9 killed in landslides in Uttarakhand and J&K; death toll in Kerala floods rises to 76
Monday, 12 August 2019 Heavy showers lashed Uttarakhand and Jammu leaving nine people dead in landslides, while rescue and relief operations continued in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat on Monday. The death toll in the four flood-hit states climbed to 173.
The death toll from floods in the Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Maharashtra climbed to 225 on Tuesday, August 13, Indian media reported, while 1.2 million people in the four states were reportedly displaced. In the southwestern state of Kerala, at least 102 people had died – the...
Baseer Ahmed Khan, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor of J-K informed that all parks and gardens in Jammu and Kashmir will reopen for the public from tomorrow i.e. July 08. He said, "All parks and gardens in Jammu and Kashmir will reopen for the public from tomorrow. I appeal to people to take all precautions including wearing masks, using sanitisers and maintaining social distancing. The entry points of parks and gardens will have the arrangements of thermal screening."
The Uttarakhand government has sealed the borders of Haridwar in order to restrict the flow of 'Kanwariyas' who are expected to throng the religious town despite the annual 'Kanwar Yatra' being deferred by the state government. "State government has put a ban on Kanwar Yatra this year. Therefore no 'Kanwariya' will be allowed to enter. We are requesting devotees to return to their states," a police official said. Although the administration said people with emergencies having necessary documents are allowed to go through, one of the travellers complained that she wasn't allowed to enter Haridwar for medical treatment despite having a pass. The woman hailed from Rohtak.
Chardham Yatra resumed for pilgrims of Uttarakhand from July 01. The pilgrimage remained shut for months to curb the spread of COVID-19. The pilgrims visiting the temples will be limited and they will not be allowed to enter some parts of the temples. Wearing masks, sanitising hands and maintaining social distance will be mandatory during the pilgrimage.
Kerala government has imposed 'Triple lockdown' in Thiruvananthapuram city. Starting from 6 am today, lockdown has been imposed for a week. Shops selling essential items are exempted. Major roads leading to the city, except for an entry and exit road, will also remain closed. The move has been taken after cases soar in the state. 5,429 confirmed cases exist in Kerala.
The price of vegetables has raised the graph in Chhattisgarh and Jammu and Kashmir. Not only has the rain affected the supply and sale of vegetables but the ongoing Corona issue has also stayed the people to purchase vegetables from outside.
The Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers are on high alert at the international border with Pakistan in Jammu region. The soldiers are doing their routine patrolling with promptness to stop any infiltration activity from the Pakistani side. The neighbouring country continuously tries to infiltrate the terrorists inside Indian borders. Irrespective of seasons, these BSF soldiers guard the borders for the country by risking their lives. They are vigilant about any activity in the air, on the ground and also underground tunnels. BSF Jawans say they are alert 24x7 and 365 days to guard the borders and are ready for any challenge. The BSF Jawans are also vigilant about the drones as Pakistan has attempted many unsuccessful bids using drones for the infiltration and spying into Indian territory. A Pakistani drone, loaded with a sophisticated rifle and some grenades, was shot down by the BSF along the International Border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on June 21. Pakistan is also sending illegal consignments of narcotics and drugs and is also indulged in infiltrating terrorist ranks.
A batch of 250 residents of Jammu and Kashmir returned from Pakistan on June 25 via the Attari-Wagah border. Shivraj Singh Bal, SDM, Amritsar-2, said, "748 Indians have registered themselves to return to the country out of which 250 people of J and K are returning today." "There are around 400 passengers of J and K, and they will be sent directly to Lakhanpur from Attari and they will be further quarantined in the state only," the SDM added.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on June 21 celebrated International Yoga Day by performing various Asanas. This was the sixth edition of International Yoga Day. The CRPF personnel also maintained the social distancing while performing Yoga. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched World Yoga Day at United General Assembly in 2014.
