Monday, May 23, 2016

Pope and top imam embrace in historic Vatican meeting

Pope and top imam embrace in historic Vatican meeting

AFP

May 23, 2016

Pope Francis (right) talks with Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb during a private audience at the Vatican, on May 23, 2016

Pope Francis (right) talks with Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb during a private audience at the Vatican, on May 23, 2016 (AFP Photo/Max Rossi)

Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter both sides hope will lead to greater understanding and dialogue between the two faiths.

The first Vatican meeting between the leader of the world's Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam marks the culmination of a significant improvement in relations between the two faiths since Francis took office in 2013.

"Our meeting is the message," Francis said in a brief comment at the start of his meeting with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, shortly after he had hugged and kissed his guest, Vatican officials told a small pool of reporters covering the event.

In a statement on the trip, Al-Azhar, an institution that also comprises a prestigious seat of learning, said the two sides had agreed to convene a "peace conference".

A statement quoted Tayeb as telling Francis: "We need to take a joint stance, hand in hand, to bring happiness to humanity. Divine religions were revealed to make people happy, not to cause them hardship."

The imam's deputy, Abbas Shuman, told Egyptian TV channel CBC that the two leaders had agreed to resume dialogue and that the proposed conference would cover the issues of poverty, extremism and terrorism.

The Vatican did not immediately confirm the conference plans. A spokesman said the talks had been "very cordial" with the imam spending 30 minutes with the pope and just over an hour in total at St Peter's.

Tayeb's decision to fly to Rome, unexpectedly announced last week, followed the easing of serious tensions that marked the reign of Francis's predecessor, Benedict XVI.

Ties were badly soured when the now-retired Benedict made a September 2006 speech in which he was perceived to have linked Islam to violence, sparking deadly protests in several countries and reprisal attacks on Christians.

Pope John-Paul II met the then-grand imam of Al-Azhar in Cairo in 2000, a year before the September 11 attacks on New York transformed relations between the West and the Islamic world.

Monday's visit was effectively the long-delayed reciprocal meeting and the Vatican said that both clerics had "underlined the great significance of this new meeting".

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a statement that the pope and the imam had "mainly addressed the common challenges faced by the authorities and faithful of the major religions of the world."

These included working together for world peace, rejecting violence and terrorism, and the situation and protection of Christians against a backdrop of conflict and terrorism in the Middle East."

- Promoting 'true Islam' -

The pope presented the imam with a copy of his recent encyclical, Laudato Si', a letter to the faithful in which he urges the world to wake up to the threat posed by climate change and economic inequality.

Tayeb decided to accept the invitation to Rome as a result of the numerous conciliatory gestures Francis has made to the Muslim world since being elected in early 2013.

"If it were not for these good positions the meeting would not be happening," Shuman told AFP on Sunday, adding that the imam wanted to promote "true Islam and to correct misunderstandings created by extremist terrorist groups."

"He encourages countries not to deal with their Muslim citizens as groups that present a threat," Shuman said.

"And he encourages Muslims in Western society to meld with their societies... it is a message for both sides."

After the tensions of the Benedict years, Francis moved quickly to set a new tone, sending a personal message to the Muslim world to mark the end of the first month of Ramadan of his pontificate.

The Argentinian pontiff followed up by pushing various inter-faith initiatives and he was accompanied by both Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Islamic studies professor Omar Abboud when he visited Jordan and Israel in 2014.

But perhaps the gesture that clinched the deal was the most dramatic piece of political theatre of his papacy: his April visit to the migrant crisis island of Lesbos which concluded with him bringing three Syrian Muslim families back to the Vatican.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Magnitude 6.7 - NEAR THE COAST OF ECUADOR

M6.7 - NEAR THE COAST OF ECUADOR

Preliminary Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.7

Date-Time18 May 2016 07:57:05 UTC18 May 2016 02:57:05 near epicenter

18 May 2016 02:57:05 standard time in your time zone

Location0.428N 79.765WDepth32 km Distances34 km (21 mi) WNW of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador35 km (21 mi) ESE of Muisne, Ecuador56 km (34 mi) S of Propicia, Ecuador101 km (62 mi) NW of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador156 km (96 mi) WNW of Quito, Ecuador

Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 7.0 km; Vertical 4.9 kmParametersNph = 101; Dmin = 147.6 km; Rmss = 1.03 seconds; Gp = 60°
Version =Event IDus 10005i5t

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Resisting The Bathroom Bully

After learning of the Obama administration’s letter insisting public schools open their restrooms to transgender students based on gender identity, evangelist Franklin Graham was quick to post his response on Facebook.

