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Meghalaya: Traffic Jam for Fishing Competition Leads to the Death of Newborn

The mother had given birth in the vehicle itself as they were stuck in traffic and was later admitted at a medical facility.

Meghalaya: Traffic Jam for Fishing Competition Leads to the Death of Newborn

Sentinel Digital Desk

NONGSTOIN: In a heartbreaking development, a newborn baby lost its life soon after birth as the vehicle carrying the mother and child was stuck in a traffic jam and could not reach the hospital on time. According to reports, the incident took place in the West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya and a local fishing competition was the cause of the massive traffic buildup which led to the death of the newborn.

According to sources, a pregnant lady went into labour and was on her way to a hospital for delivery. But due to a massive traffic jam, the vehicle on which she was travelling was unable to move forward leading to her delivering a male child in the vehicle itself. However, due to the delays caused by the traffic jam, the newborn died before reaching the medical facility. This sad development took place despite the family members having to walk a long distance to call the local police to clear the way for the vehicle.

It can be noted that a fishing competition was organised at the Pamphyrnai in Kshkohlong village of West Khasi Hills on Sunday. The vehicle with the pregnant lady was stuck at the Nongspung locality for several hours as a massive number of participants and spectators visited the location of the event and parked their vehicles in a haphazard manner, triggering massive traffic congestion.

Locals mentioned that the first prize of the competition was a Mahindra Thar Vehicle, while the second and third prizes comprised Maruti Suzuki Alto vehicles. These prizes attracted a large number of participants from different districts of the state. But the lack of civic sense on the part of the spectators and participants and the lack of proper steps to ensure that law and order are maintained at the venue, by the organisers as well as the local authorities led to the death of the newborn.

Meanwhile, the mother was admited at the Holy Cross Hospital in Mairang for proper medical care.

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