Two girls were injured when a part of their house collapsed in Sahul Hameed Nagar in Kannur on the outskirts of the city . A portion of compound wall fell over the tiled house after overnight rains.

Sunaina (18) and her younger sisters Sansad (16) and Sabrat (17) were in the house along with their father Younis, a labourer and mother Mumtaz when the incident happened around 3 a.m. “There was a big sound and we all came out running out of the house to see Younis and his family members trapped in the house part of which too had collapsed,” Sharief, who is their neighbour said. Only around 6 a.m. that they could bring out the trapped Younis and his family members out of the house.

Ms. Sunaina and Ms. Sansad injured their legs and were not in position to walk out. “Fortunately the two slept in the bedroom. If they had slept in the hall there would have been less changes of (their) survival,” said another neighbour Abdul Rehman. Younis and other family members had moved to the Government Wenlock Hospital where Sunaina and Sansad have been admitted.

This house was one among the 70 households in Sahul Hameed Nagar, which is located on a hill across the railway track. Sahul Hameed Nagar and the adjoining Ballurgudde residents have long been asking for a railway level crossing that provides road connectivity to Kannur and Mangalore. Presently these residents have to walk cross the railway track and reach the city. “The nearest level crossing is located at Adyar and we do not have road access,” said Mustafah, another resident.

On Thursday, residents had to carry the injured girls across the railway track and then arrange for an autorickshaw to reach them to the Government Wenlock Hospital.

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