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Mumbai: Flooded roads raise fears of spike in lepto infections

Mumbai: Flooded roads raise fears of spike in lepto infections

Commuters, including childre, wade through ankle-deep water to board a BEST bus at King’s Circle on Wednesday. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

As people are forced to wade through waterlogged areas, it is likely that they are exposed to rat and dog urine, which helps the bacteria that causes the disease spread; symptoms are high fever, body ache

The ongoing spell of heavy rain that has resulted in waterlogging in several parts of the city could mean a spike in leptospirosis cases in the coming days, the BMC has said, urging citizens to take preventive steps. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection. It spreads through the urine of dogs, rats and farm animals. Dr Nitin Karnik, professor and HoD of Medicine at Sion hospital, said they have been seeing at least two cases of leptospirosis, dengue, and malaria each day for the past three weeks. “We found that people are coming with complaints of high fever and loose motion which is unusual. Usually, people have red eyes, fever, and body ache and some develop jaundice and renal failure.”

 SUV swept away from flooded bridge, three dead, 3 missing

Meanwhile, three people are also missing. All passengers are residents of Madhya Pradesh, said police official

Three residents of Madhya Pradesh died and as many others are missing after their vehicle was swept away from a flooded bridge in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district, police said. The deceased were residents of Betul district in MP. The incident occurred in Nanda village under the Kelwad police station limits, some 40 km from the district headquarters, in the afternoon, an official said. “The SUV with eight passengers was crossing a bridge that did not have railings on either side. The water flowing above the bridge swept away the vehicle. While two passengers swam to safety, we have recovered bodies of three persons and three others are missing,” the official said. The deceased have been identified as Roshni Chaukidar (32), Darsh Chaukidar (10) and SUV driver Liladhar Hiware (38), all residents of Zingabai Takali. The missing persons are Madhukar Patil (65), his wife Nirmala (60) and Neemu Aatner (45), all hailing from Betul in neighbouring Madhya Pardesh. “The vehicle was going from Multai in Madhya Pradesh to Chhatrapur village in Nanda here. A team comprising police and fire brigade personnel is carrying out a search operation,” the Kelwad police station official said.

Lake levels highest in a decade

The lakes have filled up to this level in the shortest period. Modak Sagar lake, one of them, started overflowing around 1 pm on Wednesday

Mumbai monsoon: Lake levels highest in a decade

The incessant rain for the past two weeks has led to the largest water stock in the past 10 years for the city. The seven lakes that provide water to the city have more than 56 per cent of their stock as of July 13, which is more than double that it was in this period in the past two years and the most quantity by this date in 10 years. The lakes have filled up to this level in the shortest period. Modak Sagar lake, one of them, started overflowing around 1 pm on Wednesday. Heavy to very heavy rain spells have continued in and around Mumbai for the past two weeks. In the past decade, 2014 was the worst year in terms of insufficient rain. The stock was merely 6 per cent on July 13 and the city faced up to 30 per cent water cuts that year. This year, the stock is not only the largest in a decade but it accumulated in the shortest time. “Though the lakes are filling up fast, lake levels at the end of the rainy season are important. The lakes have to fill to 100 per cent of their capacities by September 30 for uninterrupted water supply till the arrival of the next monsoon,” said an official from the BMC.

गुजरात: बारिश से 24 घंटे में 14 की मौत, 4 जिलों में बारिश का हाई अलर्ट

गुजरात में लगातार 3 दिनों से हो रही बारिश की वजह से नवसारी, वलसाड, सूरत, नर्मदा, छोटा उदेयपुर, अहमदाबाद, सौराष्ट्र के गिर सोमनाथ, द्वारिका, राजकोट जैस शहरों में भारी दिक्कतों का सामना करना पड़ रहा है. बारिश के चलते 24 घंटे में 14 लोगों की मौत हो गई है.

गुजरात में बारिश की वजह से हालात बिगड़ गए हैं.

