Carberry hits ton on return after cancer treatment

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Carberry hits ton on return after cancer treatment

Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Sun, 02 Apr, 2017, 10:23 PM

Michael Carberry received a standing ovation from the Ageas Bowl crowd © Getty

Hampshire opener Michael Carberry marked his return to cricket with a century against Cardiff MCCU at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday (April 2). The left-handed batsman, who has played six Tests for England, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour last July and missed the second half of last season.

Carberry, who returned to cricket after a successful treatment, was given a standing ovation by the crowd after he was dismissed by David O’Sullivan, but not before scoring a 121-ball 100. His innings helped Hampshire post 289 in the first innings, before reducing the opposition to 21 for 2 at Stumps on the opening day.

In an official statement last week, the left-hander had said, “I would like to thank my family, the club, the supporters and my team-mates worldwide for all the kind messages of support and love through another very tough time in my career and life.

“There is still a long way to go to being ‘recovered’ fully, but the outpouring of support from the cricket family has helped massively in getting me back playing and I’m looking forward to another great summer with Hampshire.

“In regards to the media, I would like to thank them for respecting my privacy in dealing with my illness and I would like to ask for this to continue on my return.”

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Penguin in byculla zoo BMC to charge Rs 100 per family to view Penguins

महापालिकेत सर्वपक्षीय गटनेत्यांच्या बैठकीत शुल्कवाढीचा प्रस्ताव मंजूर

मुंबई महानगरपालिकेच्या जिजामाता भोसले उद्यान व प्राणी संग्रहालयात आलेल्या नव्या पाहुण्यांच्या दर्शनाला नागरिकांना इथून पुढे शंभराची नोट मोजावी लागणार आहे. येथे आलेल्या हम्बोल्ट जातींच्या पेंग्विनचे दर्शन गेले काही दिवस मोफत सुरू असले तरी येत्या काही दिवसांत त्यांच्या दर्शनासाठी शुल्क मोजावे लागेल. लहान मुलांना २५ रुपये आणि प्रौढांना १०० रुपये असा दर निश्चित करण्यात आला आहे. शनिवारी महापालिकेत सर्वपक्षीय गटनेत्यांच्या बैठकीत याबाबतचा प्रस्ताव मंजूर करण्यात आला. मात्र पालिका सभागृहाने हा प्रस्ताव मंजूर केल्यानंतरच पेंग्विन दर्शनासाठी शुल्क आकारता येणार आहे.

भायखळा येथील जिजामाता भोसले उद्यान व प्राणी संग्रहालयात आगमनापासूनच हम्बोल्ट जातीच्या पेंग्विन पक्ष्यांबाबतच्या चर्चेला उधाण आले आहे. गेले काही दिवस या पेंग्विन पक्ष्यांचे दर्शन पालिकेने मोफत सुरू ठेवले आहे. त्यामुळे दररोज २५ हजारांहून अधिक नागरिक पेंग्विन पाहण्यासाठी येथे येत आहेत. हा आकडा आता जवळपास ५ लाखांहून पुढे गेला असून अजूनही नागरिक पेंग्विन पाहण्यासाठी गर्दी करत आहेत. मात्र, आता हे मोफत दर्शन काही काळापुरतेच टिकणार आहे. कारण, शनिवारी यासंदर्भात महापालिकेतील सर्वपक्षीय गटनेत्यांच्या बठकीत याबाबतचा प्रस्ताव मंजूर करण्यात आला आहे.

