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EASTER Disaster: Thirty-Five worshippers die in Eastern Zimbabwe bus crash on Good Friday

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Thirty-five worshippers traveling to an Easter pilgrimage in the mountainous Eastern Zimbabwe region, have died after the bus conveying them veered off the road and plunged into a ditch in the early hours of Friday.

The bus which was said to have been overloaded with 106 passengers veered off the winding road near Chimanimani and hurtled into a deep ravine, a police report said.

The crash happened near the Chipinge District of Zimbabwe’s Eastern Manicaland province, state broadcaster ZBC also reported.

“The bus was carrying members of the Zion Christian Church, a local denomination known for holding regular pilgrimages attended by thousands of people,” ZBC added.

“I can confirm an accident which occurred last night. So far, the death toll is 35 and the number of injured is 71,” police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said.

“Indications suggest that the bus was overloaded. As church people, they should lead by example but instead they were travelling at night which we always discourage,” Nyathi said.

Zimbabwean roads are particularly busy during the Easter period which is a major holiday in the largely Christian country as people embark on hazardous trips in dilapidated buses and trucks to gather for days.

Accidents are frequent in the Southern African country where some drivers overload their vehicles and exceed the speed limit, while the poor condition of Zimbabwe’s roads has also been blamed for contributing to crashes.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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