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Floods in western Europe: Death toll tops 150, hundreds missing still

Floods in western Europe: Death toll tops 150, hundreds missing still

BELGIUM, Disaster Preparedness, EMERGENCY, EUROPE, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, NETHERLANDS
Floods swept through the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate as well as parts of Belgium and the Netherlands. Houses are submerged on the overflowed river banks in Erdorf, Germany, as the village was flooded on Thursday, July 15, 2021. (AP) Floods in Western Europe have been sweeping through Germany, Belgium, and a few other neighbouring countries over the week. The death toll in the incident has now risen to more than 150, news agencies reported, adding that hundreds are still missing and homeless while communications remain cut off in major areas still. Floods swept through the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate as well as parts of Belgium and the Netherlands. After days of heavy rain, 103 people have died in Germany al...
Scotland sends £270k oxygen help to Africa

Scotland sends £270k oxygen help to Africa

AFRICA, AID, EMERGENCY, HEALTH, SCOTLAND
THE Scottish Government has spent more than £270,000 on lifesaving oxygen equipment for three African countries. Edinburgh-based charity Kids Operating Room will use the funding to distribute 100 oxygen concentrators each to Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia, where cases of Covid-19 are thought to be rising quickly. The equipment will initially be used to treat patients suffering from breathing problems caused by the virus and will then be used after the pandemic for general treatment. The devices draw oxygen from the atmosphere and concentrate it to therapeutic levels. External Affairs Secretary Angus Robertson said: “The Covid situation in Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia has become very serious, very quickly, and we know that the pressure on health services are putting great stress on...
South Africa riots: Mother throws daughter from burning building after looters start blaze

South Africa riots: Mother throws daughter from burning building after looters start blaze

AFRICA, CHILDREN, EMERGENCY, PROTESTS, RESCUE, RIOT, South Africa, WOMEN
Woman trusted neighbours to catch her toddler as she let go https://www.youtube.com/embed/gphvVGgrim0 A mother threw her toddler from her burning home which had been set alight by looters in South Africa. Naledi Manyoni hurled the girl from the first floor into the arms of neighbours waiting below as smoke surrounded them, trusting they would catch the girl and keep her safe. Violence and rioting have erupted in South Africa after the jailing last week of the former president Jacob Zuma. It’s thought 72 people have been killed as looters ransacked shops, warehouses and other businesses, and started fires. Ms Manyoni and other residents were trapped by a blaze that spread from the ground floor to the second floor and higher of their apartment block in the central busine...
Turkish aid agency trains Gambia’s health workers on emergency response

Turkish aid agency trains Gambia’s health workers on emergency response

EMERGENCY, Gambia, HEALTH, TURKEY
Training by TIKA comes as Gambia plans to set up first emergency response unit Thirty-eight Gambian health workers concluded a five-day training course on Friday by a Turkish aid agency on emergency response as the small African nation’s health ministry plans to set up its first national emergency service unit. The training, organized by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), concluded in the Gambian capital, Banjul. Three doctors and two paramedics from Turkey conducted the training. The team was led by an official from the Turkish Health Ministry. The training was the second since 2019 as Gambian authorities work to establish a national emergency services unit. The first event trained 28 health workers who learned skills, including basic and advanced ...
Uganda navigates oxygen shortage crisis amid pandemic third wave

Uganda navigates oxygen shortage crisis amid pandemic third wave

COVID-19, CRISIS, EMERGENCY, HEALTH, Ministry Of Health, World Health Organization
As Uganda undergoes its third wave of the COVID 19 pandemic, the demand for refilling oxygen cylinders has drastically increased. Oxygen provider Roofings Group previously refilled around 40 to 50 cylinders of oxygen per day -- depending on demand, but now refills almost 400 cylinders daily. The stark difference in demains is attributed to hospitals treating coronavirus patients being in need of the life-saving gas during the health crisis. Stuart Mwesigwa, the business development manager at Roofings Group outlines the current state of affairs. "At the moment I’d say we are able to supply according to the demand because on average of 300 to 400 cylinders per day. All that is coming in we are able to refill them at least in a maximum of eight to twelve hours. "However, ...
Summit Health unveils first mobile app for patients

Summit Health unveils first mobile app for patients

DIGITAL, EMERGENCY, HEALTH, SMART PHONES
With the health app’s initial version, users can locate Summit Health providers in primary care, OB/GYN, and behavioral health. New app, My Summit Health, is at core of digital care model for patients. Credit: Summit Health. Summit Health has unveiled its first mobile app, giving its patients access to primary, specialty and urgent care. Known as My Summit Health, the app provides improved digital experience for patients and enables them to easily connect with Summit Health and CityMD providers and manage their health care needs. Summit Health CEO Jeffrey Le Benger said: “For Summit Health, it’s all about the patient – improving access to care and providing better care for the patient. “The My Summit Health app is at the heart of our patient-centered focus and in delivering...
Ethiopia: Uncertainty in Tigray after rebels take control of restive north

Ethiopia: Uncertainty in Tigray after rebels take control of restive north

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, EAST AFRICA, EMERGENCY, ETHIOPIA, POLITICS
The rebel Tigray Defense Forces claimed Mekele and Shire were under their control. Experts warn of a precarious situation after Ethiopia's federal government called a unilateral ceasefire. Tigrayan refugees who fled to Sudan protest the war in their region The former ruling party in Tigray said it took back control of the regional capital Mekele on Monday after Ethiopia's federal government troops controlled the city for eight months. The Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) is "in control of Mekele and people are now dancing in the streets," said Million Haileselassie, a DW correspondent based in the city.  The TDF is the military wing of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) party, which ruled Tigray until they were ousted by the federal government in November 2020.  ...
Iran’s Water Crisis: In 20 Years Drought Could Make Some Iranian Cities Uninhabitable

