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Alligator drags toddler into lake at Orlando Disney resort

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WASHINGTON — A two-year-old kid has been dragged into water by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando, authorities said.

The toddler had been playing in the shallows of the Seven Seas Lagoon with his parents and two siblings nearby, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

Demings said rescue work personnel had been actively looking for the child in the Seven Seas Lagoon for hours in a search and recovery effort but had not found him, the Orlando Sentinel daily reported.

They hoped to find him before daylight, he said. A dive team with sonar equipment was on standby — just part of a 50-person rescue team on the scene.

“We want to hope for the best in these circumstances, but based upon my 35 years of law enforcement experience, we know we have some challenges ahead,” Demings said.

“We’re doing our best to deal with all the situations that we have going on here, but our staff is very resilient and tonight they’re very focused on assisting this family,” he said.

A Disney spokeswoman said: “Everyone here at Walt Disney World is devastated by this tragic accident.”

The father entered the water and tried to grab the child from the alligator, but was not successful. He had scratches on his hands after the ordeal.

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First Roland Macaulay Cup to start on November 21

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BIRATNAGAR— The First Roland Macaulay Cup is being held in the capital on November 21-24.

To be organized by the Cricket Association of the Blind, Nepal, cricket clubs–Myagdi, Jhapa, Bardiya and Tribhuvan Army–will participate in the First Roland Macaulay Cup twenty20 cricket tournament, said Pawan Ghimire, the Central President of the Association at a press conference here.

The estimated budget is approximately Rs 750,000. The opening match will be held between Jhapa and Bardiya, said the organizer.

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