NEW DELHI: Over 6,100 people have died in India due to heat wave in the last nine years (2010-18) with the year 2015 alone recording nearly one-third such deaths. Among states, Andhra Pradesh had recorded the maximum casualties during 2013-15 period.
Analysis of the casualty figures shows that Andhra Pradesh (AP), Telangana (after its formation in June, 2014), Odisha and West Bengal had together reported more than 90% of total deaths due to heat wave in the country during the period.
By Syed Akbar
VIJAYAWADA: Having learnt lessons from Hudhud and Phethai cyclones, the Andhra Pradesh government is planning to construct a high wall along the coast at vulnerable places to prevent damage from natural calamities. The plan is to cover parts of AP’s coastline, and build a protective wall along the seaside villages as part of cyclone mitigation programme.
NEW DELHI: Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday announced immediate allocation of Rs 1,000 crore for relief and restoration work after Cyclone Gaja left a trail of destruction and claimed 46 lives in the state’s central and coastal districts. “I sanctioned Rs 5,000 to every family staying in relief centres, which lost homes, and to those who suffered damage to boats. A sum of Rs 3,800 will be paid to each family to buy clothes and utensils,” Palaniswami said in his statement. He also ordered supply of milk to all 2.51 lakh inmates of government relief centres.
In Nagappattinam and Tiruvarur, angry villagers resorted to road blockades, isolating several cyclone-hit areas from the district headquarters
Authorities said official vehicles were not being permitted to supply even essential commodities to badly affected localities like Kodiyakkarai near Vedaranyam and Muthupettai near Thiruthuraipoondi
M Saleem Pandit | TNN | Nov 5, 2018, 23:11 IST
SRINAGAR: Cold wave tightened its grip in Kashmir following weekend’s snowfall, as day temperature was recorded below 7°C in most parts of the Valley on Monday.
Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded the lowest temperature, with a minimum of -0.9°C and a maximum of 7.4°C, a meteorological department official said.
Prabin Kalita | TNN | Oct 15, 2018, 04:41 IST
GUWAHATI: More than 11,000 Bru voters living in exile in Tripura do not want to travel to Mizoram to vote in the November 28 assembly election even though the Centre has stopped their rations, leaving them facing a severe food crisis. Food stock that is there with them can barely last till Monday.
Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum leader Bruno Msha said they would prefer that the Election Commission (EC) use the system of postal ballots to collect the votes of Brus staying in relief camps in Tripura.
Minati Singha | TNN | Oct 14, 2018, 02:54 IST
BHUBANESWAR: After unverified reports suggested that 21 people have died in Odisha in the aftermath of Cyclone Titli, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday offered condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.
Though the state government is struggling to verify the number of deaths, most of the casualties have reportedly happened in a landslide, triggered by the cyclone, at a village in Gajapati district.
The cyclone, is likely to make landfall between Gopalpur and Kalingapatnam early on Thursday morning.
It may trigger heavy rain accompanied by strong winds blowing at 125kmph.
The IMD has issued a red alert in the state.
By Pradeep Thakur
NEW DELHI: In what is considered as another big diplomatic initiative, the government has come up with a road map for the establishment of a global coalition on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and has already allocated some seed funding for it. This will be second big coalition floated by India outside the UN after the Solar Alliance of 121 countries.
By Vibor Mohan
CHANDIGARH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening called up Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on phone and assured support from the Centre in tackling the flood situation arising in the state due to incessant rains.
Modi enquired about the flood situation in the state, and assured him of all possible help in mitigating the situation arising out of floods and rains, according to an official spokesperson.
Vishwa Mohan | TNN | Updated: Sep 23, 2018, 06:52 IST
GANGTOK: Hours before Sikkim is going to be on aviation map of India, the state on Saturday got the country's second sensors-based advance landslide warning system in the region which along with Darjeeling belt in north-east Himalayas is among the world's most prominent landslide hotspots.
By Pradeep Thakur
NEW DELHI: The government is likely to tweak the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rules under the Companies Act for creating a dedicated corpus on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as a larger private sector engagement. At present, the Centre and states allocate funds for all disasterrelated activities—mitigation, rescue, relief and rehabilitation.
By Prabin Kalita
GUWAHATI: The Central Water Commission (CWC) has warned likely flash floods in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura due to heavy rain in the next five days as forecast by the met department.
Kerala has reported maximum casualties of 488 till September 3, followed by UP at 256 and West Bengal at 210
Karnataka, Assam and Uttarakhand have reported high casualties as well in flood-related incidents with 170, 50 and 37 people dead
NEW DELHI: The toll of people who died in floods in six states this monsoon season has climbed to 1,211, the highest in the last two years. Kerala has reported maximum casualties of 488 till September 3, followed by UP at 256 and West Bengal at 210.
At least 12 people have died and over 3,000 have been displaced in Nagaland
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rao took to Twitter seeking help from the central government
Naresh Mitra | TNN | Sep 4, 2018, 03:32 IST
Assam suffers an average annual loss of Rs 200 crore due to floods
Like previous years, this time too, it has been battered by two waves of floods from June till the first week of August
In 2017, at least 160 people were killed in three waves of floods affecting more than 30 lakh people
By Pradeep Thakur
600 lives were lost in four states other than Kerala due to overflowing rivers
More than 70 lakh people were affected and 17 lakh were living in relief camps
UP saw 204 deaths, West Bengal 195, Karnataka 161 and Assam 46
GENEVA: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has briefed the senior leadership of the WHO, the United Nations and the International Red Cross here on the humanitarian crisis in Kerala which has been devastated by unprecedented floods, his office said in a statement.
Tharoor, a Member of Parliament for Thiruvananthapuram and chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on external affairs, discussed with them the possibilities for assisting Kerala which is struggling to find its feet after the devastating deluge that left 231 dead in a fortnight and displaced over 14 lakh people.
THIRUVANATHAPURAM: As flood waters receded in Kerala, rescue operations were halted today by the Navy and people gradually began returning to their homes, many of them barely liveable, even as a political row brewed over accepting foreign aid.
The state's LDF government said such aid should be accepted even as the Centre made it clear it won't accept cash donation from foreign countries as per a long-standing policy.