‘Please pray for my family’… Congress leader Zeeshan Haider’s Facebook post is viral since last evening. On Monday evening, a four-storey residential building collapsed in Hazratganj, Lucknow. More than a dozen people were trapped under the debris. Rescue operation is going on for the last 15 hours. Two to three women are still buried under the debris.
The news of the accident came as a shock to veteran journalist Kulsoom Talha as her daughter, grandson and another relative were feared trapped. According to eyewitnesses, the accident happened at around 6.45 pm. Talha insisted on reaching the spot to search for her daughter Uzma, grandson Mustafa and others.
However, Kulsum Talha was stopped by her relatives. A few hours later the news came that Mustafa had been saved and is currently undergoing treatment, giving Talha a ray of hope. The policemen deployed at the accident site had to struggle a lot to control and pacify the bereaved family members.
The public gathered at the spot gave way to ambulances and other heavy machines with sirens blaring for rescue work. According to eyewitnesses, rescue vehicles initially found it difficult to reach the spot as the road was narrow. Police restricted traffic from Dainik Jagran Square to the apartment on Wazir Hasan Road.
Residents of nearby houses, apartments and colonies could also be seen watching the rescue operation from their balconies. Shocked and scared, most of the neighbors of the ill-fated building refused to talk to the media. A firefighter conducting the rescue operation said, ‘A woman was buried at the place where the building collapsed. It was pulled out by breaking bricks and cutting wood. He is safe now.
Anuja, a resident of the area, said that she was in her flat at the time of the incident. According to Anuja, ‘Around 6.47 pm, we started shaking. I thought it was due to earthquake, but I was asked to come out of the house, as a nearby apartment had collapsed, around seven to eight families were living in the apartment.’
UP Congress spokesperson Ashok Singh was seen taking one of the injured to the hospital. Maulana Yasoob Abbas, spokesperson of the All India Shia Personal Law Board, also reached the spot to inquire about the well being of the residents. As rescue operations intensified, filmmaker Muzaffar Ali was also seen asking about Uzma’s well-being.
Rescue operation is going on even after about 15 hours of this accident. Till 10 am on Tuesday, 15 people have been evacuated. Right now two to three people are feared to be buried. Samajwadi Party spokesperson Abbas Haider’s mother and wife Uzma are still buried under the debris in the Alaya apartment. Rescue operation is going on.
Lucknow Divisional Commissioner Roshan Jacob said that till now 15 people have been evacuated, in which a 70-year-old woman has also been evacuated and she has been admitted to the Civil Hospital, this whole rescue will take some time, two people have died. More were expected to be trapped, in which one has been contacted but the search is on for the same.