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Attack of Blue bottles – the Portugese Man O’ War – on Mumbai beaches leaves over 150 injured

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Attack of Blue bottles – the Portugese Man O’ War – on Mumbai beaches leaves over 150 injured

There is panic and fear on beaches of Mumbai as over 150 persons visiting the sea side were injured in attacks by blue bottles, also known as Portugese Man O’ War, that have landed in large numbers.

The Portuguese man-of-war has long tentacles, which enter the body and deliver an excruciatingly painful sting. The venomous sting can kill fish, but not humans, said a News18 report.

Anyone who comes in contact with tentacles can receive a sting causing burning pain leading to muscle weakness. These tentacles can even sting if the organisms are dead.

Blue bottles look like plastic or a bubble when washed ashore. They also float in water and have tentacles that cause the sting, a report in the DNA said.

Not ‘Jellyfish’

The Portuguese Man-of-War belongs to the Physaliidae family and is commonly found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The name “man-of-war” originated from an 18th-century armed sailing ship. They live at the surface of the ocean, therefore, during strong winds, they are driven onto beaches.

Despite their appearance, they are not like jelly fish, the DNA reported. They are not one individual but a colony of four kinds of highly modified zooids that are dependent on one another for survival.

Based on their appearance, however, people refer to them as ‘blue bottle jellyfish’.

The ‘attack’

Since August 2, around 150 people have been reportedly been stung by the blue bottles on beaches like Girgaum chowpatty, Juhu and Aksa as per the lifeguards, said a DNA report. While many reported mild irritation many including children had developed rashes and were experiencing burning sensation.

Locals said that the blue bottles are generally seen in Mumbai, during the mid-monsoon season every year, but this time they were spotted in unusually large numbers.

A shopkeeper at Juhu Beach said that around 150 people have been attacked by the blue bottles in past two days. “The beach is full of jellyfish. Many people have been injured, from the past two days. I am helping them by rubbing lemon when they are stung. I suggest, people should avoid visiting beach for now,” NDTV quoted him as saying.

Do’s and Don’ts

Volunteers of Marine Life Of Mumbai (MLOM) a group of marine enthusiasts, are visiting beaches and creating awareness amongst the lifeguards about basic dos and don’ts to help the victims who have been stung, DNA reported.

Shaunak Modi, marine enthusiast who is part of the MLOM and met the lifeguards at Juhu was quoted as saying, “Most of us were shocked on seeing videos and images of people rubbing lemon, ice and trying other methods to help many victims including children who were stung at Aksa beach on Saturday and hence we decided to meet up with lifeguards who in many cases are the first responders and tell them basic do’s and don’t’s.”

They told the lifeguards patrolling the beach to keep it simple and at most pour sea water on the affected portion of the skin, which will help remove the tentacles that are stuck on the skin and ask the victim to head to the nearest government hospital.

“Rubbing anything on the skin can cause the tentacles to go deeper into the skin and aggravate the problem. Since the effect of venom is different on people depending on age, body weight and other factor hence the best way to deal is to send those affected by the sting to the nearest hospital,” he said.

Global Warming the reason?

Scientists indicate that rising temperatures of oceans could be one of the key factors behind the population boom, said a report.

Marine ecologist and Director of BNHS Dr Deepak Apte was quoted by DNA as saying that earlier Blue bottles that live in deeper oceans would be found washed ashore in the beginning of monsoons due to strong winds and currents and were seen for a fewer days. However, there is an obvious change in not only their arrival but also their numbers and while there have been no study, yet the trend is a clear indicator.

“Global warming is resulting in warmer oceans including that of Arabian sea, which makes the situation conducive for their breeding thus increasing their numbers and it would not be a surprise to find a rise in the number of blue bottles being washed ashore in years to come,” he said.

Former principal scientist at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Dr Vinay Deshmukh informed that in the last three decades the temperature of Arabian sea has increased by 0.8 degree Celsius and while it might mean nothing for us but even this slight change has far reaching impact on the marine organisms and if there is a population boom of blue bottles its obvious that they will be washed more in numbers along the coast.

Deshmukh said that there has been rise in numbers of blue bottles showing up on beaches across several countries including Australia and a proper answer would require a longer study and data collection.

Another senior marine scientist said that it was something to be worried about as increase of any species indicates something is wrong in the ecosystem.

“Their rising numbers indicates that chances are that their predators have reduced and if one observes closely over fishing, pollution in the ocean is affecting many species including turtles, who prey upon these and keep their population in control,” he said.

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Hyderabad police arrested 2 Muslim women for vandalizing holy idols after probe accused understood to suffer from mental illnesses

The brother of the sisters, Asimduddin, told the police that his sister take treatment and have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The brother, while talking to the media also extended his apology on behalf of the sisters for the damage they had caused.

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According to reports, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Tuesday held a protest outside the police station in Hyderabad after being infuriated by the actions of 2 women who vandalized Hindu idols. Hyderabad Police on Tuesday arrested two Muslim women for allegedly vandalizing and causing destruction to Mother Mary and Goddess Durga’s idols.

