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Pollution is a greater global threat than Ebola and HIV, according to warnings by the World Health Organisation. According to its recent report, one in four deaths among children aged under five are now due to environmental hazards such as air pollution and contaminated water. Previously this year, air pollution levels in London were worse than those in Beijing for a brief period – with the UK capital’s pollutants frequently breaking UK limits. Now, the UK Government plans to tackle such dangers by banning diesel and petrol cars by 2040. But how bad is air pollution in other areas of the UK? Search for your postcode to see how bad air pollution is in your area How high is air pollution in your area? How does the UK compare to the world? According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), London is just a mid-table city when it comes to the international league table of polluted places. London only ranked 1,389th out of the nearly 3,000 cities and towns around the world monitored in the WHO’s database of annual air pollution readings. Which cities have the worst air pollution levels? WHO guidelines state that cities should aim to have an annual average of no more than 10 micrograms of PM2.5 (very fine particulate matter) for every cubic metre of air. London had an annual PM2.5 average of 15 μg/m3 in 2013, far lower than Beijing’s average of 85.2 μg/m3. These particles are very small in diameter and are classed as carcinogenic by leading health organisations. Thousands of deaths a year are attributable to air pollution in the UK. London pollution – what causes it and how can you stay safe? 01:33 Which cities have the highest air pollution levels worldwide? According to the WHO, the most polluted city in the world is Zabol in Iran. Zabol’s PM2.5 measurements were found to average a massive 217 μg/m3 for the latest available year – more than 20 times higher than the recommended level. The next two entries on the list are both located in India (Gwalior and Allahabad) while the first non-Asian city on the list is Bamenda in Cameroon which came in eighth place. Tetovo in Macedonia was the most polluted European city in the database, followed by Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The most polluted city in the UK isn’t actually London. Glasgow topped that list, followed by Scunthorpe and Leeds with London in sixth place. However, given that these rankings are based on figures taken in 2013, the situation may have changed since. London may also experience greater peaks in air pollution but these figures are all annual averages. Table – The 100 most air polluted cities in the world Asian cities tend to be more polluted The WHO’s database is by no means a comprehensive list of every city in the world – many places will simply not be able to provide air pollution figures of sufficient quality to be included. However, from the figures available, Asian cities were the likeliest to exceed the 10 μg/m3 guideline for PM2.5. Just four of the 632 Asian locations included in the data were found to be below this level, meaning that the equivalent of 99.4 per cent of Asian cities exceeded it. African cities were the next most likely to annually exceed their recommended levels of air pollution while towns and cities in Oceania were the least likely.
Two more men have been arrested in connection with the Parsons Green bombing, taking the total to five. Scotland Yard said men aged 30 and 48 were detained during a raid by counter-terrorism officers at a home in Newport, South Wales at around 5.10am on Wednesday. A third man, 25, who was arrested at a separate address in Newport shortly after 7pm on Tuesday, and two other suspects detained on Saturday remain in custody. Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met Counter Terrorism Command, said: “This continues to be a fast-moving investigation. “A significant amount of activity has taken place since the attack on Friday.”We now have five men in custody and searches are continuing at four addresses. “Detectives are carrying out extensive inquiries to determine the full facts behind the attack.”We anticipate that the searches will take some days to complete and may cause further disruption. “However, it is important that we continue with these searches and I’d like to thank all those affected for their support, patience and cooperation.” How the London Underground attack unfolded Parsons Green terror attack: how the day unfolded 01:38 Witnesses to Tuesday’s arrest described officers “jumping” a man who was put into a police car and driven away. Nearby resident Sully Ali, 19, a part-time model, told the Press Association: “A big van pulled up and six officers got out and jumped this guy. “There were two armed officers there, they didn’t have their guns pointed at him but they had them on show. The guy was smiling. I didn’t hear him saying anything or the police saying anything to him.” Mr Ali said the arrested man worked as a painter and decorator for some local residents. He added: “They were Met Police officers, they were wearing hats saying Met Police and they didn’t speak like anyone from round here. “He was arrested and handcuffed by officers wearing suits. They handcuffed him and led him away, they didn’t put him in the van though, they put him in a marked police car.” Eyewitness describes the moment a suspect was arrested in Newport 00:37 Residents said the arrested man had lived in the area for many years and attended local mosques. “He was a nice guy, everybody knew him,” one man said. “He was a student here and he worked as a painter and decorator.” One mother added: “He did some painting on our house about two years ago. He was a nice guy, he was very softly spoken. “He used to condemn terrorism in front of my husband, my husband would condemn terrorism and he would agree with him. I know he is a Muslim but I don’t know what mosque he went to. “Muslims in this area are totally shocked, we condemn terrorism totally and we totally condemn what happened in London.” Parsons Green London Underground terror attack, in pictures The latest raids were carried out by the Met Counter Terrorism Command, assisted by Gwent Police and the Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (Wectu) and both addresses in the town were being searched on Wednesday. Detectives had already been granted more time to question two suspects, Yahyah Farroukh, 21, and an 18-year-old man, over Friday morning’s bomb attack on a London Underground train, which injured 30.
