Eight days under debris, labourer pulled out alive

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 20:59

Bellary: It has been nothing short
of rebirth for a 30-year-old labourer who was rescued from the
debris of an under-construction building, eight days after
it collapsed.

"I am grateful to God for keeping me alive. I still can
not believe I am out," said a tearful Mallaiah as he was
pulled out on Wednesday by the National Disaster Response Team.
The daily wager, who escaped with some minor bruises on
his arms said, "I was able to survive as I had small pot of
water beside me from which I kept on drinking to keep me
alive."

In a strange quirk of nature, four new born puppies found
cuddling together, were also rescued alive along with
Mallaiah.

The under-construction five-storeyed building had
collapsed on an adjacent students` hostel in Gandhi nagar area
on January 26.

Meanwhile, five more bodies were extricated from the
debris taking the toll to 28. Twenty-six of the 28 rescued
people 26 have been identified, officials said.

The 19 injured, who have been admitted to Vijayanagar
Institute of Medical Sciences hospital are "recovering", they
said, adding that the rescue operations would continue.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 20:59

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