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Chennai Hyderabad Coronavirus October 14, 15 Highlights: Recoveries in TN cross 6.17 lakh; 29 killed in rains in AP, Telangana

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News October 14, 15 Highlights: Nineteen people have died in Hyderabad in rain-related incidents. These include eight in Bandlaguda, three in Gaganpahad, two in Ibrahimpatnam.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad | Updated: October 16, 2020 9:13:55 am
Weather Forecast Today Live Updates: Eight killed as heavy rains lash Hyderabad; Telangana declares two-day holiday in GHMC areaFloodwaters in Habsiguda, a locality in Hyderabad.

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News October 14, 15 Highlights: Tamil Nadu recorded 4462 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 6,70,392. Among these, Chennai reported 1130 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 1,85,573. The state recorded 52 deaths, putting the state toll at 10,423. 50 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 42,566. Till date, 4,04,917 males, 2,65,443 females and 32 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state. The state discharged 5083 patients following treatment Wednesday, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,17,403.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 85,84,041 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 95,538 samples having been sent yesterday.

At least 29 people have died in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh due to torrential downpour in the past 48 hours, which led to waterlogging on roads and inundation of some low-lying areas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday and assured them of all possible support and assistance from the Centre in the rescue-and-relief work.

Also Read | Inundated roads, submerged vehicles: Videos capture plight of Hyderabad amid heavy rains

Nineteen people have died in Hyderabad in rain-related incidents. These include eight in Bandlaguda, three in Gaganpahad, two in Ibrahimpatnam. Bodies of two out of nine persons washed away in Mailardevpally have been recovered. Record heavy rains lashed Hyderabad under the influence of a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal that weakened into a depression as it entered Telangana after covering Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.

Also Read | Hyderabad rains: Over 600 people in relief camps, Army helping with rescue ops

Heavy rains continued to pound Andhra Pradesh, causing damage to roads and disrupting power supply in several places. For the second time in less than 20 days, the river Krishna remained swollen on Wednesday as it received a heavy flood due to rainfall over the last couple of days.

Also Read | Hyderabad records 191.8mm rainfall, wettest October day since 1903

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18:32 (IST)15 Oct 2020
New passenger terminal building at Trichy airport to be functional from March 2022

The newly integrated passenger terminal building of the Airports Authority of India (AAI)-run Trichy airport in Tamil Nadu, with enhanced passenger handling capacity, will be functional from March 2022, an official release said on Thursday. The existing integrated passenger terminal is being used for both international and domestic air traffic and has exhausted its design capacity, AAI said in the release.

The expansion work is being carried out at an investment of Rs 951.28 crore. More than 40 per cent of the construction work for terminal building has been completed and the project will be ready by March 2022, AAI said.

Aimed at reducing the passenger congestion, AAI has undertaken the expansion work which includes construction of a new integrated passenger terminal building with an area of 75, 000 sq m, and designed to process 2,900 passengers during peak hours, a new apron, a new ATC tower, and upgradation of air side facilities, it said. The expansion work also includes construction of associated taxiways, isolation bay to make the airport suitable for handling five wide-body (code-E) and 10 narrow-body (code-C) aircraft, control room, supporting equipment rooms, setting up of terminal radar, radar simulation, among others, AAI said.

Equipped with 48 check-in counters and 10 boarding bridges, the terminal will be an energy efficient building with sustainable features, the release said.

16:15 (IST)15 Oct 2020
List of 32 containment zones in Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has identified 32 containment zones in Chennai till date.

Here are the names of the containment streets across the city's 15 zones as of Thursday:

  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 3 containment zones

    VP Nagar 5th Street, Nellikaran Street and Sanathi Street
  • Manali (Zone 2) - 4 containment zones

    Perumal Koil Street Chettimedu, 3265 1st Street Bharathiyar Nagar Chinnamathur, Jalaganda Mariyamman Koil Street and Srinivasan Street
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 8 containment zones

    19th Cross Street Rajeev Gandhi Nagar, MR Nagar 3rd Street, Nandhanar Street, MKB 16th West Cross Street, Sasthiri Nagar 3rd Street, Butchammal Street, Avoor Muthaiyah Street and Thulasingam Street
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 7 containment zones

    Grace Garden 3rd Lane, Thandavarayan Street, Govindappa Street, Irulappan Street, Budraian Street, Swamy Street and Ayyaswamy Street
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 3 containment zones

    Ayanavaram - Palayakara Street, New Street and Metu Street
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 1 containment zone

    Narayanasamy 2nd Street
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 6 containment zones

    Adyar - Parameshwari Nagar 1st Street; Ekkattuthangal - DanakottiRaja Street; Velachery - Gandhiyar Street, ASK Nagar 1st Cross Street; Adambakkam - Mahalakshmi Nagar 7th Cross Street and Kalaignar Nagar 4th Street
15:06 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Watch: Duo from Andhra Pradesh set record for smashing coconuts while blindfolded

Two Andhra Pradesh residents have set a Guinness World Record for smashing the most number of coconuts kept around a person while blindfolded.

