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At least 17 killed in California mudslides

07:25 PM | 11 Jan, 2018
At least 17 killed in California mudslides
MONTECITO, Calif. - Rescue crews in US state of California have been combing through tons of debris for survivors after 17 people were confirmed dead and another 17 people missing.

At least 28 others had been reported injured, and 17 more are missing, officials said without publicly identifying any of those killed in the mudslides.

Approximately 100 homes were destroyed and 300 were damaged in in Montecito. Eight commercial properties were also destroyed, the Los Angeles Times reported.



Among the damaged properties were historic hotels and the homes of celebrities including television personality Oprah Winfrey and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres in Montecito.

Several roads were closed, including the major Highway 101 which authorities say will not be reopened until Monday.



Crews have completed a primary search of 75% of the debris field, and more than 500 first responders and 10 dogs are looking for victims in Santa Barbara County.

Rescue workers are using helicopters in a search hampered by blocked roads, and downed trees and power lines.



About 300 people who were stuck in their homes in Montecito’s Romero Canyon neighbourhood throughout the debris field were rescued Tuesday night.



Heavy rains sent rivers of mud tumbling down hillsides Tuesday, demolishing homes in the affluent seaside community of Montecito weeks after a massive fire charred the area last month.

The wildfires, including the Thomas Fire - the largest in the state's history - stripped hillsides of vegetation and left behind a slick film that prevented the ground from absorbing rainwater.

The writer is a member of the staff.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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