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12/09/2018

US readies for ‘big one’ as Hurricane Florence approaches Carolinas

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, USA: People fleeing North and South Carolina clogged coastal highways early Wednesday as Hurricane Florence, a monster Category 4 storm, bore down on the US east coast for a direct hit in a low-lying region dense with beachfront vacation homes.President Donald Trump, warning residents to get out of the way, said the federal government was “ready for the big one that is coming.”While coastal residents frantically boarded up homes and businesses and hit the road, others chose to ride out a storm that is forecast to dump up to three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some...


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20/07/2019

4 million at risk of food insecurity and disease in Bangladesh: IFRC

Dhaka: Monsoon rains, floods and landslides continue to hit parts of Bangladesh, putting four million people at risk of food insecurity and disease according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).Azmat Ulla, the Head of the Bangladesh Office of the IFRC said in a press release, “These communities are reeling under the full force of the monsoon rains and the ensuing floods and landslides. Even if the rains recede, overflowing rivers upstream will worsen the flooding in the coming days.”According to the humanitarian organisation, floods and landslides have left hundreds of thousands stranded and without...
20/07/2019

Explosion outside Kabul University leaves at least 8 dead

Kabul: At least eight people were killed in a blast near Kabul University in Afghanistan's capital on Friday, according to officials."Thirty three people have been wounded and eight more were killed in today's explosion...in Kabul," Wahidullah Mayar, spokesperson of Afghanistan's Public Health Ministry, said on Twitter.The blast happened as students were waiting outside the university to take their exams.Former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai tweeted, "Terrorist attacks against our educational institutions are clearly against our rising youth and the better future of our country. Let us all stand in unity for the peace, sovereignty and progress of our BELOVED AFGHANISTAN."...
20/07/2019

Manila starts anti-Dengue campaign

Manila: The Mayor of Manila Francisco 'Isko' Moreno Domagoso said on Friday that the city government had begun an anti-dengue campaign to keep an outbreak of the disease at bay."I already tasked the Manila Health Department to check our facilities and schools even if the outbreak hasn't reached us," Domagoso said in a briefing at the National Press Club in Intramuros, Manila.On July 15, the Department of Health declared a national dengue alert due to the rapid increase of dengue cases in Region 4-B (Mimaropa), Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Northern Mindanao. These areas have exceeded the epidemic threshold for...

Pakistan holds first-ever provincial polls in northwest tribal areas

Islamabad: The first-ever provincial elections began Saturday in Pakistan's erstwhile semi-autonomous tribal region bordering Afghanistan that was once a stronghold of various militant groups like the Taliban and the al-Qaida. Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) comprising seven districts was merged with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province in May 2018 after a constitutional amendment. The law set aside 24 seats in the KP assembly for the former FATA region. However, due to administrative reasons elections on those seats were not held with the general polls held in July in the country last year. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP),...
20/07/2019

Monsoon flooding death toll rises to 152 in South Asia

GAUHATI, India: The death toll in monsoon flooding in South Asia has risen to 152 as millions of people and animals continue to face the brunt in three countries, officials said Saturday.At least 90 people have died in Nepal and 50 in northeastern India’s Assam state over the past week. A dozen have been killed in Bangladesh.Shiv Kumar, a government official in Assam, said 10 rare one-horned rhinos have died in Kaziranga National Park since the Brahmaputra River burst its banks, flooding the reserve.Some 4.8 million people spread over 3,700 villages across the state are still affected by the floods,...
20/07/2019

Hong Kong protests: Police probe link of huge explosives haul

Hong Kong police are investigating whether a haul of explosives found there is linked to ongoing protests.The police said it was the biggest seizure of the explosive TATP they had ever made. Other weapons and protest leaflets were also found on Friday.The find came ahead of a weekend of mass protests by both pro- and anti- China demonstrators in Hong Kong.A 27-year-old man was arrested and was reportedly a member of a pro-independence group. What was found in the raid?Officers discovered the haul when they entered an industrial building in the Tsuen Wan district at about 22:30 local time (14:30...