At least five fires have southern Greece alight on Wednesday afternoon due to high temperatures and gale force winds, while at the same time a strong storm hit northern Greece leaving seven people dead, dozens injured and a fisherman missing, as well as losses or damages to properties.
On Wednesday afternoon, at least five fires triggered either by high temperatures or gale force winds swept across the Peloponnese Peninsula, Attica Peninsula, Lamia Bay, and Evia Peninsula.
The disasters were finally controlled before night fell due to the joint efforts of firefighters on the ground and planes in the air.
However, in northern Greece, another extreme weather phenomenon took the baton and threatened people in the north.
The extreme weather caused seven people, six of whom confirmed as tourists from Russia, Czech and Romania on vacation in the country, dead and the unidentified victim is said likely to be a local fisherman. The storm darkened the doorstep of the Chalkidiki Peninsula in northern Greece, and the country’s second largest city Thessaloniki.
“The grill and the iron plate for the barbecue were blown off there. The pavilion there also fell down. The cars were crushed,” said Despoina, a resident in Chalkidiki.
The damages brought by the first freak storm in 30 years was huge, though it only lasted half an hour.
“We have been living here for 25 years, but we have never seen this,” said Despoina.
The power supply in the northern coastal areas and trains running between Thesalloniki and Alexandroupoli, another coastal city in the north, were cut off.
The 22 injured people have been sent to a local hospital, with nine of them suffering fractures to varying degrees. (REUTERS)
Over 200 families have lost their homes after a fire broke out in Sta. Cruz, Manila on Tuesday (October 22).
Based on the accounts of several residents, a power line exploded and caused a fire in their area around 12:00 p.m.
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the fire quickly spread because the houses at the compound were made of light materials. They immediately raised the alarm to Task Force Bravo.
Manila Fire District District Fire Mashall F/Ssupt. Rodolfo Denaga said they find it difficult to control the fire because they couldn’t reach the base of the fire.
“Kung makita po natin, wala tayong access doon sa base of [the] fire, (If you can see, we have no access to the base of the fire)” he said. “Sa fire fighting kasi, kailangan nating ma-hit ng ating water stream iyong base of fire. So, iyon po ang problema natin, (In fire fighting, our water stream should hit the base of the fire. So, that is our problem).”
No casualties have been reported so far. However, one fireman was given first aid after getting hit by a falling object.
The victims of the fire are temporarily taking shelter at the Rizal Avenue covered court.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
Former UNTV Cup Season 5 champion PNP Responders must win against the multi-season finalist Malacañang-PSC Kamao on Sunday (October 20) at Pasig City Sports Center to keep their bid for the next round in the league of public servants.
As a winless team in Group B, the Responders share the bottom two spot with the GSIS Furies.
After the first-round elimination, only the top four from each group will advance to the next round. The lowest two teams in each bracket will go on vacation early.
Tough as it may seem, they cannot afford to lose their three remaining games. But what they will be facing are the unbeaten Malacañang-PSC which flashes solid offense and defense prowess in all of its 3 games, the GSIS Furies and the reinforced two-time champion Judiciary Magis.
The Responders will basically still rely on Ollan Omiping, Anton Tolentino with the support from Richard Villanueva and rookie Mariano Flormata Jr.
While the Raffy Gonzales-coached Malacañang-PSC Kamao will be led by Eric dela Cuesta, the Javier brothers, Visnu and Narayan, Myk Jimenez, Ian Garrido with solid supporting cast: Joseph Besa, Michael Ignario and rookies Joseph Roque, Jeff Punzalan.
The PNP- Malacañang-PSC bout will take place at 5:00 pm, Sunday.
An explosive 2nd game is also expected as the multi-season champion AFP Cavaliers will take on the revitalized Department of Agriculture Food Masters.
At the helm of the Food Masters team is PBA Legend Rodney Santos who takes pride of hard-fought victories in their first two encounters against PITC Global Traders and Ombudsman Graft Busters.
In the other games, rookie team SSS Kabalikat will take on sophomore UNTV Cup team PITC Global Traders at 2pm.
SSS Kabalikat, being win-less also, need to win all their remaining games to prevent early eviction.
UNTV Cup can be seen live at Pasig City Sports Center for free or via Facebook and YouTube accounts and of course via UNTV channel and UNTV website.
GROUP A AFP Cavaliers 3-0 Agriculture Food Masters 2-0 Ombudsman Graftbusters 1-2 PITC Global Traders 1-2 PhilHealth Plus 1-2 SSS Kabalikat 0-2
GROUP B Malacañan PSC Kamao 3-0 DENR Warriors 2-0 NHA Builders 2-1 Judiciary Magis 1-2 GSIS Furies 0-3 PNP Responders 0-2
For 13 years, Joe Dayaday has been an employee of Gaisano Mall in General Santos City. This has become his source of income to help his family get by.
On Wednesday (October 16), a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck parts of Mindanao which caused a fire at Gaisano Mall.
Huge flames torched the two-hectare mall that night, illuminating the surroundings as if the sun had never set.
It took 18 hours before authorities finally declared the fire out; it was around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday (October 17).
However, the mall was again engulfed in flames on Thursday night, leaving 90 percent of the establishment damaged.
The fire left an estimated P2 billion worth of damage, and that’s not counting the loss of livelihood it has brought to around 2,000 employees in Gaisano Mall.
As authorities finally declared fire out around 10:00 p.m. that Thursday night, uncertainty filled Joe’s heart.
“Maapektuhan talaga ang trabaho namin, marami kamung nagtatrabaho dito na maapektuhan, (Our jobs will be affected, a lot of us working here will be affected)” Joe said.
Uncertainty loomed over the 2,000 employees of Gaisano Mall, among whom is Hanzel Falalimpa.
Hanzel’s husband is currently in the hospital and it is up to her to support her family including her two children.
“Ako lang talaga ang nagtatrabaho sa amin ngayon tapos may dalawang anak pa ako, (I am the only worker in the family and I have two children)” she said. She is now at a loss where to find money for their daily needs and the hospital expenses of her husband.
Meanwhile, Joe is calling out to the government for assistance.
“Ang hiling namin sa pamahalaan sana matulungan kami na makahanap ng trabaho sa ibang kumpanya, (Our wish is for the government to help us find another job in other companies)” he said.
Assistant Department Head of City Social Welfare & Development Office GenSan Arabecque Batilong assured they will provide assistance to the employees affected by the fire.
“We gathered them sa G-Mall almost 2,000 silang empleyado. Mayroong mga ibang agencies whether private or government [that are] willing to employ them (We gathered them in G-Mall, almost 2,000 employees. There are other agencies whether private or governmentthat are willing to employ them)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)
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