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Chennai Hyderabad April 14, 15 Highlights: Parts of TN, Puducherry to receive rainfall over next few days

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus (Covid-19) Latest News April 14, 15 Highlights: The districts will receive light showers accompanied by thunderstorms, according to the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: April 16, 2021 9:41:17 am
Chennai Rains, Tamil Nadu Rains, Chennai Rainfall, Tamil Nadu Rainfall, Rain in ChennaiCommuters on a two-wheeler shield themselves amid rainfall in Chennai. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Chennai, Hyderabad Coronavirus News April 14, 15 Highlights: The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai has forecast rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry over the next few days. According to the RMC, thunderstorm will moderate to heavy showers will occur over parts of Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Theni, Dindigul, Salem, Dharmapuri, Tiruppur and Erode districts in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry and Karaikal today.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu recorded 7819 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 9,54,948. Among these, Chennai reported 2564 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,72,118. The state recorded 25 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,970. Twenty two of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 3464 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,87,663.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 54,315. Till date, 5,76,450 males, 3,78,462 females and 36 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

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18:29 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Four of family found burnt to death in AP

Four members of a family were found charred to death under mysterious circumstances at Madhurawada in Visakhapatnam in the wee hours of Thursday. After inspecting the scene of offence this afternoon, Visakhapatnam city Commissioner of Police Manish Kumar Sinha told reporters that they were investigating whether the deaths were accidental, suicidal or homicidal.

Injuries were found on the bodies of three of the deceased. He said a team of forensic experts was collecting evidence. "We will get a clear picture after the forensic evidence is examined," the top official added.

Bangaru Naidu (50), was the head of the family, settled in Bahrain and returned to Visakhapatnam a few years ago. His wife was a homoeopathic doctor. The couple had two sons.

According to the police version, neighbours noticed smoke billowing out of the flat in the early hours, following which they alerted the fire brigade and the police. The fire and the police teams reached the flat, broke open the main door for an entry and found the charred bodies.

Quoting neighbours, the Commissioner of Police said Naidu's family was engaged in a verbal spat last night. Sinha pointed a finger of suspicion at the elder son and said all was not well in the family. "Except on the elder son's body, there were injuries on other three," he pointed out. (PTI)

18:07 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Flouting Covid norms, hundreds take part in Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh amid spike in cases

At a time when India is seeing a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases across the country, several videos of people flouting social distancing norms have surfaced on social media. After many pictures and videos of devotees gathered together at the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, one of the world’s largest religious gatherings, had gone viral, now a clip of people in Andhra Pradesh engaged in a local ritual of throwing cow dung at one another has raised serious concerns online.

Shared by news agency ANI, the 23-second clip features hundreds gathered together at Andhra Pradesh’s Kairuppala village in Kurnool district to take part in the ‘Pidakal war’, an annual tradition that involved throwing cow dung at each other. None of the participants is seen wearing face masks or following social distancing norms.

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17:45 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Stalin questions need to conduct NEET PG exams amid covid spread

With the Centre cancelling CBSE Class X board exams due to an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, DMK chief M K Stalin on Thursday wondered if it was the 'right' time to conduct the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for Post Graduate courses. 

NEET-PG 2021 is scheduled on April 18.

In a tweet, Stalin, whose party is a vocal critic of NEET, pointed out at the cancellation of CBSE class X exams "due to the second wave" of covid-19. "CBSE exams have now got cancelled due to the second wave of #COVID19. With increasing cases and fatalities, when our doctors are fighting hard against all odds, is this the right time to hold National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for PG courses," Stalin, Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, said. (PTI)

17:18 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Tamil Nadu govt cancels SSLC exams

Tamil Nadu government Wednesday cancelled the class 10 board examinations in view of the sudden surge in Covid-cases across the country. Initially, the exams were scheduled to begin on May 3. The government has also postponed the dates for class 12 examinations, which is now to be conducted from May 31.

“In the State, Class 10th exams have been cancelled. This will prevent the congregation of students. We’ve had episodes of COVID infection in 14 schools in Thanjavur Dist. Here, we are focusing on micro-containment & cancelling non-essential activity,” Tamil Nadu Health Secretary told ANI.

