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45 confirmed dead in South African floods as homes collapse after mudslides

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45 people have been confirmed killed in overnight floods in the South Africa coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal caused by days of heavy and intensive rain, authorities say on Tuesday.

Many people have also been confirmed missing while emergency service workers say they have searching for survivors.

The statement said some people in the city were standing on rooftops awaiting rescue, but local media report that only one helicopter is available to lift people away as key roads across the city were shut.

Scientists in South Africa had already warned that climate change is fuelling heavier rainfall than usual, with devastating effects to follow.

The mayor of eThekwini which is the area including Durban and its surrounding towns, Mxolisi Kaunda, in his own message, apologised to residents who were left stranded after emergency call centre was overwhelmed overnight.

Mayor Kaunda said efforts were under way to restore water and electricity supplies that have been cut to parts of the city, after most of the city’s electricity power stations were flooded on Monday evening and a number of water treatment plants were damaged.

“Residents who fear their homes may collapse should seek shelter in community halls,” Kaunda advised.

According to the South African Weather Service, more rainfall is expected across southern KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, and has advised citizens to stay clear of flooded roads and bridges.

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Mali declares 3 days warning after deadliest terrorist attack

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Troubled West African country, Mali declared three days of national mourning following the deadliest recent attacks by Islamist militants.

In a recent ambush on Sunday , 42 soldiers were killed in the northern region of Gao. A statement by the army claimed jihadi extremists used drones, artillery and booby-trapped vehicles.

Armed groups affiliated with al-Qa’ida, have for some time attacked military bases in the West African country. They claimed responsibility for attacks on Mali’s main military base in an attack last month.

Terrorists also recently killed 15 soldiers and three civilians in two separate operations in southwest Mali.

Meanwhile, Mali on Thursday announced the delivery of aircrafts L-39 and Sukhoi-25 jets as well as Mi-24P helicopter gunships were displayed during a ceremony from Russia.

Mali under the current Junta of Colonel Goita has been on a thread of breaking diplomatic relations with allies. It started by breaking defence alliance with the French, the junta also quit the anti-jihadist force, G-5 force but has enjoyed good relationship with Russia.

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Right group, HRW, indicts Cameroonian troops of killing Anglophone separatists

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Right group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Cameroonian troops in the Northwest Regions of killing at least 10 people in a crackdown against anglophone separatists.

HRW indicts Cameroon’s military in a string of allegations monitored in the battle between security forces and English-speaking militants seeking cessation in francophone-majority Cameroon.

According to the report, “Cameroonian soldiers summarily killed at least 10 people and carried out a series of other abuses between April 24 and June 12, during counter-insurgency operations in the North-West region.

“The troops also burned 12 homes, destroyed, and looted health facilities, arbitrarily detained at least 26 people, and are presumed to have forcibly disappeared up to 17 others.”

The Anglophones of Cameroon, 20 per cent of the population, feel marginalised. Their frustrations surfaced dramatically at the end of 2016 when a series of sectoral grievances morphed into political demands, leading to strikes and riots.

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