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British police: All 39 found dead in trailer were Vietnamese

British police: All 39 found dead in trailer were Vietnamese

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Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The 39 men and women found dead in a truck trailer near London were Vietnamese, police said. British authorities were working closely with the Vietnamese government on identifying the victims, and had already informed the families of some of the victims, Essex Police Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith said Friday. "At this time, we believe the victims are Vietnamese nationals," Smith said. "From the outset, our thoughts have been and remain with those who have lost loved ones in this tragic incident." On Oct. 24, the bodies of eight female and 31 male migrants were found in a refrigeration container on the industrial estates in Grays. "Despite having mentally prepared for the worst scenario, but when officially being informed by the British police, we are also very shoc...
Essex lorry deaths: Vietnamese families fear relatives among dead

Essex lorry deaths: Vietnamese families fear relatives among dead

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At least six of the 39 people found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex may have been from Vietnam.The BBC knows of six Vietnamese families who fear their relatives are among the victims. They include Pham Thi Tra My, 26, who has not been heard from since she sent text messages on Tuesday saying she could not breathe.A man was earlier arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people. The 48-year-old from Northern Ireland is the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the investigation. Two people from Warrington are being held on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people and the lorry driver is in custody on suspicion of murder.Ms Tra My's brother, Pham Ngoc Tuan, sa...
Five dead, dozens injured after strong earthquake rocks Philippines

Five dead, dozens injured after strong earthquake rocks Philippines

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Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The death toll climbed to five Thursday after a strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Philippines, damaging buildings and threatening landslides, officials. The temblor struck about 13 miles east of Tulunan in North Cotabato province after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at a depth of 5 miles, the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. Tulunan, North Cotabato and M'lang municipalities and Kidapawan City felt the earthquake at a 7 Intensity, which the Philippines seismology institute, also known as Phivolcs, describes as "destructive" on its 10-degree scale. Hundreds of aftershocks have rippled through the region, continuing into Thursday afternoon with some registering as high as magnitude 5.3. At least 27 people were injured and 5 were killed by the ea...