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Bihar flood toll rises to 153

According to an official release, the floods have claimed 153 lives.

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Patna, Aug 18 : With floods claiming 34 more lives Bihar in the last 24 hours, the death toll in the state rose to 153 on Friday, officials said. The flood situation remains grim in 15 districts, affecting millions.

A Bihar Disaster Management Department official said a total of 108 lakh people spread over 1,688 panchayats had been affected by the floods.

According to an official release, the floods have claimed 153 lives.

The highest number of 30 deaths have been reported from the worst-hit Araria district, followed by 23 in West Champaran district, 13 in Sitamarhi and 11 each in Supaul, Kishanganj and East Champaran districts.

Officials said 464,610 people have been evacuated to safer places by the Army and other rescued teams during the last five days. The government has set up 1,289 relief camps in the flood-hit district where a total of 392,654 people have taken shelter.

With major rivers in spate and breaching banks, inundating fresh areas and displacing thousands since Thursday night, houses have been destroyed, buildings damaged and bridges and roads besides standing crops worth crores of rupees have been severely hit.

An official said there was little hope of the situation improving in the coming days.

 

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Partly cloudy Tuesday morning in Delhi

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New Delhi, July 17: It was a partly cloudy morning in the national capital on Tuesday with the minimum temperature recorded at 28 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season’s average, the weather office said.

“The sky will remain cloudy with chances of light rain and thunderstorm later in the day,” said an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 79 per cent.

The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 34.1 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average.

Though monsoon clouds covered the capital city’s sky on Monday, rain was only seen in patches and similar conditions are expected throughout the week, the IMD said.

The maximum temperature settled at 35 degrees Celsius on Monday, while the minimum was 27.2 degree Celsius, the season’s average.

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Madhya Pradesh: Denied ambulance, woman forced to give birth in bus

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Chhatarpur, July 17: Yet in another case of medical apathy, a pregnant woman was forced to give birth in a moving bus after being allegedly denied an ambulance by community hospital in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur area.

The medical representatives of the community hospital allegedly turned away a pregnant woman and referred her to a district medical centre.

The hospital didn’t even provide transportation to the woman in pain. She later gave birth in an unsanitary condition inside a moving bus, ANI reported.

Victims husband told media “I had taken her to a community hospital,from there she was referred to a district hospital. No vehicle was provided by the community hospital so I took a bus to district hospital. She delivered the baby on way”.

However, this is not the first incident of medical negligence. Last week a man brought dead body of his mother on a motorcycle for the post-mortem after being allegedly denied hearse van by district hospital in Mohangarh district of Madhya Pradesh.

In May, a man carried the dead body of his wife on his shoulders on being denied a hearse van in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun.

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Gurugram Metro station exits fail, cause overcrowding

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Gurugram, July 16: Hundreds of passengers struggled to get out of the HUDA City Centre Metro Station here on Monday morning when all but one of its Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates stopped working.

The station is one of the busiest on an ever busy Yellow Line — catering to eight to nine lakh passengers daily — and connecting Samaypur Badli in north Delhi and Gurugram in Haryana.

“AFC gates were off from 11.12 to 11.21 a.m. at HUDA City Centre today due to sudden MCB (miniature circuit breaker) trip. Token users were manually facilitated for exit whereas smart card users were facilitated from one wide AFC gates which was functional.

“This led to overcrowding at the station,” the Delhi Metro Rail Corp (DMRC) said in a statement.

In just nine minutes of breakdown, the crowds simply swelled up at the station, causing inconvenience to everyone, some passengers said.

Routine overcrowding at the station led the DMRC to increase the number of exits in 2015 from eight to 18.

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