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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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Ex-Egyptain President Mursi buried in Cario.

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Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi has been buried alongside other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, his son, Ahmed Mursi, said on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

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The burial was attended by members of the family in Cairo’s Nasr City after authorities refused burial in Mursi’s home province of Sharqiya in the Nile Delta, Ahmed Mursi said.

“We washed his noble body at Tora prison hospital, read prayers for him at the prison hospital … and the burial was at the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guides,” Ahmed wrote.

Mursi died on Monday from a heart attack after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges, authorities and a medical source said. He was 67.

Mursi, a top figure in the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, had been in jail since being toppled by the military in 2013 after barely a year in power, following mass protests against his rule.

His death is likely to pile international pressure on the Egyptian government over its human rights record, especially conditions in prisons where thousands of Islamists and secular activists are held.

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Downpour cripples weekend-start in Lagos

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The early downpour that characterized the beginning of the weekend has left residents of some parts of Lagos struggling as the roads gets covered with water.

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Anttention Media eye-witness reports that residents and motorists of some areas on the Island, particularly Agungi Area, Lekki, lagos state, were seen struggling to access the roads while business owners were full of complains.

In an interview, one of the residents who prefers anonymity, called for speedy reaction from Lagos state government in other to avert flooding as the season gets heavier.

He however appealed to residents on the axis to keep environmental rules, so as to allow free flow in the water ways, since this period is known for incessant rain in Nigeria,


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