Nellore native Prabhakar Reddy P smashed 49 coconuts that were set around his student Rakesh B to set the record. A video of the duo’s feat is now doing the rounds of the internet.

The video shows Rakesh, a martial arts student lying on the ground, with coconuts around him. Reddy, his teacher, is blindfolded and smashes the coconuts with a hammer.

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15:05 (IST)15 Oct 2020
HC Bar panel condemns Jagan’s allegations against Justice Ramana

The Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) Wednesday condemned the allegations by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy against Supreme Court judge Justice N V Ramana, saying that it amounts to contempt of court.

Jagan, in an October 6 letter to Chief Justice of India S A Bodbe, had alleged that Justice Ramana “has been influencing the sittings of the (Andhra Pradesh) High Court including the roster of few Honourable Judges”. The letter, which was released by Jagan’s office on October 10, also referred to Justice Ramana’s alleged “proximity” to TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, and the Anti-Corruption Bureau investigation into “questionable transactions of land” involving Justice Ramana’s two daughters and others in Amaravati, before it was declared the site for the new capital of the state.

On Wednesday, the DHCBA, in a unanimous resolution, said that the letter and its circulation in public domain is “a dishonest attempt at overawing the judiciary” and termed Justice Ramana, who is next in line to be the Chief Justice of India, as “one of the most virtuous judges with the highest level of integrity”.

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13:38 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Locked in tax dispute, Rajinikanth pulled up for ‘rushing to court’

Actor Rajinikanth, contesting a property tax issue with the Chennai civic body, was Wednesday admonished by Madras High Court for “rushing to court” without giving adequate time to the municipal authorities and let off with the warning of a fine.

“Do you think that the court has no better things to do except directing the corporation authorities to dispose of your representation?” Justice Anita Sumanth said. “You made the representation on September 23 and rushed to the court within a week. Why do you want to rush to the court instead of approaching the authorities?”

The actor’s plea challenged the Greater Chennai Corporation’s property tax demand of around Rs 6.50 lakh for a wedding hall — Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam—he owns. The dues were for the fiscal half-year period of April-September— the actor received a notice for the same on September 10.

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13:37 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Rights group files multiple police complaints against Khushbu Sundar for calling Cong leaders ‘mentally-retarded’

A rights organisation on Wednesday filed complaints against actor Khushbu Sundar at 30 police stations across Tamil Nadu after she allegedly used the term “mentally retarded” to attack leaders of the Congress, the party she quit recently to join the BJP. The actor later apologised.

The Tamil Nadu Association for the Rights of All Types of Differently-Abled and Caregivers sought FIRs against Sundar under Section 92 (a) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (publicly insulting person with disability), which carries a minimum prison term of six months that may go up to five years.

Meanwhile, Sunder put out a statement expressing regret. “I’m terribly sorry for the incorrect use of a couple of phrases in a moment of hastiness, deep distress and anguish. Being a self-made woman, the insinuation that I was being directed and influenced by significant others in my decisions was both objectionable and misogynistic. I have struggled with mental health concerns in my own family and have friends who are capable leaders, insightful and dynamic and living with bipolar disorder and depression. For their friendship and wisdom, I’m richer! Not just am I sensitive to diversity amongst people, but value it and have gained hugely from it. I realise that many leaders in the past have also made similar references and as much as I am disappointed by the inadvertent distress that I have caused many, equally I am now determined to ensure that I do not repeat this ever, whatever the motivation. I also dedicate myself to ensure that the voices of those with psychosocial disability are valued and heard, as they should be,” she said.

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13:36 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Tamil Nadu gets nod to borrow extra; total 21 states pick option 1

The government on Wednesday gave nod to Tamil Nadu to borrow Rs 9,627 crore through open market borrowings. With this, 21 states have been allowed to borrow 0.5 per cent of the GSDP, totalling to Rs 78,542 crore.

The unconditional extra borrowing limit has been permitted after it got de-linked from earlier conditions announced in the Aatmanirbhar package in May as these states and UTs have chosen option 1 for meeting the compensation deficit under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.

