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Top photos: Keralites gear up for Onam celebrations; back to school shopping rush in stores; flash floods ravage Afghanistan

Research: Mohammad Thanweeruddin/Khaleej Times

Published on August 28, 2020 at 13.23

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Indian expats from Kerala buy flowers to adorn their houses with pookkalam (floral patterns) ahead of the grand Onam festival on Monday. - Photo by Juidin Bernarrd
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Cars queue up in large numbers for a drive thru Covid test in Dubai's City Walk area on Thursday, August 27. Photo by Neeraj Murali/KT
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Shoppers purchased school supplies at Lulu Hypermarket, Al Wahda mall in Abu Dhabi ahead of the school reopening. Photo: Ryan Lim/Khaleej Times
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An aircraft approaches the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, as the sun rises. With more and more tourists coming back from vacation rising numbers over Covid-19 infections are expected all over Germany. Photo: AP
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Angela, a 7-month-old gorilla, sits with her mother N'djia during the reopening of the Los Angeles Zoo following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Los Angeles, California, US. Photo: Reuters
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The Empire State Building sits behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City, lit in purple and gold as part of the "Forward Into Light" initiative to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women's constitutional right to vote, as seen from Bayonne, New Jersey. Buildings and landmarks across the country will light up in purple and gold as part of the Commissionís nationwide Forward into Light Campaign, named in honor of the historic suffrage slogan, "Forward through the Darkness, Forward into Light." Photo: AFP
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This aerial photo taken shows high school students taking part in a military education and training session ahead of the new semester in Yongzhou in China's central Hunan province. Photo: AFP
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A woman wearing a face mask looks at the nishiki-goi carp fish in a display aquarium titled "Earth Aquarium" during a press preview of the 2020 Art Aquarium exhibition of 30,000 goldfish in Tokyo. Photo: AFP
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Lyon's French defender Wendie Renard celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Women's Champions League semi-final football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao. Photo: AFP
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An aerial view shows imported vehicles damaged at the port of Beirut in the August 4 massive explosion that caused severe damage across swathes of the Lebanese capital, killed at least 181 people, injured more than 6,500 and left scores of people homeless. Photo: AFP
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A young villager retrieves belongings from the debris of houses after a flash flood affected the area at Sayrah-e-Hopiyan in Charikar, Parwan province. The death toll from flash floods that swept through an Afghan city climbed to 100 on August 26, officials said, as rescue workers searched for survivors in the rubble of collapsed houses. Photo: AFP
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Residents run from a stun grenade thrown by a member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) outside the SAPS offices in Eldorado Park, near Johannesburg, during a protest by community members after a 16-year old boy was reported dead. Photo: AFP
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Migrants onboard the Sea-Watch 4 civil sea rescue ship pray on the ship off the coast of Malta. The Sea-Watch 4 is seeking for a safe harbour for its passengers. Within 48 hours, the crew of the Sea-Watch 4 has rescued more than 200 people. Photo: AFP
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People carry their belongings while walking in a street flooded by the waters from the Niger river that flooded in the Kirkissoye neighbourhood in Niamey. Photo: AFP
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Capitol One Bank Tower is seen with its windows blown out in the downtown area after Hurricane Laura passed through in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Hurricane Laura slammed into the southern US state of Louisiana Thursday and the monster category 4 storm prompted warnings of "unsurvivable" ocean surges and evacuation orders for hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said "extremely dangerous" Laura would bring winds of 150 miles per hour (240 kilometers per hour) and "destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage" to Louisiana and Texas. Photo: AFP
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Musician Paul Jones plays Beatles songs to the audience in the Cavern Club as it reopens to the public with live music to host their annual 'Beatleweek' celebration of music by The Beatles in Liverpool, north west England. The renowned underground live music venue first opened in 1957 and was instrumental in forging their early careers of several major bands including The Beatles who performed there on 292 occasions. Photo: AFP
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Women look at a Jackson Pollock painting as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) reopens its doors to the public in New York, after being closed since March 12, 2020 due to Covid-19. Photo: AFP
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A family wade through a flooded area during a heavy monsoon rain in Yar Mohammad village near Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistan's military said it will deploy rescue helicopters to Karachi to transport some 200 families to safety after canal waters flooded the city amid monsoon rains. Photo: AP
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Protesters gesture with five fingers, signifying the "Five demands - not one less" outside a court during a protest in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police arrested 16 people, including two opposition lawmakers, on Wednesday on charges related to anti-government protests last year. Photo: AP
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A woman rows her boat on Dal Lake during rains, in Srinagar. The incessant rains continued in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir for the third consecutive day. Photo: PTI
 
 
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