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FlyDubai plane crashes in Russia, all 62 people onboard killed

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MOSCOW — A plane carrying 62 people has crashed while trying to land at Russia’s Rostov-on-Don airport, killing all those onboard, officials say.

The plane, operated by Dubai-based carrier Flydubai, ‘hit the ground and broke into pieces,’ the Investigative Committee of Russia said in a statement on its website.

Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency said the Boeing 737 crashed to the left of the runway during bad weather.

“According to preliminary data, there were 55 passengers aboard and 7 crew members. They all died.”

FlyDubai released a statement on its Facebook page confirming the ‘tragic accident’ involving its flight FZ981.

“We are doing all we can to gather information as quickly as possible,” the airline said.

“At this moment our thoughts and prayers are with our passengers and our crew who were on board the aircraft.”

FlyDubai said it was working closely with authorities. “We will share as much information as possible just as soon as we can and we will provide updated information on a regular basis.”

The Rostov regional emergency ministry told Russian television there may have been three foreigners on the plane. However, the area’s regional governor said most passengers were from the surrounding region.

In a statement, Russia’s emergencies ministry said the aircraft had to abandon an initial attempt to land and came down at 3:50am local time while making a repeat attempt.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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