यावर शनिवारी निर्णय घेण्यात आला असून, सकाळी ९.३० ते सायंकाळी ५ पर्यंत आणि रविवारी तसेच सुट्टीच्या दिवशी ४ वाजेपर्यंत मुंबईकरांना पेंग्विन पाहता येतील. याशिवाय, ‘मॉìनग वॉक’च्या पासमध्येही पाच पटीने वाढ करण्याचा निर्णय या बठकीत घेण्यात आला. यापूर्वी ‘मॉìनग वॉक’ला येणाऱ्या लोकांकडून महिन्याला ३० रुपये आकारण्यात येते होते. पण आता यासाठी १५० रुपये आकारण्यात येतील. दरम्यान, गटनेत्यांच्या बैठकीत मंजूर झालेला हा प्रस्ताव सभागृहापुढे मांडण्यात येईल. सभागृहात यावर चर्चा होऊन अंतिम निर्णय घेतला जाईल. त्यामुळे ही दरवाढ काही दिवसांनी होणार असून सध्या तरी पेंग्विन दर्शन मोफतच आहे. याबाबत उद्यानाचे संचालक डॉ. संजय त्रिपाठी यांना विचारले असता त्यांनी सभागृहापुढे चर्चा होऊन निर्णय होईल, मगच दरवाढीबाबत ठोस सांगता येईल असे स्पष्ट होईल.

निवडणुकीमुळे प्रस्ताव लांबणीवर

या प्रस्तावानुसार, आत पेंग्विन दर्शनासाठी लहान मुलांना २५ रुपये, तर प्रौढांना १०० रुपये आकारण्यात येतील. तर दोन मुले व आई-वडील एकत्र आल्यास चौघांचे मिळून १०० रुपये शुल्क आकारण्यात येईल. सध्या उद्यानात प्रवेशासाठी मुलांसाठी २ रुपये, तर प्रौढांसाठी ५ रुपये आकारण्यात येतात. मात्र पेंग्विन दर्शनासाठी यामध्ये घसघशीत वाढ करण्यात आल्याचे समजते आहे. या दरवाढीच्या प्रस्तावावर निवडणुकीपूर्वीच निर्णय घेण्यात येणार होता. परंतु याचा निवडणुकीवर परिणाम होऊ नये, यासाठी सेनेकडून हा प्रस्ताव लांबणीवर टाकण्यात आल्याच्या चर्चेलाही या प्रस्तावाच्या निमित्ताने उधाण आले आहे.

सध्याचे पेंग्विनदर्शन शुल्क

मुले – २ रु.

प्रौढ – ५ रु.

नवीन शुल्क

मुले – २५ रु.

प्रौंढ – १०० रु.

दोन मुले व आई-वडील एकत्र आल्यास – १०० रु.

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Family of 18-year-old victim gets Rs 5.9 lakh as compensation

IN A recent order passed by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Thane, parents of an 18-year old who lost his life over six years ago in an accident were awarded compensation of Rs 5.9 lakh. The incident occurred on April 20, 2011, when the boy, Rohit, was travelling with his friends in a car. The driver, who was allegedly driving at high speed, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a milestone and a tree near a village on the Bengaluru-Pune highway. Rohit sustained multiple injuries and later succumbed to them.

While the tribunal issued notice to the driver, the decision against him was taken ex parte in the case as he remained absent. The insurance company, however, had contested the victim’s age as claimed by his parents.

The boy’s parents, Pravin and Meeta Mehta, had submitted that he was a “brilliant student having good future prospects”. Rohit, who was at that time a non-earning member of his family, had completed his HSC. The counsel for his parents submitted that therefore, his future prospective income may also be taken into consideration while granting compensation.

The tribunal, however, dismissed the contention based on an apex court order and calculated the yearly loss of dependency to Rs 30,000, granting the family Rs 5,40,000 as future loss. The tribunal also ruled that the parents were entitled to a compensation of Rs 25,000 for loss of love, affection and estate, and another Rs 25,000 for amount incurred for funeral and last rites.

The tribunal also ruled that the boy’s father had remained “unshattered” during his cross-examination by the insurance company even though he was not an eyewitness to the accident. The tribunal relied on the FIR and investigation papers of the police observing that they were “trustworthy” in the absence of an eyewitness brought for deposition by either party. The tribunal directed both the driver and the insurance company to pay the compensation.

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This Mom’s Reminder About Why It’s Always Important to Get In Family Photos Is Heartbreaking

From Redbook

Learning to love the changes in your postpartum body can be difficult – particularly when, in the midst of juggling all of the many new mom responsibilities, you’re not “bouncing back” as quickly as you feel you should be (or as quickly as so many Instagram “fit moms” seem to be). But one mother has issued a heartbreaking reminder about why it’s so important to push past post-baby weight insecurities and take photos together as a family.

