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At least 200 dead as flash floods and landslides devastate the Philippines

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At least 200 people have died in the Philippines as a tropical storm triggered landslides and flash floods.

Rescuers are searching for survivors of Storm Tembin, which has left scores missing and thousands homeless.

The country’s misery was compounded by the death of at least 37 people in a shopping mall fire.

The Philippines is battered by about 20 typhoons a year and warnings are routinely issued.

But the level of destruction wreaked by Storm Tembin on the southern island of Mindanao from late on Friday came as a surprise.

At least 200 dead as flash floods and landslides devastate the PhilippinesAt least 200 dead as flash floods and landslides devastate the Philippines

‘It happened very fast, the flood waters quickly rose filling our house,’ farmer Felipe Ybarsabal, 65, said.

‘We weren’t able to save anything from the house. There was no help from anyone because it was so fast. Everything was two to three metres under water in less than an hour.’

Police and disaster officials predict the death toll to rise as remote farm communities and coastal areas have been badly hit.

Disaster officials said 159 people are missing while about 70,000 had been forced from their homes.

At least 200 dead as flash floods and landslides devastate the PhilippinesAt least 200 dead as flash floods and landslides devastate the Philippines

Soldiers and police joined emergency workers and volunteers to search for survivors and victims, clear debris and restore power and communications.

Many villagers ignored warnings to leave coastal areas and move away from riverbanks, officials said, and got swept away when flash floods and landslides struck.

Storm Tembin was moving west on Sunday, over some outlying Philippine islands and the South China Sea towards southern Vietnam.

It intensified into a typhoon with winds of 75 mph as it moved out of the Philippines, the national meteorological agency said.

 

 

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Nigeria: Akwa Ibom PDP alleges APC thugs put House of Assembly under heavy attack.

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The Peoples Democratic Party, on Monday, alleged that the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly premises was attacked by thugs, suspected to be working for the opposition party.



In a tweet on its verified Twitter handle @OfficialPDPNig shared a photo and said, “the thugs allegedly invaded the complex, chanting the slogan “APC! Change” as they set fire and blocked the entrance to the Assembly complex.”

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The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly (AKHA), premises is under heavy attack by members of @OfficialAPCNgthugs. The thugs invaded the complex, chanting the slogan “APC! Change” as they set fire and blocked the entrance to the Assembly complex #AkHAUnderattack pic.twitter.com/5R8sMhC7RU

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29 DEAD, 199 people still missing in California wildfire outbreak

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three massive wildfires are burning across the state of California and hundreds of people have evacuated. 29 people are dead says the officials.



The fire have been described the most deadest in the states’s history. the fire are being blamed on a combination of climax change and weather conditions

fire officials said, it has burned more than 111,000 acres (45,000 hectares) and is nearly 25% contained,

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Governor Brown have reacted, saying it not a new normal, this is the new abnormal

the fire have claim properties and homes of celebrities in the region, among those to lose there homes are Neil young, Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus, Woolsey blaze and Robin Thicke.

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Musician Neil Young made the same link, writing on his website: “I have lost my home before to a California wildfire, now another.” However, praised the bravery of the firefighters and volunteers for risking their lives to stop the fire from burning down their homes.

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the massacre have left some bodies missing and unidentified with some of the bodies recovered burned beyond recognition.

”In some cases, the only remains we are able to recover are bones or bone fragments,” Honea, the Butte County sheriff and coroner, told reporters. “I know that members of the community who are missing loved ones are anxious, and I know that the news of us recovering bodies has to be disconcerting.”

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