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Man dies after saving four of his family as roof of house collapses

A 55-year-old man died after the roof of his house collapsed on him, but he managed to save the lives of his four family members in the city on Tuesday morning.

Published: 25th October 2017 03:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th October 2017 10:43 AM   |  A+A-

Police personnel carry Nagesh Rao after the roof of his house (below) collapsed at Mandi Mohalla in Mysuru on Tuesday | Udayshankar S

By Express News Service

MYSURU: A 55-year-old man died after the roof of his house collapsed on him, but he managed to save the lives of his four family members in the city on Tuesday morning.This incident took place at Soppinakeri behind Sri Nagaraja Talkies around 6 am. The deceased has been identified as Nagesh Rao,a daily wager.

Nagesh and his family members were residing at a house built on a 20X35 sq ft site belonging to Narayanachar. Nagesh was sleeping when mud started falling on him, he immediately woke up and managed to rescue his mother Leelavathi, wife Bharathi, son Jeevan and his relative Raju.
His house was in a dilapidated condition. When Nagesh was taking each one of his family members out of the house, the roof started collapsing and his family members started screaming for help.

After rescuing all the four people, Nagesh was about to come outside the house when the entire roof collapsed on him. Bharathi who was injured is undergoing treatment in KR Hospital. Nagesh was the only breadwinner of his family. By the time fire personnel rushed to the spot to rescue Nagesh, he succumbed. His house was more than 100-years-old. As it rained heavily a few weeks ago in the city, the walls of the house became week.  Leelavathi said: “My son died to save our lives.”

The National Disaster Relief Fund assistant commissioner arrived at the spot and gave a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of Nagesh.Tension prevailed after the incident as hundreds of people gathered near Nagesh’s collapsed house and blamed that the incident occurred due to the negligence of the Mysore City Corporation.

MLA Vasu intervened, pacified the mob and told MCC officials to identify dilapidated houses across the city and vacate its residents by providing them compensation.

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