Cyclone Hudhud: Man who saved women, kids from drowning dies of pneumonia

Villagers living in Satabhaya region depend on country boats that help them cross the creek every day.

By: Press Trust of India | Orissa | Updated: October 13, 2014 9:02 am

A 40-year-old man who had risked his life to save seven women and children from meeting a watery grave in a crocodile-infested rivulet during the evacuation drive ahead of cyclone Hudhud, died on Sunday due to pneumonia.

“Sahadev Samal died of pneumonia. He was exposed to prolonged cold. We failed to save him despite our best efforts,” said Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty, a medical officer of Rajnagar community health centre.

Tragedy had struck on Saturday in Satabhaya area of Kendrapara district as a mechanised boat engaged in evacuating women and children capsized in a crocodile-infested Baunsagadi rivulet resulting in the death of a nine-year-old girl. An eleven-year-old is still untraceable and is feared drowned, local police said.

“He was a brave man. I am alive today because of him. I am shocked to know that he is dead. As we screamed for help, he jumped into the water to save us. He was an expert swimmer. He brought me to safety,” said 39-year-old Babuli Mallick, a survivor from Magarkanda village.

Rajnagar Tehsildar Khirod Behera said, “I was on the boat which capsized. The mishap took place while it was taking a turn towards the ghat. Local people had jumped into the river to rescue the people. Sahadev was one of them.”

Villagers living in Satabhaya region depend on country boats that help them cross the creek every day. The creek, which is a part of Bhitarkanika river system, is replete with crocodiles.

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    Anil Nambiar
    Oct 13, 2014 at 9:00 am
    A real life Hero,unfortunately no one wants to talk about itdian Govt needs to reconnize and support his family too.
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      Gokulakrishnan Sivaraman
      Oct 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm
      A True Hero who must be remembered by the survivors and by the Nation.Not sure. He can be given a bravery award.
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