The admission was startling. A fortnight ago, as Britain passed the grim milestone of 100,000 Covid deaths, the Prime Minister told the nation he was ‘deeply sorry’ for every life lost and insisted his Government ‘did everything we could’. It was an unusually sombre pause for Boris Johnson, whose dogged determination throughout the pandemic saw him furiously clapping the NHS on the doorstep of No 10 just hours before he himself was rushed to hospital with the virus. In mid-January, at the peak of our second wave, Britain was suffering the worst death rate in the world in terms of fatalities per million head of population, according to University of Oxford figures. So how did we get here? Boris Johnson, pictured on April 2, 2020 clapping for the NHS outside his flat in Number 11 Downing Street admitted last month he was 'deeply sorry' for the level of Covid deaths in the UK, but insisted that the government 'did everything we could' Should we have … [Read more...] about How did Britain end up with the worst Covid-19 death rate in the world… and was there anything that could have been done to avoid the terrible toll?
There is a continuous sound of heavy machinery at the mouth of the main tunnel of the Tapovan power station in India's Uttarakhand state. Rescuers are desperately trying to reach about 35 workers trapped inside a tunnel after a glacier collapse. It has now been more than 60 hours since a Himalayan glacier broke off in Uttarakhand, sweeping away bridges, breaking dams and sending a torrent of debris and water down a mountain valley. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player India: Over 100 feared dead after glacier bursts So far, 31 bodies have been recovered but officials fear for the 165 who are missing at the two hydropower plants at Rishiganga and Dhauilganga.They have only managed to reach about 100 meters into the mile-long tunnel at Tapovan until now. Advertisement The eight-metre-high tunnel is packed with debris and slush, and earthmovers have been continually removing it since operations began on Sunday.But it's a slow process as … [Read more...] about India: Rescuers try to reach workers trapped in tunnel as relatives push for answers over deadly glacier collapse
Earth removers and diggers are continuously removing debris and slush at the Rishiganga power project. There is almost 30ft of it that they need to clear - but with caution as there may be bodies buried underneath. It's a painstakingly slow process, frustrating the rescuers. This smaller hydropower project has been almost completely destroyed. Families and relatives of those who were trapped inside are losing patience and are angry. They argue with the police and officials about the slow pace and why only three machines are being used when the area is so vast. Advertisement Bina Devi tells Sky News: "My younger brother is trapped inside for days but these people are not doing anything. They are not telling us what's the progress, since yesterday they have not cleared anything." Her grandmother demands that "all work must stop... they need to find my grandson now". More from India Twitter defies Indian government and refuses to remove … [Read more...] about India: Desperate families losing patience in slow search for glacier collapse survivors
Tory unrest is mounting today as Matt Hancock insisted ministers are 'doing everything we can' to make sure people can go on holidays this summer - but admitted there is no guarantee of success. The Health Secretary confirmed that he has already booked a trip to Cornwall, despite Grant Shapps sparking fury yesterday by saying Britons should not plan trips 'domestically or internationally'. However, Mr Hancock risked fuelling Tory MP frustration further by insisting that even though the vaccine rollout has surged ahead the situation is 'uncertain' with mutant coronavirus strains running riot. 'What we have all been saying is we will do everything we can to make sure that people can have a holiday but these are uncertain times,' Mr Hancock said in a round of interviews this morning. 'That is something people understand – especially after the last year, people really get that.' Mr Hancock also insisted he made 'no apology' for his bloodcurdling threat of 10 years in jail for … [Read more...] about ‘We are in danger of making ‘holiday’ a dirty word’: Tory fury over holidays grows as Matt Hancock says ‘nothing is certain’ – after it was revealed he’s booked Cornwall but Brits are urged NOT to book
Dozens of people have died and many are still missing after a devastating flood in the Himalayan area of Chamoli in Uttarakhand, northern India. The deluge left the Rishiganga hydroelectric power project almost entirely buried under mud and ice. Another dam project on the Dhauliganga River was also severely damaged. Disasters of this kind are becoming more frequent in the Himalayas, with many scientists pointing to rising temperatures as one of the causes. A 2019 study by Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) found that Himalayan glaciers are melting at twice the rate they were two decades ago. Using satellite imagery, scientists have been piecing together what happened. Advertisement Nanda Ghunti mountain sits high up in the Nanda Devi National Park. This is a satellite image showing the mountain range before the disaster. At roughly 5,600 metres, a crack had formed on the side of the mountain. Researchers monitor … [Read more...] about Uttarakhand dam disaster: What caused India’s deadly flood?