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Massive wildfire erupts in Turkey

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A massive wildfire erupted in four different locations in Turkey’s southern province of Antalya, a popular destination for foreign tourists, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli said.

“Unfortunately, wind conditions, low humidity and other factors are helping the fire spread. There are all kinds of reasons for fuelling the fire right now,” the Minister told reporters in Antalya’s Manavgat district on Wednesday.

Winds of up to 50 km an hour were fanning the flames and the smoke affected 53 people, Pakdemirli said, adding that an investigation has been launched to find out the cause of the blaze, reports Xinhua news agency.

TV footage showed fire fighters are dumping water from helicopters on the burning buildings, but the flames have not been under control yet.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes as the forest fire is fanned by strong winds.

The flames reached residential areas, but there was nothing to worry about in tourism areas, Manavgat Mayor Sukru Sozen said.

“We are experiencing an unprecedented fire. There is no casualty at the moment, but we do not have clear information,” said Manavgat District Governor Mustafa Yigit, noting that isolated people from the villages are possibly injured.

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India reports below 20K new Covid cases for 2nd straight day

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 The daily Covid tally in India remained below 20,000-mark for the second consecutive day with 18,795 new cases registered in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry’s data released on Tuesday morning stated.

The country registered 19,859 cases on Monday, which was the first time after over 200 days when Covid cases were reported below the 20,000-mark.

India has been reporting daily cases between 30,000 to 35,000 daily for the last few weeks, however, with improvement in Covid situation in Kerala which has been reporting around 15,000 cases daily, the number of Covid cases have come down.

Karala registered 11,699 new Covid cases on Monday.

The country’s active caseload further dropped to 2,92,206, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data.

With 179 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, India’s total Covid fatalities rose to 4,47,373.

So far, 3,36,97,581 people have been infected in the country, of which 32,9,58,002 have recovered, according to the ministry’s report.

A steady slowdown in the rest of the country has brought the number of active Covid-19 cases below the 3-lakh mark for the first time in six months.

Only five states — Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Mizoram — are currently reporting more than 1,000 cases every day. In three states — Bihar, Rajasthan and Jharkhand, and union territories — Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, and also Chandigarh — the active case count has fallen below 100.

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Maharashtra: Bus with 8 passengers washed away in flooded river

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 A State Transport inter-district bus with at least eight passengers on board was washed away as it was crossing a bridge on a flooded river in Umerkhed, here on Tuesday morning.

Apparently ignoring warnings by locals, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) Nanded-Nagpur bus drove ahead in the flood waters which had submerged the bridge.

Barely had it gone a few metres, the bus got trapped in the powerful water currents, the driver lost control and the vehicle with the passengers toppled into the river.

Almost sunk to the roof, it was pulled ahead several metres by angry river water before it got stuck in a fallen tree trunk.

At least four of the passengers managed to clamber onto the roof of the bus, bobbing dangerously in the swirling river and three were rescued by the villagers.

“We have launched a search and rescue operation to trace and save the other victims,” said Employment Guarantee Minister Sandipanrao Bhumre, who is the Guardian Minister of Yavatmal.

Top district police officials, ST officers and fire brigade teams have rushed to help the rescue efforts along with youths from surrounding villages.

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Bharat Bandh peaceful in Maharashtra, evokes mixed response

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Maharashtra witnessed a mixed response to the 10-hour-long Bharat Bandh called by Samyukta Kisan Morcha having support of all non-BJP parties, here on Monday.

While the SKM action elicited fair to good participation in the semi-rural and rural areas, the response ranged from dull to negligible in semi-urban or urban centres of the state but remained peaceful all over with tight police deployment.

Large number of farmers, labourers and political activists came out in huge numbers in districts like Thane, Palghar, Nashik, Nandurbar, Dhule, Pune, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Solapur and others, but in most urban centres like Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, life was near-normal.

The SKM leaders and organisers said that while the Bharat Bandh was total in Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Kerala and others states with a complete shutdown, it got extensive support in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarkhand, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh.

Farmers were supported in the nationwide agitation, trade unions, women, youth and students’ organisations plus almost all major non-BJP parties across the country, with educational institutions, some government and private offices, wholesale or retail markets and other bodies remaining closed.

The SKM said that the Bharat Bandh passes off peacefully in Maharashtra and rest of India with no reports of any violence or untoward incidents, and the organisers appealed not to inconvenience the common public or disrupt essential supplies in any manner.

Top leaders like Balbir Singh Rajewal, Dr Darshan Pal, Gurnam Singh Chaduni, Hannan Mollah, Jagjit Singh Dallewal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Shivkumar Sharma, Yudhvir Singh, Yogendra Yadav, Dr Ashok Dhawale, Dr Ajit Nawale and others led the agitation in different parts of the country.

Maharashtra’s ruling alliance partners Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress leaders also came out in full support of the agitation in Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and other cities.

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