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Flooding In The Philippines Could Spread Infectious Diseases, Health Department Says

The Health Department in the Philippines “warned Monday of a possible spread of infectious diseases” in the capital of Manila, which has had the largest rainfall “in nearly half a century, according to the government weather bureau,” the New York Times reports. Rains have flooded “80 percent of this metropolis of 12 million people” and killed 240 so far. The government declared a “‘state of calamity’ in metropolitan Manila and 25 storm-hit provinces, including many that had not flooded before, allowing officials to use emergency funds for relief and rescue,” the newspaper writes.

Aid Efforts Continue After Earthquake In Indonesia

“Foreign emergency rescue teams are racing to reach earthquake devastated areas of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, as the death toll continues to rise” after a 7.6 magnitude-quake struck earlier this week, VOA News reports.

Earthquakes Create Chaos In Indonesia, Samoas

“Thousands of people on Wednesday grappled with the devastation caused by two powerful earthquakes, with landslides leaving scores trapped in rubble in Indonesia and a tsunami in the Samoas,” the Washington Post reports.

News Outlets Examine East African Drought

Sky News examines the drought in East Africa, focusing on its impact in Kenya. In “[o]ne of the worst-affected areas,” 70 percent of the “herds of cattle and goats have died in the past year, threatening the survival of entire communities who depend on them for their food and income,” according to Sky News.