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Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Good News Amid Pandemic: Amazing Positive Stories Go Missed in 2020

Good News Amid Pandemic 

While the world feeds into news relating to the novel corona virus, a topic that has taken conventional media by storm, several positive news items tend to get missed amid the chaos. Here is some ‘good news’ from since the time lock down became commonplace around the world to provide some respite from the negativity.

While reports regarding COVID-19 flood the media, several positive news items go missed - here are a few.

Good News Amid Pandemic


WORLD'S LARGEST ALL ELECTRIC FLIGHT TAKES- OFF 


The world's largest all-electric commercial aircraft successfully completed its first test flight on May 28. It is a significant milestone in disrupting the transportation industry and accelerating the electric aviation revolution.

FLAMINGOS TAKE OVER MUMBAI AMID LOCK DOWN 


An unusually high number of flamingos were observed by locals. The decline in industrial waste and surge in domestic sewage have spurred the formation of plankton and algae that make up the flamingos' diet.

CRANES UNITE FAMILIES WITH ELDERLY RELATIVES 


A Belgian maintenance company with a fleet of cranes used them to connect families with the elderly living in high rise care homes that have been isolated from their families for weeks.

SPACE X'S CREW DRAGON DOCKS WITH SPACE STATION 


SpaceX's new Crew Dragon capsule joined and tie up with the International Space Station sucessfully. The astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are set to begin an extended stay onboard the ISS that could last up to four months.

COSTA RICA ALLOWS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE 

On May 26, late midnight land mark court ruling came into effect midnight and so Costa Rica gave a green signal to same-sex marriage, making it the first country to do so.

GERMAN CHURCH WELCOMES MUSLIM WORSHIPERS 

German Muslims have been struggling to find a place of prayer amid the social restrictions, but a local church opened its doors for their Friday prayers.


CAPTAIN TOM MOORE RECEIVES KNIGHTHOOD

Tom Moore raised $33 Million for UK's National Health Service(NHS). He was awarded knighthood as special nomination from Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He was promoted to be titled as "Captain Sir Thomas Moore" and promoted to "Honorary Colonel" on the eve of his birthday.

INTERNETS'S CORONA VIRUS TRACKER- YOUNGEST OWNER

Internet's most visited corona Virus tracker is being run by a 17 year old high schooler Avi Schiffman. He said that his corona virus tracker is not taking up his free time, also he rejected $8 million and even refused to include ads in his tracker website. Hats Off.

GRADUATION CEREMONY IN US AS "PROM ON WHEELS"

USA is the country, most affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. Most educational institutions are shut down in compulsion to stop the spread of the outbreak of the disease. Some of the annual traditions like graduation ceremonies and high school proms are also not possible to organize as they require large gatherings. High School student have organized a unique initiative called "Prom On Wheels" , so that student of high school can have fun and enjoy in the school's annual tradition and doesn't miss it out due to Corona.

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India's Second Cyclone in Two Weeks; Cyclone Nisarga Hit Mumbai

India's Second Cyclone in Two Weeks; Cyclone Nisarga Hit Mumbai

Cyclone Nisarga Hit Mumbai today

Cyclonic Storm Nisarga is expected to hit Mumbai on the 3rd of June(today), with sustained wind speeds of up to 110kmph. Nisarga is currently a ‘deep depression’ in the Arabian Sea, but is expected to develop into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ before making landfall – the second of its type in the region, and the first cyclone to ever hit Mumbai.

This exposes the threat to the coastal city, being ill prepared for the onslaught of climate change and increased activity in the Arabian Sea. With incomplete drainage, and little topographical data, the city can expect to be hit with more than just monsoon floods in the near future.


cyclone in the city

CYCLONE NISARGA'S LANDFALL 

On June 3rd, a 'deep depression' in the Arabian Sea is expected to turn into Cyclone Nisarga, and make landfall close to Mumbai, the country's financial capital. 

With expected sustained wind speeds of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph, a Red Alert has been issued for Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar districts. 

Nisarga is expected to be categorised as a 'severe cyclonic storm', impacting Maharashtra and Gujarat - states burdened by COVID-19.

MUMBAI'S FIRST CYCLONE IN A CENTURY 

In December of 2017, Cyclone Ockhi brushed past Mumbai, passing northward without seriously affecting the city. 

However, Cyclone Nisarga is expected to travel south of Ockhi's track, potentially putting Mumbai right in its path.

This makes Nisarga the first ever cyclone to pass through Mumbai; at least the first in over a century.

CYCLONE OCKHI VS. NISARGA 

Cyclone Nisarga is expected to turn eastward to a great extent compared to other cyclones in the Arabian Sea, which tend to hit Northern Gujarat, Pakistan, and Oman; only 25% of the Sea's cyclones ever hit India's west coast.

IS CLIMATE CHANGE THE CULPRIT? 

Only one cyclonic storm in the history of meteorology in the area has been categorised as a 'severe cyclonic storm'. 

Climate experts attribute the formation of such cyclones to 'unprecedented urban development' and demolition of mangroves, which raises sea surface temperatures, increasing the strength and speed of cyclones. 

India's coastal cities are vulnerable to 'climate- induced flooding', with such events threatening industries along the west coast.

THE PREPARATIONS BEING MADE 

10 NDRF units have been deployed for rescue operations, with 6 SDRF units on standby; relief teams to minimise damage against tree falls and landslides. 

Fishermen have been called back, and coast guard has been notified to not allow any activities. 

Non-COVID hospitals are being made available along with measures to prevent power outages. 

Slum-dwellers and those 'kuccha house' residents are being moved to safer areas.

MUMBAI STILL REMAINS VULNERABLE 

No stranger to floods, the city is still choked by them, recently in 2017 and 2019 as well as the 2005 floods. 

As of 2018, only 28 out of the 58 planned storm water drainage projects have been finished, 12 years after commission; not adequately addressing the problem. 

Moreover, with little available topographical information, the city is extremely vulnerable to storm surges in the future, as well as from Nisarga. 

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