An elderly woman died after a wall of an old wada in Ganesh Peth caved in yesterday. The woman reportedly died of suffocation after she was trapped in the debris. The incident took place in the 90-year-old Thakur Wada near Dulya Maruti Chowk.
Remains of the day: The wada in Ganesh Peth that caved in.
Fire brigade officials said that the creaky mud walls of the old wada led to the collapse. Residents allege that the incident took place because the owner did not allow them to repair the old wada. The deceased has been identified as Thakubai Kashinath Shilimkar (76). Residents of the wada said that three other members of the family had a miraculous escape.
Pravin Kakade, tenant of the same wada told MiD DAY, "We came to know about the incident when we heard cries of Dattatray Shilimkar, Thakubai's son. After Shilimkar told us about his mother, we acted quickly. Within minutes Thakubai was removed from debris but she was in an unconscious state."
Shivaji Memane, station duty officer of fire brigade, said, "We reached the spot immediately, by then the residents had removed the woman from the debris."