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From: St Osmunds
Over 2.8 million people across 9 African countries have been deeply affected by catastrophic rainfalls over the last few weeks.  Dozens of people have been killed across central and eastern Africa after heavy rains triggered landslides and caused rivers to burst their banks. Kenya has most casualties: 130 people have died there and 250 across the region. On the other side of the Congo river at least 50,000 people were affected by the downpours, prompting the Congo-Brazzaville government to declare a state of emergency. Heavy rains and landslides have also killed dozens across the wider east African region during weeks of downpours, with 29 buried by landslides in Kenya and 10 people drowned in a river in Tanzania, officials have said. In Uganda it's also really bad with many villages flushed away. While there can still be some rain falling in January and February, the next rainy season is March to May. In Kenya typically the short rains occur in late October early November, but this amount of water is highly unusual and a consequence of Climate Change. in 2016 and 2017 the "long rains" of March - May failed entirely and the whole region suffered a massive drought. Weather experts from the UK Environment Agency said: “The rains this season have been enhanced by a phenomenon called the Indian Ocean Dipole which, when positive, can cause a rise in water temperatures in the Indian Ocean of up to 2C. This leads to higher evaporation rates off the East African coastline and this water then falls inland.” A relief worker from CARE International said: "Many of the people affected by this flooding are also the same that were affected by the terrible droughts earlier this year that left over 3 million people in food insecurity". It's important we do remember how real the changes of weather patters are. Scientists even say that extreme weather events will be the new normal if warming continues at its present rate. Floods: tips to remember (Source : The UK Environment Agency) 15cm (6in) of fast-flowing water can knock over an adult and about 60cm (2ft) of water can move a car Avoid walking or driving through flood water Move your family upstairs or to a high place with a means of escape Do not touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water Put plugs in sinks and baths Weigh belongings down with a sandbag or a heavy object Flood water can contain sewage, chemicals and animal waste so wash your hands thoroughly if you touch it. By Lara  
From: Barnes
On the 24 of October Arsenal avoided a shock defeat to the Portugese team Vitoria Guimaraes. After ten minutes of domination Vitoria scored through old Tottenham Academy prospect, Marcus Edwards. 22 minutes later Arsenal equilised through Martinelli! 4 minutes later guess which team scored? It was Vitoria. So at half time the score was 2-1 to Vitoria! As the clock ticked, chances were coming and both teams had been lacking their shooting boots until Nicolas Pepe was brought on for Maitland Niles. And in the 80th minute Pepe scored a screamer of a free kick so it was 2-2. It was the last minute of stopage time and Dani Cellabos had just been fouled and then Pepe got ready to take, he started his run up and curled into the top corner which made it 3-2.
From: Barnes
Is it not awesome that the 22 year old, Simone Biles has won another gold medal at the World Gymnastics Championship? She is now creating history for herself! The 22-year-old says it means the world to her knowing that she has officially become famous, winning the 5th womens all around title in Stuttgart in Germany. This means she has become the first women to win the finals on the beam and floor; Is that not really amazing? Not only has the amazing gymnast won her 5th womens title, she also broke the world medal record. This means she has got the most medals ever, winning over 25 of them! Although Simone got off to a bad start at the Rio Olympics loosing her balance and falling off the beam, she still won Bronze medals and did not come down from having the worlds medal record. Never mind! Simone still won with the best bar routine ever, scoring a massive 15.066 on the beam. You may think that is not much but actually it is a great success! As well as all of this, Simone - to show off her talent even more - has just performed an incredible move on a tennis pitch before starting the game... she performed a triple back flip!    
From: Barnes
Now we're just waiting for the final. The semi finals saw Netherland's win 1-0 against Sweden. The goal was in the 99 minute{in extra time} by Groenen! England went out 1-2 against the favourites USA. Carly Press made it one nil to USA. Nine minutes later Ellen White made it one all. Then Alex Morgan made it 2-1.England had a goal disallowed and missed a penalty in the eighty second minute but had their heads held high. Sadly they couldn't win the third place play off against Sweden. Earlier,the USA's group was decided with the table set like this.1.USA 2.Sweden 3.Chile 4.Thailand and the fixtures go like this.  USA 13-0 Thailand and Sweden 2-0 Chile.Match Day 2. Sweden 5-1 Thailand and USA 3-0 Chile.Match day 3.USA 2-0 Sweden and Chile 2-o Thailand. Round of 16.Sweden 1-o Canada and USA 2-1 Spain.Thailand and Chile are out. My school did a World Cup draw and my class got Australia and Netherlands. With the Netherlands in the final we still have hope.