World Indian navy searches for 78 missing from barge sunk by storm
In India's northeast there's fear of a virus surge to come
GAUHATI, India (AP) — With experts saying the coronavirus is likely spreading in India’s northeastern state of Assam faster than anywhere else in the country, authorities were preparing Monday for a surge in infections by converting a massive stadium and a university into hospitals. Cases in Assam started ticking upward a month ago and the official seven-day weekly average in the state on May 9 stood at more than 4,700 cases. But a model run by the University of Michigan — which predicts the current spread of cases before they are actually detected — says infections in Assam are likely occurring as fast as any other place in the country.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian navy ships and helicopters searched in extreme weather and rough seas Wednesday for 78 people still missing from a barge that sank off Mumbai as a deadly cyclone blew ashore this week.
Navy Cdr. Alok Anand said 183 people were rescued within 24 hours by the three ships and helicopters engaged in the operation.
A survivor told the New Delhi Television news channel that he jumped into the sea with his life jacket and was later picked up by the navy.
In another operation, a navy helicopter rescued 35 crew members of another barge, GAL Constructor, which ran aground north of Mumbai, a government statement said.
Cedar Rapids tries to turn city of stumps into tree oasis
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Until one afternoon last August, Cedar Rapids had always been a lush, leafy island surrounded by a sea of corn and soybeans, with its giant oaks, sycamores and other trees towering over the community’s neighborhoods and providing a shady refuge from Iowa’s steamy summer heat. It took 45 minutes to shred nearly all of those trees, as a rare storm called a derecho plowed through the city of 130,000 in eastern Iowa with 140 mph (225 kph) winds and left behind a jumble of branches, downed powerlines and twisted signs. © Provided by Associated Press A large tree stump sits in front of homes, Friday, April 30, 2021, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Both barges were working for Oil and Natural Gas Corp., the largest crude oil and natural gas company in India.
The company said the barges were carrying personnel deployed for offshore drilling and their anchors gave away during the storm.
Cyclone Tauktae, the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than two decades, packed sustained winds of up to 210 kilometers (130 miles) per hour when it came ashore in Gujarat state late Monday. The storm left at least 25 dead in Gujarat and Maharashtra states.
Cyclone Tauktae: Indian Navy searches for 75 missing at sea
The Indian military is continuing search and rescue operations for a third day after a deadly cyclone left scores missing and stranded at sea. © India Navy/AFP/Getty Images Stranded workers are airlifted by the Indian Navy from a barge in the Arabian Sea, which had gone adrift during Cyclone Tauktae, on May 18. Cyclone Tauktae, the strongest storm on record to hit India's west coast, has killed at least 40 people since it made landfall in western Gujarat state on Monday night.The cyclone formed in the Arabian Sea, and tore past the financial hub of Mumbai, in Maharashtra state, before reaching Gujarat.
The Hindu newspaper Wednesday tallied more than 16,000 houses damaged in Gujarat state and trees and power poles uprooted.
The cyclone has weakened into a depression centered over the south of Rajasthan state and adjoining Gujarat region, a statement by the Indian Meteorological Department said on Wednesday.
In Nepal, authorities on Tuesday asked mountaineers to descend from high altitudes because the storm system may bring severe weather.
Hundreds of climbers, guides and staff are on various mountains in Nepal, trying to climb the peaks this month when weather is usually most favorable in the high altitudes. Nepal has eight of the world's 14 highest peaks, including Mount Everest.
Over 16K Homes Damaged in India as Cyclone Tauktae Comes Ashore
Indian navy ships recovered 22 bodies of people who were aboard a barge that sank off Mumbai as the cyclone blew ashore. The search is continuing for 55 missing people.Search and rescue efforts for missing people continue, Navy Commander Alok Anand told the Associated Press.
The Department of Tourism in a statement Tuesday asked climbers and outfitting agencies to monitor the weather and stay safe.
In 2014, snowstorms and avalanches triggered by a cyclone in India killed 43 people in Nepal’s mountains in the worst hiking disaster in the Himalayan nation.
The snowstorms were believed to be whipped by the tail end of a cyclone that hit the Indian coast a few days earlier.
The blizzards swept through the popular Annapurna trekking route and hikers were caught off-guard when the weather changed quickly.
Associated Press Writer Binaj Gurubacharya contributed to this report from Kathmandu, Nepal.
Hopes fading for 38 missing after barge sinks in India storm
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian navy ships worked through the night to recover the bodies of 37 people aboard a barge that sank off Mumbai as a powerful storm lashed the region this week, an official said Thursday. Hopes were fading for 38 people still missing since the cyclone hit Monday. Navy spokesman Mehul Karnik said five ships, a surveillance aircraft and three helicopters were involved in the search. He said most of 188 survivors and the 37 bodies arrived in Mumbai.Indrajeet Singh, a survivor, recalled that everyone on the big barge rushed to the deck sensing danger. Water gushed into the barge and it started tilting, The Hindustan Times newspaper quoted him as saying.
The hunt for Germany's largest warship proved that U-boats were the Nazis' best weapon .
The battleship Bismarck was the German navy's crown jewel, but its sinking in May 1941 convinced Hitler that the future of naval warfare was undersea.Bismarck and Prinz Eugen were on a mission to wreak havoc on British merchant shipping. German U-boats were already very effective at this, but Grand Adm. Erich Raeder, head of the Kriegsmarine, hoped to demonstrate to Hitler the value of Germany's surface fleet in order to avoid future budget cuts.