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Indonesia Tsunami kills 222 after Anak Krakatoa volcano eruption

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INDONESIA PANDEGLANG TSUNAMI

Jakarta, Dec 23 : The death toll from the tsunami triggered by volcano eruption in Indonesia rose to 222, and over 800 people were injured, Xinhua reported quoting officials on Sunday.

The catastrophe has killed 222 people, while 843 others were injured and 28 people missing, media reports quoted Indonesia’s national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho as saying.

The number is expected to increase, according to the spokesman.

The disaster management agency feared that the death toll in the tsunami might rise further.

The Sunda Strait lies between the islands of Java and Sumatra, connecting the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean.

Scientists from Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, also known as BMKG, said it could have been caused by undersea landslides from the eruption of Anak Krakatau,  formed over years from the nearby Krakatau volcano. They also cited tidal waves caused by the full moon.

Deaths have been reported in the Pandeglang, South Lampung and Serang regions. Among the areas hit was the popular Tanjung Lesung beach resort in West Java.

Members of the band were seen being swept away as the wave destroyed their stage.

In an Instagram post, the band’s singer, Riefian Fajarsyah, asked people to pray for his wife and said two band members and the band’s road manager were missing.

The country’s Red Cross said it was on the scene and searching for victims in the rubble of one collapsed building.

Indonesia is prone to tsunamis because it lies on the Ring of Fire – the line of frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific Rim.

In September, more than 2,000 people died when a powerful earthquake struck just off the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the coastal city of Palu.

On 26 December 2004, a series of huge waves triggered by a powerful earthquake in the Indian Ocean killed about 2,28,000 people in 14 countries, mostly in Indonesia.

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Four watchmen near Rekha’s bungalow test Covid positive

However, it is not yet known whether the actress, who has been living in home isolation over the past few weeks, has had a Covid test done.

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After actress Rekha’s security guard tested Covid-19 positive last weekend, four other watchmen in the area have contracted the virus. The four watchmen work in bungalows close to Rekha’s bungalow in the Bandstand area of Bandra. They have been been shifted to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Covid-19 facility, reports indiatoday.in.

The report further states that nine others who came in contact with those affected have been tested and their reports are awaited.

Last week, a security guard at Rekha’s bungalow Sea Springs tested positive for Covid. BMC has since then sealed the actress’ bungalow.

Sea Springs has been declared a containment zone and BMC has sanitised the locality.

However, it is not yet known whether the actress, who has been living in home isolation over the past few weeks, has had a Covid test done.

Rekha is one of the latest Bollywood celebrity whose staff has been affected by Covid-19, along with Sara Ali Khan whose driver tested positive. Earlier, Aamir Khan, Karan Johar, and Boney and Janhvi Kapoor, have reported that members of their staff have been infected by the coronavirus.

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Hundreds of paramilitary troopers in North Eeat test Covid-19 positive

Many Indian Army personnel have also tested positive in Nagaland and other northeastern states.

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BSF Jawan Tripura

Shillong/Aizawl/Agartala, July 14 : Several hundred central paramilitary troopers and personnel of other central agencies in the northeastern states have tested positive for coronavirus, ministers and officials said on Tuesday night.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, in a tweet on Tuesday night, said that of the total of 318 Covid-19 patients in the state, 186 are Border Security Force (BSF) troopers.

State Health Minister A.L. Hek said that two Indian Air Force employees and two staffers of other central paramilitary forces have tested positive for Covid-19 in the state so far.

Health officials in Mizoram said that 26 National Disaster Response Force, 21 Assam Rifles and 19 BSF troopers had tested positive in the state. The NDRF personnel had recently returned from Assam, Manipur, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh. In all, 238 people were infected in Mizoram but 159 of them have recovered.

Many Indian Army personnel have also tested positive in Nagaland and other northeastern states.

In Tripura, around 200 BSF personnel, and their family members had been infected by coronavirus but all of them have recovered.

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Rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal tests positive for COVID-19

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Chandigarh, Jul 14 : Former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun in Kerala, has tested positive for coronavirus, a Health Department official said on Tuesday.

A Kottayam court in Kerala had on Monday cancelled Mulakkal’s bail for his failure to appear for the trial in the rape case and issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

“He (Mulakkal) has tested positive for coronavirus,” said COVID-19 nodal officer for Jalandhar, T P Singh.

Mulakkal’s report, confirming him to be positive for COVID-19, came on Monday evening, he added.

The rape case against the Bishop was registered by Kottayam district police in Kerala.

In her complaint to the police in June 2018, the nun had alleged that she was subjected to sexual abuse by the Bishop between 2014 and 2016.

The bishop, who was arrested by the Special Investigation Team which probed the case, has been charged with wrongful confinement, rape, unnatural sex and criminal intimidation.

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