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Flood-hit Sri Lanka pulls more bodies from landslides COLOMBO: Sri Lankan soldiers pulled more bodies from landslides and distributed food and water Sunday to hundreds of thousands forced into shelters after major floods hit the island.Floodwaters were receding in the capital Colombo after the heaviest rains in 25 years pounded the country since last weekend, triggering landslides that have buried victims in tonnes of mud.Soldiers and other rescuers have discovered 15 bodies in the last 24 hours in the worst-hit district of Kegalle, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of Colombo, where two villages were destroyed last week.Eighty four people are known to have died across the island amid fears the number could rise, with 116 people still listed as missing, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said in its latest update."The search will continue for some more time even though we have not found anyone alive during these search operations," DMC spokesman Pradeep Kodippili said of the landslides ...

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Foreign aid reaches flooded Sri Lankan capital COLOMBO: Foreign aid began arriving Saturday in Sri Lanka, bringing help to half a million people who have been driven from their homes by heavy rains and deadly landslides, as floodwaters subsided slightly, officials said.The Sri Lankan Foreign ministry said an Indian air force plane carrying emergency supplies had arrived in Colombo while two Indian naval ships were also expected at the port in the capital.Floodwater levels in parts of the capital subsided a little ...

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G7 agrees to 'strengthen global fight against terrorist financing' SENDAI: Group of Seven finance officials on Saturday vowed to cooperate in countering the financing of global terror at the end of a two-day meeting in Japan."Countering violent extremism and bringing perpetrators to justice remain top priorities for the whole international community," they said in statement. "The G7 commits to working together to strengthen the global fight against terrorist financing."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Five dead, thousands flee as Cyclone Roanu nears Bangladesh DHAKA: Cyclone Roanu was poised to make landfall in southern Bangladesh Saturday, as strong winds and heavy downpours unleashed by the storm left five people dead and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.Officials said the cyclone was expected to hit the Bangladesh coast around 12:00 pm local time (0600 GMT) packing winds of 88 kilometres (54 miles) per hour.Authorities took 60,000 people to cyclone shelters following a warning that an expected storm surge ...

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Fire kills three in Bangladesh textile factory DHAKA: A fire in a textile factory in Bangladesh Saturday killed three workers and left five injured, police said, in the latest accident to cast a spotlight on the country's hazardous garment industry.A Pakistani technician was among those killed in the blaze in the sprawling complex belonging to fabric manufacturer Mom Tex in Narsingdi, just outside the capital Dhaka.Police officials said the fire started on the ground floor of a seven-storey building where chemicals and ...

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Thirty die in road accidents in north India mountains NEW DELHI: Two deadly road accidents in India's northern Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh killed at least 30 people and injured 24 others, police said Saturday.An overcrowded jeep fell into a gorge 1,000 feet (304 metres) deep early Saturday, killing 13 people in Kinnaur district, police said, about 200 kilometres (124 miles) east of state capital Shimla. "Thirteen people have died and one is injured. 10 of them were from one village," Surinder Mohan, a ...

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Foreign aid reaches flooded Sri Lankan capital, 71 dead COLOMBO: Foreign aid began arriving in Sri Lanka Saturday, bringing help to half a million people who have been driven from their homes by heavy rains and landslides that have killed at least 71.The heaviest rains in a quarter of a century have pounded Sri Lanka since last weekend, triggering huge landslides that have buried some victims in up to 50 feet (15 metres) of mud.The number of people missing now stands at 127.Residents clung ...