VISAKHAPATNAM: A six-year-boy was killed in a landslip at Singarayametta near Muralinagar in the city in the wee hours of Friday.
K. Krishna, a mason, was staying with his wife Kalyani and three children in an asbestos-roofed house located on the hill slope.
A huge boulder from the slope came rolling down the hill past midnight following a heavy downpour.
The boulder fell on the asbestos roof and came crashing onto Krishna’s youngest son Dinesh, who was sleeping in one of the rooms.
He was rushed to the King George Hospital (KGH), where he was declared ‘brought dead’.
Fifth Town CI K. Prabhakar is investigating the case.
Krishna and his wife wailed inconsolably as their son died in front of their eyes.
He played in house on Thursday night and the fact that he was no more was hard for them to digest.
Mr. Prabhakar said that there weren’t any visible external injuries on the body.
It’s unfortunate that people living in semi-permanent houses on hill slopes lead a life and death existence, especially during the monsoon.
Deaths were reported in the city due to landslips near Kancharapalem and Hanumanthawaka in the recent past and at Kodipunjulavalasa near Araku a few years ago.