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India building collapse: Death toll now 11; dozens may still be trapped

Published on Jun 29, 2014 10:58 PM
 

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Rescuers searched desperately for survivors on Sunday after an 11-storey residential block collapsed in heavy rain in southern India, killing at least 11 people and possibly trapping dozens.

The accident late on Saturday was India's second deadly building collapse in one day, after a dilapidated apartment block crumbled in the capital New Delhi, killing ten people including five children.

The partly built tower, about 20km from Chennai in Tamil Nadu state, crushed mostly labourers at the site who had gone inside it to shelter from the rain.

Senior police officer Karuna Sagar told AFP that 11 bodies had been pulled from the wreckage as of Sunday afternoon while 20 people had been rescued and were being treated in hospital.

Rescue workers conduct a search operation for survivors at the site of a collapsed 11-storey building that was under construction on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Chennai on June 29, 2014. Rescuers searched desperately for survivors on Sunday after an 11-storey residential block collapsed in heavy rain in southern India, killing at least 11 people and possibly trapping dozens. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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