Rats Collapse 3-Storey Building In Agra: Video Here

| April 16 , 2018 , 15:37 IST

A huge number of rats, tunneling underground for a considerable amount of time, brought down a three-story building in Agra on Sunday morning. This strange incident occurred at the Teelay Wali Gali in Kacheri Ghat locality, an area which has very old grocery traders’ establishments.

The rat population of the area has always been high and has exploded considerably in recent years. Apart from weakening the foundation of dozens of houses, the rodents have also reportedly damaged sewage pipelines resulting in difficult living conditions.

On Saturday evening, the owner of the house vacated it along with his family, fearful that the building had become unstable and may fall and on Sunday morning, the building collapsed.

The entire video of the incident was caught on camera and went viral on social media.

Peepal Mandi councillor Ravi Mathur told TOI: "The foundation of the house had been completely hollowed out. Sudhir Kumar Verma, the owner of the house, was living here with eight other family members. He tried all possible solutions to get rid of the rats but was not successful. On Saturday evening, the plaster of the ceilings started falling. On the suggestion of friends and neighbours, Verma and his family vacated the house late in the night, although they left almost all their possessions behind. A few hours later, the entire house collapsed. At least most of the debris fell on open ground and not on other houses."

Sudhir Kumar Verma on the incident said, "My ancestral house was destroyed in seconds. My family and I had a narrow escape. We tried everything possible to get rid of the rats, and stop the damage to the foundations, but nothing worked. After the recent rains and high-speed winds, the walls developed cracks. We knew it was a dangerous situation, but not that the building would collapse like this."

"Rats have damaged foundations of houses, and have burrowed under roads, through sewage lines and around manholes in the entire Kacheri Ghat and neighbouring areas. The recent rains and high-speed winds have destabilised several houses. We have asked the civic body to take immediate steps for the safety of residents." said Rakesh Jain, Motiganj councillor.

Agra mayor Naveen Jain said, "Although the house that collapsed was old, it is true that several localities in the old city area have a major rodent problem and foundations of houses have been damaged. Crores of rupees of development work in the last few years have been wasted. I will meet with councillors and officials to work out a problem."