A 60-year-old housewife from puppalaguda in Manikonda Smt. Nikath Sultana, died and few other visitors sustained injuries after a huge branch broke from the tree and fallen off resulting in her death instantly in Nehru Zoological Park here on Saturday.
According to a press note issued here today, the Forest Department said the victim was sitting under a huge tree when the mishap occurred and she was on a joy visit to the zoo park along with her family. The Govt has announced an ex-gratia of Rs.5 lakhs to the family of the deceased.
In the evening of 20-4-2019 at about 4pm ,there was a huge onset of heavy rain followed by strong winds which resulted in falling of huge trees of neem, tamarind, babul,cassia, gulmohar ,peltophorum around 50-60 in number have been uprooted and at places huge branches have fallen off causing extensive damage to the power lines and visitor pathways etc.
Immediate measures were taken to evacuate the visitors duly engaging all the battery vehicles, safari buses and all vehicles of zoo. The Curator, Deputy Curator, Asst. Curators, and entire zoo staff have taken part in evacuating all the visitors safely outside the zoo and Addl.PCCF wildlife, Munindra personally monitored the visitor evacuation process. The parking area is also extensively damaged, the note said.
The injured visitors were also given first aid. In view of the large scale uprooting of trees and falling of broken branches, restricted facilities particularly in the parking, battery vehicles safari and toy train will be made available to the visitors on Sunday.