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Twin sisters who are married to twin brothers are now PREGNANT at the same time

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Identical win sisters from Virginia who have shared every milestone together, including marrying identical twin brothers in a joint ceremony — and now both women are pregnant at the same time. 

Brittany and Briana Deane, 33, found the perfect pair of husbands in Josh and Jeremy Salyers, 35, and together the two twosomes tied the knot ‘Twice Upon a Time’ themed ceremony in August 2018.

Now the couples have announced that they are both expecting and are ‘thrilled’ to get to raise their children together.

Double the fun! Two sets of identical twins who married each other are now expecting babies at the same time

Double the fun! Two sets of identical twins who married each other are now expecting babies at the same time

Seeing double: Brittany and Briana Deane, 33, found the perfect pair of husbands in Josh and Jeremy Salyers, 35

Seeing double: Brittany and Briana Deane, 33, found the perfect pair of husbands in Josh and Jeremy Salyers, 35

Everything together: Now the couples have announced that they are both expecting and are 'thrilled' to get to raise their children together

Everything together: Now the couples have announced that they are both expecting and are ‘thrilled’ to get to raise their children together

Twinning: The couples had a double fairytale wedding in Twinsburg, Ohio in August 2018

Twinning: The couples had a double fairytale wedding in Twinsburg, Ohio in August 2018

Exciting times: Now they are 'grateful to experience overlapping pregnancies and to be able to raise children of the same age together'

Exciting times: Now they are ‘grateful to experience overlapping pregnancies and to be able to raise children of the same age together’ 

The foursome, who met at a twins festival in 2017, announced their doubly happy news yesterday with a Baywatch-themed photoshoot. 

The Deane sisters both wore red one-pieces with ‘Baby Watch’ printed on them, while the Salyers twins struck identical poses in their matching red outfits. 

‘We are so grateful to experience overlapping pregnancies and to be able to raise children of the same age together,’ the couples told DailyMail.com

‘Our children will not only be cousins, but full genetic siblings and quaternary multiples!’

On Instagram, they added that they ‘can’t wait to meet them and for them to meet each other!’

It's all relative! The twins, pictured shortly after getting engaged, revealed that their children will be genetic siblings

It’s all relative! The twins, pictured shortly after getting engaged, revealed that their children will be genetic siblings

Bling bling: The Salyers brothers proposed to the women at the same moment, with identical custom rings by Jerrick's Fine Jewelry, which each featured double infinity symbols

Bling bling: The Salyers brothers proposed to the women at the same moment, with identical custom rings by Jerrick’s Fine Jewelry, which each featured double infinity symbols

Like looking in a mirror! They married on the same day, with the sisters in matching dresses with identical hair, makeup, and jewelry

Like looking in a mirror! They married on the same day, with the sisters in matching dresses with identical hair, makeup, and jewelry

Flashback: The brothers are seeing getting dressed on their wedding day

Flashback: The brothers are seeing getting dressed on their wedding day

Perfect location: The women carried identical bouquets as they walked down the aisle in Twinsburg Township Square

Perfect location: The women carried identical bouquets as they walked down the aisle in Twinsburg Township Square

Everything in twos: Each was helped by a set of twin ring bearers

Everything in twos: Each was helped by a set of twin ring bearers  

Future: The couples had revealed last May that they planned to get pregnant at the same time if they could

Future: The couples had revealed last May that they planned to get pregnant at the same time if they could

The couples had revealed last May on Australia’s Today show that they planned to get pregnant at the same time if they could.

‘I think there’s just something we would love to experience together,’ Brittany said.

‘We have experienced most milestones of our lives together, birthdays, getting your driver’s license, graduations, and our double wedding. 

‘This would be the next huge event, and we’d love to experience it together, and ideally we will.’

As for openly planning their lovemaking schedules, Briana said: ‘We’re in our first year of marriage so we’re kind of learning ourselves how that works. Ideally the timing will have to be really good.’ 

