Bus plunges into Kenyan river valley, kills 34 people: Reports | transport News

Kenya’s transport regulator has ordered the bus operator to droop operations pending an investigation into the crash.

Thirty-four folks have died in central Kenya after their bus veered off a bridge and plunged right into a river valley, native media reported on Monday.

The Day by day Nation and The Commonplace newspapers reported that the incident occurred on Sunday night in Tharaka Nithi County, when the bus of Trendy Coast firm travelling from Meru to the port metropolis of Mombasa veered off the Nithi Bridge, and fell into the valley 40 metres (131 toes) beneath.

“So far, we have now misplaced 14 ladies, 18 males and two women, so the entire deaths are 34. We have now rescued 11 who’re present process remedy in hospital,” Tharaka Nithi County Commissioner Nobert Komora advised NTV Kenya tv close to the crash website.

The Nation quoted Komora as saying that preliminary investigations confirmed the bus brakes could have failed, stopping its driver from correctly turning on a pointy bend on the bridge.

The Nationwide Transport and Security Authority, Kenya’s transport regulator, has ordered all buses belonging to Trendy Coast to droop operations pending an investigation into the crash.

Nationwide Bureau of Statistics knowledge exhibits 4,579 folks died in highway accidents in Kenya in 2021, a 15 % enhance from a 12 months earlier.

North Korea reports first COVID outbreak since pandemic began | Coronavirus pandemic News

State media studies ‘greatest emergency incident’ after BA.2 sub-variant is detected in Pyongyang.

North Korea confirmed its first outbreak of COVID-19, the state-run Korean Central Information Company (KCNA) reported on Thursday, elevating fears of a humanitarian catastrophe in one of many solely unvaccinated nations.

Authorities detected a sub-variant of the extremely transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, BA.2, in folks in Pyongyang, KCNA reported, with out elaborating on the variety of confirmed circumstances.

“There was the largest emergency incident within the nation, with a gap in our emergency quarantine entrance, that has been stored safely over the previous two years and three months since February 2020,” the state broadcaster stated.

The North, which sealed its borders in January 2020, had been one of many few international locations on Earth to report no COVID circumstances through the pandemic, though analysts expressed doubt in regards to the official figures given the nation’s huge, porous land border with China.

Help staff have warned that the North would wrestle to deal with a serious coronavirus outbreak after repeatedly refusing to take supply of vaccines supplied by the United Nations-backed international vaccination initiative, COVAX.

The remoted nation dominated by third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un additionally suffers from widespread malnutrition and a dilapidated and ill-equipped well being system.

Earlier than the pandemic, the UN estimated that greater than one-quarter of North Koreans suffered from malnourishment.

In July, the UN Meals and Agriculture Group estimated the nation might fall 860,000 tonnes in need of its meals necessities in 2021.