Michelle Steinke posted a 2008 photo of herself and her baby son to Facebook, accompanied by a caption detailing what she called one of her biggest regrets – not posing for more family pictures during the time when she was ashamed of her post-pregnancy body.

“My self-hate and loathing kept me from taking photos of my babies and photos with the man I loved,” Steinke wrote. She went on to explain that, in retrospect, she realizes her refusal was “stupid,” knowing that her children and husband loved her no matter her size. Sadly, Steinke’s husband died in 2009, when her children were just toddlers, leaving her regretful that she hadn’t commemorated the life her family was living before she lost it unexpectedly. “The day he died, all I cared about was the memories we made, the trips we took, and the photos of our whole family. I regret not being in the photos,” the mom of two wrote.

Since her husband’s death, Steinke has dedicated herself to fitness and has made it her mission to encourage widows to take care of themselves physically, running “One Fit Widow” to tell her story and to track her journey. In the aftermath of her husband’s death, Steinke came to recognize that “perfection is a myth,” noting that even after losing 70 pounds, she was “still far from perfect.”

Though Steinke eventually lost the weight she’d so loathed while her husband was alive, her point in posting this emotional story was to remind others that it’s important love yourself while still working on your body. “You shouldn’t stop living because you think you should be more fit, weigh less, or look different. You can always love yourself while you work to better your health and fitness. This moment is your life … don’t miss it,” Steinke told Babble.

The fitness trainer and public speaker has since remarried, and nowadays has no hesitation about posing for family photos and memorializing life with her family – she even has annual portraits taken with her kids by a professional photographer. “At any moment, your life could change for the worse, so embrace the moments, love yourself, love your family, and make time for the people who matter,” Steinke shared with Babble.

Moms are often the ones who take family photos, winding up left out of the picture by default. Steinke’s story is an invaluable reminder that sometimes you just need to get in the damn photo no matter what.

(h/t Babble)

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New images of Tennessee teen allegedly abducted by teacher give hope to girl’s family

New clues in the manhunt for the teacher accused of kidnapping former student

New clues in the manhunt for the teacher accused of kidnapping former student

Surveillance footage showing a Tennessee high school student at a Walmart in Oklahoma with the former teacher who allegedly kidnapped her has given hope to the teen’s distraught family.

“It was good to be able to see her face,” Elizabeth Thomas’ father, Anthony, told ABC News on Friday. “I feel at least hopeful that I’ve seen her.”

After receiving a tip late Thursday, investigators obtained images from surveillance cameras at a Walmart in Oklahoma City showing 15-year-old Elizabeth and 50-year-old Tad Cummins on the afternoon of March 15, two days after she was was allegedly kidnappped by her former high school teacher, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The surveillance images show Cummins “with an altered appearance to darken his hair” and indicate that “Elizabeth may currently have red hair,” the investigative bureau said Friday.

The pair entered the store together and Cummins used cash to buy food. He didn’t buy “anything else of significance,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.

The store in Oklahoma City is more than 650 miles from where Cummins and Thomas both lived in Tennessee.

“Efforts to determine what vehicle they were traveling in remain ongoing,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Friday.

An attorney for the Thomas family, Jason Whatley, told ABC News that in the image of Elizabeth walking behind her former teacher, “She looks subservient to him, walking behind him, looking to him.”

“It’s a very scary image,” the lawyer said Friday. “And frankly, it’s exactly the kind of image that we were expecting; it’s just very shocking to finally see it.”

The surveillance video is the first confirmed sighting of the pair since March 13, when Cummins allegedly kidnapped Elizabeth. A day after they disappeared, he was fired from his teaching job at Culleoka Unit School, where Elizabeth had been a student in his forensics class.

An Amber Alert has been issued for Elizabeth, and Cummins is wanted on allegations of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. The former teacher has been added to Tennessee’s ten most wanted list.