Lot of twins! There were plenty of other twins at their wedding, with 17 total — including them — posing for a picture together

Lot of twins! There were plenty of other twins at their wedding, with 17 total — including them — posing for a picture together

Moms: The couples live together in the same house, so having children at the same time will mean more hands on deck for needy babies

Moms: The couples live together in the same house, so having children at the same time will mean more hands on deck for needy babies

Wedding memories: The brides beam on their joint big day in 2018

Wedding memories: The brides beam on their joint big day in 2018

Bros: The grooms are pictured walking down the aisle at their joint wedding

Bros: The grooms are pictured walking down the aisle at their joint wedding

On TV: The event later aired in a TLC special called Our Twinsane Wedding in February of 2019

On TV: The event later aired in a TLC special called Our Twinsane Wedding in February of 2019

Her sister Briana chimed in: ‘We’ll so happy and excited for what happens. Ideally we have a way that we’d hope it would go but we’ll be happy with what comes our way.’

The couples live together in the same house, so having children at the same time will mean more hands on deck for needy babies. 

‘If we’re all going to live under the same roof, then naturally we’re going to help each other raise our one big happy family that we have. It’s going to be great,’ Josh said. 

The Dean sisters and Salyers brothers have earned attention for their unique story, especially after the men proposed to the women with identical custom rings by Jerrick’s Fine Jewelry, which each had double infinity symbols coated in diamonds.

The brothers proposed at the same moment, getting down on one knee together in front of their matching brides-to-be — who, naturally, had similar reactions, smiling and holding their hands to their chests.

At home: Recently, they celebrated their second anniversary with a photo of the men in matching pajamas cuddling their wives in matching robes

At home: Recently, they celebrated their second anniversary with a photo of the men in matching pajamas cuddling their wives in matching robes

Online fame: The Dean sisters and Salyers brothers have earned attention for their unique story

Online fame: The Dean sisters and Salyers brothers have earned attention for their unique story

Twice the buys: The couples like to match outfits, even on non-special occasions

Twice the buys: The couples like to match outfits, even on non-special occasions

No solo activities! On Halloween this year, the women dressed as Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, while the men were both Prince Philip

No solo activities! On Halloween this year, the women dressed as Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, while the men were both Prince Philip

One might think the women would enjoy buying different things and score double the wardrobe — but not so

One might think the women would enjoy buying different things and score double the wardrobe — but not so

Fun in the sun: They even wear matching swimsuits at the pool

Fun in the sun: They even wear matching swimsuits at the pool 

The women said ‘I do’ in Twinsburg, Ohio while wearing identical dresses, and the men in matching tuxedos, with two sets of twins acting as ring bearers.

There were plenty of other twins at their wedding, with 17 total — including them — posing for a picture together in Twinsburg Township Square. 

The event later aired in a TLC special called Our Twinsane Wedding in February of 2019. 

Before meeting the sisters, Jeremy said he and his twin brother Josh had made a vow that they would only marry another set of twins.

‘Me and Josh always knew we had to find our twins if we were going to get married — and we told each other that we’ll never be able to unless we find a set of twins that we could fall in love with and marry,’ Jeremy said.

Safety first: Recently, they even showed off matching face masks — pink for the girls, green for the boys

Safety first: Recently, they even showed off matching face masks — pink for the girls, green for the boys

Promise: Before meeting the sisters, Jeremy said he and his twin brother Josh had made a vow that they would only marry another set of twins

Promise: Before meeting the sisters, Jeremy said he and his twin brother Josh had made a vow that they would only marry another set of twins

'We got lucky enough to find them, we couldn't be happier,' Jeremy said

‘We got lucky enough to find them, we couldn’t be happier,’ Jeremy said

Wait a minute... Their identical faces and outfits surely cause confusion for strangers

Wait a minute… Their identical faces and outfits surely cause confusion for strangers

Surprise... The couple didn't reveal when the babies are due or if they know the genders

Surprise… The couple didn’t reveal when the babies are due or if they know the genders

‘We got lucky enough to find them, we couldn’t be happier.’  

