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May 17, 2021 10:26 AM IST Daybreak

Cyclone Tauktae: 10 Things You Must Know if You’re Anywhere Near Mumbai

The IMD has issued an orange alert for Mumbai warning of very heavy rains at isolated places with strong winds on Monday as the very severe cyclonic storm Tauktae is likely to pass close from the Mumbai coast towards Gujarat. Three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) stationed in the western suburbs of Mumbai have been put on alert. Teams of the Indian Navy are also kept on standby, officials said on Sunday night. The initial low pressure over the Arabian Sea has now intensified into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” and is approaching the Maharashtra coast.

Cyclone Tauktae: Mumbai Airport Shut, Bandra-Worli Sea Link Closed as Cyclonic Storm Turns ‘Extremely Severe’

Tauktae has turned into an “extremely severe cyclonic storm”, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today. The rapid intensification happened in the early hours of Monday, said the IMD which had earlier not predicted that Tauktae will intensify into an extremely severe cyclonic storm. It now has a wind speed of 180-190 kilometres per hour with winds gusting to 210 kilometres per hour. The IMD has, however, forecast that its intensity will reduce when it hits the Gujarat coast.

How Does DRDO’s Anti-Covid Drug Work? Will It Be A Game-Changer? Key Questions Answered

A drug against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, will be released by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday after it received regulatory approval for emergency use after year-long trials. India takes another key stride in the fight against the disease, clearing the therapeutic use of the drug that the government expects will reduce dependence on medical oxygen and also help in speedy recovery of patients admitted in hospitals. When the drug, 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG), enters the body, it gets accumulated inside cells infected by the virus. Once there, it stalls the energy production and metabolic reaction of the virus and stops it from multiplying. DRDO says its “selective accumulation in only virally infected cells” makes it unique.

No Proof of Fraud, Srinivas, Gambhir and Others Were Helping Covid-Hit Voluntarily: Police Tells Delhi HC

In a preliminary report on the allegations of blackmarketing and illegal distribution of Covid medicines against politicians including Congress Youth President Srinivas BV, the Delhi Police has told the Delhi High Court that the persons have been helping people voluntarily and without discrimination. The police has also questioned AAP MLA Dilip Pandey, BJP MP Gautam Gambhir and others in the case. Srinivas BV and others were questioned by the Crime Branch after a petition filed before the court alleged that “medical mafia-politician nexus” was indulging in illegal distribution of Covid-19 medicines.

Mumbai to See 10% Cut in Water Supply for Five Days Due to Emergency Repair in Pise Dam, Says BMC

Starting today, Mumbai will see a 10 per cent cut in water supply for the next five days, said the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The civic body cited an emergency repair to the Pise Dam as the primary reason for the water crisis. Pise Dam, which supplies water to the city, will undergo repairs to its pneumatic valves from May 17 to May 21, said the BMC. Due to this, the water supply to the city has been cut by 10%.

Tree Becomes ‘Isolation Ward’ for Telangana Man After He Struggles to Find One in Village

In far-flung villages in modest homes, a much more serious yet prevalent problem has been the lack of space to isolate and in Telangana’s Nalagonda district, an 18-year-old guy Shiva built himself an isolation ward, a bed rather on top of a tree on the area near his house, using bamboo sticks tied to the branches. A resident of Kothanandikonda, a tribal village in the interiors of Nalagonda district, Shiva tested positive for the coronavirus on May 4 and volunteers in the village told him to self isolate away from his family. But Shiva’s entire family lives in a small space and there was no way the young man could’ve been able to isolate without affecting his family. So he came up with the unique plan.

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