Parts of Pune witness massive flooding after breach in canal wall
NO CASUALTIES: Water rushes through the streets, washing away parts of a slum in Pune, after the Mutha canal wall breached on Thursday.
Pune: The Mutha right bank canal developed a breach in its wall around 11am on Thursday, leading to massive flooding in the Ambil Odha slum and areas near Dandekar bridge. While no casualty was reported, hundreds of houses were inundated. The canal, which starts from the Khadakwasla dam and flows through Pune city towards the rural parts of the district, breached near the Janata Vasahat. The water in the canal, which was flowing from the dam at maximum speed (a rate of over 1,277 cusecs), gushed downstream through a small nullah at tremendous force, washing away several huts in the slums. According to a preliminary estimate by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), at least 300 huts were affected because of the flooding. A section of the Sinhagad road — from Sarasbaug to the Parvati water works — had to be closed for vehicular traffic to facilitate rescue operations. The irrigation department immediately stopped the release of water from the dam into the canal.
Amit Bhosale, who lives in the Dandekar bridge slum, said, “The situation was disastrous as thousands were crying for help to get out of their homes. The slum is densely populated and has narrow entry-exit points. The water level rose quickly, giving people little time for people to flee. Many people climbed on the top of their houses to stay safe”. The civic administration soon moved in its rescue machinery and started shifting people to safer places. Sanjeev Chopde, superintending engineer of the Pune irrigation circle of the state irrigation department, said the damage to the piling may have caused the breach. “The foundation of the wall gets damaged because of holes created by rats. This pushes down the soil. The canal wall requires urgent repairs, which can be done only after water release is stopped completely. Repairs on an extensive scale can be done only after the PMC completes the ongoing work of laying a water pipeline from Parvati to the Pune Cantonment,” he said. The civic administration and the irrigation department have taken steps to repair the breach in the canal wall and the work is expected to be completed within 24 to 48 hours.
These street criminals show no fear in facing the camera
New Delhi: In four incidents caught on CCTV cameras in different parts of the city, a 75-year-old trader heading towards his office with Rs 1.5 lakh, a youth talking on his phone, a senior citizen on a morning walk and an elderly lady walking home became victims of street crime in the past one week. One of the incidents was reported from Azadpur in northwest Delhi on September 24. The victim, Sanjay Shah, was walking towards his office with around Rs 1.5 lakh in his bag. CCTV footage shows three men on a black bike getting off and approaching him. The victim fought with the goons after which they assaulted him. Shah fell down on the road after being kicked and the accused snatched his bag and fled. The crime took place on a busy main road with dozens of onlookers, but nobody intervened. Police said an FIR has been registered and they are looking for the suspects. In the second episode, the CCTV video shows snatchers targeting an elderly woman on a busy road in Shastri Nagar of northeast Delhi. In her complaint, the woman said that she was returning home after visiting a temple around 8am on September 25 when the bikers attacked her. In the footage, they were seen taking a U-turn and waiting for her. As she walked past, they snatched her chain and sped away.
Another brazen robbery was captured on CCTV in Janakpuri in west Delhi. Two youths strangled a 75-yearold man, pinned him down on the road and fled with his belonging. The victim had gone to a park in A-1 Block for a morning walk. He was seen lying on the ground for a few seconds before getting up and raising an alarm. The incident took place on September 20 and police arrested the two accused, Mohammed Naseem and Nikesh, on September 23. As the victim didn’t file a complaint, police registered an FIR suo motu. The fourth incident took place on September 24 in Keshavpuram where a man walking on the footpath and talking on his mobile phone was pushed into a corner by two armed youths. The men assaulted him with their pistol butt and snatched his belongings. Police are trying to track the youths with the help of CCTV footage. On Thursday, Delhi Police informed lieutenant governor Anil Baijal about the measures being taken to control street crime. The beat system is being strengthened by making assistant sub-inspectors beat in-charges, police said. Patrolling on foot has been made mandatory for all field staff at police stations and paired motorcycle patrolling has also been started.
