UNITED NATIONS -- Needs assessment expands for Tonga volcano disaster relief and aid efforts scale up, but delivery is delayed by distance and ash-laden runways, UN humanitarians said on Wednesday.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, citing Tongan authorities, said that water, food and restoration of communications top the list of needs. However, it will be days before naval ships from Australia and New Zealand can arrive and dock on the main island of Tongatapu. (UN-Tonga-Volcano)
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LONDON -- Pressure is mounting on the Bank of England, the United Kindom's central bank, to raise interest rates as official statistics released on Wednesday showed that the country's Consumer Prices Index rose by 5.4 percent in the 12 months to December 2021, beating expectations and reaching its highest level since early 1992.
Inflation rose in December mainly due to price hikes for food and non-alcoholic beverages, restaurants and hotels, furniture and household goods, and clothing and footwear, the country's Office for National Statistics said in a report. (Britain-CPI)
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DAR ES SALAAM -- At least 16 households in Mindu ward in Tanzania's eastern region of Morogoro were left homeless after roofs of their houses were dismantled by strong winds, an official said Wednesday.
Zuberi Mkalaboko, the Mindu ward councilor, said the strong winds, which were accompanied by a heavy downpour, started at 11 p.m., local time, Tuesday and ripped off the roofs of the houses. (South Sudan-China-Donation)
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ANKARA -- Turkish state pipeline operator on Wednesday resumed crude oil flow through Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline after a fire caused by an explosion of the pipeline on Tuesday night in the southeastern city of Kahramanmaras.
Turkey's Petroleum Pipeline Corporation said the fire that broke out as a result of the explosion at the 511th km of the Iraq-Turkey crude oil pipeline in the Narli neighborhood of the Pazarcik district was completely extinguished. (Turkey-Oil Pipeline-Resumption)
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YAOUNDE -- Unidentified gunmen kidnapped four teachers Wednesday from a government school in Cameroon's war-torn English-speaking region of Northwest, according to security and local sources.
Gunmen stormed Government High School Weh by 10 a.m., local time, and carted away a total of four teachers including a woman and dispersed the school children to go home unhurt, a senior military official who asked not to be named told Xinhua. (Cameroon-Abduction-Northwest)