At least 100 people were killed when a tropical cyclone hit Somalia’s semiautonomous Puntland region during the weekend, the government said Monday, declaring a state of emergency and appealing for international aid.
The government said hundreds of people were missing after the storm made landfall Saturday.
“Houses and livestock were swept into the ocean by the floods,” President Abdirahman Mohamud Farole told reporters in the regional capital, Garowe.
“We urge United Nations aid agencies to assist the victims. As Puntland, we have established a committee to investigate the loss and damage. Electricity, communication and fishing boats were all destroyed.”
The government said preliminary reports indicated that more than 100,000 livestock were lost and that fishing boats were swept away, endangering the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people.
The storm was forecast to move inland and continue until Wednesday.
High winds and heavy rains caused flash floods and cut off roads to coastal areas.
Chinese troops are set to take part Tuesday in disaster relief exercises in Hawaii, in what China’s state media billed as the first time that the country’s soldiers have drilled on U.S. territory.
People’s Liberation Army soldiers will take part in humanitarian assistance drills in Hawaii until Nov. 14 with their U.S. counterparts, simulating relief operations after an earthquake, according to a report on the Web site of the Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper.
The drills, which follow naval exercises off Hawaii in September, reflect deepened military ties between the United States and China even as the two square off over allegations of hacking by the Chinese military and China’s territorial disputes with Japan and the Philippines, both U.S. allies.
Chinese ships are set to participate next year in the RIMPAC war games off the Hawaiian coast, exercises that bring together militaries from across the Pacific Rim. Although China has sent observers to RIMPAC before, 2014 will mark the first time that it has joined the drills.
— Bloomberg News
Venezuela’s Maduro limits prices, profits: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is extending price controls and will place limits on profits as he expands attempts to curb the galloping inflation that is eroding support for his rule. Maduro made the announcement in a late-night television address Sunday in which he also vowed to step up inspections of businesses selling shoes, clothing, automobiles and other goods to ensure that they are not gouging consumers. Huge crowds of government loyalists and opponents formed outside appliance stores over the weekend after Maduro ordered the military to occupy the Daka chain of electronic stores and slash prices by more than half.
Sochi Olympic torch returns from space: A Russian space capsule carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts returned to Earth on Monday from the international space station in a flawless landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. The Soyuz capsule landed at 8:49 a.m. local time, about 31 / 2 hours after undocking from the station with Russian Fyodor Yurchikhin, American Karen Nyberg and Italian Luca Parmitano aboard.
Polish march turns violent for 3rd straight year: Polish police used rubber bullets on Monday to break up groups of masked far-right youths when a nationalist march through the center of the capital turned violent. The march is an annual commemoration of Poland’s independence day, and for the third year in a row, it broke down into running battles in Warsaw between rioters and police. The violence underscores the fault lines in Polish society. Many Poles have grown wealthier in the past few years, but a minority feels alienated and think traditional social values have been swept aside.
Lieberman returns to Israel’s cabinet: Hard-line politician Avigdor Lieberman has been sworn in as Israel’s foreign minister. He returned to the post after being cleared last week of all charges in a long-running corruption case. Lieberman, an ally and sometime-rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stepped down as foreign minister last year when he was indicted. Since winning reelection in January, Netanyahu had left the post vacant pending the verdict in Lieberman’s case.
— From news services