The Syrian government has warned against an imminent disaster in the wake of airstrikes by the US-led military coalition against purported Daesh-held areas close to the Euphrates and Tishrin dams, urging UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to compel the coalition to stop the raids.
Nearly 850,000 people in drought-hit southern Madagascar are experiencing 'alarming levels of hunger, and more aid is needed to prevent a dire situation from becoming a 'catastrophe', UN agencies said on Thursday.
Five years into the deadly foreign-backed militancy in Syria, and still no consensus on the scale of the staggering human suffering and destruction in the Arab country. However, figures by the UN and the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR) are among the most widely-cited death tolls, with the former suggesting that 260,000 are killed and the latter putting the toll at 470,000, including 70,000 people who have perished due to the lack of proper health services, food and proper housing.
Diesel exhaust fumes are causing the biggest health catastrophe since the Black Death, a campaign group has claimed, as new figures show air pollution limits for the whole year have been breached in just eight days in London.