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Rescuers race to find 20 still trapped in India building collapse

Published on Jan 5, 2014 3:49 PM

PANAJI, India (AFP) - Indian rescuers were racing on Sunday to try to save up to 20 people still feared trapped in the ruins of a partially-constructed building that collapsed "like a pack of cards".

Rescuers have so far pulled 13 bodies from the residential building that crumbled mid-afternoon on Saturday while poorly paid daily-wage labourers were working on the site in a coastal village in the tourist state of Goa.

A senior officer overseeing the rescue told AFP some 15-20 people are feared still buried under the debris but the chances of finding anyone alive were "getting bleak" as time passes.

"There were some 40 people working when the building collapsed. We have pulled out 25 dead or alive so we believe (up to) 20 to be still inside," said the officer, who did not want to give his name as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

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