In the floods caused by heavy rain in northern Karnataka, at least nine people have died and three are missing. Landslides have also been reported in Chikkamagluru, Shivamogga, Hassan, and Kodagu. Several rivers flowing above the danger levels, bridges in such areas were submerged affecting road connectivity. Belagavi is the worst-hit district.
Author Alankruta Mohapatra wrote about how female athletes continue to face sexism despite their qualifications. Batter Harleen Deol has been called a ‘beauty queen’ by the media. Norwegian handball players are forced to wear bikini bottoms and were fined for choosing boxers. Tennis star Sania Mirza was trolled for not taking care of her child.
The Centre said that the states and UTs have not provided data on Covid deaths due to a lack of oxygen. Junior health Minister Bharati Praveen Pawar said that health is a state matter. Mansukh Mandaviya defended the Centre on the issue of high death figures. In most places, the authorities have denied that the deaths took place due to oxygen shortage.
After heavy rain flooded a subway in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, 12 people died trapped inside a train. Five were injured and hundreds were rescued. Images of people struggling with the fast-rising waters inside the train have surfaced on social media. The Army is leading a rescue operation in a city in Henan which has over 10 million people.
Mumbai was hit with heavy rain last night. At least 15 died under the rubble of their homes. Several people are trapped in the landslide in Chembur and Vikhroli areas. A red alert has been issued and people are advised to not go outside. 15 people were rescued from Bharat Nagar in Chembur and 9 from Surya Nagar in Vikroli during the rescue operation.
Heavy rainfall in Bihar and Nepal has led to heavy water logging around the world-famous Buddhist stupa in the East Champaran district. The stupa is the largest in the world and among nationally protected monuments. The building was discovered in 1998 by archeologists and draws in tourists. Villages are said to be reeling under the effect of floods.