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The steel city Rourkela is set to become Odisha's second smart city. It figures among the list of 27 smart cities released yesterday in New Delhi by Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu. Rourkela, which had missed the bus in the first round when the list of 20 smart cities with Bhubaneswar at the top was declared on January 28.
Welcoming the announcement and greeting residents of the steel town, chief minister Naveen Patnaik promised all help from the state government to turn Rourkela into an ideal smart city. The announcement by the Centre sparked off celebrations in Rourkela with local MLA Dilip Ray hailing it as a timely move that would open the doors for multiple development activities in the city.
A powerful typhoon slammed into Japan today, leaving at least 3 dozen people injured and one missing, as torrential rains caused serious flooding that washed away a bridge and inundated homes and cars.
Transportation across southern Kyushu - hit by deadly quakes earlier this year - and parts of western Japan came to a standstill as Typhoon Malakas ripped across the country, packing winds of up to 180 kilometres per hour. Officials issued evacuation advisories that affected about 620,000 people.
Regional train services slammed to a halt and about 180 flights were cancelled because of strong winds from the raging storm, which was moving toward Tokyo this afternoon with officials warning of high seas, possible landslides and more flooding.
In South China, Guangdong Province issued warnings for super typhoon Meranti, which is expected to make landfall in the east of Guangdong in three days. Typhoon Meranti strengthened into a super typhoon in the Pacific Ocean on yesterday.
It will move at 20 to 25 kilometers per hour and approach Taiwan's southeast around September 14th and likely make landfall near the coast of Guangdong and Fujian provinces. According to Guangdong meteorological authorities, the typhoon will bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to Guangdong from September 14th to 16th.