Unimaginable number of lives and quantity of wealth has been lost by the floods that hit states across India. The worst hit states are Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar however, the situations in West Bengal and Assam are improving gradually.
- In Bihar, across 17 districts, 153 people have been declared dead, it has been amongst the worst hit states. In addition, the number of people that have been directly affected by the floods is also highest in Bihar going around 1.08 crores.
- 28 National Disaster Response Force teams including 1,152 people have been sent to be a part of the rescue and relief operations in Bihar. To take care of 3.44 lakh in the flood-ravaged districts, 1765 community kitchens have come to existence.
- Even though the situation in Assam is getting better, but the total no of lives lost because of the flood are a whooping 144, next only to Bihar. The worst affected area being Morigaon district, where 2210 villages are now under water and 1.23 lakh hectare of crop damaged.
- In eastern Uttar Pradesh, over 14 lakh people have been affected by the floods and 1,217 villages are under water.
- Though the situations in West Bengal are a little better, there has been no rain in past 24 hours but the floods took around 52 lives there.
- Even the railways in most of these areas have been affected by the floods which resulted into Railways incurring a loss of almost Rs.150 crore in the last week.
Six coaches of the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express derailed on Saturday. The accident took place at khatauli in Muzaffarnagar. Till now four death have been confirmed and the number of injured persons is yet to be ascertained.
The Mishap occurred around 5.45pm. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said he will personally monitor and probe into the case and strict action will be taken against any lapse. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed all possible help.
The Indian Express quoted ADG Law and Order, Anand Kumar saying, “10 killed in Muzaffarnagar train derailment..More than 50 injured. ATS sent there as precautionary measure, no confirmation of terrorism angle.”
Sureah Prabhu announced ex-gratia of Rs 3.5 Lakh for the deceased and Rupees fifty thousand for the injured by the railways. Also Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep grief announcing a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and Rs. 50k for the deceased and injured respectively.
The rescue operations Is being carried out by NDRF team along with the ATS of Uttar Pradesh. The death toll is likely to increase along with the injured to go up to 150.
This incident came after a crude bomb found in Akal Takht express as it stopped at Amethi, Uttar Pradesh on August 10, 2017. It had a threat warning of Abu Dujana’s death revenge.
As part of his three-day visit, BJP President Amit Shah uncovered a statue of Deen Dayal Upadhyay, the founder of the erstwhile Jan Sangh. Madya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Bhopal mayor Alok Sharma were also present near the city’s Lal Ghati square to witness the same.
Shah was welcomed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and party leaders, Kailash Vijaywargiya and Prabhat Jha at Bhopal airport. He was also accompanied by a large number of Bjp workers and supporters during his visit to the party’s office.
According to Chouhan, Shah’s schedule in Bhopal will be a hectic one and involve a number of meetings with local party leaders, including State unit office-bearers, central office-bearers, core group members, State spokespersons, MPs, MLAs, district presidents, among others. The brainstorming sessions will also be attended by the central officers.
Apart from unveiling a book by Kailash Narayan Sarang, his hectic schedule will also involve addressing intellectuals and students.
The Bhopal visit is a part of his nationwide tour to promote his party ahead of the upcoming assembly elections.
Over 140 animals residing in the Kaziranga National Park have lost their lives due to the floods in Asam. The second wave of floods has inundated 80 per cent of the 481 sq km national park.
Rohini Ballav Saikia, Kaziranga National Park Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), revealed that since August 10 seven rhinos, 122 swamp deer, two elephants, three wild boars, two hog deer, three sambhar deer, one buffalo and one porcupine have died, reported PTI.
He also said that the authorities are recovering carcasses on a daily basis.
It is being said that out of the seven dead rhinos, six drowned while the remaining died due to natural causes.
Due to the excessive water that entered the World Heritage Site through river Difloo, the animals are moving out in search of food available on both sides of the National Highway-37 and the adjacent tea gardens towards the higher altitudes of Karbi Anglong district.
For their safety, the forest department and security personnel are fixing hoardings, posters, banners to restrict speed limit of vehicles on the National Highway-37.
On the eve of 71st Independence Day, the newly elected President of India Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation for the first time. The vision for creating a “New India” by 2022 and an egalitarian society that does not discriminate based on gender or religious background formed the crux of Kovind’s maiden speech to the country. Maintaining an optimistic tone, Kovind backed government’s demonetization act and appreciated people’s support for the recent Good and Services Tax scheme.
In his talk, the Dalit president emphasized that India must be an empathetic society where socially backward classes like SC, ST and OBC constitute a major part in India’s development. Focussing on the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign, Kovind said that it is every individual’s duty to ensure that best education is provided to girls. In addition to this, he also highlighted the people’s role in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Highlighting the cooperation between government and the citizens, President Kovind said, “The stress on the moral basis of policy and action, belief in unity and discipline, faith in a synthesis of heritage and science, and promotion of the rule of law and of education – all of it was located in a partnership between citizen and government.”
Kovind concluded his speech with Buddha’s quote of “Being your own light”, and appealed everyone to contribute their share in taking India to greater heights.
- Economic Times-http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/president-ram-nath-kovind-addresses-the-nation-on-independence-day-eve/articleshow/60061181.cms
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In a shocking incident, more than 60 children have died at Gorakhpur’s state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College and hospital since August 7. Panic struck late on Friday night, as the hospital continuously ran out of oxygen supply; and 30 kids lost their lives in about 48 hours
Infection and disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward is being termed as the cause of the high casualty toll, however, the hospital and district administration has denied the claims of any oxygen shortage.
Nevertheless, as per ANI, a letter was retrieved from the hospital wherein they were informed about the shortage of oxygen cylinders by the Pushpa Sales, who stopped supply over pending payment.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath has ordered an inquiry and guaranteed to take stringent action against those found responsible. He has sent health minister Sidharth Nath Singh to Gorakhpur to examine the situation. Moreover, the Adityanath government is facing flak from opposition parties for the negligence. BSP chief Mayawati said, “In the wake of such a tragic incident, no amount of criticism would be enough for the BJP government.” Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have also criticized the BJP government in this matter.
Incidentally, in the due course of years, several children have died at BRD Medical College due to medical negligence. As per a report in Hindustan Times, an official data states that 3,000 children have died at the government-run hospital in six years.
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