Build­ing col­lapse in In­dia kills nine

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

NEW DELHI: Nine peo­ple died af­ter an un­der-con­struc­tion build­ing col­lapsed in south­ern In­dia but a four-year-old boy and his mother were pulled alive from the rub­ble, po­lice said yes­ter­day. The seven-storey build­ing where la­bor­ers and their fam­i­lies lived in the base­ment came crash­ing down late Thurs­day in Hy­der­abad, the state cap­i­tal of Te­lan­gana.

“We can con­firm that the toll has gone up to nine. Rescue work­ers had man­aged to pull out a mother and her child alive yes­ter­day (Fri­day),” a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer told AFP. “The de­bris is still be­ing re­moved,” he said, re­quest­ing anonymity. Emer­gency work­ers were us­ing me­chan­i­cal dig­gers and other equip­ment to re­move man­gled slabs of con­crete and steel at the site, TV footage showed.

The mother and her child were un­der­go­ing emer­gency treat­ment at a hos­pi­tal while three more peo­ple re­mained un­ac­counted for, the of­fi­cer added. The state gov­ern­ment has promised tough ac­tion against the build­ing owner for al­leged vi­o­la­tion of con­struc­tion rules as well as civic of­fi­cials for dere­lic­tion of duty, the Press Trust of In­dia news agency re­ported. Deadly ac­ci­dents at build­ing sites are rel­a­tively com­mon in In­dia and are of­ten blamed on a lack of safety mea­sures. In July, nine la­bor­ers fell to their death from an un­der-con­struc­tion res­i­den­tial tower in Mum­bai af­ter a con­crete slab col­lapsed. — AFP

HY­DER­ABAD: In this pho­to­graph taken on De­cem­ber 9, 2016, In­dian rescue work­ers dig through the rub­ble of a col­lapsed build­ing. — AFP

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