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Over 1,000 evacuated in New Zealand wildfire
 

Wellington, Feb 16: A wildfire has destroyed at least 11 homes and forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 people in New Zealand’s Christchurch city, authorities said on Thursday. Around 450 homes were officially evacuated on Thursday morning.

A state of emergency was declared in the South Island city and neighbouring Selwyn district late Wednesday as two blazes that had been smouldering for days merged into a single giant fire-front, the New Zealand Herald daily reported.

The emergency claimed the life of a decorated army pilot, David Steven Askin, who was killed on Tuesday when his helicopter crashed while tackling the blaze.

John Mackie, the civil defence controller for Christchurch, said about 130 firefighters on the ground, assisted by more than a dozen helicopters, had stopped the fire from encroaching further into the city. Prime Minister Bill English took a helicopter flight over the disaster zone and said the blazes may have been deliberately lit.

“I’ve only had a very brief description of the fire starting in two places at about the same time, which to me looks suspicious,” he told reporters.

He stressed that the investigations were continuing. Christchurch City Council said more than 1,800 hectares of land had been torched in the Port Hills, an area of rugged terrain difficult to access to the east of the city centre. An “evacuation housing” Facebook page was established to offer support to those who have been forced to flee the flames. Hundreds of people quickly flooded the social media page offering beds, blankets and home baking. The fire “compromised properties” in the Worsley, Hoon Hay Valley and Kennedys Bush roads, and streets in the vicinity of Longhurst Terrace in Cashmere. (IANS)

       
Maximum
 
Minimum
 
Guwahati
27.0oC
22.0oC
Dibrugarh
22.0oC
20.0oC
Shillong
15.0oC
13.0oC
Imphal
25.7oC
6.9oC
Kohima
21.6oC
9.6oC
Itanagar
25.8oC
14.8oC
Rain/thundershowers is very likely to occur at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya and weather is most likely to remain dry over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura. No large change in minimum temperatures at most places over the region during next 24 hrs.
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Assam
 
Assam is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Dispur located in the city of Guwahati.
 
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Nagaland
 
Nagaland is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Kohima. located in the Guwahati city.
 
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Mizoram
 
Mizoram is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Aizwal. located in the Guwahati city.
 
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Meghalaya
 
Meghalaya is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Shillong. located in the Guwahati.
 
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Manipur is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Imphal.
 
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Tripura is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Agartala.
 
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Arunachal Pradesh is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Itanagar.
 
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