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At least 216 people were killed when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, including 21 children crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble. The destruction revived horrific memories in Mexico on the annive…
Mexico was struck by a powerful earthquake on Tuesday that killed at least 217 people and toppled several buildings in the capital. The death toll was slightly reduced, after it climbed throughout the night as rescue workers continued digging through rubble, with 21 children at a collapsed primary school among those killed. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake came on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 temblor that caused major damage to Mexico City, and struck as many people took part in an earthquake drill. Mexico City’s buildings crumble as deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits – in pictures It also came less than two weeks after another major quake killed 90 people in the country’s south. Thousands fled into the streets in panic as the powerful quake rocked several states in the centre of the country. The epicentre was Atencingo in Puebla state, around 75 miles south-east of Mexico City, and struck at a depth of 32 miles, according to the US Geological Survey, at 1.14pm local time. Mexico City faces bulk of the destruction Forty three of the deaths were in the state of Puebla, some 75 miles east of Mexico City, where the earthquake struck, while 71 people were killed in Morelos, to the south of the capital. But it was Mexico City itself that was hardest hit, with 86 confirmed dead, according to Luis Felipe Puente, national coordinator of the Civil Protection service. Much of the region was plunged into darkness, with forty percent of Mexico City and 60 percent of the state of Morelos still without electricity early on Tuesday. President Enrique Pena Nieto urged people to stay in their homes if it was safe to do so and keep the streets free of congestion to allow emergency vehicles to pass. “This earthquake is a hard and very painful test for our country,” he said in a message to the nation. “Us Mexicans have had difficult experiences as a consequence of earthquakes in the past. And we have learned to respond to these episodes with commitment and the spirit of solidarity.” He added: “We will stay united, confronting this new challenge together.” People trapped in rubble Tony Gali, the governor of Puebla, said that church steeples had been toppled in the city of Cholula. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in Mexico City, where more than 50 people died, and fires broke out in several of them. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said rescue teams were working painstakingly with picks and shovels to free people who had been trapped Journalist films home swaying as earthquake hits Mexico 00:50 “We have some buildings where we have reports that there could be people inside. They are doing it with lots of caution,” the interior secretary said, adding that more rescue personnel would be needed. At one site, reporters saw onlookers cheer as a woman was pulled from the rubble. Rescuers immediately called for silence so they could listen for others who might be trapped. One video posted on social media showed a large industrial building swaying and then crumbling in a huge cloud of dust and rubble. Mexican TV showed cars crushed by debris. Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake in Mexico There was chaos in Mexico City, with traffic jammed to a standstill and ambulances trying to reach those injured. Hundreds of civilians rushed to help search for people who may have been trapped. ‘There was thunder…then dust’ Carlos Mendoza, 30, said that he and other volunteers in Mexico City had been able to pull two people alive from the ruins of a collapsed apartment building after three hours of effort. “We saw this and came to help,” he said. “It’s ugly, very ugly.” Another volunteer rescue worker, Mariana Morales, said she saw a building collapsing in a cloud of dust before her eyes as she travelled in a taxi. “There was the sound of thunder … then dust and all this,” she said. “The people are organising quickly.” Gala Dluzhynska was taking a class with 11 other women on the second floor of a building on trendy Alvaro Obregon street when the quake struck and window and ceiling panels fell as the building began to tear apart. She said she fell in the stairs and people began to walk over her, before someone finally pulled her up. A man enters a damaged building after an earthquake in Mexico City Credit: Eduardo Verdugo/AP “There were no stairs anymore. There were rocks,” she said. They reached the bottom only to find it barred. A security guard finally came and unlocked it. ‘Children killed at school’ Jorge Lopez, a 49-year-old Spaniard living in Mexico City, told the AFP news agency that when the earthquake struck, he raced to the school in the central Roma district where his children aged six and three were, to find it collapsed but his offspring safe if terrified. “We arrived at the school and everyone was crying, everyone was frantic, and the kids were holding on to a rope,” he said. “It’s uncontrollable. You can’t do anything against nature.” Lazaro Frutis, a 45-year-old who escaped an office building before it crumpled to the ground, said: “We ran outside thinking all was going to collapse around us. “The worst thing is, we don’t know about our families or anything.” Volunteers and rescue personnel work on the remains of a collapsed primary school Credit: AP On Twitter, relatives posted pleas for news of family members, including 8-year-old Alexis Vargas Macias who was at Enrique Rebsamen school when the quake hit. Hours after the quake, rescue workers were still clawing through the wreckage of the primary school looking for any children who might be trapped. Some relatives said they had received Whatsapp message from