The fatalities from the massive explosions that rocked Port of Beirut on Tuesday has reached 154 till Friday.
Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan came up with the information on Friday, reports Xinhua.
The number of seriously injured patients has reached 120 as the shattered glasses caused severe injuries that required surgeries.
Besides, 20 percent of the 5,000 injuries need hospitalization.
Two huge explosions rocked Port of Beirut on Tuesday evening, killing at least 154 people and injuring about 5,000 others, while causing massive damages in the city.
Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa brothers won a majority in the country's Parliamentary election, securing their dynastic rule.
Election Commission results, released on Friday, showed the Rajapaksas’ Sri Lanka People’s Front bagged 128 out of the total 196 seats while its main opponent had obtained only 47 seats, reports AP.
Sri Lanka's parliament has 225 seats, of which 196 members are directly elected while 29 are named from a national list according to the number of votes received by each party or independent group.
“Sri Lanka People’s Front has secured a resounding victory according to official results released so far,” Gotabaya Rajapaksa tweeted. “It is by belief that that the expectation to have a Parliament that will enable the implementation of my ‘vision for prosperity’ policy will be reality tomorrow.”
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is most likely to be sworn-in the same position by his younger brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The election results could enable them to change the constitution and strengthen dynastic rule. The Rajapaksas’ party will get more seats from the national list, which will be announced later Friday.
The brothers need 150 seats or control of two-thirds of seats in Parliament to be able to change the constitution.
Analysts say any attempt by Gotabaya to push for changes that will strengthen presidential power at the expense of those of the prime minister may trigger sibling rivalry.
Sri Lanka had been ruled by powerful executive presidents since 1978. But a 2015 constitutional amendment strengthened Parliament and the prime minister and put independent commissions in charge of judiciary appointments, police, public services and conducting elections.
Gotabaya was elected president last November after projecting himself as the only leader who could secure the country after the bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday that killed 269 people.
Since then, he said he had to function under many restrictions because of the constitutional changes.
However, Mahinda Rajapaksa is unlikely to cede his powers that might shrink his influence as he works on promoting his son Namal as his heir. Namal and three other members of the Rajapaksa family contested the election and are likely to control key functions in the new administration.
The landslide victory also raises fears of weakening government institutions such as independent commissions for elections, police and public service.
Votes were counted Thursday after the election on Wednesday, which was held under an election commission that emphasised following health guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
More than 70 percent of the country's over 16 million eligible voters cast ballots.
The election was originally scheduled for April, but was twice postponed because of the pandemic.
Sri Lanka has largely contained the spread of the virus with 2,839 confirmed cases, including 11 deaths.
United States on Friday congratulated Sri Lanka for holding the election “in a peaceful and orderly manner despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic."
“As the new parliament convenes, we hope the government will renew its commitments to building an inclusive economic recovery, upholding human rights and the rule of law, and protecting the country’s sovereignty. We look forward to partnering with the government and new parliament,” the US Embassy in Colombo said in a statement.
A new study warns that rising temperatures driven by climate change could cause millions of deaths per year by the end of the century.
This could potentially match the global death rate for all infectious diseases combined, noted the study released by the University of California, Berkeley on Monday, reports Xinhua.
As greenhouse gas levels continue to escalate, rising temperatures in the decades ahead could raise annual global mortality rates by 73 deaths per 100,000 people – almost the same current death rate for all infectious diseases globally, according to the study led by Solomon Hsiang, a climate policy researcher at the UC Berkeley and prepared by the Climate Impact Lab.
The researchers found that even moderate mitigation of emissions that falls short of the Paris Agreement's long-term targets would cut the projected mortality by about 84 percent at the end of the century, relative to a scenario of continued high emissions.
Under this moderate emissions scenario, projections show climate change could be responsible for 11 additional deaths per 100,000 by 2099 – on par with the current fatality rate from auto accidents of roughly 12 deaths per 100,000 in the US.
‘Putting lives at risk’
The world’s poorest people will suffer more, said Michael Greenstone, an economist at the University of Chicago and co-author of the study.
