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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

Train guard narrowly escapes being run over

Train guard narrowly escapes being run over



Sumesh Rajan
Mumbai: 12 November 2018

The guard of an express train had a narrow escape from death as the train started moving even while he was attending to a malfunction between two bogies.

 

The incident took place on November 9 on the Howrah-Digha AC Express, which had left Howrah station in West Bengal, India, at 11.10 am. Twenty minutes into the departure and half an hour before its next scheduled stop, the train suddenly stopped on the tracks.

The guard of the train S N Roy got down to inspect the reason for the sudden stoppage. He found that the air pressure brake system connecting two bogies had snapped and started fixing it. A bystander was recording this on his mobile phone. To the horror of the bystanders even as Roy was coupling the pipe, the train started moving and picking speed.

A terrified Roy then clings onto the coupling between the bogies, for dear life, and the bystanders start shouting to bring the dangerous situation to the notice of the train driver. A Railway Protection Force constable Swarup Dutta, who had reached the spot, collected the walkie-talkie from the guard stuck in between the moving train, and running beside the moving train contacted the train driver to immediately stop the train.

After the train stopped, a scared but unhurt Roy got off the coupling. He then takes back the walkie-talkie and gives an earful to the driver.

“It is possibly a case of miscommunication between the driver of the train and the guard that led to such a situation. We have ordered for an inquiry into this incident,” said South Eastern Railway spokesman Sanjoy Ghosh. 

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