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Changed fortunes: Forced to evacuate their homes within minutes of the crash, eight families of the damaged building at Bowenpally are struggling to adjust their incomes due to the sudden additional expenditure.
Changed fortunes: Forced to evacuate their homes within minutes of the crash, eight families of the damaged building at Bowenpally are struggling to adjust their incomes due to the sudden additional expenditure.

Marri Ramu

Plane crash into the building turns some tenants into paupers

HYDERABAD: First week of every month was bright for them since it was the time to get salaries or payments for the works done. But this month it turned out to be a gloomy day for the families living in rented portions of a two-storeyed building into which an Indian Navy aircraft rammed into three days ago at Bowenpally.

Forced by authorities to evacuate their homes within minutes of the crash, eight families of the damaged building are struggling to adjust their little incomes to the sudden additional expenditure. The worst affected family was that of Vijayeshwari, who sustained injuries along with her son Syam.

Except a bag of burnt clothes and a damaged washing machine, they could not retrieve a single article from their portion that was completely damaged in the crash. Every object in their house, including the dining table and chairs, were reduced to ashes. “The crash made the family pauper in seconds. They are still in hospital and wondering where to go if discharged from hospital,” Vijayeshwari's mother Nagaratnam said on Friday with tears in eyes.

Relatives searched for a new rented portion in the area for the past three days but could not find one that suits the family's income status. Finally, they decided to take shelter at a close relative's house in Moula Ali and continue the efforts to find a roof to live under. Labour contractor, Ashok, is in a similar financial mess. Since the day of crash, he, his wife and daughter are eating in the houses of their relatives.

“Shifting heavy goods like almirah and furniture amidst fear that the building would collapse any time was traumatic. It is difficult for woman family members to cope up with such situation,” he said.

He kept some articles in the house of his brother living near-by and is on the hunt for a new house. Though he found some vacant portions here and there, all house owners demanded two months of rent in advance. That is additional burden for a lower middle class man like left with the option of borrowing from someone, he said.

Sales executive N. Deepak, one of the tenants, managed to find a new house albeit for a rent higher by one thousand rupees.

All of his friends and colleagues had to sweat out to shift the furniture and articles downstairs from his portion on second floor.

“We had no time to relax and went around surrounding localities under the hot sun and found a new one finally,” he explained.

His LCD TV got damaged in the crash while transporting the furniture to the new house alone cost him Rs. 3,000. All of them feel there is no point in finding fault with the government machinery that doesn't bother to help but insists for evacuation immediately.


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