An excise team was in for a surprise when a person flagged down their patrol vehicle at Karumallur on the Aluva-Paravoor stretch on Friday morning.
A 65-year-old man was trampled to death while another woman critically injured by a 7-member elephant herd in Belaguntha block in Ganjam.
During the rainy season and natural calamities, temporary islands are created at the Rushikulya river mouth due to the huge flow of water.
In a major hunt, the police arrested four persons and seized around 54 kg of ganja at Kerameri mandal in Kumrambheem-Asifabad district, on Monday.
They had recently come home to observe the first death anniversary of their late father Dhabaleswar Behera on May 17.
This year, when a deadlier second wave has wreaked havoc across the nation, the villagers have not let their guard down.
Kesinga police on Saturday seized 5.52 quintal ganja from the secret chamber of a truck that met with an accident near Kasurpada on NH-26 on April 24.
Officials have been asked to shift pregnant women, elderly and disabled persons to safer places like cyclone shelters, schools, and anganwadi centres.
Ganjam administration and actor-philanthropist Sonu Sood were engaged in an exchange of claims over bed arrangement for a Covid patient of Berhampur.
Urging all families that would host the ceremonies during the wedding season to undergo rapid antigen tests, the Collector said that the move is aimed at checking the spread of Covid
In an order issued to authorities of the DCHCs concerned, the Collector asked them to create two gates on the premises for entry and exit of general patients and Covid-infected patients.
The team intercepted the vehicle based on the information received from the two youths who were arrested on Friday. The vehicle was found parked at Akkulam to supply the ganja to local peddlers.
Excise Circle Inspector T Anikumar, who headed the operation, said the seized contraband was worth Rs two crore in the market.
However, the State government is yet to come up with any action plan to deal with the situation though affairs have not turned so grim.
The city police on Tuesday busted an inter-state drug racket that supplied narcotics to southern districts of Kerala.