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Teen chokes to dead on her vomit during theme park ride as family beg operators to stop the ride

Teen chokes to dead on her vomit during theme park ride as family beg operators to stop the ride

A teenager has died after choking on her own vomit on an amusement park ride, and her family claim they begged the operator to stop the ride but were ignored.

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Three people dead as wildfire in south Turkey rages on -minister

Three people were found dead as a massive forest fire burned for a second day in southern Turkey on Thursday, the country’s AFAD disaster agency and agriculture minister said, with efforts to rescue others and extinguish the blaze continuing. More than 100 other people had to be evacuated, required medical treatment or suffered damage to property as a result of the fire.

Hot weather and strong winds have caused
blazes to spread around the town of Manavgat,
75 km (45 miles) east of the resort city of
Antalya, and nearby villages. Several settlement
areas were evacuated on Wednesday.
Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said on
Thursday that an 82-year-old man had been
found dead during the evacuation of the district of Kepezbeleni, 16 km (10 miles) northeast of Manavgat.

A group of 10 people were rescued after being stranded on a boat at the nearby Oymapinar dam. Pakdemirli later said two others were found dead in the Degirmenli district of Antalya, some 20 km (12.5 miles) east of Manavgat, adding that efforts to contain the fire continued.

AFAD said 122 people had been impacted by the
fires and that 58 were receiving treatment.
It said a firefighting plane, a drone, 19
helicopters, some 250 vehicles, and 960
personnel were part of efforts to control the
blaze, while Turkey’s Red Crescent sent staff and food kits to the region.

“Houses located in areas that could be impacted by the fire have been evacuated. Several homes, offices, farms, agricultural fields, greenhouses, and vehicles have been damaged by fire,” AFAD said in a statement.

Authorities evacuated 18 villages and districts in Antalya while 16 more villages were evacuated in the neighbouring provinces of Adana and Mersin, where efforts to extinguish separate wildfires were underway, Pakdemirli said. Television footage showed burnt residential buildings and people fleeing across fields as firefighters backed by helicopters battled to extinguish the fires.

Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast, a
popular destination for both local and foreign
tourists, is known for its scorching summer heat, which often causes wildfires. Officials have said the latest fires are the biggest to date.

Pakdemirli said there had been 41 wildfires in 13
of Turkey’s 81 provinces since Tuesday, of which
31 were under control. Blazes in Osmaniye and
Kayseri are still burning. Turkey has battled a series of disasters caused by extreme weather conditions this summer, including flash floods last week that killed six people in the Black Sea region.

Turkey detains 200 Afghan migrants en route to ltaly – coastguard

Turkish authorities have intercepted a boat carrying more than 200 Afghan migrants in the Aegean sea heading for Europe, Turkey’s coastguard said on Wednesday. The interception near Turkey’s western shores came as hundreds of Afghans cross into eastern
Turkey from Iran, after a rise in violence in their
own country as the United States and its NATO
allies withdraw and Taliban fighters seize
territory.

According to reporters, Afghans have for years been crossing from Iran into Turkey, many of them en route to Europe, but the number of detentions this month has raised concerns about a new influx. Officials said last week they had detained 1,500 irregular migrants, most of them Afghans, near the Iranian border in the previous 10 days.

The migrants intercepted in the Aegean were believed to be en route to Italy, the coastguard official said. Of the 231 migrants on the boat, 208 were Afghans and others were from Syria, Iran, Eritrea and Pakistan, the official added. The coastguard detained two Turkish nationals steering the boat and escorted migrants to a deportation centre in the western Turkish town of Ayvacik.

President Tayyip Erdogan’s government, already hosting 3.7 million Syrian refugees, wants to avoid another refugee wave, and Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said two weeks ago that Turkey was closely monitoring any influx of Afghan migrants. Turkey is building a wall along a 64-km (40-mile) stretch of the Iranian border in the eastern province of Van, where many of the migrants cross. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR says there were over 100,000 Afghan asylum seekers in Turkey last year.

Record-smashing heat extremes may become much more likely with climate change – study says

Turkey. Canada. Northern lreland. Antarctica. AII recorded their hottest-ever temperatures in the last two years, and according to a new study, more such extremes are coming In the next three decades, “record-shattering” heat waves could become two to seven times more frequent in the world than in the last 30 years, scientists report in a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Beyond 2050, if current greenhouse gas emissions trends continue, such record-breaking heat waves could be three to 21 times more frequent, the study found.

Even with the records seen in 2021, “we havent
seen anything close to the most intense heat
waves possible under today’s climate, let alone
the ones we expect to see in the coming decades” said co-author Erich Fischer, a climate
scientist at ETH Zurich. For the study, the researchers used climate modeling to calculate the likelihood of record- breaking heat that lasted at least seven days and far surpassed earlier records.

Communities preparing for climate change need to be preparing for such extremes, he said. “Every time record temperatures or precipitation go well beyond what we’ve experienced during our lifetime, that’s usually when we’re unprepared and the damage is largest’ Fischer said.

Last month’s Canadian heat wave killed
hundreds of people and reached 121 Fahrenheit
(49.6 Celsius) – an eye-popping 8 degrees
Fahrenheit (4.6 degrees Celsius) above the
country’s previous record, set in 1937.

“We should no longer be surprised if we see
records smashed by large margins,” Fischer said. If greenhouse gas emissions are aggressively cut, the likelihood of heat waves would remain high but the chances of exceeding records would eventually fall over time, the study suggests.

The new research shows that “we must expect extreme event records to be broken not just by small margins, but quite often by very large ones,” climate scientist Rowan Sutton at the University of Reading’s National Centre for Atmospheric Science said in a statement.

“This highlights the huge challenge to improve
preparedness, build resilience and adapt society to conditions that have never previously been experienced, Sutton said. The study was released as scientists with the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
begin two weeks of virtual meetings to
finalize their next global climate science
assessment.