Asia Briefs: Boy killed by flying rock while in car

Boy killed by flying rock while in car

JOHOR BARU • A family of five in Malaysia were on their way home when their three-year-old son was fatally hit by a flying rock.

Mr Mohd Faizal Selamat, 35, and his family were travelling by car from his hometown of Kota Tinggi last Friday.

The boy, Afiq Qayyum, was sitting on his mother's lap in the front passenger seat, when a rock smashed through windscreen and struck him. He fell unconscious and died in hospital last Saturday.


Fiery Afghan road crash leaves 35 dead

DURRANI KANDAHAR (Afghanistan) • At least 35 people were killed yesterday when a bus collided with a fuel tanker and burst into flames in southern Afghanistan, in the latest road accident in the war-torn country.

Many of the victims, including women and children, were burnt beyond recognition in the accident in Zabul province, one of the areas worst hit by the Taleban insurgency.


Typhoon-hit Japan faces new storm

TOKYO • The death toll from Typhoon Lionrock has risen to 17 in Japan, with several people still missing, and officials said yesterday a new storm threatens the country's south-west.

Two more deaths were confirmed yesterday from the major typhoon which hit northern Japan last week, said an official in the hard-hit prefecture of Iwate. The death toll is now 17, including the two confirmed on the northern main island of Hokkaido.

A new typhoon, Namtheun, is bearing down on the country's main island of Kyushu in the south-west. It is expected to hit northern Kyushu this morning around high tide.


Thai king improving after treatment

BANGKOK • Thailand's 88-year-old king, the world's longest reigning monarch, has shown signs of improvement following treatment for a blood infection, the palace said in a statement yesterday.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been treated for various ailments during a year-long hospitalisation in the Thai capital. The king's fever has subsided and the severity of his blood infection has eased, the palace said.

The statement came two days after the palace released a monthly update on the king's health, which said he had water in his lungs and reduced kidney function.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe