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Tories face wipeout as Ukip warns of a 'political landslide'

There is a massive appetite out there for change." Mr Farage's party has made inroads in Labour's northern strongholds in recent elections, and he said: "We're going all out for the workingclass vote now.

Mr Farage said the party was "testing the waters" with potential turncoats - both Tory and Labour - and predicted Ukip could hold the balance of power in the next Parliament.

With the Westminster rumour mill on full throttle, Tory MP Zac Goldsmith yesterday denied he would be joining fellow Tory Douglas Carswell by jumping ship to the anti-Brussels party.

It came as a dramatic new poll gave Ukip a massive 44-point lead over David Cameron's party - and Mr Farage predicted that a win would result in "more and more people coming over to us".

The Clacton poll put Ukip on 64 per cent, the Tories on 20, Labour on 13 and the Lib Dems on 2. More than half favoured quitting the European Union, with 54 per cent supporting a British exit and 26 per cent opposed to cutting ties to Brussels.

In a sign of Mr Carswell's popularity in the seat, 34 per cent of those indicating they would vote Ukip said it was because they liked their former Conservative MP.

Fifty seven per cent said it was because they liked Ukip and nine per cent said it would be a protest vote.

Among Tory voters, 49 per cent said Mr Carswell was a hero despite his defection, with just 17 per cent saying he was a traitor.

Mr Farage said the stakes were high in the contest for the Essex seat, which will see Mr Carswell take on his former party.

The Ukip leader added: "This is the moment. If we win the by-election in Clacton, it will create a landslide in British politics.

"If we lose, then selling ourselves as a party that can win a significant number of seats will get a lot harder.

"If Douglas wins this by-election, then there will be more and more people coming over to us. We could end up holding the balance of power by next May."

He added: "I'm going to keep playing double or quits until I lose.

"But if I win three more hands, we'll be out of the EU and a free country again. There is a massive appetite out there for change." Mr Farage's party has made inroads in Labour's northern strongholds in recent elections, and he said: "We're going all out for the workingclass vote now. Five of our most winnable seats are Labour-held and there are even some Labour MPs thinking of joining us."

Mr Cameron has dismissed Mr Carswell's decision as "bizarre" because he had promised a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU by the end of 2017.

Mr Goldsmith took to Twitter yesterday to dispel newspaper suggestions he was going to defect if the Government changes its stance on green subjects.

"I was critiquing Ukip's position on green issues to illustrate why I couldn't join them," he said.

Tory MP Nigel Evans said: "I fought the Ribble Valley by-election in '91. It was the 13th safest seat in the land and we lost it and a year later I was the MP. So how important are these by-elections?" 

Express
01/09
12 Points
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Deadly landslide in south-west China

The landslide was believed to have been caused by a breach from a small reservoir, state broadcaster CCTV said.Local television footage showed dozens of rescuers combing areas covered in dried mud. Officials said that they were expecting environmental conditions to "bring some difficulties" to ongoing search and rescue operations.The landslide which struck Yingping village on Wednesday night was the second disaster to hit China's southwestern region this month.

At least six people have died and 21 others are missing after a landslide struck a village in south-west China.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported that more than 70 houses in the village in Guizhou province were destroyed.

It also said, quoting officials, that 22 people were injured and had been transferred to hospitals for treatment.

The landslide was believed to have been caused by a breach from a small reservoir, state broadcaster CCTV said.

Local television footage showed dozens of rescuers combing areas covered in dried mud.

Officials said that they were expecting environmental conditions to "bring some difficulties" to ongoing search and rescue operations.

The landslide which struck Yingping village on Wednesday night was the second disaster to hit China's southwestern region this month.

Earlier this month, an earthquake struck a remote region in neighbouring Yunnan province, killing 615 people.

BBC
28/08
1 Points
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Japan landslide: Rescuers race to find survivors

Rescuers have been searching desperately for survivors in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 42 people.At least 43 others are missing, officials told the Kyodo news agency. Dozens of homes in a residential area close to a mountain on the outskirts of Hiroshima were buried.Among those killed was one 53-year old rescue worker who died when a second landslide struck after he had already pulled several people to safety.

Rescuers have been searching desperately for survivors in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 42 people.

At least 43 others are missing, officials told the Kyodo news agency.

Police quoted by the agency say that more people could be unaccounted for, buried by mudslides and not yet reported as missing.

About 3,000 rescue personnel have been trying to remove mud and debris hampering the search.

