Brekky Wrap: Woman Killed After Falling From Rescue Chopper During Japan Typhoon
All the news you need to know this Monday.
A woman in her 70s has died after she was dropped from a helicopter rescuing her from an area in Japan devastated by Typhoon Hagibis. Tens of thousands of troops and rescue crews are working to save residents stranded in floodwaters. The woman is among at least 33 people killed in what has been declared the worst storm to hit the country in 60 years. The Tokyo Fire Department has admitted that the pensioner had not been strapped in properly while being airlifted in Iwaki city in Fukushima.
The federal government has ordered an investigation into the big four banks after they failed to pass on this month’s official interest rate cut in full. The ACCC inquiry will look at the cost of residential mortgages and the so-called loyalty tax. It comes just nine months after the banking royal commission wrapped up.
There are calls to charge drivers a congestion fee to enter major cities during peak times. The Grattan Institute claims it could reduce traffic by up to 40 percent. A similar approach is being taken in London, Singapore, Stockholm, Milan and New York.
A Melbourne Storm player has been referred to the NRL’s Integrity Unit following an incident in Bali. Footage has emerged of Nelson Asofa-Solomona appearing to throw punches during a brawl outside a nightclub. It’s understood the altercation began shortly after a teammate was attacked.
The United States is pulling all of its troops from northern Syria as the conflict with Turkey ramps up. Kurdish forces say more than 700 women and children with links to Islamic State have escaped from a camp during Turkey’s military operation.
In sport, Scott McLaughlin is celebrating victory at the Bathurst 1000 after edging out Shane Van Gisbergen. And Japan has beaten Scotland 28-21 at the Rugby World Cup to qualify for the quarter-finals for the very first time.
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