Weakened tree falls in KMC, injures two and damages four cars2 min read
MANIPAL: Two people were injured after a huge tree fell down in front of the New Trauma Centre, Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal, on June 21. The incident occurred around 2 PM in the afternoon, crushing four cars parked at the spot.
The victims who were sitting under the tree at the time of the incident were treated in KMC Hospital for minor injuries and are reported to be fine. The cars parked under it were damaged with broken glass and dented roofs.
Officials from the forest and the fire department arrived immediately and cleared the road of the scattered branches of the fallen tree to prevent disruption in the hospital’s emergency services.
Dr Kiran Acharya, a professor and doctor in the Department of Orthopaedics at KMC said, “I was in my clinic examining a patient when I heard a loud scream from outside, followed by a deafening thud. I instructed my security guard to enquire and he told me that a tree had fallen on a few cars and the roof of the medical records section.” He further said that the initial sight was scary, with many bats flying in the vicinity.
A high-angle view of the scene, with the damage and bats displaced from their resting tree. || Video Courtesy: Dr Kiran Acharya
According to forest officials, the 40-year-old located in the Trauma Centre parking lot fell due to weakened roots owing to recent rain and other factors. Hospital staff at KMC stated that wood rot is common during the monsoon and trees with excess and weak branches are usually trimmed and pruned during this time for precautionary reasons, as per the campus protection policy. They added that recently, green advocates opposed the pruning of trees, a common process in Manipal and Udupi.
A similar incident was reported to have taken place two days earlier, on the road leading to the Interact Complex in Manipal. However, no damage of any kind was recorded.
Featured Image Courtesy: Dr Kiran Acharya
Edited by: Karthika Venugopal