Torrential rains have led to the evacuation of up to 100,000 people.

Experts say the chances of survival for people trapped without food or water in such a disaster decreases significantly after the first 72 hours, which passed early on Saturday.

On Friday afternoon all searches in the area were called off when the shape of nearby hillsides appeared to change, raising fears that more landslips could be on the way.

"Operations in (two districts) were halted as hills there were becoming misshapen," a Hiroshima police spokesman is quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

The landslides happened after the equivalent of a month's rain fell in the 24 hours up to Wednesday morning, Japan's weather agency said.

Dozens of homes in a residential area close to a mountain on the outskirts of Hiroshima were buried.

Among those killed was one 53-year old rescue worker who died when a second landslide struck after he had already pulled several people to safety.

Reports said he was killed while holding a toddler he was trying to rescue. A father was handing his small son to the rescue worker only to see both engulfed as a fresh mudslide swept down the mountain.

"There was a really strange smell, a very raw, earthy smell. When we opened a window to see what was going on, the entire hillside just came down, with a crackling noise, a thundering noise," Reuters news agency quotes one woman who survived as telling local television.

She and her husband fled moments before mud gushed through their house, leaving boulders where they had been sleeping, Reuters says.

Correspondents add that a number of children are thought to have perished in the disaster.

Much of central and southern Japan is mountainous, with many homes nestled into steep slopes.

Last year, a typhoon triggered landslides on Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo, that left 35 people dead.

BBC
23/08
13 Points
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Japan landslide: Rescuers race to find survivors

Rescuers have been searching desperately for survivors in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 42 people.At least 43 others are missing, officials told the Kyodo news agency. Dozens of homes in a residential area close to a mountain on the outskirts of Hiroshima were buried.Among those killed was one 53-year old rescue worker who died when a second landslide struck after he had already pulled several people to safety.

Rescuers have been searching desperately for survivors in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 42 people.

At least 43 others are missing, officials told the Kyodo news agency.

Police quoted by the agency say that more people could be unaccounted for, buried by mudslides and not yet reported as missing.

About 3,000 rescue personnel have been trying to remove mud and debris hampering the search.

Torrential rains have led to the evacuation of up to 100,000 people.

Experts say the chances of survival for people trapped without food or water in such a disaster decreases significantly after the first 72 hours, which passed early on Saturday.

On Friday afternoon all searches in the area were called off when the shape of nearby hillsides appeared to change, raising fears that more landslips could be on the way.

"Operations in (two districts) were halted as hills there were becoming misshapen," a Hiroshima police spokesman is quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

The landslides happened after the equivalent of a month's rain fell in the 24 hours up to Wednesday morning, Japan's weather agency said.

Dozens of homes in a residential area close to a mountain on the outskirts of Hiroshima were buried.

Among those killed was one 53-year old rescue worker who died when a second landslide struck after he had already pulled several people to safety.

Reports said he was killed while holding a toddler he was trying to rescue. A father was handing his small son to the rescue worker only to see both engulfed as a fresh mudslide swept down the mountain.

"There was a really strange smell, a very raw, earthy smell. When we opened a window to see what was going on, the entire hillside just came down, with a crackling noise, a thundering noise," Reuters news agency quotes one woman who survived as telling local television.

She and her husband fled moments before mud gushed through their house, leaving boulders where they had been sleeping, Reuters says.

Correspondents add that a number of children are thought to have perished in the disaster.

Much of central and southern Japan is mountainous, with many homes nestled into steep slopes.

Last year, a typhoon triggered landslides on Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo, that left 35 people dead.

BBC
23/08
1 Points
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Japan landslide: Death toll rises to 39 in Hiroshima

Heavy rain has hampered rescue operations in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a deadly landslide killed at least 39 people. Dozens of homes in a residential area close to a mountain on the outskirts of Hiroshima were buried.The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says with the leap in the death toll, the eventual number of victims could be close to 100.Among those killed was one 53-year old rescue worker who died when a second landslide struck after he had already pulled several people to safety.

Heavy rain has hampered rescue operations in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a deadly landslide killed at least 39 people.

The number of people missing has jumped to 51, officials say, after police cross-checked information with fire crews, Kyodo news agency reported.

About 3,000 rescue personnel are working in the area but rain on Thursday night suspended the search.

Torrential rains have led to an evacuation for up to 100,000.

Officials fear that more landslides will occur.

The landslides happened after the equivalent of a month's rain fell in the 24 hours up to Wednesday morning, Japan's weather agency said.

