Mumbai: In another case of misguided priorities and insensitivity, Gauri Jaiswal, 14, who was slept away in the floods in Thane is still missing as her family still can’t find her.
But she’s not the only one missing since the heavy rains, even as the family frantically wades through filthy nullahs in search of the teenager, there’s no sign of the authorities. Why? They’re far too busy rubbing shoulders with CM Devendra Fadnavis, who was less than 2 km away, inaugurating the new Kalwa and Kasarvadavli police stations, reported Mid-Day.
Gauri was swept away by the floods right outside her house in Thane West said her father, Ashok Jaiswal. “She had come out of the house as it was flooded and she fell into a nullah. We have been looking for her, but the water is waist high,” he said to Mid-Day “The authorities were with us till this morning (Wednesday), but since 11 am, they left us to search for her on our own. Such negligence is unacceptable,’ said Ashok, alleging that they were all busy with the inauguration.
This was not an isolated incident as another local, Deepali Bansode, 27, went missing in the flood. “I was about to pick her up from her workplace at Korum Mall. She waved at me and then suddenly, she was no longer there,” recalled her husband, Vishal. Sandeep Malvi, deputy municipal commissioner said, “Our Disaster Management Cell and the Fire Brigade are only assigned the job of rescue.”