No Indian national injured in California fires

November 14th, 2007 - 2:47 am ICT by admin  
The MEA said that the Government of India regrets the loss of life and damage to property in the fires.

“It is hoped that the blaze will soon be contained and the affected people enabled to resume their normal life,” the Ministry said in a press statement.

“Our Consulate General in San Francisco has been in touch with members of the Indian community, many of whom have had to evacuate their properties. There has, so far, been no report of injury to any Indian national,” it added.

The Consulate General of India is monitoring developments there and has advised the Indian community that the Consulate stands ready to help them in any way.

The wind-whipped wildfires have caused the largest evacuation in the state history, forcing more than 500,000 people to flee ahead of flames that destroyed more than 1,300 homes and continued to threaten tens of thousands more.

“This is the largest mass evacuation of a natural disaster in California history,” said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

About 375,000 acres, or 585 square miles, were ablaze in Southern California. (ANI)

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