गुजरात में बारिश और बाढ़ कहर ढा रही है. पिछले तीन दिन से बारिश से जनजीवन पूरी तरह अस्त-व्यस्त कर रखा है. राज्य में बारिश के चलते पिछले 24 घंटे में 14 लोगों की मौत हो गई है. अब तक 83 लोगों की जान गई है. मौसम विभाग ने नवसारी, वलसाड, गिर सोमनाथ और जूनागढ़ में बारिश का हाईअलर्ट जारी किया है. गुजरात में लगातार पिछले 3 दिनों से हो रही बारिश की वजह से नवसारी, वलसाड, सूरत, नर्मदा, छोटा उदेयपुर, अहमदाबाद, सौराष्ट्र के गिर सोमनाथ, द्वारिका, राजकोट जैसे शहरों में भारी दिक्कतों का सामना करना पड़ रहा है. दरअसल, गुजरात में बारिश के चलते पिछले 24 घंटे में 14 लोगों की मौत की खबर आई है. जबकि  इस पूरे सीजन की बारिश में 83 लोगों की मौत हुई है. वहीं, मवेशियों की बात की जाए तो 487 जानवरों की बारिश में बह जाने की वजह से मौत हुई है. बारिश के चलते प्रशासन ने नवसारी, वलसाड, कच्छ जिले के स्कूलों में छुट्टी कर दी है. वहीं, अब तक 30 हजार से भी ज्यादा लोगों को सुरक्षित स्थानों पर पहुंचा गया है. मौसम विभाग ने भी आने वाले 24 घंटे में नवसारी, वलसाड, सूरत, डांग, जूनागढ़ और गिर सोमनाथ जिले के लिए अलर्ट जारी किया है.

If elected president, will ensure CAA is not implemented: Yashwant Sinha

Interacting with opposition lawmakers of Assam, Sinha said the BJP-led government has not been able to implement the CAA so far as it was “foolishly drafted” in a hurry.

Opposition presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday said that if he is elected, he will ensure that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is not implemented. Interacting with opposition lawmakers of Assam, Sinha said the BJP-led government has not been able to implement the CAA so far as it was “foolishly drafted” in a hurry. “Citizenship is a major issue for Assam, and the government wanted to bring in the Act across the country but has not been able to do so yet,” he said. “Earlier, the government gave the excuse of COVID, but even now they have not been able to implement it because it is an Act foolishly drafted in a hurry,” he added. Sinha alleged that the Constitution was in danger not from any outside force, but from those in power. “This presidential election is of special significance as it is a fight to save Constitution,” he asserted. “If I am in Rashtrapati Bhavan, I will ensure that CAA is not implemented,” he said. Sinha said he was compelled to leave the BJP in 2018 after realising that the present leadership has taken “a completely wrong” path. Later, speaking to reporters, he alleged that every institution of the country is being subverted by the ruling party and its government. “Agencies like the ED, CBI, Income Tax department and even the governor’s offices are being used to target opposition leaders, to engineer defections and topple opposition-run state governments,” he claimed. “The ruling party has embarked on an evil design to communally polarise India’s multi-faith society, and its agenda of one nation, one party, one ruler is meant to convert democratic India into an imitator of Communist China,” he said. Sinha said he was dismayed that NDA’s presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu has not addressed a press conference yet. “People do not know what she stands for. I have great personal regard for Droupadi Murmu, but this election is not about persons and their identities but about their commitment to Constitution,” he said. Sinha, a former Union minister, said he wanted to visit every Northeastern state, but due to time constraint, he was appealing to the lawmakers of those states from Guwahati to listen to their conscience and vote in a rational manner. Following the meeting, Rajya Sabha’s Independent MP Ajit Kumar Bhuyan said Sinha was most suited for the president’s post as he has a deep understanding of the country. MLA Akhil Gogoi said he has decided to support Sinha as the democracy is in grave danger.

