October 31, Monday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Mr. Yamaguchi Hiroaki

October 31, Monday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Mr. Yamaguchi Hiroaki

1.Ukraine is rushing to repair central heating infrastructure damaged or destroyed by Russian attacks to prepare for the full-fledged start of winter. Russian shelling hit the roof of a boiler house in the city of Irpin near the capital Kyiv during fierce fighting in the early stages of the invasion. Most of its windows were shattered. The damage has largely been mended, with workers now engaged in a finishing painting process.
2.Brazil’s election board says leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has won Sunday’s presidential runoff election. The 77-year-old former president beat right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in a close race. The board says that with 99.1 percent of the ballots counted, Lula garnered 50.84 percent, compared with Bolsonaro’s 49.16 percent. The election focused on how to rebuild the Brazilian economy, which has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic.
3.The South Korean media are questioning whether authorities could have anticipated that more than 100,000 people would gather in Seoul’s Itaewon district for Halloween. At least 154 people, many of them youths, died on Saturday night in a massive crowd surge in the popular entertainment district. Two Japanese women are among the victims.