The sisters were also lucky to find a set of twins who are also happy to dress identically, as they often do. They frequently pose for pictures with both sets of twins in identical outfits.

Recently, they even showed off matching face masks — pink for the girls, green for the boys.  

They wear matching swimsuits to the pool, and on Halloween, they wear the same costumes. This year, the women dressed as Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, while the men were both Prince Philip.

Recently, they celebrated their second anniversary with a photo of the men in matching pajamas cuddling their wives in matching robes.  

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A further 52 coronavirus deaths have been announced in the UK’s early count this afternoon, with 43 in England, seven in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.

The numbers add to evidence that the death count is continuing to grow as cases surge, but the daily average remains 95 per cent lower than it was at the peak.  

The seven fatalities in Scotland are its highest one-day increase in more than three months, since there were nine announced on June 17.

A full round-up of the whole UK’s fatalities and new cases is expected from the Department of Health later this afternoon.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to hold a television briefing at 5pm today to impress on the nation the importance of following social distancing rules.

Mr Johnson is facing backlash against the use of his chief medical advisers Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, who are also set to appear in the briefing, as ‘scientific propaganda’ to justify tough social distancing rules.

Cases have this week hit an average of 6,087 per day with 7,143 confirmed yesterday.

Positive tests are now higher than they were even at the peak of the crisis but this is because 10 times as many tests are being done, not because the outbreak is bigger.

In other coronavirus news today:

  • Boris Johnson and the Government were slammed by the speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, for forcing through local lockdown rules without a debate or vote beforehand;
  • A ‘super-spreader’ has been blamed for triggering an outbreak at Swansea University after infecting 32 people at a house party; 
  • The chief executive of the Bank of England said people were fretting too much about Covid-19’s impact on the economy and predicted it would grow 20 per cent in the next quarter;
  • Liverpool is said to be days away from a local lockdown as cases there continue to surge and the mayor has backed calls to ban alcohol after 9pm;
  • People in Britain got drunk more often than usual during lockdown ‘to cope with the stress’ – but they smoked less, according to a study;
  • Europe’s ‘second wave’ of Covid-19 is still only a tenth of the size of the devastating outbreak that battered the continent in the spring. 
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Tensions are running high in Westminster as the numbers of coronavirus cases continue to grow but ministers are divided over what to do.

The PM has been urged to drop scientists Sir Patrick and Professor Whitty from TV briefings, with complaints that they are being used as ‘propaganda’ to back up increasingly draconian restrictions.

MailOnline understands some Cabinet ministers are increasingly frustrated by the dire warnings from the medical and science chiefs about a second wave.

Former Downing Street aides have been calling on the government to take the experts out of the limelight, warning they are not great communicators and it gave the impression decisions were clear cut rather than a matter of judgement for ministers.

Senior Conservative Sir Bernard Jenkin upped the ante today by saying that the Government is using ‘science as propaganda’. 

‘We saw during the Iraq war, intelligence being used as a propaganda,’ he told Times Radio.

‘The scientists are not there to explain what the government has judged necessary to do’.

But as there are rising concerns about cases, hospitalisations and deaths all rising from the near-zero levels they hit over the summer, data shows Britain’s outbreak is nowhere near as bad as it was during the spring.

Covid-19 patients are currently occupying fewer than two per cent of all hospital beds in England. The most NHS recent snapshot — released three weeks ago — showed just 478 out of 110,000 beds in use were by Covid-19 patients on September 3.

This has since risen to 1,883, according to Department of Health data. Health chiefs have yet to update the total beds occupied figure since but it barely changed over the summer.

Even at the peak of the crisis in Britain, only a quarter of all beds were occupied by virus patients. On April 7, 26.5 per cent of the 67,206 people in England’s hospitals were being treated for coronavirus — the highest proportion on record.

NHS England officials have not publicly revealed how many beds they have available in total but it’s thought to be around the 110,000-mark. 

