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Bihar Flood 2020 : Muzaffarpur में बूढ़ी गंडक का घुसा पानी, बाढ़ की दहशत से सो नहीं रहे हैं लोग
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Bihar Flood 2020 : Muzaffarpur में बूढ़ी गंडक का घुसा पानी, बाढ़ की दहशत से सो नहीं रहे हैं लोग | Bihar News | LiveCities
 

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बिहार में आपदाओं का कहर, उजड़े कई परिवार
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बिहार में लगातार बिजली गिरने की घटनाएं सामने आ रही हैं. बिहार में अब तक बिजली गिरने के कारण कई लोगों की जान जा चुकी है. बिहार राज्य आपातकालीन संचालन केंद्र, पटना के मुताबिक ताजा घटनाक्रम में बिहार में आठ लोगों की आकाशीय बिजली गिरने के कारण मौत हो चुकी है. क्लिक कर देखें लेटेस्ट TAK फोटो
 

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4 die in first heavy rainfall of monsoon in Delhi; CM says not time for blame-game

Nearly 100 places across the city were waterlogged, the traffic came to a standstill on important roads, and at least 10 houses collapsed in a slum area in Anna Nagar, which is behind the WHO Headquarters near ITO, displacing the residents.

DELHI Updated: Jul 20, 2020 07:11 IST
Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh

Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh
New Delhi

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tried to defend his government by blaming the lack of preparation on the coronavirus pandemic


Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tried to defend his government by blaming the lack of preparation on the coronavirus pandemic(HT Photo)


The first heavy monsoon rainfall in Delhi claimed four lives on Sunday, including that of a mini-truck driver who got trapped in a waterlogged underpass, as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tried to defend his government by blaming the lack of preparation on the coronavirus pandemic.
As the Delhi BJP charged that the very first spell of heavy rain this season “exposed” the AAP government’s preparations, Kejriwal said a “blame-game” should be avoided.
Nearly 100 places across the city were waterlogged, the traffic came to a standstill on important roads, and at least 10 houses collapsed in a slum area in Anna Nagar, which is behind the WHO Headquarters near ITO, displacing the residents.
A small NDRF team was sent to Anna Nagar to take stock of the situation.

Many residents shared on social media videos and pictures of rainwater gushing into their houses and vehicles wading through waterlogged roads.
The maximum cases of waterlogging were reported from North Delhi Municipal Corporation (36) followed by New Delhi Municipal Council (32) and South Delhi Municipal Corporation (30), officials said.
The municipal corporation officials said more than 66 incidents of felling of trees or their branches were reported, in addition to around a dozen wall collapse incidents.
A 56-year-old man from Uttarakhand drowned after his mini-truck was stuck under the waterlogged Minto Bridge in central Delhi. Police said Kundan Kumar was trying to navigate his vehicle through the waterlogged underpass but the vehicle got stuck in the neck-deep water. His body was found floating on the street.
An eight-year-old boy died after he fell in a roadside ditch in Saurabh Vihar in southeast Delhi, police said. A 28-year-old man who worked at a scrap shop in Sriniwaspuri in Gandhi Camp died in a similar accident outside the shop.
Police said their inquiry found that the area was filled with up to three-ft-deep water following the rainfall and the man fell into a pothole. His co-workers lifted him but he was unconscious and declared brought dead at AIIMS.

The fourth accident happened in northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri.
A 56-year-old man lost balance on a slippery road and hit a cemented electric pole. He was taken to BJRM Hospital but was declared brought dead, police said.
Water-logging was reported from several areas including at Minto Road, Azadpur underpass, South Avenue Road, Pul Prahladpur underpass, Azad Market, Moolchand underpass and near Batra Hospital, according to Delhi Traffic Police.
Water-logging was also reported at Youth Congress office on Raising Road.
At Zakhira, six people stuck inside a bus submerged in water had to be rescued. According to Delhi Fire Service Director Atul Garg, the firemen could not use a ladder to climb atop the bus and they had to carry people on their backs to safer grounds.
Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta said Kejriwal had promised to make Delhi like London and Paris but in reality people are unable to step out due to waterlogging.

