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5 of family killed in Meerut house collapse

The family had 20 members, with most male members working as daily wage labourers. They owned a small patch of farmland.

Meerut house collapse, death, house collapse, accident, india news Neighbours gather outside the house Sunday. Abhishek Angad

Five members of a family were killed when their two-storey house in Meerut’s Kuri village collapsed during heavy rain and thunderstorm early Sunday.

Among the deceased are a six-month pregnant woman, Suman, who was in her mid-twenties, and her three children— aged three, five and seven. Her husband, Narendra Prajapati, was among the nine people buried under the debris as the upper floor gave way, and soon led to the ground floor collapsing under its weight.

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Narendra was among the four survivors but still remains critical in hospital. Narendra’s father, Vijaypal, 55, also died.

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His younger brother Jai Karan, 22, who was sleeping in another room, said he was woken up by a deafening noise. “I came out and saw the entire first floor had collapsed,” he said. It was 3.30 am. Neighbours soon gathered to help. Having pulled all nine people from under the debris, “we called the ambulance and police, but no one responded”, Karan said.

Helped by locals, the family put all nine in a van and took them to District Hospital, Meerut. Vijaypal, Suman and the children were declared dead on arrival.

Narendra’s mother Maya said he was sleeping on the first floor with his family. “I had asked them to come down since the weather was bad but the children were reluctant,” she said.

The family had 20 members, with most male members working as daily wage labourers. They owned a small patch of farmland.

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Meerut District Magistrate Pankaj Yadav said, “We will pay the family ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh for each deceased member. They will also be beneficiary of Kisan Durghatna Bima Yojna (farmers’ accident insurance scheme), and will receive (an additional) Rs 5 lakh assistance.”

He added that the Rs 20-lakh ex-gratia payment will be disbursed immediately.

First published on: 14-03-2016 at 01:11:19 am
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