WARANGAL MONDAY OCTOBER 19, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 CITY EDITION COMMUNITY SPREAD OF COVID IN SOME STATES, GOVT ADMITS The Centre for the ﬁrst time admitted on Sunday that the dreaded community spread has occurred in some states 61,871 LIMITED TO CERTAIN DISTRICTS: HARSH VARDHAN ‘KERALA PAYING PRICE FOR NEGLIGENCE’ Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said, “Community transmission is limited to certain districts, occurring in a limited number of states.” In pockets of various states, including West Bengal, community transmission is “expected to occur”, especially in dense areas, the minister said. On virus mutation, Vardhan said it has not been detected in India as yet ■ ■ The minister criticised Kerala for its spike in virus cases, saying the state is paying “the price for gross negligence” during Onam He said Kerala’s experience ought to serve as “a good lesson” for all the state govts, especially in view of the looming festival season. He urged people to follow Covid-19 guidelines religiously FRESH CORONAVIRUS CASES REPORTED IN INDIA ON SUNDAY 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 LOW PRESSURE LIKELY OVER BAY OF BENGAL The weatherman has forecasted that a low pressure area is likely to develop over the Bay of Bengal and become well-marked in the next 24 hours. So far, Hyd has received 158% excess rainfall this year — i.e., 130 cm against the average annual rainfall of 82 cm AT LEAST SIX DEATHS REPORTED, INCLUDING THAT OF A SIX-YEAR-OLD GIRL, WHO WAS KILLED IN A WALL COLLAPSE TRAFFIC SNARLS OF OVER TWO HOURS REPORTED AT SEVERAL AREAS; POWER SUPPLY TO MANY MORE LOCALITIES CUT OFF IMD WARNS OF THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY-TO-VERY-HEAVY RAINS AT ISOLATED PLACES ACROSS TS TILL OCT 22 150 colonies continue to be inundated and about 40,000 families are estimated to have been affected by the extremely heavy rains that lashed the city on Oct 13 night COVID THREAT LOOMS OVER RELIEF CENTRES A resident of Hafiz Baba Nagar shifts a bike from a flooded lane in the area on Sunday, a day after heavy rains wreaked havoc in Hyderabad again | VINAY MADAPU The threat of Covid-19 hangs over the countless flood-affected people of Hyderabad, who have been rescued and accommodated in relief centres across the city. Already, around 19 of them have reportedly contracted the highly contagious disease Need for flood warning system grows stronger EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad The storm water drains in Hyderabad are a sham and are inadequate to carry the runoff rainwater. The NDMA guidelines on a flood warning system must be revised Dr Lubna Sarwath, lake protection activist V N I L E S H @ Hyderabad ONCE again, Hyderabad witnessed heart-rending scenes on Sunday of people caught in helpless situations amidst waterlogged roads, floodwaters gushing into houses and desperate rescue attempts by volunteers and government personnel, following heavy rains the previous night. Areas near LB Nagar and Balapur have INSIDE DRF personnel rescue an infant at the inundated Hafiz Baba Nagar near Chandrayangutta on Sunday after a downpour lashed the Old City the previous night been the most-affected. Since Saturday night, at least six deaths have been reported across Hyderabad, including that of a six-year-old girl, who was killed as a wall of their house collapsed at Mangalhat. Also, three men were electrocuted at Uppal, Malakpet and Balanagar, while one drowned in Jubilee Hills. With these deaths, the toll from rain-related incidents has climbed to 51 in Telangana, including six reported in the city on Sunday . Traffic snarls of over two hours were reported at several places and power supply to many more localities has been cut off. Vehicle breakdowns made things worse for commuters and motorists. In fact, traffic jams continued till 3 am-4 am in certain areas, after which several waterlogged stretches have remained shut. An over- HEAVY VEHICLES TOLD TO PLY ON ORR, NOT NH-44 I P3 Difficult time for democracy: Cong EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE & New Delhi LAUNCHING a broadside against the Centre, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said it was systematically bartering away the interests of citizens at the altar of profiteering by a handful of crony capitalists, hurting the Constitution and India’s democratic traditions. In her first address to party general secretaries, in-charges as also members and invitees of the reconstituted Congress Working Committee, she urged the cadre to defeat the autocratic designs of the ruling BJP. “Your responsibility is even more onerous as our democracy is passing through its most tumultuous times,” she emphasised. Referring to the party’s cam- paign against the farm reform laws, Sonia said: “The current BJP government has attacked the very foundation of our resilient agrarian economy by bringing in three anti-agriculture black laws. A conspiracy has been hatched to defeat the gains of ‘Green Revolution’.” Claiming Prime Minister Narendra Modi had no strategic thinking on tackling Covid-19, she said the stark truth is that a PM who promised to defeat corona within 21 days, has abdicated responsibility towards the citizens. The government has simultaneously demolished the economy, she alleged. “Today, the young have no jobs. Nearly 14 crore jobs have been lost. SMEs, small shopkeepers and other small enterprises are shutting, yet the government remains a mute spectator.” flowing Gurram Cheruvu has caused extensive damage in Balapur, severely inundating its adjacent areas such as Hafiz Babanagar, Gulshan Iqbal Colony and Nabeel Colony among , others. Saturday’s downpour has also waterlogged areas surrounding LB Nagar — Medipally Saroornagar, Hayatnagar , and Uppal had reported rainfall between 15 cm to 18 cm. As many areas in the Greater PEOPLE URGED TO VACATE DILAPIDATED BUILDINGS I P3 R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna THIS election season, Bihar is missing its VIP choppers as well as hordes of buses used for ferrying crowds to political rallies. The traditional ‘business’ of elections has almost come to a halt as state goes to polls amid the pandemic. Yet, guess who is happy? The LED TV and screen shop owners, as virtual rallies have made a smart entry into the scene. In the 2015 Assembly polls, 32 helicopters were booked by political parties, including 16 by the BJP This time . around, only 11 have been hired — six by BJP and the rest by the JD(U) and others. “Party rallies are limited for the three-phase polls. The focus is on virtual rallies through digital platforms,” Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath kicked up a political storm by referring to Jyotiraditya Scindia loyalist and Cabinet Minister Imarti Devi as an ‘item.’ Devi is seeking re-election as a BJP candidate from Gwalior. | P7 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST says a senior BJP leader. Money thus saved is being used for renting big LED screens, he adds. A single-engine helicopter is available for hire between `80,000 and 1.5 lakh per hour depending on its seating capacity. Hiring a twinengine chopper can cost around `4 lakh. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and BJP chief JP Nadda are the only ones travel- ling by helicopters to address rallies. Uday Kumar Singh, president of Bihar Motor Transporters Federation, says virtual rallies have reduced the bus renting business to almost 2% compared with the 2015 and 2019 elections. But many electronic shop owners are a happy lot. A trader says more than 1.5 lakh pieces of LED screens and TVs bigger sizes were sold in the last three months. LET THE SHOW BEGIN The Karimnagar district administration on Sunday organised a laser and cracker show at the Lower Manair Dam as part of its efforts to promote tourism BC Welfare Minister Gangula Kamalakar, Collector K Shashanka and Karimnagar Commissioner of Police VB Kamalasan Reddy attended the event Laser beams flash through the night sky as part of the ‘Happy Sunday’ event which marked the beginning of Navaratri festival at Lower Manair Dam | P2 2 Maoists killed in encounter in Mulugu district EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mulugu MAOISTS have been killed in an encounter with police in the Musalammagutta forest area of Narsimhanagar village in Mulugu district on Sunday . The Mangapet police, who have been combing the area, are yet to ascertain the identity of the Maoists. The deceased are suspected to be members of the dalam which had recently killed TRS leader and fertiliser shop owner Maduri Bheemeswar Rao at Alubaka village in Venkatapuram mandal on October 10. According to police sources, Greyhounds teams have recovered an SLR rifle and two double-barrel breach loading (shotgun). The bodies of the Maoists have been recovered and would be shifted to the Eturnagaram Primary Health CONTINUED ON P2 Centre. STARK MISMATCH Joe dominates Don in war for airwaves Washington: In the realm of TV ads, Joe Biden is hugely outspending US President Trump, particularly in the key battleground states, the New York Times reported. The former vice president has had a 2-to-1 advantage on TV ads. | P9 YOUR LIFE COACH CONTINUED ON P4 JNTU-H, OU POSTPONE EXAMS DUE TO DOWNPOUR I P4 Bihar elections: Few takers for buses & choppers EXPRESS READ Kamal Nath’s ‘item’ remark kicks up stir Hyderabad limits are yet to recover from the deluge caused by extremely heavy rains on October 13, nearly 150 colonies continue to be inundated and about 40,000 families are estimated to have been affected. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of thunderstorms and heavy-to-very-heavy rains at isolated places across TS till October 22. HYDERABAD desperately needs a flood warning system and the latest deluge in the city is more than enough to highlight this necessity . Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai have all come up with a flood warning system of their own — IFLOWS, CFLOWS and Varuna Mitra, respectively. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, t h e GHMC has nothing like this despite the city being home to a vast network of lakes, has reservoirs in its periphery and a river flowing through it. It has been 10 years since the National Disaster M a n a g e m e n t Au t h o r i t y (NDMA) had come out with the ‘Guidelines on Manage- ment of Urban Flooding’ but many of its suggestions, including those regarding flood early warning system, have not been implemented. This is despite the fact that Hyderabad had witnessed disastrous floods back in 2000 and later in 2016 and 2017. Some of the suggestions that the NDMA had mentioned in its guidelines are installing state-of-the-art automatic water level recorders throughout the drainage network, which would relay real-time information and characterise the severity of a flood based on the recently observed data in real-time. The data would include rainfall depth or the flood forecasts generated from mathematical models. 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) TS faces godown crunch amid bumper paddy produce EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad TELANGANA is expecting a bumper paddy produce this year as the crop was sown in over 52,55,607 acres this Vaanakalam, which is 11 lakh acres more than last year. The State government has set a target of procuring 70 lakh tonnes of paddy this kharif. However, as Express finds out, some districts of Telangana, especially those in the northern parts, are not yet ready with enough space in their godowns to store the rice derived out of the paddy . The gap between the paddy to be procured and the avail- ability of space in godowns is quite stark in Mancherial district, where 13 lakh metric tonnes (MT) of paddy is expected to be procured. After milling, rice of around half the quantity would be derived but the storage space available in the district is just one lakh MT. And, even that is nearly full with the Yasangi produce. There is also a shortage of rice mills in the district; there are only 80. In Nirmal district, 1.4 lakh MT of paddy is expected to be procured and the storage available is hardly one lakh MT. In Adilabad and Asifabad districts, paddy was not cultivated over a large extent. In Karim- nagar, around 4.80 lakh MT is expected to be procured but the godown space available with the Civil Supplies and State Warehousing Corporation is just 41,700 MT. Under the Agricultural Marketing Committee, only 20 per cent of its 59,943 MT is available for storage, as the remaining space has been ocCONTINUED ON P4 cupied.
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