(Washington Post) Prince William county residents are upset about the recent 15% budget cut proposed this week. Libraries, schools, and nonprofits will experience major cuts; two libraries are expected to close completely. Nineteen nonprofit groups and organizations will face a 15% decrease, including a shelter called SERVE (Securing Emergency Resources through Volunteer Efforts) that has helped many homeless people get back on their feet. Total cuts to schools and general funds will amount to $38 million. There will be another public hearing on Monday, and the final budget will be decided on April 27.
(EarthTimes) Niger is expected to face “severe food crisis” due to sporadic precipitation. According to UN humanitarian groups, more than 1.5 million people in Niger will experience malnutrition by the end of the year if international aid does not arrive quickly. Droughts have hindered grain production in Niger, and rural inhabitants are moving to urban areas because of water depletion. As an underdeveloped country with approximately half of its population “food insecure,” Niger needs aid as soon as possible. Niger’s government requested aid on March 10.
(InTheNews.co.uk) In Brazil, however, rain is proving extremely dangerous; rescue workers report 153 deaths so far after severe rainfall that began Monday. Aid workers are trying their best to recover bodies and save lives, but the situation is disastrous. The landslide killed people in Rio de Janeiro instantly, according to officials. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva reported to local radio that the rain is “the worst in Rio’s history.” He further said, “All we can do is pray to God to hold back the rains a little, so that Rio can return to normal.”