A two-month-old child in Kerala had a miraculous escape on Saturday after the cradle he was sleeping in, along with the roof of the house were blown away in strong winds.
Baby Vinayak is the son of Kumar and Sheeba from Charuvilayil at Venganoor in Thiruvananthapuram.
The asbestos roof of the house blew away in the wind. The baby, who was in his cradle that was hung on an iron rod attached to the roof, was also carried away by strong winds. Thankfully, however, the cradle wedged itself on to a coconut tree, adjacent to the house.
Sheeba and her two other children were present at home when the incident took place.
Residents in the village rescued Vinayak on hearing Sheebaâ€™s cries. The baby was rushed to a nearby hospital for preliminary examination. He miraculously sustained no injuries.
The southwest monsoon set in over Kerala on May 29.
Heavy rains coupled with strong winds lashed several places in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday evening.
The state has been witnessing incessant rains for the past several days along with strong wind in several districts. Heavy rains have claimed six lives in the state on Saturday.
In Thiruvananthapuram, a woman died while another sustained minor injuries when a tree fell on the top of their house.
In Kannur, a man died after a wall collapsed on him.
In Kasargode, a four-year-old girl drowned in a pond near her house. Also, the body of a man was found in Kuntar river. A 60-year-old woman died in Kozhikode after a tree fell on her.
In Alappuzha, a man drowned in the Pampa river.
Trees were uprooted in several places in the winds. Rail services were also disrupted.
Several parts of the state experienced power outages. In many districts, damages to houses and other buildings were reported. In Munnar, ten families had to evacuated owing to the rains.
The Idukki District Collector has declared holiday for educational institutions except professional colleges on Monday.