‘Dozens Die’ As Migrant Boat Sinks In Mediterranean

MediterraneanDespite EU efforts to prevent another tragedy in the Mediterranean, aid group, ‘Save The Children’ says dozens of migrants have drowned after a boat sank south of Sicily.

The group says survivors reported that many people fell into the sea as a rescue vessel was approaching.

The survivors have today arrived in the city of Catania.

At least 1,750 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean, a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014.

Save The Children’s representative in Catania, Giovanna Di Benedetto, said that the latest sinking is thought to have happened on Sunday, but the exact toll is not known.

Cyclone Pam Causes Destruction In Vanuatu Islands

Vanuatu-2Powerful winds from Cyclone Pam have caused widespread destruction in the Vanuatu islands, killing at least eight people, aid officials have said.

Houses in the capital, Port Vila, were destroyed and “people were wandering the streets looking for help”, said Tom Skirrow of Save the Children.

Officials in Port Vila said that “there is no power or running water in Vanuatu’s capital”.

There are reports of entire villages being destroyed in more remote areas, according to Chloe Morrison, a World Vision Emergency Communications Officer.

“It’s still really quite dangerous outside. Most people are still hunkering down,” she said.

“The damage is quite extensive in Port Vila but there are so many more vulnerable islands.

“I can’t even imagine what it’s like in those vulnerable communities.”

Vanuatu’s President said he had a “heavy heart” and appealed for aids.

Pam has brought winds of up to 270km/h (170mph) and torrential rain.

Australia is preparing to send a crisis response team to Vanuatu if needed, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

“There are destructive winds, rain, flooding, landslides, sea surges and very rough seas and the storm is exceedingly destructive there,” she said.

Mr Skirrow said: “The scene here this morning is a complete devastation – houses are destroyed, trees are down, roads are blocked and people are wandering the streets looking for help.

“Communications are down across much of the country with the total extent of the devastation unlikely to be known for several days.”

UNICEF spokeswoman Alice Clements described the cyclone as “15-30 minutes of absolute terror” as it passed over Port Vila.

“I saw the sliding doors from my three-storey-hotel room completely blow away – it was terrifying,” she said.

State Of World’s Mother 2013: Reducing Maternal Mortality In Nigeria

Maternal deaths in Nigeria have been described in many quarters as unacceptably high. As Nigerians join the rest of the world in marking the state of women in 2013, Channels Television’s weekend programme, Sunrise examines the relationship between access to reproductive health in Nigeria and healthy population.

According to the International Conference on Population and Development Programme, reproduction health implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when, and ho3w often to do so.

The above assumption is a condition that can only be achieved if the women are informed and have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning and other reproductive services of their choice to regulate fertility which are not against the law and the right to access appropriate health care services that will enable them go safely through pregnancy and child birth.

The Senior Maternal and New Born Health Manager with the Save the Children foundation, Abimbola Williams and the Lagos State Commission for Health, Jide Idris, in this interview examines the components of reproductive health and how women in Nigeria have felt in this year.