Mumbai: 3-year-old Divyansh still untraceable, rescue operation continues on Day 2
The 3-year-old child who fell into an open storm water drain at Ambedkar Chowk in Malad East Wednesday night, is still untraceable even after 34 hours of continuous rescue operation. It was around 10 pm when the minor, Divyansh, went strolling outside his house. The CCTV captured the entire incident and showed him falling into the drain near Goregaon- Malad Link road.
An official of the Disaster Management Unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said, "When the boy's mother could not find him, she raised an alarm. Thereafter, the footage of the CCTV camera installed near the building was checked, in which he was seen falling into the drain."
Due to the heavy flow of water in the drainage, the boy is feared to have been washed away, the official said.
Search and rescue operations are still being carried out by the BMC, NDRF, BMC, Mumbai police and locals.
Drainage department is helping using the drainage line maps available with them. JCB machines are being used to bring down several walls along with the drainage lines in order to search for the child.
Till now over ten kilometres of drainage line has been searched twice by the officials. The officials are now opening all the man holes in the drainage lines and are trying to locate the child with the help of a ladder.
Drone was also brought by the officials but couldn't be launched due to heavy flow of water and narrow drainage.
The officials are saying that they are still hopeful that they'll find the child.
"Early enquiry reports revealed that the cover of the drain was removed by some individuals. The CCTV footage is being checked and investigated to trace the concerned people," the BMC said in a tweet.
The BMC has also appealed to the people to immediately report to it if they come across such open drains or manholes they should inform on helpline number 1916, ward control room numbers or its twitter handle.
In a very unfortunate incident,a child has fallen in a drain at Goregaon.50 people from our team are a part of the ongoing rescue operation with the NDRF & we request residents to immediately report to us if they spot such open drains on 1916, ward control room numbers or twitter???? Mumbai, ???? BMC (@mybmc) July 11, 2019
Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, who visited the spot, said a probe will be launched to find the reason behind this mishap and action will be taken against the officials responsible for it.
However, the child's family has demanded the resignation of Mumbai mayor. The toddler's father blamed the civic administration for the mishap and demanded an immediate probe and severe punishment for those responsible.
Local social activists and locals have promised a protest at the spot if the child is not found by 12 pm today.