The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Mumbai and nearby areas as heavy rains lashed several districts in Maharashtra.
Intense rain accompanied by strong winds lashed Mumbai and uprooted hundreds of trees across the city, submerged vast areas and also resulted in the collapse of buildings.
The red alert was issued for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik districts of Maharashtra. For Thane, Palghar and Nashik, the red alert has been sounded for both Wednesday and Thursday.
Shirley Ann Grau, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer whose stories and novels told of both the dark secrets and the beauty of the Deep South, has died. She was 91.
Grau won the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for her fourth book, The Keepers of the House. The book drew critical praise but also threatening phone calls for its depiction of a long romance between a wealthy white man and his black housekeeper in rural Alabama.
Her six novels and four short story collections were all set in the Deep South, from New Orleans to north Louisiana and Alabama. Many of Grau’s stories deal with sudden, unexplained events and their aftermath.