“The borrowing permission issued to the 21 States is over and above the borrowing permission of around Rs 1.10 lakh crore to be issued to enable the states to meet the revenue shortfall arising out of GST implementation. The current additional borrowing permission has been granted @ 0.50% of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) to those States who have opted for Option-1 out of the two options suggested by the Ministry of Finance,” a Finance Ministry statement said.

The 20 states that have picked Option 1 — borrowing through a special window facilitated by the Reserve Bank of India and Finance Ministry — include Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh along with two union territories of Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir. Eight states are yet to choose their option.

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11:34 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Hyderabad rains: Over 600 people in relief camps, Army helping with rescue ops

As many as 20,540 houses in 122 localities across Hyderabad were flooded in Tuesday’s heavy downpour, according to The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Around 60 relief camps have been set up, accommodating 684 persons, and 1.5 lakh people have been provided food by the civic body. At 30 centres, GHMC has opened 24*7 medical camps. As many as 350 people have been deployed for medical assistance in low-lying areas, said officials.

Following Tuesday’s unprecedented rainfall resulting in flooding and deaths, the state government declared holidays for all government offices and private institutions, including banks and financial institutions, across the state for Wednesday and Thursday.

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11:32 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Muttiah Muralitharan biopic 800 lands in soup, makers claim film ‘does not make any political statement’

The motion poster of veteran Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan’s biopic 800 was released yesterday. Directed by MS Sripathy, 800 will see actor Vijay Sethupathy in the lead role. Ever since the motion poster was launched, there has been outrage amongst pro-Tamil groups on social media platforms.

Though the poster was appreciated by a section of film enthusiasts as Vijay Sethupathi looked convincing as the legendary Sri Lankan spinner, the rest were upset that the actor agreed to play Muralitharan. They claimed that Muralitharan didn’t criticize the alleged atrocities of the Sri Lankan government against Tamils during the civil war in Sri Lanka.

A sector of Netizens, mostly cadres of Naam Tamilar Katchi, a small fringe outfit in Tamil Nadu, used Hashtags like #ShameonVijaySethupathi on Twitter to show their disappointment.

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11:19 (IST)15 Oct 2020
404 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Tuesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 404 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 20,572 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 888 people. 888 people with ILI symptoms were identified, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Teynampet (Zone 9) where 49 camps were set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with four camps.

10:04 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Die-hard MS Dhoni fan from Tamil Nadu paints his house in CSK colours

A die-hard MS Dhoni fan has painted his entire house in Yellow as a tribute to his favourite IPL team Chennai Super Kings. Gopi Krishnan (30), who is working as a Forex Trader in Dubai for the past 12 years came back to his hometown in Arangur near the Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu a month ago. He has coloured his entire house in Yellow to show his support to Dhoni whom he considers as his role model.

“I wanted to do this for a very long time. CSK has not been at their usual best this season and because of that, there was so much negativity. People trolled Thala and CSK, which I was not able to accept. Even some of my friends started to question Thala’s ability, I just shut them by telling success and failures are part of life and we should not criticise a person just because of a few bad games. Thala is Thala for me, so to make others realise that I decided to paint my house in CSK’s Yellow colour. I specifically used Nippon Paint because they are one of the primary sponsors of CSK, I was that particular about each and everything. My entire focus was on making the place look like a perfect CSK fan house. I sought the help of painters and an artist to do the job. My family was very supportive, my dad told me to do whatever I wish. I spent close to 1.5 lakhs to colour the house in Yellow,” he said.

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09:38 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedo has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai today from 9 am to 2 pm to carry out maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

  • Perungudi: Perungudi Industrial Estate, Burma Colony, Venkateswara Nagar, Neelankarai, Parts of Kandanchavadi, Pallavakkam, Uttandi, Kazura Garden, Bethel Nagar, Manikodi Srinivasa Nagar, Senthil Nagar, Seevaram, OMR-Perungudi, VSI Estate and Nehru Nagar.
  • Vysarpadi: Vysarpadi Industrial Estate BV Colony Sastri Nagar, Karimedu, Bharathi Nagar, Indragandhi Nagar, EH Road, Sanjai Nagar, Sathiya Nagar, MPM Street, Vysar Nagar, Shanthi Nagar, MM Garden, Ganesapuram Sundram, Gandhipuram, Vysarpadi Market, TNSCB Quarters, Pallatheru, Magazinpuram, Kalyanapuram - A, B, C; Udhayasurian Nagar, West Cross Street, Central Cross Street, Sharma Nagar Quarters, SA Colony, Radiance Apartment and Moorthy Nagar Street.
09:33 (IST)15 Oct 2020
145 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities

A total of 145 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 73 arrivals and 72 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

09:30 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Tamil Nadu reports 4462 fresh cases, 52 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 4462 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 6,70,392. Among these, Chennai reported 1130 positive cases, bringing the city's total to 1,85,573.

