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Six Die As Storm Ciara Wreaks Havoc Across Europe

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Fierce winds and heavy rains claimed at least six lives across northern Europe on Monday as Storm Ciara disrupted travel , grounded hundreds of flights , flooded roads and left vast areas without power .

In one of the region’ s most violent storms for years, one man died and another was reported missing in southern Sweden when their boat capsized .

In the Czech Republic , one man died when his car went off the road trying to avoid a fallen tree. Several other people were also injured in the country as winds blew up to 180 kilometres ( 110 miles ) an hour, leaving 100 , 000 people without power , even toppling over a truck .

In Slovenia , a 52 -year- old man died on Monday when a tree fell on his car as he travelled in the northeast of the country .
In southern Poland , a 40 -year -old woman and her young daughter were killed by roofing torn away by the storm -force winds.

Police in London said that a man was killed in his car on Sunday when a tree fell on to a motorway southwest of the capital .
In the west of Germany , falling trees seriously injured three people: two women in Sarrebruck — one of whom was in a critical condition — and a 16- year-old boy in Paderborn .

The storm has swept across the region since the weekend .
– Extensive damage –
It caused extensive flooding in England, cut power to 130 , 000 homes in northern France and played havoc with air, rail and road travel in several countries .
The storm also cut power to 35, 000 households in northern Austria on Monday.

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It forced more than 700 flights in four German cities – Frankfurt , Munich, Dusseldorf and Cologne – to be cancelled .
In the Netherlands , around 220 flights were cancelled Monday morning at Amsterdam ’ s Schiphol airport — Europe ’ s third -busiest — most destined for other European cities . Around 240 flights never took off on Sunday .

And having closed one of the big storm surge barriers as the tempest approached on Sunday night , Dutch police reported more than 600 kilometres of traffic jams Monday .

Tiny Luxembourg cancelled school classes , and in the Belgian capital Brussels , morning rush -hour traffic ground to a halt due to street closures and flooding .
In the German city of Frankfurt the winds toppled a crane on to the roof of the cathedral , causing extensive damage .

In France on Monday , 90 , 000 homes of the 130 , 000 that suffered power outages a day earlier were still without power .
Britain’ s newspapers and the country ’ s Met Office described Ciara as “ the storm of the century ” in terms of the scale of the destruction it wrought .

And Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill warned: “ While Storm Ciara is clearing away , that doesn ’ t mean we ’ re entering a quieter period of weather.

“ Blizzards aren’ t out of the question. ”
In northern England , the West Yorkshire towns of Hebden Bridge and neighbouring Mytholmroyd were among the worst hit by the storm , as floods submerged cars and cut power to tens of thousands .
More than 170 flood warnings remained in place Monday .

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– Wind farm shut –
Much of the initial damage and disruption was along northern Europe ’ s coastline .
Channel ferry services between the southern English port of Dover and Calais in northern France resumed Monday morning after being halted the day before.

A whole Belgian offshore wind farm was shut down as powerful gusts caused the turbines to stop automatically for safety reasons .
And the Oresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden was closed for several hours .
The storm also forced the closure of large parts of the German rail network , but Deutsche Bahn had reopened some lines by Monday morning .

The weather also played havoc with Europe ’ s sporting calendar , causing the cancellation of top-flight football fixtures in Belgium , England, France , Germany and the Netherlands .
But there was an upside for passengers flying British Airways to London from New York .

The storm gave the plane a strong tailwind , helping it finish in the sub -sonic flight record time of 4 hours 56 minutes, according to flight -tracking website Flightradar24 .

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Breaking News-U.S. ambassador to Iraq hit by multiple rockets

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Russia Today (RT) just reported that the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad in Iraq was hit by multiple rockets.

RT reports also said that there were multiple explosions at the scene.

Russia Today (RT) just reported that the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad in Iraq was hit by multiple rockets.

RT reports also said that there were multiple explosions at the scene.

Russia Today (RT) just reported that the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad in Iraq was hit by multiple rockets.

RT reports also said that there were multiple explosions at the scene.

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Nigerians Trapped In Wuhan, China Cry Out “Bring Us Home” (Photos)

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The Coronavirus cases have risen to over 17000 infections in total with 21,588 in mainland China. It should be noted too that over 361 persons have died.

Over 60 Nigerians are trapped in Wuhan the epicentre of the of the out break.

Nigerians in wuhan China needs help from Nigeria government as they carry their placards bearing ….Bring Us Home, Nigerians Trapped In Wuhan China.

Nigerians in wuhan China needs help from Nigeria government as they carry their placards bearing ….Bring Us Home, Nigerians Trapped In Wuhan China.

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Sanwo-Olu Opens 11 Road Network, Health Centre In Bariga (Photos)

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Residents of Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in the eastern part of Lagos State have reaped what could be termed “bountiful dividends” of local government autonomy entrenched in the State.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was in the area on Friday to inaugurate 11 road network recently completed by the council chairman, Hon. Alabi Kolade. Governor Sanwo-Olu’s intervention accelerated the completion of the 1.6-kilometre long road projects, two years after they started.

The Governor, accompanied by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, and members of the State Executive Council, commissioned a state-of-the-art CMS Primary Health Centre and fully furnished three blocks of classrooms built by the council in Gbagada Girls Junior Secondary School.

Sanwo-Olu said he was thrilled by the quality of the projects delivered while paying glowing tributes to the council chairman, whom he described as a “true grassroots leader”. He said the projects were the core of social intervention programmes whose benefits to the people could not be quantified.

The Governor said: “This is the first local government that I have taken a full tour to commission projects. I am not only impressed by the quality of projects, but I am also totally encouraged by what we have seen. We have seen three strategic life-changing interventions in Bariga LCDA. The chairman has intervened in the health sector by providing a Grade-A Primary Health Facility.

“Hon. Kolade intervened in the education sector with the building of three modern classroom blocks in Gbagada Girls Junior Secondary School and donated buses to carry the pupils free of charge. He also intervened in infrastructure, given all the roads he has built for the people of Bariga. This is a real transformation of a local government and I will use this good example in Bariga LCDA as a point of encouragement to other local council chairmen.”

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As a reward for the quality of projects delivered, Sanwo-Olu promised to appoint additional Special Adviser from Bariga LCDA to support the State Government’s effort in driving more development at the grassroots. He charged other council chairmen to emulate the example set by the Bariga LCDA boss, saying their social programmes and capital projects must address the welfare of their residents.

Sanwo-Olu also said the State Government would be embarking on massive rehabilitation of key roads in the council, pointing out that the long-awaited re-construction work on St. Finbarr’s Road would be starting soon.

“As a Government, the quality of projects we have inaugurated today demonstrates our commitment to lifting people at the grassroots and show them that our labour is to improve their wellbeing. We will be starting massive rehabilitation of St. Finbarr’s Road, starting from the gate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG). We will be rehabilitating Jagunmolu Street, Diya Street and Shoniyi Street,” the Governor said.

Hon. Kolade said the projects were part of social intervention programmes being implemen

ted by the council, adding that more capital projects would be completed in various communities within the council in the coming weeks.

The council boss recalled how Sanwo-Olu facilitated the completion of the inaugurated roads, noting that the Governor, after listening to the council’s complaint, immediately re-mobilised contractors handling the projects back on the sites.

He said: “Bariga LCDA has been benefiting from the magnanimity of Governor Sanwo-Olu. I recall his efforts towards the completion of the roads being inaugurated today. I made a complaint to him about the neglect of the roads and he immediately approved that the contractor should return to the site to ensure the projects are delivered.”

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Kolade said the usefulness of the projects to the people demonstrated the capacity of the LCDA to transform development programmes in the grassroots. He said the council had embarked on the construction of additional 21 roads, out of which 18 would soon be delivered and opened for use.

The council boss said the development agenda of the Sanwo-Olu administration, known as Project T.H.E.M.E.S, inspired the council to carefully select programmes it would invest in, adding that the projects being commissioned were products of the current administration’s development efforts.

The CMS Primary Health Centre is built with Accident and Emergency section, laboratory, pharmacy, and maternity. There is also a fully kitted ambulance stationed in the health centre for emergency purpose.

Other projects inaugurated by the Governor in Gbagada Girls Junior Secondary School included a mini school hall, 24 modern lavatories, recreational arena and five buses that will take pupils on a free ride to and from the school.

Source:- Brandspung

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