Sun, 16 May 2021

HANOI -- Floods, landslides and other natural disasters triggered by downpours have left 117 people dead and 21 others missing in Vietnam's central and central highlands regions since early October, the country's Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Friday.

The fatalities were up from 114 reported on Thursday. Quang Tri province reported the highest death toll of 50, followed by Thua Thien-Hue with 28 and Quang Binh with 11, according to the committee's latest report. (Vietnam-Natural Disasters)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally reached 7,761,312 as 54,366 more cases were registered during the past 24 hours, according to the latest data released by the federal health ministry on Friday.

The death toll rose to 117,306, with 690 deaths recorded since Thursday morning.

Still there are 695,509 active COVID-19 cases in the country, and 6,948,497 people have recovered. (India-COVID-19)

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MUMBAI -- A major fire broke out in City Center mall at Mumbai Central area on Thursday night, and was not under control as of Friday morning, local media reported.

Fire officials deployed around 250 firemen and 24 fire engines in the fire fighting operation. All in the mall were evacuated safely. About 3,500 people were evacuated from the adjacent building, The Times of India newspaper reported. (India-Fire)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, eight of which have been detected in the government managed isolation facilities, while one is a household contact connected to the marine employee cluster and was already in self-isolation.

Seven of the cases in managed isolation involve fishing crew at a Christchurch isolation facility. These were picked up at day six testing and more positive results are expected from this group as more tests are processed on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health. (New Zealand-COVID-19)

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 155 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Friday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 25,698.

The daily caseload stayed above 100 for straight days, marking the highest figure in 42 days since Sept. 11 due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

Of the new cases, 19 were Seoul residents and 98 were people residing in Gyeonggi province. (South Korea-COVID-19)

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