East Delhi BJP MP Gautam Gambhir shared pictures of waterlogging and tweeted, “Heard that Delhi government is running rainwater harvesting scheme on London-Paris like roads. When will the advertisements be seen Kejriwal ji.” Kejriwal, however, said that this was not the time for any “blame-game over waterlogging” as all agencies have been busy combating the coronavirus.
“This year, all agencies, be it Delhi government or MCD, were busy in prevention of COVID-19. They faced many difficulties due to corona. This is not the time to blame each other. All have to fulfil their responsibilities together. Wherever there is waterlogging, we will try to pump out water immediately,” he said on Twitter in Hindi.
But former Delhi BJP president and and his main challenger in February polls, Manoj Tiwari, tweeted: “Arvind Kejriwal ji your preparations are exposed by the first rains of monsoon. A solid plan should be prepared to deal with the rains so that Delhi could be prevented from submerging and people saved from difficulties.” Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia said the Delhi government is closely monitoring the situation and appropriate steps will be taken to address the issue.
He requested BJP to work together and not indulge in a blame-game.
The India Meteorological Department, which had predicted heavy-to-very heavy rainfall over parts of northwest India, said 74.8 mm rainfall was recorded in Delhi till 8:30 am on Sunday. Rainfall recorded below 15mm is considered light, between 15 and 64.5 mm is moderate, and above 64.5mm is heavy.
However, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said “no one had expected” that there would be such heavy rainfall.
In a statement, AAP spokesperson and DJB Vice-Chairperson Raghav Chadha said the water-logging problem has been a huge issue but in the last 2-3 years, after the AAP government came to power, the situation drastically changed.
At a time when all agencies are busy combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unfortunate that the BJP is blaming us for water-logging.
Delhi Congress president Anil Chaudhary said the rainfall “unmasked” the faulty working of both the ruling AAP and the BJP-ruled municipal corporations. “The swelling water of drain at Anna Nagar near ITO swept many houses,” he said after visiting the affected families.
The monsoon reached Delhi on June 25, two days earlier than its usual date. But it remained subdued since. The IMD has predicted normal rainfall in the national capital during the monsoon season.



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COVID-19 spread may spike in monsoon, winter: Study
Source: PTI - Edited By: Hemant Waje
July 19, 2020 19:18 IST

A study conducted jointly by researchers at IIT-Bhubaneswar and the AIIMS has shown that the spread of COVID-19 may pick up pace during peak monsoon and winter with a fall in the mercury.




IMAGE: A municipality worker stands near a manhole on a waterlogged street during monsoon rain in Mumbai. Photograph: Kunal Patil/PTI Photo



The rainfall, decrease in temperatures and cooling of the atmosphere coupled with progression towards winter may environmentally favour the spread of COVID-19 in the country, according to the study led by V Vinoj, Assistant Professor of the School of Earth, Ocean and Climatic Sciences at IIT-Bhubaneswar.

The report titled "COVID-19 spread in India and its dependence on temperature and relative humidity" took into account the pattern of the coronavirus outbreak and the number of such cases in 28 states between April and June.
The study revealed that the rise in temperatures leads to a decline in the transmission of the virus, Vinoj said.
"The study, which is in its pre-print stage, shows that the temperature and relative humidity have a significant impact on the disease growth rate and doubling time.

"It suggests that a one-degree-Celsius rise in temperature leads to a 0.99 per cent decrease in cases and increases the doubling time by 1.13 days, implying a slowdown of the virus spread," he told PTI.
The study also found that an increase in relative humidity tends to decrease the growth rate and doubling time of coronavirus cases by 1.18 days.
The researchers, however, said since the study was not conducted during the period of high humidity starting from the monsoon and the onset of winter, more research needs to be undertaken to establish its exact impact.
Dr Bijayini Behera of the department of Microbiology at AIIMS Bhubaneswar, who was part of the research team, said several studies suggested that a fall in the temperatures and a relatively low humidity facilitated such an outbreak in the past.
The study also carried out an analysis of the impact of solar radiation on the spread of COVID-19.
"We found that a higher surface-reaching solar radiation leads to a reduction in the number of infections and an increase in the doubling time of cases, similar to that of temperatures," Vinoj said.
There is an average temperature difference of seven degrees Celsius between the winter and summer seasons, he added.

According to the study, there is a likelihood of an increased transmission of the coronavirus during winter, which may be a major challenge for health workers and policymakers to enforce mitigation and control measures.
The objective of the study is to help authorities bring effective measures to combat the pandemic, Vinoj said.

