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Over 170 Missing In Colorado Floods

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By air and by land, the rescue of hundreds of people stranded by epic US mountain flooding has accelerated as debris-filled rivers became muddy seas that extended into towns and farms miles from the Rockies.

Helicopters and hundreds of National Guard troops on Saturday searched mountainous terrain for people as food and water supplies ran low in remote communities cut off since Thursday.

Thousands were being driven from their homes in convoys.

For the first time since the harrowing floods began on Wednesday, Colorado got its first broad view of the devastation.

Floodwaters have affected parts of a 11,655-square-kilometre area.

A woman was missing and presumed dead after witnesses saw floodwaters from the Big Thompson River destroy her home, Larimer County sheriff’s spokesman John Schulz said.

“We’re sure there are going to be additional homes that have been destroyed, but we won’t know that for a while,” Schulz said.

“I expect that we’re going to continue to receive reports of confirmed missing and confirmed fatalities throughout the next several days.”

Four people have been confirmed dead since flooding began on Wednesday.

More than 170 people remained unaccounted for in Boulder County, but that number could include people who are still stranded or who escaped but have not made contact yet, said Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle.
Still more rain was expected on Saturday. And the outlook for anyone who preferred to stay behind was bleak: weeks without power, mobile phone service or running water.

“Essentially, what they were threatening us with is, ‘If you stay here, you may be here for a month,”‘ said 79-year-old Dean Hollenbaugh, who was evacuated by helicopter from Jamestown, north-west of Boulder.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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