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Sardar Sarovar dam water drowns Madhya Pradesh villages

by Meena Menon on 10 September 2019 • As the water level rises to near full capacity in Gujarat’s Sardar Sarovar dam, villages in Madhya Pradesh are facing the impacts as their homes are flooded, further intensified by heavy rains. • The Narmada Bachao Andolan recently ended a 9-day hunger strike protesting the submergence of the villages without proper rehabilitation. Read More »

UN says floods, heavy rainfall in Sudan kill 78 people

Cairo, Sep 7 (AP/UNB) — A U.N. humanitarian agency says flooding triggered by heavy rains in Sudan have killed a total of 78 people across the country in the past two months. Mary Keller, head of monitoring and reporting at the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, tells that The Associated Press on Saturday the deaths were mainly ... Read More »

‘Hour of darkness’ for Bahamas; 43 dead, toll to rise

Abaco, Bahamas (AP) — Search and rescue teams are still trying to reach some Bahamian communities isolated by floodwaters and debris after Hurricane Dorian, while the official death toll has risen to 43 and is likely to increase even more, top officials said. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said late Friday 35 were known dead on Abaco Island and eight in ... Read More »

Hurricane death toll in Bahamas at 30 as aid begins to land

Carrying possessions in plastic bags, some weary Bahamians whose homes were smashed by Hurricane Dorian waited Thursday for a flight out of the disaster zone as an international humanitarian effort to help the Caribbean country gained momentum. The death toll rose to 30. A few hundred people gathered at the partly flooded Leonard M. Thompson airport on Abaco island in ... Read More »

East Punjab firecracker factory blast: 23 killed, 27 hurt

At least 23 people were killed and 27 injured after a massive explosion on Wednesday at an unauthorised firecracker manufacturing factory in a densely-populated residential area in East Punjab’s Gurdaspur, India. Several people were feared trapped under the debris and rescue work continued till late in the night, reports NDTV. Read More »

Family of 5, teens among 34 presumed dead in dive boat fire

Santa Barbara, Sep 4 (AP/UNB) — High school students, a science teacher and his daughter, an adventurous marine biologist and a family of five celebrating a birthday are among those presumed dead after a fire engulfed a scuba diving boat off Southern California’s coast, trapping dozens of sleeping people below deck. Authorities on Tuesday ended the search for survivors of ... Read More »

Different kinds of dam floods affecting India this monsoon

September 2, 2019 SANDRP Different kinds of Dam Floods is affecting India this monsoon. Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) Dam, thanks to decision of the Govt of India and its Ministry of Water Resources, Narmada Control Authority including its Chairperson UP Singh (Secretary, Union Ministry of Water Resources), Gujarat Govt is flooding hundreds of villages in Madhya Pradesh, displacing Thousands of ... Read More »

Hurricane Dorian causes massive floods in Bahamas, 5 dead

Bahamas, Sept 03 (AP/UNB) — Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary. At least five deaths were blamed on the storm. “We are in the midst of a historic ... Read More »

24 dead in Himachal, 3 in Punjab: Heavy rain lashes N India

Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) – At least 24 people were killed in Himachal Pradesh and three people died in Punjab in rain-related incidents on Sunday as the two states received rainfall over ten times more than normal, officials said, reports The Indian Express. Recording its wettest day this monsoon, Punjab received rainfall 1,300 per cent above normal on Sunday and ... Read More »

Several thousand families homeless in Mirpur – 7 slum fire

Dhaka, Aug 17 (UNB) – There is nothing new in slum fire in Dhaka city. When it happens, it leaves thousands of people in deep despair. Over 20,000 slum dwellers turned paupers within hours in Friday night’s fast-moving fire in the city’s Mirpur area. “We’ve lost all that we had — fans, utensils, clothes and money whatever. We’ve been left ... Read More »

2 siblings among 3 killed in Jamalpur lightning

Jamalpur, Aug 16 (UNB) – Three people, including two siblings, were killed by lightning here on Friday. Anwar Hossain, 25, and his brother Al Amin, 19, sons of Abdul Latif of Chengtimari village in Dewanganj upazila, were struck by a thunderbolt around 10am while fishing in nearby ‘Kaular beel’. They died on the spot, said officer-in-charge of Dewanganj Police Station ... Read More »

Fresh flood alert in southern India, death toll hits 244

India issued a fresh flood alert Wednesday for parts of the southern state of Kerala, as the nationwide death toll from the annual monsoon deluge rose to at least 244. Authorities warned Kerala locals of heavy rainfall over the next 24-48 hours in some of the worst affected regions of the state popular with tourists. Heavy rain in parts of ... Read More »

More than 200 killed in flood in India

The death toll from India’s monsoon floods climbed to 202  till today as heavy rainfall kept pounding coastalregions in the west and south. Authorities have already moved more than 1.2 million people to relief camps. The southern tourist hotspot of Kerala, which was hit by its worst floods in almost a century last year leaving 450 dead, was once again ... Read More »

Rare tornado hits Luxembourg, injuring 19, damages 100 homes

Berlin, Aug 10 (AP/UNB) — A rare tornado injured 19 people, two of them severely, in Luxembourg, while 15 soccer players were injured by a lightning strike in southern Germany as unseasonal storms hit northern Europe late Friday. The tornado in the southwestern Luxembourg communities of Pettingen and Kaerjeng left a path of destruction that made up to 100 homes ... Read More »

Dengue situation may worsen after Eid

The dengue situation across the country keeps getting worse every day with the authorities fearing further deterioration during and after the Eid-ul-Azha celebrations. The number of dengue patients admitted to hospitals has been increasing since the beginning of August, sources in the ministry of Health and Family Planning said. According to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 2,200-3,000 people afflicted ... Read More »