China evacuates millions after Typhoon Mangkhut leaves Hong Kong in tatters

  1. China evacuates millions after Typhoon Mangkhut leaves Hong Kong in tatters  CNN
  2. Typhoon Mangkhut: At Least 43 Bodies Found in Philippines Landslide  New York Times
  3. Typhoon Mangkhut pounds south China after killing 64 in Philippines  CBS News
  4. Hong Kong Hit By Typhoon Mangkhut, World’s Strongest Storm This Year  HuffPost
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Philippines evacuates thousands ahead of Super Typhoon Mangkhut

  1. Philippines evacuates thousands ahead of Super Typhoon Mangkhut  CNN
  2. Typhoon Mangkhut Live Updates: Philippines Braces for the Worst  New York Times
  3. ‘Super typhoon’ far more powerful than Florence hurtling towards millions  NEWS.com.au
  4. Mangkhut: Thousands evacuate as storm bears down on Philippines  Aljazeera.com
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Japan evacuates major airport after typhoon wreaks havoc

Japan evacuates major airport after typhoon wreaks havocJapan scrambled Wednesday to evacuate passengers trapped at a major airport when a tanker slammed into its only access bridge during the most powerful typhoon to hit the country for 25 years. Typhoon Jebi left a trail of destruction Tuesday, killing 11 people and injuring hundreds more as it battered western Japan with ferocious winds and lashing rain. As Japan was still picking up the pieces, the northern island of Hokkaido was jolted by a powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake early Thursday, although there was no tsunami warning.


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Exxon evacuates Mobile Bay facilities in Gulf ahead of Storm Gordon

Exxon evacuates Mobile Bay facilities in Gulf ahead of Storm Gordon(Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp said on Tuesday it evacuated offshore personnel and is performing a controlled shut-down of its Mobile Bay facilities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon. Exxon also said it has evacuated the Lena platform. Gordon is expected to make landfall as a tropical storm late Tuesday or early Wednesday near the Gulf Coast borders of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The Lena platform is about 110 miles (177 km)southeast of New Orleans. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by James Dalgleish)


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China evacuates 127,000 people as heavy rains lash Guangdong: Xinhua

China evacuates 127,000 people as heavy rains lash Guangdong: XinhuaChina has evacuated 127,000 people in the southern province of Guangdong due to heavy rains, the official Xinhua news agency said Saturday, citing local authorities. Rains affecting more than 1.2 million residents across 27 counties in eastern Guangdong have left two people dead and two missing, and have caused more than 1 billion yuan ($146 million) worth of damage, including to 44,700 hectares of farmland, Xinhua said. China is forced to evacuate hundreds of thousands of residents of flood-prone regions every summer.


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Israel evacuates Syrian White Helmet rescue workers from border area

  1. Israel evacuates Syrian White Helmet rescue workers from border area  Fox News
  2. ‘Rescuing The Rescuers’: Stranded Syrian White Helmets Evacuated By Israel  NPR
  3. Syria’s ‘White Helmets’ evacuated through Israel  The Hill
  4. White Helmet volunteers evacuated from Syria by Israel amid fear for their lives  New York Daily News
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Israel evacuates stranded Syrian White Helmets in 'international effort' as regime forces close in

  1. Israel evacuates stranded Syrian White Helmets in ‘international effort’ as regime forces close in  NBCNews.com
  2. Hundreds of Syrian Rescuers Evacuated by Israel as Assad Tightens Grip on Rebel Areas  Wall Street Journal
  3. Syria conflict: Israel evacuates White Helmets  BBC News
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Israel evacuates 800 stranded White Helmets to Jordan for resettlement in UK, Canada and Germany 

