Bangalore: A 37-year-old man and his son were buried alive after a two-storey house collapsed in Jogupalya in Ulsoor amid heavy rains.
The deceased — M. Sumbramani and his 10-year-old son — ran out of the house to safety when they heard the neighbouring building collapse, but went in again to take out a bike and a bicycle when the wall collapsed on them. Two residents of the building that collapsed – Komathi Devi (51) and her son Kiran (16) – escaped with minor injuries.
A police officer said, “It was a 60-year-old building and a creeper had grown along its wall till the terrace. The occupants of the house had refused to remove the creeper as they considered it sacred. The creeper had dampened the wall which made it feeble and weak.”
However, Komathi Devi was adamant about residing in the building, neighbours said.
In another incident, a 40-year-old priest at the Sri Sai Temple in Basaveshwara Nagar in West Bangalore was electrocuted on Thursday morning when he was trying to pump out water that had collected in the cellar of the temple due to heavy overnight rain. The priest Shankar stepped on a live electric wire in the cellar while pumping out water and was killed at the spot.