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Gujarat: Heavy rain kills three, NDRF & IAF rescue people stranded in flood



Gujarat flood

Ahmedabad, July 23: Heavy rains since Friday night created a flood-like situation in several parts of Gujarat on Saturday, leaving three persons dead, the state government said.

Surendranagar, Rajkot and Morbi districts in Saurashtra region were the worst affected by the heavy rains and the IAF, and the NDRF along with district authorities conducted massive relief and rescue operations at different places.

The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) rescued several people from these areas and relocated them to safer locations.

As many as 214 people, who were stranded at different places in these affected districts, were rescued.

Morbi district disaster relief team officials said Maliya Miyana village was flooded after water was released from Machhu 2 and 3 dams and around 50 persons were rescued.

Ten gates of Machhu-2 and 14 gates of Machhu-3 dams were opened, leading to release of 55,000 cusec and 59,000 cusec of water respectively, they said.

“Two hundred people were rescued from different parts of the district by NDRF, IAF and fire brigade teams,” Morbi District Collector IK Patel said.

Three persons died after being swept away by water at Jasdan taluka in Rajkot, Lathi in Amreli, and Junagadh, a state emergency operations centre official said.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who headed a disaster review meeting on Saturday, told media that Surendranagar, Rajkot, Morbi, Amreli, Junagadh, Gir Somnath districts in Saurashtra received heavy rainfall.

As many as 65 roads and 10 state highways were damaged due to the rains, he said.

“NDRF, IAF and state rescue teams have so far rescued 214 people, stranded at different places,” Rupani said, adding that 6,235 people have been shifted at safer places from low lying areas near rivers and dams.

According to Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) Commissioner BN Pani, a two-storey building in Hathikhana area of the city collapsed but there was no casualty.

“The city has received over 72 mm rain and water in the Lalpari reservoir has overflown. Nearly 60 people living in the nearby areas have been shifted to safer places,” Pani said.

Surendranagar is the worst affected district in the Saurashtra region as over 350 mm rainfall was recorded in the temple town of Chotila.

The Indian Air Force, in a release, said four MI-17V5 helicopters were deployed for rescue and relief operation in different areas of Surendranagar and Morbi districts.

“In all, four IAF helicopters were today engaged in rescue and relief work. More requests have been received from the civil administration as reports last came in with three aircrafts currently engaged in ongoing missions at various locations,” it said.

The NDRF said its teams carried out rescue operations in Limdi and Chotila talukas of Surendranagar district, where five persons were evacuated to safer places, six persons were shifted to safety in Rajkot, and 15 in Amreli.

State transport authorities said buses services have been temporarily discontinued on 17 routes due to waterlogging.

Train services in Samkhiyali, Maliya Miyan, Wankaner, Surendranagar and Viramgam were also suspended due to waterlogging on the route.

During the day, Deodar in Banaskantha received 204 millimetres of rains, followed by Kalol in Gandhinagar 181 mm and Bhabhar in Banaskantha 105 mm.

Ahmedabad city received over 100 mm of rain which led to waterlogging in several underpasses and roads.

According to IMD official Manorama Mohanty, Gujarat is likely to get light to moderate rains in the next four days while heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted in isolated areas.

Intensity of rains in Saurashtra region will decrease, she said, adding, “Port warning has been issued in Gujarat coast. Fishermen have been advised not to venture in the waters.”

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has also instructed the Health Department to conduct a survey to check any spread of mosquito-borne diseases, besides distributing required medicines.

In wake of meteorological department’s forcast regarding heavy rains in various states, The Government warned of an increase in water levels of several rivers in the next three days and issues advisory for dams in different states.

WeForNews Bureau


Hindu group attacks Christmas carol singers in MP




Satna (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 15 : Alleging religious conversion, a mob linked to a right-wing Hindu group attacked Catholic carol singers in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district and also set a priest’s car ablaze.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening. Instead of taking action against the attackers, the police detained the Christian singers, a priest said.

Father Rene Verghese told IANS on Friday: “A group of students training to become priests was moving around Satna town, visiting Christian institutions and singing carols.

“Some 15 km from here in Dara Kalan village church they were getting ready for the Christmas celebrations, when a group of people attacked them, accusing them of carrying out religious conversion.”

Verghese said the Hindu group raised slogans and called the Civil Lines police station.

All 32 carollers, accompanied by two priests, who were singing carols were picked up and taken to the police station. Eight priests who later went to the police station to enquire into the matter were also taken into custody, he said.

The agitating mob attacked the Christian students inside the police station, and set fire to the priest’s car parked outside.

Verghese denied any attempt at religious conversion. He said singing carols is a common practice around the time of Christmas. “We were just doing that and preparing for the Christmas celebrations.”

However, City Superintendent of Police D.D. Pande told IANS: “One Dharmendra Dohad has registered a complaint with us that he was paid Rs 5,000 and converted to a Christian.

“He was given a holy dip in a pond and his name was changed to Dharmendra Thomas, the complainant said. They also asked him to pray to Lord Christ,” he said.

A case has been registered against one identified person and five unknown persons in the conversion case, Pande said.

They are also investigating the vandalism carried out by the mob.


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One-way traffic restored on Jammu-Srinagar highway




Jammu, Dec 15: Authorities allowed only one way-traffic movements on the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Friday due of bad road conditions, officials said.

“One-way traffic will be allowed on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Vehicles will be allowed to move from Srinagar to Jammu and no vehicle will be allowed to move from the opposite direction,” news agency IANS quoted an official of the traffic department was saying.

“This precaution has been taken keeping the safety of the commuters in mind,” he added.

Since all essentials of life are connected to the landlocked Kashmir Valley through this highway, temporary closures because of snowfall and landslides often result in profiteers and black marketeers hoarding goods to hike prices.


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Delhi Govt reserves 50% beds for Delhiites at GB Pant Hospital



New Delhi, Dec 15: Half of beds at the Delhi government’s flagship super-specialty G B Pant Hospital will be reserved for the city’s residents in a bid to provide timely and best available treatment to the patients. 

The order was issued by the Delhi government ‘s Health and Family Welfare Department on December 12.

“To provide timely and best available treatment for patients who are resident of Delhi, in GB Pant Hopsital (GIPMER), which is the flagship Super-speciality hospital of GNCTD, it has been decided that 50% of the total beds shall be reserved for the patients, particularly residents of Delhi”, the order said.

To avail this facility, patient should have been referred by another Delhi government hospital and admission should be required for only special treatment or for planned surgeries.


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