www.thehansindia.com MONDAY 17 JULY 2017 KURNOOL PAGES 16 `5.00 H Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Nizamabad | Rajamahendravaram H 16 Amarnath yatris killed as bus plunges into gorge NAGAVALI IN FULL SPATE OUR BUREAU n Rail, road transport Parvathipuram/Srikakulam: Heavy rains in southern Odisha triggered ﬂash ﬂoods in River Nagavali on Sunday inundating human habitations and inﬂicting extensive damage on crops in Vizianagaram district. The district administration has swung into rescue operation evacuating people in affected villages to safer areas. Heavy rain and resulting ﬂash ﬂoods in Rayagada district of Odisha led to washing away of railway bridge No. 588 between Singapuram Road–Therubali railway stations in Titilagarh-Rayagada railway section at about 11 am. An alert gangman stopped an approaching goods train, which was supposed to pass on the bridge, and averted the accident. The washing away of bridge disrupted train services with some services being delayed and some cancelled on Sunday. Nagavali ﬂood water STORMY MONSOON SESSION ON CARDS P A G E 11 disrupted n Heavy inﬂows to Thotapally Railway bridge washed away at Terubali completely submerged the national highway at Kuneru in Komarada mandal of Vizianagaram district Nagavali putting a complete halt to the traffic. On the other side, the people of Purnapadu, Labesu and Kottu villages which are on the bank of Nagavali are in the grip of fear and are in search of safer places for them and livestock. The irrigation officials lifted eight gates of Thotapalli reservoir releasing 50,000 cusecs of water from the dam to minimise the ﬂooding situation. Around 100 families of Old Kallikota village have been evacuated as the ﬂood water entered to the village. K.Seetharam Naidu of Chollapadam village who went to graze his cattle was trapped in ﬂood and has been crying for help. After being alerted by locals, revenue officials sought the help of National Disaster Relief Force in rescuing Seetharam Naidu. District revenue officer R S Rajkumar told The Hans India, “We have set up a control room at RDO office of Parvathipuram and even alerted the state government. Revenue, police, other emergency services have been alerted and asked to attend the duties at any time. Continued on Page 6 Jammu (Agencies): At least 16 pilgrims were killed and many more injured Sunday in a bus crash in northern India, police said, just days after gunmen shot dead eight worshippers making the same holy visit. The bus plunged into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir, the state where hundreds of Hindus make the annual pilgrimage to a Himalayan cave revered as the abode of the god Shiva. "Sixteen people are now confirmed dead, 19 with serious injuries and eight others with minor injuries," the state's police force said in a statement Sunday. Some of the worst injured are being airlifted to hospital, while others were taken to local clinics for treatment, police said. For the second time in a week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the pilgrims who died making the holy journey. "Extremely pained by the loss of lives of Amarnath Yatris (pilgrims) due to a bus accident in J&K," the Prime Minister said, referring to the state by its initials. "My thoughts are with the families of the deceased." The tragedy came as another Hindu pilgrim died Sunday from injuries sustained six days ago when unidentiﬁed gunmen opened ﬁre on a bus full of worshippers. "One lady who was injured in the July 10 attack succumbed to her injuries in hospital," Director General of Police S P Vaid said. Police sources said the bus carrying the pilgrims from Jammu to the hill shrine spun out of the driver’s control at Nachnala and rolled into the gorge Security personnel carrying out rescue work after a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims fall into a gorge off Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Ramban district on Sunday. At least 16 pilgrims were killed and 35 others injured in the mishap Her death takes the toll from Monday's attack to eight, with seven women and one man killed in the late-night assault. Most of Illegal prawn ponds mushrooming on coast n Natural biodiversity systems damaged n Posing threat to environment, crops OUR BUREAU Srikakulam: Illegal prawn and shrimp ponds are mushrooming all along the coast in Srikakulam district causing severe damage to environment and affecting crops. From Itchapuram to Etcherla mandals, all along the seacoast, shrimp and prawn ponds came up to the extent of 5,300 hectares, while the records of the Fisheries department put the area at only 350 hectares. Illegal cultivation of prawn and shrimp is 18 times more than the sanctioned and approved extent. It shows how the illegal ponds are prevailing along the coastal area in the district. The Fisheries department and Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA) conducted a joint survey on the extent of prawn and shrimp ponds along the coast through the global positioning system (GPS) recently. The survey revealed the existence illegal ponds to the extent of about 5,000 hectares. Vanami variety of prawn cultivation is attracting more traders from East Godavari and Krishna districts to the Srikakulam coast. Unauthorized prawn and shrimp ponds are existing at Burjapadu, Nelavanka, Balliputtuga, Kusumpuram, Manikyapuram, Uppalam, Baruva, Gollavuru, Akasalakhavaram, Jagannadhapuram, Runkuhanumanthapuram, Ampalam, Dandulaxmipuram, Belamara, Susaram in Itchapuram, Sompeta, Santhabommali and Polaki mandals. In Itchapuram mandal, irrigated water canals were damaged due to these ponds. Continued on Page 6 Coriander crop area shrinks fast in AP, TS P NAGASRINIVAS Amaravati: Coriander, a key ingredient without which the Andhra delicacies are not complete, goes scarce in the two Telugu states. The crop area drastically fell as the lands suitable for coriander cultivation made way for capital in Amaravati and infra projects elsewhere, leading to demand-supply mismatch. The increasing demand has forced the two Telugu states to fetch the leafy vegetable from far-off places such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for high prices. A visit to Durga Ghat in the city in early hours helps one witness a fleet of trucks unloading coriander brought in from outside areas. The crop is in areas like Kunchanapalli, Tadepalli, Penumaka, Venkatapalem and some other villages in and around capital region. But the crop area is so negligible that it hardly meets city’s demand. Food lovers will not relish dishes, especially chutneys and non-vegetarian curries, although lip-smacking, without the touch of coriander for its unique flavour. Continued on Page 6 HANS SCORES Published on 16th July 2017 We published this report 4 days before Published on 16th June 2017 since 2000 when gunmen ﬁred on a group of Hindu pilgrims, killing 32 people including two police officers. All set for President poll today Unauthorised prawn ponds at Akashalakhavaram Published on 12th July 2017 the victims were from the western state of Gujarat. It was the worst such attack in the divided Himalayan region Published on 16th July 2017 We published this report 1 month before New Delhi (Agencies): The stage is all set for the election of the 14th President of India on Monday in a contest in which National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind has a clear edge in the electoral college over the Oppo- sition nominee Meira Kumar. The total value of votes of the electoral college is 10,98,903, and the NDA candidate is slated to cross the halfway-mark and get about 63 per cent votes. Kovind, who belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has the backing of all the party's allies besides several regional parties, while Kumar has been ﬁelded by the Congress and some major opposition parties in what they call an "ideological battle" against the ruling party. Continued on Page 6
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