Mangalore, June 18: As a result of incessant rain lashing in the district continuously for the past few days, a compound wall of commercial complex collapsed on the tiled houses below on June 18, Tuesday morning, claiming four people dead and seven people injured at Thottilugundi in Bajpe.Sources said another house was also damaged in the incident.
As per the available sources, the house belonged to Shekar and when the wall collapsed on two houses, a girl who was staying there came out and alerted the neighbors for help by screaming, who in panic were trying to save the people who were trapped inside the house.A total of nine people were staying in one house and Shekar was staying in another house.
It has reported that four people have died and other seven people have sustained severe injuries. It also said that rescue work was difficult as three sides of the house had collapsed completely, they said.
The deceased have been identified as Chaitra (14), Sundar (58), Sundari (55) and Baby (45) and the injured as Ashwitha aged 14, Ashwini, aged 18,Asha ,aged 38,Veena ,aged 50, Ashwath aged 11, Shambhavi aged 12, and Shekhar aged 48 and all of them have been admitted to Wenlock hospital. The deceased Chaitra had visited the house on the previous day and slept there overnight and injured are from another house adjacent to the one which had completely damaged.
Sources also said that neighbors have already given written complaint to DC and to Panchayat urging them not to allow the construction of commercial complex wall as it poses a danger but owner of the building, constructed the same without valid permission.
Home minister K J George along with ministers Abhaychandra Jain and Ramanath Rai, and DC N Prakash arrived at the spot.
K J George said that an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 1.5 lac will be given to the kin of the family of the deceased, and more will be done to help the families affected. The injured and their families have been asked to shift temporarily to the second floor of the panchayat building which is currently lying vacant, he added.
He also said that a probe will be ordered to find out whether the commercial complex was illegal or not, and appropriate action will be taken based on the findings. The home minister further said that steps will be taken to shift the 18 families living in the neighborhood to a 12-cent land.
MP Nalin Kumar Kateel also visited the spot.