After a 19-hour struggle, a three-year old girl who fell into an abandoned borewell in the district was Sunday rescued, but later died in hospital.
R Madhumita, stuck at around 28-30 ft of the 500-foot borewell at Pallagaseri village since Saturday, was pulled out around 3 am and taken to Kallakurichi Government General Hospital, the police said. After nearly an hour-long effort to save her, doctors declared her dead.
“The child was in a state of coma when brought to the hospital… Affected by lack of oxygen for long hours,” hospital Superintendent Dr Udayakumar said.
The girl, who was playing in a field owned by her father, fell into the borewell around 8 am Saturday as polythene sacks covering it gave away when she stepped on it. Police, fire and rescue teams began rescue efforts, which included supplying oxygen into the borewell and digging a pit parallel to it.
The incident exposes yet another failure to enforce the 2010 SC guidelines on safety measures while digging borewells.
BSF man commits suicide in Assam
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3.5 kg gold seized at Kolkata airport
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