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10/24/05 World News: Hurricane Wilma Hits Florida


The U.S. state of Florida is being hit with heavy rain and wind from Hurricane Wilma, which earlier killed at least 19 people in the Caribbean and Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Wilma is now a Category Three storm with sustained winds of more than 200 kilometers an hour. Traveling at 32 kilometers an hour, the center of the storm should land near the Florida city of Naples later this (Monday) morning.

World health officials are gathering in Canada today (Monday) to coordinate a global response to the threat of bird flu. The two-day meeting in Ottawa brings together health ministers and senior officials from 29 countries and heads of international agencies.

China's capital is stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of bird flu to humans.
Official state media said today (Monday) that inspectors are being sent to farms, homes and markets around Beijing to enforce disease prevention controls.

The Asian Development Bank says it will give Cambodia $18 million for drinking and sanitation projects. The Bank says the projects will help people living around the Tonle Sap river basin.

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