Mumbai, on Tuesday, was paralysed by incessant rain, which left many parts of the financial capital waterlogged, and 22 dead, in a wall collapse in Malad. The rains didn't just paralyse the city, but it also took away the happiness of families, including an 8-year-old girl who lost her entire family in Malad wall collapse.
According to DNA, 8-year-old Priya Nanavare was rescued by a resident of the area when she was washed out by the force of the water as the wall collapsed on her house in Malad. Priya lost her whole family in the incident — her parents, sisters and a three-year-old brother. Savita Pawar, a relative of Priya who stays in Malad, told the leading daily, "My elder son brought Priya to us late at night. She has sustained minor injuries but was lucky to have been saved. Her grandparents and other relatives will be in Mumbai to perform the last rites of her family members."
But, Priya's sister Sanchita (15) was not so lucky as she was trapped inside the heap of debris and even a 12-hour long rescue operation couldn't reach her. Efforts by rescue workers to get the 15-year-old girl out of the debris of the wall which collapsed in Malad, proved futile as she was brought out dead. The rescue team did provide Sanchita with oxygen, ORS solutions, and glucose, reported the leading daily. Priya's parents Laxman and Ranobai, sister Deepa (12), and brother Parshuram (2) too were brought out dead.
A family relative Anshuman told the DNA, "Sanchita could have survived had she been rescued a bit earlier. The authorities were not efficient enough in carrying out the rescue operations." Reports say that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team could not carry all the equipment to the site of the tragedy.
A 25-foot long compound wall collapsed on the shelters of residents at the Pimpripada area in Malad (East) on Monday. The civic body had constructed the wall two years back. However, continuous rains impacted its foundation leading to its fall.