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Coronavirus Outbreak: From saviours to scourge of public, police wearing different hats during national disaster
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Coronavirus Outbreak: From saviours to scourge of public, police wearing different hats during national disaster

It is the best of times and the worst of times for police around the country who have been ordered to enforce the prime minister’s nationwide lockdown, with images and videos of police behaviour, swinging from humane to violent playing out on TV screens and smart phones in every home.

Pakistan declares national emergency to battle locusts destroying crops on large scale in Punjab province
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Pakistan declares national emergency to battle locusts destroying crops on large scale in Punjab province

The decision was taken at a meeting convened by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday

Environment ministry says over 2,000 people died due to extreme weather events in 2018-19, denies connection to climate change
India

Environment ministry says over 2,000 people died due to extreme weather events in 2018-19, denies connection to climate change

More than 2,000 people died in India in the last one year due to extreme weather events, the environment ministry informed Rajya Sabha on Monday but denied any connection to climate change.

36 died due to heat-related ailments this year, responsibility of heat wave management rests with state: Ashwini Choubey
India

36 died due to heat-related ailments this year, responsibility of heat wave management rests with state: Ashwini Choubey

Thirty-six people have died due to heat-related ailments in the country this year till 9 June, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey told the Lok Sabha.

For fire-free Kumbh Mela, tent city administration in Allahabad gears up with firefighting bikes, hydrants and a hi-tech hospital
India

For fire-free Kumbh Mela, tent city administration in Allahabad gears up with firefighting bikes, hydrants and a hi-tech hospital

The Kumbh Mela administration has a fleet of 55 Motorbike Fire Fighting System, which can reach the corners of the massive tent city faster than a fire tending vehicle.

Meghalaya miners rescue: As wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly, time to ask who gave their lives such low priority
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Meghalaya miners rescue: As wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly, time to ask who gave their lives such low priority

Fifteen days have passed since the miners were trapped in a mine in Meghalaya and everyone is still horsing around. At this late stage, there is no data to indicate the condition of the miners let alone have a blueprint of how to reach them.

Cyclone Gaja: P Chidambaram asks Rajnath Singh to immediately send team to assess damage in Tamil Nadu
India

Cyclone Gaja: P Chidambaram asks Rajnath Singh to immediately send team to assess damage in Tamil Nadu

The former Union home and finance minister also requested Singh to modify the practice of sending inter-ministerial team to a disaster-affected state only after receiving a memorandum from the concerned state government.

Cyclone Gaja claims 11 lives in Tamil Nadu, says K Palaniswami; Rajnath Singh assures Central assistance
India

Cyclone Gaja claims 11 lives in Tamil Nadu, says K Palaniswami; Rajnath Singh assures Central assistance

Authorities said Cyclone Gaja crossed the coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam districts between 12.30 am and 2.30 am with wind speeds of about 110-120 kmph.

Cyclone Gaja makes landfall in Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam; heavy rains lash state; nearly 80,000 people evacuated
India

Cyclone Gaja makes landfall in Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam; heavy rains lash state; nearly 80,000 people evacuated

Cyclone Gaja made landfall in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu around 1.40 am on Friday. The state has been put on high alert and more than 76,000 people have been evacuated, according to reports.

Cyclone Gaja: Thousands evacuated in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry; disaster management apparatus activated
India

Cyclone Gaja: Thousands evacuated in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry; disaster management apparatus activated

The Indian Navy has been put on high alert and the Rajput-class destroyer INS Ranvir and Khukri-class corvette INS Khanjar are on standby for rescue operations.

Cyclone Gaja to make landfall today: Indian Navy put on high alert; fishing suspended along Tamil Nadu, Andhra coasts
India

Cyclone Gaja to make landfall today: Indian Navy put on high alert; fishing suspended along Tamil Nadu, Andhra coasts

Very heavy rains are likely to hit Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in light of Cyclone Gaja, as both states pull out all the stops to mitigate damage. 20,000 people residing on the coastal line will be moved to relief camps.

Heavy rains trigger floods across Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan; NDMA issues warnings, advises people to take safety measures
India

Heavy rains trigger floods across Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan; NDMA issues warnings, advises people to take safety measures

Besides issuing warnings for heavy rains, the NDMA has advised people to stock up on first aid kits, torches, drinking water and non-perishable food items.

Family of five missing after vehicle falls into Assam's Dikhow river; search operation enters day 2
India

Family of five missing after vehicle falls into Assam's Dikhow river; search operation enters day 2

Sarbananda Sonowal has spoken to the Prime Minister's office and the Union Home Ministry regarding the search and rescue operation of the missing family in Assam

Kerala, After the Flood: Aftermath of calamity shows need for institution dedicated to coordinating rescue efforts
India

Kerala, After the Flood: Aftermath of calamity shows need for institution dedicated to coordinating rescue efforts

In some places in Kerala, authorities have been unable to develop an effective system to distribute aid to flood-affected people.

Kerala, After The Flood: India should focus on disaster-proof housing, insurance, not take recourse to jugaad
India

Kerala, After The Flood: India should focus on disaster-proof housing, insurance, not take recourse to jugaad

The Kerala experience must remind that it's time India looked seriously at disaster proof housing to secure homes and property from shocks, mudslides and flooding, while also making disaster insurance compulsory

UAE aid for Kerala: India 'may' accept foreign donations offered in wake of disasters, says 2016 NDMA document
India

UAE aid for Kerala: India 'may' accept foreign donations offered in wake of disasters, says 2016 NDMA document

The National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP), a publication of the NDMA, on planning framework for disaster situations, has noted that as a matter of policy, the Government of India does not issue any appeal for foreign assistance in the wake of a disaster.

Kerala, After The Flood: NCW urges state commissions to help at 'the time of need', contribute for relief operations
India

Kerala, After The Flood: NCW urges state commissions to help at 'the time of need', contribute for relief operations

The NCW staffers have also decided to donate their one day's salary towards relief operations in Kerala and Sharma and other senior officials have decided to donate a fraction of their one-month salary to relief operations.

Kerala floods: NDMA says 6.33 lakh people in relief camps currently, no heavy rains expected from tomorrow
India

Kerala floods: NDMA says 6.33 lakh people in relief camps currently, no heavy rains expected from tomorrow

The IMD said Kerala may get some respite from the floods as no heavy rain is expected in the next four days, except in Idukki, Konnur and Kozhikode districts.

Kerala floods: Weather department issues 'red alert' as heavy rain hampers relief operations
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Kerala floods: Weather department issues 'red alert' as heavy rain hampers relief operations

Union home minister Rajnath Singh conducted an aerial survey of some flood-hit areas in Kerala. More than 60,000 people have been accommodated in relief camps.