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End Time News – Updated 2 April 2017 - 8 stories
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6.6 quake rocks Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka Region

The quake occurred in the Bering Sea, just off the eastern coast of Kamchatka on Wednesday afternoon (4:09am GMT), Kamchatka’s branch of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences told Interfax.

“Residents of the Klyuchi and Kozyrevsk of the Ust-Kamatsky villages experienced this earthquake with a five points magnitude,” the representative of the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

The Sakhalin Tsunami Center has warned the earthquake can possibly trigger local tsunami waves of up to 1.5 meters, TASS reports, adding that waves could reach North-Kurilsk island within two hours.

"We declared a tsunami threat based on seismic data," a spokesman from the Petropavlovsk Tsunami center told Sputnik, noting that the Ust-Kamchatsky and Nikolskoye villages in the Aleut region are located in the immediate threat zone. However, Russia's Emergencies Ministry said there was no tsunami threat.

While there is no major threat to the Sakhalin coast line, experts from the center are monitoring the situation. Meanwhile, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has said there’s no tsunami threat to American Samoa from this earthquake.

The quake was also recorded by the US Geological Survey, which initially reported it as 7.0 magnitude but later revised it to 6.6. There is no immediate word of any casualties or destruction.

The earthquake happened in the vicinity of the Kambalny volcano which unexpectedly started spewing ash several days ago after waking from a 250 year period of inactivity. The area around the volcano in Kamchatka has been put on alert. The volcano still remains active as the ash rose to an altitude of over 7,000 meters above sea level.

The Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Volcanology and Seismology had already notified air traffic controllers of potential dangers the volcano could cause to nearby aircraft.

The quake struck along the Kuril-Kamchatka Arc which extends some 2,100 km from Hokkaido, Japan along the Kuril Islands and the Pacific coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula. The arc sits in the region where the Pacific plate subducts lies beneath the Okhotsk mircoplate.

According to the USGS, this "subduction" is responsible for the generation of volcanoes along the entire Arc. The Kuril-Kamchatka Arc is one of the most seismically active regions in the world.

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Millions infected, thousands dead in Burundi malaria crisis
from OMEGA SSUUNA in Bujumbura, Burundi

BUJUMBURA, (CAJ News) – A FATAL outbreak of malaria has claimed the lives of more than 3 000 Burundians since it erupted in the north of the country in 2016.

The deaths are from about 10 million cases between 2016 and last week.

In 2016, 3 000 died while this year alone, already 800 Burundians have died from the disease out of about 2 million cases reported.

The statistics for 2017 thus far represent a 13% increase from the same period last year.

Speaking in Bujumbura, minister of public health and the fight against AIDS, Josiane Nijimbere, said the figures were based based on the conclusions of a mission of by World Health Organisation experts and the latest update by the national epidemiological surveillance system.

Some 8,169 million confirmed malaria cases were notified during 2016, particularly in the northern and northeastern provinces of Kirundo, Muyinga, Karusi, Cankuzo and to a lesser extent Ngozi, Kayanza, Gitega, Rutana and Ruyigi.

Surveillance missions attributed the current magnitude to climate change and non-optimal use of preventive measures such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets and the expansion of rice crops having multiplied the environments favorable to the multiplication of the mosquitoes.

Nijimbere said the ministry was finalizing a response plan worth over US$31 million (R395 million) to address the epidemic from multiple angles.

Emergency drug orders are also underway.

Burundi, with a population of 12 million is also enduring political problems that has led to 370 000 fleeing the country.

Deteriorating socioeconomic conditions are driving humanitarian needs for basic health services.

– CAJ News


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Disease outbreak kills nearly 270 in Nigeria
Pulse News Agency International by AFP

Nearly 270 people, most of them children, have died in the past five months during the latest meningitis outbreak to hit Nigeria, public health officials said Wednesday.

"Presently we have 1,828 suspected cases... and we have 269 deaths in about 15 states," Olubunmi Ojo of the National Centre for Disease Control told local television.

At least five northern states -- Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger -- and the Federal Capital Territory have been hit hard and have crossed the threshold for an epidemic, she added.

Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, director of disease control at the federal ministry of health in Abuja, said those six states accounted for 1,090 infected people and 154 deaths.

"Zamfara State alone recorded 590 cases, out of which 29 people have died," he told AFP.

Laboratory tests have confirmed that the disease was of a new Type C strain, he added.

The World Health Organization said on March 24 that children aged five to 14 were the most affected age group in this latest epidemic, accounting for about half of all reported cases.

A large-scale vaccination programme had begun, it added.

