Connect with us

Foreign

Death toll in Nepal floods, landslides rises to 78 – Reports

Published

on

The number of people killed in floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains in Nepal has increased to 78, while 40 people have been injured, the media reported on Tuesday.

By Monday, the number of deaths had risen to 65 with 30 missing in the natural disaster.

As many as 32 people are still missing, but the authorities have managed to rescue more than 3,300 people from 31 districts affected by floods, according to the ANI news agency.

Heavy rains are expected to continue for at least another two days.

Police spokesman Ramesh Thapa confirmed that more than 10,000 families have been displaced in the disaster.

In remote north western Dolpa district on Sunday, landslides buried nine people, he said.

The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology on Saturday warned that water levels of several rivers in south-eastern Nepal had reached dangerous levels.

The weather forecasting division had warned of continuous rains and strong winds in several parts of the country over the weekend.

SMS alerts had been sent to people living in the areas, the department said

General news

Buhari condoles with Dan Suleiman over wife’s death

Published

on

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with elder statesman and former military Governor of Plateau, retired Air Commodore Dan Suleiman over the death of his wife, Marie.

The president’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday.

“Buhari condoled with all family members and associates of the matriarch, whose investment of love in her family and community will always be remembered,” he said.

The president prayed that the almighty God will receive the soul of the deceased, who would be laid to rest at the weekend.

He also prayed that God would comfort the family she left behind.

Continue Reading

Foreign

Biden berates Trump as protests over Floyd’s death continue to rage across United States

Published

on

By

Former United States Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday blasted President Donald Trump for staging a photo op near the White House a day earlier as protesters were being dispersed by police.

Speaking in Philadelphia to address the nationwide unrest over the killing of George Floyd by police brutality, Biden said the American people “can be forgiven for believing that the president is more interested in power than in principle, more interested in serving the passions of his base than the needs of the people in his care.”

He was referring to events on Monday when police used tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters near the White House so that Trump, after finishing a speech during which he threatened to send in the military to quell the escalating chaos, could visit the St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he stood for a photo op flanked by senior administration officials.

In the speech, which came on the same day when seven states and the District of Columbia will hold primaries that could see Biden reap the number of delegate votes enough to win the nomination, Biden said the nation was “crying out for leadership that can unite us,” and that he, instead of Trump, could deliver it.

“I won’t traffic in fear and division. I won’t fan the flames of hate. I will seek to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued this country – not use them for political gain,” the 77-year-old said. “I’ll do my job and take responsibility. I won’t blame others. I’ll never forget that the job isn’t about me.”

Biden said that demonstrators chanting “I can’t breathe” to echo Floyd’s last words before choking to death is “a wake-up call for our nation, for all of us.” Meanwhile, he said there was “no place for violence” or “rioting” or “destroying property,” adding that “nor is it acceptable for our police … to escalate violence.”

Seven days into the nationwide protests, incidents of arson, vandalism and looting happened in various places, along with civilian deaths and injuries of journalists related to alleged abusive use of force by the police.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Defence/Security

I-G orders transfer of investigation into UNIBEN student’s death

Published

on

The Inspector General of Police (I-G) Mr Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate transfer of investigations into the death of Miss Vera Omosuwa, to the Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja

Omosuwa, a 100-level female Microbiology student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) was reportedly killed in a church in Benin by hoodlums, after raping her.

Mba said the directive followed preliminary report from the team of investigators and forensic experts earlier deployed to assist the  Police Command in Edo in investigations into the unfortunate incident.

He said the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) Mr Anthony Michael, would henceforth provide direct supervision to ensure speedy and thorough investigation of the case.

Mba said the I-G had also ordered immediate deployment of specialised investigators and additional investigation assets to all the Gender Desks Offices and Juvenile Welfare Centres (JWC) across the country.

He said the idea was to strengthen and enhance the capacity of the Units to respond to increasing challenges of sexual assaults and domestic/gender based violence.

He said the I-G called on the public to provide the police with useful informatIon that would aid investigations into ongoing sexual assaults and domestic/gender based violence across the country.

The I-G also enjoined parents and guardians to pay closer attention to their children and wards in these trying times.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

Continue Reading

Foreign

Italy’s death toll from coronavirus climbs to 33,530

Published

on

By

Italy reported 55 new COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s toll to 33,530, out of total infection cases of 233,515, according to fresh figures on Tuesday.

