Thursday, 11 July 2013

4 bodies yet to be identified after Secunderabad hotel collapse

Three days after the City Light Hotel collapsed in Hyderabad, relatives of four victims are yet to be informed about the death of their loved ones. Of the 17 people who perished in the incident, bodies of four that were extricated from the rubble on Monday are yet to be identified and are lying unclaimed in the Gandhi Hospital mortuary. Investigating officials said these deceased hotel workers hail from Odisha and presumed that their relatives did not turn up as they were unaware of the mishap.

Every year, several hundred people migrate to the city from states like Odisha, Bihar, Assam and Madhya Pradesh looking for work. Experts said the latest deaths underscore the lackadaisical way in which most of these workers are recruited. Employed mostly in small eateries, owners do not have a clue about their original addresses and in some cases, do not even bother asking their names, they said. The fact that they are provided free food and accommodation lures them to these jobs. Several such workers were present at the City Light Hotel as well.

Ch Srinivasulu, a sub-inspector attached to Mahankali police station, said attempts are on to trace the victims' family members. "Their pictures have been pasted on hospital mortuary walls and information has also been disseminated via other means. We have collected their fingerprints and preserved their DNA," said Srinivasulu. He added that other hotel employees were helping them identify the bodies.

Meanwhile, another injured person, who had earlier sought treatment at a private hospital, got himself admitted at the Gandhi Hospital on Tuesday evening. Currently, 17 people who escaped with injuries in the incident are undergoing treatment at the state-run hospital.

Even three days after the mishap, the hospital is filled with the cries of relatives, with nurses and other staff trying to console them. Many among the dead, including M Ramesh, 40, were the lone breadwinners of his families. His eldest daughter aged 18 is also physically challenged. Doctors said they tried to do everything to save the victims, from surgeries to ventilator support.

Thursday 11 July 2013


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