#5Things: New weather alert system launches in Durban, Diego Maradona dies, Sir David Attenborough quits IG, and more

#5Things: New weather alert system launches in Durban, Diego Maradona dies, Sir David Attenborough quits IG, and more

Darren, Keri, and Sky have got you covered with news from around the globe in #5Things.

Diego Maradona Argentina - AFP

1. Weather alert system launched to save lives by Ethekwini Municipality 

Ethekwini Municipality's new Forecast Early Warning System (FEWS) is set to give the city a proactive approach when dealing with heavy rain and other flood-related disasters. Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda launched FEWS last week at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. FEWS uses rain gauges and radar in catchment areas to monitor rain and seawater levels. More than 200 hotspots will be monitored.

2. Scotland becomes 1st country to make period products free

Politicians in Scotland have approved a new law to make period products free for everyone - making them the first country in the world to do so. There is now a legal duty on local authorities to ensure that free items such as tampons and sanitary pads are available to "anyone who needs them". 

3. Football legend Diego Maradona dies

Diego Maradona, one of the greatest football players of all time, has died aged 60. Maradona led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup and won league championships in Italy and at home, granting him the sort of iconic status normally reserved for war heroes. His wild swings in fortune came to personify the flux of his home nation.

Read more on this story here.

4. Megan Markle opens up about miscarriage 

The Duchess of Sussex, Megan Markle, has revealed that she had a miscarriage in July. In her article for The New York Times, Meghan describes losing a baby as "carrying an almost unbearable grief". The royal said she went to hospital with Prince Harry where she watched her husband's heartbreak as she held his hand. The article is entitled, 'The Losses We Share', and the Duchess goes on to talk about the importance of asking people if they are OK.

The full story is available here. 

5. Sir David Attenborough quits Instagram 

Sir David Attenborough has quit Instagram, exactly two months after he joined the platform. When he joined the social media platform back in September, he broke the record for the fastest user to reach one-million followers - taking him just four hours and 44 minutes to reach the milestone.

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