In the post, Graham first addressed government overreach. “Who does President Barack Obama think he is? The sultan of Washington?” he asked. Graham went on to ask the question many across the country wish they could ask the president, writing, “What about the privacy and protection of all the other students? Isn’t this discrimination against all of them?” According to Graham, this decision will expose many students to sexual predators.

Pope: Poverty, Politics and Profit Need Global Unity

Sunday, May 8, 2016

WARNING: Geomagnetic K-index of 7 or greater expected

Space Weather Message Code: WARK07 Serial Number: 66 Issue Time: 2016 May 08 2359 UTC

WARNING: Geomagnetic K-index of 7 or greater expected Valid From: 2016 May 08 2355 UTC Valid To: 2016 May 09 0400 UTC Warning Condition: Onset NOAA Scale: G3 or greater - Strong to Extreme

NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 50 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude. Induced Currents - Power system voltage irregularities possible, false alarms may be triggered on some protection devices. Spacecraft - Systems may experience surface charging; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites and orientation problems may occur. Navigation - Intermittent satellite navigation (GPS) problems, including loss-of-lock and increased range error may occur. Radio - HF (high frequency) radio may be intermittent. Aurora - Aurora may be seen as low as Pennsylvania to Iowa to Oregon.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6 expected

Space Weather Message Code: WARK06 Serial Number: 329 Issue Time: 2016 May 02 0100 UTC WARNING: Geomagnetic K-Index of 6 expected

Valid From: 2016 May 02 0100 UTC Valid To: 2016 May 02 0400 UTC Warning Condition: Onset NOAA Scale: G2 - Moderate

NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at www.swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation

Potential Impacts: Area of impact primarily poleward of 55 degrees Geomagnetic Latitude. Induced Currents - Power grid fluctuations can occur. High-latitude power systems may experience voltage alarms. Spacecraft - Satellite orientation irregularities may occur; increased drag on low Earth-orbit satellites is possible. Radio - HF (high frequency) radio propagation can fade at higher latitudes. Aurora - Aurora may be seen as low as New York to Wisconsin to Washington state.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Magnitude 6.0 - VANUATU

M6.0 - VANUATU

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude6.0Date-Time30 Apr 2016 08:35:42 UTC30 Apr 2016 19:35:42 near epicenter30 Apr 2016 03:35:42 standard time in your timezoneLocation16.306S 167.188EDepth4 km

Distances32 km (19 mi) SW of Lakatoro, Vanuatu85 km (52 mi) S of Luganville, Vanuatu198 km (122 mi) NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu510 km (316 mi) N of We, New Caledonia650 km (403 mi) N of Paita, New Caledonia

Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 6.4 km; Vertical 4.5 kmParametersNph = 111; Dmin = 94.9 km; Rmss = 1.09 seconds; Gp = 36°
Version =Event IDus 10005cpd

For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake- VANUATU

M7.0 - VANUATU

Preliminary Earthquake ReportMagnitude7.0Date-Time28 Apr 2016 19:33:27 UTC29 Apr 2016 06:33:27 near epicenter28 Apr 2016 14:33:27 standard time in your timezoneLocation16.094S 167.337EDepth35 kmDistances5 km (3 mi) WSW of Norsup, Vanuatu64 km (39 mi) SSE of Luganville, Vanuatu209 km (129 mi) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu533 km (330 mi) N of We, New Caledonia676 km (419 mi) N of Dumbea, New CaledoniaLocation UncertaintyHorizontal: 6.1 km; Vertical 1.9 kmParametersNph = 119; Dmin = 73.0 km; Rmss = 1.21 seconds; Gp = 32°
Version =Event IDus 10005c88

For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Friday, April 22, 2016

Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake - NEAR THE COAST OF ECUADOR

M6.0 - NEAR THE COAST OF ECUADOR

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 6.0
Date-Time22 Apr 2016 03:03:42 UTC21 Apr 2016 22:03:42 near epicenter 21 Apr 2016 22:03:42 standard time in your time zone
Location 0.328S 80.543WDepth10 kmDistances33 km (20 mi) NNW of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador59 km (36 mi) NNW of Tosagua, Ecuador63 km (39 mi) NW of Chone, Ecuador66 km (40 mi) N of Rocafuerte, Ecuador224 km (138 mi) W of Quito, Ecuador

Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 6.3 km; Vertical 1.8 kmParametersNph = 100; Dmin = 230.1 km; Rmss = 1.09 seconds; Gp = 77°
Version =Event IDus 20005kqh

For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake - NEAR THE COAST OF ECUADOR

M6.1 - NEAR THE COAST OF ECUADOR

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 6.1

Date-Time20 Apr 2016 08:33:48 UTC20 Apr 2016 03:33:48 near epicenter
20 Apr 2016 03:33:48 standard time in your timezone

Location0.605N 80.260WDepth15 km Distances25 km (15 mi) W of Muisne, Ecuador73 km (45 mi) WSW of Propicia, Ecuador93 km (57 mi) WNW of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador134 km (83 mi) N of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador214 km (132 mi) WNW of Quito, EcuadorLocation UncertaintyHorizontal: 6.6 km; Vertical 3.8 kmParametersNph = 104; Dmin = 205.8 km; Rmss = 1.13 seconds; Gp = 83°
Version =Event IDus 20005k37

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

238 killed, hundreds hurt in Ecuador's 7.8 earthquake

238 killed, hundreds hurt in Ecuador's 7.8 earthquake


The most deadly earthquake to hit Ecuador in nearly two decades has left 238 dead, and leaders of the Andean nation cautioned on Sunday that the death toll could still rise.
The magnitude-7.8 earthquake, which also injured more than 1,500, struck Saturday night, toppling buildings, damaging roads and impacting cities hundreds of miles away from its epicenter near the small fishing village of Muisne. More than 135 aftershocks have been felt, according to Ecuador’s seismological institute.
President Rafael Correa, who was traveling abroad on official business, declared a national emergency and urged Ecuadoreans to stay strong.
“Everything can be rebuilt, but what can’t be rebuilt are human lives, and that’s the most painful,” he said in a phone call to state TV before departing Rome straight for the coastal Ecuador city of Manta.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake Muisne, Ecuador

M7.4 - 28km SSE of Muisne, Ecuador

Time

2016-04-16 23:58:37 (UTC)2016-04-16 19:58:37 (UTC-04:00) in your timezoneTimes in other timezones

Nearby Places

28.0 km (17.4 mi) SSE of Muisne, Ecuador56.0 km (34.8 mi) W of Rosa Zarate, Ecuador72.0 km (44.7 mi) SSW of Propicia, Ecuador112.0 km (69.6 mi) NW of Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador173.0 km (107.5 mi) WNW of Quito, Ecuador

Europe: Suicide by Jihad

Europe: Suicide by Jihad

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"... Islamist enclaves exists in many suburbs. Whole cities are controlled by thugs and radical imams: cities such as Roubaix, Trappes, Aubervilliers and Sevran in the northeast of Paris.
Islamist enclaves also exist in other European countries: Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, theUnited Kingdom and Sweden.

European leaders have been making choices. After World War II, they decided Europe would be a region of the world where war would be banished and all problems solved through diplomacy and appeasement. They gradually abandoned financing defense and security activities. Instead, they built welfare states. They thought that taking care of people from cradle to grave would suppress anger and conflicts. They denied the existence of totalitarian dangers and the necessity of showing strength. To this day, their statements indicate that European leaders think both the Berlin Wall and the Soviet empire fell thanks to the benevolence of Mikhail Gorbachev, not thanks to the determination of Ronald Reagan. To this day, they seem to think that Islam is essentially a religion of peace and that the jihadis belong to a tiny, marginal sect.

Decades ago, Europe's leaders adopted a general policy of "openness" to the Islamic world in general, and the Arab world in particular. They decided to welcome migrants from the Muslim world by hundreds of thousands but without asking them to integrate. They made cultural relativism and multiculturalism their guiding principles. They acted as if Islam could mingle in the Western world harmoniously and without difficulty. Europe's leaders disseminated the idea that the West was guilty of oppressing Muslims and had to pay for its sins. They therefore sowed the seeds of anti-Western resentment among Muslims in Europe.

When in the Muslim world jihadis started to kill, Europe's leaders wanted to believe that the attacks would take place in the Muslim world only. They thought that by not interfering with what European jihadis were planning, they would not risk jihadi attacks on European soil."

When Jews were attacked, Europe's leaders decided that the problem was not jihad, but Israel. They stressed the need not to "export Middle East conflict in Europe." Hoping to please followers of radical Islam and show them Europe could understand their "grievances," they placed increasing pressure on Israel. They also increased their financial and political support for the "Palestinian cause."

