8 injured in Mundhwa building collapse

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 21 July 2018

In a press statement, PMC said, “The incident took place at survey no. 5 in Keshav Nagar, Mundhwa. Bhandwalkar owned the ground floor plus two storeyed load-bearing structure building which is about 30 years old. The incident happened due to old structure and heavy rain in the area. There is no casualty. PMC's fire brigade personnel are engaged in removing the debris.”

Pune: Eight persons including four children sustained severe injuries after they got trapped under debris when their two storeyed house collapsed in Keshav Nagar, Mundhwa on Saturday noon. Three buffaloes died while two cows and two buffaloes were rescued.
The house belonged to Kailash Subhash Bhandwalkar (60). The ground plus two storeyed house is located on the bank of a nala near Sambhaji Chowk in Keshav Nagar. The police and fire brigade personnel reached the spot and rushed the injured to a nearby hospital. From there, they were taken to Sassoon and KEM Hospitals for further treatment. 

Senior Police Inspector Anil Patrudkar, in-charge of Mundhwa police station told Sakal Times, “Bhandwalkar, his wife and six others have sustained injuries. Doctors have said that their condition is out of danger. Out of eight persons, four are children.”

The injured persons are Kailash Subhash Bhandwalkar, his wife Aruna Bhandwalkar (40), Chhaya Bhandwalkar (22), Sakshi Shikhtal (12), Swara Shikhtal (3), Aditya Maurya (5), Mugdha Bhandwalkar (9) and Vinita Maurya (30). Most of them have got their hands and legs fractured, the police said. 

Team effort helps save lives

According to officials, initially, a wall had collapsed and before the people could react, the wall on the nala side also collapsed. The police got information around 11.50 am and a team led by Police Inspector Patrudkar reached the spot. They alerted the fire brigade and PMC disaster management cell. With the help of JCB and Pokland machines, the debris were removed and the people and cattle were taken out. As the road to the spot is narrow, the machines were taken through the nala.

Inspector Patrudkar said, “On the ground floor, there was cattle shed, while Bhandwalkar family and his tenants stayed on the two floors. After the incident, we rescued them with the help of the fire brigade, local residents, 108 ambulance personnel. As per our estimate, there was damage to the tune of Rs 10 lakh to the family members.” 

The team engaged in the rescue operation for six hours.

Narrow escape for others

The house owner's son Suraj sustained minor injuries, while his six-month-old daughter Tanvi survived with bruises on the face. One of the tenant Maurya had gone out for work, but his son Aditya and wife Vinita were injured.

Good Samaritans

ACP Ganesh Gawde supervised the rescue operation, while local residents Vikram Lonkar, Ashok Bhandari, Shakti Pradhan, Dada Kodre, Sagar Kodre, Santosh Pakhre, Hrishikesh Gaikwad, Sunita Ghawte, Vandana Kodre, Pokland machine owner Swapnil Shinde, helped the administration in the rescue efforts.

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