Capacity was bolstered by standby beds commandeered through a deal with private facilities, plus extra space at seven Nightingale hospitals purposely built to stop the NHS from being overwhelmed.

Data shows there have been 491 Covid-19 hospital admissions in the North East in the past month, compared to 361 in the Midlands, 264 in London, 109 in the South East, 72 in the East and 52 in South West. Only the North West of England, with 552 admissions, has had more than the NE during that time. Graphs show how the number of hospital patients with Covid-19 in each different region of England has changed since the pandemic began

Data shows there have been 491 Covid-19 hospital admissions in the North East in the past month, compared to 361 in the Midlands, 264 in London, 109 in the South East, 72 in the East and 52 in South West. Only the North West of England, with 552 admissions, has had more than the NE during that time. Graphs show how the number of hospital patients with Covid-19 in each different region of England has changed since the pandemic began

Separate data also shows NHS hospitals across England and Wales are still recording hundreds of fewer deaths than expected every week since the outbreak began to tail off in May. But the number of patients dying from the coronavirus did rise slightly in the week ending September 20, in line with a national spike in cases, from 64 to 98.

Deaths of people in their own homes from causes other than the virus continued to run at far above average rates. 

There were 2,962 such fatalities during the week, 711 more than the average for the time of year, and doctors noted Covid-19 symptoms in only eight of their cases.

NHS England today said the service was still encouraging people to visit hospital for all medical needs if and when they need to, amid fears Britons are still too scared to visit in case they catch the virus. Boris Johnson this summer had to urge the public to seek treatment if they need it, insisting the service was safe from Covid-19. 

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Marks & Spencer has delighted fans by announcing their festive range for 2020 which includes more than 1000 new products.

The upmarket grocer, who launched a partnership with Ocado earlier this month, has created a range based on more intimate ‘mini-mas’ celebrations, as many people are expected to celebrate in smaller groups due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The range has more vegan food than ever before, as well as Christmas classics including an oven-ready turkey crown, and indulgent golden profiteroles. 

What’s in M&S’s Christmas range? 

Marks and Spencer have introduced more than 1000 items for their festive range, here FEMAIL reveals a selection of the best bites, with some items available from tomorrow. 

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Battered Mini Sausages ‘chip shop style’ with curry dip, £5, 290g

IN STORE FROM 21 OCT

A perfect taste of the ‘chippy’ in bitesize form, complete with curry sauce for dipping

Battered Mini Sausages 'chip shop style' with curry dip, £5, 290g and are in store from 21st October

Battered Mini Sausages ‘chip shop style’ with curry dip, £5, 290g and are in store from 21st October

Perfect for Christmas morning! Marks & Spencer's best ever Smoked Salmon cost £5 for 100g

Perfect for Christmas morning! Marks & Spencer’s best ever Smoked Salmon cost £5 for 100g

Chicken Doughnut Dippers £5, 330g 

IN STORE FROM 21 OCT

These jumbo battered British chicken breast ‘rings’ come in their very own doughnut box with BBQ sauce and waffle crumbs for dipping.

Dough-nut adjust your screen! Chicken Doughnut Dippers cost £5 for 330g and are in store from October 21

Dough-nut adjust your screen! Chicken Doughnut Dippers cost £5 for 330g and are in store from October 21

The Molten Mountain Cheesebake, £7 (serves 6)

Hot cheese? Yes please! M&S’s hot and gooey Christmas cheese is renowned across the UK, and this year the supermarket has gone introduced a smouldering cheese-lover’s dream.

This fondue pot of Gruyère, Comté and Emmental is topped with bacon lardons, roasted onion and Raclette cheese, and is ready to pop straight into the oven.

