Toll in Monsoon Diseases 12, Lepto Claimed 8: BMC Report
Mumbai: Monsoon-related diseases have claimed 12 lives since June with leptospirosis contributing to eight fatalities and H1N1 to two. Hepatitis, which caused an outbreak in Kurla, also killed one person, the first death since 2017. A report by the BMC’s public health department on Monday, however, stated dengue-like illnesses were responsible for maximum hospitalisations during monsoon. Since June, the mosquito-borne disease alone contributed to over 6,500 hospitalisations with maximum admissions seen in September (3,527), a near 86% jump from August (1,894). The good news is there has been only one confirmed dengue death this year as compared to 14 last years. BMC’s executive health officer Dr Padmaja Keskar said the dengue threat is not over. “We always see continued or increased transmission when rains are intermittent. People should continue to take precautions,” she said. She also added while leptospirosis has claimed several lives, the corporation’s initiative to administer preventive doses of antibiotics such as doxycycline within 72 hours of wading through water has helped control cases. Around 167 cases of leptospirosis were detected this year compared to 179 in 2018.
The recent victims of leptospirosis were a 61-year-old man from Andheri (west) and a 43-year-old man from Andheri (east). According to the medical records, the senior citizen initially took treatment from a private medical practitioner. When he got hospitalised on September 6, he was coughing up blood and had reduced platelet count. He succumbed within 24 hours. The other deceased, too, had similar symptoms and had sought treatment from a local doctor before getting admitted to a BMC hospital on September 17. He also died within 24 hours. Both the deceased had acute respiratory distress syndrome. A doctor from Sion Hospital said the involvement of organs has become common in complicated cases of leptospirosis. “We have treated patients where their kidney and liver health have taken a major beating because of this bacterial disease,” said the doctor. Among the enteric diseases, hepatitis has shown a significant jump as compared to previous years. From January till September, nearly 1,400 cases have already been reported as compared to 1,147 seen in the whole of 2018 and 1,234 in 2017. The BMC report also stated there was a marginal rise in malaria cases in September. The year has also seen close to 450 H1N1 cases.
Rain Toll 140, Bihar Deputy CM Rescued in Lifeboat in Patna
Bihar: Bihar deputy CM Sushil Modi (in shorts) was rescued from his inundated Patna home along with his family in a lifeboat, as the city battled its worst floods since 1975. The toll due to heavy rain since last week rose to at least 140, with UP reporting 109 deaths since Thursday. Rain subsided in Bihar and UP on Monday.
Monsoon Mayhem Toll Hits 140, Patna Still Under Water
Rescue personnel shift residents from a waterlogged area in Patna.
Patna/Lucknow: The toll in the mayhem wrought by the monsoon since last week rose to at least 140 on Monday even as rainfall eased in parts of the country that had received a pounding from the skies for more than 72 hours. In Bihar, the state capital of Patna continued to wallow in a sea of misery as most localities remained flooded for the third consecutive day. The sight of deputy chief minister Sushil Modi clads in shorts and being rescued on a lifeboat along with his family mirrored the plight of a marooned city that hasn’t had a more tormenting monsoon since the floods of 1975. Bhojpuri singer Sharda Sinha, whose house is located around 200 metres from the deputy CM’s residence, was also rescued after being marooned for three nights. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna will receive more rainfall in the coming days. Till evening, there were 25 deaths in rain-related incidents across the state. In Uttar Pradesh, the disaster relief department said it had information about 109 deaths since Thursday. Four of these casualties were reported on Monday. There were three deaths in Dumka district of Jharkhand, which has also received unceasing rain since last week. The victims were killed in their sleep when one of the walls of their mud house collapsed.
73mm Rain in 6 Hours: IT Belt Bears Brunt
Hyderabad/Secunderabad: With monsoon deciding to stay longer than usual, heavy downpour of up to 73 mm were witnessed at many posh localities in the western and eastern corridors of the city on Monday. According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society, Madhapur received the highest rainfall of 73.5 mm, followed by 70.5 mm in Jubilee Hill, 69.3 mm in Gachibowli, 63.25 mm in Kakatiya Hills, 62.5 mm in Moosapet and 61.25 mm in MP and MLAs Colony. In the eastern corridor, areas such as Trimulgherry, Monda Market, Bolarum, Marredpally and Cherlapally received upto 30 mm of rainfall in a span of six hours. Heavy rainfall led to waterlogging at Madhapur main road, which is an arterial road to go towards major IT firms such as Google, Facebook, Amazon to name a few. Following death of a fitness trainer due to electrocution in Madhapur last week, many commuters were scared to reach their destination amidst waterlogging.
“I walked back to my hostel in knee deep water without falling into a drain or being electrocuted. In heavy rainfall, which brings life in the IT corridor to a standstill, reaching home safe is an achievement in itself,” said Sirisha Goud, an animator who lives in Patrika Nagar in Madhapur. The condition outside ESI Metro station was no different as water level was up to three feet high. Vigorous and relentless monsoon rain has put this month on course to be the wettest September the country has witnessed in 102 years. Hyderabad is no exception as it has already received 116 per cent surplus rainfall only in the month of September. As per India Meteorological Department-Hyderabad figures, the city has received rainfall of 339.7 mm as against normal rainfall of 157.2 mm in September. Meteorologists forecast that it will be a rainy festival season as withdrawal of monsoon is only expected by mid-October. “We can expect onset of winter by October-end that is during Diwali,” said YK Reddy, director, India Meteorological Department, Hyderabad.