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BBC NewsASIA-PACIFIC24 July 2011 Last updated at 07:46 GMT
China: Dozens die as bullet trains collide in Zhejiang

At least 35 people have died and more than 200 are hurt after two high-speed trains crashed into each other in eastern China, state media reports.
Two train coaches fell off a bridge after derailing close to Wenzhou in Zhejiang province.
Chinese media report that one of the trains came to a halt after being struck by lightning and was then hit by the second train.
Rescue workers are at the scene, near Shuangyu town in Wenzhou.
It is not known how many people were on the trains at the time, but Xinhua news agency says each carriage can carry 100 people.

Derail: cause (a train, etc.) to go off the rails.
Wenzhou in Zhejian province: 浙江省温州市
Came to a halt: came to a temporary stop
Lightning: flash of bright light in the sky produced by natural electricity passing between clouds or from clouds to the ground, usually followed by thunder.(lightning)と(thunder)と分けている。日本語で通常落雷の被害を受ける場合の落雷は英語ではlightningが使われる。
Shangyu town: 雙鱼地区
Xinghua news agency: 新華社通信社
Carriage: railway coach for carrying passengers. アメリカ英語ではcar。

Initial reports suggested one bullet train had derailed at about 2030 (1230 GMT) -the D3115 travelling from the provincial capital Hangzhou.
But local television later said the first train had been forced to stop after losing power due to a lightning strike, and was then rear-ended by another train, the D301, causing two of its carriages to fall off an elevated section of track.

The provincial capital Hangzhou: 省都杭州市
Lightning strike: 落雷
Rear-end: 追突する。
Elevated section of track: 高架線路

TV pictures showed one carriage lying on its side under the bridge, and the other standing on its end leaning up against the bridge. There were reports that four carriages from the other train had also derailed, but it is not known if that led to further casualties.

one carriage lying on its side under the bridge, and the other standing on its end leaning up against the bridge.:一車両は高架橋の下に横たわり、もう一車両は片方を地につけ高架橋にもたれかかった状態

"D" trains are the first generation of bullet trains in China, with an average speed of just short of 100mph (160km/h).
"The train suddenly shook violently, casting luggage all around," one survivor, Liu Hongtao, was quoted by Xinhua as saying. "Passengers cried for help but no crew responded."

quoted by Xinhua as saying:新華社通信によると~さんが~と述べた。(発言を引用して引用するとき用いられる表現)
no crew responded: 乗務員の反応はなかった。

China is spending billions on constructing a high-speed rail network.
Last month China inaugurated its Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail link. The 300 km/h (190mph) train halves the journey time to under five hours.
But the project has come under fire for its high cost - the Beijing-Shanghai line cost 215bn yuan ($33bn; £21bn). It has also been blighted by power outages and other problems.

Inaugurate: start operation of
Halve: reduce (something) by a half
Has come under fire: have been criticized 批判を浴びてきている。
Bligt: spoil

China is planning to roll out high-speed lines across the country.
The BBC's Martin Patience in Beijing says there are also fears corruption has compromised safety in the network's construction.
Corruption: being inmoral; dishonest, especially through accepting bribes. 賄賂をもらって道義に反する行動、発言をする。
Compromise: bring something into danger 危険をもたらす安易な妥協。