Pune : Amid the chaos of the disastrous landslide which wiped out Malin village off the map, a three-month-old Rudra asserted his right to life by crying and beckoning rescuers, for more than eight hours, while clutching his mother fainting under the suffocating debris.

Eventually, it was Rudra’s full-throated crying which alerted NDRF personnel to locate him from the gloomy recesses of a mound formed by the cascading debris.

Recuperating at a hospital, Rudra’s mother Pramila Limbe said, “I held on to an iron shelf in the house used to keep utensils along with Rudra and kept on shouting for help which went unheeded. However, Rudra kept on crying loudly until rescuers managed to locate us,” said Pramila, lying on a hospital bed with Rudra snuggling by her side and looking surprisingly hale and hearty.

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