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China's Hunan sees big growth in passenger EV exports******
CHANGSHA, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's Hunan Province exported 951 passenger electric vehicles (EV) in the first three quarters of 2021, more than doubling the figure in the same period last year, local customs authorities said on Friday.
The exports included small passenger vehicles and buses that can hold more than 10 people.
Europe and Latin America were the main export destinations for Hunan's passenger EVs during the period, according to the customs bureau in Changsha, the provincial capital. Enditem
Death toll in Philippine typhoon climbs to 208, 52 missing******
The death toll from Typhoon Rai that lashed the Philippines last week has climbed to 208, a spokesperson for the police said on Monday, adding that 52 more remain missing.。
However, Philippine National Police spokesperson Colonel Roderick Alba only provided details of the reported 29 deaths caused by Typhoon Rai, the 15th and the most destructive typhoon to hit the Southeast Asian country this year.。
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported only 58 deaths on Monday. Only four of the 58 are confirmed. The agency also reported that 18 people were missing.。
Bohol in the central Philippines is one of the hardest-hit by Typhoon Rai. Bohol Governor Arthur Yap said on Monday that 94 people died in his province alone, while at least 18 more are missing.。
The NDRRMC said close to 1 million people have been affected by the typhoon, including 442,424 displaced residents.。
The NDRRMC said the initial estimate of damage to agriculture is 118.28 million pesos (2.4 million US dollars) and 225.17 million pesos (roughly 4.5 million US dollars) worth of infrastructure.。
On Thursday afternoon, the typhoon first slammed into Siargao Island, off the eastern coast on Mindanao island in the southern Philippines.。
Rai lashed the Philippines for three days, causing flooding and landslides and leaving a trail of destruction in the central and southern Philippines region, including some areas in the main Luzon island.。
"We are still assessing the damage, but it is huge. The typhoon leveled the entire community to the ground, no electricity, water, and food," said Defense Secretary and NDRRMC Chairman Delfin Lorenzana.。
He said the government is now addressing the food, water, and medical care of those injured.。
"I have directed the armed forces to deploy all available assets such as ships, boats, aircraft, and trucks to bring relief goods to the stricken areas and the deployment of troops if necessary," Lorenzana said.。
Meanwhile, NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal said 29 foreign nationals have been evacuated from Siargao Island, famous for surfing. "The tourists have been identified, and they are in good condition," he added.。
France to deploy 500 soldiers in Romania amid Ukraine crisis******
France will deploy 500 soldiers in Romania within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) framework, French daily Le Figaro reported Saturday, citing General Thierry Burkhard, chief of staff of the French Armed Forces.
"NATO has decided to reinforce its presence, to send a very clear sign of strategic solidarity, to position forces in Romania," General Burkhard told the press late Friday night.
"We will deploy around 500 men, with armored vehicles, combat vehicles, to provide support to Romania," said Burkhard.
He added that the French military presence will also continue in Estonia, maintaining "around 200 to 250 soldiers with armored vehicles" being the alpine hunters used to fight in mountains and cold weather conditions.
Moreover, he said France will also proceed to deploy "four hunters and Mirage 2000" in Estonia. The Mirage 200 is the single-engine fourth-generation jet fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation.
In a letter written to the French National Assembly on Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that France will make additional commitments within the framework of NATO "to protect the soil of Baltic and Romanian allies."