17-month-old washed away among 24 dead

Mumbai: Among the 24 people dead in wall collapse at Kurar village, Malad, a 17-month-old child Janvi Kanojiya is the youngest victim who washed away due to the water pressure caused due to heavy rainfall on Monday night. “It was heavily raining when I returned home around 11pm on Monday and I was having my dinner when suddenly water gushed into the room and before I could catch hold of her, she was washed off. The water pressure was so much that she drowned in it. More importantly, when water entered, the electricity went off and I could not even see her and later. I kept hunting for her but couldn’t. Later, her lifeless body was recovered,”said Anil Kanojia, father.

Kalpesh Amberkar was making a small boundary around his hutment to direct the water away from home when water broke off the wall. As his hut was just few metres away, it had the worst impact of the waves. The water not only washed off his hut but also too away his father and mother. "I was outside and helping father in making the boundary while my mother was inside seeing TV when suddenly, water hit us. Both of my parents have sustained severe injuries while I survived with minor injuries. The impact was a much that the iron cupboard in our house has sustained several dents from all sides that we found out in the morning. It was a nightmare for us," he said.

Krishna Surve who works as guard at Mind Space, Malad was returning home when he got call from his 15-year-old daughter Sanjika Surve. He was walking back home as he did not get any transport to reach home. “I was on my when one of my neighbour called narrated the whole incident which made me ran and by the time I reached my home nothing was left. I found my daughter Sanjika was missing as she was killed below the debris,” said Surve. Sanjika was the second eldest daughter among his three daughters- Sayali (19) and Shakshi(7) who are undergoing treatment at Shatabdhi Hospital with their mother Sanjivanli (41) at Shatabdhi Hospital. A police officer said that while rescue work was going on, Surve was crying for help and asking for water to drink. But as her legs were stuck in the debris, so it took a long time to rescue her.

A 21-year-old Sravan Ramakanth Gaur lost his life while trying to save his niece. his brother- RajKumar Gaur said when the wall broke off and water gushed into, Sravan shouted at him to pull out their niece first. But it seems it was too late to save him. “There was too much darkness and as it was raining, we couldn’t see anything. He helped to catch hold of our niece but when I turned back, I could only see his feet up but before, I could catch it, water current took him off,” he said.

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