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Japanese floods killed at least 18 people after record-breaking rainfall

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Japanese floods killed at least 18 people after record-breaking rainfall

Local authorities confirmed that at least 18 people were killed and 14 were missing in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima, with images from the worst affected areas showing houses completely destroyed by the force of flood waters.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a warning Saturday for unprecedented rainfall, calling on residents in Kyushu to take “maximum caution.” At least 270,000 people were ordered to evacuate in four prefectures throughout the island.

The village of Kuma in Kumamoto witnessed a record-breaking rainfall of 83.5 millometers in an hour on Saturday morning, according to the meteorological agency, while the city of Kanoya in Kagoshima had 109.5 mm in an hour on Monday, the highest ever.

Heavy rain warning stay in place for most of Kumamoto and Kagoshima on Monday, with greater flooding expected.

Officials in Kumamato prefecture say that 16 other people are currently in cardiopulmonary detention and are feared dead, after a nursing home in Kuma Village was completely flooded when the nearby Kuma River destroyed its banks on Saturday.

Japanese Self Defense Forces and security authorities continue search and rescue operations in Kumamato and Kagoshima prefectures. However, efforts were complicated by conditions on the ground, with floods and landslides severing contact with hundreds of communities in highly mountainous regions.

A car stands in front of it after being overturned by a flood after the nearby Kuma River overflowed, on July 5 in Hitoyoshi, Japan.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that more than 800 people had been saved so far by emergency services.

According to the Japan Fire and Disaster Management Agency, thousands of households have been isolated and 20,000 firefighters are currently trying to reach them. Authorities used 28 helicopters, four planes and two search ships to survey the area on Monday.

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Officials told CNN that they were still gathering information about the number of deaths and hoped to update their figures in the coming days.

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The expedition will explore “an area still little known”: the Portuguese Sea.

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The expedition will explore "an area still little known": the Portuguese Sea.

The Oceano Azul Foundation has joined the municipalities of Cascais, Mafra and Sintra and set off together this Saturday on the ship “Santa Maria Manuela” for a scientific expedition that will last until 12 October.

On board will be 50 researchers from institutions such as the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), the Hydrographic Institute or the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA). During this time, scientists will embark on what they consider to be an “essential” process of “investigating the region’s natural values” that will allow for a “global assessment of the marine biodiversity” that exists in that region of the ocean.

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is “inconceivable”.

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is "inconceivable".

President of the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks Against Hunger Isabelle Jonet considers food waste unacceptable and absurd, as every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.

As World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day is celebrated, speaking at a conference on the subject in Lisbon, the official recalled statistics released by the National Statistical Institute and said the situation was “worse than expected.”

The data, official and published for the first time, refers to 2020 and shows that 1.89 million tons of food was wasted in Portugal this year, so each Portuguese wasted an average of 183.6 kilograms of food.

INE statistics show that families spend the most. The figures show that over 1.2 million tons of food was wasted by families this year, followed by catering with over 237 thousand tons, trade and distribution with 214 thousand tons, primary production with over 101 thousand tons and food . industry, about 61 thousand tons.

“We buy too much, we buy bad, we let it go bad. It is unacceptable that a third of what is produced ends up in the trash,” the official said, speaking at a debate organized by the United Movement Against Waste.

Ana Cristina Carrola of the Portuguese Environmental Protection Agency (APA), who also took part in the debate, stressed that the average amount of waste per year per inhabitant in the European Union is 173 kg, less than the 183 kg that is thrown away by the Portuguese.

“This is unthinkable in our day,” he lamented.

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese; Sporting wins too

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese;  Sporting wins too



Evanilson scored four goals in eight matches in the 2022/23 Portuguese Liga (Photo: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP)

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After the draw in the last round Portuguese Championship, Porto won again. This Friday, the defending champions thrashed Braga 4-1 at the Dragau Stadium. Goals came from Evanilson, Eustaquio, Pepe and Galeno. Defender Pepe, against, got to the opponent.

Ex-Fluminense Evanilson opened the scoring in the 32nd minute of the opening stage. Eustaquio tried to make a cross and the Brazilian forward appeared on the second post to prop up his chest. Two minutes later, Pepe filed Eustaquio, who sent the ball into an empty net.

In the final stage, the Portuguese-Brazilian defender Pepe tried to cut off a low cross, but sent him into his own net. Pepe, the former Gremio who assisted, got it from Taremi after a beautiful move that extended the game in the 18th minute. In addition, the Brazilian Galeno closed the account in the north of Portugal.

– I am very happy to score again and, above all, for this victory. A match we knew would be difficult, against a strong opponent who was in good sequence, but in which we managed to impose our rhythm and win three points in front of our fans. Now it’s time to rest and get back to work, already thinking about the next challenge, which is also very important for us, – said Evanilson after the match.

SPORTING TOO WINS

Another great player to take the field this Friday is Sporting CP. In Lisbon, on José de Alvalade, the Lions beat Gil Vicente 3-1. For Rubén Amorim’s side, Morita, Pote Gonçalves and Rocinha scored. Fran Navarro scored in stoppage time.



Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

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