Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Confronting a crisis

Disaster relief | After Cyclone Idai ravages South African nations, Christian aid workers provide immediate help but also warn of a larger disaster looming
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/22/19, 01:59 pm

On March 18, four days after Cyclone Idai raged through Mozambique, Rick Emenaker flew over the country’s worst-hit community, the central port city of Beira.

“We saw people on rooftops by the hundreds, and others clinging to trees,” said Emenaker, a disaster response manager with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). “The floodwaters had completely submerged homes.”

Satellite images released by the European Space Agency showed inland floodwaters measuring 80 miles by 15 miles, drowning homes and villages that once dotted the region.

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Cyclone Idai casualties continue to rise

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/22/19, 11:30 am

The death toll from Cyclone Idai, which struck southern Africa last week, has topped 500. Zimbabwe confirmed its number of casualties rose to 259, Mozambique reported 242 deaths, and Malawi reported another 56. The storm first hit Mozambique on March 14 before moving into Zimbabwe and Malawi. Aid workers expect the death toll to climb as they access more areas. Zimbabwean Defense Minister Oppah Muchinguri said the flooding washed more than 120 bodies into neighboring Mozambique, adding a “sizable number” of people remain missing.

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Chinese chemical plant explosion kills dozens

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/22/19, 11:13 am

A huge explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China on Thursday killed at least 47 people and injured more than 600 others in one of the country’s worst industrial accidents in recent years. More than 900 firefighters and other responders got control of the blaze early Friday at the plant owned by Tianjiayi Chemical in the city of Yancheng in Jiangsu province, north of Shanghai, state-run television reported. Images from the scene showed crushed cars and responders assisting factory workers with bloodied faces.

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