“This is the first proof positive we’ve got that Tad did abduct her and they were traveling together,” Elizabeth’s father told ABC News on Friday.

View gallery Missing teen, ex-teacher spotted at Oklahoma Walmart 2 days after disappearance (ABC News)

Cummins, a married father and grandfather, researched teen marriage online, specifically the age of consent, just eight days before he allegedly took Elizabeth. And just three days before the alleged kidnapping, Cummins did an online search about his car “to determine if certain features could be tracked by law enforcement,” according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

“He was certainly putting a lot of planning into disappearing,” Brent Cooper, the district attorney for Maury County, Tennessee, told ABC News earlier this week. “He searched what size mattress will fit in the back of a Nissan Rogue.”

Cooper on March 28 asked members of the public to share the Amber Alert for Elizabeth with friends and family members in Mexico and Central America, adding that Mexican law enforcement had been notified and “it’s possible that’s where they are.” Cooper said Cummins “planned this in such a way that he had a 24-hour head start … easily enough time for him to make it to Mexico.”

Investigators have discovered email draft messages between Elizabeth and Cummins, which authorities said show a romantic relationship between them. According to authorities, after one of them would write a message, he or she would save the message as a draft, and the other person would log on, read the message and delete it.

One of Elizabeth’s schoolmates reported seeing her and Cummins kiss in his classroom on Jan. 23, according to a school district investigative report, but both denied the claim. A school report from January reads that neither one “admitted to behaving inappropriately towards the other.”

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director Mark Gwyn said earlier this week, “This is not a fairy tale. This is a case of kidnapping.”

A lawyer for Cummins’ wife, Jill Cummins, said she has filed for divorce after 31 years of marriage.

“Jill will attempt to move forward with her life,” attorney Michael Cox said in a statement provided to ABC News on Friday. “Jill continues to pray for the safe return of Elizabeth Thomas and for a peaceful resolution to this ordeal.”

Before her disappearance, Elizabeth was seen around 7:30 or 8 a.m. local time on March 13 at a Shoney’s restaurant in Columbia, Tennessee, where she was dropped off by a friend, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. She never returned home that night.

Surveillance footage from a gas station near the restaurant appears to show Cummins at about 8:30 a.m. filling up his silver Nissan Rogue, the car in which investigators believe he may still be traveling in with the teenager.

Later that same afternoon, a cellphone ping placed the pair in Decatur, Alabama, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Their trail went cold until now.

In an emotional interview with ABC News on Friday, Elizabeth’s father pleaded to her daughter to come home.

“Elizabeth, if you can hear me, please come back to us,” he said.

Authorities are asking that anyone with information call 1-800-TBI-FIND and that anyone who sees a car with Tennessee license plate number 976-ZPT call 911.

ABC News’ Elisabeth Bognar, Michael Edison Hayden, Dee Morales, Eva Pilgrim, Emily Shapiro and Nery Ynclan contributed to this report.
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Love Will Keep Us Alive

Where even inter-caste marriage becomes an issue, how open are we about inter-religious marriages? (Source: Thinkstock images) Where even inter-caste marriage becomes an issue, how open are we about inter-religious marriages? (Source: Thinkstock images)

Disclaimer: This is a true story of love jihad, based on real characters in real circumstances. The names of the characters haven’t been changed (it’s a different thing that I haven’t named any of them).

Oh yeah, it is a filmi romance — a girl from the sleepy, lake town of Udaipur; a boy, two years her senior in college, from badass Bombay (uh-huh, Mum…baai). A college picnic in the remote, forested tribal lands of Jadhol. A few students from the picnic group go on a trek. The girl and the boy get lost in the jungle. Alone. Period. Need we say any more?

The girl is from a Bohra joint family, which has a history of love marriages from the early 1960s. Hindu-Muslim, Shia-Sunni, you name it. The reason: the grandparents — the matriarch and patriarch of the family — were both much ahead of their times. But the girl’s mother is a conservative Bohra, wanting to marry her daughter into a pious, godfearing family. What? A son-in-law without a beard? The clean-shaven, agnostic husband has been more than enough on her nerves all these years, thank you very much.

