Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, July 30


DHAKA — Floods triggered by heavy seasonal rains and onrush of water from hills have continued unabated in parts of Bangladesh, leaving a trail of death, misery and destruction in their wake.

The ongoing floods caused widespread damage to habitation, crops, roads and highways across vast swathes of the country. According to the daily disaster situation report by the country’s National Disaster Response Coordination Center (NDRCC) under the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, 5,097,424 people were affected due to floods in 31 out of the country’s total 64 districts as of Thursday. (Bangladesh-Floods)

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SINGAPORE — Singapore and Malaysia held a joint ceremony Thursday to resume work on the cross-border Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link between Woodlands and Johor Baru.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin witnessed the ceremony, held at the international boundary line on the Causeway due to the travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Singapore-Malaysia-RTS)

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NEW DELHI — India’s health ministry Thursday morning said 775 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides fresh 52,123 positive cases, were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 34,968 and the total cases to 1,583,792.

This is the highest single day spike in terms of fresh COVID-19 cases in the country so far. On Wednesday morning, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country was 1,531,669, and the death toll 34,193. (India-COVID-19)

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MANILA — The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines surged to 89,374 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,954 new cases on Thursday, the largest single-day increase since the highly-infectious disease emerged in the country in January.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries further rose to 65,064 after it reported a record-high 38,075 new recoveries. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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