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The Daily Brief: Heavy Floods in India Take the Lives of More Than 130 People

Rescuers Search for Survivors Amidst Mud and Debris, as western Maharashtra Experiences Devastating Downpours.

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Summary:

  • Heavy rains and deadly floods have claimed the lives of at least 136 people, with several missing and tens of thousands forced to evacuate – the states of Maharashtra, Goa, and Mumbai have been most heavily affected.
  • Hundreds of homes have been damaged and a rescue mission is ongoing to desperately locate survivors of the heavy monsoon rains as people lose their properties and belongings.
  • While many factors are attributed to flooding, experts claim climate change and global warming most likely contribute to the extreme rainfall seen in South Asia, as well as flooding experienced by Europe and parts of China this year.
  • Goa’s floods were the worst in decades, according to its chief minister Pramod Sawant – however, the state did not suffer any casualties as seen in Maharashtra.
  • The Raigad district in Maharashtra suffered coastal landslides, devastating homes and leading to 47 deaths with 53 people feared trapped among the rubble and mud – the downpour caused rivers to overflow and burst their banks.  
  • Approximately 90,000 people have been evacuated in Maharashtra – near the city of Mumbai, the downpours have caused terrified residents to climb rooftops and upper stories to escape swelling waters.
  • Water levels rose to nearly 20 feet (6 meters) in areas south of Mumbai, completely submerging roads and homes as the region experienced 24 hours of uninterrupted rainfall.
  • Experts predict the torrential downpour will continue for the next few days – hundreds of villages in the region affected by the monsoon were without electricity and drinking water.
  • Rescuers are equipped with lifejackets, rubber boats, and other materials to help locate survivors – the National Disaster Response Force, the Indian Army, Coast Guards, Navy, Air Force and state authorities have been deployed in the rescue mission.
  • The monsoon season lasts from June to September in India, with heavy rainfalls causing displacements and loss of life each year – farmers depend on the rainfall for agriculture, however climate change has led to more harsh flooding affecting the country.

Sources:

  • CNN:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/23/india/floods-landslides-maharashtra-intl-hnk/index.html

  • Al Jazeera:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/24/at-least-76-killed-in-india-heavy-monsoon-rains-govt

  • BBC:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-57952521

Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/24/india-floods-rescuers-search-survivors-among-mud-debris

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China Prepares for Typhoon In-Fa After Deadly Flooding

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  • The eastern coastal province of Zhejiang in China has closed all ports and train stations and suspended all flights in the region  as authorities prepare for Typhoon In-Fa after the country experienced deadly flooding just days earlier.
  • People have been ordered to stay indoors as high winds, rough seas, and more flooding are expected in Zhejiang, near Shanghai.
  • Previous flooding led to historic damage in China, including 58 casualties.
  • The typhoon could bring more downpours, with officials fearing it could exacerbate the difficulty of search and rescue missions for survivors of previous flooding.
  • A tropical storm is also expected to hit Tokyo, Japan next week where the Olympic Games are being held.

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Brazilians Protest Against Bolsonaro Yet Again

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  • Protests erupted in Rio de Janeiro and other Brazilian towns against Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic and corruption allegations. More than half of Brazilians support the  impeachment of Bolsonaro.
  • Protestors also expressed anger over Brazil’s slow vaccine rollout and high unemployment rate. President Bolsonaro has downplayed the severity of the virus and has not implemented public health regulations.
  • A Senate commission is currently investigating Brazil’s handling of the pandemic, with Bolsonaro’s popularity steadily decreasing. Brazil has faced 548,000 deaths so far, one of the highest death tolls in the world.

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Guatemalan Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Flees Country After Being Fired

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  • Guatemalan anti-corruption prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval was forced to flee Guatemala to protect himself after being fired from his post on Friday as head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Impunity (FECI).
  • Sandoval fled to a town bordering El Salvador accompanied by human rights activists, a Swedish ambassador, and a journalist. Sandoval stated that he will continue working, but will not be used by those “who have made exploiting government funds a way of life.”
  • Sandoval’s firing led to criticism from US President Joe Biden’s administration, who stated that it is a step back in the fight against corruption. Guatemala’s Attorney General stated that Sandoval was fired because he committed “frequent abuses to the institutionality” of the ministry.

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Vietnam’s Capital Enters 15 Day Lockdown Due to Covid

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  • The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, has been put under a 15-day lockdown because of Covid-19. Gatherings of more than two people have been banned, and only essential businesses are permitted to stay open.
  • The city of Hanoi normally has eight million people and a bustling atmosphere, but now has shuttered shops and an air of fear. Seventy infections were reported on Friday, which is a record high for the city.
  • Vietnam has had more than 83,000 infections and 300 deaths since April. Vietnam did well at the beginning of the pandemic and was able to contain the virus, but its vaccine rollout has been slow, causing the recent numbers.

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Taliban Advance Triggers Night Curfew in Afghanistan

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  • The Taliban has made huge territory gains through their offensive attacks pushing Afghanistan’s government to impose a night curfew from 10 PM to 4 AM.
  • Following US withdrawal the Taliban made quick advances resulting in half of Afghanistan’s territory to now be under Taliban control.
  • Afghanistan has seen tremendous violence in the past few months as the Taliban’s armed militants and Afghani defense forces clashed numerous times. 
  • The curfew is intended to limit Taliban movement and curb violence in the country.

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Anti-Lockdown Protests Take Place Around the World as Covid Resurges

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  • Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Australia, France, Italy and the UK to protest Covid-19 lockdowns and vaccine pass schemes.
  • Several governments are considering restricting access to restaurants and public spaces to unvaccinated individuals in order to limit the spread of coronavirus and encourage vaccination.
  • In response to such policies demonstrators have marched through the streets of their respective countries.
  • In some cases police disperse crowds with force, using tools such as tear gas and water cannons to break up demonstrations.

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Lebanon Signs Fuel Deal With Iraq to Ease Economic Crisis

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  • Iraq has agreed to supply Lebanon with 1 million tonnes of heavy oil fuel a year in return for goods and services. 
  • Lebanon’s economy is currently in freefall; foreign reserves are nearly dried out and the country regularly faces medicine, food, and power shortages.
  • The fuel deal with Iraq is intended to ease Lebanon’s power shortages and help rebuild the country’s crashing economy which has left many Lebanese people without access to basic goods.

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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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