The Indian Air Force deployed a chopper for fire-fighting operation in Uttarakhand. It carried out the operation in forests of Koti Colony area of Tehri Garhwal. The water collected from Tehri lake was sprinkled with a 5000-litre capacity bucket. The IAF has also sent another chopper for the fire-fighting operation. Uttarakhand is witnessing unprecedented forest fires, officials informed. Forest fire activity is generally reported in Uttarakhand from February to June. Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat on Sunday called an emergency meeting. Home Minister Amit shah assured all help to the Uttarakhand govt. Watch the full video for more.
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Indian Air Force's helicopter participates in fire fighting operations in nearby jungles in Koti Colony area of Tehri Garhwal. With the help of a 5000-litre capacity bucket, water from Tehri Lake is being sprinkled to douse off the fire.
"1 new death has been reported in last 24 hours," informed Health Ministry Joint Secretary Mandeep Kumar Bhandari during a press briefing on February 17. With this the total death count has mounted to 29, which accounts 0.0003% of the total vaccination carried out. Mandeep Kumar Bhandari said, "Deaths which have been reported in the hospital are 12 in number and those which have been reported outside hospital are 17. There is one new death which has been reported in the last 24 hours. This is the case of a 24-year-old male, resident of Rishikesh which has been reported. Beneficiary died after 12 days of vaccination. Total death reported after vaccination is 29"
Despite rising COVID cases, Haridwar is jam-packed with pilgrims for Kumbh Mela on April 12. COVID protocols were flouted as devotees performed the rituals. Appreciating the efforts of police, Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar said that as it was a peak day therefore, it was hard to make people follow it. DGP Ashok Kumar said, "Maha Kumbh has been challenging for the country, Uttarakhand Police is comparatively small in strength but Maha Kumbh takes place on that very scale. It was a challenging day for us. The crowd is a little less due to COVID. We have tried our best that the behaviour is right and COVID protocols are followed. Today is a peak day so it is not possible to make them follow protocols. The footfall is 50% less than what we were expecting this year due to COVID pandemic." Uttarakhand has over 7,000 active cases in the state.
On the occasion of the second shahi snan in Kumbh, Niranjani Akhada sadhus took a holy dip in river Ganga at Har Ki Pauri Ghat in Uttarakhand's Haridwar. Sadhus defy COVID SOPs during shahi snan. General public was allowed to take a dip till 7am. The first bath was held on March 11 on the occasion of Mahashivratri. Uttarakhand reported 1,333 new cases on April 11, taking the active caseload to 1,08,812.
Devotees took a holy dip in Ganga River at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar on April 12. Despite rising COVID cases, Haridwar is jam-packed with pilgrims for Kumbh Mela despite rising COVID cases. Kumbh Mela IG Sanjay Gunjyal said, "Around 6.5 lakh people have taken the holy dip so far. We are continuously appealing to people to follow COVID appropriate behaviour. But due to the huge crowd, it is practically not possible to issue challans today. It is very difficult to ensure social distancing at ghats. A stampede-like situation may arise if we would try to enforce social distancing at ghats so we are unable to enforce social distancing here." Uttarakhand has over 6,000 active cases in the state.
Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, the former King of Nepal, visited Uttarakhand's Haridwar to attend the Kumbh Mela. He met many saints and seers and they were seen exchanging garlands. The month-long religious fest is being held under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many restrictions have been imposed on visitors, including an e-pass which can be procured after submitting documents like negative Covid test reports. Watch the full video for more.
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As temperature is soaring, heat waves have gripped several states in the northern India. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that heat wave conditions will further intensify in Delhi-NCR, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. The temperature maximum temperature recorded in Delhi was 34 degree Celsius. People are facing difficulties due to extreme hot temperature. Speaking to ANI, the scientist (DGM) in Delhi's India Meteorological Department (IMD), Dr Kuldeep Srivastava said, "For next three days, temperature will increase by 3 degrees and will reach around 37 degree Celsius by April 04".
Parts of Rajasthan are reeling under severe heat waves as the temperature in Churu touched 43 degree Celsius. India Meteorological Department had predicted "Dust raising strong surface winds" over Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh during March 30 - April 01.