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Narendra Modi’s press office in hot water after sharing photoshopped image of Tamil Nadu flood…and more

Narendra Modi’s press office in hot water after sharing photoshopped image of Tamil Nadu flood

Photo: The photoshopped image was tweeted by the government's Press Information Bureau. (Twitter)

Photo: The photoshopped image was tweeted by the government’s Press Information Bureau. (Twitter)

A doctored photo released by the Indian government showing prime minister Narendra Modi surveying severe flooding from a helicopter has been deleted, and his office promised remedial action after criticism on social media. Mr Modi travelled to Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai on Thursday to get a firsthand view of the disaster, after the strongest rains in a century killed more than 280 people over a month and displaced thousands of residents. The government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) published a photo on its website that showed Mr Modi looking through the round window of a helicopter, through which a clear view of waterlogged buildings was visible. It was later taken down. A similar photograph, but with a blurred view through the window…

 

Skype offers free calls to Chennai as it battles destructive floods

Chennai, India’s fourth most populous city, is battling crisis. Torrential rains and a reservoir bursting its banks have meant that the city of nearly 5 million has been paralyzed, with little relief in sight…

 

Incredibly strong El Niño still developing, bringing surge of winter warmth

After setting a record for a single-week period in mid-November, El Niño has continued to produce record warm temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. This climate pattern, characterized by an abnormal warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean, has already contributed to a large number of weather effects around the planet, including increased hurricane activity in the Pacific Ocean and heat across much of the United States. Of the metrics used to gauge the strength of El Niño, the most straightforward is to look at temperatures between 90 degrees west and 160 degrees east longitude, and 5 degrees north and 5 degrees south of the equator, known as the Niño 3.4 region. Back on November 16, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that this area of the Pacific had a weekly average temperature that was 3.0 degrees Celsius above normal, a record high, topping the 2.8 degrees Celsius anomaly recorded during the week of November 26, 1997, the last really…

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