(Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, Dec 1, IANS) Former US president Bill Clinton Friday hailed India's tsunami relief and rehabilitation programme, saying UN agencies would replicate it.
Ahmedabad's civic authorities have been compelled to review the ambitious riverfront development project following heavy floods in the Sabarmati river last month.
(Ahmedabad, Sep 12; IANS) After the floods caused damages worth Rs.43 million to the ongoing Rs.12 billion beautification and land development project on the riverbed, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has approached the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee (NIH) for a hydraulic study.
(Nambikainallur, Tamil Nadu, Aug 23) It is called Nambikainallur, 'a village of hope' that several hundred tsunami victims got this week -- almost two years after their homes were washed away by the Dec 26, 2004, killer waves in southern India.
Manimegalai lived in Anichakuppam village, which was completely destroyed by the ocean's fury. She now has a new home in Nambikainallur, three km from Pondicherry on the west side of the East Coast Road. The sea is just half a kilometre away, not too far for fishing and not too close for any disaster to make an impact.
(Bhubaneswar, Aug 21, IANS) Heavy rains in Orissa over the last week have claimed at least 14 lives and affected more than 200,000 people with more than six million hectares of agricultural land being inundated.
Officials said Monday that 11 of the state's 30 districts have been hit by the floods, the third round since July. The worst hit are Balasore and Bhadrak districts in coastal Orissa.
(Mumbai, Aug 10) The death toll in the Maharashtra floods has touched 219 as heavy showers continued to pound the state Thursday.
About 250,000 people have been displaced till now, according to government authorities.
Army officials at Pune said two helicopters were rushed to Pimplekheda in Nashik district to carry out rescue operations.
(Mumbai/Hyderabad, Aug 6) The states of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh lay battered Sunday as heavy rains, accompanied by squally winds, submerged roads, marooned villages and disrupted normal life.
While India's financial and entertainment capital Mumbai lay paralysed for most of the day Sunday, Rajamundhry, Vijayawada and Vishakapatnam airports in Andhra Pradesh continued to be submerged under water for the fifth successive day.
In Mumbai, incessant showers reduced the traffic in the city to a crawl. On roads with almost knee-deep water, many vehicles were stranded.
(Balasore, Orissa; Aug 2) Over 300,000 people in coastal Orissa were hit by flash floods triggered by torrential rains in the state for the past 3-4 days, said an official Wednesday.
The swelling of rivers Subarnarekha, Jalaka, Baitarani and Budha Balanga has submerged large areas of three coastal districts - Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur, said a state revenue official.
While the water levels of Baitarani and Budha Balanga are below the danger level, Subarnarekha and Jalaka crossed the danger mark, triggering panic among people living in low laying areas, he told IANS.
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(Ahmedabad, July 30) More than 25,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas in five districts of Gujarat as heavy rains continued to lash the state for the third consecutive day Sunday, officials said.
The administration was put on alert in Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat and Navsari districts in central and south Gujarat region as water levels were rising in many rivers.
Chief Minister Narendra Modi has instructed the disaster management wing to assess the situation, even as the weather office forecast heavy rain in the next 48 hours.
(Ahmedabad, July 5) About 5,000 people were evacuated from the low-lying areas of Navsari district Wednesday following heavy rainfalls in the entire south Gujarat region, officials said.
As the four districts in the southern part of the state witnessed heavy rains in the last 24 hours, Navsari district authorities were compelled to evacuate the people living on the banks of the Purna and Ambika rivers.
"We shifted 3,960 people from slums on the riverbank to Navsari town.
(Kathmandu, June 20) Though at least seven governments have rejected the international community's offers to assist in peace building in insurgency-hit Nepal, an extensive role by the United Nations is now on the cards.
(Dhaka, March 5) Five people were
killed and over 100 wounded as a tornado swept through six villages in
Bangladesh, media reports said Sunday.
The tornado hit the southwestern Bagerhat district Saturday night, reported television channel Ntv.
Four people were killed due to house collapse and one person died following lightning in the six villages, swept by the one- and-half-minute tornado.
The channel said the tornado flattened hundreds of houses, trees and electric polls and damaged crops.
The injured people were rushed to different hospitals in the district.
(Nagapattinam,Tamil Nadu; Dec 20) Nearly 1,700 people of a fishing village in Tamil Nadu, affected by the tsunami nearly a year ago, received keys to new houses Tuesday, thanks to a NGO.
(Kollam, Kerala; Dec 18) A spiritual group in India's Kerala state Sunday said it was ready to extend monetary and material relief to Pakistani victims of the Oct 8 quake that killed tens of thousands .
(Chennai, Dec 18) Prime Minister of South Africa's Kwazulu-Natal province Joel Sibusiso Ndebele Sunday handed $69,000 (Rs.3 million) to an NGO here to build houses for tsunami victims in Tamil Nadu.
(Chennai, Dec 18) A cyclone alert was sounded along the coastal regions of Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu Sunday as a deep depression over the southwest Bay of Bengal was lying centred at about 350 km east-southeast of Nagapattinam.
(Pondicherry, Dec 13) Tsunami survivors in Pannithittu village in this centrally administered region were Tuesday handed over 100 houses built for them.
Tamil Nadu Governor S.S. Barnala and Pondicherry Governor M.M. Lakhera handed over the houses that have been constructed under 'Project Hope' scheme of the Parmarth Nikethan Ashram, Rishikesh.
"Natural disasters should be predicted well in advance using advancements in science and technology", Barnala said.
(Jammu, Dec 5) In a unique move to aid quake survivors in Jammu and Kashmir, a minister here distributed hammers as part of relief operations to ease the task of pitching temporary shelters.
(Chennai, Dec 4) More than 500,000 people were affected in this Tamil Nadu capital and its suburbs after rain-fed rivers and lakes inundated almost three-fourths of the city, even as the army was called for relief operations.