Nigeria lies in the so-called "meningitis belt" of sub-Saharan Africa, stretching from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east, where outbreaks of the disease are a regular occurence.

The country and neighbouring Niger were both badly hit by meningitis outbreaks in 2015, when over 13,700 people were infected in six months, with more than 1,100 deaths.

Meningitis is caused by different types of bacteria, six of which can cause epidemics. It is transmitted between people through coughs and sneezes, and facilitated by cramped living conditions and close contact.

The illness causes acute inflammation of the outer layers of the brain and spinal cord, with the most common symptoms being fever, headache and neck stiffness.


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Wars and Rumors of Wars

NATO 'Obviously Preparing for a Conflict' on Its Eastern Border

A job offer has recently been posted on the official website of the German capital, searching for Russian-speaking extras to take part in US Army military exercises. Bundeswehr lieutenant-colonel in retirement, Jürgen Rose, believes that the drills are a preparation for an armed conflict with Russia.

The job ads offered Russian speakers a daily wage of 88-120 euros ($94-$129) to play farmers, shop owners and other improvised local residents in fictitious villages set up at the Hohenfels training grounds for upcoming NATO drills. The exercises are due to take place between April 28 and May 15.

In Rose's opinion, the motives behind the job offer are "quite obvious." By organizing the role-playing games, NATO forces are preparing for a direct military confrontation with Russia.

"This is not the first time such exercises have taken place. In the past, people were hired to participate in military training, dressed in long robes and turbans — for a scenario that seemed most likely at that time. So it is clear why this is done now. There is obviously a preparation for conflicts on NATO's eastern border," the expert told Sputnik Germany.

The relevant job ad is still up on the Optronic HR website us-statisten.de and states that the extras will represent the local population of a crisis-hit region in order for NATO troops to prepare for missions abroad. The extras are expected to have a basic knowledge of English, German, Polish or Czech, aside from Russian.

According to Rose, there are no doubts that in these exercises, Russia will consciously be presented as an enemy.

"There is nothing unexpected in it. If you look at the statements that were made after the entry of Crimea into the Russian Federation and the start of the fighting in Eastern Ukraine, then Russia was quite clearly called an enemy, an evil force operating behind the scenes. And this approach has not changed," the expert argued.

NATO has been increasing its military presence in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea since the outbreak of the conflict in southeastern Ukraine in April 2014, in response to what it considers to be Russia's aggressive foreign policy. Moscow has repeatedly dismissed the Ukrainian-related accusations leveled at it, warning that increased NATO activities near the country's borders could undermine regional and global stability.


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Wars and Rumors of Wars

Thousands dead in clashes between Nigerian farmers and herdsmen
The Citizen

Displaced communities were exposed to harsh weather conditions and in need of shelter due to the destruction of their houses.

More than 2,000 Nigerian villagers have reportedly been killed over the past year following attacks blamed on nomadic herdsmen.

The Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS), a humanitarian crises thinktank, said that in 2016 alone, at least 800 people were killed in southern Kaduna and 1,269 in Benue State, where herders invaded at least 14 of the 23 local government areas (LGAs).

At least 200 people have been killed this year.

Since 2015, at least 62 000 people have been displaced in Kaduna, Plateau, and Benue states. Internally displaced persons sheltered in poor communities, placing additional strain on scarce resources.

At least 132,818 people are said to be facing food insecurity in Benue, 167,561 in Plateau and 212,348 in Kaduna.

Displaced communities were exposed to harsh weather conditions and in need of shelter due to the destruction of their houses.

Abduction and attacks have been reported for years with Fulani herders implicated. Many communities in affected states are living under the threat of severe insecurity.

It is feared the conflict, which was previously limited to the Middle Belt, may be spreading. “The humanitarian impacts are expected to worsen,” ACAPS stated.

The Nigerian Army averted on Thursday what could have been another round of deadly clashes between farmers and herdsmen in Bayelsa, in the south of the country.


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Millions starve as African leaders meet
From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – AFRICAN and United Nations leaders meeting in Ethiopia beginning on Monday have been urged to address the plight of 6,5 million children at risk of starvation in East Africa.

They are among 15 million food insecure people in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

Nearly 5 million people, half the country’s population, in Somalia are facing severe food and water shortages and are on the verge of famine.

In Kenya, more than 1,25 million people are in urgent need of food, with hunger levels expected to worsen over the coming months.

In Ethiopia, the drought is forcing many children to drop out of school, leaving them at risk of early marriage and forced migration. Over 5,6 million people are in need.

Several seasons of failed or erratic rainfall have led to severe water shortages and death of livestock.

