July 9, 2018

Japan floods: At least 100 dead in record rainfall

Japan floods: At least 100 dead in record rainfall Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJapan's military have been airlifting people to safety from the flood waters At least 100 people are thought to have died after record rainfall caused flooding and landslides in western Japan, a government spokesman says. More than 50 others are believed to be missing, the Japan Times reported. Since Thursday, parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the whole of July. Two million people have been ordered to evacuate as rivers burst their banks. "We've never experienced this kind of rain before," a weather official said. Rescuers restarted their search through the mud for any survivors or the bodies of those killed on Monday morning. An official in Okayama prefecture told AFP news agency that water levels were gradually receding and that emergency teams may be able to access the worst-hit areas on foot. Most of the deaths have occurred i..
July 8, 2018

Thai cave rescue: Remaining boys wait for operation to resume

Thai cave rescue: Remaining boys wait for operation to resume Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThere were cheers and applause as the first boys' rescue was confirmed Cave divers in Thailand are poised to restart the high-risk operation to extract the remaining eight boys and their football coach from a vast flooded cave system. Four boys were brought safely out of the cave on Sunday. But the mission was paused overnight for air tanks to be replaced. Rescuers decided to go ahead with the hazardous operation because of fears of rising waters. The group have been trapped since 23 June. The next phase of the mission to save them was set to begin Monday morning, after relaying "all of the air tanks and all systems along the way", Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said on Sunday. Activity at the dive site suggests that the operation to free the remaining members of the group may be about to resume. Sunday's events as they happened How risky is t..
July 8, 2018

How the people of Delhi saved 16,000 trees from the axe

How the people of Delhi saved 16,000 trees from the axe Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In one such protest, Delhi residents hugged trees that were to be cut A citizen-led movement in India's capital Delhi has successfully halted the cutting of more than 16,000 trees in the city. The BBC's Nikita Mandhani talked to some people actively involved in this movement. Juhi Saklani, 48, recounts how horrified she felt when she first heard about a government proposal to cut thousands of trees in the heart of Delhi to build houses for government employees. "Some of us who love trees and feel strongly about the connection of trees with pollution felt that this was a criminally wrong plan," says Ms Saklani, adding that this was what forced her to become a "citizen activist". Delhi is one of the world's most polluted cities, with air quality frequently reaching hazardous levels. The one mitigating factor is that large parts of the city still have substantial green cover, ..
July 8, 2018

North Korea: Mike Pompeo rejects ‘gangster-like’ accusation

North Korea: Mike Pompeo rejects 'gangster-like' accusation Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Pompeo brushed off North Korean suggestions that the US was acting like a gangster US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has dismissed accusations by North Korea that he engaged in "gangster-like" behaviour during a visit there. After two days of talks with senior officials, he said efforts to push Pyongyang towards abandoning nuclear weapons had international backing. He stressed that denuclearisation was a condition for lifting sanctions. It was Mr Pompeo's first visit to the North since last month's summit between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump. The North Korean leader says he is committed to denuclearisation, but how this will be achieved is unclear. North Korea crisis in 300 words Is North Korea sticking with its nukes? Did the summit rhetoric match reality? The summit's oddest moments How did the North see the latest talks?Mr Pompeo did not meet Mr Kim. I..
July 8, 2018

Thai cave rescue: ‘D-day’ for trapped boys

Thai cave rescue: 'D-day' for trapped boys Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The boys, aged between 11 and 17, have been trapped with their coach since 23 June At least two of a group of boys trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand for two weeks have been been successfully brought out, reports say. Rescuers decided to go ahead with the hazardous operation on Sunday because of fears of rising waters. Divers are guiding the 12 boys and their coach through darkness and submerged passageways towards the mouth of the Tham Luang cave system. They are being rescued in groups. It is unclear how long the mission will take. LIVE: Latest updates on the rescue How risky is the Thai boys rescue? What is happening at the cave?A huge volunteer and media operation has built up around the mouth of the cave over the past week. But early on Sunday, journalists were told they had to move down the road, sparking speculation that a rescue mission was about to begin. Narongsak Osottan..
July 8, 2018

Japan floods: ‘Extreme danger’ amid record rainfall

Japan floods: 'Extreme danger' amid record rainfall Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFloodwaters submerged homes and overturned cars over a wide area Parts of western Japan hit by deadly floods and landslides are facing unprecedented danger as more downpours are expected, officials warn. "We've never experienced this kind of rain before," a weather official said. More than 60 people are dead and dozens missing after record rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks in Hiroshima and other areas. Two million people have been ordered to evacuate. PM Shinzo Abe said rescuers were "working against time". "There are still many people missing and others in need of help," the prime minister told reporters on Sunday. Since Thursday parts of western Japan have received three times the usual rainfall for the whole of July, setting off floods and landslides. Most of the deaths have occurred in Hiroshima prefecture. In the town of Motoyama, 583mm (23in) of..
July 7, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: Authorities clear cave site ‘for rescue’

Thailand cave rescue: Authorities clear cave site 'for rescue' Image copyright Reuters Image caption Journalists leave the site of the Tham Luang cave complex Thai authorities have cleared the site near the entrance to a cave where 12 boys and their coach are trapped, ready for a rescue operation. It was originally thought that the group could remain in the cave for months, but a bid to evacuate the group may now be imminent or already underway. Only diving teams, medics and security forces remain at the site. The boys were exploring the cave on 23 June when they were cut off by water. Earlier official told the hundreds of journalists gathered at the scene that it is was "necessary to evacuate the area for the rescue operation". How risky is the Thai boys rescue? 'I am dying to see him. I miss my son' 'You never imagine someone you know could get trapped' On Saturday, the leader of the rescue efforts said that teams had a three to four-day window to save ..
July 7, 2018

Sanju: Is this Bollywood blockbuster whitewashing Sanjay Dutt?

Sanju: Is this Bollywood blockbuster whitewashing Sanjay Dutt? Image copyright Vinod Chopra Films Image caption Ranbir Kapoor plays Sanjay Dutt in the blockbuster hit Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is one of India's most controversial celebrities. His addiction to alcohol and drugs, his alleged affairs and, most damningly, his conviction in a terror case have all been avidly documented. But a newly released biopic has been accused of "whitewashing" his chequered past, writes Aparna Alluri. One week into its release, the film Sanju has been billed as one of the most successful Bollywood movies ever. But film reviewers have called it "dishonest" and "misleading", while some of those who watched it describing it as a "hagiography" and a "public relations campaign" on Twitter. Ranbir Kapoor, who plays Dutt, has got rave reviews for a raw, immersive performance and the movie has been praised for its touching portrayal of Dutt's relationship with his unflinchingly loyal father. Other..
July 7, 2018

Thailand cave rescue: ‘Four-day window’ for boys to escape

Thailand cave rescue: 'Four-day window' for boys to escape Image copyright EPA / Thai Navy Image caption The Thai military (pictured) and civilians have joined forces to try to save the boys Teams have a three to four-day window to save 12 Thai boys and their football coach from a cave where they have been trapped for two weeks, according to the leader of the rescue efforts. Narongsak Osottanakorn said conditions were currently "perfect". There is concern that monsoon rains could follow, further flooding the narrow passages. The boys were exploring the cave when they and their football coach became trapped by rising waters on 23 June. Rescue divers have since been able to take them food, oxygen and medical assistance, while a huge international team works on a plan to free them. "Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are perfect [for evacuation] in terms of the water, the weather and the boys' health," said Mr Narongsak, governor of the Chiang Rai provi..
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