Slowly wading through the flooded streets of Zhengzhou in China's Henan province, many migrant workers have been left wandering with no place to go.The city of 12 million people has been hit with a year's worth of rain in the past week alone, destroying many residents' homes, disrupting transportation, and prompting volunteers to use a bulldozer to carry people to safety.The damage has hit migrant workers the hardest, trapping them in a city far away from their hometowns and families.36-year-old Zhao Jun is one of them."I'm only just over 30 years old, how could I have already experienced a disaster like this? I'm afraid to sleep at night too. What if the building collapses when I fall asleep?"China's estimated 280 million migrant workers flock from rural areas to cities like Zhengzhou in search of better jobs to feed their families at home, often going back only once a year.Now, many are stuck here, meaning some have been forced to ration food, and survive without power and running water for days and counting.The floods have taken the lives of over 50 people and counting in Henan, according to state media.
Indian authorities said Saturday at least 125 people have died after torrential monsoon rains sparked major landslides and flooding in the western state of Maharahtra.Trees were uprooted, vehicles were displaced and roads were damaged, as dams and rivers overflowed.The country’s west coast received up to 23 inches of rainfall over 24 hours.Authorities have evacuated people from areas near riverbanks, while the navy and army were helping rescue people in coastal areas. Some 100 miles southeast of India's financial capital Mumbai, a landslide flattened an entire town.A few dozen people are believed to be trapped in other districts, after several homes collapsed in the landslides.Hundreds of villages have lost power and access to drinking water, while thousands of trucks were stuck on a national highway as parts of the road were submerged.Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September cause deaths and mass displacement across South Asia every year.But they also deliver over 70% of India's rainfall, crucial for the nation's farmers.
Lebanon's deepening economic crisis has piled pressure on hospitals, leaving them ill-equipped to face any new wave of the coronavirus, a top hospital director has warned.
Madagascan police have arrested two former French military members suspected in a plot to kill the nation's president, officials told Reuters on Friday.Police have also tightened the security of president Andry Rajoelina in the wake of the arrests, which follow a months-long investigation.Among the suspects, one is a French citizen, two others have dual French and Malagasy nationalities, while the remaining three are Malagasy.On Friday state TV showed images of a bag full of cash, weapons and documents, allegedly discovered during a raid on one of the suspects' homes.The country's public security minister earlier alleged the suspects entered the country as economic operators to, quote, “hide their evil plans.”A spokesperson for the French armed forces told Reuters he had no comment. The former French colony of 26 million people has been embattled by political violence, instability and poverty for years.In 2019, Rajoelina was sworn in as president after a hard-fought election where his rival challenged him in court over fraud allegations.Officials said Friday that the investigation into the murder plot was ongoing.
Vietnam locked down eight million people in Hanoi on Saturday, the latest attempt to curb a serious coronavirus outbreak that has already forced a third of the country to stay home.
Hairdressers across Britain are being urged to do their bit for the environment by recycling snipped-off hair to help clean up oil spills, make compost or generate energy.
The off-year state race could be a sign of Democrats' strength or weakness ahead of the 2022 midterm congressional elections, as well as a test of the political strength of the president and his Republican predecessor.Democrats hope next year to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives, in which they have a slim majority, and the Senate, in which there is a 50-50 split, while Republicans hope to take over leadership of both chambers.Biden traveled the short distance from Washington to a park in Arlington, Virginia, for the event for McAuliffe, a long-term fixture in Democratic politics who is running for a second term as Virginia governor in November's election."Terry and I share a lot in common. I ran against Donald Trump and so is Terry," Biden said. "I whipped Donald Trump in Virginia and so will Terry."Biden kicked off his remarks by tweaking some conservatives who have recently begun recommending vaccination against COVID-19."Some of our very conservative friends have had an altar call. They've seen the Lord," he quipped.
