1) Victims Begin Cleanup In Japan Typhoon Aftermath
The toll of death and destruction from a typhoon that tore through central and northern Japan climbed today, as the government said it was considering approving a special budget for the disaster response and eventual reconstruction.
While central Tokyo was nearly back to normal and people were able to start cleaning up in places where floodwaters subsided, hard-hit areas like Nagano, Fukushima were still flooded.
Hagibis hit Japan’s main island on Saturday with strong winds and historic rainfall that caused over 200 rivers to overflow, leaving thousands of homes flooded, damaged or without power.
Rescue crews today were still searching for those missing, thought to number about 20.
2) Papua New Guinea Police Seek To Arrest Ex-PM
Papua New Guinea police today said they were seeking the arrest of former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for official corruption, and that he “has refused to cooperate with police thus far”.
Police have released no detail of the allegations against a prime minister who led the South Pacific island nation for seven years.
Acting Police Commissioner David Manning said in a statement that O’Neill had been found in a hotel in the capital but was not cooperating.
O’Neill resigned in May after weeks of high-profile defections from his government to the opposition.
3) Syrian Refugees Arrive At Camp In Northern Iraq
Nearly two hundred Syrian refugees, apparently fleeing the dramatic situation in northeastern Syria, arrived in Domiz camp for refugees in northern Iraq yesterday.
Officials, speaking under condition of anonymity, said 193 Syrians had crossed into the Kurdish regional government of Iraq yesterday.
It was not immediately clear where they had come from exactly, or whether they were fleeing Turkish or Syrian government forces.
The Syrian Army yesterday was pushing into key towns in eastern Syria after an absence of seven years, following a deal with the area’s Kurdish-led administration, itself prompted by a Turkish invasion last week.