Growing power crisis in Pakistan: Dawn

ISLAMABAD (DAWN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The country’s escalating power crisis risks exacerbating the law-and-order situation as people take to the streets in the hardest-hit areas. Moreover, the energy crunch has hit telecom companies hard, with a spill-over effect likely to hamper communications and deliver a blow to businesses dependent on seamless internet connectivity, leading cellular […]

Flood-hit Indian states brace themselves for more monsoon rain, 532 killed

ASSAM, INDIA (BLOOMBERG) – India’s flood-hit areas are forecast to receive heavy rain this week, with 532 people losing their lives so far across the nation during the monsoon season and hundreds of thousands staying in temporary relief camps. The north-eastern state of Assam has been among the worst-hit regions, with rain affecting 2.5 million people, destroying […]

Rescuers scramble to reach Afghanistan quake survivors as foreign aid arrives

BERMAL, AFGHANISTAN (AFP) – Desperate rescuers battled against the clock and heavy rain on Thursday (June 23) to reach cut-off areas in eastern Afghanistan after a powerful earthquake killed at least 1,000 people and left thousands more homeless. Wednesday’s 5.9-magnitude quake struck hardest in the rugged east, downing mobile phone towers and power lines while […]

Thousands march in Quito after night of Ecuador protest violence

Indigenous people march in downtown Quito, on June 22, 2022, on the tenth consecutive day of indigenous-led protests against the Ecuadorean government. (VERONICA LOMBEIDA / AFP) QUITO – Thousands of indigenous protesters held a peaceful march through Ecuador's capital, Quito, on Wednesday to demand that President Guillermo Lasso address price rises that have ignited 10 […]

Global food crisis ‘will kill millions’ by disease, health executive warns

YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA (AFP) – The global food crisis sparked by the war in Ukraine will kill millions by leaving the hungriest more vulnerable to infectious diseases, potentially triggering the world’s next health catastrophe, the head of a major aid organisation has warned. A Russian naval blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports has stopped grain shipments […]

Afghan authorities scramble to reach earthquake zone, toll at 1,000 dead

SHARAN, AFGHANISTAN (AFP, REUTERS) – Aid began arriving on Thursday (June 23) in a remote part of Afghanistan where an earthquake killed 1,000 people but poor communications and a lack of proper roads are hampering relief efforts in a country already grappling with a humanitarian crisis. The 5.9-magnitude quake struck early on Wednesday about 160km south-east of […]