When Europeans were attacked, they did not understand why. They had done their best to please the Muslims. They had not even harassed the jihadists. They still do not know how to react.
Many of them now say privately what they will never say in public: it is probably too late.
There are six to eight million Muslims in France, and more than thirty million in Western Europe. Hundreds of jihadis are trained and ready to act -- anytime, anyplace. European intelligence services know that they want to make "dirty bombs." Surveys show that tens of thousands of Muslims living in Europe approve of jihadi attacks in Europe. Millions of Muslims living in Europe keep silent, behave as if they see nothing and hear nothing, and protest only when they think they have to defend Islam.
European political leaders know that every decision they make may provoke reactions among the Muslims living in Europe. Muslim votes matter. Riots occur easily. In France, Belgium, other European countries, Islamists are present in the army and police forces. In the meantime, Islamist organizations recruit and Islamic lobbies gain ground.

European governments are now hostages. The European media are also hostages.
In most European countries, "Islamophobia" is considered a crime -- and any criticism of Islam may be considered "Islamophobic." People trying to warn Europe, such as the Dutch MP Geert Wilders, despite an apparently biased judge and forged documents against him, are now on trial.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Magnitude 6.9 - Mawlaik, Burma April 13, 2016

Time

  1. 2016-04-13 13:55:17 (UTC)
  2. 2016-04-13 09:55:17 (UTC-04:00) in your timezone
  3. Times in other timezones

Nearby Places

  • 74.0 km (46.0 mi) SE of Mawlaik, Burma
  • 103.0 km (64.0 mi) NW of Shwebo, Burma
  • 115.0 km (71.5 mi) NNW of Monywa, Burma
  • 165.0 km (102.5 mi) W of Mogok, Burma
  • 396.0 km (246.1 mi) NNW of Nay Pyi Taw, Burma

140 Aftershocks in Japan

Breaking News.com

Editor's note: Before the latest earthquake, the Japan Meteorological Agency said over 140 aftershocks were recorded from Thursday's first earthquake on the island of Kyushu. Reuters reported that more than 44,000 have sought shelter in the past day.

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake - SSW of Champerico, Guatemala

Time

  1. 2016-04-15 14:11:27 (UTC)
  2. 2016-04-15 10:11:27 (UTC-04:00) in your timezone
  3. Times in other timezones

Nearby Places

  • 105.0 km (65.2 mi) SSW of Champerico, Guatemala
  • 125.0 km (77.7 mi) S of Suchiate, Mexico
  • 136.0 km (84.5 mi) SW of Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala
  • 137.0 km (85.1 mi) SW of Pueblo Nuevo Tiquisate, Guatemala
  • 233.0 km (144.8 mi) SW of Guatemala City, Guatemala

Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake - KYUSHU, JAPAN

Preliminary Earthquake ReportMagnitude7.0Date-Time15 Apr 2016 16:25:06 UTC16 Apr 2016 01:25:06 near epicenter15 Apr 2016 11:25:06 standard time in your timezoneLocation32.782N 130.726EDepth10 kmDistances1 km (0 mi) WSW of Kumamoto-shi, Japan12 km (7 mi) NNE of Uto, Japan13 km (8 mi) SSE of Ueki, Japan15 km (9 mi) NNE of Matsubase, Japan631 km (391 mi) SSE of Seoul, South KoreaLocation UncertaintyHorizontal: 4.8 km; Vertical 1.9 kmParametersNph = 85; Dmin = 40.5 km; Rmss = 1.12 seconds; Gp = 39°
Version =Event IDus 20005iis

For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake- VANUATU

M6.5 - VANUATU

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude6.5
Date-Time14 Apr 2016 21:50:27 UTC15 Apr 2016 08:50:27 near epicenter14 Apr 2016 16:50:27 standard time in your timezone

Location14.548S 166.405EDepth10 kmDistances88 km (54 mi) NW of Port-Olry, Vanuatu136 km (84 mi) NW of Luganville, Vanuatu407 km (252 mi) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu710 km (440 mi) N of We, New Caledonia839 km (520 mi) N of Paita, New Caledonia

Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 3.5 km; Vertical 1.8 kmParametersNph = 101; Dmin = 131.2 km; Rmss = 1.07 seconds; Gp = 30°
Version =Event IDus 20005i6p

