Five people are killed and thirty eight injured in a road accident in the eastern Indian state of Odisha.
Indian senior opposition Rajya Sabha MP and former Cabinet Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram is arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on charges of corruption and money laundering during his term as Minister of Finance. Chidambaram says to the Supreme Court that the government is practicing a "politically-motivated vendetta" against him and his son Karti, who is also an opposition MP.
Cyclone Fani, an extremely severe category 4 storm and one of the strongest in recent years, makes landfall at the coastal town of Puri in the Indian state of Odisha. Eight people have been killed in India, according to the Press Trust of India, and hundreds more injured. Severe damage and flooding has been reported. One million Indians and 2.1 million Bangladeshis have been evacuated. A storm surge possibly up to 1.5m (5ft) is expected. The storm, weakening as it travels northeast through India, is expected to reach Chittagong in Bangladesh Saturday.
Evacuation of approximately 800,000 people is underway as Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani heads toward the Indian state of Odisha ("formerly Orissa") and is expected to make landfall Friday with wind speeds in excess of 200 km-h (127 mph).
Indian officials report, with 24 deaths today, the heatwave in the eastern state of Odisha has killed 135 people. Temperatures of 105.5°F (40.8°C) were recorded yesterday at 19 locations across the state. Meteorologists say the heat, an after-effect of El Niño, has delayed the traditional April rains.
Tiny South Talpatti Island off the coast of Bengal disappears, washed away thirty years after the mud flat island was created by delta currents, ending the Indian and Bangladeshi dispute over the territory. The Calcutta Institute raised fears over more islands, such as the Maldives, going under in the future. [http:--news.bbc.co.uk-2-hi-south_asia-8584665.stm (BBC)] [http:--timesofindia.indiatimes.com-home-environment-global-warming-New-Moore-isle-no-more-expert-blames-warming-articleshow-5720685.cms ("The Times of India")] [http:--www.latimes.com-news-nationworld-world-la-fg-disappearing-island25-2010mar25,0,3895432.story ("Los Angeles Times")] [http:--www.miamiherald.com-2010-03-24-1544558-disputed-isle-in-bay-of-bengal.html ("Miami Herald")]date=July 2019