Dozens of homes in a residential area close to a mountain on the outskirts of Hiroshima were buried.

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says with the leap in the death toll, the eventual number of victims could be close to 100.

Among those killed was one 53-year old rescue worker who died when a second landslide struck after he had already pulled several people to safety.

Reports said he was killed while holding a toddler he was trying to rescue. A father was handing his small son to the rescue worker only to see both engulfed as a fresh mudslide swept down the mountain.

"There was a really strange smell, a very raw, earthy smell. When we opened a window to see what was going on, the entire hillside just came down, with a crackling noise, a thundering noise," Reuters cites one woman who survived talking to local television.

She and her husband fled moments before mud gushed through their house leaving boulders where they had been sleeping, Reuters says.

Correspondents add that a number children are thought to have perished in the disaster.

Much of central and southern Japan is mountainous, with many homes nestled into steep slopes.

Last year, a typhoon triggered landslides on Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo, that left 35 people dead.

BBC
22/08
17 Points
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Rescuers comb Japan landslide site

The landslide happened in a residential area near a mountain in the Hiroshima city outskirts. Aerial images (this taken on 20 August 2014) showed the damage caused by the landslide. Rescuers are still combing through the site of a landslide triggered on Wednesday by torrential rain in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture.At least 39 people are now known to have died and rescue teams are working to find more survivors. Dozens of houses were buried as entire hillsides collapsed.

Rescuers are still combing through the site of a landslide triggered on Wednesday by torrential rain in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture.

At least 39 people are now known to have died and rescue teams are working to find more survivors.

The landslide happened in a residential area near a mountain in the Hiroshima city outskirts. Dozens of houses were buried as entire hillsides collapsed.

The equivalent of a month's rain fell in the lead-up to Wednesday morning.

Mud gushed through the ground floor of the homes engulfed by the landslides.

Aerial images (this taken on 20 August 2014) showed the damage caused by the landslide. Military troops have been deployed at the request of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to assist in rescue operations.

Among the dead, reports local media say, was a 53-year-old rescuer who was battling to rescue those trapped when a second slurry of mud came through. Reports say he died with a toddler in his arms.

Trees fell and houses were buried in mud and rocks, as rescue teams worked their way towards homes.

Despite intensive search operations, seven people still remain missing.

BBC
22/08
2 Points
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Japan landslide: Death toll rises to 39 in Hiroshima

Heavy rain has hampered rescue operations in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a deadly landslide killed at least 39 people. Dozens of homes in a residential area close to a mountain on the outskirts of Hiroshima were buried.The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says with the leap in the death toll, the eventual number of victims could be close to 100.Among those killed was one 53-year old rescue worker who died when a second landslide struck after he had already pulled several people to safety.

Heavy rain has hampered rescue operations in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a deadly landslide killed at least 39 people.

The number of people missing has jumped to 51, officials say, after police cross-checked information with fire crews, Kyodo news agency reported.

About 3,000 rescue personnel are working in the area but rain on Thursday night suspended the search.

Torrential rains have led to an evacuation for up to 100,000.

Officials fear that more landslides will occur.

The landslides happened after the equivalent of a month's rain fell in the 24 hours up to Wednesday morning, Japan's weather agency said.

Dozens of homes in a residential area close to a mountain on the outskirts of Hiroshima were buried.

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes says with the leap in the death toll, the eventual number of victims could be close to 100.

Among those killed was one 53-year old rescue worker who died when a second landslide struck after he had already pulled several people to safety.

Reports said he was killed while holding a toddler he was trying to rescue. A father was handing his small son to the rescue worker only to see both engulfed as a fresh mudslide swept down the mountain.

"There was a really strange smell, a very raw, earthy smell. When we opened a window to see what was going on, the entire hillside just came down, with a crackling noise, a thundering noise," Reuters cites one woman who survived talking to local television.

She and her husband fled moments before mud gushed through their house leaving boulders where they had been sleeping, Reuters says.

Correspondents add that a number children are thought to have perished in the disaster.

Much of central and southern Japan is mountainous, with many homes nestled into steep slopes.

Last year, a typhoon triggered landslides on Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo, that left 35 people dead.

BBC
22/08
2 Points
1 2 3 4

Swiss train derailed in landslide

A train has derailed after a landslide near the Swiss ski resort of St Moritz, in what police describe as a "serious" accident. Email us at [email protected] adding 'Swiss train' in the heading, and include your contact details. But Wednesday's accident comes two days after three people died when their minibus was hit by a train in central Switzerland.Are you near St Moritz. Send your pictures and videos to [email protected] or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International).

