It was almost a three-hour ordeal for Laxmi Kamble who waited in anticipation in a tin shed as fire brigade officials and the National Disaster Response Force pulled out her two daughters five-year-old Sayali and seven-year-old Namrata Kamble from the heap of debris around 5.30 pm after the four-storey structure collapsed at Taljai around 2 pm on Monday.
The children were rushed to Bharati Vidyapeeth Hospital by the rescue team. The Kambles were the only people who stayed in the building. The search is on for 12-year-old Nayan. The father,Nagesh Kamble,a vegetable vendor,was in Sangli for work but arrived as soon as he heard of the mishap.
Laxmi,who works at the Reliance market rushed home when she got a phone call from her relative.
Their elder daughter Neelam was in school.
I am thankful to the rescue team for saving my two daughters and I pray that Nayan is alive, he said. Laxmi said: I could just barely hug them while the doctors took my two daughters for treatment.
Their uncle Uttam Bansode said the children were very afraid but we are fortunate that their injuries were not serious.
Aunts Lekha Bansode and Asha Kamble said that it was on their insistence that the Kambles had come to reside in the building next to their house.
Neighbours said this was the first building collapse in the area.
Rajni Naik,a neighbour said,I was getting ready for a nap when I heard a loud thud sound. I came out and saw the building had collapsed. Only the Kambles stayed there. Construction work was also on in the building for the last five to six months.
Sayali has been admitted to the paediatric ward while Namrata has a head injury and was admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit.