A five-year-old boy was rescued on Tuesday from the debris of the five-storeyed building whichcollapsed in Raigad district of Maharashtra, police said. The boy, looking bewildered after the night-long ordeal, was taken by NDRF personnel to a waiting ambulance.
A police official said so far nine persons have been rescued after the Tarek Garden building in Mahad, around 170km from Mumbai, came tumbling down on Monday evening. Eighteen residents are still missing and rescue operation is underway, he said.
The NDRF, police, locals, and dog squads are working relentlessly to rescue people trapped under the debris, he said, adding 13 heavy duty excavators and other vehicles were engaged in removing it. As the operation was underway, the rescue team spotted the child under the debris, after which it started clearing the structure with help of gas cutter and other machines.
Local residents, who were watching the operation with baited breath, cheered with joy after the boy was rescued. As the Ganesh festival is on, the locals chanted "Ganpati Bappa Morya" after the child was lifted onto a stretcher.
Mohammed Nadim Bangi, the rescued child, has someminor injuries on his body, the official said. The child's aunt said she was happy after seeing himsafe, adding she is praying that everybody who lived in thebuilding is safe.
Three more members of the family, including a womanand two children, are still under the debris, she said.