Nationwide, the number of active infections dropped by 1,474 to 39,893 cases, according to the Civil Protection Department.

Of those who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, 408 are in intensive care, 16 fewer compared to Monday, and 5,916 are hospitalized with symptoms, a decrease of 183 patients compared to Monday.

The rest 33,569 people, or 84 percent of those who tested positive, are quarantined at home with no symptoms or only mild symptoms.

Recoveries rose by 1,737 compared to Monday, bringing the nationwide total to 160,092.

The overall number of COVID-19 active infections, fatalities and recoveries has risen to 233,515 cases over the past 24 hours, an increase of 318 cases from 233,197 recorded on Monday.

As the pandemic visibly slowed down in recent weeks, Italy on May 18 further eased the 10-week lockdown. Shops, restaurants, bars, barbershops, beauty salons, museums, and beachfront operators were all allowed to reopen, provided that they respect rules for social distancing and disinfect facilities.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Foreign

1st LD: UK COVID-19 deaths hit 39,369 as another 324 patients die

Published

on

By

Another 324 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Monday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 39,369, the Department of Health and Social Care said Tuesday.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

As of Tuesday morning, 277,985 people in Britain have tested positive for the disease, said the department.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that the number of deaths registered in England and Wales with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 reached 44,401 by May 22.

When more recent offical figures from Scotland, Northern Ireland and the National Health Service (NHS) are taken into account, the total death toll in Britain has reached 50,032, according to The Guardian newspaper.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Foreign

Urgent: UK COVID-19 deaths hit 39,369 as another 324 patients die

Published

on

By

Another 324 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Monday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 39,369, the Department of Health and Social Care said Tuesday.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Foreign

COVID-19 death toll in Netherlands rises by 5 to reach 5,967

Published

on

By

The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus in The Netherlands increased by five to a total of 5,967, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) announced on Tuesday.

The daily death toll remains stable for a few days, with six and five reported deaths on Monday and Sunday respectively. Not all COVID-19 patients are tested, so the actual numbers in the Netherlands are higher than the numbers stated by the RIVM.

The number of persons testing positive for COVID-19 increased by 102 to a total of 46,647.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Foreign

Floyd’s death to inspire change in America: Ghanaian president

Published

on

By

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo expressed his hope here late Monday that the death of George Floyd would inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head on the problems of hate and racism.

Describing Floyd‘s death as “unfortunate and tragic” on social media, Akufo-Addo said black people over the world are shocked and distraught by the killing of the unarmed black man by a white police officer in the United States.

African American Floyd died on May 25 shortly after a white police officer in Minneapolis held him down with a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes despite pleas by Floyd he was struggling to breathe, which ignited violent protests in dozens of U.S. cities.

“It can’t be right that in the 21st century, the U.S., this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism,” he said.

“It carried with it an all too painful familiarity and un ugly reminder,” said the president, adding that Ghanaians stand with their kith and kin in America in these difficult and trying times.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Foreign

Sri Lanka reports second leopard death within a week

Published

on

By

Days after a rare black leopard died from injuries after being trapped in a snare in Sri Lanka, another brown leopard was found dead, after being trapped in a snare in Galle, in southern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, the Department of Wildlife said in a statement.

Wildlife Conservation Department Director General M.G.C. Sooriyabandara told local journalists that the leopard was first spotted and captured by a wildlife officer in Neluwa, after which he informed the relevant officials.

The leopard belonged to the Sri Lankan leopard species known as the “

A” href=”#Panthera Pardus.”

A”>Panthera Pardus.”

A

postmortem will be carried out by the wildlife doctors.

Sooriyabandara said they hoped to take legal action against the owner of the land in which the leopard was found as they suspected that the snare was set by the landowner.

This is the second leopard death reported in Sri Lanka within a week after wildlife officials found a rare black leopard in the central highlands of Nallathanniya on May 26, trapped in a snare and heavily injured.

The leopard died from injuries after days of treatment.

Wildlife officials said the survival of the Sri Lankan leopard is threatened due to habitat loss and fragmentation primarily with some levels of direct poaching and direct and indirect human-leopard related leopard deaths.

(XINHUA)

Continue Reading

Contact US: editor @nnn.com.ng, nnnnews247 @gmail.com

Read Also