Daily false alarm almost cause death in Bolton student flat fire

A row has broken out over fire alarms after a blaze forced the evacuation of a block of student accommodation.

Residents fled The Cube in Bolton after the fire on Friday, which was tackled by up to 200 firefighters for more than nine hours.

Two were treated at the scene, including one who was rescued by crews using an aerial platform, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said.

Bolton fire

One resident said many were confused as fire alarms go off “almost every day”

Resident Afnan Gohar said: “The fire alarms go off almost every day so we just thought this was just another false alarm.

“We didn’t take notice of it until a girl came running and screamed, telling us to get out and we didn’t believe it at first.”

Shannon Parker, who also lives in the building, said: “I heard the fire alarm going off but it kept on going off so I just thought it was a drill at first, until one of my flatmates shouted down the corridor that it was a real fire.

“So I ran out the flat as quickly as I could and I saw that it was one of the flats below mine and we went out by the fire exit.”

Source: BBC News

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Climate Change is the cause of Venice flood says Mayor

Severe flooding in Venice that has left much of the Italian city under water is a direct result of climate change, the mayor says.

The highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years would leave “a permanent mark”, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted.

A man crosses the flooded St. Mark's Square in high water levels in Venice, 13 November 2019

“Now the government must listen,” he added. “These are the effects of climate change… the costs will be high.”

The waters in Venice peaked at 1.87m (6ft), according to the tide monitoring centre. Only once since official records began in 1923 has the tide been higher, reaching 1.94m in 1966.

Climate Change: Global flood emergency crisis

Global flood emergency, evacuation, disruption, destruction of properties and even death has been seen all over the world in Europe, Asia, African etc

Europe

UK – Evacuations After Heavy Rain and Floods in Northern and Central England. 8 November, 2019. Parts of northern and central England saw around a month’s worth of rain on 07 November, 2019. Rivers in South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and most of the north of England. Rescuers pull a boat through floodwater in Fishlake, Doncaster

Italy – Parts of the Italian city of Venice have been left under water after the highest tide in more than 50 years. The waters peaked at 1.87m (6ft), according to the tide monitoring centre. Only once since records began in 1923 has the tide been higher, reaching 1.94m in 1966. People wade through water in St Mark's Square

 Asia

India – Monsoon floods hit more than 25 million people in S. Asia By Robin Gomes More than 25 million people are hit by flooding due to the torrential monsoon rains in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Myanmar, with more than half a million people displaced, according to humanitarian groups collaborating with United Nations agencies. Death toll rises to more than 660 in South Asia. Severe floods and lightning kill at least 666 across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan as monsoon takes its toll.

Japan – At least nine people are reported dead as Japan recovers from its biggest storm in decades. Typhoon Hagibis triggered floods and landslides as it battered the country with wind speeds of 225km/h.

Africa

Mozambique – The floods in Mozambique, one of Africa’s poorest countries, have already destroyed 5,756 homes, affecting 15,467 households and 141,325 people.

Central African Republic – More than 6,000 people have lost their homes to flooding in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. Heavy rains have worsened the plight of residents following the outburst.

South Africa –  Durban floods; Seventy people died in floods that ravaged parts of the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa’s southeast, local authorities said.

Global Initiatives and actions are required to address one of the critical issues of our time.