Technical glitch disrupts Metro services
Bengaluru: Commuters at Green Line stations of Namma Metro had to wait for more than 30 minutes on Thursday morning after a train developed a technical glitch. “We had to wait for over 30 minutes for a train at National College Metro station. The train that came next was so congested that a few people had to be offloaded and this just increased the waiting time,” said a commuter. “At 9.46am on Thursday, a train running from Yelachenahalli to Nagasandra on the Green Line developed a technical snag while approaching the National College Metro station. We introduced an additional train from Nagasandra, two trains from Rajajinagar and one train from Peenya Industry to normalise the situation. Passengers had to be detained at National College, Rajajinagar, Peenya Industry and Sampige Road stations and cleared by the following trains,” Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited managing director Ajay Seth said. The services were restored as per schedule at 10.57am from Yelachenahalli and Nagasandra stations.
102 H1N1 cases this Sept; Karnataka is on high alert
Bengaluru: With 102 cases of Influenza A H1N1 reported this year in Karnataka, an alert has been sounded in the state. From January 1 to September 25, 3,968 cases of suspected H1N1 were reported and 167 tested positive. The state health & family welfare department issued a circular to all districts to take up precautionary measures and stock Tami Flu tablets which will be distributed free of cost to patients. “In the past week, the number of cases has increased across the state, especially in BBMP limits, Bangalore Urban, Shivamogga, Hassan and Dakshina Kannada districts and this has caused concern. Any case of viral fever should be taken seriously,” said Dr S Sajjan Shetty, joint director, health & family welfare department. H1N1 influenza, a contagious viral infection, has symptoms similar to that of common flu and these include cough, fever, sore throat, stuffy or running nose, body ache, headache, chills and fatigue. A throat swab test confirms if the person suffers from the virus.
Alert cops nab 2 men trying to Burgle House
Bengaluru: It was 2am on Monday and police personnel led by Seshadripuram assistant commissioner were on night patrol in Sadashivanagar. On reaching 10th Main Road, assistant sub inspector Gangadharaiah, 58, noticed two men at the doorstep of a house and stopped the vehicle. Almost leaning on the front door, the men were trying to evade detection. Gangadharaiah sounded an alert on the wireless to the ACP, who was in another vehicle moving ahead. On seeing cops, the men took to their heels and tried to scale the compound wall of the house, but Gangadharaiah and his colleagues managed to overpower and arrest them. The men were carrying two hammers each, one big screwdriver and an iron rod. Satti Babu Reddi, 32, of Visakhapatnam, and R Teja, 23, of Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh, confessed that they had come to the city to commit the crime.
Heart chokes on belly fat: 2 of 3 in Hyderabad at risk
Hyderabad: Being young is no guarantee to be a Braveheart. As young as 21-year-olds have suffered cardiac arrest in the city, an indication that an increasing percentage of youngsters are vulnerable to heart disease. A Pan-India study on the eve of World Heart Day shows how at least two out of three Hyderabadis with belly fat are at heart risk. The study found that around 63 per cent of men and 52 per cent of women in Hyderabad are at heart risk due to belly fat. Awareness about belly fat trouble is very low, say experts. Around 85 per cent of people at risk of heart disease due to belly fat do not consider it a risk, according to the Saffola life Study 2018 conducted on 837 respondents across Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Lucknow. While Body Mass Index (BMI) is the most researched measure of generalized obesity, the distribution of fat or central obesity, commonly called belly fat, is a more important factor for cardiovascular risk. “The percentage of Indians with abdominal adiposity (belly fat) is on the rise. In the last two months, I have seen six patients, below 30 years of age, having cardiac arrest. The youngest was a 21-year-old student. Even people with normal Body Mass Index, people from slums and women younger than 45 years of age are at risk,” said Dr Sarat Chandra, president, Cardiological Society of India. Earlier women less than 45 years of age were considered to be safe due to hormones oestrogen and progesterone providing shield against heart disease. “These notions are being broken and age or gender can no longer protect one from heart diseases. In fact, having belly fat is more dangerous for women compared to men,” added the doctor. The cut-off for having belly fat is 90 centimetres for men and 80 centimetres for women. Doctors advise that having a low-density lipoproteins cholesterol level below 100 in general and below 70 in case of people with diabetes is advisable.
