Death toll in Colombia mudslides now at 254, including 43 children

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Mon, 2017-04-03 12:10
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MOCOA, Colombia: Devastating mudslides in the Colombian town of Mocoa killed at least 254 people including 43 children, President Juan Manuel Santos said Sunday, as survivors described gruesome scenes amid the ruins.
Santos, who traveled to the southern town to personally oversee relief operations, warned the toll could keep climbing.
“Unfortunately, these are still preliminary figures,” he wrote on Twitter, after giving an earlier toll of 210.
“We offer our prayers for all of them. We send our condolences and the entire country’s sympathies to their families.”
More than 200 were injured in the disaster.
Survivors and rescuers kept up a bleak search for victims in the muck and debris.
Covered in mud, 38-year-old Marta Gomez told of going to search for her missing niece — and making a chilling find instead.
“I went to look for my niece, but I couldn’t find her. I dug and dug and found what turned out to be a baby’s hand. It was horrible,” she said in a shelter set up for the newly homeless.
As she stood in line waiting to register for government assistance for those who lost their houses, Gomez told AFP she had given up on finding her niece.
“The mud took her away. I’ll never see her again,” she said, clinging to the leash of her equally muddy German shepherd.
Rescuers worked in stifling heat under a cloudy sky in the remote Amazon town, the capital of Putumayo department.
The debris left by the mudslides was everywhere: buried cars, uprooted trees, children’s toys and stray shoes sticking up out of the mud.

Pope ‘profoundly saddened’
The torrent of mud, boulders and debris struck the town with little warning late Friday after days of heavy rains that caused three area rivers to flood.
It swept away homes, bridges, vehicles and trees, leaving piles of wrecked timber.
Most of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in the town of 40,000 are poor and populated with people uprooted during Colombia’s five-decade-long civil war.
A “profoundly saddened” Pope Francis said he was praying for the victims.
Santos declared an emergency to speed up aid operations.
Health authorities said they had dispatched sanitation specialists in hopes of preventing outbreaks of disease.
Santos said four emergency water treatment plants would be set up “to avoid an epidemic and an even bigger public health crisis.”
An unexpected offer of help also came from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a leftist rebel group engaged in a historic peace process with the government.
It said FARC members were prepared to help rebuild the town.

Looting reported
Marta Ceballos, a 44-year-old street vendor, said she lost everything, but is thankful her family is alive.
“Dear God, I don’t want to even remember that,” she said.
“To see how some people screamed, and others cried, ran, tried to flee in cars, on motorcycles, and how they were trapped in the mud. It’s all too, too difficult,” she told AFP.
“The only things I fortunately did not lose were my husband, my daughters and my nephews,” she said.
Electricity and running water have yet to be restored to Mocoa. Local authorities said repairing the electrical substation would take time.
There were reports of people looting stores searching for bottled water.
“There are lots of people in the streets, lots of people displaced and many houses have collapsed,” retired Mocoa resident Hernando Rodriguez, 69, said by telephone.
“There were no preparations” for such a disaster, he said.
Several deadly landslides have struck Colombia in recent months.
A landslide in November killed nine people in the rural southwestern town of El Tambo, officials said.
The previous month, 10 people lost their lives in a mudslide in the north of the country.
The Pacific rim of South America has been hard hit in recent months by floods and mudslides, with scores killed in Peru and Ecuador.

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‘Love’-related deaths top terror casualties in India

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Arab News
Mon, 2017-04-03 11:20
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DUBAI: Over a 15-year period, India saw more people killed over “love” than by terror incidents, the Times of India reported Sunday.
“Love” was the officially recorded reason for 38,585 murders and culpable homicide cases between 2001 and 2015 while terrorism killed 20,000 people, including security forces and civilians, in the same period.
According to the newspaper, government records also show that “love” was the officially listed reason behind 79,189 suicides.
The states of Andhra Pradesh, followed by Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh have recorded the highest number of murder cases in which “love” was an officially-stated motive.
These include honor killings and jilted lovers turning violent, the newspaper reports.
West Bengal leads the list when it comes to love-related suicides, even though data for 2012 was not available. According to the Times of India, the state witness more than 15,000 suicides related to love affairs in 14 years. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu saw 9,405 suicides linked to love affairs between 2001 and 2015.

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تداولات ضعيف للفضة بالقرب من أعلى مستوى في أربعة أسابيع

شهدت أسعار الفضة تذبذب خلال تداولات اليوم لتتداول بالقرب من أعلى مستوى في شهر والذي سجلته الأسبوع الماضي، تأتي هذه التداولات الضعيفة في ظل تراجع الدولار مقابل العملات الرئيسية مع أولى جلسات الربع الثاني من العام. تتداول أسعار الفضة حالياً عند المستوى 18.19 دولار للأونصة وذلك بعد ان سجلت أعلى مستوى عند 18.24 دولار للأونصة […]

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أسعار الذهب تشهد تذبذب بعد تسجيل انخفاض خلال الأسبوع الماضي

شهدت أسعار الذهب تذبذب خلال تداولات اليوم الاثنين في أولى جلسات الربع الثاني من العام، يأتي هذا التذبذب بعد الانخفاض الذي سجله الدولار خلال الأسبوع الماضي وسط ارتفاع الدولار وتزايد الطلب على المخاطرة على حساب المعدن النفيس. تتداول أسعار الذهب حالياً عند المستوى 1248.1 دولار للأونصة بعد أن سجل أدنى مستوى عند 1247.3 دولار للأونصة […]

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Forex Technical Analysis: Trend potential – Trading Range – 110.42-111.71

USDJPY – Down

Daily chart: the pair showed weakness around middle Bollinger band (112.54) and ensured new drop to 109.78 (lower Bollinger band).

Trading Range - 110.42-111.71

Н4: here support level is on lower Bollinger band (110.42), in this area we may also see bullish Over&Under pattern

Trading Range - 110.42-111.71

Н1: resistance level is at 111.71, support level is at 111.14 (middle and lower Bollinger bands). It is better to consider selling from 111.71 to 110.42 with possible rollover of open positions.

Trading Range - 110.42-111.71

Expectations: we expect the pair to touch 111.71 and then drop to 111.13 or lower towards 110.42.

Trading signals: consider selling from 111.71 to 111.13 and 110.42

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Egypt court overturns block on islands transfer to Saudi Arabia

An Egyptian court ruled on Sunday that a judicial decision to block the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia is void, judicial sources said, potentially reviving a deal that triggered protests in Egypt. A court in January rejected a government plan to transfer the two uninhabited islands to Saudi Arabia after a maritime demarcation accord was announced in April. The accord awarded sovereignty of the islands to Saudi Arabia, even though most Egyptians believe they belong to Egypt. The decision by Egypt’s Court of Urgent Matters is subject to appeal and any final deal must be approved by parliament. The latest twist in this issue came as bilateral relations appear to be warming after months of tension. […]