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Wall collapse buried 7 workers alive in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur

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GUNTUR — At least seven construction workers were buried alive under heaps of mud following a landslip at an under-construction commercial complex in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur, about 35 km from Vijayawada, late on Saturday night.

Police sources said the mishap occurred when a 30-feet deep cellar was being dug for a proposed multi-storey building at Lakshmipuram in Guntur.

The workers were engaged in building the compound wall when the earthen mound around the pit caved in burying them in mud and slush.

Eight workers were said to be on the spot when there was a sudden landslip, trapping them inside, the police said. A man identified as Maria Das miraculously survived.

Police could extricate the body of one worker from the site while efforts were on to trace the others.

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Over 70% of deep-sea fish of Atlantic Ocean have ingested plastic : Study

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Fragments of plastic are found throughout the world, from nearly every continent to nearly every body of water. But, researchers recently have found 73 percent of Northwest Atlantic deep-sea fish are also eating it — the highest reported frequency of plastic-eating fish in the world.

Plastic particles were found in some of the most remote parts of the Atlantic Ocean with almost three quarters of a sample of more than 230 deep-water fish collected by NUI Galway scientists having ingested plastic particles.

The contamination level among the fish species, located in the northwest Atlantic thousands of kilometres from land and 600m down in the ocean, is one of the highest reported frequencies of microplastic occurrence in fish worldwide, according to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

The NUIG scientists, as part of the study, participated in a transatlantic crossing onboard the marine institute’s Celtic Explorer vessel.

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PhD candidate and lead author Alina Wieczorek said, “Deep-water fish migrate to the surface at night to feed on plankton [microscopic animals] and this is likely when they are exposed to the microplastics.”

During this research cruise they took dead deep-sea fish from midwater trawls such as the spotted lanternfish, rakery beaconlamp, stout saw-palate and scaly dragonfish.

Microplastics are small plastic fragments that commonly originate from the breakdown of larger plastic items entering the ocean. Other sources may be waste water effluents carrying plastic fibres from clothing and microbeads from personal care products. Due to their low density, most of these microplastics float at the sea surface.

The fish ranged in size from the smallest species the Glacier Lantern at 3.5cm to the largest species, the stout saw-palate at 59cm.

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