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Irma brings death, destruction to Caribbean

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/11/17, 10:59 am

At least 34 people died in Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean as Hurricane Irma blew through last week and into the weekend. The islands of Barbuda, Anguilla, and St. Martin reported what was then a Category 5 storm damaged 70 to 90 percent of their buildings. Foreign governments scrambled Monday to dispatch aid to the Leeward Islands and other hard-hit areas. Britain sent a navy ship and almost 500 troops to help people on the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, and Turks and Caicos. The U.S. government said it was sending a flight Monday to evacuate its citizens from St. Martin.

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Death toll reaches 90 in Mexico following earthquake

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/11/17, 09:24 am

At least 90 people have died from the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico’s southern region late Thursday night. Oaxaca state Gov. Alejandro Murat said 71 people died in his state, while government officials in Chiapas and Tabasco reported that 19 people have died in those states. In the Oaxacan city of Juchitan, about a third of the homes are uninhabitable and many residents have slept in the streets because of the fear of aftershocks. Local officials counted nearly 800 aftershocks, while the U.S.

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Associated Press/Photo by Bernat Armangue

The Bangladesh government on Monday offered a plot of land for a new camp to shelter the nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Burma, also known as Myanmar. Refugees already have filled up two existing camps in Bangladesh, with many others setting up makeshift settlements along the border. Since the Aug. 25 clashes between Rohingya militants and Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state, approximately 270,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. Myanmar has long denied the Rohingya Muslims citizenship rights and legal status.

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