Chhattisgarh: Efforts continue for third day to rescue 11-year-old boy trapped in borewell; Team of robot experts reached the spot

More than 45 hours after an 11-year-old boy fell into a deep borewell in Chhattisgarh’s Janjgir Champa district, rescue teams were working hard to rescue him on Sunday, officials said.

The boy is conscious, he said, adding that a team of robotic experts from Gujarat has reached the spot and efforts are on to rescue the child, who is trapped in a borewell at a depth of about 60 feet.

Rahul Sahu fell into an 80-feet deep borewell in the backyard of his house in Pehrid village of Malkhroda development block at around 2 pm on Friday, while he was playing there, officials said. The rescue teams, comprising over 500 personnel including officials from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Army, are working tirelessly using ultra-advanced machines and vehicles to rescue the child, he said.

According to the latest information, the parallel pit being dug since Friday evening is in its final stages. A tunnel would then be built which would enable the rescue team to reach the borewell and retrieve the child. Officials said that a team of robotic experts from Gujarat has also reached the spot and with the help of the robot, efforts are on to get the child out safely.

Health officials are constantly monitoring Rahul’s condition through cameras. He is alert and showing speed. He was given a soft drink and a banana in the early hours of Sunday and juice was given this morning. A government statement said a pipe has been installed to supply oxygen to the borewell. An official of the district administration said that we are hopeful that we will be able to save the child by noon.

Over 500 personnel, including NDRF, a four-member army team, over 150 policemen and 15 personnel of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), are involved in the rescue operation that began at 4 pm on Friday, officials said. Told. There is some water inside the borewell in which the child is trapped and NDRF personnel are trying to get him out with the help of a pot tied with a rope. According to the government statement, the child is also helping in the water extraction exercise.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is in touch with the officials and is constantly taking updates regarding the operation. Baghel also spoke to Rahul’s family members over phone and assured them that all possible steps would be taken to save the child. District Magistrate Jitendra Shukla and Superintendent of Police Vijay Agarwal were present on the spot since Friday evening.

CM has also directed all district collectors and SPs to cover borewells to prevent such incidents.

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