Lightning strikes claim six lives across Karnataka

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April 18, 2014

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Bangalore, Apr 18: At least six people were killed after lightning strike in different parts of Karnataka. Four people were struck dead by lightning in Gadag and one person each died after being struck by lightning in Belgaum and Hassan districts, sources said.

Three shepherds and a woman were struck dead by lightning in Gadag district on Thursday.

The deceased have been identified as Mallappa Siddappa Soratur, 20, Mallappa Kariyappa Nellannavar, 16, and Mahantesh Suresh Somannavar, 18. The trio died when lightning struck them when they were standing under a tree in a field on the Mulgund-Kanavi road. A total of 18 sheep that the trio were grazing also died.

The incident occurred when it started raining in the afternoon. Honnamma Ramappa Jaggala, 42, died when she was struck by lightning at Somashekarnagar in Gadag.

Heavy rains were reported from Bellary, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Belgaum, Haveri, Gadag and Dharwad districts on Thursday. Polling was affected for some time at Yaragatti in Savadatti taluk of the Belgaum Lok Sabha constituency, due to heavy rain accompanied by gusty winds. The situation was similar in several places of Bagalkot district.

Shankar Dundappa Sonnad died when lightning struck him at Palabavi in Raibag taluk of Belgaum district, while he was returning from his field on Thursday evening. Jeeva, a 17-year-old college student from Koneralu village near Belur in Hassan district, was struck dead by lightning on Thursday evening.

The incident occurred when Jeeva and other boys were playing at a ground. Heavy rains brought respite from the sweltering heat in Belur and Halebid.

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January 21,2022

Bengaluru, Jan 21: Karnataka government, on Friday, decided to revoke the weekend curfew that the state government had imposed due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.

"This is subject to the condition that if the rate of hospitalisation goes up from the current 5%, we will impose weekend curfew again," said Revenue Minister R Ashoka.

However, night curfew will remain across the state. More details to follow. 

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January 13,2022

Bengaluru, Jan 13: Karnataka may witness 20,000 to 70,000 daily hospitalisations for Covid by the end of January or February 2.

These are the new projections made by researchers at the Indian Statistical Institute and Indian Institute of Science on Tuesday.

Similarly, projections made by the researchers for ICU bed requirement shows that the state will require 1,000 beds to more than 3,000 beds by February 2.

As per projections made by another group INDSCI-SIM (Indian Scientists’ Response to Covid-19), Karnataka, by January 25, will have 35,000 daily cases and 500 to 5,000 severe cases, based on whether individuals are fully vaccinated or unvaccinated.

Prof Gautam Menon, professor of Physics and Biology, Ashoka University, Haryana, who has worked on several Covid models and is a part of INDSCI-SIM, said, “Across the country, we expect six lakh to nine lakh new Covid cases to be reported at the peak between January 21 and February 10. By March, the curve will flatten. Another common thing with projections from other models is that the number of cases will be larger than the second wave.”

Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) president Dr H M Prasanna said, “The state’s private sector does not have 1.4 lakh beds as is being reported. When the second wave started, we checked and there were only 66,000 beds. This is as per the Suvarna Arogya Suraksha Trust portal. We don’t know when it increased. Maybe the government is factoring in medical college hospital beds.”

Estimating the number of beds in private hospitals, he said, there are around 6,500 private hospitals in Karnataka, apart from medical colleges.

“In all, there are 70,000 beds in private hospitals and medical colleges. In both the government and private sector, there may not be more than one lakh beds,” he said.

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January 13,2022

Benagluru, Jan 13: The Karnataka Congress on Thursday suspended its Mekedatu foot march amid surging Covid-19 cases in the country.

“We are temporarily stalling our foot march. Once the third wave subsides, we will resume our March from Ramanagara,” says Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah.

The party was holding a 10-day padayatra or 'Walk for Water' demanding a balancing reservoir across Cauvery river at Mekedatu in Ramanagara district.

Several party leaders, including Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, tested positive for Covid-19. 

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