News Flash – 19 September 2019

National News



With 960mm in 18 Days, Mumbai Breaks 65-Year September Rain Record, RED ALERT: Expect July-End like Rain Today, says Forecast


Mumbai: The city has recorded the wettest September ever, as till Wednesday evening, the total rainfall recorded by the IMD Santacruz observatory was 960mm. The previous all-time highest September rainfall was 920mm, in the year 1954. On many days of this month, the city recorded three-digit rainfall figures in a 24-hour period. For instance, 242.2mm rainfall was received between September 4 and 5. Weathermen said with active monsoon conditions, September rain may even cross the 1000mm-mark, which is usually seen in July — when several favourable weather systems cause significant rain activity. Thirteen districts in Maharashtra have been put on heavy rain alert for Thursday with extremely heavy rain at isolated places in Mumbai, Raigad, Satara, and Pune Ghats. The heavy rain could lead to localized flooding of roads, waterlogging in low-lying areas, occasional reduction in visibility, and traffic disruption. The state government declared a holiday on Thursday in all schools and junior colleges in Mumbai, Thane and the Konkan region as a precautionary measure in view of the heavy rainfall forecast. School education minister Ashish Shelar announced this late on Wednesday on his official Twitter account.



According to weathermen, several weather systems have now aligned around the state and its adjoining regions. These include moisture supply due to upper-air cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal off south Andhra Pradesh — that could create a situation similar to what the city experienced towards the end of July and early in August. Despite a ‘yellow’ alert issued by the IMD for Wednesday, 38.2mm of rainfall was recorded in Santacruz in the nine-hour period ending 5.30pm, which falls into the moderate rain category. In Colaba, 0.4mm of rainfall was recorded, which falls in ‘light rain’ category. Late on Wednesday, there was thunder and lightning, accompanied by heavy rain in many parts of the city and Thane. However, some netizens took a dig at IMD’s forecast. On Twitter, the handle @ManaliGharat tweeted, “The best way to keep rains away from Mumbai is to have weather dept. predict heavy rains #MumbaiRainlive.” Another handle @Subhash_ati also tweeted, “IMD bol rela hai matlab jam ke suraj chamkega kal,” Another tweet, from the handle @neemijoshi, read, “Dear HR, please arrange boat services to reach office. #mumbairains are not in a good mood this week #MumbaiRainlive”.



Lepto Claims 6 Lives Since June; H1N1 2, Dengue 1


Mumbai: Leptospirosis has emerged as a major killer this monsoon, claiming six lives since July. Influenza H1N1has caused two deaths, and dengue one since June, BMC said on Wednesday. In a health report released on Wednesday, BMC said a 19-year-old woman from Malad and a 49-yearold man from Andheri (E) were among the latest victims of the bacterial disease. It said cases of leptospirosis have shown a decline since it peaked in July with 62 cases. Cases dipped to 45 and 21 in August and September respectively. Most deaths were reported in August (4). An investigation by a death committee revealed that the Malad woman developed high-grade fever and vomiting on July 18. She visited two private physicians and a private hospital. She was admitted to another private hospital on July 21 with breathlessness and low platelet count. Tested positive for Lepto, she succumbed on July 21 to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).



While it’s not known how she was exposed to the bacteria that spreads through water contaminated with the pathogen, the Andheri victim is suspected to have contracted it from his workplace, BMC said. The man, who came down with fever, chills and abdominal pain on July 29, worked at an airport godown and had a history of exposure to stagnant water. He consulted two private physicians before being admitted to a BMC hospital on July 31. His platelet count dropped to 16,000 (normal range is 1.5-4 lakh). The patient was in ICU but succumbed to ARDS and multi-organ dysfunction on August 4. The deaths were only recently analysed and attributed to Lepto, which claimed 12 lives in 2018 and seven in 2017. The 68-year-old Andheri H1N1 patient, with a travel history, succumbed more than a month after developing symptoms.



Safdarjung Hospital Security Guards Beaten by Patient’s Kin



New Delhi: The new emergency block of Safdarjung Hospital witnessed chaotic situation on Tuesday night, when more than 20 people tried to forcefully enter the patient area at around 11pm. They were accompanying a patient who was suffering from health complication due to alcoholism, the doctors claimed. “The guards posted there tried to tell them that only two people could be allowed inside with the patient. But they didn’t listen. And, within minutes, gathered more than 20-30 people who tried to barge into the patient area and, when resisted, they assaulted the guards on duty,” said a resident doctor. Dr Prakash Thakur, president of Safdarjung Hospital’s Resident Doctor’s Association (RDA) said this was the third such incident in the last 15 days. “The number of security personnel deployed in the emergency area needs to be increased,” he added. Last month also, a resident doctor of Safdarjung Hospital was brutally assaulted by the family members of a patient who died due to prolonged illness. The deceased was suffering from chronic alcoholic liver disease and other medical issues, sources said. A mob of around 10 people had attacked two doctors and brutally thrashed them. One of them was seriously injured and admitted in the emergency department, doctors said.