Dengue claims two more lives in city in 12 hours
Kolkata: Two dengue deaths in a span of 12 hours since Wednesday evening has taken the toll in the city to 11. While 58-year-old Gokul Mukherjee of MID Road in Behala’s Parnashree succumbed to dengue at the CMRI Hospital on Thursday morning, 10-year-old Bartala resident, Parismita Ghosh, died of the virus at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital on Wednesday evening. Mukherjee had been suffering from fever for a week and had tested positive for dengue at a local nursing home, where he was under treatment since last Saturday. He was shifted to CMRI after his condition deteriorated late on Wednesday evening. A former driver, Mukherjee was admitted to James Long Nursing Home on Saturday. His platelet kept dropping till it reached 30,000 on Wednesday night. His kidneys were also failing. This prompted the nursing home to advise Mukherjee’s family to shift him to a hospital. But it was too late by the time Mukherjee was moved to CMRI. He had started showing signs of a multi-organ failure and his breathing was also affected. He had to be put on ventilation immediately but could not be revived.
He passed away at 7.15am. Mukherjee’s family members and acquaintances claimed that the hospital did not mention dengue as the cause of death in the death certificate even though it had been clearly mentioned in a risk bond issued by the nursing home. The death certificate issued by CMRI, however, mentioned ‘NS1 positive and septic shock with acute kidney injury, hepatic failure and multi-organ failure’ among the causes. The Bartala girl was admitted to Apollo on Tuesday evening with high fever. She was treated at the pediatric intensive care unit where she soon suffered a multi-organ failure. The death certificate issued by Apollo mentioned ‘severe dengue, multi-organ dysfunction and severe gram negative sepsis’ as the causes of death. Neighbours of Mukherjee said though this was the first dengue death in the area, Parnashree had multiple breeding grounds for mosquitoes. “Garbage often remains uncollected while stagnant water has been collecting at multiple locations. We feel insecure,” said a neighbour who has known Mukherjee for decades. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee claimed that Mukherjee’s dengue has not yet been clinically proved. “I have sought a report from the hospital,” said Chatterjee.
Inventor test-drives a drone that can ferry passengers
CUTTING TRAVEL TIME: Filipino inventor Kyxz Mendiola tests his ‘flying sports car’ during its launch in Batangas, Philippines.
Batangas: A Philippine inventor has unveiled what he calls a flying sports car that represents the future of transport. Former dancer and camera operator Kyxz Mendiola flew and hovered for a few minutes in a single passenger contraption powered by the “multicopter” technology commonly used in small unmanned drones. “It was amazing,” Mendiola said after what he said was the first public test flight of his invention. “All the hard work paid off. Everything worked perfect”. Mendiola’s machine, the “Koncepto Milenya”, can fly as high as 6.1m (20ft) and speed up to 60kmph but its maiden flight lasted just a little over 10 minutes. He said it took a long time to save up the funds for the components of the single seater powered by six lithium-ion batteries whose passenger steers with a portable radio frequency controller. “Press a button and it will go up, then push the stick forward, it goes forward. It’s very smart,” Mendiola said. The machine, which can carry up to 100kg (220 lbs.), could shave hours off trips in cities like the capital, Manila, crippled by chronic traffic problem, Mendiola felt. “When we have to go somewhere about an hour’s drive, this can take you there in five minutes,” he said. An added safety feature is that the craft’s 16 rotary motors allow it to keep flying, even if one or two fail, he added. An Australian company, Star8, is partnering with Mendiola to develop the vehicle after a video featuring it went viral on social media. Star8’s Chief Executive Jacob Maimon said he wanted to mass produce it and market it in Australia, Europe and Hong Kong, after helping Mendiola perfect the machine.
Virtual reality tech can give you Cyber sickness
Scientists have found a way to predict whether a person is likely to suffer from cyber sickness — a type of motion sickness caused by using virtual reality technology — which may help prevent the condition. Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada found that they could predict whether an individual will experience by how much they sway in response to a moving visual field. They think that this knowledge will help them to develop counteractions to cyber sickness. Cyber sickness involves nausea and discomfort that can last for hours after participating in virtual reality (VR) applications, which have become prevalent in gaming, skills training and clinical rehabilitation. “Our results show that this is partly due to differences in how individuals use vision to control their balance,” said Seamas Weech, a research fellow at University of Waterloo.