energy hub, whose metropolitan area has an economy comparable with Argentina‘s. At least 44 people were dead or feared dead in six counties including and around Houston, officials said. Another 19 remained missing. Some 779,000 Texans have been told to leave their homes and another 980,000 fled voluntarily amid dangers of new flooding from swollen rivers and reservoirs, according to Department of Homeland Security acting secretary Elaine Duke. Tens of thousands crowded in evacuation centers across the region. A group of people carry supplies through flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in Port Arthur, Texas, U.S. August 31, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif As floods began to recede in Houston, firefighters on Thursday began conducting a house-by-house search to rescue stranded survivors and recover bodies as some residents began to return to their homes to assess the damage. Seventy percent of Harris County, which encompasses Houston and has a population of about 4.6 million people, was covered with 18 inches (45 cm) or more of water, county officials said. As signs of normal life returned to the city, the nation’s fourth most populous, there were also concerns about health risks from bacteria and pollutants in floodwater. The Houston Astros baseball team, forced to play away from the city due to the floods, will return and play at its home field on Saturday.
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Kenya bans making, importing plastic bags; may fine $38,000 A group of women sort out used plastic bags for re-use at the shores of a river in Nairobi. Concern is growing over widespread plastic waste that is threatening marine life – with conservative yearly estimates of $13 billion in financial damage to marine ecosystems. | Photo Credit: AFP A ban on making and importing plastic bags has come into force in Kenya and those found in violation of the ban could be fined up to $38,000. Thin plastic shopping bags litter the streets of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. They have created towering piles at dump sites. Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mauritania and Malawi are among the countries that have adopted or announced such bans. Some 100 million plastic bags are handed out every year in Kenya by supermarkets alone, according to the UN Environmental Programme. The Kenyan government says the bags harm the environment, block sewers and don’t decompose. Manufacturers have said the ban will cost jobs.
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