Strong cy­clone kills 12 in In­dia

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A STRONG cy­clone over the south­east Ara­bian Sea trig­gered heavy rains and strong winds in south­ern In­dia, dam­ag­ing hun­dreds of huts, power lines and trees and killing at least 12 peo­ple, of­fi­cials said Satur­day.

More than 2,000 peo­ple have taken shel­ter in re­lief cen­ters in Kanyaku­mari and Tirunelveli dis­tricts in Tamil Nadu state and in Lak­shad­weep, a group of 36 is­lands, of­fi­cials said.

The In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment said heavy rains and strong winds lashed Lak­shad­weep on Satur­day.

At least 12 peo­ple have been killed in Tamil Nadu and Ker­ala states since Fri­day, state-run All In­dia Ra­dio re­ported. Kr­is­han Ku­mar, a re­lief agency spokesman, said the ca­su­al­ties were mainly caused by fall­ing trees and power lines.

The cy­clone, with gusts of up to 175 kilo­me­ters (110 miles) per hour, is ex­pected to weaken on Mon­day af­ter re­curv­ing in the Ara­bian Sea, ac­cord­ing to In­dia’s Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment.

Tele­vi­sion im­ages showed parts of Kanyaku­mari dis­trict flooded and with­out elec­tric­ity, with se­vere dam­age to power lines. In Kanyaku­mari and Thoothukudi dis­tricts, strong winds up­rooted more than 500 trees, snapped power lines and dam­aged set­tle­ments close to the sea.

More than 530 fish­er­men stranded in choppy wa­ters have been res­cued off Ker­ala state and the Lak­shad­weep is­lands, said Pin­yari Vi­ayan, Ker­ala’s top elected of­fi­cial.AP Fran­cis says the Cold War-era pol­icy of nu­clear de­ter­rence is no longer vi­able and that the mere pos­ses­sion of nu­clear weapons is now “ir­ra­tional.”

Fly­ing through Asia en route home from Bangladesh AT least 13 peo­ple were dead and two miss­ing on Sunday af­ter a South Korean fish­ing boat col­lided with a re­fu­el­ing ves­sel and cap­sized, the coast guard said.

An of­fi­cial from the Korea Coast Guard said seven peo­ple were res­cued and the two miss­ing in­cluded the boat’s cap­tain. He said 22 peo­ple were aboard the Satur­day, Fran­cis said: “We’re at the limit of lic­itly hav­ing and us­ing nu­clear arms. Why? Be­cause to­day, such so­phis­ti­cated nu­clear ar­se­nals risk de­stroy­ing hu­man­ity or at least a great part of it.”

Amid in­creas­ingly heated 9.8-ton fish­ing boat that cap­sized af­ter col­lid­ing with the 336-ton re­fu­el­ing ves­sel in wa­ters off the port city of In­cheon.

The of­fi­cial spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity, cit­ing of­fice rules. The re­fu­el­ing ves­sel did not suf­fer dam­age.

Pres­i­dent Moon Jaein or­dered au­thor­i­ties to rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea, Fran­cis told a nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment con­fer­ence last month that mere pos­ses­sion of nu­clear weapons was to be con­demned, given the risks, and that the only vi­able path for­ward was de­ploy as many he­li­copters and other air­craft as pos­si­ble to search for the miss­ing, ac­cord­ing to his of­fice.

The coast guard of­fi­cial said 19 coast guard and naval ves­sels and five air­craft in­clud­ing he­li­copters were dis­patched to the site. Au­thor­i­ties were ques­tion­ing the crew of the re­fu­el­ing ves­sel to de­ter­mine the to­tal dis­ar­ma­ment.

Fran­cis said he wanted to pose the ques­tion as a pope: “To­day, is it le­git­i­mate to keep nu­clear ar­se­nals as they are? Or to save cre­ation, to save hu­man­ity to­day, isn’t it nec­es­sary to go back?” cause of the col­li­sion.

South Korea has seen its share of sig­nif­i­cant mar­itime ac­ci­dents in re­cent years, in­clud­ing the 2014 sink­ing of a ferry that killed more than 300 peo­ple, mostly school­child­ren. More than 50 fish­er­men died or went miss­ing months later af­ter their ves­sel sank in the Ber­ing Sea.

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