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16:38 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Cases up, Tamil Nadu says no shortage of vaccines, no lockdown plan now

On a day Tamil Nadu reported 7,819 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday – up from 6,984 cases reported on Tuesday – state health secretary J Radhakrishnan said the next two weeks are going to be crucial, and that the state government has no plan for a complete lockdown as of now.

“Maharashtra, which declared lockdown, has 60,000 cases per day and about 5 lakh active cases,” Radhakrishnan pointed out.

While medical facilities remain capable of handling the situation and essential medicines are in stock, the government is taking up campaigns across the state to escalate the vaccination drive by using public announcements and mobilising local groups, it was informed.

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15:56 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Amid rising Covid-19 cases, Telangana govt says wear a mask even at home

Underlining the fact that the coronavirus situation in Telangana is getting worse with every passing day, the state Health Department has appealed to people to wear masks even while inside their homes. Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, Dr G Sreenivasa Rao, in a video message on Wednesday evening, also warned of a scenario in the state akin to that of Maharashtra if the trend of new infections continues.

“We have seen a sudden spurt in the number of new infections in the last four weeks. The situation is likely to remain the same for another 4 to 6 weeks,” Dr Rao said. Asking people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, he added, “If the situation persists, Telangana can tomorrow become like Maharashtra. We may face a shortage of beds in the coming weeks.” He said so while admitting that some hospitals have already reported an unavailability of beds for Covid-19 treatment.

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15:20 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Over 10.23 people vaccinated in Chennai till Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has stated that 10,23,890 people have been vaccinated in Chennai till date, with 14,175 people having been inoculated on Wednesday alone.

14:46 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Tamil Nadu: 14-year-old allegedly sexually assaulted by 12 men over two years

A 14-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted for over two years by 12 men, including her brother-in-law, after she started staying at her sister’s home at Tiruchengode in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu.

Following a complaint from the District Protection Officer, all the accused and the girl’s mother, who is alleged to be an accomplice, have been arrested.

According to reports, the victim, a class VI dropout, works as a domestic help to support her family. Her mother is a daily wage labourer and her father has been ill for over a couple of years.

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13:56 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Telangana reports 3,307 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths

Telangana reported 3,307 fresh COVID-19 cases Wednesday, pushing the tally to over 3.38 lakh, while the toll rose to 1,788 with eight more fatalities, the state government said on Thursday.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 446, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (314) and Nizamabad (279), it said in a bulletin.

The total number of cases stood at 3,38,045 while with 897 patients being cured, the total recoveries were at 3,08,396. The state has 27, 861 active cases and over 1.06 lakh samples were tested on Wednesday. Cumulatively, over 1.13 crore samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 3.05 lakh, the bulletin said.

The case fatality rate in the state was 0.52 per cent while the recovery rate in Telangana was 91.22 per cent. According to a separate release, over 21.35 lakh people in the state have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while over 3.22 lakh got their second shot also as of April 14. (PTI)

13:19 (IST)15 Apr 2021
RMC forecasts heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms in parts of TN and Puducherry
12:40 (IST)15 Apr 2021
DMK blames Centre's 'laxity' for COVID second wave

DMK chief M K Stalin on Wednesday batted for universal vaccination for COVID-19 and blamed the Centre's 'lackadaisical' attitude and 'careless' administration for the second wave of the pandemic sweeping across the country. The Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assmbly alleged that the vaccines were not brought to use on time for people and slammed the export of over five crore doses to other countries.

"The BJP government's lackadaisical attitude and careless administration are the reason for the second wave effecting such severe impact in the country, including Tamil Nadu," Stalin claimed. In a statement, he also slammed the export of 5.84 crore doses of vaccines. By naming the latest vaccination drive as "tika utsav", Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "diverting" his government's "laxity" on the handling of the mattter, he alleged. 

"He (Modi) has not so far come forward to decide on vaccinating all. Despite requests from all political parties, he is busy with election campaign for the BJP in West Bengal," Stalin said. It was a matter of concern that at a time when there should have been a universal vaccination programme vis-a-vis COVID-19, only a targeted inoculation drive was on, he added.

Stalin also wondered if Tamil Nadu had been provided with adequate doses of the vaccines, amid reports that fewer people had come forward to take the jab. He said if there was no proper public response to vaccination, the blame lies with the Centre and the state government for not creating adequate awareness.