Close Shave for 100 after Fire Breaks out in 7-Storey MG Road Building


Bengaluru: High drama prevailed on MG Road when a fire broke out on the ground floor of a seven-storey building on Wednesday. Nearly 100 people present in the building had a miraculous escape. Flames were first spotted at 2.35pm in a cubicle meant to store batteries for the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system and related electrical accessories for the building, Farah Towers. It houses UCO Bank, a courier officer, an interior decoration company and a computer training centre. With smoke billowing out, confused staffers and visitors ran helter-skelter: some stormed out, others made a dash for the terrace and a few got on to the edge of windows and were ready to jump. However, passersby urged the panic-stricken lot not to jump and assured them they would be rescued. Three girls who were stuck in the UCO Bank building were evacuated and rushed to Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital. “They have wheezing as they probably inhaled smoke. They didn’t sustain burn injuries,” said the hospital spokesperson.



As the flames began to spread, security guards and bank staff used the two fire extinguishers they were equipped with. A few men ran to the nearby Barton Centre, brought three more extinguishers and doused the fire. But the smoke quickly travelled to the other floors. In no time, occupants of the building began to run down. A few stood near windows and screamed for help. Some were seen stepping on to the windows’ edges. By then, a large crowd of curious onlookers and motorists gathered on MG Road, bringing traffic to a standstill. Sirens of a fire tender and an ambulance were heard near Brigade Road junction, but they were stuck in traffic for a while before they reached the spot. However, the blaze was doused by 3pm, before the vehicles arrived. Additional director general of police (ADGP), fire and emergency services, Sunil Agarwal said the fire was probably caused by a short circuit in the cubicle. “We will direct the building owner to furnish the occupancy certificate and other information. It seems, adequate fire safety measures had not been taken,” Agarwal said. The damage is yet to be ascertained.



31.8mm: Season’s Highest Rainfall in City


Hyderabad: On Tuesday night, the city witnessed 31.8mm rainfall, the highest this season over 24 hours, resulting in inundation and waterlogging in many areas. The sudden showers provided respite to citizens after monsoon activity was subdued for the past few days. According to Telangana State Development Planning Society, West Maredpally received highest rainfall at 58.5mm, followed by Vidyanagar (58.3mm), Cherlapally (56.3mm) and Lingampally (55.8mm). Areas such as Malkajgiri, Asifnagar, Quthbullapur, Trimulgherry and Tarnaka received rainfall of up to 50mm. The rain brought down the maximum temperature to 29.9°C. The minimum temperature was 21.6°C. Meteorologists have attributed the change in weather to an upper air cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal. “A low-pressure area is likely to develop over west central Bay of Bengal & adjoining areas of coastal Andhra Pradesh, which will result in rainfall in all districts,” said Raja Rao, meteorologist, IMD, Hyderabad.



According to IMD, Hyderabad, among districts Nalgonda received highest rainfall at 83.8mm, followed by 71.2mm in Peddapalli, 65.3mm in Yadadri-Bhadadri. Meteorologists said on Thursday one or two places are expected to receive heavy downpour. “Telangana, which is rain deficit by 4%, is expected to recover its deficiency in 2-3 days,” stated a weather report issued by Skymet, an independent weather forecasting agency. The intensity of rainfall may decrease as moderate rain will continue between September 20 and 22. Times View: With rain lashing the city, authorities couldn’t have picked a worse time to scrape bitumen off Masab Tank flyover to lay a new road. Now that ball has been set rolling, all possible efforts should be made to wrap up the work quickly and effectively. Traffic police must ensure that vehicles move smoothly. Potholes too must be dealt with on a war footing.



Security Guard Opens Fire to Stop Murder Bid



Sivaganga: The security guard of a bank, Chellanehru, on Wednesday prevented a murder by shooting the attacker in his leg with his service rifle here. Police said Thangamani of Avaramkattu village was an accused in the murder case of AMMK worker Saravanan. On Wednesday afternoon, when Thangamani and his friend Ganesan came near the Manamaudurai branch of Canara Bank, a gang of four Boomibalan, Tamilselvan, Machakalai and Andiselvam — attacked them to avenge the murder. Thangamani, who sustained injuries in the sudden attack, ran inside the bank to escape. However, the four men followed him inside the bank and started to attack him. On seeing this, security guard Chellanehru warned the gang to stop or else he would fire. As they continued to attack Thangamani, Chellanehru shot Tamilselvan, 30, in his right leg. The other three attackers fled after the shot was fired.



On information, police officials rushed to the spot and admitted Thangamani and Ganesan to Sivaganga Medical College Hospital and took Tamilselvan to the Manamadurai Government Hospital. Deputy inspector general of police (Ramanathapuram range) Rupeesh Kumar Meena and Sivaganga superintendent of police Rohit Nathan Rajagopal conducted an investigation at the spot. Based on the complaint of Thangamani, Manamadurai Town Police registered a case against Tamilselvan, Boomibalan, Machakalai and Andiselvam. The officials have also formed special teams to nab the trio who fled from the spot. Sources said that since Chellanehru prevented a murder by shooting Tamilselvan in the leg, and also saved the customers and staff at the bank from getting hurt, no action would be taken against him.

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