Falling tree destroys San Fernando home

A woman and three chil­dren es­caped death af­ter a large tree crashed on top of their San Fer­nan­do home, de­stroy­ing it and trap­ping them in­side.


The fam­i­ly had to be res­cued by neigh­bours who heard the loud crash­ing noise.

The fam­i­ly es­caped with­out any life-threat­en­ing in­juries and were dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal on Mon­day but the ply­wood house and all house­hold ar­ti­cles were de­stroyed.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred around 3.30 pm on Sun­day dur­ing heavy rain.

Rum­mag­ing through the rub­ble where his home once stood, Anand Na­goo, 36, said he was not home when the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

He said that his wife Sean­na, 33, was sit­ting in the liv­ing room with their daugh­ter and niece, ages eight and ten when she said, “A strong breeze pass and she hear the crack­ling of the tree.

She re­alise that the tree was go­ing to fall and she dive on top my daugh­ter and niece.

She get the most in­juries be­cause the roof fall on top of she. She black out and could not re­mem­ber any­thing for a while. My son hide un­der the dou­ble-deck­er bed. He did not get much in­juries.” How­ev­er, they were trapped. “The neigh­bours come and help them to come out.”


Na­goo, a gravedig­ger with the San Fer­nan­do City Cor­po­ra­tion said his wife, daugh­ter and niece re­ceived head in­juries.

His wife’s shoul­der was al­so in­jured.

They were treat­ed, giv­en med­ica­tion, kept overnight and dis­charged from the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal.

“They get a pre­scrip­tion for tablet but I can­not buy it be­cause I have no mon­ey,” he lament­ed.

The fam­i­ly is now di­vid­ed. Na­goo’s daugh­ter is stay­ing my his sis­ter while his son is by his sis­ter-in-law.

“Me and my wife don’t re­al­ly have any­where to stay. This morn­ing we take a lie down by my moth­er, but we don’t know what we go­ing to do.”

Na­goo went through the rub­ble to try to sal­vage what he could, but al­most every­thing was de­stroyed.

He said the chil­dren can­not go to school be­cause their school sup­plies are all gone.

Reporter: Sascha Wilson

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