Heavy rains triggered flood-like situation in the state of Gujarat on July 07. Short circuit took place in PGVCL electrical substation transformer at Bombay Housing Society of Rajkot due to incessant rainfall. On the other hand, cattle washed away in Gujarat's Rajkot due to flood. She washed way at Khijadiya Mota village in Paddhari tehsil Rajkot due to incessant rainfall. Continuous downpour caused damage to the property in the affected area.
Informing about the weather conditions, Ahmedabad's Meteorological Department Director, Jayanta Sarkar, on July 07 said that extremely heavy rainfall is expected in Jamnagar, Dwarka and Kutch districts of Gujarat. "Extremely heavy rainfall is expected in Jamnagar, Dwarka and Kutch. Very heavy rainfall will lash Gir Somnath, Junagarh, Porbandar and Rajkot. Almost all the districts in Saurashtra will receive heavy rainfall today," he said. Meanwhile, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescued two people stuck in the Und river catchment area in Jamnagar district due to continuous rainfall.
Ranjit Sagar Dam in Gujarat's Jamnagar overflowed amid heavy rains in the region. The over flowed water entered in low-line areas and disrupted the daily lives of the people. People living in Ghanchi ni Khadki area have been shifted to safe location as entered their houses. The over flowed water created flood like situation in many areas. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the monsoon remains and heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in parts of Gujarat in the next three days.
Heavy rainfall has been reported in the coastal areas of Bengaluru. Indian Meteorological Department Director, Bengaluru, CS Patil provided fresh updates over current weather situation as well as upcoming weather forecast. He said, "For last 24 hours, coastal districts experienced widespread rainfall of 10 cm. In the next five days, coastal districts are very likely to face isolated rainfall in next five days. North- interior Karnataka is likely to experience heavy rainfall on July 09 and July 10".
Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar on July 05 stated that criminal case will be filed against those private hospitals that refuse to admit COVID-19 patients. Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Karnataka has reached 21,549.
The complete lockdown is being observed in Karnataka from July 05 in view of rise in COVID-19 cases. The state government has announced a complete lockdown in the state on all Sundays till August 02. The essential activities allowed during night curfew will be permitted during Sunday lockdown too and marriages already fixed on Sundays also permitted during the period.
With a spike of 22,252 cases, India's COVID-19 case count crossed seven lakh on Tuesday while 467 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. According to the Union Health Ministry, the total count of cases reached 7,19,665 on Tuesday and the death toll has gone up to 20,160. Of the total count of cases, 2,59,557 are active cases and 4,39,948 patients have been cured/discharged/migrated. The total count has increased from six to seven lakh in five days. The Health Ministry said that the number of recovered patients reached 4,39,947 today and the number was 1,80,390 more than the active cases. India's recovery rate has gone up to 61.13 per cent. Maharashtra continued to remain the worst-affected state, 5134 new positive cases and 224 deaths were reported on July 07. Tamil Nadu, being second in the tally, reported 3616 fresh COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths today. 2008 new COVID-19 positive cases and 50 deaths were reported in Delhi. The Union Health Ministry said that COVID-19 tests in India crossed 1 crore mark as a result of continuously expanding network of testing labs in the country. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a total of 2,41,430 samples were tested for COVID-19 on July 6 which has taken the total number of samples tested till Monday to 1,02,11,092.
India's COVID-19 case tally crossed 7 lakh mark with 22,252 new cases and 467 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total positive cases stand at 7,19,665 including 2,59,557 active cases, 4,39,948 cured/discharged/migrated 20,160 deaths, according to Ministry of Health. Maharashtra continues to be the most impacted state from the infection with 2,11,987 cases and 9,026 fatalities due to the virus. While, Tamil Nadu stands at second place with a total of 1,14,978 cases and 1,571 fatalities. The national capital's COVID-19 cases have also crossed 1- lakh mark with 3,115 deaths. The total number of samples tested up to July 6 is 1,02,11,092 of which 2,41,430 samples were tested yesterday, as per Indian Council of Medical Research.