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Four Die, Houses Crumble as Heavy Monsoon Rains Swamp Delhi- NCR; More Rains Forecast
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Heavy rains flooded Delhi roads on Sunday morning.
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Monday, July 20: Four people have been reported dead as heavy rains wreak havoc in Delhi localities on Sunday. Many parts of the capital city recorded nearly 100 mm rainfall on Sunday since early morning hours—the first spell of such intense rains in the region. So far, from June 1 to July 18, Delhi had recorded just 80 mm rainfall in 48 days.

A truck driver’s body was reportedly spotted by a trackman floating in water under the Minto Bridge that was heavily flooded. A man, aged 55, was electrocuted to death in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area. Another child lost life at a ghat. Several reports of property damage emerged from across the capital as water entered the low-lying areas and weaker structures gave in to the water pressure. Morning traffic was severely affected by the waterlogging on roads.

On Sunday, Delhi’s Safdarjung Observatory recorded nearly 70 mm rainfall, while weather stations at Lodhi Road and Ridge gauged around 80 mm precipitation within three hours from 5.30 am to 8.30 am. However, the rains subsided thereafter, with less than 10 mm across the capital from Sunday morning to Monday morning 8.30 am.


More rains forecast

The capital, along with the adjoining regions of Punjab and Haryana is expected to receive incessant rainfall for the next two days. Sunday’s excessive rains are primarily attributed to the shifting of the monsoon trough towards the north. The monsoon trough is an extended low-pressure area, which drives monsoon rainfall across the northern half of India as it runs along the Indo-Gangetic Plain. As this trough shifts northwards towards the Himalayas, it attracts more moisture-laden air, causing torrential downpour across northern and eastern parts of the country.

The India Meteorological Department reports that the monsoon trough is lying along the foothills of the Himalayas and the convergence of moist southerly winds from the Bay of Bengal will continue to bring heavy rains to the eastern parts of the country. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is forecast over isolated parts of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi on till Wednesday. The monsoon trough at mean sea level passes through Ganganagar, Delhi, Lucknow, Patna and further towards the foothills of Himalayas.

Delhi is likely to embrace a generally cloudy sky, with light to moderate rain or thundershowers towards night on Sunday followed by a generally cloudy sky with heavy rains on Monday. Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi are predicted to witness widespread thunderstorms and rain at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places till Wednesday.


Rain brings respite

Despite the flash flooding due to heavy rains within a short period of time, the showers came as a respite from the otherwise hot and humid weather of the north. Delhi has experienced a rainfall deficit over the last month actual precipitation of 81.5 mm against the normal of 180.6 mm— a 55 per cent deficit from normal.

While the maximum temperatures hovered at around 38°C earlier last week, it dropped to 35°C on Sunday. Further, on Monday morning, the capital witnessed a minimum temperature of 25.6°C— two notches below normal for this time of the year.

Forecasts suggest that the temperatures are likely to fall further with maximum and minimum temperatures expected to fall to 33°C and 24°C by Wednesday. However, after Thursday, the mercury levels may rise up again to settle at around 35°C.



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Monsoon And Landslide Cause Double Damage To Life And Property | ABP News
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Around 19.8 lakh domesticated animals and over 13 lakh poultry birds were affected due to floodwater in Assam. A landslide has resulted in long traffic jams in the hilly areas with heavy loss to property. In Assam, the District Administrations have set up 748 relief camps and distribution centres in 25 districts.
 

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Shimla: Spine chilling visuals of landslide, market under debris | 7 Ka Punch
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Watch the spine chilling visuals from Himachal Pradesh's Shimla where a sudden landslide resulted in heavy destruction. The market was soon covered under debris after the incident. Such occurrences have been happening in the hilly areas from the past few days due to heavy rainfall. Watch the show '7 ka Punch' for more updates
 

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Bihar-Assam: Who is responsible for floods & destruction? | Bharat Ki Baat
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Assam and Bihar are struggling with a double whammy in the form of floods and coronavirus crisis. After torrential rain in the Terai regions of Bihar and Nepal, the water level in all major rivers of the state has risen. With several rivers flowing above the danger mark, nearly three lakh people in eight districts have been affected by the floods.Hundred of houses are fully or partially damaged due to the floods in Bihar. Watch the show Bharat ki Baat to know more.
 
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