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Rakiraki Family Loses Breadwinner In Drum Explosion

Mr Reddy died after the drum he was welding exploded at his workplace in Vatumami, Rakiraki, near his home.
19 Dec 2019 12:36
Rakiraki Family Loses Breadwinner In Drum Explosion
Jayant Shobna holds up the last photo she took with her husband, the late Chandar Prakash Reddy. Photo: Salote Qalubau Inset: The late Chandar Prakash Reddy

Family members of the late Chandar Prakash Reddy are still trying to come to terms with his passing away after sustaining injuries in a welding accident on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr Reddy died after the drum he was welding exploded at his workplace in Vatumami, Rakiraki, near his home.

His wife Jayant Shobna, 41, said she received news of her husband’s demise at 4.30pm on Tuesday.

“He came at 1pm for lunch and he watched a movie then he left at 3 o’clock to go back to work,” she said.

She said her husband was the sole breadwinner of the family and had his own building contractor business that he started in 2012.

Rahul Reddy, 22, described his father as a jovial, selfless and hardworking man.

Jayant Shobna holds up the last photo she took with her husband, the late Chandar Prakash Reddy. Photo: Salote Qalubau

Jayant Shobna holds up the last photo she took with her husband, the late Chandar Prakash Reddy. Photo: Salote Qalubau

“The lid of the drum exploded and his skull cracked in the centre, it was so severe and the woman present where he was working heard the explosion. When she came outside, she saw him lying four feet away from the explosion, he was thrown away with the impact.

“He was taken to the hospital but by then it was too late, if he was rushed to hospital earlier, he would have survived.”

Police Spokesperson Savaira Tabua confirmed the incident.

“He was rushed to Rakiraki Hospital and later passed away. Investigations continue.”

Family members have confirmed this Friday to be the funeral date for the late Mr Reddy.

The late Chandar Prakash Reddy.Photo.Salote Qalubau

The late Chandar Prakash Reddy.Photo.Salote Qalubau

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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