Saturday 19 April 2014
News updated at 12:04 AM IST
Weather
Max: 34.6°C
Min : 22.1°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Elderly couple killed in wall collapse

Bangalore, Sept 13, 2013, DHNS:
Siddappa and Sanjeevamma died when the wall of their house collapsed at Thimmasandra, DH Photo

Three persons including an elderly couple were killed in two separate incidents of wall collapse in the City since Thursday night.

A 60-year-old daily wage worker and his wife were killed on Thursday night when a portion of a wall in their house at Rajanukunte collapsed on them while they were sleeping.

The deceased Siddappa and his 50-year-old wife Sanjeevamma were natives of Obalapura in Madhugiri taluk, Tumkur district. The couple had come to Rajanukunte to work with their son Ashoka in a nearby vineyard. The couple had rented a small, dilapidated house believed to have been built about 70 years ago.


According to police, the wall collapse was brought upon by heavy rain. The cave-in was discovered by neighbours when they went to call the couple for work the following morning.

Rajanukunte police rushed to the spot to help with rescue operation and evacuated many residents of neighbouring houses that had also weakened by rain. While the house beside the collapsed building was relatively new – having been built under the Indira Awaas Yojana Scheme – many of the houses along the street are more than 50 years old, as the families had not availed of the scheme.

One of the evacuated neighbours told Deccan Herald that people in the neighbourhood were aware of the fragile nature of their houses, but are in no position to do anything about it.

“Most houses in the area have become weak and old, and we do not have the finances to demolish our houses and build new ones, as most of those residing here are daily wage labourers,” he said. He urged the government to take up measures to ensure that such an incident does not recur in the future.

Police have provided many of the evacuees with temporary accommodation in the police station. The local tahsildar and other officials visited the spot and took stock of the situation. The bodies of the deceased have been sent for a postmortem at a government hospital in Dodaballapur.

Homemaker dies

In another incident, a 43-year-old homemaker in Rajarajeshwarinagar was killed after a portion of a wall came crashing down on her while she was asleep on Friday morning.
The victim has been identified as Saraswathi N, a resident of Bangarappa Nagar.
According to police, Saraswathi, her husband Neele Gowda, sons Yogesh and Manjunath had settled in Bangalore some 20 years ago. Yogesh and Manjunath are auto drivers. Neele Gowda is an assistant in a telecom office, police said.

The entire family lives in a rented house, a congested structure built 20 years ago. The walls of the house, which were constructed using mud, had become weak due to heavy rain over the last few days, police said.

Yogesh, Manjunath and Neele Gowda had all left the house by 7 am, leaving Saraswathi and her daughter-in-law Susheela at home when the collapse occurred.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Catholic devotees attend a Good Friday Mass inside at a church in New Delhi...

Catholic devotees attend a Good Friday Mass inside at a church in New Delhi...

Fire fighters trying to douse a fire that broke out at a shopping complex in Noida...

Fire fighters trying to douse a fire that broke out at a shopping complex in Noida...

SSB soldiers during the passing out parade of the 6th batch at Sashastra Seema Bal...

SSB soldiers during the passing out parade of the 6th batch at Sashastra Seema Bal...

A girl lights a candle on a graveyard of Central baptist Church's central graveyard...

A girl lights a candle on a graveyard of Central baptist Church's central graveyard...

Christian devotees take part in a 'Good Friday' procession in Jammu...

Christian devotees take part in a 'Good Friday' procession in Jammu...

A potter making earthen pots during summer season in Mirzapur on Friday. PTI Photo

A potter making earthen pots during summer season in Mirzapur on Friday. PTI Photo

Samajwadi Party workers attempt self-immolation with kerosene oil during a protest against ...

Samajwadi Party workers attempt self-immolation with kerosene oil during a protest against ...

Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), dressed as bloodied rabbits ...

Members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), dressed as bloodied rabbits ...

Mutupallaku fesitval procession at Coonoor near Ooty on Friday. PTI Photo

Mutupallaku fesitval procession at Coonoor near Ooty on Friday. PTI Photo

A girl child kissing a statue of Jesus Christ on the occasion of Good Friday at The Sacred Heart...

A girl child kissing a statue of Jesus Christ on the occasion of Good Friday at The Sacred Heart...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523