In­dia build­ing col­lapse toll climbs to 20

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - WORLD -

MUM­BAI, In­dia (AFP) — The death toll from an apart­ment block col­lapse in west­ern In­dia climbed to 20 Tues­day, with more bod­ies likely to be re­cov­ered, of­fi­cials said, as res­cuers searched for sur­vivors.

Emer­gency work­ers from the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force (NDRF) have pulled 20 sur­vivors — in­clud­ing two boys aged four and seven — from the rub­ble of the build­ing in Bhi­wandi, near Mum­bai.

An NDRF spokesper­son told re­porters that re­cov­ery teams, aided by snif­fer dogs, also re­trieved 20 bod­ies buried un­der lay­ers of brick and con­crete when the three-storey block came crash­ing down be­fore dawn on Mon­day.

NDRF di­rec­tor gen­eral Satya Narayan Prad­han tweeted that he ex­pected the toll to in­crease, with “more (bod­ies) likely un­der de­bris.”

The cause of the ac­ci­dent was not im­me­di­ately clear, but build­ing col­lapses are com­mon dur­ing In­dia’s June-Septem­ber mon­soon sea­son, with old and rick­ety struc­tures buck­ling af­ter days of non-stop rain.

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