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    India is the biggest user of groundwater in the world and has approximately 27 million borewells, most of which are left unsealed when they dry up. Since 2009, more than 40 children have fallen into borewells, and on average 70% of conventional child rescue operations fail, according to a report by the National Disaster Response Force of India.

    A massive rescue operation is underway to save a four-year-old boy who fell into a 150-foot-deep borewell while playing on Monday morning. The incident took place at about 8:30 a.m. local time in Dhariyai village in India’s Uttar Pradesh state. 

    In videos that are making the rounds on the Internet, a disaster management team and villagers can be seen trying to rescue the child from the borewell.

    Local police told the news agency PTI that the child's movement could be noticed and that he was responding. Oxygen is being supplied to the boy through a pipe pushed down the borewell.

    “We had dropped a rope into the borewell which the child had caught and he has been responding to our queries”, the villager said. 

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