One dead, 16 injured after kombi lost wheel and overturned on Bulawayo-Harare Road just before the Ntabazinduna toll gate

 

ONE person died yesterday afternoon while 16 others were injured when a kombi they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned after its left rear wheel came off.

 

The accident occurred along the Bulawayo-Harare Road just before the Ntabazinduna toll gate at about 3pm.

The injured were rushed to United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) in ambulances.

The kombi was carrying passengers who were travelling from Bulawayo to Ntabazinduna.

Bulawayo Chief Fire Officer Mr Richard Peterson said one person died on the spot.

“The accident is believed to have occurred after a wheel detached from the vehicle resulting in it veering off the road before overturning and plunging into a ditch. One person, a male, died on the spot while 16 others were injured,” said Mr Peterson.

He said the injured were ferried by ambulances from Bulawayo City Council, Mars and  Century Ambulance Services.

Mr Peterson called on public transport owners to regularly maintain their vehicles saying yesterday’s accident could have been avoided.

He also urged motorists to exercise caution saying due to the rains the roads have become slippery, posing danger to travellers.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango said motorists should ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy.

She said motorists should avoid crossing flooded rivers.

“When there are heavy rains we urge motorists to exercise extreme caution on the road. Where necessary they should park on the roadside and proceed when it is safe to do so. We also urge them not to cross flooded rivers as they risk being swept away,” said Insp Simango.

When a Chronicle news crew arrived at the scene at about 3:30PM victims had been rushed to the hospital while the fire brigade team was still assessing the damage to the vehicle. By Nqobile Tshili,…source chronicle

40,000 migrants will be relocated to other EU states over the next two years

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Migration has been top of the agenda for the European Union Summit summit, which opened on Thursday. European Union partners, have faced a deluge of thousands of migrants arriving by sea, many fleeing ,persecution, war , violence, terror and also simply economic migrants fleeing poverty mainly across African countries such as Syria, Eritrea, Somalia and Nigeria.

European Union (EU) leaders, after marathon deliberations over the unprecedented number of migrant arrivals on European shores that has been seen of late, have finally come to an agreement that is envisaged to alleviate part of the problem, as leaders agreed to relocate tens of thousands of migrants who have arrived in Italy and Greece by sea this year, whilst at the same time EU leaders agreed to resettle a total of 20,000 refugees who are currently outside the EU.

Of note is the United Kingdom who have chosen to be exempt from the scheme, using one of its exemptions as agreed in the EU Lisbon treaty.

The relocation programme is a wholly voluntary project by participating nations as some nations in eastern Europe refused to accept set out relocation quotas

The Summit chairman Donald Tusk announced that 40,000 migrants will be relocated from where they are and distributed to other European Union (EU) states over the next two years in a willing take up basis as there will be no mandatory quotas for each country.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR, statistics show that this year alone, a total of 63,000 migrants arrived in Greece and 62,000 in Italy by sea, showing the alarming rate of arrivals and the need for a responsive and joint initiative by the EU to resolve the crisis as it will only grow worse if ignored. by Sibusiso Ngwenya.

photo-Commercial vessels on busy Mediterranean routes asked to assist with waves of migrants-wjs