Bracing for Jawad With the deep depression in the Bay of Bengal intensifying into Cyclone Jawad on Friday afternoon, it is expected to reach the west-central Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast by Saturday morning. In the picture, fishermen are seen shifting their boats from the seashore to safer places in Visakhapatnam on Friday | G Satyanarayana tirupati l saturday l december 4, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION 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 More suspect cases emerge North coastal andhra braces for impact of Cyclone Jawad E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Booster call to wait for experts’ advice; ministry expects low Omicron severity E x p r e s s N e w s S E r v i c e @ New Delhi Govt to trace 7K foreign returnees S G u r u S r i k a n t h @ Vijayawada The Department of Medical and Health has collected the data of about 7,000 international passengers who arrived in the State since November 1, and alerted the district administrations to trace, track and test them. “Focus will be on those arriving from November-end. Nevertheless, we will track each and every foreign returnee who arrived in the State from November 1,” a senior official of the health department told TNIE. Village/ward secretariats and volunteers have been directed to keep track of foreign returnees in their respective areas and alert the medical authorities if there is any incidence of fever. Director of Public Health and Family Welfare Dr Hymavathi said all international travellers are being tested at international airports soon after their arrival as P4 per the protocol. With 24 cases of suspected Omicron being reported from Delhi and Hyderabad, the Centre has stepped up vigil. In view of the possible spread of the new Covid variant, the government is also looking at allowing booster dose of Covid vaccines and jabs for children. Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Friday that a decision will be taken soon on the basis of scientific guidance. The Centre expects the severity of the Omicron variant to be low in India given the fast pace of vaccination and high exposure to the Delta variant. Earlier in the day 12 suspected pa- CM to chair , tients of Omicron, who flew to India meet on Dec 6 from ‘at risk’ countries, were admitAs regards to ted in Delhi’s LNJP hospital. Of testing of people these, eight tested positive for corocoming from other navirus while four have symptoms States to Andhra like sore throat and fever. Their samPradesh, a decision ples were sent for genome sequencmay be taken in the ing and the results would be out in meet to be chaired four or five days, officials said. by the CM on In Hyderabad, 12 travellers coming Monday, a senior from ‘at risk’ countries have tested medical and health positive and have been put under obofficial told TNIE servation with their samples sent for genome sequencing. To rule out Omicron presence, states are ramping up testing and tracing. The Andhra government is trying to trace and test 7,000 international passengers who arrived in the state since November 1. Maharashtra has sent the swab samples of 28 persons who returned to the state from high-risk countries last month, for genome sequencing. Meanwhile, the Karnataka government on Friday ordered a probe into how the South African national, who tested Covid Covid on arrival, managed to get a negative P9 report three days later and leave the country . Jab-o-meter Take your shot Dec 02 66,21,382 doses Dec 03 66,58,055 doses Total: 1,26,44,92,187 NATIONWIDE dec 02 dec 03 statewide dec 2 dec 3 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Fresh cases 159 Recoveries 169 Deaths 1 Samples tested 29,263 9,765 8,548 477 9,216 8,612 391 138 118 1 31,065 @ Vijayawada / Visakhapatnam A high alert has been sounded in three north coastal districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam as Cyclone Jawad is hurtling towards the coast. The deep depression over the west-central Bay of Bengal has intensified into Cyclone Jawad and lay centered at 280 km south-southeast of Visakhapatnam at 8:30 pm on Friday . According to the IMD forecast, the cyclone is likely to move northwestwards and reach the west-central Bay of Beng al of f nor th Andhra Pradesh – south Odisha coasts by Saturday morning. Thereafter, it is likely to recurve north- northeast wards and move along Odisha coast and reach Puri around December 5 noon. Subsequently it is likely to continue , to move north-northeast wards towards the West Bengal coast. As part of the cyclone preparedness, 13 flood relief teams (FRTs) and four diving teams are kept on standby by the Navy for rescue and relief operations. Three FRTs and two diving teams have been dispatched to Odisha from Visakhapatnam. Four ships are on standby with Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief bricks, diving and medical teams to render assistance in the most affected areas along the AP and Odisha coast. Naval aircraft are kept ready at Naval Air Stations, INS Dega at Visakhapatnam, and INS Rajali near Chennai to undertake aerial survey of the most affected areas, casualty evacuation and airdrop of relief P3 material as required. navy day On December 2, 1971, when Rear Admiral S R Sampath Gopal (Retd) and Commodore Inderjit Sharma (Retd) along with other crew members were ordered to sail out of Mumbai harbour to the south of Saurashtra port in Diu and then to Okha, little did they know their mission would be commemorated as Navy Day each year. For, a day after the war with Pakistan began, their audacious attack, code named Operation Trident, dealt a huge blow on the enemy’s navy It has been 50 years . since the 14-day war, which shaped the course of not just India’s his- (L) Rear Admiral Sampath Gopal (Retd), Commodore Inderjit Sharma (Retd) File photo of INS Nipat that took part in Operation Trident against Pakistan in 1971 tory but also formed a new nation — Bangladesh. “It was perhaps the only action we saw, that too immediately after getting commissioned into the In- `220 crore for bund, apron works of rivers E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Trident’s killer blow on Pakistan navy P r i ya n k a C h a n d a n i Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy meets Munemma, a patient with renal condition, during his visit to the flood-hit Krishna Nagar in Tirupati on Friday | Express dian Navy It changed our outlook . and attitude to service,” recalls Rear Admiral Gopal. Undertaken as a moral war to liberate people from the East Pakistan, the operation took place under the cover of darkness after Pakistan’s pre-emptive attack on seven Indian airfields on December 3. Indian Navy’s Osa class boats of the 25th missile vessel squadron that comprised Nipat, Nirghat, Kachall, Kiltan and Veer were chosen for the operation due to their lethality, high speed and small radar cross-section. Two of the boats were towed to Okha from Mumbai because they could not P9 sail beyond 250 knots. @ Tirupati / Nellore Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced `220 crore for the flood-hit Nellore district for the construction of bund along the River Penna in Nellore city and for repair works of the Somasila project apron. On the second day of his visit to flood-hit areas, he interacted with affected villagers in Chittoor district. He also inspected various flood-affected localities, including Krishna Nagar, in the temple town of Tirupati on Friday. Later, he visited Nellore district. During his three-hour interaction with flood-affected people in Tirupati, the Chief Minister assured them that the State government will come to their rescue with adequate relief and rehabiliP4 tation measures.
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