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    UN Environment : Annual Report- 2018

    March 4, 2019 in Latest News

    UN Environment published its Annual Report-2018, highlighting the organization’s work on issues from fighting pollution of the air and sea to helping nations meet their goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    The report, released online ahead of March 2019’s UN Environment Assembly, shows that the pace of action on many interlinked environmental issues is accelerating.


    The report shows UN Environment’s impact in many areas, including making the cooling industry more climate-friendly, helping communities in Darfur to reduce resource conflicts in a changing climate and training authorities so they can better enforce environmental laws.

    The online report will also integrate with the Programme Performance Report, a comprehensive review of the programme of work agreed with Member States.

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    At least 60 people feared buried by a landslide at an illegal Indonesian gold mine.

    February 28, 2019 in Latest News

    Rescuers are searching for survivors at the site, in the Bolaang Mongondow area, on the island of Sulawesi.

    Indonesia’s disaster agency said one person had been found dead and at least 13 rescued by 0500 on Wednesday (2200 GMT Tuesday).

    A spokesman said supporting beams gave way at the mine “due to unstable land and numerous mining shafts”.

    “It is estimated that as many as 60 people are buried under landslide and rock material,” the agency said.

    Images from the scene showed rescue teams and local people working through the night to carry survivors off a mud-covered hillside.

    Small-scale gold mining is banned in Indonesia, but remains widespread in rural areas. Lack of regulation and the poor construction of makeshift mines means accidents are relatively frequent.

    Campaigners have long argued that a lack of local employment opportunities meant people felt forced to rely on illegal mining.

    Source: BBC News, 27 February 2019

    One worker dies every 30 seconds from exposure to toxic at Workplace

    February 28, 2019 in Latest News

    One worker dies approximately every 30 seconds from exposure to toxic chemicals, pesticides, radiation and other hazardous substances, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).  Global supply chains are often implicated for both failing to protect workers from toxic exposures and refusing to provide an effective remedy for individuals harmed. Poverty, gender, age, ethnicity and migration are among the many themes that frequently recur in cases of workers and toxic harms.

    In his 2018 annual report to the Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes (toxics), Baskut Tuncak, reports on the global crisis confronting workers exposed to toxic chemicals. Efforts in various fora are underway to improve occupational health and safety standards.  The Rapporteur’s report offers 15 principles to help States, businesses and other actors realize everyone’s right to safe and healthy working conditions.

    35 workers among victims of Chawkbazar inferno in Bangladesh

    February 27, 2019 in Latest News

    There are 25 workers from formal and informal sectors among the deceased while 10 among the injured in the Chawkbazar tragedy of old Dhaka in Bangladesh, as per the report of Ministry of Labour and Employment. Out of the 47 bodies handed over to families, 25 were identified as workers. Among 12 injured, who are undergoing treatment at various hospitals, 10 persons have been identified as workers.

    The ministry recommended the authorities concerned to give Tk 1 lakh to each family of the deceased and Tk 50,000 to the injured.

    At least 67 people were killed and 12 injured in the fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse in Chawkbazar area of Old Dhaka around 10:45 pm on February 20. Chawkbazar Inferno

    Chemical blaze kills 67 at Chawkbazar in Dhaka, Bangladesh

    February 26, 2019 in Latest News

    At least 67 people died by devastating blaze in Chawkbazar  in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 20 February, making it the second deadliest chemical-fueled fire in the country after the 2010 Nimtoli incident. Among the death, 25 are workers of different occupation. Of them 22 are from various factories and shops, 2 are rickshaw puller and another one is hawker. 10 workers also injured from the inferno.

    The flames spread to five buildings like a wildfire in the packed area with narrow lanes, making it difficult for firefighters to respond faster and more efficiently. At least three of the buildings had highly inflammable chemical warehouses on different floors.

    Soon after the fire started following a loud bang, it ripped through five buildings, including a community centre. Three of the buildings had highly flammable deodorants, air fresheners, cosmetics and plastic beats, setting off a chain of explosions and a wall of flames down nearby narrow streets clogged with heavy traffic.

    The first explosion that led to Wednesday’s devastating fire in Chawkbazar area might have took place at Haji Wahed Mansion, suggested footage of at least two separate CCTVs installed nearby. The second floor housed a storeroom of perfumes along with three residential flats while combustible and flammable substances were found in the basement.

    Between 2004 and 2018, at least 1,970 people have been killed in more than 2 lakh fire incidents across the country, according to fire service data.

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