Many of Syria's nearly three million displaced people face dire winter conditions with a brutal snow storm hammering the region, the United Nations warned on Monday as it urged the international community do more to protect them.
"Bridges have collapsed. Roads have collapsed. People have died... this is a catastrophe of enormous proportions," South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said, addressing a local community after inspecting the damage from the floods.
Fire bosses said they are seizing upon an interlude of relatively calm and cool weather to keep the fire from pushing any closer to the small New Mexico city of Las Vegas and other villages scattered along the fire’s shifting fronts.
It would be presumptuous to say that the surge in the teenage crowd on Saturday to mark Halloween celebrations in the congested district of Itaewon in Seoul , the capital city of South Korea, that killed more than 150 and left hundreds more injured was waiting to happen.
"It was a horrible situation," recalls Arup Khan, 22, talking of the moments after the quake. "There were cries everywhere. The children and my family were under the mud."
Houses were reduced to rubble and bodies swathed in blankets lay on the ground after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake, photographs on Afghan media showed.
According to a new report from the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in 2022 alone, over 140 disasters struck the region, leading to over 7,500 deaths.
Two bodies in the water were recovered by helicopter on Monday morning, and another two were recovered by search vessels, police said. The five rescued people were admitted to Kaitaia Hospital in stable condition and were later discharged.
Xi reiterated during the call that cooperation was the only choice and that the two countries need to properly manage disputes in a constructive manner, according to an account of the conversation reported by Chinese state television.