More than 1 000 people were feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the floodwaters, the nation’s president said.
“It is a real disaster of great proportions,” President Filipe Nyusi said.
Emergency officials in Mozambique have cautioned that while they expect the death toll to rise significantly, they have no way of knowing how high the death toll will be.
A cyclone that hit Mozambique last week has damaged or destroyed 90% of the city of Beira, the Red Cross confirmed, and the death toll in the country and neighboring Zimbabwe has risen to 157.
The European Union has granted 150,000 euros (about 170,000 US dollars) to assist the victims of floods and of cyclone Idai in central Mozambique.
The aid should directly benefit 7,500 people in Sofala, Manica, Tete and Zambezia provinces. A further 17,000 people will benefit from sanitation and health services in accommodation centre.
Gunmen attacked and briefly seized a Malian army base overnight, killing at least 16 military and destroying five vehicles in central Mopti region, said two local officials in the area where the attack occurred. Army spokesman Colonel Diarran Kone confirmed the attack took place but declined further details.
The base is in the village of Dioura, the mayor of the nearest town Kareri, Youssouf Coulibaly, confirmed, that the Central Mali has in the past few years been overrun by Islamic radicals with links to Al Qaeda.
“I’m currently inside the base and there were many deaths here. We’ve counted 16 so far,” Mr. Coulibaly said. (Below interactive map of fatalities and violent episodes in Mali since August 2014).
Incumbent President on Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari is an unequivocal leader of the election race according to the provisional results.
The results showed that incumbent President main rival, businessman and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, could no longer catch up.
The candidate with the most votes nationwide is declared winner as long as they have at least one-quarter of the vote in two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states and the capital Abuja, otherwise there is a run-off. Buhari has already secured enough votes to avoid a run-off vote the officials said.
President Omar al-Bashir has appointed a new first vice President and Prime minister, a day after declaring a year-long state of emergency to counter Sudanese protests calling for his removal from office.
Bashir replaced his long-time ally Bakri Hassan Saleh with Defence Minister General Awad Ibnoufas as vice-President and appointed governor of eastern Gezira state Mohamed Tahir Ayala as Prime minister.
Awad Ibnoufas was active in the coup which brought Bashir to power three decades ago, while Ayala has previously been regarded by the Sudanese leader as his potential successor as president.
Incumbent Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari (76) and his main opponent, businessman Atiku Abubakar (72) cast their ballots in presidential election voting after a week’s delay. The two candidates lead among more than 70 challengers.
The voting has started with an episode, animating social networks with a video depicting President Buhari checking his wife’s choice of the candidate.
Out of 84 million registered voters, 72.775 million Nigerians will be able to cast their ballots.
The materials include 707,892 ballot boxes and voting cubicles have been supplied. “We have accredited 120 domestic and 36 international observer groups, deploying accumulative number of 73,000 observers“, the Independent National Electoral Commission reported.
While casting his vote Atiku Abubakar said he would accept the elections outcome.
Sudan parliamentary committee mandated with amending the Constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for another mandate informed it would indefinitely postpone a meeting to draft these changes, state news agency SUNA reports.
The decision comes amid almost daily street protests since mid-December, initially sparked by rising food prices and cash shortages, against Al-Bashir’s three decades rule.