maharashtra 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 ■ ■ COIMBATORE l saturday l july 24, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l LATE CITY EDITION 130 dead in Maha monsoon mayhem Telangana People shifted to safer places in western Maharashtra Toll could rise as many are missing; flood situation grim in Telangana, Andhra & Karnataka, too Express News Service @ Mumbai / hyderabad / vijayawada / bengaluru At least 129 people were killed in rain-related incidents in various parts of Maharashtra in the past 48 hours, many of them in landslides. The toll may go up as scores of people are still trapped under debris. With rescue workers retrieving bodies after bodies, some reports put the toll close to 140. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray declared `5 lakh as ex-gratia to the family of the deceased. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced `2 lakh financial aid to the next kin of those who died in flood-related incidents, and `50,000 to the injured. The state government will bear the cost of treatment of the injured. A huge landslide at Taylee village in Mahad, Raigad district washed away more than 35 houses. Thirty-eight bodies were recov- ered and an equal number of people are feared trapped under the slush. The landslide occurred on Thursday night when people were sleeping. At least 23 animals were also reported to have died in the landslide. Elsewhere in the state, 13 persons lost their lives in various rain-related incidents in Satara, while 10 Covid-19 patients, who were ventilators, died after power supply was snapped due to flooding. Deaths were reported from the Vidarbha region as well. Army, Navy and NDRF teams have been deployed and thousands of people have been rescued from various parts of the state. In the Ratnagiri alone, according to the government, 1,200 people were saved. Maharashtra CM Thackeray said he got a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering all help to the state. Meanwhile, the flood situation in Telan- gana, Andhra, Karnataka and Bihar continued to be grim on Friday . In Karnataka, three persons died in rain related-incidents on Friday Three are miss. ing. Flooding hit normal life in Belagavi, Uttara Kannada, Shivamo gg a, Haveri, Chikkamagalur, Hassan, Dharwad, Kodagu districts. Flood alert has been sounded in Telangana’s Bhadradri-Kothagudem district as Godavari is full spate. In Andhra, the flood level at Polavaram is expected to be 33 metres in the next 24 hours. Flood alert has been sounded following heavy rains in the catchment areas of Krishna and Godavari in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Telangana. Eleven districts of Bihar, which has been battling severe floods for the one past month, has turned into waterland disrupting the normal lives of people. P10 84,000 26 NDRF teams deployed in Maha Eight more NDRF teams have been rushed to Maharashtra in addition to the 18 teams already deployed, officials said. Ratnagiri, Raigad and Kolhapur are the worst hit Top: An aerial view of flood-hit areas in Raigarh district, Maharashtra; Above: Labourers stuck on an under-construction on the Peddavagu river in Kumarambheem Asifabad district in Telangana | PTI mORE RAINS, rED ALERT FOR 6 Maha DISTS ■ ■ India Meteorological Department has issued red alert for six districts of Maharashtra, forecasting “extremely heavy” rainfall One person died and around 1,000 homes were damaged in Goa, which is facing one of the worst floods in 40 years Half of Chiplun town down under Over half of the coastal town of Chiplun in Ratnagiri district, having a population of over 70,000, has been submerged in flood waters. Navy has been requested to help in Ratnagiri Flood alert as dams in western TN fill up Pegasus: Rahul raises the heat, TMC RS member suspended for ruckus EX P RESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai/Coimbatore E x p r e s s N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi With the Pillur and Amaravathi dams filling up due to heavy rains in the respective catchment areas, flood alerts were issued to people living along the banks of the Bhavani river in Mettupalayam, and the Amaravathi in Tiruppur on Friday As many as 150 people, living in . low-lying areas, were evacuated and sheltered in Coimbatore, and three teams of the National Disaster Response Force were rushed to Ooty and Mettupalayam, to assist in evacuation and rescue efforts. In Coimbatore, the district administration issued the alert following the release of water from the Pillur dam. People have been warned against entering or crossing the river. Water inflow to the dam had gone up to 14,000 cusecs as of 2.30 am on Friday. The shutters were opened after the water touched 97.5 feet, just 2.5 feet shy of the reservoir’s total capacity . P2 With the Pegasus snoopgate pushing the government to the back foot, the Opposition raised the heat further as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home minister Amit Shah of committing ‘treason’ by deploying the military grade cyber weapon against citizens and institutions. In the Rajya Sabha, Trinamool member Santanu Sen was suspended for rest of the session as he snatched and tore up a copy of a statement on Pegasus from Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw the previous day. V Muraleedharan (BJP) moved a motion for suspension of Sen, which was accepted by voice vote. Sen’s refusal to leave the House resulted AP | full coverage: P15 Osaka lights the cauldron Tennis ace, Naomi Osaka, lit the cauldron. The 23-year-old became the first tennis player in history to light the Olympic cauldron in a ceremony that lasted more than three hours. In a touching tribute, she was handed the torch by children from the region around Fukushima, which was devastated by a tsunami and a nuclear disaster in 2011 in one of the day’s multiple adjournment. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge told the chair that he has given notice for suspension of business to discuss the surveillance. But the Centre said the minister had already made a statement on it. “The Trinamool wants the Parliament to function. But we want discussion on Pegasus and scrapping of three farm laws immediately,” said Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha floor leader Derek O’Brien. No substantial business could be transacted in the Lok Sabha, as ruckus continued over various issues, including Pegasus. Outside Parliament, Rahul Gandhi demanded a SC monitored probe on snooping and the resignation of Shah. But BJP’s Rajyavardhan Rathore rebutted the charges, saying no one’s phone was tapped.
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