6.5-magnitude earthquake hits central
by Joshua Berlinger, CNN
(CNN) A 6.5-magnitude earthquake has struck the central Philippines,
according to the US Geological Survey.
A 42-year-old man was killed, according to Rowena Codilla, the mayor of
Kananga, one of the cities affected by the earthquake.
The quake's epicenter was located near the city of Tacloban, which was
hit hard during Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. No tsunami warning is in place.
According to initial estimates from the USGS, the quake struck at 4:03
p.m. local time, at a depth of 6.5 kilometers.
The quake does not appear to have caused widespread significant damage.
Magnitude 6.8 earthquake causes damage in Guatemala, officials say
by Mariano Castillo, CNN
(CNN)A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Thursday off Guatemala's Pacific
coast, the US Geological Survey reported, causing some minor damage.
The quake was recorded at about 24 miles (38 kilometers) from the city
of Puerto San Jose, according to the USGS.
One of the areas that suffered damage was Antigua Guatemala, the onetime
colonial capital of Guatemala and a designated UNESCO World Heritage
Site, according to CONRED, the country's emergency management system.
Founded in 1527, Antigua Guatemala survived many natural disasters until
an earthquake destroyed most of the city in 1773, according to UNESCO.
The capital was moved to present-day Guatemala City, but the monuments
and architecture of the old capital earned it the UNESCO World Heritage
Site designation in 1979.
Buildings suffer damage Thursday in the city of Antigua Guatemala, a
UNESCO World Heritage site.
Photos shared by emergency responders Thursday showed damage to the
facade of some buildings and debris on some streets of Antigua
A spokesman for CONRED said there are no early reports of injuries.
People at risk of starvation as South Sudan enters its sixth year of
9 July marks the sixth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, but
the promise of the world’s youngest country is marred by hunger and
conflict, as millions of people still face starvation.
After more than three years of conflict and insecurity, communities are
now stretched to breaking point. The economy has collapsed, malnutrition
has soared and hunger continues grip the lives of many.
Thanks to aid efforts, famine - which was declared in two counties of
Unity State by the UN in February - has been pushed back, but CAFOD and
Trócaire’s Acting Country Representative, Mugove Chakurira said:
“The overall number of people at risk of starvation has increased. There
is no room for complacency: the food crisis continues to spread across
the country and six million people, half the population of South Sudan,
are still facing severe hunger and need immediate help.
"CAFOD and Trócaire are distributing emergency food in Yirol, in the
Central Lakes region. This aid is keeping people alive; preventing the
situation from getting even worse.”
Working with its Caritas aid agency, Caritas Rumbek, CAFOD and Trócaire
are reaching 25,200 people with emergency food – beans, sorghum, salt,
and cooking oil, in four areas (Payams) – Adior, Pagarau, Malek and
As people continue to flee the fighting, a cholera outbreak has spread.
UN Humanitarian Coordination Office(OCHA) estimates that 11,214 cholera
cases have been reported and at least 190 deaths have been recorded
across 24 counties over the last year. There is grave concern regarding
the further spread of the disease as the rainy season arrives, and CAFOD
and Trócaire are already working to halt its spread, with WASH support –
clean water, sanitation and hygiene promotion is being rolled out. This
involves latrine construction, fixing boreholes and training local
mechanics to keep them operational, and the distribution of hygiene kits
- containing essential items such as soap.
“With the rains also come higher risks of cholera and other water borne
disease epidemics, said Mugove Chakurira. He continued, “We are also
supporting the training of 50 hygiene promotion volunteers from the
Yirol community, to raise awareness of cholera and share prevention
knowledge of how to stay healthy in this challenging environment.”
The nation which achieved independence six years ago, in July 2011, has
been riven since December 2013 by fighting between forces loyal to
President Salva Kiir and followers of the former Vice President, Dr Riek
Machar. The conflict has escalated, as other local militias join the
fighting. The UN estimates that tens of thousands of people have been
killed in the conflict; and to date, 1.97 million people have been
displaced inside the country and 1.9 million are refugees in
The story of Mary who fled with her seven children and husband to
Billing Payam from Panjar in Unity state last year, is all too familiar.
“The war reached our village and we could not farm. We fled to Billing
with only the clothes on our backs as we had to save our lives from
certain death.” Mary said.
Mary is one of the thousands of displaced people that has received food
aid, keeping her and her children alive.
“With this food I can get some peace and rest that my family has
something to eat.”
This conflict has prevented many farmers from planting and harvesting
crops. Hyperinflation, which has hit nearly 800 percent, and has put the
price of food beyond the reach of ordinary people.
Mugove Chakurira said: “Our local Caritas aid workers bravely continue
to provide humanitarian assistance under challenging conditions, in
remote parts of the country. We will keep supporting them to help
communities on the brink of catastrophe.
“However, the aid effort must be accompanied by a concerted effort by
all the parties to end the conflict and take the necessary steps needed
towards peace and reconciliation.”