1. Three Dead, Six Injured in Overhead Water Tank Collapse
Three persons died and six others were injured when an old overhead water tank collapsed near a caterer’s tent in Ahmedabad’s Bopal area on Monday morning.
The incident occurred at 11:10 am when the 30-foot overhead water tank collapsed near a tent erected by a caterer at Plot number 570, on the civic land opposite Tejas School ground and Sanskriti flats in Bopal. The tank crashed from its base and its debris fell on the nearby canteen where a few labourers were present.
Nine people got buried under the debris, among whom three succumbed to their injuries while six others, rescued with the help of the fire brigade, have been admitted at Sola Civil Hospital. Among the injured, the condition of one is said to be critical. Officials said the water tank was 20-25 years old, constructed by the Bopal Municipality in the 1990s.
(Source: Indian Express)
2. Heavy Rains Likely in South, Central, North Gujarat: IMD
Parts of south, central and north Gujarat will get heavy rains till Thursday 15 August, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Parts in the entire state will get widespread rains, it said. Ahmedabad city will continue to get light rains amid cloudy weather. Heavy rains have taken a break in the state as only 34 talukas recorded rains up to 6 pm, said a report.
Parts across all districts of the state, including Kutch district, will receive light to moderate showers during these days. "Heavy rains very likely at isolated places in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Navsari, Valsad and in Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli," IMD said for Tuesday, 13 August while on Wednesday, 14 August heavy rains are likely to advance to central Gujarat and then to north Gujarat.
Both intensity and spread of rains in the state have taken a break in the state. According to a report of State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC), only 34 talukas recorded rains till 6:00 pm on Monday, 12 August.
3. Unnao Gang-Rape Case: Two Accused in Accident of Complainant Undergo Brain-Mapping Test
Two suspects involved in the truck-car collision in Uttar Pradesh in which the Unnao gang-rape complainant and her lawyer were injured, and two of her family members died, underwent a brain-mapping test at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Gandhinagar on Monday, 12 August.
The two accused, driver Ashish Pal and cleaner Mohan, were flown to Gandhinagar on Sunday after the Supreme Court awarded a transit remand to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), to conduct tests on them.
On Monday, the brain-mapping test began at 10 am at the Directorate of FSL office in Gandhinagar on Monday. An FSL official said the test was likely to go on for two days.
(Source: Indian Express)
4. Seven Fishermen Dead, Nine Rescued in Porbandar
A total of seven fishermen were found dead, while nine others were rescued as of Sunday night — making the total rescue count to 88 — after their boats capsized and were wrecked in the rough sea near Porbandar coast of Gujarat on Friday night (9 August).
According to officials, a total of 95 fishermen in 19 boats had set sail on Friday night from Porbandar port, despite warnings from the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) regarding the rough weather. By late Friday night, 79 fishermen in 16 boats returned to the port, while 16 fishermen in three boats were trapped in the sea. By Saturday evening, multiple teams of ICG and police found the bodies of six fishermen from four to five miles off the Porbandar coast, even as 10 people were still missing.
“The rescue operation had begun from Friday itself, in which ICG was involved in off-shore operations and police was involved in on-shore ones. We managed to rescue nine persons on Sunday and one more body was found. The injured were given first-aid and some were shifted to Civil Hospital. The rescue operation has now ended,” said Parthraj Parthrajsinh Gohil, Superintend-ent of Police, Porbandar.
5. Dholera Waterlogged, Reconsider Smart City Project: Farmers
With Dholera region submerged in water for three days because of heavy rains in past fortnight, Gujarat Khedut Ekta Samiti, a farmers' organisation, has raised question regarding the feasibility and economic viability of upcoming Dholera Smart City project, saying that if water logging is so widespread, how can a high tech city be sustained.
However, a senior official of Dholera Industrial City Development Ltd (DICDL) said that they are using satellite images to understand the drainage pattern, based on which a comprehensive plan will be prepared.
In a press statement on Monday, Sagar Rabari, president of the Samiti said that Bhal area, where the smart city is coming up, has been waterlogged for over three days now and the villages have been cut off from rest of the state.