Saved Two Sons, Mother Dies In House Collapse

SRINAGAR: A 38-year-old woman saved her two sons before losing her life when a rain-triggered landslide hit their mud house in Bhaderwah on Tuesday.

The mud house at Butla village of Sartingal panchayat, few kilometres from Bhaderwah town, came under the landslide around 7.30 am, trapping Kirna Devi and her two minor sons, Michle Singh and Nixon Jaryal.

“My mother pushed me and my younger brother to the outer room as the roof above us suddenly started coming down. Although she managed to push us, the roof collapsed on her,” the newspaper Daily Excelsior quoted Singh as having said.

The three were evacuated after two hours of a rescue operation by locals, police and the Rashtriya Rifles, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Dilmir Chowdhary said.

They were rushed to a hospital, where Kirna Devi was declared dead, Chowdhary said, adding the kids escaped unhurt with minor bruises.

The ADC informed that Rs 25,000 have been immediately released by Deputy Commissioner Doda Vishesh Paul Mahajan for the family under disaster management.

The Army has installed a tent accommodation for the family while a local non-governmental organisation has provided blankets, eatables and utensils to them, he said.


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