NEW ZEALAND WILDFIRES WILL BURN FOR WEEKS
Fires that have ravaged New Zealand’s South Island over the last week could still be burning well into March, forcing up to 3,000 people to leave the Wakefield and Pigeon Valley areas.
New Zealand Civil Defence said in a statement on its website, The Pigeon Valley fire covers 2,300 hectares with a 25 km perimeter.
No deaths have been reported and but one home has been destroyed.
Early on Sunday, 155 firefighters were battling the blaze on the ground with air support from 23 helicopters and 3 fixed wing planes, making it the largest aerial firefight on record in New Zealand.
On Wednesday, authorities declared a state of emergency as the fires started on Monday and Tuesday and quickly spread.
DR CONGO EBOLA DEATH TOLL PASSES 500
More than 500 people have died from the latest outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, but a vaccination programme has prevented thousands more deaths.
The country’s health minister said on Friday, in total, there have been 502 deaths and 271 people cured.
But Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said that, for the first time, a vaccination programme had protected seventy six thousand, four hundred and twenty five people and prevented “thousands” of deaths.
He added, the teams also managed to contain the spread of the epidemic to neighbouring countries. However, the biggest problem is the high mobility of the population in the big cities.
The outbreak started last August in the North Kivu region, which borders Uganda and Rwanda.
BANGLADESH MAKES RECORD DRUGS HAUL
Bangladesh seized a record of 53 million metham-phetamine pills in 2018, up to 33 per cent in a year, amid a deadly nationwide crackdown on the trade.
According to authorities, nearly 300 suspected drug dealers were killed last year, who insisted the seizure figure was proof that their campaign was working.
The government Department of Narcotics Control said the drug —popularly known as ‘yaba’, a Thai word meaning ‘crazy medicine’ —was seized across the South Asian nation of 165 million people.
Masum-e-Rabbani, a senior official at the department, said the record haul was proof that a crackdown launched in May last year was yielding ‘positive’ results.
He said there has been a significant decline in the use and sale of yaba.