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Typhoon Meranti kills 14 in China

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Beijing, Sep 17 : Typhoon Meranti has left at least 14 persons dead and another 14 missing in China, authorities reported on Saturday.

Meranti, the world’s strongest typhoon this year, arrived in Xiamen province early Thursday, wreaking havoc as it passed through, EFE news reported.

In Fujian, at least seven persons were killed, while another six died in the neighbouring province of Zhejiang and one more in Taiwan, where the typhoon left great devastation before reaching China.

Fourteen people were still missing in China, although the figures continue varying.

Around 3,31,000 persons were relocated in Fujian, where authorities estimate the direct economic losses to be $249 million.

Workers were still trying to restore electricity in the city of Xiamen, whcih was left in a massive blackout after the typoon disrupted its water supplies.

Some parts of Xiamen’s railway network were also damaged and 61 train routes will be modified between September 16 and 25.

The typhoon, which has reduced to a tropical depression since Thursday night, moved northward causing heavy rainfall in other areas of Fujian and in the neighbouring provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Anhui and Shanghai city.

Zhejiang, with six dead, five missing and 70,000 relocated, was the next most affected area after Fujian.

More than 600 workers were continuing rescue efforts in the flood-affected regions of Zhejiang.

Shanghai experienced its heaviest rains this year from Thursday night until Friday morning.

Fujian province said the coastal fishing sector would be affected from until September 19 due to the proximity of Malakas, while Shanghai’s Flood Disaster and Flood Control Measurements urged its departments and organisations to be prepared for the arrival of the typhoon.

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Pakistani man arrested for attacking Sikh shrine in England

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New Delhi/London, 25 May : A Pakistani man, who was trying to mobilise Sikhs against India over Kashmir in England, attacked the Guru Arjan Dev shrine in Derby on Monday morning. He was later identified and arrested.

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Italy registers 63,927 COVID-19 cases, toll touches 6,077

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Rome, March 24 : A total of 63,927 coronavirus cases have been assessed in Italy since the pandemic broke out in its northern regions on February 21, the Civil Protection Department managing the COVID-19 emergency has said, adding that 601 fatalities were also registered on Monday, with the death toll reaching 6,077.

The number of total infections grew by 4,789, or 8 per cent from 59,138 cases recorded on Sunday. The daily fatality figure dropped from Sunday’s 651 and Saturday’s 793, the department said, Xinhua reported.

Although still upward, the figures showed the daily rise in both the number of people testing positive and the number of deaths has been less marked for the second day in a row, Civil Protection Chief Angelo Borrelli told a press conference late Monday afternoon.

Health authorities, however, warned that it was still too early to confirm a decreasing trend in the ongoing pandemic.

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Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed sent to jail for five years

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New Delhi/Islamabad, 12 Feb : Just ahead of the FATF review, founder and patron of the banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed, was convicted in terror funding cases and sent to jail for five-and-a-half years by a Pakistani court on Wednesday.

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