The state recorded 52 deaths, putting the state toll at 10,423. 50 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. The state discharged 5083 patients following treatment Wednesday, putting the total number of recoveries at 6,17,403.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 42,566. Till date, 4,04,917 males, 2,65,443 females and 32 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 85,84,041 samples from the state have been sent for testing till date, with 95,538 samples having been sent yesterday.

09:28 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Heavy rains in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana: 29 killed, parts of Hyderabad inundated

At least 29 people have died in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh due to torrential downpour in the past 48 hours, which led to waterlogging on roads and inundation of some low-lying areas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday and assured them of all possible support and assistance from the Centre in the rescue-and-relief work.

Nineteen people have died in Hyderabad in rain-related incidents. These include eight in Bandlaguda, three in Gaganpahad, two in Ibrahimpatnam. Bodies of two out of nine persons washed away in Mailardevpally have been recovered. Record heavy rains lashed Hyderabad under the influence of a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal that weakened into a depression as it entered Telangana after covering Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday. As it moved across the state further towards Maharashtra and Karnataka, very heavy to heavy rainfall was recorded in all the districts in its pathway.

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09:26 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Welcome to today's live blog

Good morning!
Welcome to the live blog from Chennai and Hyderabad where we bring to you the latest updates on COVID-19, lockdown in Tamil Nadu, lockdown in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Tamil Nadu rains, rains in Hyderabad, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and more across Chennai and Hyderabad. Follow the blog to stay up to date with the state in real time.

18:18 (IST)14 Oct 2020
Stalin welcomes Mehbooba Mufti's release

DMK president M K Stalin on Wednesday welcomed the release of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti from detention in Jammu and Kashmir and wanted other political detainees also to be freed.

In a Facebook post, Stalin said he was "pleased to hear that Mehbooba Mufti has been released from detention after 14 months." "I urge the Govt. to release all other political detainees as well. The democratic processes, which have been suspended during this time, must also be reinstated," the Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly said.

17:22 (IST)14 Oct 2020
Madras University to declare final semester result today

The University of Madras will declare the result of final term examinations today evening. Students who had appeared for the exam will be able to check their results at unom.ac.in by using their roll number. Due to the pandemic, the university had held the final semester exams online. Students could appear for the exam from their respective homes.

A total of 12 universities and the Directorate of Technical Education had opted for online examinations.

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17:11 (IST)14 Oct 2020
Die-hard fan of Dhoni paints house in CSK colours

A die-hard MS Dhoni fan has painted his entire house in Yellow as a tribute to his favourite IPL team Chennai Super Kings. Gopi Krishnan (30), who is working as a Forex Trader in Dubai for the past 12 years came back to his hometown in Arangur near the Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu a month ago. He has coloured his entire house in Yellow to show his support to Dhoni whom he considers as his role model.

“I wanted to do this for a very long time. CSK has not been at their usual best this season and because of that, there was so much negativity. People trolled Thala and CSK, which I was not able to accept. Even some of my friends started to question Thala’s ability, I just shut them by telling success and failures are part of life and we should not criticise a person just because of a few bad games. Thala is Thala for me, so to make others realise that I decided to paint my house in CSK’s Yellow colour. I specifically used Nippon Paint because they are one of the primary sponsors of CSK, I was that particular about each and everything. My entire focus was on making the place look like a perfect CSK fan house. I sought the help of painters and an artist to do the job. My family was very supportive, my dad told me to do whatever I wish. I spent close to 1.5 lakhs to colour the house in Yellow,” he said.

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16:32 (IST)14 Oct 2020
List of 57 containment zones in Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has identified 57 containment zones in Chennai till date.

