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The Sudanese Government has evacuated 160 of its citizens that were stranded in Libya, a statement said on Saturday.

The statement by the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs the returnees were evacuated in conjunction with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Khartoum Embassy in Tripoli, the Libyan capital.

The Ministry said in a statement that in cooperation with the IOM, it has been evacuating Sudanese citizens from Libya since June 1, 2019.

It added that the evacuation flights totalled 13 to date, carrying in excess of 5,000 Sudanese migrants back to their homeland.

Meanwhile, Sudanese authorities evacuated 43 villages because of flooding that claimed at least 100 lives.

The government has declared a state of emergency for three months due to the disaster that has caused the death of at least 100 people and the collapse of 40,000 houses.

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Death Toll From Floods In Nigeria Hits 95

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No fewer than 95 people have died from floods in Nigeria, reports from the West African country have said.

Sixteen more people were killed in floods caused by heavy rains in 19 regions of Jigawa state, Alhaji Yusuf Sani Babura, executive secretary of the Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), told reporters.

Thousands of people have become homeless and tens of thousands of hectares of cultivated land have been submerged.

The rainy season runs from June to September in West Africa.

Other countries in the region such as Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal also experienced flooding this year.

In neighbouring Niger Republic, flooding has killed over 65 people and led to the displacement of more than 330,000 from their homes.

Heavy rain in Niger’s western region caused the Niger River to overflow, practically shutting down the capital, Niamey.

Mud huts along the river have collapsed and rice fields are submerged.

The worst-affected regions are Maradi in the central south of the country, Tahoua and Tillaberi in the west, and Dosso in the southwest.

At least 10 of the deaths were in the capital Niamey, where the rain caused the Niger river to breach its banks, municipal authorities said.

Niger is one of the world’s driest countries and frequently suffers from spells of drought.

But it also experiences months-long rainy seasons that have in recent years become more severe, consistent with forecasts about climate change.

Flooding last year claimed 57 lives and affected 226,000 people nationwide.

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190 Inmates Still On The Run After Ugandan Jailbreak

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A government official has said more than 190 prisoners are still at large following a massive jailbreak in Uganda last month.

219 Prisoners had fled Uganda’s Singila Prison in the north-eastern district of Moroto. The inmates were said to have killed a soldier and made away with more than 10 guns and several rounds of ammunition.

Some of the fugitives reportedly took off their distinctive yellow prison uniforms and fled naked into the hills to avoid detection.

The escapees are thought to be trying to use mountain routes to cross the border into Kenya.

Uganda Prisons Services spokesperson Frank Baine, who addressed newsmen yesterday on the prevailing security situation in the country, said that 12 inmates had been killed in the manhunt for the escapees.

“In as far as the search for those who ran away is concerned, 18 are captured, 12 lost their life in the process of recapture. So, a total of 30 have been brought back, and over 190 are still at large and for the gun we are still looking for it,” Baine said.

A reward of UGX500,000 (about $134) for each escapee returned and UGX1.5 million (just over $400) for the missing firearm remains in force, he said.

Baine expressed confidence that the remaining escapees will eventually be caught.

“They can run but they won’t hide. When their 40 days expire, we shall get them back.”

A multi-agency security force, comprising of personnel from the prisons, military and police, is conducting a manhunt for the remaining escapees.

A majority of the inmates, mainly traditional Karamojong warriors and cattle rustlers, had been sentenced over illegal possession of firearms.

The general public had been warned to remain vigilant and report anyone whom they suspected to the authorities.

Moroto is the biggest town in Karamoja, a semi-arid pastoralist region with a history of cattle rustling and gun violence, the BBC’s Patience Atuhaire reports from Kampala.

A government disarmament programme in the early 2000s took most of the guns out of the hands of civilians, but sporadic clashes between different communities continue our correspondent notes.

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Namibia Gets Additional COVID-19 Donation From China

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The Namibia government has received a large consignment of medical equipment from China, bringing to more than N$52 million the value of all medical goods the South African country received from the Asian nation.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, received the equipment from the Chinese Ambassador, HE Zang Yiming, this week.

This is the fourth official donation from China to Namibia. The consignment comprises 30,000 masks, 10 oxygenators, 20 ventilators and 100 thermometers.

It follows the 29 batches of equipment donated previously.

At the handover ceremony, the Deputy Prime Minister said “this donation will go a long way further to help strengthen our health system in providing the highest quality care, and empower communities during these difficult times. The support by the Government of China in fighting Covid-19 will assist Namibia to be successful in responding to this unprecedented global health crisis.”

The Ambassador said “In the face of non-traditional security threats such as public health, all countries, big or small, rich or poor, should strengthen our solidarity and cooperation to cope better with risks and challenges and protect the global village in which we live together.”

“May I also take this opportunity to thank the Honourable Minister of Health and Social Services and all frontline workers that include doctor, nurses, social workers, pharmacist, drivers, and essential workers for their enormous efforts in fighting Covid-19,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, health experts in Namibia have held five teleconferences with their Chinese counterparts to learn from their experience to contain the virus.

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