two girls inside. President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the school late on Tuesday and said 22 bodies had been recovered there, two of them adults. He added in comments broadcast online by Financiero TV that 30 children and eight adults were still reported missing. Rescuers were continuing their search and pausing to listen for voices from the rubble. City joins together in rescue efforts Hours after a school collapsed, killing at least 20 children, people were still searching through the rubble. Emergency services and civilians have clubbed together to rescue people and animals trapped after the quake. A sea of people are seen removing rubble from a toppled building Thousands of volunteers removing rubble from a collapsed building. There’s no electricity in 40% of Mexico City #FuerzaMexicopic.twitter.com/wCH0NcbgXd— Gaby S. (@gabyserrar) September 20, 2017 A dog was saved, to the joy of onlookers Mexico at its finest. Proud. #mexicoearthquake#fuerzaPuebla#FuerzaMiMexico pic.twitter.com/4nl6aa4wKW— Jorge Cameron-Ochoa (@jcameron_ochoa) September 20, 2017 Locals were seen wearing masks as they helped to remove rubble Porque somos más los buenos. Pese a la fuerte sacudida, la gente ayuda para remover los escombros | @fotocarlos28https://t.co/vAhXkdTDSFpic.twitter.com/KRi82hondx— DIARIO RÉCORD (@record_mexico) September 20, 2017 Hundreds of university students gathered to join the rescue efforts Miles de universitarios llegan al Estadio Olímpico en @UNAM_MX y comenzarán organizarse para salir en brigadas de rescate pic.twitter.com/7Bd3gvFyWD— Noticias MVS (@NoticiasMVS) September 20, 2017 Crowd cheers as child is saved “They saved a child” the crowd cheers But over 200 people have died in an #earthquake in #Mexico Including 21 kids pic.twitter.com/0Q3FH3w1I4— Jamie Johnson (@JamieoJohnson) September 20, 2017 Soldiers were deployed to assist with rescues NEW: More than 3,400 soldiers deployed in areas affected by earthquake near Mexico City, says The Mexican Secretariat of National Defense. pic.twitter.com/z957fdh52v— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 19, 2017 Man pulled from rubble shouts ‘there are more people in there!’ VÍA @genarolozano: Una persona rescatada sale caminando y dice que hay más gente atrapada con vida. #CDMXpic.twitter.com/9bVET9CWW7— Webcams de México (@webcamsdemexico) September 20, 2017 Scouts help with rescue efforts We stand with people & #Scouts in #Mexico affected by #SismoMX. We are working closely with @scoutsdemexico on relief efforts. #FuerzaMexicopic.twitter.com/9l86KtH3tl— World Scouting (@worldscouting) September 20, 2017 Nieto: Focus is on rescuing people In video message later, Mr Nieto appealed for calm. “The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people,” he said. Pena Nieto said that as of late Tuesday 40 percent of Mexico City and 60 percent of Morelos state have no electricity. Police called for calm and cordoned off streets with grotesquely twisted buildings, their reinforcing steel poking out from concrete. People hugged and comforted each other amid anxiety about loved ones. Many stood around in a daze, not sure where to go or what to do. Devastating images from Mexico City. pic.twitter.com/RpF7sUq31s— Jorge Guajardo (@jorge_guajardo) September 19, 2017 Enrique Peña Nieto, the Mexican president, told civilians to stay off the streets so that emergency services could access the worst hit areas. Donald Trump, the US president, tweeted: “God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you.” Power was cut to 3.8 million customers, the national electricity company, CFE, said and mobile phone signals were down across large parts of the country. Current image of Mexico City. To all my family and friends, I hope everyone is safe. pic.twitter.com/dqCk47kcEK— Francisco Parada (@paco_parada) September 19, 2017 Mexico City’s international airport suspended operations and was checking facilities for any damage. Mexican stocks and the peso currency dropped on news of the earthquake, and Mexico’s stock exchange suspended trading. Two weeks ago, a 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit the south of the quake-prone country leaving 90 people dead. The earthquake nearly toppled this building across from me in Mexico City. People fled screaming as buildings crumbled. Scary as hell. pic.twitter.com/PDCFm8vh0B— Kate Linthicum (@katelinthicum) September 19, 2017 Much of Mexico City is built on former lake bed, and the soil can amplify the effects of earthquakes centred hundreds of miles away. There have been 19 earthquakes of magnitude 6.5 or larger within 200 miles of yesterday’s quake in the past century, said Paul Earle, a US Geological Survey seismologist. People leave buildings following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake Credit: Sáshenka Gutiérrez/EFE Earlier in the day workplaces across Mexico City held readiness drills on the anniversary of the 1985, 8.0 magnitude, earthquake, which killed thousands of people. “I’m so worried. I can’t stop crying. It’s the same nightmare as in 1985,” said Georgina Sanchez, 52. FCO advice for British travelers The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released this statement: “On Tuesday 19 September 2017 there was an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 near Puebla, Mexico – approximately 140km south-east of Mexico City. Damage has been severe. “Mexico City airport was closed temporarily, but has now reopened. Please contact your airline in the first instance if you are due to fly out on 19 or 20 September. Local authorities are opening up shelters for those most badly affected, details will be released by Proteccion Civil. “If you are in the area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities. The British embassy in Mexico City remains closed and phone lines are intermittent due to structural damage. If you require emergency assistance, please call +44 (0)20 7008 1500.” Additional reporting by agencies.