Mrunal Manmay Dash

In an unfortunate incident, an 80-year-old woman died after falling into a 20-feet deep borewell near Kainphula village near Sonepur-Burda road in Sonepur district on Tuesday.

The deceased has been identified as Dukhi Nayak.

Nayak was rescued from the borewell following a 12-hour operation by fire services and ODRAF personnel.

As per reports, she was rushed to the Sonepur hospital for treatment after her rescue. However, doctors at the hospital declared her brought dead.

“The operation was challenging. We are a 28-member ODRAF team arrived at the spot after receiving a letter from the OSDMA. The fire fighting team had already begun the operation before our arrival. The woman was 80 years old, so it was imperative for us to rescue her soon enough. We tried our level best to rescue her,” said a member of the ODRAf team.

Speaking about the operation, OSDMA MD Gyanaranjan Das said, “The fire services personnel team responded immediately. After that a team of ODRAF also reached following orders of the SRC. We had also sent an NDRF team to the spot, because they have experience in conducting such kind of rescue operations. However, the ODRAF and fire services team succeeded in rescuing her before the NDRF’s arrival.

Nayak was reportedly out on a nature’s call when she fell in the abandoned borewell late Monday night.

Later, district SP Amaresh Kumar Panda said, "An enquiry will be conducted to ascertain who dug that borewell and left it abandoned." 

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