At least two people died and several others were injured after they fell into a 40-feet-deep well in Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha distict on Thursday during a rescue operation to pull out an eight-year-old girl.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said. Chouhan extended his condolences over the loss of lives in the accident and said rescue work is still underway.
गंजबासौदा में हुई दुर्घटना में अब तक दो लोगों के निधन की दुःखद सूचना मिली है, उनके शव निकाले जा चुके हैं। मैं उन्हें श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित करता हूँ और ईश्वर से प्रार्थना करता हूँ कि वे दिवंगत आत्माओं को शांति दें। बचावकार्य अभी जारी है, मैं लगातार मॉनिटरिंग कर रहा हूँ।
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) July 15, 2021
The incident took place at Ganj Basoda, about 50 km from the district headquarters. Chouhan tweeted saying a State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team has been rushed to the spot.
“All I can tell you at the moment is that a rescue operation is on,” District Superintendent of Police Vinayak Verma said.
The wall suddenly crashed, throwing those standing on it into the water, he said, adding that several of them were feared trapped under the rubble.
Around 11 pm, a tractor engaged in the rescue operation, along with four policemen, skidded into the well when the area around it caved in, eyewitnesses said.
Chouhan tweeted saying he has spoken to the chief secretary as well as the director-general of police about the incident.
“An SDRF team left for the spot with all necessary equipment for the rescue operation. The Commissioner and IG too have left for the incident site. I am continuously taking stock of the situation and in live contact,” he said.