BBC informed that mudslides due to heavy rains and flooding kill 13 people in California, USA. 163 people have been hospitalized. 20 complained of storm-related injuries, while four others were critically wounded. 300 people have been trapped at Romero Canyon in Santa Barbara.
Police sources described the scene as a First World War battlefield. “This has weakened the foundation of houses and caused major property devastation due to the mudflow,” mentioned Mike Eliason, a spokesman at County fire department in Santa Barbara.
CNN reported that 101 freeways in Santa Barbara and Montecito will be closed in the next 48 hours as a safety measure. Mandatory evacuations for 26,000 have been conducted in Goleta, Carpentaria, Montecito and other parts of the region. The area was also affected recently by Thomas Fire, a wildfire. Gina De Pinto, a spokeswoman for the country mentioned.
A 14-year-old girl was rescued from her Montecito home by firefighters. She was trapped for hours around wooden debris. It is impossible to trace any roads or housing in the locality due to the mud and debris. The storm happened around 3 am early morning. The sheriff received 600 rescue plea telephone calls from the area.
Sources – BBC, CNN
A deadly fire at a bar and restaurant in Bengaluru has led to the demise of five people. The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning at around 2.30 am. The accident took place at Kailash Bar and Restaurant, an establishment in Kumbaara Sangha building in Kalasipalya.
The fire and emergency services were notified by passers-by when they saw smoke coming out of the restaurant. A fire rescue vehicle and two fire tenders were immediately sent to the location where they doused the fire and recovered the five dead bodies.
Officials have reported that the possible cause of the deaths was asphyxiation. The deceased have been identified as Prasad, 20, Swami, 23, Mahesh, 35, (all three natives of Tumakuru), Keerthi, 24, a native of Mandya and Manjunath, 45 a native of Hassan.
The cause of the fire is still undetermined. Police official MN Anucheth gave a statement saying that the fire department is still in the process of assessing the damage caused to the building. Only after the inspection is complete will an official cause be revealed.
He also stated that the department is speaking to witnesses to gather more information. The police have filed a case of criminal negligence against the owner of the bar who is currently absconding.
Abu Dujana, a 27 year old Laskar-e-Taiba commander was slewed in a combat with security forces and militants on Tuesday. He was shot in Hakripora village, Pulwama district of Kashmir.
The Hindustan Times reported that he is a native of Gilgit-Baltistan locality, situated in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. He has been the militant of foreign origin who had the most prolonged living period. He also had been awarded 15 Lakhs, as prize money for the 12 militant attacks. The internet services of the region have been disconnected as a defensive directive. “He has been in the forefront for many attacks in the region and the most wanted militant,” informed SP Vaid, the Director General of Police.
CNN-News 18 stated that the operation began as early as 4:30 am, Tuesday morning. The firing between the two groups sustained till 9:30 am. Dujana and his aide, Arif were killed after security forces set their house on fire. Dujana is listed as a terrorist in the A++ category. He killed eight CRPF personnel in Pampore and two policemen in Anantnag this June.
Intelligence agencies were alerted when Dujana was in the district to meet his wife. He attended the funeral of Burhan Wani, the then Commander of Hizbul Mujahideen. Abu Ismail, his close associate, has been named as his successor.
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