27 May 2022 15:47
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Mother and son lost their lives in Sydney floods

The car was discovered in Cooper Creek, in WentworthVille with only personal items believed to belong to the pair left behind.

Bodies of two people found in a stormwater canal in western Sydney are believed to be Hemalathasolhyr Satchithanantham, 67, and her son Bramooth, 34.

Earlier, on Monday afternoon, their car, a white Mazda-3 was was found in the stormwater canal.

The car was discovered in Cooper Creek, in WentworthVille with only personal items believed to belong to the pair left behind.

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Ms Satchithanantham was described as being of Indian/subcontinental appearance with a medium complexion, 165cm tall with a heavy build, dark shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes.

Bramooth was described as being of Indian/subcontinental appearance with a medium complexion, 180cm tall, heavy build with medium-length brown hair and eyes.

As the police officers were unable to find Ms Satchithanantham or her son, they soon launched an investigation and called for public assistance in finding the missing pair.

It is reported that at about 8.20 am on Tuesday, emergency services were called to the same canal.

This was done after someone reported that a woman’s body had been sighted in the water, near Hopkins Street in Constitution Hill.

NSW Police Rescue, police divers and NSW SES officers who were deployed to the scene, pulled the woman’s body from the water and sometime later also found the body of a man in the water.

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The bodies are yet to be formally identified, but NSW police believe that they are Ms Satchithanantham and Bramooth. 

Ms Satchithanantham was very devoted to her son, who had multiple medical conditions and was non-verbal.

Cumberland Police Area Commander Paul Devaney told the media that the deaths were a tragedy for all involved.

Up to 50mm of rain fell in the past 24 hours with widespread flooding forcing residents in many suburbs to evacuate.

NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York warned residents not to drive through floodwaters. 

‘We are quite concerned for their safety, but again it shows the danger of these storms and the danger of flash flooding.’ 

These two deaths are the first in Sydney for the flood event, while record floods have claimed five lives in Lismore.

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