Oman sees reported fires increase by more than 10%

The coastline of Muscat, Oman. (Shutterstock)
Updated 03 January 2018
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Oman sees reported fires increase by more than 10%

DUBAI: The number of fires reported in Oman rose by 13 percent from 2015 to 2016 according to figures published by the National Center for Statistics (NCSI).

There were a total of 4,157 fires reported across the country in 2016, the report explained.

“1,100 fires broke out in residential houses, from a total of 4,157 fires around the Sultanate in 2016,” a NCSI statement was quoted as saying by the Times of Oman.

Of this total, the Public Authority for Civil Defense and Ambulance (PACDA) said 354 were farm fires due to the inappropriate disposal of agricultural waste – and that, the report added, was a problem that was still occurring.


Hero dog saves Indian family in flood-hit Kerala

Indian residents look at houses destroyed by flood waters at Kannappankundu in Kozhikode, in the Indian state of Kerala on August 10, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 14 August 2018
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Hero dog saves Indian family in flood-hit Kerala

  • Kerala, famed for its pristine palm-lined beaches and tea plantations, is battered by the monsoon every year but the rains have been particularly severe this season
  • More than a million foreign tourists visited Kerala last year

NEW DELHI: A family in the flood-ravaged Indian state of Kerala narrowly escaped death after their pet dog woke them up moments before a landslide destroyed their home, local media reported Monday.
Mohanan P. and his family were sleeping at home in the mountainous Idukki district when their pet dog started barking raucously at around 3:00 am, waking the household.
“That’s when we realized something was wrong. I went out to see and we had to just rush out of the house,” Mohanan told Indian news network NDTV.
No sooner had the family rushed out when the landslide plowed down a nearby hill and demolished their home.
The family, dog in tow, have since moved to a government-run relief camp nearby.
Flash floods triggered by the annual monsoon rains have pounded the southern tourist hotspot in the past few days, killing 39 people and leaving 100,000 more homeless so far.