The death toll from monsoon landslides in Myanmar's Kachin state climbed to 113 as more bodies were recovered on Thursday.
A release from the Myanmar’s Information Ministry confirmed the information.
"An over 304-meter high cliff collapsed, burying local jade scavengers," a rescue worker at the scene was quoted in the ministry's earlier release as saying.
The landslides, caused by the monsoon rains, occurred at a jade mining site in Sate Mu village tract of Hpakant township at 8am local time, according to a release from the Fire Services Department.
Hundreds of jade scavengers are feared to have been buried as the landslides occurred during their working hours, but exact numbers of casualties are yet to be known and rescue operations are being carried out, a township police officer told Xinhua.
Deadly landslides are frequent in Kachin state, known as land of jade, especially in Hpakant mining region.
Many local people make a living by jade scavenging in the region and most of the landslides are caused by partial collapse of tailings heaps and dams.
A major landslide, which occurred in the region in November 2015, left at least 116 jade scavengers dead.
The confirmed cases of coronavirus in India reached 604,641 as of Thursday.
Besides, the death toll from the virus infection reached 17,834, according to the latest data released by the federal health ministry of the country.
The ministry said 434 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides fresh 19,148 positive cases, were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 17,834 and the total cases to 604,641.
According to ministry officials, so far 359,860 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement.
The number of active cases in the country right now is 226,947.
The country entered Unlock 2.0 phase on Wednesday, the guidelines of which continue to impose restrictions inside the COVID-19 Containment Zones. It has been decided that schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till July 31.
A total of 24 people were killed and seven others injured as gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico and opened fire on Wednesday.
Police in the north-central state of Guanajuato said the attack occurred in the city of Irapuato. Three of the seven wounded were reported in serious condition.
The attackers apparently shot everyone at the rehab center, said the State police adding that nobody was abducted.
Photos purporting to show the scene suggest those at the center were lying down when they were sprayed with bullets.
Guanajuato is the scene of a bloody turf battle between the Jalisco cartel and a local gang, and the state has become the most violent in Mexico.
Governor Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo said drug gangs appeared to have been involved.
“I deeply regret and condemn the events in Irapuato this afternoon,” the governor said. “The violence generated by organized crime not only takes the lives of the young, but it takes the peace from families in Guanajuato.”
In the past, Mexican drug gangs killed suspected street-level dealers from rival gangs sheltering at such facilities.
However, it was one of the deadliest attacks on a rehab center since 19 people were killed in 2010 in Chihuahua City in northern Mexico. More than a dozen attacks on such facilities have occurred since then.
Mexico has long had problems with rehab centers because most are privately run, underfunded and often commit abuses against recovering addicts. The government spends relatively little money on rehabilitation, often making the unregistered centers the only option available for poor families.
The UN Security Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution on COVID-19, demanding a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations on its agenda.
Resolution 2532 won the unanimous support of the 15 members of the council.
It calls on all parties to armed conflicts to engage immediately in a durable humanitarian pause for at least 90 consecutive days to enable the safe, unhindered and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance, provisions of related services by impartial humanitarian actors, and medical evacuations.
It affirms that this general and immediate cessation of hostilities and this humanitarian pause do not apply to military operations against the Islamic State (IS), Al-Qaida and Al-Nusra Front, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida or the IS, and other Security Council-designated terrorist groups.
The resolution requests the UN secretary-general to help ensure that all relevant parts of the UN system accelerate their response to the COVID-19 pandemic with a particular emphasis on countries in need, including those in situations of armed conflict or affected by humanitarian crises.
It requests the secretary-general to instruct peacekeeping operations to provide support, within their mandates and capacities, to host country authorities in their efforts to contain the pandemic.
It requests the secretary-general and UN member states to take all appropriate steps to protect the safety, security and health of all UN personnel in UN peace operations, while maintaining the continuity of operations.
Chinese scientists have expressed concern after detecting another new strain of flu that has the potential to become a pandemic.
The newly emerged flu virus is carried by pigs, but can infect humans and transmit from human to human, they say.
The researchers expressed their concern that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak, reports BBC.
Although it is not an immediate problem, they say, it has "all the hallmarks" of being highly adapted to infect humans and requires close monitoring.
As it is a new type of virus, people could have little or no immunity to it, the scientists said.
Measures to control the virus in pigs, and close monitoring of swine industry workers, should be swiftly implemented, they wrote in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
New Pandemic threat
When the world is struggling with Covid-19 pandemic, experts have been watching for a new strain of influenza is among the top disease threats.
Earlier in 2009, a swine flu outbreak began in Mexico- but that was less deadly than initially feared, largely because many older people had some immunity to it.
The virus, called A/H1N1pdm09, is now covered by the annual flu vaccine to make sure people are protected.
The new flu strain that has been identified in China is similar to 2009 swine flu, but with some new changes.
So far, it hasn't posed a big threat, but Prof Kin-Chow Chang and colleagues who have been studying it, say it is one to keep an eye on.
The virus, which the researchers call G4 EA H1N1, can grow and multiply in the cells that line the human airways.
They found evidence of recent infection starting in people who worked in abattoirs and the swine industry in China.
Current flu vaccines do not appear to protect against it, although they could be adapted to do so if needed.
Prof Kin-Chow Chang, who works at Nottingham University in the UK, said "Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses."
While this new virus is not an immediate problem, he says: "We should not ignore it."
Prof James Wood, head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge, said the work "comes as a salutary reminder" that we are constantly at risk of new emergence of pathogens, and that farmed animals.
“Humans have greater contact than with wildlife, may act as the source for important pandemic viruses,” he added.