The gas cylinder blast at Mankhurd on Thursday morning, that killed three members of the Wankhede family, has left two children orphaned.
Prashik, 8, and Vishakha, 10, lost their parents and grandmother in the tragedy. They escaped with minor scratches.
Relatives of the Wankhede family said that their house was next to the two-storey structure where the blast took place in the early hours.
“The family was sleeping in the same room. As the neighbouring house collapsed after the blast, the common wall fell on the sleeping family,” said Yogesh Gangurde, a friend of the Wankhedes.
Doctors from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General (LTMG) Hospital, Sion, said that 36-year-old Sanjay Wankhede, the breadwinner of the family who worked as a help in a garment shop, was pronounced dead on arrival. His wife Rekha, 30, and mother Kasturabai, 60, succumbed to their injuries while being taken to the hospital.
“All three patients had suffered multiple fractures that resulted in their deaths. Prakshik, on the other hand, received minimal scratches on his upper body and will be discharged soon,” said the doctors. Vishakha was rushed to Shatabdi Hospital in Govandi, where she was treated for bruises and cuts. “She is stable,” said doctors at the Shatabdi Hospital.
Relatives of the family are demanding that the government take care of the children as they have no family now. “The children have no immediate relatives who can take care of them and its uncertain where will they go once they are discharged. It will be great if the government offers them financial aid because the mishap wasn’t their fault,” said another family friend Tulsiram Sapkade.
Shatabdi Hospital at Govandi, and LTMG Hospital treated the injured who mostly suffered burns and trauma injuries due to the building debris falling on them. Seven of the 13 victims were children in the age group of 2-12 years, but none of them sustained serious injuries. However, doctors from Sion Hospital, where 10 patients are undergoing treatment, said that apart from Umesh Gadhve, 40, who suffered 35% burn injuries on his upper body and his wife Shobha, who suffered 50% burn injuries. Rest are stable and are undergoing treatment at the hospital. It was Gadhve’s house on the ground floor where the cylinder blast took place, razing three two-storey structures to the ground.