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4 Dead, Many Injured As Abandoned Rice Mill’s Wall Collapses In Odisha’s Dhenkanal


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09 June 2019

Himansu Mohapatra


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Dhenkanal: Four persons were killed and many others were injured after the wall of an abandoned rice mill located near Alasua market here collapsed on Sunday morning.

Three among the deceased persons have been idenitified as Rama Chandra Sahu, Sangram Sahu and Abhimanyu Biswal. As per reports, they were all vendors selling vegetables at the market.

As soon as the wall collapse, a rescue operations was launched by ODRAF and Odisha Fire Services personnel as several were feared to be trapped under debris. Many injured persons were rushed to District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) for treatment.

Shocked by the unexpected death, relatives of the deceased persons sobbingly asked for monetary compensation. 

Dhenkanal Collector Nikhil Pawan Kalyan said, “We are providing all help that is required. We express our condolences to the bereft kin. Three people are in critical condition and have been being shifted to Cuttack SCB Hospital. I am personally assessing the situation. Whatever assistance is required will be provided by Red Cross and CM Relief Fund."

Later in the day, the district administration gave Rs 25,000 ex-gratia to the bereaved families.

"This is an unfortunate event. All dilapidated and unsafe buildings are being immediately destroyed. Necessary steps will be also taken to prevent such incidents in future," he concluded.

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Nikhil Pawan Kalyan, Collector, Dhenkanal

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Bereft Kin

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Rashmita Mishra, Engineer, Dhenkanal Municipality