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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

Twins conjoined at abdomen born in Odisha, India





Story by Sagaya Fernando

Even as two year old twins Jaga and Kalia conjoined at the head born in the state of Odisha in India were surgically separated recently and are on their way to recovery as two distinct individuals, another woman in the same state has given birth to twins conjoined at the abdomen on December 1.

The mother, 22-year-old Sumitra Dutta of Khalipatna village under Sarankula police limits in the district was admitted to a private hospital in Nayagarh on December 1 morning following labour pain. The babies were born at around 8 pm.

Following the delivery, a huge crowd gathered outside the clinic to see the conjoined girls joined at stomach.

As the private hospital was not equipped for handling such a case, the babies were shifted to the District Government Hospital and kept in the intensive care unit and later on were further shifted to Sishu Bhawan – a paediatric hospital run by the state government in Cuttack for better treatment as their condition was precarious.

The mother and twins are said to be critical.

The father of the conjoined twins, Kishore Kumar Dutta  has sought government assistance that was made in case of Jaga-Kalia for surgery. 

“The doctors are looking after the baby girls since they have been admitted here. The condition of one is said to be serious. I am hoping for the best,” said the father.

Kishore works as a security guard at a private firm and with his meager earnings cannot afford the operation cost that entails the separation of his conjoined twin girls.

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