Heavy rainfall in Maharashtra wrecked havoc as 129 people lost their lives in rain-related incidents including landslides in the state in the last 48 hours, a senior official from the state disaster management department said on Friday evening. This included 38 deaths in a landslide in a village in the coastal Raigad district›s Mahad tehsil.
«The death toll in Maharashtra in the last 48 hours has reached 129. Most of the deaths are from Raigad and Satara districts,» the official said.Besides landslides, several people have been swept away in floodwaters.
Meanwhile, an official put the death toll in various incidents in Western Maharashtra›s Satara district at 27.
On 22 July 2021, at around 1:30 pm, the IAF received a message for the requirement of flood relief operations in Chiplun and Khed town of Ratnagiri district Maharashtra. When the weather permitted, a Mi-17 I V helicopter got airborne from Mumbai for Ratnagiri at 3:40 pm and landed at Ratnagiri at 5 pm. Bad weather did not permit any further operations in the evening.
Nevertheless, operations resumed on Friday with the helicopter deployed at Ratnagiri along with another one flown in from Mumbai. An NDRF team of 10 personnel with approximately one-ton load has also been flown in by IAF to Ratnagiri.
At least 56 villagers have been rescued along with cattle in Chiplun’s Mirjoli village after they were trapped following a landslide. Three more teams of NDRF reached Chiplun, while four teams are already engaged in rescuing people as incessant showers in the hilly regions of Ratnagiri district wreaked havoc in the coastal town, along with illegal constructions near the Vashishti river bed and discharge of water from the Kolkewadi dam.
Based on a request received from the Maharashtra government, the Western Naval Command, Mumbai mobilised flood rescue teams and helicopters to assist in State administration. Seven naval rescue teams departed by road for deployment to Ratnagiri and Raigad districts on July 22 from Mumbai.
Incessant rains and resultant flooding have washed out the ballast below the railway tracks and embankment in several patches between Chiplun and Kamathe section, said L K Verma, chief spokesperson of KR.
Rains continued to lash parts of Kolhapur, due to which the PanchgangaRiver in the district is flowing above the danger mark and is incessantly rising, officials said. Talking about the traffic situation on the Mumbai Bengaluru highway, Kolhapur›s district superintendent of police Shailesh Balkawde said, Ahead of Kagal (in Kolhapur), a stretch of road near a village in Belgaum district of Karnataka has got inundated due to rainwater on Friday.
Several parts have recorded unprecedented rains in the past 24 hours, with Mahabaleshwar hill station in Satara notching 480 mm, the highest in 45 years, and Matheran recording 330 mm rains, while many other areas saw rains over 200 mm, creating panic.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday took stock of the situation by visiting a control room and met with officials.
Guardian minister of Raigad, Aditi Tatkare, told The Daily Guardian that the Maharashtra government has sought help from the central government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi meanwhile spoke to CM Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday and assured all possible help.
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Fifth case of Monkeypox in Delhi, 22-year-old woman admitted to LNJP
The fifth case of monkeypox has been reported in Delhi on Friday. The Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital Dr. Suresh Kumar informed about the fifth case of monkeypox.
On Friday a 22-year-old woman tested positive and she is currently under observation in the hospital.
“One patient has been admitted in LNJP and her sample tested positive, at present 4 patients are admitted and one has been discharged. A total of five cases of Monkeypox have been reported in Delhi. She came positive yesterday. A team of doctors are treating her,” Dr. Kumar said.
Meanwhile, the patient traveled one month ago and has no recent travel history.
Earlier on 24 July, Delhi confirmed its first case of monkeypox. A day after it was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Central government had also released guidelines to check the virus spread in India. Close contact with sick persons, dead or live wild animals, and others have been advised to avoid.
However, on 14 July the first case of monkeypox was reported in India from Kerala’s Kollam district.
‘I appeal to all countrymen to hoist the Tiranga at your home’, say Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday unfurled the tricolor at his residence in Delhi. Shah also urged countrymen to hoist the flag at their homes from August 13 to 15. Under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the countrymen are being encouraged to hoist the tricolor at their homes.
Taking to Twitter Shah said, “Tiranga is our pride. It unites and inspires everyone Indian. On PM Narendra Modi Ji’s clarion call of Har Ghar Tiranga, today hoisted a Tiranga at my residence in New Delhi and paid tributes to our valorous heroes who sacrificed everything for the Motherland.”
“I appeal to all countrymen to hoist the Tiranga at your home from 13th-15th August and to be a part of this campaign of awakening the spirit of patriotism in every heart. Also, upload your picture with the Tiranga on http://harghartiranga.com and inspire others for the same,” Shah said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. He called upon the people of the country to join it. PM Modi said that the tricolor not only has three colors, but it is also a reflection of our commitment to the present, our past glory, and our dreams for the future.
However, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the government to celebrate 75 years of Independence. The national flag will be hoisted in every house of the country till 15th August.
Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tests positive for COVID-19
Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Congress general secretary in charge of communications and senior party leader, Jairam Ramesh informed.
Taking to Twitter Jairam Ramesh said, “Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has tested positive for Covid-19 today. She will remain in isolation as per Govt. protocol.”
In the last three months, Gandhi has tested positive for Covid for the second time. As per government protocol, the party chief will remain in isolation.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot expressed concern and said, “Concerned about the health of Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji as she tested positive for #COVID19. Wish her a speedy recovery. May she get well soon. Prayers for her good health and well-being.”
Earlier on Wednesday (August 10), Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi tested positive for COVID. Taking to Twitter Vadra tweeted, “Tested positive for COVID (again!) today. Will be isolating at home and following all protocols.”
Moreover, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday tested positive for COVID.
“I have tested positive for #COVID19. I request those who came in contact with me recently to take care,” Kharge tweeted.
Author Salman Rushdie on ventilator; likely to lose an eye
Renowned author Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator after the attack and may have to lose an eye. He was attacked by a man with a knife on Friday at an event in New York, USA.
According to Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wyllie, Rushdie’s liver was damaged in the attack. Wyllie reported that Rushdie had broken nerves in his arm and damaged his liver. With this, there is a possibility of losing one of his eyes.
“The news is not good. Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed, and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” Wylie said.
Salman Rushdie was born in 1974 in Mumbai and is 75 years old. He has a long history of controversies. After writing The Satanic Verses, he received death threats from Islamic extremists for several years. The book was released in 1988 and after 30 years of a fatwa, Rushdie was attacked.
Earlier, New York State Police identified the suspect as Hadi Matar. Matar hail from Fairview, New Jersey, and is 24 years old.
“The suspect has been identified as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey. Earlier today, approx at 10:47 am, the speaker Rushdie, 75, and Henry Reese, 73 has just arrived at the stage of the institution and shortly thereafter the suspect jumped out of the stage and attacked at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen,” Major Eugene J. Staniszewski said.
Meanwhile, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said, “He is alive and has been transported, airlifted, to safety… The event moderator was attacked as well; he’s getting the care he needs at a local hospital.”
Taking to Twitter Taslima Nasreen said, “I just learned that Salman Rushdie was attacked in New York. I am really shocked. I never thought it would happen. He has been living in the West, and he has been protected since 1989. If he is attacked, anyone who is critical of Islam can be attacked. I am worried.”
However, Rushdie was stabbed in the neck when he was on stage at the Chautauqua Institution. The Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit community on Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York province.
Comedian Raju Srivastava’s condition is stable, says family; urges fans to ignore rumors
Comedian Raju Srivastava who went through successful angioplasty following a heart attack is stable.
Raju Srivastava released a statement, “Dear all, Raju Srivastava Ji’s condition is stable. We are praying for his speedy recovery. The doctors are treating him and are doing their best. Thanks to all the well-wishers for their continued love and support. Please ignore any rumor/fake news being circulated. Please pray for him.”
Comedian Raju Srivastava on Wednesday suffered from a heart attack after which he underwent angioplasty and now is on ventilator support. According to sources Raju is “responding to the treatment”.
Comedian Srivastava’s health deteriorated on Tuesday night after which he suffered from a heart attack.
Earlier on Wednesday, Comedian Sunil Pal said that Srivastava’s health is good now. He is recovering rapidly and will be home soon.
Meanwhile, just hours before Srivastava suffered a heart attack he shared a stand-up comedy piece on his Instagram. He mimicked a few veteran actors on information being spread on Covid-19 via caller tune on the phones.
However, Srivastava got recognition by participating in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and Big Boss. He has done roles in films like Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya. Moreover, Srivastava is also the chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Film Division Board.
Jaish terrorist arrested from Saharanpur; Nupur Sharma was the target
A terrorist associated with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Tahreek-e-Taliban has been arrested by the anti-terrorist squad (ATS) from Saharanpur. During the interrogation, the terrorist confessed that he was given the task of killing Nupur Sharma.
Prashant Kumar, ADG (law and order) said, “Nadeem underwent a crash course in explosives and was in the process of collecting material to make IEDs to target government buildings and police premises.”
According to the information, ATS has arrested a terrorist associated with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Tahreek-e-Taliban from Saharanpur. The ATS has identified him as Muhammad Nadeem. During the interrogation of the ATS, the terrorist told that the terrorists of Jaish of Pakistan had sent him to kill Nupur Sharma.
However, the issue of objectionable remarks on Prophet Muhammad is still not being settled. In this case, there is an atmosphere of threats and target killing. At the same time, Nupur Sharma’s life is constantly in danger.
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