Iran’s Water Crisis: In 20 Years Drought Could Make Some Iranian Cities Uninhabitable

Asia, Climate, CRISIS, EMERGENCY, FAMILY, FAMINE, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Nature, PEOPLE
In the next 20 years some Iranian cities might no longer be fit for human habitation because of drought and water shortages, warned Ahad Vazifeh, head of the National Center for Drought and Crisis Management at the Iran Meteorological Organization. In the past 12 months rainfall in Iran has 55 percent of the norm what it should have been, Vazifeh said in an interview with Khabar Online. He added that rainfall in some provinces has been so low as to be unprecedented in the past 50 years - including the province of Hormozgan, where just 20mm of rain has fallen compared to a usual year-round average of 141mm. “We must be frank with ourselves and accept that Iran is now beset by low rainfall and drought,” Vazifeh said. He also warned that certain agr...
What is the best face mask to protect from COVID-19?

What is the best face mask to protect from COVID-19?

ADVOCACY, COVID-19, EMERGENCY, HEALTH, Ministry Of Health, World Health Organization
FFP3 (filtering face piece 3) respiratory masks, known in the U.S. as N99, can reduce transmission of COVID-19 by up to 100 percent, according to a study conducted on hospital wards The data, which were collected in 2020 and have not yet been peer-reviewed, indicated there was a significantly larger chance of hospital staff wearing standard-issue surgical masks catching the virus. A previous study showed the different filtration rates of masks. The study by the Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust prompted calls for hospital workers in the UK to be issued with the higher standard face covering. National Guidance currently recommends that healthcare professionals should wear surgical masks, with the exception of a few limited situations.  How...
North Korean leader admits serious coronavirus-related incident — agency

North Korean leader admits serious coronavirus-related incident — agency

COVID-19, EMERGENCY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA
The North Korean government claims the country has remained COVID-free since the start of the pandemic, thanks to the timely closure of borders and tough sanitary measures SEOUL, June 30. /TASS/. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has admitted that a serious incident related to anti-coronavirus efforts has occurred in the country, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday citing a report by North Korea’s official news agency KCNA.  According to the report, Kim Jong-un informed the extended politburo meeting of the country’s ruling Workers' Party on Tuesday that a serious incident related to containing the novel coronavirus infection has taken place in the country, and may trigger a great security crisis for the republic and its population. "Senior officials in char...
IMF approves Shs3.5t loan for Uganda to fight Covid

IMF approves Shs3.5t loan for Uganda to fight Covid

AFRICA, EMERGENCY, HEALTH, Ministry Of Health, PAN AFRICA, UGANDA
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a 36-month arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) for Uganda in an amount equivalent to US$1 billion (about Shs3.5 trillion) to support the post-COVID-19 recovery and Uganda’ plan to increase households’ incomes and inclusive growth by fostering private sector development. Approval of the ECF arrangement enables immediate disbursement of about US$258 million, usable for budget support, according to a Monday statement issued by the Fund. “This follows Fund emergency support to Uganda under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) in May 2020 of SDR361 million (100 percent of quota or US$491.5 million, see Press Release No 20/206),” the statement issued by the Fund's press officer, Mr Andrew Kanyegirire reads in part Acord...
Another global internet outage hits major banks, airlines

Another global internet outage hits major banks, airlines

CRISIS, DIGITAL, EMERGENCY, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNET, TERROR, WORLD
An hour-long blackout struck several US airlines, Australian financial firms and other global companies, with the problem traced to US-based tech provider Akamai. Sign for Akamai technology company on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 18, 2017. (AFP) Major banks and airlines were among businesses that have been hit by a fresh global online outage, with the problem traced to US-based tech provider Akamai. An hour-long blackout hit a number of US airlines and several Australian financial firms as well as other companies dotted around the world, with angry customers unable to access websites and mobile apps. "We are aware of the issue and actively working to restore services as soon as possible," an Akamai spokesperson told AFP. American, Delta, United and Southw...
Eastern Indonesia hit with 5.8 magnitude earthquake

Eastern Indonesia hit with 5.8 magnitude earthquake

Climate, EMERGENCY, FAMILY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Nature, PEOPLE, TRAGEDY
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s remote Maluku islands on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning. The shallow quake hit at 1:43 pm local time (0443 GMT) in the Banda Sea about 70 kilometers (44 miles) southeast of Amahai on the island of Seram. Shallow quakes tend to do more damage than deep ones, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties. Indonesia experiences frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions due to its position on the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity where tectonic plates collide that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin. In 2004, a devastating 9.1 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that...
DR Congo: President Tshisekedi assesses volcanic damage in Goma

DR Congo: President Tshisekedi assesses volcanic damage in Goma

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, CRISIS, DRC, EMERGENCY, PRESIDENT
President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Félix Tshisekedi -- accompanied by wife and first lady Denise Nyakéru, paid a visit on Monday to Goma city where the recent volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo devastated the area. The Head of State took time to assess the damage inflicted in and around the city by the volcano's fiery spurts and promised the locals that all houses destroyed by the lava would be rebuilt. "Hello everyone, we cannot help but sympathise with you. I myself and my wife your mother are always by your side and we will never leave you." Victims of the natural disaster said they had the opportunity to share their concerns and grievances with their Congolese leader. Abigael Byenda, a local resident affected by the natural disaster, feels heard but still...
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