NDRF personnel sift through the rubble with the help of a sniffer dog in search of survivors at the collapse site in Mahad in Raigad.(PTI)
NDRF personnel sift through the rubble with the help of a sniffer dog in search of survivors at the collapse site in Mahad in Raigad.(PTI)

Raigad building collapse: After 19 hours under debris, 4-year-old survives

Officials said Mohammad Bangi was rushed to a nearby hospital and that he has suffered minor injuries
Hindustan Times, Mahad (Raigad) | By Nadeem Inamdar
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 04:27 PM IST

Rescuers from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) pulled out a four-year-old boy alive from the debris of a five-storeyed building almost 19 hours after it collapsed at Mahad near Mumbai on Monday. Officials said Mohammad Javed Bangi was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he asked for his mother, whose body was later retrieved from the rubble. They added the boy has suffered minor injuries.

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His aunt, Rupasa, said the boy was trapped under the debris along with his two sisters and mother. “His three family members are still trapped under the rubble. I pray for everyone’s survival,” she said before the body of the boy’s mother was recovered.

The 10-year-old building collapsed on Monday evening and around 25 people were initially trapped. The rescuers have so far saved seven people while the search is still on for others.

Officials said the boy was rescued at 1:15 pm on Tuesday. They added he was found ensconced under the roof covered with debris.

NDRF commandant Alok Kumar, who is part of the rescue operation, said they are very happy to have rescued the boy safe and sound. “Once we located him with the help of sniffer dogs, we ensured that the debris removal work was done smoothly and slowly as there was possibility of debris falling on the head. He is fine and doing well.”

Prajit Salunke of Salunke Rescue Team, a private group from Mahad, said the boy was under a collapsed piece of wall. “He smiled at us and it was a beautiful sight. The citizens and rescue workers clapped when he was rescued alive,” said Salunke.

District dollector Nidhi Chaudhary said despite the challenges, the administration supported by all the stakeholders did a good a job in rescuing the child. “We are doing our level best to remove the debris from the spot at the earliest.”

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