Fatal falls: Two killed in city by falling trees

Fatal falls: Two killed in city by falling trees

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-06-27 20:39 Bengaluru: Strong wings claimed the lives of two people, uprooted over 30 trees and threw traffic out of gear at several areas in the city on Monday.Strong winds clocked at 59kmph claimed the life of 48-year-old Feroz Pasha, a resident of Manjunath Layout at Nagavar, after a tree uprooted and fell on him on Margosa Road. Feroz was rushed to KC General Hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.JeevanIn another incident, a car driver identified as Swamy, 27, was also injured when a tree collapsed on the front portion of the car damaging it severely. Swamy sustained injuries to his head and fracture of his shoulder. He, too, was taken to KC General hospital for treatment.In Vivek Nagar, four-year-old Jeevan Kumar died while playing as a tree fell on him. He was rushed to Nimhans but he died after battling for three hours.Firoz PashaSibgathualla, younger brother of Firoz Pasha, said the family was in complete shock. “He supplies food to schools under midday-meal scheme. He had gone to collect cheque from the office in Malleswaram. He has a wife and four children. Had BBMP identified and axed the aged tree, this incident could have been prevented,” he said.Sibgathulla said two of Feroz’s sons were still in school while another son was working. “Feroz’s income was a great help to the family,” he said.When contacted over the tree falls, Manjunath Prasad, BBMP commissioner said the civic body would take help from expert to identify vulnerable trees. “BBMP will invite criticism from environmentalists for cutting trees and if the same trees fall and kill BBMP is targeted. However, we have announced Rs 1 lakh as compensation for the victims’ family and the BBMP will bear the cost of the treatment of the injured,” said the commissioner.Ranganath Swamy, Deputy Conservator of Forests, BBMP said the department had cut over 300 trees in the last few weeks. “Efforts are on to identify more such trees and the department is also looking at complaints coming from public in this regard,” he said.