Volunteers, not BBMP, helping crash victims

Volunteers, not BBMP, helping crash victims

Volunteers, not BBMP, helping crash victims

Volunteers, not BBMP, helping crash victims

It was around 4 pm when Ram Nivas Nisad and the other labourers working on a building in Kasuvanahalli took their tea break.

"That's when the building collapsed. A loud crash was the last thing I remember before I woke up in the hospital," he recalls.

As many as 13 people were rescued from the rubble of the five-storey building.

When a Bellandur-based voluntary group called Helping Hands heard about the workers being taken to Stanford Speciality Hospital, they decided to pay a visit. They were shocked by the plight of the workers and decided to raise funds. Sai Krupa, a volunteer, offered to auction 30 of his artworks for the cause.  

Bharathi Mani, another volunteer, says, "It was saddening to see they didn't have anyone to help them. The hospital did not have a canteen or equipment for their treatment."

The team then took the workers elsewhere for CT scans.Sonali Singh, an active member of the group, says, "The state government promised to take care of the medical expenses but we haven't heard anything more on that."

Most of the injured were discharged on Wednesday; only two remain in hospital. Ram says, "I have multiple fractures, so I have been asked to stay longer here, and remain in bed for three months."

He hails from UP and is waiting for help. "It takes my family three days to reach here," he says.

 

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