death toll from the 28th September 7.5 magnitude earthquake that spawned a tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 1763, with 5000 believed buried in deep mud and under the debris of collapsed buildings and homes. Local rescuers were continuing…

63,000 People in 85 Villages Impacted by Myanmar Dam Collapse

The Swar creek dam in Myanmar failed last Wednesday unleashing waters that blocked a major highway and forced more than 63,000 people from their homes in 85 villagers. The disaster highlights safety concerns about dams in Southeast Asia after last…

Largest Fire for Years in Melbourne Causes Toxic Smoke Flume and Water Run Off Last Thursday

One of Melbourne’s largest fires in years continues to burn in the city’s west, closing schools and childcare centres as well as prompting health warnings from the toxic smoke. The Melbourne, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said the Tottenham fire began…

Early Fire Season a Worry for Australian Firefighters

Aug 20th, Australia is still in winter, however, a long dry spell which has seen most of the east coast of Australia in drought has made for an early start to the fire season, the state of New South Wales…

Nine People Killed and Fifteen Injured in Taiwan Hospital Fire

Last Monday (Aug 13) nine people died and were 15 injured when a fire broke out in a government-run Ministry of Health and Welfare Taipei Hospital in New Taipei City. The fire started on the seventh floor of the Taipei…

Nine rescue workers killed in helicopter crash last Friday

All nine people aboard a rescue helicopter which crashed in a mountainous area in central Japan during a training flight have been confirmed dead. The Bell 412 helicopter carrying seven local rescue workers from the Gunma prefecture and two from…

Fireworks explosion kills 22 in Mexico

An explosion in a fireworks factory in a northern suburb of Mexico has killed 19 people. The fatalities included four firefighters and two police officers who were attending the scene. The explosion occurred on Friday the 6th in the suburb of Tultepec. The…

Thai Rescue Effort Success – all 12 Children and their Adult Supervisor Found Alive

This is a positive follow up to the story of the Thai Youth Football team who have been missing in a cave system for over a week. An official from the Government in Thailand has announced that all 13 that…

Insults aimed at dead firefighters lead to prosecutions in China

Two men in China’s Jiangsu province have insulted the name of a firefighter that died in the line of duty. The 21-year-old firefighter, Xie Yong, fell to his death on May 12 from the 18th floor of a residential building…

Memorial wall recognises 505 Australian and New Zealand fire and emergency service personnel

The Hon. Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security formally opened the National Emergency Service Memorial Wall in Canberra on Tuesday 1 May 2018, at the National Memorial Service for fire and emergency service personnel. The new…

64 Left Up in the Air as Roller Coaster Comes to a Stop in Japan

Sixty-four terrified passengers were left hanging 30 metres in the air, face down for up to two hours after a roller coaster made an emergency stop at Universal Studios Japan last Tuesday (3rd May)  at around 4.45 pm The amusement park said…

Firefighters called to hot air balloon crash in South Korea

The pilot of a hot air balloon was killed, and 12 tourists injured on Thursday 12 April after it crashed on an island in South Korea. The aircraft, which took off at about 7:40 a.m. local time (2240 GMT Wednesday) from an…

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