Sunday December 17, 2017
Home India S Mariappan: ...

S Mariappan: Man who helped 33 girls, displaced by Tsunami, become football champ

0
164

the-ball-488700_640

By Newsgram Staff Writer

The second largest earthquake in terms of magnitude to rock the planet was the Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake that caused the 2004 Christmas Tsunami, killing almost 2.5 lakh people inhabiting the coastal regions of Indian Ocean. In India around 12,000 people lost their lives and 6.5 lakh were displaced.

The country united to mend the damage but nobody really believed that the survivors could ever emerge from their trauma as happens in the case of disasters. At best they could be self sustaining, in a hand to mouth way, but never the representatives of their fellow men and women.

But out of the statistical figure of 6.5 lakh displaced tsunami survivors, petrifying even in its mathematical dullness, a group of 33 young women from Tamil Nadu has shown the nation that human strength, love and caring is mightier than the nature’s wrath.

According to S Mariappan, a retired headmaster and the girls’ father now, he saw them first at the government school in Cuddalore where he used to teach and decided to adopt them realizing their need for help.

Mariappan, a trained football coach and a former member of Indian Football team, decided to impart his skill to the girls and today, he says, his dream has come true. Nine of the girls have gone on to become members of the national teams for seniors, Under-18 and Under-16 and have made their college, St Joseph’s College in Cuddalore, three-time all India inter-university football champion.

A man like Mariappan is hard to find in today’s world. He spends his Rs.35,000 pension on the girls while the rest of their expenses are covered by the college and the locals. Mariappan’s unconditional love for his kids matters more than what the deadly 30 ft high waves of saline water ever did to them.

Mariappan gave his girls the possibility to dream again, he showed them how to live again, how to win again, after they had lost tragically at a tender age. If Indhumathi today dreams to make it to the Olympics and Asian Games, it is because she knows her father, S. Mariappan is with her as he has always been.

Next Story

5.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Andaman and Nicobar, no Tsunami alert sounded

0
171

eaadaf9e5271abf35c4647eaf074562d

By NewsGram Staff Writer

A medium intensity earthquake, measuring 5.4 on the richter scale has struck the Andaman islands.

As per reports from the Indian Meteorological Department(IMD), the tremors were felt at around 2:28 PM. However, no Tsunami warning has been issued and no casualties have been reported till now.

The quake comes in the backdrop of the massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that jolted Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 6200 people. The landlocked nation still has not fully recovered from the calamity.

Back in 2004, a monster earthquake had struck the Indian Ocean, unleashing giant tsunami waves of more than 30 metres, which claimed more than 230,000 lives, mostly in the island nation of Indonesia.

Close to 3500 people had died and 4000 people were displaced in the Andaman and Nicobar islands during the 2004 tsunami.

A similar tsunami warning had been sounded in 2012, when people in the Andaman and Nicobar islands were evacuated to higher ground. The warning was later cancelled.

The ecologically fragile chain of islands, is known for its diverse forests, majestic coral reefs and splendid beaches.

Next Story

Tsunami warning issued for Pacific region after strong quake jolts Papua New Guinea

0
113

wave-11061_640

Agencies

SYDNEY: A tsunami warning has been issued for the Pacific region after a powerful earthquake rattled the south Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday.

The magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck at a depth of 65 kilometers (40 miles), about 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves could hit coasts located within 1,000 kilometers of Kokopo, with waves between 1 to 3 meters possible for Papua New Guinea.

Also, Tsunami waves of less than 0.3 meters (1 foot) could hit other Pacific island nations, China, Japan, Russia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Antarctica later Monday, the tsunami warning center said.

Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea. The country lies on the “Ring of Fire” — an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.