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Heavy rains, floods wreak havoc in Karnataka

On Wednesday, the state received 120 per cent more rainfall at 9.5 mm than 4.3 mm normal rainfall which occurs around this time of the year.

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Bengaluru, Oct 23 : Heavy rains and floods across Karnataka wreaked havoc claiming 13 lives and damaged 10,038 houses, said a weather official on Wednesday.

“The rainfall witnessed during the last 7-8 days is the highest recorded in the last 50 years,” Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre director (KSNDMC) G.S. Srinivas Reddy told IANS.

Noting that the rains were not sudden but continuation of the southwest monsoon season from September, Reddy said two active systems in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal have resulted in the downpour.

“Northeast monsoon in October-December contributes 16 per cent of the southern state’s annual rainfall. With rains so far, it is suffice to say the northeast monsoon is normal,” said Reddy.

While the northeast monsoon is active in the Bay, many systems were detected in the Arabian Sea as well, pointed out Reddy.

About 7,200 people have been shifted to the 28 relief camps in flood-hit districts in the central, coastal and northern regions of the state.

In addition to the six National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams stationed in the affected areas, an Army column has been deployed in Raichur district in the state’s northern region.

State Chief Minister B.S. Yeddiyurappa took stock of the situation and had a video conference with the deputy commissioners of the rain-affected districts.

Each affected family has been given Rs 10,000 to buy clothes and utensils.

According to a KSNDMC report, water level in all the 33 reservoirs across the state are above 80 per cent of their capacity, with Bhadra, Ghataprabha and Malaprabha brimming.

On Wednesday, the state received 120 per cent more rainfall at 9.5 mm than 4.3 mm normal rainfall which occurs around this time of the year.

On the west coast, Uttara Kannada district received 226 per cent more rain at 16 mm, in north interior area, Bagalkot, Belagavi and Gadag received 500 per cent more rainfall at 14.8 mm, 17.6 mm and 20.1 mm respectively.

In south interior areas such as Ballari, Bengaluru Rural, Chikaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, Davanagere and Kolar, Mysuru, Ramanagara and Tumakuru registered above 100 per cent rainfall.

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Delhi’s air quality ‘severe’, AQI crosses 400-mark

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New Delhi: The national capital’s air quality on Thursday turned to the ‘severe’ category, with the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi recorded at 407.

According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), Delhi’s overall AQIwas recorded at 9 a.m. at 407, counted under the ‘severe’ category.

As per SAFAR, the AQI from 0-50 is considered ‘safe’. Between 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, between 101-200 is ‘moderate’ and 201-300 is ‘poor’, while 301-400 is ‘very poor’ and 401-500 is in the ‘severe’ category.

SAFAR has advised people to avoid all physical activity outdoors. “Give a miss to walk today. If the room has windows, close them. If the air conditioner provides a fresh air intake option, close it. Keep the room clean – don’t vacuum. Do wet mopping frequently,” it said.

It also advised people to stop any activity level if experience any unusual coughing, chest discomfort, wheezing, breathing difficulty, or fatigue and consult a doctor.

“Masks known as N-95 or P-100 respirators may only help if you go out. Do not rely on dust masks for protection,” it added.

The AQI of the National Capital Region was also high with Ghaziabad (470), Noida and Greater Noida (422), Faridabad (398) having a similar experience.

The city had witnessed drastic improvement in the air quality in the last week of November as the AQI was recorded in double digits at the ‘satisfactory’ category, after being seeing few of the worst air quality days the same month.

The air in the national capital was so toxic after Diwali that the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR and had advised people, especially children and the aged, to limit their exposure to the environment.

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SP leader booked for sexually exploiting woman

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Kannauj (Uttar Pradesh), Dec 12 A Samajwadi Party leader has been booked for sexually exploiting a woman and blackmailing her.

“Aafaq Khan is married with eight children but since 2014, he has been sexually exploiting me and threatens to malign my reputation. He holds me captive and mentally tortures me. He has also been threatening to defame me on the social media.

“I am now seriously ill and want to be freed from his clutches. Aafaq Khan carries a firearm and threatens to kill me if I offer any resistance,” the 36-year-old complainant has said in the FIR.

According to police sources, the FIR was registered on December 4 and investigations into the case have been initiated.

The FIR has been lodged at the Chhibramau police station here under Section 342 (wrongful confinement), 376 (rape), 500 (punishment for defamation) and 508 (whoever voluntarily causes or attempts to cause any person to do anything which that person is not legally bound to do) of IPC.

According to the victim, she came into contact with Aafaq Khan, leader of the Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha, when she was looking for a job after the death of her father.

The woman does not have any other family member.

“We will take action as soon as investigations reach a conclusive stage,” said a police officer.

Kannauj, till 2019 Lok Sabha elections, was the bastion of the Samajadwai Party.

Wife of Samajwadi Party President and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Dimple Yadav, won Kannauj in a by-election in 2012 and then in 2014.

Prior to her, Akhilesh Yadav had won the seat thrice in 2000, 2004 and 2009.

The SP lost the seat to BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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‘Man-eater’ leopard shot dead in Gujarat

Amreli district collector Aayush Oak said the leopard was spotted in a camera trap. “It was a seven-year-old male leopard,” he said.

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Amreli (Gujarat), Dec 11 : A suspected ‘man-eater’ leopard was shot dead on Wednesday evening by forest department personnel near Bagasara village in Amreli district of Gujarat, officials said.

A senior official claimed the big cat had killed at least ten people in the nearby areas and 14 to 15 people in the entire region.

The big cat was lurking behind eucalyptus plantation near a cow shed when it was shot dead by a member of the team of forest guards, they said.

The Amreli region had seen a sharp rise in attacks by leopards in the last few months.

“We shot dead the leopard near Bagasara village at 7 pm on Wednesday. We were hunting for it as it had turned into a man-eater. We are sure that it was the same leopard we were looking for. Other leopards were rescued and shifted out of the area,” said Conservator of Forest (Rajkot), Ashwin Parmar.

Amreli district collector Aayush Oak said the leopard was spotted in a camera trap. “It was a seven-year-old male leopard,” he said.

Oak said the Forest department first tried to capture the big cat, but it attacked the personnel, following which it was shot dead.

“Forest department will analyse the pug marks to ascertain involvement of the killed leopard in recent human deaths. But it is certainly suspected to have killed human beings. If required, the forest department will continue its operation,” he said when asked whether the forest personnel killed the same leopard they were looking for.

Meanwhile, Parmar said a huge team of forest personnel was deployed to either trap or kill the leopard in view of deaths of many people in feline attacks in the region.

“We scanned CCTV footage videos as well as pug marks to ensure that we shoot down the man-eater. We will also get an independent analysis done to find remains of human beings, if any, from the intestine and stomach of the dead leopard,” he said.

Parmar said the leopard had killed at least 10 people in nearby areas. “In all, it might have killed 14-15 people in the entire region,” he added.

In its bid to identify the “man-eater leopard”, the Forest department had formed a team of 150 trained personnel and set up 30 cages at different locations to trap and rescue other leopards from the area.

At least 40 leopards have already been caged in Amreli and neighbouring Junagadh districts.

The state government had told the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday that the total 14 people were killed while 71 others were injured in as many as 80 attacks by leopards in Junagadh and Amreli districts during the last two years, a significant rise than the previous year.

Recently, two persons were killed in a leopard attack on October 25 and December 5 in Munjiyasar village in Bagasara taluka of Amreli district.

A child was mauled to death by the big cat in Rafala village on November 17 while a 60-year-old man was killed in Visavadar taluka in the same district in September.

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