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Glacial burst wrecks havoc on its downhill path

Glacial burst wrecks havoc on its downhill path Sumesh Rajan Mumbai: 7 February 2021  A glacial burst in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India on February 7 has caused massive havoc on its downhill path along the Dhauliganga and Rishiganga rivers.  The disaster occured after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Tapovan area of Joshimath in Uttarakhand.  The Tapovan power plant being constructed over the Dhauligana river and the Rishiganga power project across the Rishiganga river -- a tributary of Dhauliganga -- have been damaged completely with sludge overwhelming the projects, say local officials.  Over 150 people are said to have lost their lives in this disaster and scores are missing. Ten bodies have been recovered so far from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) power project site at Tapovan, said the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officials. The missing persons are believed to be labourers working at the dam sites and villagers along the river. T

Narrow escape for forest staff from agitated elephant

Narrow escape for forest staff from agitated elephant


Sagaya Fernando
Mumbai: 11 May 2020

Three forest department staff had a narrow escape from an agitated elephant that they were trying to drive back into the forest.

The incident took place on May 9 at around 8 am in the farm of Periyappan Goundar at Sethumadai village near Pollachi town in Tamil Nadu state of India.

The tusker had apparently strayed into the farmland in search of food from the nearby Aalliyar Reserve Forest, at sunrise. The terrified villagers notified the forest department staff who rushed to the spot in their vehicle to drive the tusker back into the forest.

Hearing the blaring sirens from the forest department vehicle, and the loud noises of the firecrackers burst by the forest staff to drive it back into the jungle, the elephant became agitated and charged towards it. The driver of the vehicle alarmed by the tusker’s reaction reverses the vehicle. The elephant continues to charge, and after catching up, whacks the vehicle with its trunk and forelegs. Then it steps back retracing its steps before walking away. Seeing their chance, the three petrified forest staff sitting inside the vehicle abandon it and flee.

Villagers video record the nail-biting terrified moment from the safety of their residence.

“The same elephant has been earlier seen attacking white or silver coloured vehicles. And it attacks only on the left front side door,” says wildlife activist Chandrasekar S Vanam, while pointing out encroachment of forest areas leading to an increase in animal-man conflicts due to shrinking wildlife habitats. 

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