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Amazing family reunion thanks to Google.

THINK Google Maps is a pretty useful tool for getting around? Wait till you hear how an Indian man called Saroo put Google Earth to use recently.

When Saroo was five, he worked with his brother as a sweeper on India's railways, but became separated from his brother and ended up in a Calcutta orphanage.

Adopted by an Australian couple and taken to Tasmania, Saroo always longed to see his family again, so using a calculation to estimate how far he had travelled to get to Calcutta, began searching the satellite images on Google Earth looking for his birth town.

Amazingly, he soon found the town after he recognised a nearby waterfall he used to play in.

The now 30-year-old Saroo travelled to the town of Khandwa and was reunited with his mother, who was, understandably, lost for words.

No wonder movie producers are showing interest in this astonishing tale.

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IT's a long way from Tasmania to India but Google showed the WAY

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Oct 25, 2014
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