Cyclone Fani Kills at Least 15 People in India and Bangladesh
(DHAKA, Bangladesh) — A mammoth preparation exercise that included the evacuation of more than 1 million people appears to have spared India a devastating death toll from one of the biggest storms in decades, though the full extent of the damage was yet to be known, officials said Saturday.
Cyclone Fani packed winds of 250 kilometers (155 miles) per hour when it made landfall in eastern Odisha state on Friday, equivalent in strength to a Category 4 hurricane, said Mohammad Heidarzadei, an expert on cyclones at Brunel University of London.
伦敦布鲁内尔大学的旋风专家穆罕默德·海达尔扎迪(Mohammad Heidarzadei)说,"法尼"飓风周五在 Odisha 登陆时，风速达到每小时250公里(155英里) ，相当于4级飓风的强度。
As of late Saturday, India’s National Disaster Response Force director S.N. Pradhan said three people had been killed, though the storm smashed thatched-roof huts, uprooted trees and power lines, ripped the roof off a medical college and sprayed the emptied coastline with debris.
截至上周六晚间，印度国家灾害应急部队(National Disaster Response Force)负责人s.n.普拉丹(s.n. Pradhan)表示，已有3人遇难，尽管风暴打碎了茅草屋顶的小屋、连根拔起的树木和电线，掀翻了一所医学院的屋顶，并向空荡荡的海岸线喷洒。
Hostilities flare up as rockets hit Israel from Gaza
Militants in the Gaza Strip have fired more than 200 rockets into Israel, the army says, prompting air strikes and tank fire on the Palestinian territory.
Three Israelis were wounded by the rockets, while Israeli fire killed four Palestinians. including a mother and her baby daughter, Gaza officials say.
However, Israel said the mother and baby were killed by a Palestinian rocket that fell short of its target.
This flare-up followed a truce in the run-up to Israeli elections in April.
Water levels continue to recede along Ottawa River
The City of Ottawa is asking volunteers helping with flood control to take a break during this warm, dry weekend as floodwaters continue to drop.
Since last week, residents in the Ottawa-Gatineau area have been battling destructive floods that damaged homes and businesses across the region.
Emperor greets public for 1st time since enthronement
Tens of thousands of people visited the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday to celebrate the Emperor’s enthronement.
The event marked the Emperor’s first public greeting in his new role.
At 10 a.m., the Emperor appeared on the balcony with other Imperial family members, including the Empress, Crown Prince Akishino and his wife Crown Princess Kiko.
Boeing 737 slides off runway into Florida river, 21 hurt
A Boeing jetliner with 143 people aboard from the U.S. outpost at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, slid off a runway into a shallow river in Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday while attempting to land at a military base there during a thunderstorm, injuring 21 people.
There were no reports of fatalities or critical injuries. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that all 21 of the injured were taken to a hospital, where they were listed in good condition.