Three people, including two children, were killed and five others were injured after three kutcha houses collapsed following a landslide in Jetpur town of Rajkot Wednesday.
Jetpur town police said the incident took place around 2:30 pm Wednesday when a few kutcha houses in the Gondarva area near Mangal Mahal palace on the bank of River Bhadar came crashing down. Police said a total of eight persons were trapped under the debris. They were rushed to a hospital where three of them, including two children, were declared brought dead. The victims were identified as Jaya Makwana (50), Meghna alias Meghu Makwana (10) and Siddhi Sasda (7).
Jetpur municipality chief officer Ashwin Gadhvi said the houses collapsed following a landslide. “Jetpur town had recorded 3.5 inches of rain on Tuesday. Following the heavy rain, there was a landslide causing some trees to fall. The trees fell on kutcha houses leading to the tragedy,” Gadhvi told The Indian Express.
Jetpur town police inspector Ajitsinh Hemra said that five people were pulled alive out of the debris. “There were seven to eight dilapidated kutcha houses adjoining the wall of the palace and somehow, the trees fell on them,” said the police inspector.
Nearly a fortnight ago, a three-storey apartment constructed by the Gujarat Housing Board in Sadhna Colony had collapsed in Jamnagar city killing three, including a couple and their four-year-old son, and injuring five others.
Gadhvi said that the Jetpur municipality has cut water connection to some of the Gujarat Housing Board quarters deemed dangerous and have asked their occupants to vacate the houses. “The houses that collapsed on Wednesday were also very old,” said the chief officer.