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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

Depressed man jumps off bridge with noose around his neck, cop on the spot saves him

Depressed man jumps off bridge with noose around his neck, cop on the spot saves him

Sumesh Rajan
Mumbai: 3 December 2019
Kamble being counseled by cops at the police station 

A 50-year-old jobless man, coupled with depression over his 30-year-old son’s recent death in a mishap, tried to commit suicide but was luckily saved by a policeman who was passing by.

The incident took place at Kalwa in the outskirts of Mumbai, India, today morning.

“The man identified as Dhananjay Bhagwan Kamble, a resident of Kalwa and a painter by profession, was facing financial problems as he was jobless. Moreover, his 30 year old son had died four months after being run over by a moving train. Depressed over these, he set out to commit suicide from the under construction bridge at Shivaji Naka at around 10.30 am today,” said Kalwa police station Senior Inspector Shekhar Bagade who witnessed the suicide attempt and saved him from certain death.

“I was passing by the same road on the way for an official meeting, when I saw Kamble jumping off the bridge with a noose tied around his neck. I spotted a crane on the road and asked the operator to station beneath the hanging Kamble. One of my constables then climbed up the crane and brought down Kamble safe and sound,” said Bagade.

In the video taken by passersby, Kamble can be seen threatening to jump off the bridge after tying one end of the rope to iron rods on the bridge and the other end as a noose around his neck. After a few seconds, he sits on the edge and jumps off with the noose around his neck. Hanging by the rope, Kamble holds on to it above his head and struggles by which time help arrives in the form of the crane and the cops who rescue him from sure death.

Kamble was then taken to the police station where he was counseled before being let off.

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