"With corona spread happening at a very fast pace in the state, the BJP government, especially PM Modi, should take a policy decision of vaccinating all and send sufficient doses for Tamil Nadu," he said. Stalin also urged the people of the state to come forward to take the COVID vaccines and follow related health protocols such as hand hygiene. (PTI)

12:04 (IST)15 Apr 2021
324 fever clinics conducted in Chennai Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 324 fever clinics in Chennai on Wednesday. A total of 12,549 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 124 people who were identified with ILI symptoms, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Tondiarpet (Zone 4) where 60 camps had been set up, while Teynampet (Zone 9) had the least with six camps.

11:17 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Cigarette butts caused 4,187 fires in Telangana in 2020, prompted 19,470 alerts to forest dept

Cigarette butts caused 4,187 fires in Telangana in 2020 in homes, and offices, causing huge economic losses. On the other hand, the Telangana Forest Department received a whopping 19,470 fire alerts from January 1 to April 14 this year. It has prompted the state fire department, which is holding a Fire Safety Week from April 14 to 20, to start an awareness campaign about careless smoking and electrical safety with lectures and demonstrations to be held across the state.

“Of the 7127 fire cases we attended to last year, it has been determined that in 4,187 cases, a carelessly thrown cigarette or beedi was responsible. We investigate the source of combustion, and after ruling out any electrical or another source of fire we conclude that the culprit has to be a cigarette that has been thrown without being fully extinguished. Cigarettes or beedis of poachers, shepherds or inhabitants in forest areas are also the cause of maximum number of fires in forest areas and wildlife parks,” Regional Fire Officer, Telangana State Disaster Response and Fire Services Department, V Papaiah said. In 1,992 fire cases, the source was electrical while gas or coal furnaces caused 296 fires. The fires caused a loss of nearly Rs 231 crores.

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11:16 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Amount of rainfall recorded across Tamil Nadu and Puducherry

  • Kangeyam - 11 mm
  • Kodumudi - 10 mm
  • Bhavani and Kodaikanal Boat Club - 9 mm
  • Avinasi and Tituttani DRMS - 8 mm
  • Bodinaickanur, Kumarapalayam, Nedungal, Erode and Villivakkam ARG - 7 mm
  • Thalavadi, Uthukuli, Kodaikanal, Pallipattu and Tiruvallur - 6 mm
  • Perundurai, Tiruppur, K Paramathi, MGR Nagar, Padalur and Valparai PTO - 5 mm
  • Kancheepuram, Yercaud, Pochampalli, Barur, Kodavasal, Ambur, Sulur, Virinjipuram, Perunchani Dam, Pappireddipatti and YMCA Nandanam - 4 mm
  • Palani, Chettikulam, DGP Office Chennai, Palladam, Tiruchengode, Chinnakalar, Alandur, Gudiyatham, Yelagiri, Ambathur, Tirupattur PTO, Perambur, Sriperumbudur, Aruppukottai, Anna University, Chennai Airport, Natrampalli, Shoolagiri, Melalathur, Bhavanisagar, Hogenekkal, Cholavaram, Thalaignayer, Mahabalipuram, Thiruchuzhi, Valparai Taluk Office, Tiruttani PTO, West Tambaram and Puthan Dam - 3 mm
  • Chennai Nungambakkam, Panchapatti, Krishnagiri, Annur, Cheyyur, Devala, Manalmedu, Ennore, Aravakurichi, Suralacode, Pollachi, Denkanikottai, Manamelkudi, Kelambakkam, Coonoor, Vellore, Danishpet, Thirukalukundram, Walajabad, Coimbatore South, Sathyamangalam, Mulanur, Thirupporur, Ponneri, Katpadi, Madhavaram, Vaippar, Hindustan University, Vadapudupattu and Gobichettipalayam - 2 mm
  • Peelamedu Airport, Wallajah, Thammampatty, Dharmapuri PTO, Glenmorgan, Arcot, Tambaram, Sankaridurg, Vandavasi, Ammundi, Kalavai, Pilavakkal, Uthukottai, Arakonam, Aduthurai, Thathiengrpet, Dharapuram, Upper Bhavani, Naduvattam, Grand Anaicut, Red Hills, Salem, Coonoor PTO, Keeranur, Penucondapuram, Vaniyambadi, Udumalpet, K M Koil, Needamangalam, Kothagiri, Ponnai Dam, Vedasandur, Edappadi, Virudhunagar, Karur, Rajapalayam, Illuppur, Veerapandi and Paramakudi - 1 mm

10:32 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Protesters seek public participation at Madurai’s Chittirai festival, govt cites Covid concern

Dozens of folk artists, college students and the public carrying placards and posters staged a protest Monday in Madurai, urging the government to change its decision and allow the Madurai Chittirai festival at Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. The festival is held from April 15 to April 26.

