News Flash – 24 October 2019

National News



IMD Issues Red Alert for Goa Tomorrow

Earlier on Tuesday, the Met office had warned that the state would receive heavy rainfall for three consecutive days.



Panaji: India meteorological department (IMD), Panaji, has issued a red alert across Goa for Friday and warned on Wednesday that the state may receive extremely heavy rainfall of 200mm at isolated places due to a cyclonic storm brewing in the Arabian Sea. The weather office has also advised people to avoid outdoor activities “as much as possible”. On Tuesday, the Panaji Met office had said the state would witness heavy rainfall for three days—from Wednesday to Friday—and had issued an orange alert. But it upgraded it to a red alert for Friday after finding that the “well-marked low-pressure area” off the coast would turn into a depression in the next 24 hours and intensify into a cyclonic storm. “The system, which is about 150km from Goa, will move north-eastwards in the Arabian Sea around October 25, and this will affect the state,” said Krishnamurty Padgalwar, director, IMD, Panaji. After Friday, the system is expected to move away from Goa, the Met officials said. On Thursday, heavy to very rainfall is expected in a few places and the intensity is likely to decrease from Sunday, the weathermen said. Of the 23 days in October so far, there have been hardly four to five dry days. The post-seasonal rainfall total has touched 258.3mm and stands at a surplus of 87%. For the June to September monsoon season, Goa received 3,943.8mm rainfall, an excess of 33%. The Met office has also warned of squally weather conditions with wind speeds reaching 45-55km per hour. Fishermen have also been warned not to venture out to sea. The meteorological department has warned about the possibility of power interruptions, landslides, uprooting of trees and disruptions in road, rail and air travel.



North Karnataka gets Break from Rain but Situation Still Grim

COPING WITH WRECKAGE: A temple in Koppar village, Raichur, inundated in Krishna water. Farmers in Siruguppa, Ballari, remove pumps and shift to a safer area.



Hubballi: Heavy rain, which ravaged several parts of North Karnataka for the past three days, receded on Wednesday, bringing cheer to people in flood-hit areas. But the situation is still grim and district administrations are on their toes to deal with any eventuality if it pours again. Budenbi, 80, died after the wall of an adjacent house fell following heavy rain in Srirampura village of Hosadurga taluk in Chitradurga district. The body of a boy washed away in a stream at Mudagot village was found at Chinchodi village in Devadurga taluk. The body of 14-year-old Soheb, who was swept away in flood water on Sunday in Sunnada Kaluve in Hirekerur, was discovered in a canal. Kudal Sangama, an important pilgrimage centre, is also partially submerged. In Ballari, inflow of water into Tungabhadra Dam has reduced to 1,27,146 cusecs. Due to release of water from the dam into Tungabhadra river, downstream monuments at Hampi were inundated. Kampa-Bhoopa Road, which connects Kodandarama Temple, Lakshmi Temple, Kotilinga, Purandra Mantapa and Narahari Teergha are completely under water. Riverside Saalu mandapas are partially submerged. Assistant commissioner Konareddy said 600 sheep stranded at Uppalagaddea island of Bagewadi were rescued. Police, Home Guards, revenue officers, local youths and village elders are warning tourists not to go near the riverside in Hampi.



A historical tank of Neerugunda village in Hosadurga taluk of Chitradurga was breached causing flood like situation in surrounding villages. Standing crops, including coconut trees, were washed away. Over 50 houses in Aladahalli collapsed. Two youths, stranded in a stream near Arasapura village in Davanagere taluk in the early hours of Wednesday, were rescued by villagers, who also pulled out a goods vehicle trapped in flood water. Ghataprabha, Malaprabha and Krishna rivers are in spate, inundating villages on their banks and also causing flood-like situation in Bagalkot district. Water entered the Kudal Sangam’s Sangameshwar Temple in Hungund taluk. The Aihole temple complex was submerged in flood water of Malaprabha river. More than 30 villages in Hungund taluk are facing a flood threat. The situation is still grim in some villages on the banks of Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers in Raichur district as the water level is rising. The meditation centre of Shree Raghavendra Swamy Temple at Bichchale is near Raichur was submerged in Tungabhadra River water due to discharge from TB dam. Chaya Bhagavati Temple was inundated near Narayanpur next to the reservoir as a large amount of water was released into the river. Raichur administration has requested people of flood-prone areas not to venture near the river banks. It has requested the state government to deploy Army personnel if needed.



Police to Install Facial Recognition Software in 34 CCTV Cameras Across City


Kolkata: The Kolkata Police is set to introduce the state of the art technology to crack down on shoplifters, pickpockets and snatchers, using Artificial Intelligence (AI). In the latest round of NCRB 2017 data released last Monday, Kolkata has emerged as the safest city in the country. Police officers at Lalbazar said they are set to install facial recognition software across 25 crossings in the city just before Kali Puja and Diwali. The software will monitor the crowd and help reduce crimes like chain snatching and pickpocketing at busy places. The software will have the photographs of known criminals and the control room will get alerts if the software can match the wanted criminals, moving on the streets, with the photographs. “If the CCTVs help us trace the criminals, this software will help the police get alarms about the movements of the suspects and this will prevent crimes from being committed.



This is going to change how we look at crimes in crowded areas, especially the market places. If the project is successful, we will slowly introduce the software all over the city and increase the total number of such cameras to 100,” said a detective department official. To start with, 34 specified IP cameras will be installed at Presidency Correctional Home, Quest Mall, the crossing of Park Street and Free School Street and the crossing of Park Street and Rafi Ahamed Kidwai Road. Joint CP (crime) Murlidhar Sharma accepted that the plan was at a “ripe stage” but he said that details would be shared only after the process was initiated. Times View: Technology has become a handy tool for investigators and prosecutors, helping solve several recent high-profile cases. But we need to link all our private CCTV networks with the police network for optimum results.

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