.Colombo, Sri Lanka
ICG ships Vajra and Vaibhav engaged in dousing the flames at the container vessel MV X-Press Pearl engulfed in flames off Colombo port in Sri Lanka. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • Sri Lanka is facing its worst beach pollution crisis in its history
  • The X-Press Pearl caught fire as it waited to enter Colombo harbour 
  • Tonnes of plastic waste from the burning container ship have been washed ashore

.Texas, USA
President Joe Biden also stopped at a mass coronavirus vaccination centre at NRG Stadium in Texas. (Photo Credits: Twitter/@POTUS)

  • Texas saw more than 1.4 million people without power
  • A minimum of 40 people have died as a result of the storm
  • Joe Biden's climate adviser has said the deadly winter storm is a "wake-up call" for the US

.Texas, USA
PowerTexas has restored power for its residents. (Photo Credit: Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • Utility operations had returned to normal, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) reported on Friday
  • More than 50,000 customers were still without power as of Saturday while crews struggled to repair downed lines
  • US President Joe Biden issued a major disaster declaration for 77 of the hardest-hit Texas counties

.Houston, TX, USA
Access to clean water has become a substantial issue for Texans amid harsh weather. (Photo Credit: Twitter @SylvesterTurner)

  • The water is being distributed at Delmar Stadium is Houston
  • People have been waiting more than 5 hours to get safe drinking water
  • Some residents were also facing the misery of burst pipes and flooding

.Pflugerville, TX, USA
The most affected is city of Pflugerville where a ‘boil water’ notice was issued on Monday.Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Citizens have been directed to boil water before any type of consumption
  • Prolonged power cut in Texas affected several water treatment plants
  • Authorities have not yet informed about any estimated time period for repairs

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
IIT Kharagpur's study is published in journal Science of the Total Environment . (Photo credit: Representative image/Unsplash)

  • Approximately 20% of India's total land area contains toxic levels of arsenic in its groundwater
  • More than 250 million people are exposed to poisonous arsenic in the country: Study
  • The study was based on a new AI-based prediction modelling