Protests took place across districts in Tamil Nadu. Claiming that the government is acting against their beliefs, devotees asked that if political rallies are allowed, Tasmac, theatres and malls can function, then why isn’t the government allowing religious festivals?

“Close to 400 families depend on this temple festival. If you (government) impose restrictions, how do we survive? It’s just a one-day event. We need our Azhagar and Meenakshi Amma to come out. The government needs our vote but it doesn’t respect our beliefs. All religious functions should be carried out, we will keep ourselves safe,” said Pandi Selvi, a resident of Sellur town near Madurai.

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10:02 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco 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:

  • Madhavaram: CMDA Trunk Terminal, Rajaji Street, Srinivasa Nagar, Parts of MRH Road, GNT Road, Vadaperumbakkam, Nethaji Street, Munusamy Nagar and nearby areas.
  • Sembium: TH Road, Teachers' Colony, Raja Street, Kamaraj Street, Kattabomman Main Road, Jawahar Street, EB Road, Indira Nagar West, Ambedkar Nagar, Thapal Petti, Gandhi Street, Perambur High Road, SSV Koil Street and nearby areas.
  • Manali: Sathangadu Iron and Streel Market.
09:24 (IST)15 Apr 2021
TN reports 7819 fresh cases, 25 deaths as cases continue to rise

Tamil Nadu recorded 7819 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state tally to 9,54,948. Among these, Chennai reported 2564 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 2,72,118. The state recorded 25 deaths on Wednesday, putting the state toll at 12,970. Twenty two of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 3464 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,87,663.

As of Wednesday, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 54,315. Till date, 5,76,450 males, 3,78,462 females and 36 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, 2,07,84,108 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 97,668 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 262 COVID-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 193 are private facilities.

09:09 (IST)15 Apr 2021
Rainfall recorded in Chennai till dawn today

Chennai recorded over 140 mm of rainfall till 6.30 on Thursday.

Here is the amount of rainfall recorded:

  • Nungambakkam: 20.5 mm
  • Meenambakkam: 25.0 mm
  • Ennore: 21.0 mm
  • Nandanam: 38.0 mm
  • Madhavaram: 13.0 mm
  • West Tambaram: 25.0 mm
09:07 (IST)15 Apr 2021
RMC forecasts rain in parts of TN, Puducherry over next three hours

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Chennai has forecast rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry over the next three hours. According to the RMC, thunderstorm will light showers will occur over parts of Chennai, Chengalpattu, Ranipet, Vellore, Tirupattur, Kanchipuram, Villupuram, Cuddalore,Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry and Karaikal.

09:03 (IST)15 Apr 2021
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Retail traders in Koyambedu have said that the authorities have allowed them to open their shops, while following certain restrictions, and they were happy with the decision. Though they are yet to receive an official order from the government, the traders said that after their recent talks with the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), which takes care of all the arrangements through a Market Management Committee, 50% of the shops in the area have been allowed to open on a rotational basis.

READ | Have been allowed to open shops on a rotational basis, say retail traders in Chennai’s Koyambedu

Cigarette butts caused 4,187 fires in Telangana in 2020 in homes, and offices, causing huge economic losses. On the other hand, the Telangana Forest Department received a whopping 19,470 fire alerts from January 1 to April 14 this year. It has prompted the state fire department, which is holding a Fire Safety Week from April 14 to 20, to start an awareness campaign about careless smoking and electrical safety with lectures and demonstrations to be held across the state.

READ | Cigarette butts caused 4,187 fires in Telangana in 2020, prompted 19,470 alerts to forest dept

For assistance on COVID-19-related queries and mental health support in Chennai, citizens can contact the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) COVID-19 helpline 044 46122300 | Citizens can find the nearest GCC-facilitated COVID-19 fever clinic here | For lodging rain-related complaints and assistance during the monsoon, citizens can contact the GCC's monsoon helplines 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24x7)

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