A train has derailed after a landslide near the Swiss ski resort of St Moritz, in what police describe as a "serious" accident.

Swiss national radio reported that one carriage had plunged into a ravine and another was hanging from the rails.

The extent of casualties is unclear but officials say the injured have been taken to hospital by helicopter and ambulance.

The landslide happened after heavy rain in eastern Switzerland overnight.

Police spokesman Peter Faerber said some people had been slightly wounded, but could not immediately confirm the exact number of injured.

A passenger who was on the train told the German-language Swiss newspaper 20Minuten of his experience when the train made an emergency stop.

"We all rushed to the back of the carriage to put all of our weight there so that it wouldn't tip into the abyss," he said.

The accident occurred on a mountainous train line near Tiefencastel, between Chur and St Moritz in the region of Graubuenden.

The Swiss rail system is widely seen as among the safest in the world. But Wednesday's accident comes two days after three people died when their minibus was hit by a train in central Switzerland.

Are you near St Moritz? Did you witness the train derailment? Email us at [email protected] adding 'Swiss train' in the heading, and include your contact details.

Send your pictures and videos to [email protected] or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International). If you have a large file you can upload here.

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BBC
13/08
14 Points
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Three train cars derail into ravine after landslide in Switzerland leaving 11 injured

The accident happened after heavy rainfall overnight caused a landslide. Three carriages came off the lines and five people were seriously injured while six passengers were slightly hurt.One train car slid off the tracks onto a sleep slope and was halted by trees.

Three carriages came off the lines and five people were seriously injured while six passengers were slightly hurt.

One train car slid off the tracks onto a sleep slope and was halted by trees. The accident happened after heavy rainfall overnight caused a landslide.

The incident happened near the St Moritz ski resort in Switzerland and officials said passengers who were injured had been taken to hospital by helicopter and ambulance.

A passenger who was in one carriage told Swiss newspaper 20Minuten of how people onboard acted swiftly when the train made an emergency stop.

He said: "We all rushed to the back of the carriage to put all of our weight there so that it wouldn't tip into the abyss."

Dramatic pictures taken from the scene showed one carriage after it had plunged into the ravine while another dangled over it precariously.

Another shot showed a person in a stretcher being air lifted away from the scene of the accident by emergency services.

The train is operated by Rhaetische Bahn, which runs a network of narrow-gauge routes in Switzerland's mountainous south-eastern corner.

The derailment came two days after three people died when their mini bus was hit by a train in the country.

The Swiss rail system is widely seen as one of the safest in the world.

Accidents are rare however in 2010 the popular Glacier Express tourist train derailed in the Alps in southern Switzerland.

The incident left one person dead and injured 42 others.

Express
13/08
3 Points
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Swiss train derailed in landslide

A train has derailed after a landslide near the Swiss ski resort of St Moritz, in what police describe as a "serious" accident. Email us at [email protected] adding 'Swiss train' in the heading, and include your contact details. But Wednesday's accident comes two days after three people died when their minibus was hit by a train in central Switzerland.Are you near St Moritz. Send your pictures and videos to [email protected] or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International).

A train has derailed after a landslide near the Swiss ski resort of St Moritz, in what police describe as a "serious" accident.

Swiss national radio reported that one carriage had plunged into a ravine and another was hanging from the rails.

The extent of casualties is unclear but officials say the injured have been taken to hospital by helicopter and ambulance.

The landslide happened after heavy rain in eastern Switzerland overnight.

Police spokesman Peter Faerber said some people had been slightly wounded, but could not immediately confirm the exact number of injured.

A passenger who was on the train told the German-language Swiss newspaper 20Minuten of his experience when the train made an emergency stop.

"We all rushed to the back of the carriage to put all of our weight there so that it wouldn't tip into the abyss," he said.

The accident occurred on a mountainous train line near Tiefencastel, between Chur and St Moritz in the region of Graubuenden.

The Swiss rail system is widely seen as among the safest in the world. But Wednesday's accident comes two days after three people died when their minibus was hit by a train in central Switzerland.

Are you near St Moritz? Did you witness the train derailment? Email us at [email protected] adding 'Swiss train' in the heading, and include your contact details.

Send your pictures and videos to [email protected] or text them to 61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International). If you have a large file you can upload here.

Read the terms and conditions

BBC
13/08
0 Points
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