One of the victims, Malathi Kanche, a 46-year-old woman hailing from Hyderabad, was an IT professional living with her family in New Jersey. Her husband Prasad Kanche hails from Tenali in AP. Malathi was in a car with her daughter when she was caught in the swirling waters.
While her 15-year-old daughter, who knew how to swim, managed to swim back to safety, Malathi got carried away in the waters. Malathi had gone to drop her son at the university and was returning home with her daughter when they were caught in the swirling water at Bridgwater in New Jersey as a result of Hurricane Ida.
As the local authorities, friends and the Indian community participated in the search and rescue operations, the body of Malathi Kanche was recovered on September
3. The body was found 8 km away from where she was swept away. Pablo Orozco, councilman, Borough of Raritan, confirmed Kanche’s death and expressed his condolences to the bereaved family.
The Indian community organised teams to locate her. Spokesperson of Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Frank Roman said that emergency responders also used drones to locate Kanche.
In another incident, another Indian-American, Dhanush Reddy (31) got washed away. Due to the intensity of the floodwater, he got sucked into a sewer pipe in South Plainfield and his body was located the following day, some 8 km away from the place where the mishap occurred.