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Cameroon Separatists Fire On Passenger Jet In Northwest

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Cameroon Separatists Fire On Passenger Jet In Northwest

Cameroon separatist rebels are ante-ing up their resistance to the government as they fired on a Cameroon airlines passenger jet, as it approached Bamenda airport in the northwest of the country on Sunday.

Cameroon airlines said in a statement the captain was able to land the plane smoothly, despite the impact on its fuselage.  It says there was no casualty.

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Cameroon’s English-speaking west has been fighting against the government since 2017 seeking to form a break-away state called Ambazonia.

Civilians have paid heavy price from the start.  More than four hundred persons have been killed, and half a million have been forced to flee their homes.  But Sunday’s incident is seen as an escalation of hostilities.  It also signals more danger in air travel to and from the English-speaking regions where the rebels are active.

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One of the separatists said Cameroon airlines and its passengers have been warned, that the rebels would shoot at the planes if no flight schedules were provided ahead of time. They claim the government uses the aircraft to transport troops and ammunition.

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The protests began as peaceful demonstrations in the southwest, calling for greater representation for English speaking citizens in the largely French-speaking country.  The demonstrations have now degenerated into violence that dawgs the region almost every day.

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Several Feared Trapped As Six-Storey Building Collapses In Kenya

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Several Feared Trapped As Six-Storey Building Collapses In Kenya

A residential building has collapsed in Kenya. Three persons have been rescued from the ruble of a multi-storey building in a suburb of Nairobi and taken to hospital.

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A journalist Habib Mate, who works for Kenya television network, says people were residing in the building before it fell down.  It is unclear how many people are still trapped and if anybody was killed. It is reported that the ground floor of the building had been abandoned before the incident.

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Landslides In Northwest Burundi Kill At Least 26 Persons

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Landslides In Northwest Burundi Kill At Least 26 People

At least 26 persons in Burundi are reported killed after heavy rains in Cibitoke province in the west of the country. The security ministry said on Thursday dozens are injured and at least 10 persons were missing. Homes were destroyed and buried by landslides following heavy rains in the area.

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Security ministry spokesperson, Pierre Nkurikiye says rescue operations are ongoing. An official is quoted as telling journalists, they are still digging up dead bodies.

More than a hundred persons have died in Kenya and Uganda — a region that is experiencing unseasonably heavy rains, partly as a result of a cyclical weather phenomenon and also because oceans are warming.

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Storm Pawan Expected To Hit Somalia On Saturday

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Storm Pawan Expected To Hit Somalia On Saturday

Weather forecast in Somalia is calling for a cyclonic storm to hit the country’s coast this weekend. Cyclone Pawan, with winds of up to 75 kilometers per hour, is expected to hit south of Puntland region by Saturday morning. But it is expected to weaken as it approaches land. And then rainfall will intensify before subsiding once the storm arrives on land.

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Fishermen have been advised to stay away from the waters off the coast for the next two days. The seas are said to be rough at the moment.

Ann reported earlier this week, that unusual heavy rains are also expected in east Africa. This will compound the serious damage to lives and properties that has been caused by floods and landslides for weeks now.

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U.N. and Somalia government figures show floods, landslides, and a cyclone have killed more than twelve hundred persons across east and southern Africa this year. The U.N said flooding has also displaced nearly half a million in Southern Sudan, 200,000 in Ethiopia and nearly four hundred thousand in Somalia this year.

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East Africa is experiencing unseasonably heavy rains because the Indian Ocean is warmer than usual.

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