The bridge, mainly made out of wood, was located in Uryum village, over 4,500 kilometres away from Moscow.As the truck reached the middle of the bridge, it started failing under the load, eventually falling into the swollen river along with the vehicle.The driver was later reported to have survived, but the truck could not be recovered from the water.The suspension bridge was constructed in place of a road bridge that was destroyed during one of the previous floods in the area. Currently, the residents of Uryum village do not have a way to cross the river after the accident.Bridge in Uryum is not the only one in the region that got damaged by extreme rainfall. Flooding has also damaged a bridge on Russia's Trans-Siberian railway, suspending traffic in the area.A also bridge gave way in Zabaikalsk region, some 300 km (190 miles) north of the border with China and Mongolia, The emergencies ministry said that no casualties were reported.TASS news agency said around 650 houses were reported flooded and five road bridges washed away in the flooding in the Zabaikalsk region on Thursday after heavy rain.
Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Australia's two largest cities on Saturday, with several arrested in Sydney after violent clashes with police.
Chinese tech giant Tencent must relinquish its exclusive music label rights, the market regulator said Saturday, after finding that the firm had violated antitrust laws.
Murdoch "got himself vaccinated as quickly as he could; he’s not a fool," while Fox News sells lies about the vaccine to people who will die, Malcolm Turnbull said.
Local emergency officers issued an evacuation order, providing escorts for residents as a shelter was placed at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center.Smoke is expected to combine with Dixie Fire's during the next hours, causing pollution to spread into the valley across the surrounding areas of Bridgeport and Tahoe.Government agencies, as well as private organisations and businesses, are cooperating to respond to the fire with over 1,300 personnel working on it.According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Tamarack Fire started as lightning hit in the Mokelumne Wilderness on a rocky ridgetop with sparse fuels and high winds, which caused a rapid downslope fire to spread.
Weakened by pro-Iran factions at home, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi will meet with US President Joe Biden on Monday to discuss a possible full US troop withdrawal from his country.
He posted photos and boasted about the insurrection on Bumble, according to the federal complaint against him.
US celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich agreed to pay $600,000 in a settlement to 20 former employees over sexual harassment allegations, the New York Attorney General said Friday.
Gunshots rang out near the funeral for Haiti’s assassinated President Jovenel Moise on Friday — prompting a high-level U.S. delegation to abruptly leave and other dignitaries to run for cover. The state funeral in the northern city of Cap-Haitien was intended to foster national unity, but the disturbances reflected deep division over the July 7 atrocity, in which foreign gunmen walked apparently unchallenged into the presidential residence and shot Moise multiple times, also injuring his wife. Few answers have emerged about who planned the killing, or why.There were no immediate reports of injuries among protesters or authorities on Friday.Friday’s disturbances follow days of tension marked by violent unrest in the region.Local Sandro Louis Philippe expressed his frustration. "People want to say one thing: everyone is protesting because President Jovenel is dead. That is why everyone is sad, that is the reason why people are blocking the streets."U.S. President Joe Biden's ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, was in attendance, leading the U.S. delegation on Friday. The delegation had heard the gunshots and was returning home slightly earlier than expected.The White House said the presidential delegation was safe and accounted for and said the administration remains deeply concerned about the unrest in Haiti.Earlier Friday, Thomas-Greenfield called on Haiti's new Prime Minister Ariel Henry to create conditions for legislative and presidential elections "as soon as feasible."The service went ahead, with speeches by family members, but it was punctuated by angry shouts by supporters accusing authorities of responsibility for Moise's death.
The White House assured Friday that necessary ethical precautions would be taken around any exhibitions and sale of artwork by President Joe Biden's son, whose personal life and professional career have been peppered with controversy.
GOP Gov. Greg Abbott calls the socially conscious company "disgraceful" for its decision not to sell in the Israeli-occupied territories.
Colombia gave the green light Friday to export dried cannabis flowers for use in medical products in addition to allowing manufacturers to produce goods such as textiles or food containing the plant.
The Chicago rapper hosted a listening party for his much-anticipated album "Donda" in Atlanta on Thursday night.
NASA on Friday said it had selected SpaceX to launch a planned voyage to Jupiter's icy moon Europa, a huge win for Elon Musk's company as it sets its sights deeper into the solar system.
Toa, the baby orca who captured hearts after he was found stranded in New Zealand waters, has lost his fight for survival, conservationists confirmed Saturday.
A strong earthquake shook the Philippines on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, but it was deep, and local authorities said they did not expect damage.