In a tragic incident, a 14-month-old toddler died in Hyderabad after the roof of his house collapsed in the city's Sitaphalmandi area. The incident occurred when his family was asleep and his mother was also injured in the mishap.
Police said that the incident took place at around 6:10 am on Sunday.
According to media reports, the roof was constructed with kiln lime mortar, and water had accumulated on the roof of the building, gradually seeping in, and weakening the structure.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) said that the structure was in a dilapidated condition and may have been built around 60 years ago.
Neighbours were the first to arrive on the scene and they pulled out the mother and the 14-month-old boy from the rubble after the roof caved in. While they were rushed to a local hospital, the toddler was declared brought dead.
The mother was later shifted to the state-run Gandhi Hospital and was discharged on Monday evening.
The Chilkalguda police have registered a case under section 174 CrPC (Suspicious death) and said that further investigation is underway. An autopsy was conducted following which the toddler’s body was handed over to the family.
This is not the first such incident to be reported from the state. In August last year, two persons—a patient and an attender - suffered injuries after a huge concrete block fell from the ceiling at the Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad.
The incident took place at the entrance of the outpatient block, said doctors. Previously, numerous such incidents were recorded at the old in-patient block, a 100-year-old structure, which is in a dilapidated state.
Every year, ahead of the monsoon, the GHMC identifies buildings that could crumble or collapse due to the rain and takes preventive measures.
A survey conducted by the municipal body last year had identified 1,194 such buildings, out of which over 500 buildings were demolished.
The GHMC added that it was also taking up other activities as part of monsoon preparedness, such as obtaining opinion on structural safety from Engineering Department, counselling local residents to vacate the dilapidated structure from a human safety point of view, and barricading buildings in some cases.