Onge's tribe population rises to 98 in A

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Dugong Creek (Little Andaman), Jul 22 (UNI) Every single number counts in the Onges population.

The birth of a female child has raised the population of the nearly extinct 'Onge' tribal community to 98, found in Little Andaman region of Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) Islands.

Overjoyed by the news, a jubilant mood prevailed in the 'Onge' tribal group, living in the Tribal Reserve Area, Dugong Creek of Little Andaman Island.

According to the Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samity (AAJVS), a female child was born to Mrs Geeta and Mr Rajkumar belonging to 'Onge' community on July 9.

''The mother and the child are both in good health,'' AAJVS executive secretary Govind Ram told newspersons.

The A&N Islands are the home for six tribal communities, out of which some are on the verge of extinction.

While tribals' groups of Onge, Great Andamanese, Jarawa and Sentinelese are found in Andaman Group of Islands, tribal communities-- Nicobari and Shompen are found in the Nicobars.


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