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Crews battling two dozen tenacious wildfires in drought-stricken California rushed in reinforcements, using a window of humidity and cooler temperatures to try quench the blazes ahead of a forecast spell of drier weather. More than 10,000 firefighters are now tackling the fires that have forced thousands to flee their homes and ravaged large tracts of land in the most populous US state. The biggest blaze in northern California, dubbed the Rocky Fire, has drawn in 3,478 firefighters.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Two passenger trains jumped off slippery tracks on a bridge near a rain-swollen river in central India, killing at least 24 people as two coaches hurled through mud and rested on one side at an embankment, officials said Wednesday.
Tens of thousands of people huddled Wednesday in monasteries and other makeshift evacuation centres in remote areas of Myanmar cut off by deadly floods, as rescuers struggled to deliver desperately needed aid. In Myanmar, international aid efforts accelerated on Wednesday to meet the widening crisis following an appeal from the government for help. Tens of thousands of people remain stranded in Myanmar's rugged and mountainous western border regions after relentless rains caused flash floods and triggered landslides swept away homes, roads and bridges.