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17 girls die in Thailand boarding school fire

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BANGKOK — At least 17 girls have been died  when a  schoolgirl boarding  in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai was burned to the ground,  harming 5 others while 2 young ladies were absent.

5 others were injured while 2 girls were missing in the incident said a police official said that the  fire broke out at the boarding-house of Pithakkiart Witthaya School in Wiengpapao district at 11 pm Sunday.

“The fire broke out at 11pm on Sunday (local time). 17 girls were killed and two are still missing, with five injured,” Police Colonel Prayad Singsin, Commander of Vingpatao district in Chiang Rai said.

The girls who died in the fire were between five to 12 years old, Prayad said, adding that the school is home to girls aged from three to 13 years old.

“The fire is out, but the cause of the blaze is still under investigation,” Prayad said.

Photographs on the school’s Facebook page showed firefighters struggling to douse the flames as they engulfed the white, two-story building.

There were 38 schoolgirls staying at the boarding-house who came from hilltribe villages in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai to study in the town.

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Over 70% of deep-sea fish of Atlantic Ocean have ingested plastic : Study

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Fragments of plastic are found throughout the world, from nearly every continent to nearly every body of water. But, researchers recently have found 73 percent of Northwest Atlantic deep-sea fish are also eating it — the highest reported frequency of plastic-eating fish in the world.

Plastic particles were found in some of the most remote parts of the Atlantic Ocean with almost three quarters of a sample of more than 230 deep-water fish collected by NUI Galway scientists having ingested plastic particles.

The contamination level among the fish species, located in the northwest Atlantic thousands of kilometres from land and 600m down in the ocean, is one of the highest reported frequencies of microplastic occurrence in fish worldwide, according to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

The NUIG scientists, as part of the study, participated in a transatlantic crossing onboard the marine institute’s Celtic Explorer vessel.

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PhD candidate and lead author Alina Wieczorek said, “Deep-water fish migrate to the surface at night to feed on plankton [microscopic animals] and this is likely when they are exposed to the microplastics.”

During this research cruise they took dead deep-sea fish from midwater trawls such as the spotted lanternfish, rakery beaconlamp, stout saw-palate and scaly dragonfish.

Microplastics are small plastic fragments that commonly originate from the breakdown of larger plastic items entering the ocean. Other sources may be waste water effluents carrying plastic fibres from clothing and microbeads from personal care products. Due to their low density, most of these microplastics float at the sea surface.

The fish ranged in size from the smallest species the Glacier Lantern at 3.5cm to the largest species, the stout saw-palate at 59cm.

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