The two women, who turned out to be sisters, on CCTV can be seen entering goddess Durga’s pandal right before vandalizing the idol. A similar incident transpired when they were wearing burqas and caused destruction to Mother Mary’s statue in the City’s Khairatbad area. The two sisters then were taken to the police station on Tuesday morning where the police tried to interrogate them.

The police, in their interrogation, learned that the women were unable to answer properly and it took them a while to understand the situation. The police further went to the homes of the sisters to probe further, however, after reaching the residence of the two sisters, the police found out that the parents also suffer from issues regarding mental illness.

The police asked the neighbors in and around the area about the mental state of the sisters and the ones who knew them checked out the mental illness angle and added that the family has been suffering from mental illness for the last 3 to 4 years.

The Deputy Chief Commissioner of Hyderabad Police, MR Chandra told the media that one of the women threatened whoever stopped them from using a tool kit spanner. Chandra also added in his statement that the women were found to be mentally ill and told the media that both the women take treatment.

The brother of the sisters, Asimduddin, told the police that his sister take treatment and have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The brother, while talking to the media also extended his apology on behalf of the sisters for the damage they had caused.

The police have, however, registered a case under 153-A, 295, 295-A, 451, 504 r/w 34 IPC. Furthermore, The two women have been sent to a mental hospital for their assessment. The women will be produced with their assessment copies as well as the FIRs to the court.

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Madhya Pradesh man rapes daughter, then sells her and his son, who wants his father hanged to death

The girl told the media that her family sold her for Rs 60,000 to a 50-year-old clerk and his brother to another family for Rs 6,000.

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Madhya Pradesh: Man rapes daughter and then sells her and his son, former wants his father to be hanged to death | WATCH

A monstrous incident of a drunk man allegedly raping his daughter and then selling her to a clerk has come to light in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur area. According to the reports, the victim was forced to stay with the clerk as his wife. The police have arrested the father and have initiated a probe into this matter.

The girl, identified as Kishori, told the media that her family, including her father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, and paternal aunt, sold her for Rs 60,000 to a 50-year-old clerk and his brother to another family for Rs 6,000. Reportedly, the 16-year-old used to work at brick kilns as a clerk’s wife in Hamirpur.

When asked how she escaped the trap, Kishori revealed to the media that she had discreetly obtained his maternal uncle’s phone number from his father and told him about the whole scenario.

Her maternal uncle then filed a complaint at the Maudaha Police Station on September 24 and brought the victim back home. As per the reports, the girl, in a statement, alleged that her father used to drink and then rape her. She even informed her mother about this, but she asked her to ignore it.

Kishori added that her father had threatened to kill her if she went ahead and filed a complaint against him. She then claimed that her father had sold her to a clerk. Kishori also said that she wants her father to be hanged to death.

Furthermore, her brother also told the media that he was sold to a family for Rs 6,000, where he used to go every day for donkey grazing.

The case has been registered at the Kotwali Nagar Police Station and has nabbed the man. Speaking about this matter, in-charge Shyam Babu Shukla told the media that the case is from two different villages. She said they would lodge the complaint as soon as they received the application from both villages.

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Viral: UP doctor tells family of deceased to birth another child, family accuses doctor of being late for treatment, internet enraged | Watch

The mother, who also spoke to the media, informed that when her daughter was taken to the hospital, no doctor was there to look at her or treat her. According to the family of the deceased, when they arrived with their sick daughter at the government hospital, no doctor was present to treat or monitor the patient.

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UP doctor tells family of deceased to birth another child

A viral video has emerged from UP’s Barbanki district where a doctor can be seen asking the family who had just lost their daughter to birth to another daughter. The family of the deceased has accused the doctor of not arriving on time due otherwise their daughter would have been alive.

In the video, the doctor can be seen stating that if a child dies, one has to birth another one to complete everything. After the doctor’s statement, the man making the video can be asking if this is a manufacturing machine and further remarked about his repartee being uncouth and distasteful.

The video has been making rounds on the internet as many users were enraged by the remarks of the doctor in the video. One Twitter user wittily tried to show the gravity of the situation to the doctor by asking him if someone amputates both of his arms, will he be able to fix it, implying how losing a child is like losing a hand.

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Another Twitter user also added to the conversation by asking if these types of doctors are the embodiment of gods, directing at the phrase of doctors being the embodiment of gods.

The mother, who also spoke to the media, informed that when her daughter was taken to the hospital, no doctor was there to look at her or treat her. According to the family of the deceased, when they arrived with their sick daughter at the government hospital, no doctor was present to treat or monitor the patient.

The family further added that the doctor arrived much later, even though the family had requested to call the doctor, subsequently the condition of their daughter deteriorated and reached a critical level, after which the doctor arrived and treated her. However, the doctor was not able to save the daughter as she succumbed to her critical condition.

A video of a similar nature went viral from UP’s Kanpur where a sick woman was forced to travel by rikshaw due to the lack of ambulance services. In the video, an elderly woman can be seen sitting in a rickshaw where a drip tube is inserted in her hand. The drip bottle is tied and attached to the upper part of the rickshaw which allows the medicine to pour into the tube and get into the veins of the patient.

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