Three Mali soldiers killed in suspected militant attack

Three Mali soldiers were killed Sunday in a suspected militant attack on an outpost in the far north of the country. Above, soldiers at a security checkpoint. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 23 February 2020

Three Mali soldiers killed in suspected militant attack

MALI: Three Mali soldiers were killed Sunday in a suspected militant attack on an outpost in the far north of the country, military and local sources said.
“Three of our men fell Sunday during a jihadist attack in Bambara Maoude,” a military official said from Timbuktu, some 100 kilometers away.
“At least three soldiers have been killed and two others are missing,” a local official added.


China raises flood alert to second highest level

Updated 12 July 2020

China raises flood alert to second highest level

  • Regional flooding in the Poyang county of Jiangxi has made water levels of China’s Lake Poyang surge to above 22.52 meters
BEIJING/SINGAPORE: China on Sunday raised its flood response alert to the second highest grade as downpours continued to batter regions along the Yangtze River, with the eastern provinces of Jiangsu and Jiangxi among the worst hit, state media reported.
Regional flooding in the Poyang county of Jiangxi has made water levels of China’s Lake Poyang, its biggest freshwater lake, surge to above 22.52 meters, a historical high and well above the alert level of 19.50 meters.
By Saturday evening, provincial military authorities had dispatched thousands of soldiers to help bolster nearly 9 km (6 miles) of the lake’s banks to prevent them from bursting, state television said.
China has a four-tier flood control emergency response system, with level one representing the most severe.
Citing data from the Ministry of Water Resources, 212 rivers have since early July exceeded alerting levels including 19 of them rising to historical highs.
China has blamed extreme weather conditions as a result of climate change for the torrential rain that has since June hit large swathes of the country and caused over 60 billion yuan ($8.57 billion) of economic losses.