Repairing sewage chamber proved costly

Rain on Friday claimed two lives in the city — one of a 55-year-old daily wage worker who was ironically working on unclogging a storm water drain chamber in the evening, and the other a 40-year-old garment worker who fell into a storm water drain early on Friday morning.

Venkataswamy, a daily wage labourer who worked for a private BWSSB contractor, had stepped out to repair a sewage chamber adjacent to the graveyard compound wall in Ramamurthy Nagar.

A part of the compound wall caved in on Friday evening due to the rain. While five other workers who were also working with him managed to escape, Venkataswamy (55) got stuck under the debris. By the time his colleagues could manage to pull him out, he had sustained severe injuries, the police said. He was rushed to the nearby hospital only to be declared dead on arrival. On Friday morning, Kumaraswamy, a resident of Tavarakere, fell into a storm water drain in Koramangala after he slipped over the loose soil near the drain. He was on the way to work. Passersby found him drowning in the sewage.

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