1 dead, 14 rescued in refugee boat tragedy in Aegean Sea

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…As Flood kills 4 in Central Vietnam***

The body of a woman was retrieved and 14 people including a minor were rescued after a wooden boat carrying refugees and migrants from Turkey to Greece sank.

It sank off the Greek island of Kalolimnos, Greece’ national news agency AMNA reported Friday.

According to the Greek Coast Guard, the rescue operation is underway, as passengers said there were 22 to 24 people on the boat when it sank.

In the meantime, at least four  people have been killed by heavy rain and flooding in Central Vietnam caused by a tropical storm, State Media and Disaster Management Authorities said on Friday in Hanoi.

‘’This flood occurred days ahead of preparatory meeting for the 2017 APEC summit.

‘’A 73-year-old and a school pupil were swept away in separate districts of Quang Nam province, the VN Express news site reported.

The previous day, a fishing boat sunk in rough sea off the Spratly Islands, killing two of the 36-man crew.

Central provinces from Quang Tri to Binh Thuan have suffered heavy rain, up to 462 millimetres for the past two days, the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention said.

Storm Damrey is expected to make landfall on Sunday, one before the start of APEC ministerial level meetings in Da Nang.

Da Nang and the surrounding countryside are “at risk of receiving especial heavy rain, leading to the danger of floods, flash floods, landslides in the mountains and widespread floods in the low-lying and urban areas in the storm’s wake,’’ the centre warned.

Rains will continue until November 8, causing high floods, flash floods, and landslides in mountainous areas and in the low lying areas of the region, the committee warned.

U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to arrive on November 10 for the leaders’ summit.

Other leaders from the Pacific region, such as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin are also expected to attend the summit.

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