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The death toll in the forest fires in the U.S. has increased to 33.

The number of people who have lost their lives in the forest fires in California, Oregon, and Washington, in the western United States, has risen to 33.

The death toll is on the rise in the forest fires in the western states of the U.S. It was reported that 33 people had lost their lives due to the wildfires which have been going on for the past three weeks in the western states of California, Oregon, and Washington. While thousands of houses became unusable in the region where millions of acres of land turned to ash, tens of thousands of people were forced to abandon their homes.

The authorities in Oregon indicated that there are tens of people who are still missing in the region and that the number of casualties may increase. The air pollution in the state's largest city, Portland, has reached a critical level due to the fires. A forced evacuation order has been issued for 40,000 people in Oregon, where the fires are still ongoing in 16 different locations. The authorities from Oregon have announced that they have found the bodies of 10 people who have lost their lives until now.

The firefighters in Washington, where there is at least one casualty, are still responding to 15 major fires. On the other hand, the number of those who have lost their lives in California since August 15 has risen to 22. 14,800 firefighters are still responding to 28 major fires in the state where evacuation orders have been issued for tens of thousands of people.

Forest fires in the U.S. might be a factor in the spread of the coronavirus.

During his statement to the U.S. media outlet CNN, Dr. Brad Spellberg, an executive at the USC Medical Center in the city of Los Angeles, said, "Several studies have demonstrated that there is a correlation between high air pollution levels and further infection rates and severity of coronavirus cases." 

Looting hit a Turkish-owned pharmacy store in the U.S

The protests that were sparked by the death of African American George Floyd at the hand of the Police continue to flare across the USA. The damage in businesses looted by the protesters in the demonstrations that spread to many states is remarkable. The pharmacy store owned by Mehmed Bülend Uğur, the President  of the Turkish American Pharmacists Association (TAEB), got its share from the attacks of the protesters in New Jersey hit by the protests.  Even prescription drugs in the pharmacy were stolen by the protesters who had been looting all over the city.

ALL OF THE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS WERE STOLEN

Mehmed Bülent Uğur, President of the Turkish-American Pharmacists Association (TAEB),spoke with Ali Cinar from Turk of America  shared all details about the incident in his pharmacy. Ugur said, "Yesterday evening, unfortunately, they broke into our pharmacy in groups of 5 to 10 people within minutes of each other. As you can see in the videos, they scattered when the Police arrived. But they stole the money in the cash register and even the prescription drugs of our patients. They stole the prescription drugs that were supposed to be delivered to the patients today. These individuals are not from Trenton; they have come here from another town. Four of them have been apprehended by the Police."


SOME OF THE LOOTERS WERE APPREHENDED

Ugur, a graduate of the Istanbul University, Faculty of Pharmacy and a pharmacist in the city of Trenton, NJ for the last 15 years stated; "It is very wrong for the Police to kill someone through brutality, but the response in the form of looting is not the right way. Furthermore, they all know about drugs. While some of them took what they could, others knew exactly which drugs they were going for. And they all scattered when the Police arrived. The weird thing is, our alarm did not go off. We have a deafening alarm system. We got a call from our warehouse, and they warned us, "In case of another attack which is expected in the next 48 hours, take necessary measures!"

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