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Toddler falls into 700-ft borewell in Jodhpur, rescue efforts on

The girl, Neha, slipped into the open borewell while her grandfather was repairing its pump

jaipur Updated: Jul 01, 2016 20:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Neha accidentally fell into the well while playing.(HT Photo)

A one-and-half-year-old girl fell into a 700-foot-deep borewell while playing in Jodhpur’s Bijawadiya village on Friday morning. District administration, police and army personnel have begun rescue efforts on a war footing, but till late evening the toddler could not be pulled out to safety.

The girl, Neha, slipped into the open borewell while her grandfather was repairing its pump. According to sources, all the pipes and pump were pulled out of the well and it had been left open.

Osiyan legislator Bheraram Seyol told reporters that the child could not be detected till the 450-foot depth and there was water in borewell. He maintained that the chance of survival of the child in such a situation was thin, however, a team of doctors were pumping oxygen through a pipe into the borewell to keep the child alive.

Seyol said that chief minister Vasundhara Raje had spoken to him and district collector Malik and asked them to speed up the rescue operation and save the child.

A large number of people gathered at the spot soon after the incident. Sub-divisional magistrate Chanchal Verma, tehsildar Sumer Singh Rajpurohit and district collector Bishnu Charan Malik also reached the village to supervise the rescue work.

Earlier in April, a seven-month-old girl had fallen into a 500-foot-deep borewell in Surendranagar district of Gujarat. In June 2015, an eight-year-old girl fell into a 400-foot-deep borewell in Sikar district.

First Published: Jul 01, 2016 20:49 IST