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Ancient Egyptian Port Found

An ancient Egyptian port was recently discovered in an archaeological excavation.

An ancient Egyptian port used to construct monuments  was recently discovered in an archaeological excavation.

By Chuma Kisu

According to international news reports, an ancient Egyptian port was recently found by archeologists that was once used to transport building materials for construction of temples and obelisks.

The announce of this discovery was made by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiques. It was made in late March 2019.

According to reports the ministry announced that this port was used to transport stone along the Nile River. They went on to say that stones form the quarries of Gebel el-Silsila were uncovered.

The findings were made during excavations at the ruins of Kom Ombo near Aswan.

The port on the Nile’s west bank extends over 328 feet and lies about 657 feet from a large stone quarry, according to Mustafa Waziri, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

River silt and greenery were cleared from the area, revealing inscriptions and mechanisms for tying the boats.

Gebel el-Silsila is an important source of sandstone in Egypt. Abdul Mouneim Saeed, director general of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities Council, said that it has been widely used from the 18th dynasty into the modern era.

Stone used to build temples such as Al Karnak, Habu, Kom Ombo and Dendera was mostly cut in the area’s quarries, Saeed said, according to the announcement.

The port’s discovery is the latest in a series of recent archaeological announcements. Egypt is hoping to increase tourism interest in a destination that suffered following uprisings in 2011.

US Army Admits Killing Somalian Civilians

U.S. military attack plane.

U.S. military attack plane.

By Chmua Kisu

According an international news service, the United States (US) Army command admitted on Friday, April 5, 2019 that it killed two civilians in an airstrike in Somalia in 2018.

The admission came following a review of the incident triggered by pressure from Congress and Amnesty International.

U.S. Africa Command said the April 1 strike near El Burr, Somalia, had killed two civilians and four militants, not five militants as the U.S. military had originally reported.

It believed the civilian fatalities were an “isolated occurrence”, it said in a statement.

Amnesty said last month it had documented 14 civilians killed in investigations of five air strikes, a tiny fraction of those, the U.S. says it has launched.

The command has carried out 28 airstrikes in Somalia in 2019, compared with 47 in 2018 and 35 in 2017. Most publicized strikes are followed by information on the number of militants believed killed.

Africa Command said the April 1 strike was not one of those investigated by Amnesty, and that it was committed to “credibility, transparency, and accountability”.

“It is critically important that people understand we adhere to exacting standards and when we fall short, we acknowledge shortcomings and take appropriate action,” said the command’s senior officer, Marine Corps General Thomas D. Waldhauser.

Cholera Cases Increase in Southern Africa

Health workers help cholera victims in Mozambique.

Health workers help cholera victims in Mozambique.

By Chuma Kisu

According to international reports the number of cholera cases in Mozambique has risen sharply in communities affected by flooding.

Flooding is happening in affected areas due to the recent cyclone that devasted the region in mid-March. At least 1,428 people have been infected as the Mozambican government and aid agencies try to contain the outbreak, health officials told journalists in the coastal city of Beira on Tuesday.

The cholera outbreak has grown rapidly since 249 cases were reported last week. At least 376 new cases were discovered on Tuesday, most of them in Beira city, as the infection rate continues to increase daily.

Two deaths have been reported in the cyclone-hit region, Ministry of Health records show.

Cyclone Idai crashed into Mozambique March 14, causing catastrophic flooding which has killed more than 500 people in the country. At least 259 people have been killed in Zimbabwe and 56 in Malawi.

Officials in Mozambique have warned the toll is likely to increase as more bodies are expected to be found when the flood waters recede.

The United Nations has estimated that some 1.8 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

According to reports, officials at the health ministry say they have stepped up hygiene awareness and education campaigns in areas impacted by Idai.

Healthy ministry officials and relief agencies are scheduled to commence a mass vaccination campaign very soon to limit the spread of cholera. The vaccination exercise is targeted at some 900,000 people affected by the cyclone.

Cyclone Idai Hits Southern Africa

By Chuma Kisu

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Damage of Cyclone Idai.

According to international reports southern Africa is still in relief efforts after cyclone Idia battered parts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as Malawi Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Reports from officials say that nearly 500,000 people are feared dead from the 110mph, category 2 winds.

Damage includes loss of life, downed powerlines, building damage, washed away roads, mud, and deadly flooding.

Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, on Monday launched a request for help from local Non-Governmental Organizations and individuals. Ms. Sisulu is a member of the South African Parliament.

The appeal was: “to make donations towards humanitarian aid for the people of Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai.”

UNICEF USA also has launched a fund raiser labeled: “You Can Make a Difference Right Now”

The appeal read in part: “Tropical Cyclone Idai has battered Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, devastating already-vulnerable populations with severe damage and flooding. Please help now.”

South Africa suffered an indirect impact of the cyclone after a power supply from Mozambique was affected. The president, Cyril Ramaphosa, also deployed the army to help Mozambique manage the unfolding crisis.

Even though there are no official figures of cumulative deaths, figures show that the number could be reaching 200 plus. The Mozambican president told national radio that the death toll could exceed 1,000.

Meanwhile the Ministry has announced a call center for nationals affected by the cyclone advising that they also contact their respective embassies in the affected countries.

Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon. They are given different names based upon where they are located.

Hurricane is used in the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific. Typhoon is used in the Northwest Pacific. The term cyclones is used in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean. Cyclone Idai took place in the Indian Ocean that connects to Southern Africa.