WARANGAL THURSDAY OCTOBER 15, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION CHINA, PAKISTAN RE-ELECTED TO UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Despite their dismal human rights record, the two countries made it to the UNHRC with 139 and 169 votes, respectively The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room — the meeting room of the UN Human Rights Council, in the Palace of Nations in Geneva HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS IN WORLD BODY ACTIVISTS, POMPEO HIT OUT AT UNHRC Not just China and Pakistan, the world body has a number of countries with questionable credentials such as Cuba, Ivory Coast, Malawi, Senegal, Libya, Somalia, Mauritania, Ukraine and Russia sitting as judges to determine human rights violations. Saudi Arabia, one of the worst human rights violators, contested but failed as it received only 90 votes ■ “UN’s newest world judges on human rights include Pakistan, which persecutes Christians, Hindus; and China, which herded one million Uighurs into camps,” said international lawyer Hillel Neuer ■ US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US now stands vindicated for its decision to quit the Council in 2018 | P7 39 countries HAD CRITICISED CHINA LAST WEEK FOR ITS TREATMENT OF UIGHUR MUSLIMS CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI EXPRESS READ PIL filed in SC against Jagan RAIN DESPAIR A man tries to hold on to a tyre to save himself from getting washed away in Falaknuma on Wednesday Toll climbs to 32, including 25 in Hyderabad and seven in erstwhile Mahbubnagnar district on Wednesday; Ghatkesar receives 32 cm rainfall — the highest in TS; RGIA remains cut off for those using the PVNR flyover and the only way to reach the airport was by ORR A man helps others cross onto another building in Chaderghat | VINAY MADAPU A portion of the Gaganpahad-Shamshabad Road caves in A woman breaks down after the Army and DRF teams rescue her newborn in Falaknuma | VINAY MADAPU A URBAN FLOODING BLAME HYD’S CHAOTIC MESS ON RAMPANT ENCROACHMENTS V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad COULD nature alone be blamed for the misery and destruction witnessed as rain pummelled Hyderabad? Urban flooding is not a new phenomenon in Hyderabad as the city has experienced it earlier in 2000, 2008, 2016 and 2017 — every time resulting in deaths of at least two dozen people and affecting nearly two lakh. The issue of encroachment of lake beds, areas along the Musi river and storm-water drains not only remain but also continue to proliferate, despite lofty promises by successive govern- ments that they would be removed. There is no dearth of reports or studies that have been taken up over the years to identify problems or suggest solutions. The Kirloskar Committee report, which was drafted after the floods in 2000, had identified 13,500 illegal constructions and the recent Voyants Consultancy report had identified 28,000 encroachments. The GHMC and NDMA had also taken up the Urban Flooding Impact Assessment study for the Hussainsagar catchment area. The Telangana government, too, in its own words pointed out Aam aadmi’s diwali in Govt’s hands: SC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Hyderabad stepped into the building’s cellar to switch on the generator on day after driving rain para- Tuesday night. But as the electriclysed normal life in Hy- ity supply was restored by then, it derabad and the rest of Te- led to a short circuit and he got langana, accounts of a electrocuted. Two people were also living nightmare that the electrocuted at LB Nagar and people went through the Amberpet. previous night began to unfold on The fallout of the torrential rain Wednesday. As the day wore on, — inundation of thoroughfares the toll climbed to 32, including 25 and residential areas in the twin in Hyderabad and seven in erst- cities — remained unchanged for while Mahbubnagnar the second consecutive day district. though the rain had stopped While nine others are beating down on the city. missing, deaths due to Water appeared everywall collapses, electrocuwhere as there was no way tion and people getting for it to flow out, with enwashed away in overflowcroachments reducing the ing nalas have been rewidth of lakes into which Thoroughfares ported from different the water should drain and residential parts of Hyderabad and into. Ghatkesar, a small areas in the twin the outskirts. As