Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced to spend Rs 53.71 crore to deal with 55 flooding spots before this monsoon. Total of 146 spots have been identified. The BMC has proposed to start 25 night shelters under the night shelter support scheme. Currently, 10 shelters operational, 11 shelters will start functioning before March 31. Budget provision of Rs 5 crore made.
Three soldiers were reportedly killed and one injured after an avalanche hit an army post in Machil sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district. The avalanche hit an army post of 21 Rajput at Sona Pandi Gali in Machil at around 4:30 pm
(WORLD)A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Hualien in Taiwan at 11:50 p.m. tonight ,the strongest quake yet of a period of 48 hours which has seen dozens of temblors in the same area, with many parts of Taiwan seeing dramatic shaking. The epicenter was 18.3 northeast of Hualien County hall at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers, according to Central Weather Bureau (CWB). While Taiwan’s CWB registered the earthquake as a magnitude 6.0, the U.S. Geological Survey rated the quake a magnitude 6.4. A hotel Marshal in Taiwan collapsed due to this earthquake. At least 7people were killed and more than 250 injured. China Central Television reported that more than 40 of the missing people were trapped in the Yunmen Cuiti building, a 12-story apartment building.
(WORLD)The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Department of Finance (DOF) have chosen Quezon City to pilot the Philippines’ City Disaster Insurance Pool for having the most comprehensive disaster plan in the country and having 13 barangays along the West Valley Fault. The city insurance pool is a type of insurance that will cater to cities that are struck by large-scale disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons. It aims to address financial gaps in emergency response funding immediately following a disaster. Joining the insurance pool will ensure a more resilient Quezon City. The insurance pool will ensure all the city’s assets are covered and protected financially in an event of disaster. The city insurance pool is a type of insurance that will cater to cities that are struck by large-scale disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons.
(WORLD)The World Bank has launched a $1.4 billion catastrophe bond covering Latin American earthquakes, the largest earthquake catastrophe bond on record, as per disclosure by Aon Securities. The multi-tranche bond would provide earthquake relief for Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, Aon Securities, which structured the bond, said in a statement. The deal is part of the World Bank’s broader work in supporting the four countries in managing the risk of natural disasters. Earthquakes in Mexico last year contributed to the worst year on record for insurance losses from natural catastrophes.
(WORLD)All 71 people aboard a Russian passenger plane killed in the plane crash outside Moscow after disappearing from the radar screens. The Antonov An-128 disappeared from radar screens four minutes after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport
Hailstorm over the central parts of Maharashtra, Marathwada and parts of Vidarbha region claimed three lives.The hailstorm started around 7.30 am and continued for the next 30 minutes.Two men from Jalna and a woman from Washim died in the hailstorm.
At least 5 people killed and 7 injured in a explosion on board the Sagar Bhusan – a vessel of ONGC at the Cochin Shipyard . The explosion occurred possibly due to gas consolidation inside the tank
(WORLD)STRONG tremors have struck near Guam, Japan and Alaska within the Pacific plate as fears of Ring of Fire activity return. The US island territory of Guam was struck by four earthquakes in the early hours as magnitude 5.7, 5.6, 5.4 and 4.9 quakes shook the region.(timesofindia)
At least 3 construction workers have died in Bengaluru’s Kasalvanahalli with 15 others injured as the under constructed building collapsed. 10 have been rescued on time.(newminute)
The water level in 91 major reservoirs across the country is has gone down to 39 per cent of their total capacity from 41 per cent last week, the Union Water Resources Ministry said in a statement today. As of February 15, there was 63.597 billion cubic metres (BCM) of water in these reservoirs. The latest levels in the reservoirs are 88 per cent of the storage reported in the corresponding period last year, the statement said. It is also 91 per cent of the average storage over the last decade.
Reservoirs in states such as Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana have reported lower water levels than last year. (economic times )
Eighteen people, including three children and two women, were killed in Rajashtan’s Beawar town when a cylinder exploded during a wedding function. The blast occurred when a wedding ceremony was underway in a hotel in Ajmer district.
(WORLD)Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique’s capital on Monday, killing as many as 17 people who were buried by debris. The dump yard is located at the outskirts of Maputo, in the poor, densely populated area where the disaster happened rose to the height of a three-story building, according to the Portuguese news agency Lusa.(nbcnews)
Earthquake of magnitude 3.3, occurred today at 12:41:39 IST, Lat:33.1 N ; Long: 75.6 E, Depth: 5 Km, Epicenter in J&K.
(WORLD)Cyclone Gita hit central New Zealand with torrential rain and wind gusts of 130 kph (80 mph) taking down trees and tearing off roofs. Power to tens of thousands of people was cut as several areas declared a state of emergency and closed roads because of land slips, flooding and fallen trees.
(WORLD)Heavy rain triggered landslip occurred in Central Java’s Brebes district claiming lives of at least 7 people. As per the report , Farmers were working in their rice paddies in Central Java’s Brebes district morning when the soggy hillside above them collapsed under the weight of torrential rain. Seasonal rains cause widespread flooding and landslips across much of Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands. Millions of people live in mountainous regions and on flood plains.
(WORLD)A five-day-long bombardment by Syrian government forces is reported to have killed more than 300 civilians in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area. The government is trying to clear rebels from the enclave, which is home to an estimated 393,000 people.(bbc)
An Avalanche occurred at Lashkote, Kupwara. Three persons lost their lives
Lightning reported from Gumla. one person killed n few other injured (etv Bihar)
(WORLD)A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands province as reported by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) disrupting communications and oil and gas operations.The tremor hit near the centre of Papua New Guinea’s main island around 560 km (350 miles) from the capital, Port Moresby, at around 3.45 a.m. local time (1545 GMT Sunday), according to the USGS. It was about 35 km (22 miles) deep.(gcaptain)