Texas plant fire intensifies after drop in water pressure

HOUSTON — Authorities say a drop in water pressure caused a large fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals terminal to intensify overnight and spread to additional storage tanks.The Deer Park Office of Emergency Management says the fire spread early Tuesday to two additional tanks, bringing to eight the total number of tanks overwhelmed by flames at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, about 15 miles (24 kilometres) southeast of Houston.Two of the tanks were empty but the others contain components of gasoline and materials used in nail polish remover, glues and paint thinner.The water pressure later normalized and authorities say the fire could continue to burn for at least another day.Students returned to classes Tuesday but outside activities will be restricted as the fire continues to emit a huge plume of smoke that can be seen for miles.The Associated Press read more

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President to convene all party and religious leaders summit

He pointed out when the people move away from religion, their values and humanity diminish and as a result, the society move towards decadence.“When seeking for solutions for religious, social and political issues, the guidance from religions is important,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena is to convene an all party and religious leaders summit to discuss matters related to the Constitution.Meanwhile. speaking at the 14th annual summit of World’s Young Buddhist Sangha Sabha, held today the President said unity, brotherhood and cooperation can be built in human society by creating a religious environment in the country.

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