Friday, August 18, 2017

Body found of toddler swept away in Bryansk

The body of a toddler who was swept away in a sewer after a hole opened up under him and his mother while they were out for a walk in Bryansk has been recovered.

The body was discovered late on Monday afternoon after the remnants of his clothing and stroller were found by search teams, BBC.com reports. The boy's mother, identified as the 26-year-old Tatyana Didenko, was taken to a hospital for treatment for shock.

The ground beneath Didenko and her child gave way after a hot water pipe burst, officials told BBC.com. Didenko was pulled from the hole by her husband, a traffic police officer, but her son was thrown from his stroller into the sewer below.

"The woman managed to grab on to the edge of the collapsed pavement, which saved her life," a Bryansk official was quoted as saying, BBC.com reports.

The toddler's body was later found 3.5 miles from the spot where it had disappeared.

Investigators are inspecting the collapsed pavement to determine what caused it to buckle and have begun investigating problems with the construction of a local sewage plant.

Mild weather may have played a part in the collapse, Bryansk regional governor Nikolai Denin told Russia 24 TV. The weather may have caused the pipe to rupture, which then caused sand below the pavement to wash away.

"We have to start rebuilding things because otherwise this could happen again," Denin said, according to BBC.com.