Country Alerts

Chennai Flooding

by IERCC Duty Officer on December 4, 2015

Weeks of heavy rain and flooding have knocked out power, suspended public transportation and left people stranded in Chennai, one of India's largest cities. The Indian army and navy are carrying out rescue operations, the Indian defense ministry told CNN. The Indian Coast Guard is also working to rescue people. At least nine people have died so far in severe flooding that has hit Chennai in recent days, according to a Tamil Nadu state official tally released Wednesday.

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Country Alert: Niger 14 NOV 2015

by IERCC Duty Officer on November 16, 2015

Tensions flare as Niger opposition candidate arrested on return

14 NOV 2015 7:28PM GMT – Yahoo! News

Niamey (AFP) - Opposition Niger presidential candidate Hama Amadou was arrested Saturday on his return from a year in exile over allegations of baby trafficking, a party colleague said.

"He was arrested on leaving the plane. Police presented him with a warrant issued for his arrest," said lawmaker Amadou Salah.

The former prime minister and national assembly president fled the country in August last year to escape baby trafficking charges.

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Guinea releases last 68 people from Ebola quarantine

by IERCC Duty Officer on November 16, 2015

From: Reuters News Service - Africa. CONAKRY (Reuters) - The final 68 people who had been in contact with an Ebola patient were released from quarantine on Saturday, said a senior health official, raising hopes of an end to the disease in the last West African country with confirmed cases.

The world's worst Ebola epidemic, which hopped borders to kill more than 11,300 people and devastate already fragile West African economies, has already been declared over in Liberia and Sierra Leone. But Guinea, where the outbreak began, has had a more difficult time eradicating the disease.

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