Two die in Ben­galuru build­ing col­lapse

China Daily (USA) - - WORLD - By REUTERS in Ben­galuru, India

At least two peo­ple were killed and several more were trapped af­ter an in­com­plete five-story build­ing col­lapsed in India’s tech­nol­ogy hub of Ben­galuru on Wed­nes­day, officials said.

The res­i­den­tial build­ing, which had been un­der con­struc­tion for several months, was lo­cated in the city’s Bel­lan­dur neigh­bour­hood, home to up­scale apart­ment blocks, hos­tels and of­fices com­pa­nies.

The area, which sur­rounds a lake of the same name and flanks a ma­jor ring road, has ex­pe­ri­enced a con­struc­tion boom in re­cent years.

Res­cue officials at the scene said a security guard work­ing at an ad­ja­cent build­ing had been killed and that three con­struc­tion work­ers re­mained trapped late on Wed­nes­day.

Apo­lice in­spec­tor later told Reuters by tele­phone that a 24-year-old con­struc­tion of tech­nol­ogy worker had also been killed. It was not clear whether he was one of the three trapped work­ers. At least four peo­ple had been pulled from un­der the de­bris.

One of the men res­cued, who gave his name as Bishnu, said he was a tiler from the West Ben­gal re­gion. He said he was work­ing on the fourth floor when the build­ing col­lapsed side­ways.

From a sleepy re­tire­ment cen­ter known as the Gar­den City in the 1990s, Ben­galuru has grown to be­come a sprawl­ing me­trop­o­lis of 10 mil­lion that houses ma­jor of­fices of many in­ter­na­tional tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies.

“We pulled out one per­son whose leg was stuck in­side the de­bris,” said Adid Inam­dar, a man­ager at a nearby ho­tel, who ran through clouds of dust to reach the scene.

“We could only see the back of an­other per­son. We re­moved the con­crete blocks above him and he was bleed­ing pro­fusely. His head was se­verely dam­aged.”

PRO­VIDED TO AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Peo­ple watch as res­cue work­ers try to pull out vic­tims stuck un­der the de­bris of an un­der-con­struc­tion build­ing that col­lapsed in Ben­galuru on Wed­nes­day.

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