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14-yr-old falls into sewer, missing

A boy falls into a deep sewer while playing, triggering a massive search by emergency workers and army personnel, reports Atul Mathur.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2007 02:45 IST

A 14-year-old boy fell into a deep sewer while playing on Tuesday, triggering a massive search by emergency workers and army personnel. The boy could not be found till reports last came.

District administration officials said Aas Mohammad, who is mentally challenged, fell into the 12-ft open manhole in the Islamnagar area around 8.30 a.m. The army was called in after the local authorities failed to find the boy.

The rescue teams were unable to locate the boy even after a 12-hour search because of the strong flow of water in the sewer, said to be 4 km long.

“The pressure of the sewage flow is very high, which is hampering the rescue operation,” said an official of the 422 Army Medial Corps’s field unit. “We have tried to block the sewage flow with the help of sacks filled with mud. Our divers have already been inside four manholes in the area but could not locate the child.”

Residents said the manhole cover had been missing for over four months.

Raees Mohamad, the boy’s father, said: “One of my son’s toys fell into the manhole. He ran after it but lost balance and fell inside. The children playing with him informed us and we immediately called the police.”

Residents said workers building a public toilet nearby used water from the manhole for their work.

First Published: Apr 18, 2007 02:06 IST