Day: May 18, 2007

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As the developed world vacillates, Indian villages go under

Sea gobbles up five villages in 15 years- Hindustan Times

On Wednesday, a big tidal wave hit the coast in the Satabhaya area of Kendrapara district. It swept away homes and inundated farmland. But was no exception.

Tidal waves like this one have been a regular phenomenon in the area. In the past 15 years, the sea has come inside the land by 2.5 kilometers. And as many as 600 families are leading a precarious existence in the Satabhaya and Kanhupur areas due to this phenomenon.

Satabhaya, as the name suggests, once boasted of seven adjacent villages. Five of them have now been completely devoured by the sea. Thirteen families lost their homes to the surging waters on Wednesday. There was, fortunately, no loss of lives.

Well, the consequences are set for the next 20 years, but still no action from the US on global warming which will determine how things are 50 years from now, I am not holding my breath.

Bomb goes off In Hyderabad, India

An attempt to start another riot, I guess. It won’t work.

Five killed, 16 injured in blast at Hyderabad mosque- Hindustan Times

At least five people were killed and 16 injured in a bomb blast during Friday prayers at the historic Mecca Masjid here.

Eyewitnesses said the blast occurred when thousands of Muslims were about to complete ‘namaz’.

The blast took place near ‘wazu khana’ or water tank, where Muslims do ablution before offering prayers.