Hot cheese? Yes please! M&S's hot and gooey Christmas cheese is renowned across the UK, and this year the supermarket has gone introduced a smouldering cheese-lover's dream

Hot cheese? Yes please! M&S’s hot and gooey Christmas cheese is renowned across the UK, and this year the supermarket has gone introduced a smouldering cheese-lover’s dream 

Fans will be able to explore the full festive range online tomorrow including 14 exclusive online Christmas Food to Order products like the Star-Studded Sausage Roll Garland  Stack (pictured) for £12 and a three-tier tower of moreish sausage rolls

Fans will be able to explore the full festive range online tomorrow including 14 exclusive online Christmas Food to Order products like the Star-Studded Sausage Roll Garland  Stack (pictured) for £12 and a three-tier tower of moreish sausage rolls

Perfect Turkey Crown £50, serves 6-8

IN STORE 19th DEC  

Needing next to no attention for the perfect, succulent meat every time, M&S have done all the hard-work meaning you can simply pop in the oven for the specified time, and cook-up delicious, fuss-free meat.

Costing £50 and serving 6-8, this free range bird is great value coming pre-basted, pre-stuffed with a pork and cranberry stuffing, pre-wrapped with a flavoursome cured smoked bacon for ultimate succulence and we have even infused a nutty butter under the skin to keep meat super moist and skin super crispy.

Perfect Turkey Crown costs £50 and serves 6-8. It will be in store from December 19th and just needs to be baked

Perfect Turkey Crown costs £50 and serves 6-8. It will be in store from December 19th and just needs to be baked

Slow-cooked Turkey Legs £12, 1.7kg, serves 4, in store for 2nd December

Slow-cooked Turkey Legs £12, 1.7kg, serves 4, in store for 2nd December

Slow-cooked Turkey Legs £12, 1.7kg, serves 4

IN STORE FROM 2 DEC

To make sure there’s no wastage from their crowns, M&S have specially prepared these delicious slow-cooked turkey legs, complete with rich turkey gravy. 

Perfect for anyone who prefers darker meat.

They say it is so succulent, it falls off the bone.

Mushroom & Camembert Pie £18, 975g serves 4 

IN STORE 18 DEC

A Christmas treat for anyone and everyone. Mushrooms and roast parsnips in a creamy, cheesy sauce, encased in flaky pastry shaped like a mushroom.

I've only got pies for you!  A Christmas treat for anyone and everyone. Mushrooms and roast parsnips in a creamy, cheesy sauce, encased in flaky pastry shaped like a mushroom, £18, 975g serves 4

I’ve only got pies for you!  A Christmas treat for anyone and everyone. Mushrooms and roast parsnips in a creamy, cheesy sauce, encased in flaky pastry shaped like a mushroom, £18, 975g serves 4

VEGAN 

As well as their traditional range M&S are launching even more vegan items this year, including Plant Kitchen Festive Wreath, Plant Kitchen No Pigs in Duvets and Chocolate Tortes that are deceptively vegan. 

In January, the shop revealed their first ever vegan Kiev, 40 years after launching the chicken Kiev in the UK. 

Frozen Plant Kitchen mini no chicken Kievs £5, 360g 

IN STORE NOW 

This Christmas, they will also have frozen bitesize versions of the soya-based Kievs, which are in stores now.

IN STORE NOW: Frozen Plant Kitchen mini no chicken Kievs £5, 360g. M&S first introduced the delicious kievs (full size)into store in January

IN STORE NOW: Frozen Plant Kitchen mini no chicken Kievs £5, 360g. M&S first introduced the delicious kievs (full size)into store in January 

As well as their traditional range M&S are launching even more vegan items this year, including Plant Kitchen Festive Wreath (pictured)

As well as their traditional range M&S are launching even more vegan items this year, including Plant Kitchen Festive Wreath (pictured)

SWEET   

This year’s dessert collection is bigger than ever and made for every occasion, including rounding off the main event. 

Guaranteed crowd-pleasers include showstopping golden balls profiterole stack and theatrical gold bullion bar.

