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Father, son rescued after spending two days on tree


Brahmapur, Oct 26:

A 70-year-old man and his son spent two days on a mango tree before being rescued by Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) in cyclone and flood-hit Ganjam district.

Basaba Bharadwaj along with his son had climbed the tree while being swept away by the high flood waters at Kanjiama village, 35 km from here, on Wednesday when they were searching for his missing wife, Janaki (65).

“We could not locate her. We climbed on the tree to save our lives,” said Basaba, a resident of Sarangagada in Kandhamal district working in a brick-kiln in Ganjam.

They were rescued on Friday by ODRAF while Janaki, who was swept away by the flood waters, is still missing.

ODRAF sources said the father-son duo was spotted by its personnel when they were returning to Kanjima after distributing relief. They were admitted to a hospital at Hinjili where their condition was stated to be normal.

“The old man was in shock after missing of his wife. He was suffering from cold, but in good condition” said a doctor attending them.

In a similar incident, National Disaster Rapid Action Force (NDRAF) rescued three persons – two firemen and one home guard – who were stranded for about 18 hours at Gothagaon by the flood waters and had taken refuge on a tree, NDRAF sources said.

They, along with some others, had gone to the place to rescue six marooned people on Thursday. After evacuating the six to safety, they found themselves surrounded by high flood waters and climbed the tree to avoid being swept away.

The ODRAF team tried to reach them twice, but in vain. They were rescued on Thursday by NDRAF team, said Ganjam district collector Krishan Kumar. They were also rushed to the hospital.

Reports of rescue of stranded people were received from other places in the district, including Inganathi near Bhanjanagara, Kabisuryanagara, Aska and Buguda.( PTI)