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Over 2,000 families displaced in Tripura Floods

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Agartala, June 20:  Tripura is reeling under Heavy monsoon rains that have displaced over 2,000 families after their houses were inundated by the flood water, an official said here on Tuesday.

The displaced families are the regions — Sadar, Jirania and Mohanpur in West Tripura district and Khowai and Teliamura in Khowai district, were put up in 50 relief camps, the official said.

“Heavy monsoon rain since Sunday night flooded the low-lying areas, roads, inhabited areas in five sub-divisions of two districts of Tripura,” the Disaster Management Control Centre official added.

He said that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Tripura State Rifles teams and officials of the district administrations have been pressed in the affected areas for the relief and rescue operations.

Several rivers including Howra and Khowai were flowing above the danger mark.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar convened a high-level meeting here on Monday night to review the situation.

Sarkar has directed the district administrations to open the control rooms in the affected districts round-the-clock to monitor and to take immediate steps to assist the people, the official added.

According to the Meteorological Department Director Dilip Saha, more rain was likely till Thursday.

“In June, 695 mm rainfall was recorded in Agartala against the expected normal monsoon rainfall of 421 mm,” Saha said.

The four-month-long (June-September) Southwest Monsoon was arrived entire northeastern region, comprising eight states.

 Wefornews Bureau

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Delhi government to act against schools for arbitrary fee hike

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New Delhi, Dec 13: The Delhi government on Wednesday decided to act strictly against private schools that arbitrarily increased school fees citing the Seventh Pay Commission revision as reason.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia chaired a meeting at the Secretariat on Wednesday on several complaints of arbitrary increase in fees by schools in the name of Seventh Pay Commission revision, an official told IANS.

On Thursday, all MLAs are scheduled to meet officials of the Education Department, with complaints from their respective constituencies on the issue.

The meeting is expected to be attended by Kejriwal and Sisodia.

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Two days after moderate rain, NCR air quality again ‘very poor’

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New Delhi, Dec 13: The air quality in the National Capital Region, including Delhi, again went down to “very poor” by Wednesday morning from “poor” for a day only in the wake of moderate rain on Monday.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality at 11 of the 21 monitoring stations across NCR was “very poor”, as against only four regions on Tuesday night.

In Delhi, concentration of major pollutant PM2.5 — air particles with diameter less than 2.5 micrometers — was 133 units at 15 active monitoring stations, and 131 units at 21 stations across NCR, considered “very poor”.

On Wednesday, the number of areas exposed to toxic air jumped from four (Tuesday night) to 11 towards noon.

The most-polluted areas included Anand Vihar in east Delhi, Delhi Technical University in north Delhi, ITO, Mandir Marg and Lodhi road in central Delhi, Siri Fort and R.K Puram in south Delhi, Sector 125 in Noida and Vasundhara in Ghaziabad.

The PM2.5 in these areas ranged between 123 and 194 units — five to eight times the permissible limit.

According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) across 10 stations in the NCR was 252 at noon, as compared with 219 at 4 p.m. on Tuesday after 7.8 mm rainfall.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the NCR with high moisture has no chances of rains on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Currently, Delhi is experiencing north-westerly winds with low speeds of 5 to 10 kmph,” an IMD official told IANS.

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Kashmir Valley freezes at sub-zero temperatures

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Srinagar, Dec 13: Minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region remained below freezing point on Wednesday as the ski resort of Gulmarg recorded the coldest temperature at minus 9.8.

The weather office has forecast rain in the plains and snowfall in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir till Thursday.

Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.5 and Kargil was at minus 5.8 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar was at minus 0.7, Pahalgam at minus 2.1, Jammu recorded 8.8, Katra 8.2, Batote 1.1, Bannihal 0.6, Bhaderwah 0.4 and Udhampur was at 8.0 degrees Celsius, the Met said.

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