Golden Balls £12, 640g serves 8

Golden balls! Profiteroles with a difference! Go for gold this Christmas with a dazzling stack of delicate choux pastry puffs filled with whipped cream, layered with rich salted caramel sauce and decorated with gold malt balls and gold shimmer

Golden balls! Profiteroles with a difference! Go for gold this Christmas with a dazzling stack of delicate choux pastry puffs filled with whipped cream, layered with rich salted caramel sauce and decorated with gold malt balls and gold shimmer

IN STORE FROM 20 DEC

Profiteroles with a difference! Go for gold this Christmas with our dazzling stack of delicate choux pastry puffs filled with whipped cream, layered with rich salted caramel sauce and decorated with gold malt balls and gold shimmer.

Giant Gold Bullion Bar, £20, 750g serves 6

Bringing back a customer favourite ¿ this time super-sized to add a touch of theatre to the table. A light caramel mousse, layered with chocolate ganache, crunchy chocolate shortbread pieces and salted caramel sauce, encased in a milk chocolate shell.

Other festive favourites include a velvety Salted Caramel Brownie Liqueur (pictured), a Triple Chocolate Panettone of dreams

Giant Gold Bullion Bar, £20, 750g serves 6 (right) while the a Triple Chocolate Panettone is described as a thing of dream

IN STORE FROM 18 DEC

Bringing back a customer favourite – this time super-sized to add a touch of theatre to the table. 

A light caramel mousse, layered with chocolate ganache, crunchy chocolate shortbread pieces and salted caramel sauce, encased in a milk chocolate shell.

Simply shatter and share!

But that’s not all!

Some other festive favourites include a velvety Salted Caramel Brownie Liqueur, out-of-this-world Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding, a Triple Chocolate Panettone of dreams and everybody’s favourite – a Festive Colin the Caterpillar Cake, giving a new take on the Christmas Yule Log!

An out-of-this-world Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding is sure to delight fans who don't opt for traditional fruit cake

An out-of-this-world Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding is sure to delight fans who don’t opt for traditional fruit cake

Everybody's favourite! A Festive Colin the Caterpillar Cake, giving a new take on the Christmas Yule Log

Everybody’s favourite! A Festive Colin the Caterpillar Cake, giving a new take on the Christmas Yule Log

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Fans will be able to explore the full festive range online tomorrow including 14 exclusive online Christmas Food to Order products like the Star-Studded Sausage Roll Garland Stack for £12 and a three-tier tower of moreish sausage rolls.   

April Preston, Director of Product Development told FEMAIL: ‘This year, customers have been telling us they want to embrace the spirit of Christmas more than ever. 

‘We won’t want to confine Christmas to one day, we’ll be looking to extend the festive season and turn it into a series of moments, celebrating with loved ones in whatever way we can. 

M&S are also selling a Shortbread Musical House Tin in beautiful colours for just £5

M&S are also selling a Shortbread Musical House Tin in beautiful colours for just £5

‘Christmas isn’t a time our customers want to hold back, and food will continue to play a central part in their celebrations. 

‘Some of the festivities may look a bit different, some might even be virtual, but they will be more special than ever as we treat, thank, celebrate and unite with friends and family.’ 

It comes after the grocer launched eight new lines including a banana bread and an almond muffin.

Other items included a Mushroom & Cheese Swirl, an Handcrafted Baguette, as well as a range of delicious doughnuts.

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Indian rescue teams search for 12-year-old girl buried under 100ft garbage heap

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Rescue teams are searching for a 12-year-old girl who was buried under a 100 foot mountain of stinking refuse when it collapsed on Saturday at one of India‘s largest rubbish dumps. 

As the search operation today entered its fifth day, hopes are fading fast of finding her alive.  

Neha Vasava was on top of a 100ft mountain of refuse at Ahmedabad’s biggest rubbish dump – where she and her family desperately try to make a living – when it collapsed on Saturday evening.

Rescuers have since been sifting through tonnes of stinking garbage and braving feral dogs that roam the area, spread over some 80 acres.

