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Hyderabad Rains: Toll Soars To 32; Mandatory COVID-19 Test In Relief Camps



Hyderabad Rains: Toll Soars To 32; Mandatory COVID-19 Test In Relief Camps

Heavy rains that lashed in Hyderabad and neighboring areas since Tuesday claimed 32 life (Telangana and Hyderabad together), making it the heaviest rainfall in the last 100 years. The incessant rain resulted in overflowing of lakes, tanks, rivers and streams, flood of low-lying areas, and road transport disruption.

The capital city of Telangana has so far reported at least 19 deaths. However, government sources said the toll could rise, given that several instances of people were washed away and not accounted for as yet.

Great Hyderabad alone recorded 324.5 mm rainfall in just 24 hours, according to the Telangana State Development Planning Society. The state government declared a holiday for Wednesday and Thursday as the major areas got sub-merged. The government urged people to stay indoors, and several major universities like Osmania postponed their ongoing exams.

Rescue operations by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have begun in the highly water-logged area of Hyderabad and Rangareddy. So far, NDRF rescued 22 persons and evacuated more than 1,000 people. Due to the escalating situation on Wednesday evening, the Army joined the four NDRF team in a flood relief rescue operations.

For more than 12-24 hours, power blackouts were also faced across the state as the rain destroyed electricity poles. The power supply was stooped in other parts as a measure of precaution. This hit the IT hub hard as nearly 20 per cent of the techies lost broadband connections in the absence of power backup at home. Hyderabad’s IT sector has over 1,500 companies, employs almost 6 lakh people, and exports software worth over Rs 1.28 lakh crore. Nearly 95 per cent of these employees have been working from home since the pandemic struck India in March.

With the rising water levels, the administration decided to open up 13 out of the 17 gates of the Himayat Sagar water reservoir. It is open after a decade as the reservoir reached its full volume.

The destructive monsoon season is not only claiming lives and properties but also destroying this year’s harvest of agricultural rice paddies and other crops such as corn, cotton, and pulses.

Incidents and videos of people and properties being washed away in flood and wall collapse were reported from multiple areas. All 14 districts of Telangana and the eastern part of Andhra Pradesh are affected.

Hyderabad has a joint capital status of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Heavy rain was also reported in Mumbai, north Karnataka and other parts of south India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured all possible help from the Center to both the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh while conversing with the respective chief ministers.

Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that the Ministry of Home Affairs closely monitors the situation and would provide all assistance to the states.

The president also declared that the nation stands united with Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

The Indian meteorological department (IMD) recently issued a yellow alert for Hyderabad and indicated that the deep depression wave moves towards Maharashtra and Karnataka. South Odisha has been battling with heaving rainfall for days, leading to water-logging in several parts of the state. Mumbai, as of Wednesday nights, started experiencing heavy rainfall and lightning. According to the weather department, the city is expected to face heavy rain today.

With the fear that flood relief camps set up across Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits will turn into Covid-19 hotspots, the Health Department has made it mandatory to run Coronavirus tests across camps.

Nearly 30 relief camps are being set by the Hyderabad DMHO and three by Rangareddy DMHO in rain-affected areas of Rajendranagar, Chandrayangutta, Chaderghat, Saroornagar, Diksukhnagar, and others.

These camps will be equipped with prophylaxis drugs to prevent floodwater-related infections. According to Hyderabad DMHO, each of these camps will have at least one doctor and one lab technician to assist people.

The city police have warned people to be careful while moving on roads as buildings are seen collapsing following the downpour.

Telangana CM Chandrashekar Rao has called for an emergency high-level review meeting today at 3 pm on the state’s heavy rain and flood situation. All officials concerned asked to be present. Centre has asked a report to be submitted regarding losses due to the flood.

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Nine-Year-Old Girl Raped And Murdered In Nangal; Family Asks For Capital Punishment



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The nine-year-old girl was cremated on Aug.1, 2021, without seeking her parents’ permission. The parent’s suspects’ it was rape as her mother was kept away while the priest performed the cremation. The Chief of Bhim Army, Chandrasekhar Azad, has reached their parents and offered legal and financial help.

The villagers have been protesting against the incident and blocked the Containment Roads’ towards the Janakpuri. They are demanding the accused to be hanged to death. The Senior police officer, Joint Commissioner Jaspal Singh, and DCP Ingit Pratap Singh visited the protesting site. They assured the villagers’ justice for the girl and her family. 

While speaking with villagers, Singh said, “All the four accused Radhey Shyam (55), the priest, Kuldeep Kumar (63), Laxmi Narain (48) and Mohammad Salim (49) are in prison. Also, A medical team of 3 members have been set up to carry out of the Autopsy of remaining’s of the girl. And an ACP ranked Officer will investigate the case”. He also requested villagers to give written grievances to Police officers.

The victim’s mother doubts that her daughter had been raped, and thus she was cremated without their permission. The rape charges were not added in the case in the Initial stage. But the rape charges were added after the SC/ST committee visited and spoke with the parents, the Officer leading the case. The Victim identity is kept hidden as per the guidelines of the supreme court and to give privacy to family and avoid media trials. 