Here are the names of the containment streets across the city's 15 zones as of Friday:

  • Tiruvottiyur (Zone 1) - 3 containment zones

    VP Nagar 5th Street, Nellikaran Street and Sanathi Street
  • Manali (Zone 2) - 4 containment zones

    Perumal Koil Street Chettimedu, 3265 1st Street Bharathiyar Nagar Chinnamathur, Jalaganda Mariyamman Koil Street and Srinivasan Street
  • Tondiarpet (Zone 4) - 11 containment zones

    Andal Nagar (Iswarya Nagar), 15th West Cross Street, 19th Cross Street Rajeev Gandhi Nagar, MR Nagar 3rd Street, Nandhanar Street, MKB 16th West Cross Street, Sasthiri Nagar 3rd Street, MKB Nagar 19th Central Cross Street, Butchammal Street, Avoor Muthaiyah Street and Thulasingam Street
  • Royapuram (Zone 5) - 4 containment zones

    Grace Garden 3rd Lane, Thandavarayan Street, Swamy Street and Ayyaswamy Street
  • Ambattur (Zone 7) - 19 containment zones

    Ambattur - Lenin Nagar 9th Cross Street; EVR Street Vinayagapuram Oragadam, New Anna Nagar 4th Cross Street, Pillaiyar Koil Street East Banu Nagar, 24th Avenue Banu Nagar, Mariamman Koil Street Oragadam, Devashi Street Gnanamoorthi Nagar, Korattur - Station Road; Padi - Yadava Street, Mettukulam, Sathya Nagar; Anna Nagar West Extension - 9th Street, TVS Avenue; Thirumangalam - TNHB Flat; Mogappair East - Vellalar Street, 12th Block Pachaipparsalai, VGN Raksha Church Street, Venu Gopal Street, 3rd Block and Mogappair - Mohan Ram Nagar
  • Anna Nagar (Zone 8) - 2 containment zones
    Ayanavaram - Palayakara Street and Metu Street
  • Teynampet (Zone 9) - 2 containment zones

    Choolaimedu - Ameerjohn Street and Triplicane - Thandavarayan Mudali Street
  • Kodambakkam (Zone 10) - 2 containment zones

    Annamalai Nagar 3rd Street and Narayanasamy 2nd Street
  • Alandur (Zone 12) - 5 containment zones

    Mugalivakkam - Suba Shree Nagar 4th Street; Adambakkam - Surendar Nagar 4th Street; Suprabatha Flat C1 Ram Nagar 4th Main Road and Nanganallur - Voltas Colony 1st Street and Hindu Colony 1st Cross Street
  • Adyar (Zone 13) - 4 containment zones

    Velachery - Gandhiyar Street, ASK Nagar 1st Cross Street; Adambakkam - Mahalakshmi Nagar 7th Cross Street and Kalaignar Nagar 4th Street
  • Sholinganallur (Zone 15) - 1 containment zones

    Neelankarai - Periya Neelankarai Kuppam

A bus damaged after a road caved-in following incessant rainfall across the state, at Gaganpahad-Shamshabad Road near Hyderabad, Wednesday. (PTI)

The downpour that inundated several residential localities of Hyderabad Tuesday night has claimed at least 19 lives, while some people are still missing. Nine of a family were washed away from Alinagar colony in Mailardevpally late Tuesday night. While one of them survived, bodies of two others were recovered Wednesday afternoon. Five are still missing.

READ | Hyderabad rains: At least 19 dead, nine from one family

Md Abdul Taher Qureshi, who survived, said he and his family members were standing near their gate when gushing water washed him away. In an attempt to save him, his younger brother Md Abdul Qureshi(55) and other family members, Md Abdul Wajid Qureshi, Abdul Wasey Qureshi (33), Humaira Tabassum (24), Abdul Wahab Qureshi (5) and Amera Bibi (7), were washed away. Bodies of two other family members, Darkhash Qureshi (32) and Farzana Tabassum (26) were recovered near Falaknuma.

Also Read | Muttiah Muralitharan biopic 800 lands in soup, makers claim film ‘does not make any political statement’

Also Read | Locked in tax dispute, Rajinikanth pulled up for ‘rushing to court’

A die-hard MS Dhoni fan has painted his entire house in Yellow as a tribute to his favourite IPL team Chennai Super Kings. Gopi Krishnan (30), who is working as a Forex Trader in Dubai for the past 12 years came back to his hometown in Arangur near the Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu a month ago. He has coloured his entire house in Yellow to show his support to Dhoni whom he considers as his role model.

READ | Meet Gopi Krishnan, a die-hard MS Dhoni fan who painted his house in CSK colours

Gopi Krishnan says Dhoni is everything to him and hopes he will lift the cup again for CSK this IPL season. “Since the IPL management didn’t allow fans inside the stadium, I came back home, or else I would have stayed back in Dubai and watched all CSK matches live. I never missed watching any CSK game, they are the champions of IPL. I am sure they will bounce back in this season also, Thala Dhoni will lift the cup again,” Gopikrishnan said.

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