Anthony Albanese visits Ukraine, heavy rain hits New South Wales, shooting occurs in Copenhagen

Good morning. It’s Monday, July 4, 2022 and here’s a roundup of the latest news.

Anthony Albanese visits Ukraine

Australia has pledged continued support for Ukraine in its fight against Russian forces.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, along with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, visited the devastated cities near Kyiv.

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Mr. Albanese announced that Australia would provide 34 additional armored vehicles and ban the import of Russian gold; and impose sanctions and travel bans on an additional 16 Russian ministers and oligarchs, bringing the total number of Russians targeted by Australia to 843.

“Today in Bucha I saw clear evidence of a war crime. People must be held accountable for their actions,” Mr. Albanese said.

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“Australia stands ready to continue to support the government and people of Ukraine as long as Ukraine is victorious in defending its national sovereignty and its homeland. Because you are fighting for the international rule of law.”
Australia will also supply 14 more armored personnel carriers and 20 Bushmaster vehicles.

Mr. Albanese’s visit is a trip home from Paris.

Thousands evacuated due to flooding in New South Wales

Thousands of people have been asked to evacuate or prepare to evacuate due to new flooding with dangerous conditions across much of New South Wales.

Areas stretching from Newcastle to the South Coast to Oberon inland are at risk, but the Hawkesbury-Neping area in western Sydney is particularly prone to flooding.

Flooded road with people waiting

Local residents rescue furniture from a flood-threatened home in Camden, southwest Sydney, Sunday, July 3, 2022. (AAP Image / Mick Tsikas) Source: A MONKEY / MICK TIKAS / AAPIMAGE

A flood warning has been issued for parts of the Emu Plain in Western Sydney, and residents in affected areas have been urged to evacuate.

The State Emergency Management Office responded to more than a thousand emergency calls over the weekend, sending dozens of rescue teams.
NSW Emergency Services Minister Steph Cook warned affected communities not to take their safety for granted.

“Please be empathetic and make the right decisions on behalf of yourself and your loved ones so as not to put your life or the lives of your loved ones and the lives of our emergency services volunteers at risk,” Ms Cook said.

The number of deaths from COVID-19 in Australia exceeded 10,000 people

Australia has recorded more than 10,000 deaths from COVID-19, with more than 70 percent of deaths reported in the past six months.

This is compared to 2021, when about 1,300 people died.

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The year before, there were 909 deaths.
Experts warn that the virus could become the second leading cause of death in Australia this year after heart disease.
Virologist Nigel McMillan of Griffith University says that if the current trend in COVID deaths continues, 14,000 people could die from the virus by the end of the year.
“At our current COVID-19 death rate, which is, for example, twice the current toll per day, we will reach about 14,000 deaths by the end of the year,” Mr. Griffith said.

“That would put COVID-19 in second or third place on the list of causes of death. This now puts COVID second only to coronary heart disease.”

The combination of successive Omicron sub-variants and the near-total absence of restrictions maintain a high infection rate.

Danish police arrest suspect in shooting

Danish police report suspect following the opening of fire in a shopping center in Copenhagen, several people died and several were injured.
Police hold a man in custody

View of police holding a man under arrest at the Filda shopping center in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Klaus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix via AP) Credit: Klaus Bech / AP

The suspected shooter is a 22-year-old Dane who was detained near the Fields shopping center – one of the largest in Scandinavia – on the southern outskirts of the capital.

Police in Copenhagen say it is not yet ruled out that the attack could be called terrorism, but the investigation is ongoing.

Floods continue to devastate Bangladesh and India

Flood waters have inundated much of Bangladesh and northeast India as authorities struggle to help more than nine and a half million people left without food or drinking water.
The floods also triggered landslides that killed dozens in the Indian state of Manipur, where rescuers are still looking for survivors.

Arvind Kumar Tivaris of the Central Police Reserve says even emergency personnel are not safe.

People walk through torrential monsoon rains in Rajasthan

People walk down a swampy street after heavy monsoon rain in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India on July 1, 2022. Source: ABACUS / ABACA / Pennsylvania

“For two or three days it rained continuously, and last night it rained heavily, which led to severe waterlogging.

“Water got into our service area, soldiers’ barracks and many other places.”

In neighboring Bangladesh, more than 100 people have died in the floods and another seven million have been left homeless.