Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Around 4,000 asylum seekers have escaped the camp in the Aegean island of Lesbos. The blaze at the Moria camp has left a trail of destruction including damaged tents and housing units. A police source said there was "no doubt" the fire that ripped through the facility had been started by a number of migrants who lived there.
An air strike hit relief trucks near the city of Aleppo, killing at least one aid worker and around 20 civilians, and destroying a warehouse and hospital. The Red Cross said at least 20 people were killed in the attack on trucks carrying desperately needed humanitarian relief to thousands of Syrians. "The air forces of Russia and Syria did not conduct any strikes against the UN aid convoy in the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo," defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. Konashenkov said the attack the previous night doesn't appear to have been from an air strike. The Syrian Civil Defence, a volunteer rescue group known as the White Helmets that operates in rebel-held areas, posted images of several vehicles on fire. A video of the attack showed huge balls of fire against the night sky as ambulances arrived on the scene.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
This list of bridges in China is organized by province and includes notable bridges. China has a long history in bridge construction. The oldest bridge still in existence in China is the Anji Bridge, constructed during the years between 595 and 605. During the infrastructure boom of the past two decades, bridge-building has proceeded at a rapid pace on a vast scale. Prior to the completion of the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge in 1957, there were no bridges across the Yangtze River, China's longest, from Yibin to Shanghai, and all overland roads and railways crossing this 2,884 km (1,792 mi.) stretch of the river had to be ferried. There were only seven such bridges in 1992, but that number reached 73 by the end of 2012, including eight new openings in that year alone.
China has been pushing the boundaries of bridge construction with many record breaking bridges, including:
The Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge, the world’s longest bridge measuring over 164 kilometres (102 mi)
The Xihoumen Bridge bridge in Zhejiang province, the second longest suspension bridge span
The Sutong Bridge in Jiangsu province, the second longest cable-stayed span
The Sidu River Bridge, the highest bridge in the world
Chaotianmen Bridge, the longest arch bridge span
This transport-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.