“As per current details found by CCTV footage, the girl was seen entering the cremation location around 5 PM and the accused went looking for mother around 6 PM. The properties from the locations are taken for forensic tests and autopsy reports are in process,”. Said the officer-in-charge.

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Flood Wreaked Havoc On Madhya Pradesh.



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Many districts in Madhya Pradesh were hit by heavy flooding on August 3, 2021, due to an unparalleled 800mm rainfall in the past 24 hours. One thousand seven hundred and seventy-one villages are affected due to heavy floods. 

Heavy flooding in Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh, has affected more than a lack of people who have been stuck in the local river. There was a complete power cut, and the mobile network had been cut off since August 2, 2021. The everyday life of people living in the Niwadi and Tikamgarh districts has stopped due to heavy rainfall. The severe rain has been in Guna, Shivpuri, Sheopur, Morena, Datia, Gwalior and Chambal regions. The rivers like Chambal, Kwari, Sindh, Kuno, and Seep have overflowed above the danger mark. The bridge collapsed on river Sindh, near Ratanpur village as the water released from Harsi and Manikheda dams. Double-storey buildings of some areas submerged. 

According to locals, the mobile phones of all the authorities, newspaper offices and local TV channels had ceased. There was a power cut in the city. Rail services in the areas like Shivpuri and Gwalior are affected too. A 50-year-old Nurse, identified as Sumanlata Joshi, was electrocuted in Shivpuri town as an electric current ran into her flooded house in the Kamlaganj area. 

As per officials, three advanced light helicopters and a Russian-made Mi-17 chopper have been sent for rescue operations from the Indian Air Force station. Seven teams of the SDRF are posted in the Shivpuri district for rescue operations. The SDRF has deployed five and two of its units in the communities like Sheopur and Datia. One thousand six hundred people were saved by NDRF and SDRF teams, yet 200 villages are still stuck in the flooded areas.

The chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, said the speed of rain has reduced and there will be no terrible rains. They are trying to provide relief and evacuate the people in the affected areas as soon as possible.

The chief minister chaired an emergency meeting in Bhopal on the flood situation of the Gwalior-Chambal region. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, assuring that the Centre will be providing all the help to Madhya Pradesh. The Chief Minister also said that he is very grateful to the Prime Minister for all the cooperation.

The Chief Minister said he held a meeting where he discussed the flood situation in Madhya Pradesh with the prime minister. The Chief Minister, too, discussed help from the Indian Army in the flood-hit areas. Also, they are informing Prime Minister Modi about the rescue operation in those areas. Mr Chouhan said they had shifted four troops of the Army in most flood-affected areas to evacuate more flood-affected people. The SDRF team is handling the situation very well. Ministers are monitoring the status of the problem. 

Union Minister Amit Shah Tweeted discussed the situation of Madhya Pradesh with CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The central government will provide all the help to the state. In this challenging situation, their government is standing with the people of the state.

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Dhanbad Judge Death, Spurs Concern About Threats Faced By Members Of Judiciary



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On July 28, 2021, Dhanbad Additional Sessions Judge Uttam Anand died preceding an alleged hit and run accident. The incident took place near his house when Mr Anand was out for his morning walk, and an auto-rickshaw hit him from behind, following which it drove away. Mr Anand was hospitalized by a passer-by, where he succumbed to his injuries. 

The accident is suspecting to be a case of hit and run until the CCTV footage of the accident was recovered, leading to a murder investigation. The video footage shows that the three-wheeler swerved in the Judge’s direction and drove away after knocking him down. A Special Investigations Team [SIT] is formed by the Jharkhand Chief Minister, Hemant Soren, to investigate the death of the Additional Session District judge. 

On July 31, 2021, Jharkhand’s Chief Minister Hemant Soren even took to Twitter to announce his decision to order a CBI probe into the matter. 

An officer-in-charge of Jharkhand’s Pathardih Police Station, Umesh Manjhi, is also suspended for not registering the concerned FIR on time. Sanjeev Kumar, Dhanbad SSP, has confirmed the same. The alleged murder of the Judge is a massive concern over the threats faced by the members of the Judiciary, especially by the trial judges across the country. 

The Supreme Court has taken up a Suo moto cognizance of Mr Anand’s demise, titled ‘In Re: Safeguarding courts and protecting [death of Additional Session Judge, Dhanbad]. Also, the bench led by the Chief Justice of India has expressed its concern over the stressful working conditions and threats amidst which the trial judges have to function.

“The Dhanbad case has wider ramifications. We are getting reports that judicial officers are under attack across the country. We want to examine this issue and may seek reports from the state.” Said the Chief Justice of India. 

The Jharkhand Government and the Director-General of Police are asked to submit the required documents and affidavits by the Supreme Court within the week. Also, the Supreme Court has declared the Suo moto would not interfere or hamper with the probe issued by the Jharkhand High Court into the Judge’s death. 

According to a source in Special Investigations Team [SIT], the three-wheeler drivers were under the influence of a sedative, Nitrosun 10 — a drug prescribed for patients suffering from anxiety disorders and illicit alcohol. 

As per police sources, four men were arrested, including the vehicle driver, the shopkeeper who sold them the drug, and the vehicle owner.

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