"Our data indicate that with the continued growth of greenhouse gas emissions, the temperature effects of climate change are projected to be five times deadlier than recent US flu seasons," Greenstone said. "In poor, hot countries, the heat may be even more threatening than cancer and heart disease are today."
By dividing the globe into 24,378 regions, the findings identify which places will bear the greatest burden. Communities that have been exposed to hot climates for a long time are better adapted, the study shows.
It found that elderly populations in the world's richest third of locations are less vulnerable than those in the poorest third of locations, with a hot day above 35 degrees Celsius causing five fewer deaths per 100,000 in the wealthier parts of the world.
Hsiang emphasised that the mortal threat of climate change could no longer be considered an abstraction waiting far in the future.
"Failing to address climate change is not that different from driving your kids around without a seat belt: you are putting their lives at risk," he said.
Grammy Award-winning music producer Detail was arrested on Wednesday on charges of sexual assault, police said.
The 41-year-old was held on nearly $6.3 million bail, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, reports AP.
Detail, whose real name is Noel Christopher Fisher, was charged on July 31 with 15 counts of sexual assault and five counts of felony assault between 2010 and 2018, the police statement said.
Detail won a Grammy in 2015 for co-writing the Beyonce and Jay-Z hit “Drunk in Love” and has also produced hits for Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Wiz Khalifa.
Last year, a model and aspiring singer was awarded $15 million in a Los Angeles lawsuit that accused him of abusing and raping her.
She is one of six women, some established professionals and others music-industry newcomers, who have spoken out publicly against what they said was Fisher’s sexual aggression.
Losses from the explosion in Bairut are estimated to be between $10 billion to $15 billion, Beirut Gov. Marwan Abboud told the Saudi-owned TV station Al-Hadath on Wednesday, adding that nearly 300,000 people are homeless.
Lebanese army bulldozers plowed through wreckage to reopen roads around Beirut's demolished port Thursday, a day after the government pledged to investigate this week's devastating explosion and placed port officials under house arrest.
The blast Tuesday, which appeared to have been caused by an accidental fire that ignited a stockpile of ammonium nitrate at the port, rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 135 people, injuring more than 5,000 and causing widespread destruction.
French President Emmanuel Macron was expected to visit later Thursday amid pledges of international aid. But Lebanon, which was already mired in a severe economic crisis, faces a daunting challenge in rebuilding. It's unclear how much support the international community will offer the notoriously corrupt and dysfunctional government.
The tiny Mediterranean country was already on the brink of collapse, with soaring unemployment and a financial crisis that has wiped out people's life savings. Hospitals were already strained by the coronavirus pandemic, and one was so badly damaged by the blast it had to treat patients in a nearby field.
Anger is mounting against the political class that has dominated the country since the 1975-1990 civil war, which has long been seen as hopelessly corrupt and incapable of providing even basic services like electricity and trash collection.
The investigation is focusing on how 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical used in fertilizers, came to be stored at the facility for six years, and why nothing was done about it.
The Port of Beirut and customs office are notorious for being among the most corrupt and lucrative institutions in Lebanon, where various factions and politicians, including the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group, hold sway.
Fueling speculation that negligence was to blame for the accident, an official letter circulating online showed the head of the customs department had warned repeatedly over the years that the stockpile of ammonium nitrate was a danger and had asked judicial officials for a ruling on a way to remove it.
Authorities have cordoned off the port itself, where the blast left a crater 200 meters (yards) across and shredded a large grain silo, emptying its contents into the rubble. Estimates suggested about 85% of the country’s grain was stored there.
Lebanon is highly dependent on imports, and the destruction of the port, along with the worsening cash crisis, have raised fears of shortages.
Two planeloads of French rescue workers and aid were sent to Beirut, and Macron was to arrive Thursday to offer support for the former protectorate. The countries retain close political and economic ties.
Other countries, including Greece, Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey and the European Union, have dispatched medical supplies, humanitarian aid and search-and-rescue teams.