For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake - VANUATU

Preliminary Earthquake ReportMagnitude6.0Date-Time14 Apr 2016 12:17:05 UTC14 Apr 2016 23:17:05 near epicenter14 Apr 2016 07:17:05 standard time in your timezoneLocation14.498S 166.481EDepth10 kmDistances86 km (53 mi) NW of Port-Olry, Vanuatu136 km (84 mi) NNW of Luganville, Vanuatu408 km (252 mi) NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu715 km (443 mi) N of We, New Caledonia845 km (523 mi) N of Paita, New CaledoniaLocation UncertaintyHorizontal: 7.1 km; Vertical 1.9 kmParametersNph = 64; Dmin = 130.6 km; Rmss = 1.11 seconds; Gp = 36°
Version =Event IDus 20005hzl

For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake - KYUSHU, JAPAN

M6.0 - KYUSHU, JAPAN

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude6.0

Date-Time14 Apr 2016 12:26:38 UTC14 Apr 2016 21:26:38 near epicenter14 Apr 2016 07:26:38 standard time in your timezoneLocation32.849N 130.619E Depth23 km Distances8 km (4 mi) SSE of Tamana, Japan8 km (4 mi) SW of Ueki, Japan13 km (8 mi) WNW of Kumamoto-shi, Japan18 km (11 mi) NNW of Uto, Japan619 km (383 mi) SSE of Seoul, South Korea

Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 5.2 km; Vertical 3.9 kmParametersNph = 107; Dmin = 38.9 km; Rmss = 1.11 seconds; Gp = 19°
Version =Event IDus 20005hzn

For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Temple of Baal in New York Is Going Up Same Day the Blood Sacrifice to the Beast Begins

Temple of Baal in New York Is Going Up Same Day the Blood Sacrifice to the Beast Begins

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake - HINDU KUSH

M6.6 - HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude6.6
Date-Time10 Apr 2016 10:28:58 UTC10 Apr 2016 14:58:58 near epicenter10 Apr 2016 05:28:58 standard time in your time zone

Location 36.492N 71.156 EDepth 210 km
Distances39 km (24 mi) WSW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan48 km (29 mi) WSW of Ishkashim, Tajikistan50 km (31 mi) SE of Jarm, Afghanistan86 km (53 mi) SE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan282 km (174 mi) NE of Kabul, Afghanistan

Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 6.9 km; Vertical 5.8 kmParametersNph = 240; Dmin = 87.3 km; Rmss = 0.85 seconds; Gp = 19°
Version =Event IDus 20005gsg

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Friday, April 8, 2016

The arms of the wicked shall be broken

Psalm 37
12 The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, 
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming. 
14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright; 
15 their sword shall enter their own heart, and theirbows shall be broken. 
16 Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. 
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.
18 The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; 
19 they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance. 
20 But the wicked will perish; the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures; they vanish--like smoke they vanish away. 
21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives; 
22for those blessed by the LORD shallinherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off. 
23 The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; 
24 though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Earth to cross through Heliospheric Current Sheet.

HELIOSPHERIC CURRENT SHEET: Today, April 7th, Earth is expected to cross through a fold in theheliospheric current sheet. The crossing could trigger unsettled conditions in our planet's magnetic field. NOAA forecasters estimate a 50% chance of minor geomagnetic storms. Aurora alertstext or voice

A SUNSPOT IN THE OFFING: Solar astronomers are monitoring the eastern limb of the sun, where plumes of plasma and flashes of electromagnetic radiation are heralding the approach of a new sunspot. Philippe Tosi of Nîmes, France, photographed the maelstrom from his backyard observatory on April 7th.

Heat Wave - India

Situation Update No. 2
On 2016-04-07 at 08:59:04 [UTC] 

Event: Heat Wave
Location: States of Telangana and Odisha MultiStates India

Number of Deads: 70 person(s)
Number of Injured: 0 person(s)
Number of Evacuated: 0 person(s)
Number of Infected: 0 person(s)

Situation:

At least 70 people have died due to intense heatwave in the southern Indian state of Telangana in the past few days, a senior government official said on Thursday. "So far, nearly 70 people have died due to heat stroke in the state. The highest number of deaths has been reported from Mahabubnagar district where the death toll is 28," he said. Most of those who died were labourers and agricultural workers whose job involved working under the sun, the official added. The Indian weather department has ruled out any respite from the sweltering heat in the coming days and local government officials have asked people not to venture out in the scorching sun. In 2015, more than 500 people died due to sunstroke in Telangana and the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh.