News Flash – 13 August 2019

National News



Flood & Rain Toll nears 200 in a Week, 16 new Deaths Reported Across Nation

UNINVITED GUEST: Receding water threw up a 10ft crocodile on the roof of a submerged house in Karnataka on Monday. The sight created panic among villagers, who have been told to keep away until the water subsides.



Gujarat: Even as heavy rains abated in several flood-hit states on Monday, atleast16 more deaths were reported across the country due to rain and inundation. These included five fishermen whose bodies were washed ashore near Gujarat’s Dwarka coast and nine people who died in house collapse and landslides Uttarakhand and J&K. According to news agencies, nearly 200 people have so far died in flood and rain-related accidents across the country in the past week or so. In Gujarat, the bodies of five fishermen, who had drowned on Saturday night, were washed ashore near Rupen port and Okhamadhi, near Dwarka. Two girls reportedly drowned in a flooded river in Surendranagar district on Monday. Meanwhile, three houses collapsed, killing six people, as incessant rain and lightning caused extensive damage in Banjbagad, Aali and Lakhi villages of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand. Three shops were also washed away. The Rishikesh-Kedarnath NH107 was closed due to landslides at several locations. Landslides blocked 82 roads in different districts of the Himalayan state. The Met department has warned of heavy rains in the state in the next few days. In Jammu and Kashmir, three from a family died after they came under a boulder in a landslide in Jammu’s Resai. In Kerala, rains subsided in most districts even as search and relief operations were on in landslide-hit Kavalappara and Puthumala in Malappuram and Wayanad districts. Rain fury also abated in Karnataka for the first time in a week as focus shifted to relief operations.



In 2 months, 16k down with diarrhoea, 1.3k battle typhoid


Hyderabad: Enteric fevers, especially typhoid, is on the rise in Hyderabad as also are diarrhoea and Hepatitis A. In the last two months, 1,301 enteric fever cases have been reported in the city, while over 16,178 cases of diarrhoea (including gastroenteritis cases) have been reported. The number of cases of viral hepatitis in the same period is 70. The rising figures could be the result of largescale drinking water contamination, fear experts. Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) has flagged the spike in water-borne diseases in the city. In fact, many cases are being reported from slum areas in and around the city, but there is no exception of posh areas too. These include Banjara Hills, Aayappa Society, Madinaguda, Chandrayangutta, Karwan, Habsiguda, Hafeezpet, Afzalgunj and Mehdipatnam among others.



Leptospirosis or rat fever cases are likely to go undetected as individual diagnostic tests are not run due to the high cost of investigation as compared to the cost of treatment,” said Dr Ashish Chauhan, consultant preventive medicine. He added that experts use a cocktail of treatment for all viral and bacterial diseases at a go. Open drainage in several parts of the city is making matters worse by causing mixing of rainwater with dirty water. “Waterlogging, poorly fitted manholes and rusting drinking water pipelines contribute to the problem too. We are in touch with the GHMC to identify such areas,” said a state health department official. Experts pointed out that patients from certain localities are seeking treatment. “This shows the lack of hygiene in the areas,” said Dr Rahul Agarwal, senior consultant general physician, Medicover Hospitals.



Security Guard Dies as GHMC Park Gate Weighing 200kg Collapses on Him

The sliding gate came off the groove crushing Ramulu under it.



Hyderabad: A week after two Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) workers were crushed to death at a dump yard near Imliban bus station, a security guard at a GHMC park in Jubilee Hills died On Sunday. The man died after the park gate collapsed on him. The weight of the gate is estimated to be around 200kg. GHMC officials were quick to deny any laxity on their part and said the park’s maintenance is top class. Panniru Ramulu died on the spot when wheels of the sliding gate came off the grove as he was closing it and the gate fell on him. Ramulu was 50. The park is located on Road No. 5, Venkatagiri. “The sliding gate weighs more than 200 kg. Ramulu might have died as the heavy gate fell on him,” a senior cop from Jubilee Hills police station said. A case was booked under section 174 (suspicious death) of CrPC. Cops said the freak incident occurred around 6.30 pm and an ambulance reached the park by 7pm. Senior officials denied that the death was caused by poor maintenance of the gate and said that the gate was not in a bad state. “The park gate is in good condition. The guard might have pulled the gate with great strength leading to its wheels coming off the grove,” said GHMC additional commissioner, urban bio-diversity wing, V Krishna. The victim was a native of Jangaon. Police said he was staying with his son, who is a singer with a private orchestra company, in Mallapur. Meanwhile, mayor Bonthu Rammohan on Monday announced an ex gratia of Rs.2 lakhs to the kin of the deceased.