onlooktown on Hyderabad’s outers watched, three workcities remained skirts, bore the brunt of ers were swept away in the heaven’s fury of 32 inundated for the Ganganpahad, while they cm rainfall, the highest 2nd day though were trying to reach a in Telangana. In all other the rain stopped. safer place after swirling areas of the city the rain, But there was waters invaded the funcfall was over 10 cm, which no way out for tion hall where they led to roads being covthe water due to work. In Mylardevpalli, ered under sheets of waencroachments two persons met with a ter. At places like Barkas, similar fate. water flowed with a In Banjara Hills, a doctor was frightening roar, taking away an electrocuted when he tried to unwary middle-aged person along drain out water from the cellar of with it. Though people tried to his apartment, and in Dilsukhna- reach out to help him, they gar, a three-year-old girl drowned watched the horror helplessly . in the flooded cellar of an apartThe Rajiv Gandhi International ment. Late on Tuesday eight peo- Airport (RGIA) remained cut off , ple died when a huge boulder for those who were unfortunate c r a s h e d i n t o h o u s e s a t enough to use the PVNR flyover. Chandrayangutta. Water, which gushed out of a swolAt Lingojiguda of Saroornagar, len tank, flowed across the nationa woman got trapped in her flood- al highway at Aramgarh, making ed house and was found drowned further progress impossible for on Wednesday morning. At Alwal, motorists as they exited the flyoa 70-year-old woman drowned in ver. The only way to reach the airher house, while her husband, port was by the ORR but it was a who had slept in the next room, es- detour for many The airport was . caped in the incident. At SR Nagar, unavailable for flights till late on CONTINUED ON P4 a youngster working in a bar, Tuesday . in a report that, “Clogged up drains, unauthorised encroachments of the Musi riverbed and development along riverbanks that block natural drains further reduce the storm water drainage capacity of urban areas”. But no action was taken. For example, the surroundings of LB Nagar, including Saroornagar and Gudimalkapur, have experienced the wrath of flooding more than once in the past month whenever it rained heavily A main reason for this is the . encroachment of storm-water drains, which causes the Saroorn a g a r l a k e t o CONTINUED ON P4 overflow. Andhra Pradesh continues to reel under flood fury E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Vijayawada FLOODS continue to wreak havoc in Andhra Pradesh, with East and West Godavari districts bearing the brunt as inflows from upstream areas have cut off road connectivity to villages and inundated houses. The Krishna, Godavari, Vamsadhara and other rivers have been receiving heavy inflows as a downpour relentlessly batters their catchment areas, prompting the State government to sound an alert in the coastal districts. While the rains have subsided in rest of Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy over telephone and took stock of the CONTINUED ON P5 situation. TWO advocates have filed a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court on Wednesday seeking the removal of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy for his ‘scandalising’ remarks against the second senior-most judge of the top court. The PIL, filed by lawyers G S Mani and Pradeep Kumar Yadav, pointed out Jagan is facing over 20 criminal cases. The plea said Jagan levelled allegations without any basis. It also sought a judicial enquiry. | P5 MAUD Minister KT Rama Rao inspects the damage caused by the rains in Hyderabad on Wednesday INSIDE SEVERAL PARTS OF HYDERABAD IN DARKNESS AFTER DOWNPOURI P3 TELANGANA CAPITAL RECEIVES HIGHEST EVER OCTOBER RAINFALL I P3 STANDING COTTON CROP IN SIX LAKH ACRES DAMAGED ACROSS STATE I P2 COMPOUND WALL OF HYD’S KBR PARK COLLAPSES DUE TO SOIL EROSION I P2 THE Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to waive ‘interest on interest’ on loans up to `2 crore soon, while pulling up the government for taking so much time to implement a decision already taken. It rejected the Centre’s request for one month’s time and adjourned the matter for November 2. The court’s direction came while hearing a batch of petitions seeking interest waiver during the loan moratorium. | P8 SOBHA NAIDU PASSES AWAY AT PRIVATE HOSPITAL PAGE 5
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