VISAKHAPATNAM: Srinu sat under a tree near the mortuary at KGH, waiting for the body of his brother P Nageswara Rao who succumbed to his burns sustained in the blast at the Azico Biophore unit at Parwada on Tuesday morning.
The post-mortem was yet to be over and an inconsolable Srinu rued the fate.
“What more the doctors will know by performing the post-mortem? The fact is we have paid the price for the negligence of the company management. Even knowing that there is a lurking danger at the units, we work. Because, we are poor. My brother was the bread winner of our family,” Srinu said.
Though the family members were trying to commiserate his wife saying that Nageswara Rao is still under treatment, she knew that her husband was no more.
“Of our two children, the three-year-old boy can’t speak. Finding it difficult to live with my husband’s poor salary, I joined Brandix so that we can make a little more for our son’s treatment. Whom should I blame other than my ill fate,” said Nageswara Rao’s wife.
Same was the scene at the Care Hospital where the three injured— M Appala Naidu (31) from Pakki in Vizianagaram district, G Srinivasa Rao (40) from Kasimkota and J Manikanta (22) from Vizianagaram—have been admitted with severe burns.
The doctors said the victims had sustained 80 per cent burns. The family members were running around the corridors, pleading the doctors to save their dear ones.
Sitting beside her in-laws, wife of Appala Naidu was looking at the door of the burns ward with tears welling up, to see when the doctor will give some news about her husband. Both the parents are still in shock.
Seeing their mother in tears, the two children who were yet to understand as to what had happened asked why she was crying.
With almost 90 per cent burns, the family members of G Srinivasa Rao of Kasimkota lost hope of his survival after the doctor told about his critical condition.
“In a similar situation last year, a man from our village died in an accident while working at a pharma company. Now with two kids studying in Class VII and VIII, the family is making their living by doing labour works. I do not know, what is there in store for us. I am just praying,” said a relative of Srinivasa Rao.