Thiruvananthapuram: A six-member family including a woman and her newborn baby had a miraculous escape after a concrete boundary wall collapsed on their house at Mudavanmugal in Poojapura in the south-east part of Kerala's capital city, Thiruvananthapuram.
It took almost two hours of strenuous effort to rescue an 80-year-old lady and her grandson who were stuck beneath the concrete bars. Fortunately, the two do not have grievous injuries.
The tin-roofed house located on the Chitoorkonam Palace Road collapsed past midnight on Saturday. The 25 feet high and 30 ft long concrete wall of the adjacent house collapsed due to heavy rains and fell over half of the house below.
The lucky survivors are Binu,30; his wife Sandhya,23; son Jithin,4; their 22-day-old baby girl Malu; Sandhya’s brother Unnikrishnan,26; and grandmother Leela, 80.
The concrete wall fell over the kitchen where Unnikrishnan and Leela were asleep.
Fire and rescue services department carried out a massive operation using cutters and removing the debris to rescue the old lady and her grandson.