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Villagers warned against rituals in local river as crocodiles keep eating them – World News

Authorities in charge of the Kali River in India have installed new warning signs to discourage people from risking their lives to perform traditional rites and rituals in the Kali River

Crocodiles have killed three people in the area this year
Crocodiles have killed three people in the area this year

Authorities trying to put an end to the number of people being devoured by crocodiles near a busy river have put up bizarre warning signs.

The hungry reptiles have killed three in the Kali River in Dandeli, India so far in 2022.

To put an end to the horror, the local authority decided against removing the beasts and instead put up new signs warning of the dangers.

The signs advise visitors not to feed the crocodiles, not to bring their children near the water, and to avoid swimming altogether.

That New Indian Express reported an official of the Haliyal Forest Department, saying, “Aside from tourists, several devotees come to the Kali River to pray.






The recently installed sign on the river bank

“Be it last rites or rituals involving immersion while visiting a temple along the Kali River, many times they risk their lives by getting too close to the water, or sometimes even stepping into the river for a short distance , without knowing the current and threat of crocodiles.

“The plaques will alert people to the possible presence of crocodiles in the area.”

Experts say the crocodiles’ recent attacks are the result of recent works on the river, which have partially destroyed their natural habitat.

Earlier this week a man was hospitalized after two crocodiles bit off his arm while washing his hand in one zoo Pool, not realizing it was the beasts’ lair.







The reptiles have moved because their habitat was destroyed by humans
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Ilham, 49, was dropping off local tourists when he suffered a flat tire and got his hands dirty while changing a wheel at Sinka Zoo in West Kalimantan province, Indonesia, on June 9.

With oil on his palms, Ilham reached into a nearby basin to rinse off the dirt.

However, he cried out in pain when a crocodile jumped out of the water and bit his fangs into his elbow.

Then a second animal appeared and clung to his arm.







Several attacks were reported near the river bank
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He fought the 16 foot giants and eventually freed himself – but only because they bit off his arm.

Shocked tourist Mohammed Fery, who was in the car with Ilham, said: “The victim was the driver who had taken me on a tour. He wanted to wash his hands in the pool but little did we know there were crocodiles in the pool.

“I had suggested he wash his hands in the toilet. But instead he jumped the fence and washed his hands in the pool.

“We didn’t even know there were crocodiles in the pond. We didn’t see any signs or warnings, the pond looked like an empty pond.”

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