The boy, a rebel from a joint business family, an Agarwal — pure descendants of Agrasena himself, that too. Love marriage? Love happens after marriage, anyway. Inter-caste marriage? Unheard of. Inter-religious marriage? Heart-stopping. “Chhoro naak katavega!”

The boy and girl break the news to respective next of kin, or rather the news breaks itself. Ishq aur khansi chhupaane se nahi chhipti (love and cough can’t be kept secret), the girl’s mom’s prophetic words come true.

Both the sides are appalled, but they still have faith in providence. Surely, this is jawaani ka josh, which will soon die down. When it doesn’t, hell starts to break loose. A small word of caution travels from the boy’s family to the girl’s, through a common acquaintance. The boy hears about it and travels from Mumbai to Udaipur to apologise and have a word with the girl’s dad, a well-known and mild-mannered naturalist. They meet on the banks of the famous Fatehsagar Lake; both the wanting-to-be groom and the not-wanting-to-be father-in-law arriving on their scooters.

Boy: I really love your daughter.

Father: Boy, what’s the sense of it all? Your family is opposed to it, my wife is opposed to it. How will you make it work?

Boy: We will. You see…

Father: Hang on a second! Do you see that turtle there? Do you know about the hardness of its shell? (Father goes on to explain the scientific reason). But, my boy, what will happen when you have children? When they go to your place, they’ll teach them namaste, when they come to our place, we’ll teach them salaam.

Boy: Oh, it’ll all work out since we love each other.

Father: Wait a minute! Do you see that bird on the tree trunk? Do you know why it makes its nest there at that particular angle? (Another explanation follows). You know what, why don’t you both just run away and get married? I can’t convince her mother. You have my blessings.

The father is not spared the trouble as the couple doesn’t elope. However, the girl and boy realise that trying to wait for the families to agree one fine day is like waiting for a flight on a bus stand. The girl, with the secret help of her hassled father, calls her mama from Mumbai to convince his fiery sister. The boy, pursuing his MBA, conveys to his father that it’s either this marriage or lifelong celibacy. The father grudgingly agrees. And so does the girl’s mommy after a night-long convincing about fate and faith by her elder brother.

The boy, with the girl’s father, approaches the district court in Udaipur to file for their court marriage. The lawyer looks at them as if they have let loose venomous snakes on him. “Boss, why do you want to incite communal riots in our peaceful city?” It takes him a day to locate and pull out the dusty form for an inter-religious court marriage.

The boy, seeing the supreme reluctance of the lawyer, approaches the Mumbai courts. Without even looking up, the babu at the registrar, says, “Which date do you want? The 14th of February is completely booked.”

The small-town girl and the guy from the metro get married in the Mumbai court, and squeeze their way out after signing the paper, as the registrar calls, “Next!” When they emerge from the crowded court, they see the two Mummyjis hugging each other and crying, and not out of joy.

People forget that there is always a reception before the “happily ever after.” In the evening, with just the two families and a handful of friends, the wedding reception is held at a resort. While the couple flashes 200 watt smiles, the rest look like fused bulbs.

Yes, it has been a filmi journey for us, minus the slow motion shots and background music. After more than a decade of being married, the families have accepted us wholeheartedly, opening their hearts and their minds. They have changed for us, and that speaks volumes. But isn’t that how societies and the world change, one heart at a time? And what our society needs more than ever today is love jihad. Let’s tickle the tender sentiments of the anti-Romeo (and anti-Juliet?) brigade and mix it all together so that they are completely confused about who to place before the firing squad. For, I believe, we do not have to save love. Love will save us.

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As more fridges make way to homes, local ice man feels the heat

‘Ice runner’ Brijesh Yadav. (Amit Mehra) ‘Ice runner’ Brijesh Yadav. (Amit Mehra)

For the last 15 years, ice has been a lifeline of sorts for Brijesh Yadav’s family. Every summer, Yadav, an “ice runner”, supplies ice to tea stalls, eateries, meat shops, homes and offices in Noida’s Sector 10.

