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Posted at: Aug 19, 2019, 6:38 AM; last updated: Aug 19, 2019, 6:38 AM (IST)

Rain wreaks havoc, 4 die in roof collapse

Lightning struck house in Khanna village killing 3 of family; farmer buried alive in another mishap
Rain wreaks havoc, 4 die in roof collapse
The debris of the collapsed roof of a house at Hole village, near Khanna, on Sunday.

Gurminder Grewal
Khanna, August 18

Four persons were killed in two separate rain-related incidents in Khanna.

Three members of a family, including a minor boy, died when the roof of their house collapsed in Hole village near Khanna. However, a girl of the family had a narrow escape as she was in another room at the time of the incident.

The deceased have been identified as Surjit Singh (36), his wife Baljinder Kaur (35) and their eight-year-old son Gurpreet Singh.

The mishap took place on Saturday night when the family members were having dinner and the roof collapsed probably as lightning struck the house.

Hearing the noise, villagers rushed to the spot and pulled out the family from under the debris, but they were found dead. The house was already in a bad condition and the roof failed to bear the heavy rain.

Meanwhile, Surjit’s brother Gian Singh demanded compensation and alleged that the officials concerned failed to turn up at the site till 10 am on Sunday.

When contacted, Khanna SDM Sandeep Singh said they had sent a report to the state government for compensation to the affected family. He assured that compensation would be given soon as per the government norms. He, however, refuted the allegations of officials reaching late and said he had sent the naib tehsildar on the spot and he himself also visited the site.

The bodies of the deceased were handed over to the kin after an autopsy on Sunday.

In another incident, an aged farmer was buried alive under debris as the roof of his room collapsed due to heavy rains in Mand Sherian village on Sunday.

The deceased have been identified as 72-year-old Anokh Singh. When the villagers came to know about the incident, they rushed to the spot and pulled out the body from under the debris.


Toddler washed away

Ropar: A three-year-old daughter of a watchman, identified as Sundri, was feared drowned when water flooded their house situated in a low-lying area of Ropar district on Sunday. TNS

Maximum showers in Nawanshahr

  • District Volume of rain
  • Nawanshahr 252mm
  • Ropar 178 mm
  • Fatehgarh Sahib 139 mm
  • Patiala 133.43 mm

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