More than half a million people in the Philippines have fled from a powerful typhoon in one of the world`s biggest peacetime evacuations, as the storm threatens to wreak more destruction on areas still bearing the scars of a super typhoon 13 months ago.
Carrying out their evacuation spree, several hundred marooned people were flown out of flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir today, as Air India mounted 21 flights between Jammu, Srinagar and Leh to carry military personnel for aiding rescue and relief operations.
In view of easing of flood threat, following assurance from Nepal that accumulated water in Bhote Kosi will be released in a regulated manner, Bihar on Tuesday decided to halt evacuation process in Supaul, Madhepura and Saharsa but the alert remained in force.
In the first phase of evacuation of Keralite nurses from strife-torn Libya, 50 of them are expected to be moved to Tunisia by road tomorrow as per the plan worked out by the Ministry of External Affairs.
Terming the evacuation of stranded Indians from strife-torn Iraq as a "big challenge" for the Union government, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said he hoped the Centre would do everything to bring them back from the Gulf nation safely.
The first batch of 500 Indians, mostly students, are leaving violence-hit Ukrainian city of Lugansk to Kyiv Tuesday as India made arrangements to evacuate close to 1000 of its nationals from that city, the biggest such exercise after thousands of Indians were evacuated from Libya in 2011.
A wildfire roaring through Southern California forced evacuation orders for more than 20,000 homes, but so far only one mobile home burned as a high-pressure system brought unseasonable heat and gusty winds to the parched state.