But of late, Yadav has seen his business shrink as more and more fridges enter homes in the area, eliminating the need to procure ice from outside.

Yadav (26) works as a daily wage labourer at construction sites in Noida during pleasant weather, but switches to selling ice from March. On a wooden charpoy next to him lie two slabs of ice, wrapped in black tarpaulin and gunny bags to keep them insulated from the scorching sun. His 60-year-old father Ram Singh sells lassi as well as ice off a pushcart.

Yadav gets three 40-kg slabs of ice each day from factories in the area. Each slab costs Rs 120-150 and yields enough ice to make a profit of Rs 250-300 in the day.

Customers usually walk up to the father-son duo and leave with a brick-sized piece of ice in polythene bags, Rs 10 a piece. As soon as a customer arrives, he gets to work with his ice pick. Whenever he gets a call from a shop or an office, he loads some ice on the back of his cycle and sets off.

Yadav says the money he makes in the six months sees him through the rest of the year. “My father, elder brothers and I have been selling ice for the last 15 years. Our business should have grown with time, but demand is only falling. Most people have been buying fridges as they have become cheaper,” says Yadav, who lives with his family at a JJ cluster in Sector 10.

His father says, “We make about Rs 12,000, which feeds a family of five.”

The family does not have a fridge at home. “We don’t need one because we cook just about enough to feed us for the day,” says Yadav.

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IIT-Kharagpur student found dead on rail tracks near institute

THE BODY of a IIT-Kharagpur student, with his head severed, has been found on the railway tracks near the institute in West Midnapore district. The deceased, Sana Shreeraj (20), reportedly committed suicide. No suicide note has been recovered yet by the police. Sana’s family — residents of Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh — has alleged that he was being ragged and tortured and was pushed to commit suicide by his seniors.

Sources said Sana, a resident of Lala Lajpat Roy Hostel on the IIT campus, was last seen attending classes on Thursday. IIT-Kharagpur Registrar Pradip Payne said: “He was a third-year electrical engineering student. It’s an unfortunate and tragic incident. I cannot comment on the reason behind the incident. We have our own mechanism and the matter will be looked into. We will speak to the family but it’s not the right time.”

Sana’s father Rammana, meanwhile, told mediapersons: “I cannot believe he committed suicide… he must have been driven to it. Something definitely happened that led him end his life.”

Police, on the other hand, are uncertain whether Sana had committed suicide or was accidentally hit by a train, leading to his death.

Police said this is the second such incident in the IIT this year. In January, a third-year civil engineering student, Lokesh Meena, had allegedly committed suicide by throwing himself before a moving train.

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Delhi: Man whose chopped body parts were found, identified

The man whose chopped body parts were found strewn in two places in north Delhi has been identified, the police said today. His family members have been informed but no arrests have been made so far, it said. According to police, the victim was identified as Nitin alias Sumit (25). He used to stay with his family in Sant Nagar area and worked with a private company.

Nitin was missing since the evening of March 30 but no police complaint was lodged by his family, a police officer said. The incident came to light yesterday when an auto driver passing through the Gopalpur red light spotted some limbs and the head.

The police team found the abdomen and other parts near Wazirabad flyover and Majnu ka Tilla.

“After establishing the victim’s identity, the police informed his family members who identified him after seeing his right hand tattoo. Now police has some vital clues,” the officer said.

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Colombia: 193 dead after rivers overflow, toppling homes

Colombia: Soldiers and residents work together in rescue efforts in Mocoa after an avalanche of water from an overflowing river swept through the city as people slept. (Source: AP Photo) Colombia: Soldiers and residents work together in rescue efforts in Mocoa after an avalanche of water from an overflowing river swept through the city as people slept. (Source: AP Photo)

An avalanche of water from three overflowing rivers tore through a small city in Colombia while people slept, destroying homes, sweeping away cars and killing at least 193 unsuspecting residents.The incident triggered by a sudden, heavy rainstorm happened around midnight in Mocoa, a provincial capital of about 40,000 tucked between mountains near Colombia’s southern border with Ecuador.

