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Glacial burst wrecks havoc on its downhill path

Glacial burst wrecks havoc on its downhill path Sumesh Rajan Mumbai: 7 February 2021  A glacial burst in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India on February 7 has caused massive havoc on its downhill path along the Dhauliganga and Rishiganga rivers.  The disaster occured after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Tapovan area of Joshimath in Uttarakhand.  The Tapovan power plant being constructed over the Dhauligana river and the Rishiganga power project across the Rishiganga river -- a tributary of Dhauliganga -- have been damaged completely with sludge overwhelming the projects, say local officials.  Over 150 people are said to have lost their lives in this disaster and scores are missing. Ten bodies have been recovered so far from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) power project site at Tapovan, said the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officials. The missing persons are believed to be labourers working at the dam sites and villagers along the river. T

Man skips quarantine, gets bundled to hospital

Man skips quarantine, gets bundled to hospital


Sagaya FernandoMumbai: 8 July 2020


A non-resident Indian who had returned home in India from the Middle East and broke the mandatory self-quarantine period of 14 days, was chased on the road and caught by health workers in the south Indian state of Kerala on July 6.


47-year-old Vidhu V T of Chenneerkara, a village located about 10 kms from the town of Pathanamthitta was found loitering at St Peter’s Junction in the town without a mask on July 6 afternoon.

“Our personnel who were deployed in the area as part of the Covid-19 patrol, noticed a man riding a scooter without a mask. On intercepting and questioning him, we came to know that he had returned to Kerala on July 3 from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,” informed Pathanamthitta Police Inspector Neoman S.

After taking down his home telephone number the police called up his wife who said that her husband had left home in a bad mood after having an argument.

Inspector Neoman further added, “The concerned health department workers were informed and they arrived at the scene to take him to a quarantine facility. However, instead of complying to their request, he started arguing with them.”

The health workers tried to get hold of him, but he escaped their clutches and ran on the road. Somehow, the workers tackle him and wrap his legs and hands by bandage before bundling him off on an ambulance.

“Vidhu has been taken to the government hospital at Kolenchery for quarantine,” said inspector Neoman.

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