Three members of a family, including two children, were killed on Sunday night after the roof of their house at ward number 14, Bharat Nagar here, collapsed due to heavy rainfall. The deceased have been identified as Rakesh Kumar (46), his 11-year-old daughter Seema and his son Sukhwinder (10).
The incident happened at around 11pm, when Rakesh, an assistant lineman at Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, was watching television with five other family members in his house, which had a mud roof and was built with wooden girders. The roof gave away to the incessant downpour, trapping all the inhabitants in debris and killing three including Rakesh, on the spot.
The other three members — Rakesh’s wife Urmila Devi (44), his daughter Baby (8) and son Adesh (4) — who were rescued by the police and the local residents, received multiple injuries and are being treated at Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital.
The police believed it to the ignorance of the family to mend the leaking roof that has resulted in its collapse. The fire brigade and police teams immediately reached the spot and initiated rescue work.
Both Urmila and her daughter Baby managed to save themselves from the falling debris, but her son Adesh had to be pulled out by the police team with the help of farm equipments. Deputy superintendent of police Gurdev Singh Dhaliwal said, “The condition of the roof was deplorable and hence could not bear the heavy rainfall. The condition of the injured persons is normal.”
Meanwhile, several other houses in the area have been found in dilapidated state. The municipal corporation and the district administration have failed to take any precautionary measures to avoid any further such incidents.
“The police teams have randomly surveyed the area and would ask the concerned department to look into the conditions of the houses in order to avoid any casualty in near future,” Dhaliwal said.