Mumbai hoarding collapse: 1 more victim dies, toll rises to 17

Mumbai, May 22 (UNI) An autorickshaw driver Raju Sonawane, who was admitted to KEM Hospital for treatment of serious injuries sustained due to collapse of a massive hoarding in Pant Nagar area of eastern suburb of Ghatkopar in Mumbai, passed away on Wednesday morning, taking the toll in this incident to 17.

Sonawane, aged 53, a resident of Badlapur in neighbouring Thane district use to drive his auto daily from Badlapur to Ghatkopar.

On that fateful day, he was in line to refill CNG in his auto when weather suddenly changed. Heavy rain and a strong windstorm began, causing huge hoarding to collapse onto the petrol pump where Sonawane was refuelling.

A massive pillar fell on Sonawane’s chest, causing severe injuries and internal bleeding in his lungs. The weight on his chest also led to blood clots.

He was immediately rescued and admitted to ICU (intensive care unit) section of Ghatkopar’s Rajawadi Hospital.

However, Sonawane’s condition was the most critical, prompting his transfer to KEM Hospital in Parel for better treatment.

His niece, Sushmita Sonawane (28), shared, “Uncle had suffered extensive internal injuries, particularly to his lungs, as a large portion of metal fell directly on his body. His lungs developed clots, requiring urgent medical attention. However, his condition was too precarious for him to undergo tests or move. He was on life support for many days. As the backbone of the family, his absence has placed a significant burden on us.”

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