Muddy water quickly surged through the city’s streets, toppling homes, ripping trees from their roots and carrying a torrent of rocks and debris downstream. Many residents did not have enough time to flee. According to the Red Cross, 202 people were injured and 220 believed missing. President Juan Manuel Santos declared a state of emergency and said the death toll will likely rise but warned against speculating about how many are dead. Late Saturday, he said the toll had reached 193.

Vargas and his family huddled with about two dozen other residents as rocks, trees and wooden planks ripped through their neighborhood below. (Source: AP Photo) Vargas and his family huddled with about two dozen other residents as rocks, trees and wooden planks ripped through their neighborhood below. (Source: AP Photo)

“We don’t know how many there are going to be,” he said of the fatalities when he arrived at the disaster zone to oversee rescue efforts. “We’re still looking.” Eduardo Vargas, 29, was asleep with his wife and 7-month-old baby when he was awoken by the sound of neighbors banging on his door. He quickly grabbed his family and fled up a small mountain amid the cries of people in panic.”There was no time for anything,” he said.

Vargas and his family huddled with about two dozen other residents as rocks, trees and wooden planks ripped through their neighborhood below. They waited there until daylight, when members of the military helped them down. When he reached the site of his home Saturday, nothing his family left behind remained. “Thank God we have our lives,” he said.

(Cesar Carrion/Colombian Presidential Press Office via AP) (Cesar Carrion/Colombian Presidential Press Office via AP)

As rescuers assessed the full scope of the damage, many residents in Mocoa continued a desperate search for friends and relatives. Oscar Londono tried in vain throughout the night to reach his wife’s parents, whose home is right along one of the flooded rivers. He decided it was too dangerous to try to reach them in the dark. So he called over and over by phone but got no answer. Once the sun began to rise he started walking toward their house but found all the streets he usually takes missing. As he tried to orient himself he came across the body of a young woman dressed in a mini-skirt and black blouse. He checked her pulse but could not find one. “There were bodies all over,” he said. When he finally reached the neighborhood where his in-laws live he found “just mud and rocks.” Rescue workers with the military oriented him toward the mountain, where he found his relatives camped with other survivors. “To know they were alive,” he said, “it was a reunion of tears.”

Colombia: The crisis is likely to be remembered as one of the worst natural disasters in recent Colombian history. (Source: AP Photo) Colombia: The crisis is likely to be remembered as one of the worst natural disasters in recent Colombian history. (Source: AP Photo)

Santos said at least 22 people were seriously injured and being airlifted to nearby cities, as the small regional hospital in Mocoa struggled to cope with the magnitude of the crisis. Herman Granados, an anesthesiologist, said he worked throughout the night on victims, cleaning wounds. He said the hospital doesn’t have a blood bank large enough to deal with the number of patients and was quickly running out of its supply.

Some of the hospital workers came to help even while there are own relatives remained missing. “Under the mud,” Granados said, “I am sure there are many more.” The Red Cross planned to set up a special unit in Mocoa Saturday afternoon to help relatives search for their loved ones. “In this moment, it’s chaos,” said Oscar Forero, a spokesman with the Colombian Red Cross. “There are many people missing.”

Santos blamed climate change for triggering the avalanche, saying that the accumulated rainfall in one night was almost half the amount Mocoa normally receives in the entire month of March. With the rainy season in much of Colombia just beginning, he said local and national authorities need to redouble their efforts to prevent a similar tragedy.

With the rainy season in much of Colombia just beginning, he said local and national authorities need to redouble their efforts to prevent a similar tragedy. (Source: AP Photo) With the rainy season in much of Colombia just beginning, he said local and national authorities need to redouble their efforts to prevent a similar tragedy. (Source: AP Photo)

The crisis is likely to be remembered as one of the worst natural disasters in recent Colombian history, though the Andean nation has experienced even more destructive catastrophes. Nearly 25,000 people were killed in 1985 after the Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted and triggered a deluge of mud and debris that buried the town of Armero.

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