MP well collapse: 11 dead, 19 rescued; search ends

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Vidisha, Jul 16 (PTI) Eleven bodies were recovered and 19 persons were brought out alive from a well in which several people had fallen while trying to rescue a boy in Madhya Pradesh's Vidisha district, a minister said on late Friday night as the rescue operations ended.

The last body retrieved from the well was that of the boy, he said.

The incident took place on Thursday night when the parapet wall of the well in Lal Patar village in Ganj Basoda area, 50 km from here, gave way.

To make things worse, a tractor deployed for the rescue operation skidded into the well with four policemen.

A total of eleven bodies were retrieved while 19 people were pulled out alive, state Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang told PTI from the spot late at night.

The rescue operation was over and all the missing persons were accounted for, Sarang, who is also the district's guardian minister, said.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced in the morning that families of the deceased will be given financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each, while the injured will be provided Rs 50,000 each and free medical treatment.

According to local people, the well is around 50 feet deep and had about 20 feet of water.

Ravi, a teenage boy, fell into the well on Thursday night. While some people climbed down to rescue him, others were standing on the surrounding parapet wall to help them. They were thrown into the water when the wall crashed, eye witnesses said. PTI COR LAL MAS NP KRK KRK

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