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temperatures have prompted
total fire bans across much of
South Australia for today, with
authorities urging the public to
be vigilant to prevent bushfires.
A severe bushfire risk has been
declared in nine districts from the
west coast to the upper southeast.
The Bureau of Meteorology
says the mercury will hit 39degC
in Adelaide with temperatures
pushing into the low to mid 40s
in some regional centres.
Tarcoola and Roxby Downs are
forecast to be the hottest with
The Country Fire Ser vice says
recent rain across South Australia
has done little to reduce the fire
risk and people should take extra
“The declaration of total fire
bans is driven by the dryness
of the grasslands, along with
predicted winds,” CFS state co-
ordinator Leigh Miller said.
“Once grass is dry, further rains
don’t affect the flammability
meaning there is still a high
chance of fire.
conditions mean any new growth
from summer rains will soon
dry out and add to the already
inherent fire risk.”
Miller said people following
the Tour Down Under cycling
race in the Adelaide Hills, which
has its first stage today, should
avoid pulling over on to dry grass
where a hot exhaust could spark a
blaze. — AAP
Victoria is on high alert with
temperatures tipped to hit the
40s and a severe fire danger
warning issued for parts of the
Total fire bans are in place
today in the Mallee, Wimmera
and North Central districts,
where temperatures are expected
to reach the low 40s, the Country
Fire Authority says.
The fire danger rating is severe
for those areas — as well as the
south-west — and a very high
rating is in place for the rest of
CFA chief officer Steve
Warrington said emergency
ser vices were on high alert and
particularly focused in the north.
“Across the State, there is
potential for fast-moving grass
and forest fires,” Warrington said.
“ We’ve had a spate of grass fires
in a number of areas, which have
been challenging for firefighters
given the high amount of grass
and scrub growth.”
Melbourne is set to reach
38degC, but a cool change is
expected to sweep through
by the evening, the Bureau of
Meteorology says. — AAP
South Australia on
A Turkish cargo aircraft smashed
into a village in Kyrgyzstan overnight
as it tried to land at a nearby airport
in dense fog, killing at least 37 people,
Kyrgyz officials and the airline said.
According to airport officials, the
Boeing 747-400 was supposed to make
a stopover at Manas airport, near the
capital Bishkek, on its way from Hong
Kong to Istanbul, airport officials
said, but it crashed in poor visibility at
7.31am (local time)
The plane ploughed on for a few
hundred metres through the Dachi
Suu village, home to hundreds of
families, sheering into mangled pieces
and damaging dozens of buildings.
Four crew members on board were
killed. The rest of the dead were
villagers. Kyrgyzstan’s Emergencies
Ministry put the initial toll at 37. The
Healthcare Ministry said 13 children
and teenagers were among the dead.
“ I am alone now, all of my neighbours
are dead,” Anarkan Kozhoyeva, 65, a
pensioner, said. “O ur house was just
20m away (from the destroyed area).”
An area the size of a football pitch
was completely levelled and covered
The plane’s tale section was left
upside down on top of a shed, next to
the empty space where a house had
been entirely obliterated.
Plumes of smoke rose above the crash
site, with some mud-brick buildings
razed to the ground and others pierced
by parts of the plane.
Locals said they had initially thought
the area was struck by an earthquake.
Kyrgyz President Almazbek
Atambayev announced today would be
a national day of mourning.
Initial reports had suggested the
plane was operated by Turkish Airlines
but Turkish ACT Airlines said it was
flying the Boeing 747-400.
ACT Airlines said two pilots, a
loading expert and an aviation expert
were killed in the crash. The crew had
flown the plane along the same route
for the last few months and were
familiar with the area. — Reuters
Aircraft debris at the crash site of a Turkish freighter aircraft near Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport outside Bishkek.
Freight plane ploughs into Kyrgyz village in fog Victoria faces severe
fire danger day
children in lake
For almost two years Akon Guode
blamed a dizzy spell and witchcraft
for causing the deaths of three of her
children after she drove her car into a
Guode tried to blame her lover’s wife,
saying the other woman might have
used a witchdoctor to put a spell on her.
Yesterday, the mother-of-seven, who
escaped war-torn Sudan as a refugee,
admitted she deliberately drowned
her young children by driving into a
Wyndham Vale lake in 2015.
Guode showed little emotion as she
pleaded guilty to the infanticide of her
one-year-old son, Bol, and the murders
of her four-year-old twins, Hanger and
her brother Madit.
The 37-year-old also pleaded guilty to
the attempted murder of her six-year-
old daughter, Alual, who sur vived the
crash into Lake Gladman on April 8,
Under the Victorian Crimes Act,
infanticide is defined as conduct which
causes the death of a child by a mother
whose mind was “disturbed” within two
years of that child’s birth.
Infanticide carries a maximum penalty
of five years.
Guode’s plea comes two weeks before
her murder trial was due to start in the
Victorian Supreme Court.
As the charges were read to her
yesterday, with the help of an interpreter,
the only words Guode said were “guilty”
to each charge.
None of her family was present and
detectives who investigated the deaths
did not comment as they left court.
After the bodies of her children were
pulled from the lake, Guode blamed a
dizzy spell for causing her to lose control
of the car.
She was inter viewed by police but
released without charge.
The community rallied around the
then-35-year-old, held vigils for the
slain children, and raised money to cover
Hundreds farewelled the children at
a church ser vice in Werribee on April
18, 2015, as an emotional Guode was
physically supported by her relatives.
Four months later Guode was charged
with three counts of murder, and one of
She was remanded into custody and
in December 2015, Guode cried and
begged a magistrate to let her go home,
but bail was refused.
During a four-week committal in the
Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, which
began in June 2016, Guode sobbed,
wailed and was periodically excused
after breaking down in the dock.
Dozens of witnesses gave evidence
against Guode, including a collision
investigator who said the car was
deliberately driven into the water.
Re-enactments showed a driver would
have needed to turn the steering wheel
three times to get into the water.
A key witness testified that Guode
believed she had been under a “spell”
when she drove into Lake Gladman.
The woman said Guode believed her
lover’s wife may have used a witchdoctor
The witness gave evidence she
overheard Guode say she would “rather
take her own life and that of the kids”
than see them live with her lover, Joseph
Manyang, and his wife.
Manyang is the father of the three dead
children, and Alual. There were rumours
at the time he was returning to his wife.
During Guode’s committal hearing
Manyang said he believed the tragedy
was an accident and continued to visit
Guode in prison.
“I’m still believing Akon, she didn’t do
it,” he told the court on June 28.
Guode will return to court on
January 31. — AAP
Iran’s anti-aircraft forces fired shots
at a drone overnight which entered
the no-fly zone in the capital Tehran,
a military commander was quoted as
saying by Tasnim news agency.
Central Tehran is a no-fly zone as
government institutions and the office
of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah
Khamenei are located there.
“S hots have been fired at a drone as
it entered the no-fly zone in Tehran.
Nothing to be worried about,” the
governor of Tehran province, Isa
Farhadi was quoted as saying by
Tansim news agency.
“We do not know yet who it
belonged to,” he added.
A commander in Iran’s air defence
forces, Alireza Elhami, told Tasnim
news that the drone was a quadcopter
that left the area after the warning
drones, usually used for filming.
Iran in December shot down a
drone which was being operated by a
film crew in central Tehran, recording
aerial footage for a documentary for
State television. — Reuters
Iranian forces fire on drone in capital no-f ly zone
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