Agra: Painful cries resonated from a 45-feet deep borewell where a two-year-old lay trapped nearly 24 hours after she fell into the pit, as Army personnel and rescue workers raced against time to save her.
However, the cries of the hapless girl, Vandana, were seen as encouraging signs of life by local authorities. The girl slipped into the borewell in Hulaspura village on the Agra-Mumbai highway last evening while playing with her father.
A huge pit on a flat ground is being dug parallel to the borewell with the help of dredgers to enable rescue personnel go down and then carve a tunnel in a bid to reach the girl and bring her out in a delicate operation. The personnel were constantly talking to the girl to keep her calm. A team of doctors and an Ambulance are also on standby.
Officials said the girl frequently asked for fruits and sweets, which was being sent with the help of a rope. Oxygen was also been pumped inside the borewell through tubes to prevent any suffocation as the girl showed extraordinary resilience to fight for her survival.
Sources said Army was called in after efforts by the locals to rescue the girl failed.
The borewell was abandoned after it was dug about a month back under a local MLA scheme, officials said.
Several cases of children falling into uncovered borewells have been reported from Kurukshetra, Ghaziabad, Ahmedabad, Raichur and Jaipur in the last couple of years.
In July 2006, a five-year-old boy Prince captured the imagination of the country when he survived a 50-hour ordeal after he fell into an open borewell in Kurukshetra in Haryana.
|On July 21, 2006 five-year-old Prince fell into a hole dug for irrigation purposes in Haryana. He was later rescued after a 50-hour ordeal.|
|On March 11, 2007, a four-year-old girl, Arti died in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat after she fell into a 60-foot borewell.|
|On May 22, 2007 a three-year-old boy, Sunil, fell into a 200-feet deep borewell in Ranapada village in Rajasthan.|
|On July 27, 2007, a six-year-old boy died after falling in a borewell, 35 km from Jaipur.|
|January 30, 2008, a six-year-old boy was rescued from a 40-ft deep borewell at Bhusanur in Karnataka.|