Mozambique’s president says cyclone death toll may be 1,000

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Mozambique’s president says cyclone death toll may be 1,000

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This image made available by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on Monday March 18, 2019, shows an aerial view from a helicopter of flooding in Beira, Mozambique. The Red Cross says that as much as 90 percent of Mozambique’s central port city of Beira has been damaged or destroyed by tropical Cyclone Idai. (Caroline Haga/International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) via AP)

JOHANNESBURG — Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi says that more than 1,000 may have by killed by Cyclone Idai, which many say is the worst in more than 20 years.

Speaking to state Radio Mozambique, Nyusi said Monday that although the official death count is currently 84, he believes the toll will be more than 1,000.

“It appears that we can register more than 1000 deaths,” said the PR, adding that more than 100,000 people are at risk of life.

“The waters of the Pungue and Buzi rivers overflowed, making whole villages disappear and isolating communities, and bodies are floating,” said Nyusi. “It is a real disaster of great proportions.”

Nyusi spoke after flying by helicopter over the central port city of Beira and the rural Manica and Sofala provinces in which he saw widespread flooding and devastation.

Other officials in emergency services cautioned that while they expect the death toll to rise significantly, they have no way of knowing if it will reach the president’s estimate of 1,000.

The Red Cross said that 90 percent of Beira, a city of 500,000, had been damaged or destroyed.

Beira has been severely battered by the cyclone which cut off electricity, forced the airport to shut down and cut off road access to the rest of the country. Cyclone Idai first hit Beira last week and then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Beira has been severely battered by the cyclone which cut off electricity, forced the airport to shut down and closed road access to the city, said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on Monday.

Cyclone Idai first hit Beira last week and then moved inland spreading heavy winds and rainfall to Zimbabwe and Malawi. More than 215 people have been killed by the storm according to official figures in the three countries, hundreds more are missing and more than 1.5 million people have been affected, according to the Red Cross and government officials.

The scale of the damage to Beira is “massive and horrifying,” said Jamie LeSueur, who led a Red Cross aerial assessment of the city. The team had to view the city by helicopter because roads were flooded, he said.

“The situation is terrible. The scale of devastation is enormous. It seems that 90 percent of the area is completely destroyed,” said LeSueur.

With Beira’s airport closed, the team drove from Mozambique’s capital Maputo before taking a helicopter for the last part of the journey because roads into Beira have been flooded.

While the physical impact of Idai is beginning to emerge, the human impact is unclear.

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“Almost everything is destroyed. Communication lines have been completely cut and roads have been destroyed. Some affected communities are not accessible,” said LeSueur.

“Beira has been severely battered. But we are also hearing that the situation outside the city could be even worse. Yesterday (Sunday), a large dam burst and cut off the last road to the city.”

The storm hit Beira late Thursday and moved westward into Zimbabwe and Malawi, affecting thousands more, particularly in areas bordering Mozambique.

At least 126 people had died in Mozambique and Malawi, according to the Red Cross. In Zimbabwe, 89 people have died from the floods, the country’s information ministry said Monday.

Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi and Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa both returned from foreign trips to attend to the emergencies caused by the storm.

Zimbabwe’s president returned home from the United Arab Emirates “to make sure he is involved directly with the national response by way of relief to victims of Cyclone Idai,” the information ministry said. The Zimbabwean government declared a state of national disaster.

U.N. agencies and the Red Cross are helping with rescue efforts that include delivering food supplies and medicines by helicopter in the impoverished countries.

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Tropical Storm Tembin Leaves At Least 75 Dead In Philippines

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Tropical Storm Tembin hit the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines on Fridaykilling at least 75 people, authorities said.

At least 58 people have been reported missing, according to spokeswoman Mina Marasigan of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
More than 70,000 people have been affected by Tembin, called “Vinta” in the Philippines. At least 30,000 people were taken to shelters, Marasigan said.
Heavy rain from the storm led to the collapse of artificial dams, which prompted widespread flooding and triggered landslides in the mountains.
Most of the deaths occurred in Lanao del Norte, with additional ones in several other towns, including Payao and Lanao del Sur, the affiliate reported
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Rescue workers evacuate flood-affected residents in Davao on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao after Tropical Storm Tembin dumped torrential rains across the island.

Other fatalities included a 4-year-old who died after being trapped in a landslide in Payao and a prisoner killed when the jail’s roof collapsed due to strong winds and rains in Butuan City, CNN Philippines reported, citing the Philippine Red Cross.

Police officers evacuate a baby in Cagayan city after Tropical Storm Tembin hit.

By Saturday morning, Tembin was packing maximum sustained winds of 80 kph (50 mph). The storm is headed toward the island province of Palawan, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration.

