Hyderabad, Aug. 10: Unrelenting rain and flash floods killed 31 people including 11 in the capital on Saturday. The government put the toll at 22 since Friday night. Reports from districts said 11 people had died in the twin cities, six in Krishna district, four in Guntur, three each in Medak and Nalgonda districts, two in Nizamabad, and one person each in Karimnagar and West Godavari districts. The rains are being caused by a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal. The MET department said more rain was expected over the next two days. Hyderabad which received 20.7 cm rainfall in 30 hours till 8.30 pm on Saturday was the worst affected with rainwater inundating roads and housing colonies. A canal of the Musi river breached, inundating colonies at Ramanathapur. Fire tenders were used to pump water from localities like Vidyanagar and Koti. Several lakes and tanks breached their bunds and rivulets overflowed in many places. The water covered roads and rail tracks, slowing down traffic. Trains were slowed down on the Vijayawada-Warangal stretch and the Krishna, Golconda and Gorakpur-Trivandrum express trains stopped for an hour. The agriculture commissioner, Mr D. Srinivasulu, who is touring affected districts, said, “There is a possibility of crop loss. We can make an assessment of loss only when water recedes.” He said Krishna, West Godavari, East Godavari and Khammam would be worst affected. “Paddy nurseries are affected as they are still to be transplanted. Cotton, soya bean and maize are party damaged in several areas,” he said. The revenue principal secretary (relief), Ms K. Ratna Prabha, said, the Vamsadhara in Srikakulam had crossed the first warning level on Saturday morning. Water flow in the Nagavali had come down. Budameru and Munneru in Krishna district are flowing above the danger mark. “The situation is under control. No villages are cut off. Temporary relief camps have been set up,” Ms Ratna Prabha said. Officials who had settled down for two days of holidays on second Saturday and Sunday were summoned to take up relief measures. District authorities announced Rs 1 lakh ex gratia to the next of kin of those who died due to rain. Officials housed rain-afected persons in government buildings and supplied them food and drinkng water. Health officials plunged into action following a warning on outbreak of epidemics. Hyderabad medical and health officer, Ms Ch Jaya Kumari, said, “We have conducted camps in low-lying areas. Our teams are distributing medicines.” People should drink boiled water and avoid contaminated food, she said.
HELPLINES *ῠCentral control, Hyderabad collectorate: 23202813, 9440815860. * Water Board Control Room: 99480-80129. * Health emergency: ῠ040-23221823. * GHMC central emergency control: 23394566 / 23314289; South zone: 24525941; East zone: 24045519; West zone: 23010250; North zone: 27803321, 27804022; Central: 99899 30620, 97046 78122. * Agriculture department: 040-23383519 * For helpline numbers of GHMC circles
Lucknow, Aug. 9: UP chief ministerῠ Mayawati on Saturday announced she had a political successor, but did not disclose his name. She said she may be eliminated or jailed before the Lok Sabha elections and asked her supporters to pledge that they would fully back her successor and stand by him in avenging the wrongs done to her. “My successor will be from the dalit community – Chamar community to be specific.
He is about 18 years younger than I am and is a garib ka beta. He is not a member of my family but I have been grooming him to take over from me. I will not disclose his name or state in my lifetime because my rivals will then start pulling him down. I have given a hand-written note with his name to two of my trusted political lieutenants and this will be revealed by them at the appropriate time,’ she told a rally in Lucknow on Saturday.
Ms Mayawati said that after the developments during the trust vote, she had reached an enviable position and was a prime ministerial candidate, a fact the Congress and BJP could not digest. “The BSP has benefited the maximum from the nuclear deal issueῠ and we have reached a position in six-seven days which, otherwise, would have taken six-seven years.”
Hyderabad, Aug. 9: Officials began evacuating families downstream of the Hussainsagar after the lake filled up following the continuing downpour on Saturday. Earlier, many residents began leaving by themselves to avoid a repeat of August 2000 when they were stranded by water from the lake. Water level in Hussainsagar crossed the full tank level of 513.4 feet. It stood at 513.9 feet at 7 pm on Saturday even as the lake continued to receive inflows due to torrential rains.
Almost all the 100-odd water bodies in the twin cities are full, according to Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district collectors, Mr Navin Mittal and Mr Dana Kishore. There are nearly 1,200 residential localities, mainly slums, downstream of these water bodies. Special teams led by additional commissioner-rank officers have been formed to evacuate residents downstream of Hussainsagar lake and the water bodies, said the GHMC commissioner, Dr C.V.S.K. Sarma. Elsewhere, 2,200 families were shifted from loywlying areas. Tourism boats from Hussainsagar were used to shift people from Nadeem Colony.
Beijing, Aug. 9: India’s Olympic campaign on Saturday began on a dismal note as the shooting trio of Anjali Bhagwat, Avneet Kaur Sidhu and Samresh Jung, considered the country’s best bets for a medal, fell by the wayside in the qualifying rounds here.ῠ India’s hopes in judo also evaporated with Tombi Khumujam Devi’s campaign lasting only two-and-a-half minutes. Anjali’s experience and Avneet’s verve were not enough to take them to the business end of the 10m air-rifle event.
New Delhi, Aug 9: Weightlifter Monika Devi was today cleared of dope charges by Sports Authority of India,ῠ buta there are little chances of her participating at the Beijing Olympics. “All doping charges against Monika have been cleared by SAI but IOA has not agreed on the ground that time is very short and they wont be able to reopen the entry process for her.”
Islamabad, Aug. 9: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has signed a summary to summon the National Assembly to meet on August 11, a session that might prove dangerous for his current position as a President. The coalition partners – Pakistan People’s Party and Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim Leagueῠ – on Thursday announced moves to impeach President Musharraf, who has been in power since October 12, 1999. On Friday, the federal ministry for parliamentary affairs sent a summary to the Presidency to summon the National Assembly session on August 11.