Pictured: Excavators work along side Ahmedabad Fire & Emergency Services and Gujarat Police personnel in their search for 12-year-old Neha Vasava who was on top of the 80-100 feet mountain of refuse at Ahmedabad's biggest rubbish dump when it collapsed on Saturday evening

Pictured: Excavators work along side Ahmedabad Fire & Emergency Services and Gujarat Police personnel in their search for 12-year-old Neha Vasava who was on top of the 80-100 feet mountain of refuse at Ahmedabad’s biggest rubbish dump when it collapsed on Saturday evening

The search for the girl - which has seen rescue workers fighting through tonnes of stinking garbage and braving feral dogs - has entered its fifth day. Hopes of finding her alive are dwindling. Pictured: Men, dwarfed by the huge rubbish dump, search through the mountain of garbage along-side earthmovers

The search for the girl – which has seen rescue workers fighting through tonnes of stinking garbage and braving feral dogs – has entered its fifth day. Hopes of finding her alive are dwindling. Pictured: Men, dwarfed by the huge rubbish dump, search through the mountain of garbage along-side earthmovers

Ranjanben Manu Vasava prays at her house near the Pirana landfill as her daughter Neha, 12, is still missing after five days of searching. The family - along with hundreds of others - scour the rubbish dump for scraps they can sell off to make a living

Ranjanben Manu Vasava prays at her house near the Pirana landfill as her daughter Neha, 12, is still missing after five days of searching. The family – along with hundreds of others – scour the rubbish dump for scraps they can sell off to make a living

An estimated four million Indians – many of them children – work in filthy, dangerous conditions as ‘ragpickers’, sorting through trash for metal and other materials to sell.

‘The chance of her being alive is negligible, but we will continue the search till we find her,’ fire officer Naitik Bhatt said Wednesday.

He said six earthmovers had been deployed in the frantic search, which had been made more difficult by a spell of rain.

‘A few hours after she got buried there was rain because of which more garbage could have fallen from the top,’ Bhatt told AFP.

A six-year-old boy, who was scavenging with Vasava, was rescued shortly after the collapse.

Nearly 3,500 tonnes of waste from Ahmedabad city is dumped at the site every day.

The dump, called Mount Pirana by locals because of its height, sees nearly 3,500 tonnes of waste from Ahmedabad city dumped at the site every day. A six-year-old boy, who was scavenging with Vasava, was rescued shortly after the collapse

The dump, called Mount Pirana by locals because of its height, sees nearly 3,500 tonnes of waste from Ahmedabad city dumped at the site every day. A six-year-old boy, who was scavenging with Vasava, was rescued shortly after the collapse

The dump, spread over 80 acres, is home to several hundred impoverished families who live nearby in shanties that have no piped water or sewage systems. The UN estimates that 41 million children under the age of 12 are forced to work in South Asia

The dump, spread over 80 acres, is home to several hundred impoverished families who live nearby in shanties that have no piped water or sewage systems. The UN estimates that 41 million children under the age of 12 are forced to work in South Asia

The dump, called Mount Pirana by locals because of its height, is home to several hundred impoverished families who live in shanties without piped water or sewage systems.

‘We earn our bread by selling the scrap we collect from the dump,’ Mahesh, a ragpicker, told AFP.

‘We are lucky if we get picked up by some contractor for labour work… Otherwise the only option we have is to sell the scrap,’ added the 30-year-old, who was working without any protective gear.

Officials in Ahmedabad have vowed to dismantle the huge rubbish dump by August 2022, removing 300 tonnes of garbage from the side every day, using the salvaged materials for roads, fuel and other industries. 

According to UNICEF, well over 41 million children aged under 12 are forced to work in South Asia.

India’s coronavirus lockdown is thought to have pushed more children into working after their parents fell into poverty, experts say. 

According to official data India, home to 1.3 billion people, is the world’s second most infected nation, with more than 6.1 million cases, just behind the United States.

But the real figure could be 10 times the official figure, according to the latest serological survey – a study testing blood for certain antibodies to estimate the proportion of a population that has fought off the virus. The results were released yesterday. 

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