Israel evacuates 800 stranded White Helmets to Jordan for resettlement in UK, Canada and Germany Israel has evacuated 800 White Helmets rescuers and their family members threatened by advancing Syrian regime forces to Jordan for resettlement in Britain, Canada and Germany, Amman said Sunday. Founded in 2013, the Syria Civil Defence, or White Helmets, is a network of first responders which rescues wounded in the aftermath of air strikes, shelling or explosions in rebel-held territory. Jordan “authorised the United Nations to organise the passage of 800 Syrian citizens through Jordan to be resettled in western countries,” the kingdom said. “The government gave the permission after Britain, Germany and Canada made a legally binding undertaking to resettle them within a specified period of time due to ‘a risk to their lives’.” An Israeli government source confirmed Israel’s military had rescued 800 people who were taken to Jordan. “Upon request of the US, Canada and European states Israel has completed a humanitarian effort to rescue members of a Syrian civil organisation (‘White Helmets’) and families,” Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted. White Helmets head Raed Saleh said the evacuees had arrived in Jordan after being “surrounded in a dangerous region”. They were encircled in the provinces of Daraa and Quneitra, he said, including a number trapped between the border with the Golan Heights and advancing Russia-backed regime troops, he told AFP. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she “called for global leadership to support and help these heroes” during a meeting of foreign ministers at the NATO leaders’ summit in Brussels a week ago. The White Helmets have rescued thousands of civilians trapped under the rubble or caught up in fighting in battered opposition-held zones along various fronts of Syria’s seven-year conflict. Since its formation, when Syria’s conflict was nearing its third year, more than 200 of its volunteers have died and another 500 have been wounded. The group’s motto – “To save one life is to save all of humanity” – is drawn from a verse in the Koran, although the White Helmets insist they treat all victims, regardless of religion. Some members have received training abroad, including in Turkey, returning to instruct colleagues on search-and-rescue techniques. The group receives funding from a number of governments, including Britain, Germany and the United States, but also solicits individual donations to purchase equipment such as its signature hard hats. Last year, a Netflix production called “The White Helmets” won an Academy Award for best short documentary. A second film on the group, named “Last Men in Aleppo,” was nominated for an Oscar in 2018. The Israeli army said it evacuated the White Helmets overnight at the request of the United States and European countries, in what it called “an exceptional humanitarian gesture”. “The civilians were evacuated from the war zone in southern Syria due to an immediate threat to their lives. “The civilians were subsequently transferred to a neighbouring country,” it said without elaborating. Israel has been sending medical aid to civilians who have fled fighting in the Syrian-controlled part of the Golan Heights. Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, in a move never recognised internationally. On June 19, forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad launched an Russia-backed offensive to retake Daraa and Quneitra provinces. Just a month later, government institutions look set to return to most of these two provinces through a combination of deadly bombardment and Moscow-brokered surrender deals. These deals provide for rebels to hand over their heavy weapons and those who disagree with a regime takeover to be bussed with family members towards opposition-held areas in the north of the country. Jihadists are not party to these deals, and Russian planes bombarded a holdout of the Islamic State group in Daraa province overnight, a Britain-based war monitor said. More than 20,000 civilians have fled bombardment on the IS-held corner on the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan in the past 24 hours, fleeing into regime-held areas, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.


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Israel evacuates 800 White Helmets to Jordan in face of Syria advance

Israel evacuates 800 White Helmets to Jordan in face of Syria advanceIsrael has evacuated 800 White Helmets rescuers and their family members threatened by advancing Syrian regime forces to Jordan for resettlement in Britain, Canada and Germany, the kingdom said Sunday. An Israeli government source confirmed Israel’s military had rescued 800 people who were taken to Jordan. “Upon request of the US, Canada and European states Israel has completed a humanitarian effort to rescue members of a Syrian civil organisation (“White Helmets”) and families,” Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted.


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Israel evacuates 800 Syria White Helmets to Jordan: army

Israel evacuates 800 Syria White Helmets to Jordan: armyIsrael evacuated 800 White Helmets rescuers and their families from Syria to Jordan overnight at the request of the United States and European countries, army radio said on Sunday. The request came as the volunteer rescuers were threatened by advancing forces of the Syrian regime in the south of the war-ravaged country, the radio station reported. Jordan said it would transfer the Syrians to Britain, Canada and Germany.


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