Boko Haram releases 82 Chibok girls three years after kidnapping:

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Boko Haram releases 82 Chibok girls three years after kidnapping: Nigerian officials

By Ulf Laessing | ABUJA

Boko Haram militants have released 82 schoolgirls out of a group of more than 200 who they kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014, officials said on Saturday.

The girls were released through negotiations with the government, one official said, asking not to be named.

A military source said the girls were currently in Banki near the Cameroon border for medical checks before being airlifted to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

The kidnapping was one of the high-profile incidents of Boko Haram’s insurgency, now in its eighth year and with little sign of ending. About 220 were abducted from their school in a night-time attack.

More than 20 girls were released last October in a deal brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Others have escaped or been rescued, but 195 were believed to be still in captivity prior to this release.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said last month the government was in talks to secure the release of the remaining captives.

Although the Chibok girls are the most high-profile case, Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of adults and children, many of whose cases have been neglected.

The militants have killed more than 20,000 people and displaced more than 2 million during their insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria.

Despite the army saying the insurgency is on the run, large parts of the northeast, particularly in Borno state, remain under threat from the militants, and suicide bombings and gun attacks have increased in the region since the end of the rainy season late last year.

(Reporting by Felix Onuah, Tife Owolabi, Ahmed Kingimi and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Hugh Lawson)

Congress: Please Consider Trying Refugee Camps

 

 

Folks this is a wild idea that crossed my mind yesterday and as I pondered the physical and financial responses needed, it still seems like to me to be a better idea than anything that I see being done currently. This idea may be known to everyone else on earth and I’m  just the last one to catch on, or maybe it is something. Yes, I know that I have been putting off telling you what the idea is, so here goes, please ponder the whole picture before you decide to commit me.

 

As we all know there is a huge  crisis going on all across America’s southern border with Mexico. This fact is one well known to all of the current, and one would think, that all of the living former Governors of these southern border states also know, this Border Sovereignty problem is many generations old.

American taxpayers spend billions of dollars every year in faraway countries helping build Refugee Camps and then helping in the physical and financial realms along with many N.G.O.’s such as the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and the good old United Nations, plus many others helping out the best they can.

I have a question for you, why can’t these camps that we are having to conjure up, be conjured up on the Mexican side of the border? Folks, it isn’t just our borders that are an issue here, look at the condition of Mexico’s totally open border on their side and they seem to be doing very little in preventing their citizens to just walk away totally unknown and undocumented to their government. The Mexican government seems to be doing nothing in their responsibility of taking care of these thousands of children (and thousands of other starving homeless people) and making sure that proper protocol with neighboring countries laws are honored before you allow what has been being done! Friends, these thousands are just the tip of the iceberg of the many millions of destitute human beings/brothers and sisters who will follow more quickly if we continue the current porous policies. This current border condition needs to be a major priority of both Federal governments.

 

Why can we not work with the Mexican government (and why not the U.N. ?) to set up refugee type camps in multiple locations along Mexico’s borders with each of our southern states. We can help make sure that these camps are very humane with safe places to eat, sleep and play while they are being documented as to who they are and exactly where they are from. Then the two governments along with the U.N. have to come up with a policy that will work for everyone. If the Mexican government wants to complain that not all of these northbound people are from Mexico that there are many who are from countries to Mexico’s south, to this I would have to reiterate to the Mexican government, secure your Southern border also.

 

Folks I don’t know all of the updated information from the U.S. government (if there really is such a thing) on their policies of how many people they allow into the country each year from each country. I do believe that if our government would allow more legal immigration from our southern brothers and sisters to where these people who want to move here can feel that they have a reasonable chance of migrating here, legally! I do suggest that once the Camps are up and running that both Governments shut down their Borders and stop this migration. I know that this will cost millions to get these camps up and running but that is chicken feed compared to what we are already committed to spending on this issue. We and the  Christian/Judeo World must be humane in what we do here or we deny the essence of our own Souls. America is going to be front and center in the world’s TV screens regarding this issue, now how will we perform on this stage?

 

Folks what do you think about this idea, good, bad, really ugly? If you are blessed with a very good quality Congressman such as I have in Congressman MD Phil Roe here in east Tennessee then please make some noise very soon to your Congressman. People let’s try to get this humanitarian crisis stemmed quickly and safely before the tidal wave that lies behind the one we see now get here, yes I do believe that there are many millions waiting in the wings waiting to see what these two Governments are going to do here on the ground now. A good friend from my past used to have a saying that I liked and since we are now dealing in the realm of politics her saying fits the situation “we shall see what we shall see”. You see, people can say anything, it’s what they do that counts the most.

 

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