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Lesson from Kerala floods : Human activities, climate change has disastrous effects on environment

  Lesson from Kerala floods : Human activities, climate change has disastrous effects on environment   Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 19 October 2021   Overexploitation of natural resources and haphazard development by humans has led to climate change, resulting in long-lasting consequences on the environment. This is increasing health hazards and natural disasters, and more, day by day. The torrential flooding being witnessed recently in the state of Kerala in India is a prime example of this, say many experts.   This is not the first time that Kerala, a state of 34 million people, has been devastated by floods. It saw the worst floods in a century in 2018 when severe rains caused flash floods and landslides, killing nearly 500 people and leaving a million homeless. The following year, more than 125 people were killed in flash floods and landslides across the state. More than 50 were killed in August last year after landslides struck the hilly Munnar region.   The latest spell of torrential
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Torrential flood washes away house in Kerala

Torrential flood washes away house in Kerala

Elderly woman escapes the deadly claws of crouching, hidden leopard

Elderly woman escapes the deadly claws of crouching, hidden leopard   Sumesh Rajan Mumbai: 30 September 2021   An elderly woman in India, survived a deadly attack by a crouching and hidden leopard.   The incident took place at the wooded Aarey Milk Colony area of Mumbai, on September 29 night.   CCTV captured the entire event that unfolded outside 55-year-old Nirmaladevi Rambadan Singh’s house at around 7.45 pm.   Just like the movie name ‘ Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ’ which in itself is a literal translation of a Chinese idiom which describes a place or situation that is full of unnoticed masters, the leopard saunters in the bushes near the woman’s home.   It crouches and lays in wait. In a few minutes, the woman using a walking stick comes out of her home to get a breath of fresh air and sits on a ledge without knowing the lurking danger.   In a few seconds, the crouching leopard pounces on her. Panic stricken, the elderly woman falls back, but tries to stave off the attack with

Elderly man escapes being mauled by hyena

Elderly man escapes being mauled by hyena Sagaya Fernando   An elderly man and a biker escaped from the fangs of death after a striped hyena, a ferocious wild animal, sprang a surprise attack on them at Kharpudi village about 45 km from Pune city in Maharashtra (India) on September 6.   The elderly man carrying a bucket and accompanied by a dog was walking on the road along a thickly wooded area when suddenly the dog senses danger and backs away, while the hyena charged out of the bushes and started attacking him. Alarmed passersby jumped to his rescue, with a man armed with a stick started hitting the wild animal. The frightened hyena left its hold and escaped into the buses.   Earlier the same hyena attacked a man riding a bike claim the villagers.   In a twist to the tale, the hyena was later found dead by the villagers.   Deputy Conservator of Forests (Junnar Division) Jayaramegowda R said, “One elderly person and a biker were injured in the attack by a hyena in Kharpudi village. A

Quick reflexes by train pilot saves man being run over

Quick reflexes by train pilot saves man being run over Sumesh Rajan Mumbai The quick reflexes of a train pilot who applied emergency brakes saved an elderly man walking on the rail track being run over in India. 70-year-old Hari Shankar was crossing the track from one platform to another at Kalyan station (near Mumbai in Maharashtra) even as 02193 Mumbai-Varanasi Special Train started departing from platform number 4. From his seat in the train, the pilot couldn’t see Hari Shankar crossing the track just ahead of locomotive. But, the Chief Permanent Way Inspector Santosh Kumar who was at the platform noticed the movement of Shankar on the tracks and raised an alarm. Hearing the shouts, locomotive pilot S K Pradhan and assistant loco pilot Ravi Shankar G without any second thoughts applied the emergency brakes. By this time, the elderly man had come under the front portion of the engine and got stuck, but fortunately was unhurt. The two loco pilots then jumped down and pulled the stunne

Crocodile strolls into Karnataka village

Crocodile strolls into Karnataka village Sumesh Rajan 4 July 2021 A huge crocodile made a surprise visit to Kogilban village near the resort town of Dandeli in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, on July 1, scaring the wits out of the villagers. The reptile had come out of the nearby Kali river, which meanders through the Kali Tiger Reserve (earlier known as Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve), in the district. Fortunately, it did not attack anyone, nor the humans following it at a distance or those taking videos of it. The crocodile walked at a leisurely pace and did not even bother the stray dogs that came near it. The villagers contacted the forest department officials who rushed to the spot and captured it, before releasing it unharmed into the river. According to wildlife officials, Kali river has a sizable population of crocodiles. Keeping that in mind, a crocodile park has been set up in Dandeli.

Man escapes death after huge tree falls on his car

Man escapes death after huge tree falls on his car Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 19 May 2021 Cyclone Tauktae left a trail of destruction along the west coast of India, bringing down structures, ripping off rooftops and uprooting trees. Many had a lucky escape during this natural calamity. In one such incident, on May 17 morning, a doctor who was driving his Honda City car in the city of Thane, adjacent to Mumbai, was hit by a huge tree uprooted by the gusty winds of 114 kilometer per hour speed. Despite the adverse weather condition, being a medical professional, 45-year-old Vascular Surgeon Dr Ritesh Gaikwad, was on his way to the hospital when the incident took place. When he reached near Naupada Police station in Thane, a huge tree fell on his car crushing it severely and trapping Dr Gaikwad. Seeing the crash, passersby and police personnel rushed to his help. Meanwhile, the fire brigade rescue team who were also alerted about the incident rushed to the site. The crowd of peop