Thackeray forced to back NDA’s Presidential candidate: Yashwant Sinha

Opposition candidate for Presidential polls Yashwant Sinha said that ex-Maharashtra CM and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was “forced” to declare that his party would support the NDA’s candidate, Droupadi Murmu. “I am not only fighting a political party, I am fighting for the government and finally the cat is out of the bag,” Sinha added.

Ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt arrested from jail in 2002 Gujarat riots case

Gujarat Police arrested former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt from jail in connection with a 2002 Gujarat riots case. He has been accused of allegedly abusing the law by conspiring to fabricate evidence to frame innocent people in connection with the riots. Bhatt was the deputy commissioner incharge of Internal Security at the State Intelligence Bureau when the riots broke out.

Police attach properties worth ₹100 cr of ex-UP minister in illegal meat factory case

Police on Wednesday attached properties worth over ₹100 crore of BSP leader and former Uttar Pradesh minister Haji Yaqoob Qureshi in connection with a case registered against him for allegedly running an illegal meat factory. An FIR was registered against 17 people, including Qureshi, his wife and sons after illegal meat worth over ₹5 crore was recovered from his factory.

Sri Lankan Army refuses to follow instructions of acting President Wickremesinghe

The Sri Lankan Army has refused to follow instructions of acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe to use force against the protestors. Wickremesinghe was appointed as acting President after Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives with his wife. Rajapaksa is heading to Singapore from Maldives, according to reports.

BMC to hire teachers for ₹150 per hour for government schools

Considering the fact that permanent appointments could take time, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to recruit teachers on an hourly basis for over 800 vacant posts. The teachers will be paid ₹150 per hour and the funds for the purpose will be allotted by the BMC. As per new rules, schools can re-hire retired teachers as well.

Shaheen is no less than Bumrah, in fact he has more pace: Salman Butt

With Jasprit Bumrah being hailed as one of the best bowlers across formats after his performance against England, ex-Pakistan captain Salman Butt said Shaheen Afridi is no less than the India pacer. “In fact, Shaheen with experience will only get better [as] he has more pace,” added Butt. Bumrah registered figures of 6/19 in the first ODI against England.

I’m confident that Asia Cup will take place in Sri Lanka: Jayasuriya

Ex-Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya said he’s confident that Asia Cup, scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka next month, will take place despite the country’s ongoing political and financial crisis. “There’s no threat to the tournament. In Sri Lanka, everyone loves cricket,” he stated. Meanwhile, the Asian Cricket Council has reportedly kept Bangladesh on standby to host the tournament.

India can’t progress if it’s caught in shackles of casteism: KT Rama Rao

Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao on Wednesday said India cannot progress if it is caught in the shackles of casteism. “If caste and religion references are used…when progress is being made in all fields, it will cause serious damage to…country,” he said during the launch of book “Charitraputtalo Telangana”. He further urged the youth to grow with secular sentiments.

5 abduct waiter for asking them to pay for their meal in Pune; arrested

Five people were arrested for allegedly abducting a waiter who asked them to pay for their meal at a hotel in Pune. According to police, the accused went to a hotel near the New Katraj Tunnel for dinner on Monday. When the waiter asked them to pay for the dinner, they allegedly thrashed him and abducted him on a four-wheeler.

Bengaluru: Bishop Cotton, St John’s principals suspended


The Karnataka Central Diocese has suspended principals of two premier schools in Bengaluru amid allegations that the diocese did not follow due process. The executive committee of the diocese validated, on Monday, the suspension of S Edwin Christopher of Bishop Cotton Boys’ School (BCBS) and Shanta Susheela of St John’s High School, pending an inquiry into undisclosed allegations. Rev Prasanna Kumar Samuel, bishop of the diocese, told DH on Wednesday that the suspensions were an “internal matter”. “An inquiry is being initiated and we will be able to share details about the charges only on its completion,” he said. The diocese — affiliated to the Church of South India — is learnt to have constituted a three-member committee, which is expected to present its findings in a month. The bishop, also the chairman of the Bishop Cotton Boys’ School’s board of management, had on Tuesday informed the staff in a circular that Christopher had been suspended after “due consideration of various matters”.

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