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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

Bears fall into a well in India and are rescued

Story by Sagaya Fernando
Mumbai: February 21, 2018





With the onset of summer and depletion of water sources in the forests, wild animals have started straying into human habitations in search of food and water to quench their hunger and thirst pangs. However, unbeknownst to them, danger lurks at every corner -- not only human threat but also man-made hazards.


Two wild bears – one female and a male – that had strayed into a farm in Yarehalli village in Ramanagaram district of Karnataka state in India, found themselves in such a predicament when they fell into a dry well and had to be rescued by the forest department officials.


“The two bears which had strayed from their natural habitat on February 16 and had accidentally fallen into 9 metres (30 feet) deep dry well,” said Dr. Umashankar, a veterinarian with the forest department.


The incident came to light at 3 am on February 17 when the villagers heard grunting noises from the well and found two adult bears inside. They then informed the forest department officials who came and assessed the situation, after which took a decision to tranquilize the bears before bringing them out.


The rescue operation took about three hours as the bears had to be tranquilized and then lifted out of the well using thick nets.


While the female bear was lifted out without any hitch, the sedated male bear slipped back into the well. And, in the next attempt was taken out safely.


The local villagers assisted the forest department staff in the rescue mission. The rescued bears were then moved to Bannerghatta Wildlife Sanctuary.


“The wild animals are facing water scarcity in their habitat as the rivulets and waterholes are drying up. As such, they are moving towards human settlements. In the last four months, 8 leopards were rescued, while 4 bears have been rescued in last two months and have been taken to Bannerghatta Wildlife Sanctuary,” said Dr. Umashankar. 

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