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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

On camera: One year old slips on to the path of moving train, has a miraculous escape

On camera: One year old slips on to the path of moving train, has a miraculous escape



Sagaya FernandoMumbai: 20 November 2018


A one-year-old infant had a miraculous escape today after slipping off her mother’s arms and falling off on to the railway tracks from where a train had just started to move out. The incident took place at Mathura railway station in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.

One of the passengers filmed the incident on his mobile phone. In the video, the infant is seen lying helplessly even as the train rumbles down the track. The infant’s legs were touching the outer rails, and as the wheels of the trains contact the rails from inside, she had a narrow escape from being run over.

As soon as the last bogie of the train chugs out, a man jumps on to the track and picks the girl up and hands her over to her anxious family members waiting on the platform. The family members and others gathered around chant Lord Krishna’s name (who is believed to have been born in Mathura according to the epic Mahabharata) on the miraculous escape of the child.

Pawan Mishra, a local resident, informed, “The baby’s father, identified as Sonu, was alighting from the train and there was a jostle from passengers behind him in a rush to get off the train. In the melee, his wife, who was holding the infant, got shoved and the baby slipped off from her arms and fell onto the railway track through the narrow gap between the platform and the train. Luckily, the infant fell on to one side of the track and escaped being run over.”

After the infant is reunited with her parents, the railway and police authorities take the shaken parents and child to one side, and make sure that the child the is completely unhurt.

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