The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 06 July 2020
Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture, on July 5, 2020. (Kyodo)
Flooding Devastates Southwestern Prefecture Of Kumamoto, Japan
The southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto, Japan has been ravaged by flooding, which has seen at least 18 people presumed dead, along with at least 11 missing.
Rescuers have struggled to reach hard-hit areas along the Kuma River, which broke its banks at several points after heavy torrential rain on Saturday.
Roads have been cut off by mudslides and buildings have been swept away in the devastation. 10,000 Japan Self Defence Force personnel will reportedly be deployed.
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The Daily Quick-Look for 06 July 2020
The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.
BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.
FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.
1. GREECE - Security: Greece bars Serb tourists
FYSA: Greece will ban the entry of Serb tourists starting 6 a.m. Monday because of the spike in coronavirus cases in that country, officials say. The ban will last until July 15, but could be extended. Only essential travel (e.g. for professional reasons) is permitted. (Ekathimerini. See link in heading)
2. ETHIOPIA - Security/Political: Uneasy calm in Ethiopia after protests, official death toll doubles
FYSA: More than 166 people were killed during anti-government protests in Ethiopia last week, the government said on Sunday, as the capital and other hotspots remained closely guarded by security forces and a blanket Internet shutdown entered its sixth day. Large protests broke out in Addis Ababa and spread to the surrounding Oromia region on Monday night after popular Oromo musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot dead by unknown gunmen in a killing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said was “an evil act”. (Reuters. See link in heading)
3. IRAN - Security: Fire at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility caused significant damage: spokesman
FYSA: A fire at Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear facility has caused significant damage that could slow the development of advanced centrifuges used to enrich uranium, an Iranian nuclear official said on Sunday. Iran’s top security body said on Friday that the cause of the fire that broke out on Thursday had been determined but would be announced later. Some Iranian officials have said it may have been cyber sabotage and one warned that Tehran would retaliate against any country carrying out such attacks. (Reuters. See link in heading)
4. JAPAN - Security (Environmental): 22 die in flood-ravaged southwest Japan as rescue operations continue
FYSA: Twenty-two people have been confirmed dead, and at least 18 others are presumed dead in the flood-ravaged southwestern Japan prefecture of Kumamoto, local authorities said, as rescue operations continued on Sunday. Rescuers struggled to reach hard-hit areas along the Kuma River, which broke its banks at several locations after torrential rain struck the area early Saturday, causing massive flooding. At least 11 more people are missing, and more than 2,000 households in eight municipalities remained isolated on Sunday morning after floods and mudslides cut off roads and swept away buildings. (Kyodo. See link in heading)
5. AUSTRALIA - Security (Health): Melbourne's public housing tenants voice concerns about 'prison-like' lockdown conditions
FYSA: Public housing tenants stuck in the middle of an unprecedented Melbourne coronavirus lockdown have likened the experience to being trapped in a cramped prison cell. More than 3000 tenants are living under police guard as Victoria uses a total lockdown of nine public housing towers to try halt the spread of the virus . (SBS. See link in heading)
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