In a freak incident, two minor siblings drowned when a water pipeline suddenly burst and washed them away near the Indira Nagar slums here, officials said on Friday. The children, nine-year old Priyanka Doiphode and her infant brother, eight-month-old Vignesh, were washed away in the gushing water as the 72-inch pipeline burst.
The Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Mumbai Fire Brigade and the Disaster Management Cell were activated for rescue and relief operations.
Both the siblings were declared dead on arrival at the Bhabha Hospital Bandra and V.N Desai Hospital in Santacruz, an official from the Bandra Police Station said. The cause of the pipeline burst is being investigated, the official added.