The incident occurred in Malad (East), Mumbai, on the Goregaon Mulund Link Road, near the Italian company in Ambedkar Nagar. The child was playing and fell in an open manhole, this happened around 9:30 pm on Wednesday night. The BMC was informed about this at 10:25 pm.
An official from BMC’s disaster management cell said, “On arrival at the scene of the incident it was learnt from public and police that a one-and-a-half-year-old boy had fallen in open manhole.”
He added, “Search and rescue operation was carried out along with drainage department. Due to the force of water current, there is a possibility of the said boy to drag in the main drainage line. A search operation was done in the drainage line in the 10km area and also wall was broken. At 5:49 am police and public asked to inform fire brigade if they get any information regarding said boy. Still, the search operation is on.”
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Prabhat Rahandale, Chief Fire Officer, said, “We are still searching for the boy, he hasn’t been found. The nullah is very wide and there is a lot of rainwater in the nullah which is making it difficult to search for the child. We searched around 10 km of drainage and have dug it. Yet the child is missing.”
This incident brings to mind the tragic death of renowned gastroenterologist Dr Deepak Amrapurkar who died two years ago after falling into an open manhole.