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At least 10 killed in Iran flash flooding: state TV
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Tehran (AFP) Sept 19, 2015

Torrential rains in Algeria leave 16 dead
Algiers (AFP) Sept 19, 2015 - Torrential rains in southern Algeria left 16 people dead, including 13 foreigners, local authorities said on Saturday, increasing an earlier death toll.

Four bodies of foreigners of African origin were recovered on Friday about 10 kilometres (six miles) outside the town of Tamanrasset, in Algeria's deep south, the APS news agency quoted them as saying.

Heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday triggered a flood in the town and caused a power outage.

Firefighters on Thursday collected the bodies of 12 people, including nine of African origin and three Algerians, after they were swept away in the flood.

The nationality of the 13 foreigners of African origin was not reported.

At least 10 people have been killed after flash floods hit several regions of Iran, state television said on Saturday.

Six people died on Friday in Pakdasht, a city southeast of Tehran, when they attempted to have a picnic by the side of a river which then burst its banks, it said.

And in Iran's southern Hormozgan, four people including two children were also killed by flooding on Friday. State television said they had gathered next to a river to watch the flooding when they were swept away.

Authorities have warned people to keep away from rivers after flooding was reported in 10 provinces across Iran.

N. Korean leader 'relieved' by flood recovery effort
Seoul (AFP) Sept 18, 2015 - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has declared himself free from "all cares and worries" after inspecting a city inundated by flash floods that killed 40 people and damaged thousands of homes.

State media reported Friday that Kim had undertaken a tour of Rason after suffering sleepless nights worrying about the residents of the northeast special economic zone where the borders of North Korea, Russia and China converge.

"He could feel relieved only after looking round the scenes of recovery," the North's official KCNA news agency reported.

"I feel freed from all cares and worries," Kim was quoted as saying after inspecting the temporary and new housing being constructed for those left homeless by last month's floods.

KCNA did not specify the date of the visit.

While the news agency devoted much of its report to Kim's state of mind, it offered scant detail of the actual impact of the flooding.

It reported repairs to the houses of "thousands" of families and the temporary restoration of power, telecommunications and railway networks.

According to the International Federation of the Red Cross, the floods -- triggered by torrential rains whipped up by Typhoon Goni -- killed 40 people, and affected 11,000 others.

Decades of deforestation have left North Korea extremely vulnerable to floods.

During his visit Kim urged those leading the recovery effort to wrap up their work before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party on October 10.

Pyongyang is planning a massive military parade for the anniversary and has been banging its nationalist drums even louder than usual in the run-up to the event.

It has also hinted at a satellite rocket launch, despite warnings from the US and others that any such move would be seen as a disguised ballistic missile test and trigger fresh sanctions.

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