1. MONSTER DUST STORM SWEEPS THROUGH CENTRAL WEST NSW
AUSTRALIA: A massive dust storms have swept across central New South Wales, turning the sky dark and blanketing communities in a thick coat of red dust.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings yesterday evening for inland NSW with the associated winds generating massive dust clouds.
Thunderstorms has been forecast since yesterday, and according to Bureau meteorologist Rose Barr, winds will shift and come more from the north and west mid-week, bringing drier and warmer air on Wednesday and Thursday.
Although that would mean that those two days may end up seeing fire dangers increasing again, she said, moisture will return on Friday and the weekend.
2. STRONG QUAKE HITS CHINA’S FAR WEST XINJIANG REGION
XINJIANG: A strong earthquake damaged buildings and injured at least one person seriously in a rural part of China’s far west Xinjiang region.
China Earthquake Networks Center reported that the magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck at 9:21 pm at a depth of 16 kilometres (10 miles) and shaking was felt in the cities of Kashgar and Artux.
According to the Ministry of Emergency Management, a number of people were injured, one seriously, and some small buildings and walls around properties collapsed.
Rescue teams were sent to Peyzawat county, a rural area outside of the city of Kashgar, after the Sunday night quake.
3. CROWDED BRIDGE FALLS INTO INDONESIA RIVER, 7 DEAD
INDONESIA: A footbridge on Indonesia’s Sumatra island broke while it was packed with people and several fell into the overflowing river below and drowned.
About 30 people, most of them teenagers, had just returned from a tour at a nearby hydropower plant and believed to have stopped on the footbridge to take photos of the extreme flow of the river.
According to the local disaster mitigation agency, rescuers are searching for 3 others, between 14 and 17 years old, still missing and feared dead.
While seven bodies have been pulled from the water as far as 12 kilometres in Kaur district of Bengkulu province.