vijayawada l sunday l APRIL 25, 2021 l `12.00 l PAGES 24 l late city EDITION 8 dead, 31 missing in U’khand avalanche; rescue ops on Disaster struck Border Roads Organisation’s Sumna-Rimkhim road site in Chamoli near India-China border on Friday night 384 rescued after glacier collapses The avalanche occurred after a part of a glacier collapsed, trapping around 430 road construction workers. Search operations were mounted by the Indian Army and ITBP, resulting in the rescue of 384 people. Seven injured persons were flown to the Army hospital in Joshimath in helicopters. Both the Army and the ITBP’s forward camps in the area were unaffected | P8 18 inches second major disaster since february ■ The site is located near the confluence of the Girthigad and the Kiogad, two streams that originate from the Dhauli Ganga river, which witnessed a calamitous avalanche in February, killing 80 ■ The road is crucial to gain access to locations like the disputed Barahoti area, where Chinese transgressions have been reported ice lost per year in glaciers since 2000 due to climate change 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 Announcement Dear reader, India is going through its worst phase of the Covid pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of people are struggling, many in vain, to exercise their right to live, as a ramshackle universal healthcare system proves that it has no answers to the challenges posed by a creepy bug. The health ministry’s daily bulletin of fresh positive cases and fatalities has hit the stratosphere, so have SOS messages from individuals and hospitals seeking oxygen refill and lifesaving medicines. Hospitals refuse fresh admissions for want of Covid beds. The rush at crematoriums is heart-breaking. Most of us already have friends or relatives who have succumbed to Covid-19 or are battling for life. In such a tragic time, we find it incongruous that the festival of cricket is on in India, with layers of bio bubbles creating protection. This is commercialism gone crass. The problem is not with the game but its timing. Cricket, too, must accept that we are passing through an unprecedented crisis. In the circumstances, The New Indian Express has decided to suspend IPL coverage in the newspaper with immediate effect till a semblance of normalcy is restored. This is a small gesture towards keeping the nation’s attention focused on life and death issues. We are sure that our readers will see the point. These are times when we must stand as one nation with one resolve. — Editor Delhi HC asks Centre when 480 mt of O2 / day allocated for national capital would see light of the day, raps city govt for being inefficient; says those who could be saved are also dying HC fumes as govts pass oxygen buck Night curfew in force in AP K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi the Delhi High Court on Saturday pulled up both the Centre and the Delhi government for passing the buck in the midst of a pandemic and directed them to ensure smooth supply of oxygen to various hospitals in the national capital. In an urgent hearing on Saturday a bench of justices Vipin , Sanghi and Rekha Palli warned it will hang any person who tries to obstruct oxygen supplies to hospitals here. The court said those who have low immunity may eventually die but the problem comes when people who could be saved are also dying. “We are calling it a wave, it is actually a tsunami,” the court said. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, said there might be a rapid rise in the number of cases in May and June and the country needs to be ready for the worst. He explained how the government is working round the clock to import oxygen and are exploring the remotest possibility of generating oxygen from wherever it is possible. E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada As a measure to curb spread of Covid-19, police barricade a road in Vijayawada on Saturday to enforce night curfew | P Ravindra Babu The court was hearing submissions by the counsel for Maharaja Ag rasen Hospital, Jaipur Golden Hospital, Batra Hospital and Saroj Super Speciality Hospital here over shortage of oxygen for treating seriously-ill Covid patients. The hearing happened on a day when 20 Covid patients NATIONWIDE April 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 3,32,730 1,93,279 2,263 April 24 3,46,786 2,19,838 2,624 died in Delhi’s Jaipur Golden Hospital and six patients at a private hospital in Amritsar reportedly due to shortage of medical oxygen. During the hearing, the Centre said, “States are arranging tankers. We are just assisting them. But in Delhi, everything is put on us (Centre).” “Let’s try and not be a cry baby Solicitor General Tushar ,” Mehta said in response to Delhi government lawyer’s complaint that the Centre was not complying with the guidelines for oxyP7 gen allocation. Night curfew came into force in the State on Saturday. The curfew from 10 pm to 5 am will be in force till further orders. Shops and business establishments in cities and towns closed well before stipulated timings so that employees reach their destinations before 10 pm. Policemen were deployed at busy junctions to enforce the curfew strictly Police made an. nouncements through public address system at the junctions urging people not to venture out of their houses after 10 pm. Police officials said they will educate people on night curfew initially and after two or three days, they will take stringent action against violators. Transportation facilities were made available at bus stands and railway stations in the cities and towns for those arriving after 10 pm to reach their destiP4 nations safely . Covid patients need to be counselled to allay fears s g u r u s r i k a n t h @ Vijayawada medical infra Last week, a 50-year-old woman jumped to death from the King George Hospital building in Visakhapatnam, where she was undergoing treatment for Covid-19. She reportedly took the extreme step due to depression over her condition and fear of uncertain future. Similar cases of people resorting to the extreme step unable to overcome their fear of Covid-19 and possible post-Covid complications were reported in the State. It is suspected that several such cases might have gone unreported. Psychologists and psychiatrists opine that it is high time for the State to revive counselling for Covid patients to create confidence among them. Though Covid counselling was provided during the first wave, it is yet to be revived during the second wave. “Psychological and psychiatric counselling in cases of those showing suicidal tendencies is recommended. We did the same for five months during the CovW I T H The Covid Generation helpline Dial 104 for info http:/hmfw.ap.gov. on Covid services in/covid. 1902 to lodge dashboard.aspx complaints Covid dashboard Total beds in 204 8297-104-104 hospitals - 23,189 WhatsApp Chatbat number - type Hi, Available beds - Hello, Covid to 13,302 (at 8 pm) know official Available information ventilators - 2,704 about Corona STATEWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths April 23 April 24 11,766 4,441 38 11,698 4,421 37 id first wave. I myself along with another senior had offered our services voluntarily We are . ready to extend our services virtually now,” TS Rao, rehabilitation psychologist and vice-president of National Rehabilitation Psychologists Association, told TNIE. There are people who are afraid of getting vaccinated fearing possible side effects and they need P4 counselling, he said. T H I S I S S U E PLUS 12 PAGES
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