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Hurricane Irma passes through British overseas territory; Turks and Caicos Islands, leaving a trail of destruction.  At least 14 people have been confirmed dead as the top rated category 5 hurricane hit the area for the first time. Around 500,000 people have been told to flee south Florida as Irma makes its arrival on Sunday. Winds have reached at least 175 mph, but have since slightly moderated to 165. So far 1.2 million people have been affected but this could rise to 26 million due to concerns that disease could spread rapidly in areas where drinking water and sanitation services have broken down. Irma is predicted to move towards the Bahamas today, then Cuba before hitting Florida at the weekend. The group of Islands Turks and Caicos, has a population of just 35,000 and one witness stated that the drop in pressure could be felt in people’s chests. There are widespread blackouts in some areas, flooded streets and homes destroyed with thousands cut off from the world and they are expecting an inundation from both rainfall as well as a storm surge. Thousands of tourists have already been evacuated from exposed coastal resorts in Cuba and so far Britain, France and the Netherlands have sent ships, rescue teams and emergency supplies to areas that have already been hit. These efforts however are being hampered due to damage to airports and harbours. Irma is due to hit Florida on Sunday as a category four hurricane; if you look at the sheer size of the storm from satellite pictures it’s wider than the entire state and could cause major and life-threatening impacts coast to coast. Roads and airports have been jammed as thousands try to evacuate, and there have been reports of fuel shortages with gridlock on the roads. In the airports many tourists remain stranded as flights are suspended. (Source – BBC)

8.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off the southern coast of Mexico. Mexico’s president has described it as the strongest to hit in a century and so far it has killed at least six people. The earthquake struck in an area of the Pacific about 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan and could be felt a far as Texas. A Tsunami warning was issued for Mexico with three-metre-high waves possible and the threat continued for El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica, but at lower wave levels.

The quake caused buildings to sway in Mexico City; with tremors 1,000km from the epicentre reported to have lasted up to a minute. Severe damage has so far been reported in southern Mexico and in Western Guatemala. Locals have also said a hospital in the area of Juchitan collapsed and there were a number of deaths in the city. More than a dozen aftershocks ranging from 4.3 to 5.7 in magnitude have been recorded closer to the Mexican coast and a possibility of more. (Source – BBC)

 13 year old has helped a record eight different people through organ donation. NHS blood and transplant data from 2012 at Bristol Royal Hospital for children shows Jemima Layzell as the only recorded donor in the UK whose solid organs have been transplanted into 8 different people. The discovery was made as staff went through records for donors who had helped the most. A typical donation usually results in 2.6 transplants.  

In total, Jemima’s heart, small bowel, pancreas, both kidneys, both lungs and her liver was split and transplanted into two people. The eight recipients included five children from different parts of the country. Jemima’s mother discussed how a couple of weeks before her death, she had a conversation with her daughter about organ donation, which had been prompted by a death of someone they knew in a car crash. Jemima collapsed with a brain aneurysm and died four days later.

A tragic story, the decision was one that did not come lightly – her family described it as very hard but Jemima understood the importance of it and they knew she was in favour of it. Jemima’s mother said that everyone wants their child to be special and unique and that this, amongst other things makes them very proud. (Source – The Telegraph) 

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