Odisha: 10-yr-old boy swept away in drain during rain, dies

Mayor Sulochana Das said the boy fell into the sub-drain of railways which is connected to the main drain.
Grandmother of the child breaks 
down after getting the news of his death
Grandmother of the child breaks down after getting the news of his deathPhoto | Debadatta Mallick

BHUBANESWAR: In a tragic incident, a 10-year-old boy died after being swept away by the gushing waters in an open drain during heavy rains in the capital city on Tuesday.

The incident occurred at Unit III area, when the boy, identified as Abubakar Saha, went near the drain to retrieve a balloon from the swelling storm water channel. While trying to lay his hands on the balloon, he slipped into the drain and was washed away.

The locals immediately informed the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, who alerted the Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and fire services personnel to launch a rescue operation. However, the boy was spotted and rescued by the local people near Oscar City locality under Laxmi Sagar, around 3 km from the mishap spot.

The child was rushed to the Capital Hospital but he had succumbed by then. A case of unnatural death (UD) was registered at Kharvel Nagar police station. Police said the body of the deceased was handed over to the family after postmortem. The child’s father Jamati Saha works as a daily wager, they said.

On learning about the incident, Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi expressed grief and extended condolences to the family of the child. He announced Rs 4 lakh ex gratia to the next of the kin of the deceased from the State Disaster Respose Fund. 

The capital city received around 17 mm rain in the afternoon leading to flooding of drains and arterial roads at multiple locations including the service road near Iskcon temple in Nayapalli.

Mayor Sulochana Das said the boy fell into the sub-drain of railways which is connected to the main drain. “We have taken up the matter with railway officials. Steps will be taken to cover the sub-drain and construct a wall along the main drain,” she said.

City engineer of BMC, Bilash Kumar Behera said the mishap spot was right near the confluence point of the Drain no-5 and the railway sub-drain. “Fencing had been done along the main drain. However, miscreants have removed it,” he said adding immediate measures will be initiated to raise a wall along the drain to prevent future mishaps.

Behera said of the 1,600 km length of open drains in the city and its periphery, about 27 km length of drains are open. Steps will be taken to cover them at the earliest, he said.

Open drains have claimed several lives in the city in the recent years. A five-year-old boy died at Patitapaban Nagar under ward no 58 after falling into a drain during heavy rains in July 2022. Similarly, a 15-year-old Jyoti Prakash Behera was swept away by storm water in an open drain at Shatabdi Nagar in September 2021. His body was recovered by the rescue team hours later.

This apart, T Appalama, a 65-year-old woman, had also died after drowning in an open drain on the flooded Ekamra Villa road in July 2019. Hari Patnaik, a resident of Pichupadia Slum in Unit-VI, had also fallen into an open drain while crossing it in August 2018.

Previous incidents

July, 2022: 5-year-old boy died after falling into drain at Patitapaban Nagar

Sept, 2021: 15-year-old boy swept away at Shatabdi Nagar

July, 2019: 65-year-old woman drowns in open drain on Ekamra Villa road

August, 2018: Man falls and drowns in open drain at Unit VI

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