Child falls in borewell: A two-and-a-half-year-old girl who fell into a borewell in Madhya Pradesh's Sehore district was pulled out after conducting a massive rescue operation of 51 hours. According to the officials, the girl was rescued in an unconscious state and was later declared dead.
Earlier today, a team of robotic experts joined the rescue team to pull out a girl who on Tuesday fell into a 300-foot deep borewell in a field.
3-member robotic rescue team join operation
A three-member robotic rescue team from Gujarat reached the site on Thursday morning to join the operation, the official said. "We have lowered a robot into the borewell to collect information and we are processing the data by scanning it to know the child's condition,” the robotic team in charge Mahesh Arya told reporters at the site.
The girl, named Srishti, fell into the borewell at around 1 pm on Tuesday. She was initially stuck at a depth of about 40 feet in the borewell, but due to vibrations caused by machines engaged in the rescue operation, she slipped further down to about 100 feet, making the task more difficult, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Wednesday.
An Army team also joined the rescue operation, while teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Emergency Response Force (SDERF) worked to rescue the girl, officials said.
51 hours long rescue operation
As many as 12 earth-moving and porcelain machines were also engaged in the rescue operation, they said. CM Chouhan and a team of officials are in touch with the district authorities to supervise the rescue operation, they said. With the latest incident, the dangers posed by open and abandoned borewells have come to the fore again.
On Saturday, a two-year-old girl slipped into a narrow borewell in Gujarat's Jamnagar district and got stuck at a depth of 20-feet. She died despite hectic rescue efforts by multiple agencies for 19 hours, an official earlier said.
In 2009, the Supreme Court issued guidelines for preventing fatal accidents of children falling into abandoned borewells. The revised guidelines issued by the court in 2010 included setting up barbed wire fencing around the well during construction, using steel plate covers fixed with bolts over the well assembly and filling up of borewells from the bottom to the ground level.