Explosion & Fire on offshore Vessel at Vizag, one killed

A massive fire broke out in an offshore support vessel (OSV) named Coastal Jaguar, hired by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, on Monday, following a loud explosion on board the vessel.



Visakhapatnam: A person was killed and another went missing after a massive fire broke out in an offshore support vessel (OSV) named Coastal Jaguar, hired by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, on Monday, following a loud explosion on board the vessel. The deceased has been identified as Ashish Kumar (30) from Rajasthan and the missing crew member has been identified as Vicky (40). According to city police, both of them jumped out of the vessel after the fire broke out. The rest of the 26-member crew of the Coastal Jaguar was rescued by teams sent by Visakhapatnam Port Trust and the Indian Coast Guard. According to police, six crew members are seriously injured Tasarapu Bharadwaj (23), a resident of Old Post Office area in Visakhapatnam suffered 90% burn injuries, Ansar Ulhak (39), who hails from Kolkata suffered 65% burns, Vanamadi Annavaram (40) from East Godavari suffered 30% burns, Jaswir Singh (46) from Agra suffered 45% burns, Juvin Joshi (24) from Ernakulam suffered 45% burns and Chintapalli Tandelu (48) from Srikakulam. The police said eight others were also injured in the mishap. All of them have been admitted to a private hospital in the city.



The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, but sources said a cylinder pipe caught fire, while police sources said it might be an explosion of fuel tank. The vessel had gone to Single Point Mooring (SPM) for maintenance work. The accident took place while the work was being carried out. Meanwhile, a press release issued by Vizag Port Trust (VPT) said the fire erupted in the vessel at HPCL’s Single Point Mooring, a terminal where crude oil is handled. The VPT marine department was alerted about the accident around 11.25am and deployed four craft Sea Lion Agile, Sea Lion Sentinel, Sardar Patel and Fire Float for rescue operation. According to VPT, 13 of the crew were injured and shifted to hospital and six were rescued unhurt, but did not reveal how many were part of the crew. Indian Coast Guard Vessel Rani Rashmoni, which was in the vicinity, was sent to coordinate rescue operations. The Coast Guard also deployed Samudra Pheredar and chopper C-432 for support. Coastal Jaguar was towed by a VPT tug to a safe location away from the SPM.



Kerala Monsoon Fury: Death toll hits 83; 41 still missing


Kerala: Rains have relented and waters have begun to recede from most of the inundated regions in the state on Monday as the toll in the monsoon fury increased to 83. As many as 41 people are still missing in Kavalappara in Malappuram while seven people are yet to be accounted for in Puthumala in Wayanad. From Kavalappara, 18 bodies have been recovered so far. Minister K T Jaleel said all possible efforts are being made for rescue operations. A few of the bodies, which were recovered on Monday were decomposed. About 2.87 lakh people are still camping in relief centres. With rains subsiding politicians are back on stage with blame game. On Monday, CPM politburo took strong exception to Union home minister Amit Shah skipping Kerala from his aerial survey of flood affected regions. Shah, on Sunday, toured areas of Maharashtra and Karnataka, where rain had played havoc. “The home minister, in his aerial survey of flood hit areas, chose to go only to BJP-ruled states of Maharashtra & Karnataka.



It appears he deliberately skipped surveying badly hit Kerala. Some elements associated with the RSSBJP are campaigning on social media asking people not to donate to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Political partisanship is least expected in times of natural calamities and unfortunate deaths of people,” a statement issued by the CPM politburo said on Monday. While Amit Shah didn’t cross the border to enter Kerala, AICC former president Rahul Gandhi spent the entire day visiting the landslide hit areas of Wayanad from where he has been elected to Lok Sabha. On Tuesday, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan will visit the worst-hit areas of Malappuram and Wayanad. It is learnt that Vijayan will reach Puthumala in Wayanad and Kavalappara in Malappuram where landslides had led to unprecedented human tragedy. As isolated heavy rains have been forecasted in certain parts of the state, collectors of Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta declared holiday for educational institutions in those districts.



International News



A Monster Storm that Smashed China


China: A monster storm that smashed its way up the eastern China coast and forced more than a million residents to flee has killed 44 people, state media said on Monday. Footage on state broadcaster CCTV showed fields and streets flooded by muddy water, submerged vehicles, scattered debris and trees blown over as strong winds and rain from Typhoon Lekima pounded cities along the seaboard. At least 16 people were still missing as the storm moved further up the coast near Beijing.

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