Elderly woman rescued after 10 hrs in manhole in Odisha capital


Bhubaneswar: An elderly woman in her mid 70’s who had slipped into a manhole in Old Town area of Odisha capital last night was rescued this morning after 10 hours.

The victim, identified as Dukhi Sethi, has been admitted to Capital Hospital for treatment. Her son and daughter-in-law, who were searching her since last night, reached the hospital after getting the information.

Her health condition is stated to be stable.

She had to spend her whole night inside the manhole situated behind BMC hospital in Old Town. It took nearly one hour for fire brigade personnel to rescue her today.

According to reports, the woman slipped into the 15-feet-deep manhole at about 8 pm last night. She had to spend the entire night inside it as no one noticed the incident. Locals heard her screams today morning and informed the fire brigade.

“We were informed about the incident by Control Room at 7.20 am. We rushed to the spot with a team, entered inside the manhole using a ladder and rescued her,” said Deputy Fire Officer, Ramchandra Majhi.

We entered inside through our ladder after removing a broken slab of the manhole as it could have injured the woman if it fell down by any chance. Later we brought her out carefully with help of a rope, he added.

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