“The lives of millions are at stake,” said John Graham, Ethiopia director for Save the Children.

He fears a repeat of the deaths of 130,000 children under five during the last Somalia famine in 2010 to 2012.

“We must not allow many of the same past errors that resulted in the deaths,” Graham said.

The risk of starvation is a result of back-to-back droughts.

With the next rainy season expected to bring below-average rainfall across the region, the situation for already desperate children and families in the region.

As donors, political leaders and the secretary general of the UN, António Guterres, will this week meet in Addis Ababa for the 28th ordinary session of the African Union.



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Child deaths grip famished Somalia
from SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia

MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – THOUSANDS of children have been diagnosed with cholera or acute watery diarrhea (AWD) in Somalia since the beginning of the year, raising fears figures will outstrip the 130,000 children killed in the famine in 2011.

More than 18,400 cases of cholera/AWD have been reported a few months into 2017, far surpassing the 15,600 cases reported the whole of 2016.

“These numbers are a wake-up call,” said Leila Pakkala, United Nations

Children’s Fund director for Eastern and Southern Africa.

“Children are dying from malnutrition, hunger, thirst and disease. We are working with partners around the clock to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

Children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child.

During the 2011 famine, the biggest killers were diarrhea and measles.

Six years since famine was declared in parts of south-central Somalia, the country is again on the brink of catastrophe with the drought and conflict more widespread.

In February, UNICEF projected that 944,000 children would be acutely malnourished in 2017, including 185,000 children suffering from SAM who would need urgent, lifesaving support. That number could shoot up, even if the next rains due to start late April come on time, and in full.

UNICEF Somalia has raised its 2017 funding requirement from $66 million

(R886 million) to $147 million, with a funding gap of 54% as of mid-March.

“This year, many donors have come forward early but the worst may still be ahead of us,” Pakkala warned.

– CAJ News


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Time is running out for children as famine, drought and war threaten millions

NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN – More than a month after famine was declared in South Sudan, time is running out for more than a million children as drought and armed conflict devastate lives in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.

“Children can’t wait for yet another famine declaration before we take action,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes. “We learned from Somalia in 2011 that by the time famine was announced, untold numbers of children had already died. That can’t happen again.”

Some 22 million children have been left hungry, sick, displaced and out of school in the four countries, UNICEF said. Nearly 1.4 million are at imminent risk of death this year from severe malnutrition.

UNICEF will require close to $255 million to provide these children with food, water, health, education and protection services for just the next few months, according to a new funding update.

Most of the funds – over $81 million – will go towards nutrition programmes to screen children for malnutrition and provide them with therapeutic food.

An additional $53 million will be allocated to health services including vaccinations, while over $47 million will go to water, sanitation and hygiene programmes to prevent potentially deadly diahorreal diseases.

The remaining funds will help protect children affected by conflict and displacement and provide them with education services. Cash assistance will also be offered to the most vulnerable families.

The resources needed over the next few months are part of a broader appeal for all of 2017, totaling $712 million – a 50 per cent increase over funding requirements in the four countries at the same time last year.

UNICEF has been working with partners in the four countries to respond to the famine threat and prevent it from spreading:

• In northeast Nigeria, UNICEF will reach 3.9 million people with emergency primary healthcare services this year, treat 220,000 severely malnourished children under the age of five, and provide more than a million people with access to safe water.

• In Somalia, UNICEF is supporting 1.7 million children under-five years of age, including the treatment of up to 277,500 severe acute malnutrition cases through facility-based and mobile health and nutrition services.

• In South Sudan, UNICEF, together with partners, has delivered life-saving assistance to 145,000 people in areas affected or threatened by famine, including 33,000 children under the age of five.

• In Yemen, UNICEF has scaled up activities to respond to malnutrition through health facilities, mobile teams, community health workers and volunteers reaching hard-to-access communities and displaced families. UNICEF is also supporting severely acutely malnourished children and their families with cash assistance and water and sanitation services, including the provision of safe water, supplies and hygiene promotion.

Armed conflict is a major driver of this crisis, UNICEF said, calling for unconditional, unimpeded and sustainable access to the children in need and an end to the violations of children’s rights in the affected countries.

UNICEF also sounded the alarm about a worsening nutrition situation in neighbouring countries.

“As violence, hunger and thirst force people to move within and across borders, malnutrition rates will continue to soar not just in these four countries, but also in the Lake Chad basin and the Greater Horn of Africa,” Fontaine said. “If humanitarian agencies do net get the access and resources they need to reach the most vulnerable, lives will be lost.”


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