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Xinhua world news summary at 0600 GMT, Aug. 13

13 Aug 2020, 16:18 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS/BEIRUT -- The United Nations and partners have been conducting needs assessments and delivering emergency assistance to people most in need in Lebanon following last week's massive Beirut explosion, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Wednesday.

Losses from the explosions that hit Beirut's port on Aug. 4 exceeded 15 billion U.S. dollars, according to Lebanese President Michel Aoun. (Lebanon-Explosion-UN)

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LOS ANGELES -- A fast growing wildfire occurred Wednesday afternoon in the Angeles National Forest, prompting evacuation orders for over 500 homes nearby.

The blaze, dubbed Lake Fire, was first reported at local time 3:40 p.m. (2240 GMT), and spread from about 50 acres to 10,000 acres within approximately three hours, according to the InciWeb, an interstate incident information system. (U.S.-Wildfire-Evacuation)

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MAPUTO -- The Defense and Security Forces of Mozambique (FDS) announced Wednesday that 59 terrorists were killed over the past week in the country's northern province of Cabo Delgado.

The terrorists were trying to occupy the district of Mocimboa da Praia for a week, and they infiltrated the communities before attacking local villages, said the Joint Command of the FDS in a statement. (Mozambique-Terrorists-Killed)

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ABUJA -- Nigeria's most populous northern state of Kano is at risk of heavy flood this year, with a total of 20 local government areas likely to be affected, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said in a fresh warning issued on Wednesday.

"In the light of the above, all hands must be on deck to ensure that we prepare well to mitigate the impact of the predicted 2020 flooding, even in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic," said Sanusi Ado, state coordinator for NEMA, adding that urban centers are also likely to be affected by the occurrence. (Nigeria-Flood-Risk)

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