Wednesday, August 15, 2018
News

Death toll in California wildfire rises to 29

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

California [U.S.A.] | October 13, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Death toll in the wildfire that swept through northern California, has reached 29 as hundreds of firefighters are still battling the flames in multiple areas of the region.

"We're not even close to being out of this emergency," CNN quoted Mark Ghilarducci, the director of California's Office of Emergency Services, as saying.

Wildfires raging across broad swaths of northern California have hospitalised hundreds, and charred about 170,000 acres of land, damaged or destroyed at least 3,500 structures and forced nearly 20,000 residents to evacuate, local media reports said.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, more than 2,700 firefighters and support personnel are battling the fires.

Authorities were concerned about new Red Flag warnings that said winds were going to pick up this week.

The wildfire, driven by powerful winds, tore through Northern California on Monday, forcing evacuations and destroying structures in their path.

Officials expect the death toll to rise and the high winds in the coming days could complicate efforts to contain fires.

The Trump administration has also approved a federal disaster declaration for California in response to wildfires.

The House of Representatives on Thursday announced a $36.5 billion disaster aid package to help victims struggling to recover from a string of devastating hurricanes and wildfires.

Earlier, California Governor Jerry Brown had requested federal assistance to combat the deadly fires and had also declared an emergency in eight counties, including Napa and Sonoma.

The Department of Homeland Security has said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency immediately agreed to the state's request for federal funds to help fight many of the fires. (ANI)

Loading...
 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
MORE WORLD NEWS
S.Korea's Moon says he hopes for progres...
25 killed, 35 injured in suicide attack ...
German, Turkish ministers to meet before...
Autostrade execs resist calls to quit ov...
300 priests accused of abusing thousands...
Pentagon spokeswoman under probe for ret...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Shutdown in Kashmir valley...
Tripura CM reiterates his pledge to make...
Bengal celebrates 72nd anniversary of In...
China finance ministry sets minimum loca...
Modi says women officers to get permanen...
KCR seeks fresh mandate for 'golden Tela...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Gutka worth Rs 11.56 seized in Than... 
I-Day celebrated by Bhiwandi sex wo... 
Dozens killed in Afghanistan attack... 
New fuel rules push shipowners to g... 
Britain's RBS adds dividend appeal,... 
ECR rain services cancelled, short ... 
Yogi orders arrest of murderers of ... 
PM speaks to Kerala CM on floods, D...