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Karnataka building collapse: 3 dead, 56 rescued

India Today logo India Today 20-03-2019 India Today Web Desk

A four-storey under construction building collapsed in north Karnataka on Tuesday evening, killing three people and leaving several others trapped or critically injured.


At least 56 people were rescued from the site in Dharwad's Kumareshwar Nagar. With more people feared trapped, relief and rescue operations continued overnight and were still underway on Wednesday morning.

District surgeon in Dharwad, Giridhar Kuknoor said, "43 people have been admitted to Civil Hospital, while 13 people have been referred to KIMS and SDM hospital."

While two people died in the collapse on Tuesday, another body was pulled out of the rubble on Wednesday, taking the death toll to three.

"Rescue operations continued overnight in Dharwad. An NDRF team is also participating in the operation. 56 people have been rescued so far and three people are seriously injured. My condolences to the families of the victims. My prayers go out to those who are injured," Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also said rescue efforts was being conducted on a war footing and urged locals not to panic.

Meanwhile, Former CM Siddaramaiah tweeted: "Shocked to hear about the tragic news of people being trapped under the debris of collapsed building in Dharwad. Concerned departments should not compromise on anything during the process of rescue operations, first-aid and rehabilitation of the affected. My prayers with the injured."

Besides police, fire and emergency services, and BSF jawans who were deployed for the Lok Sabha polls, NDRF and SDRF teams were also engaged in the rescue operations.

The building came down crashing giving rise to a thick cloud of dust, triggering widespread panic among neighbours and passers-by.

Residents said there were several shops on the ground floor and many people often used to visit there.

Rajesh, a witness, told a local channel that the first two floors of the building were being rented out by shops. "There was a tea shop, a photostat shop," he said.

An eye-witness alleged that the building did not have the capacity to bear four storeys whereas an extra floor was being added. "The builders had used substandard materials," he said.

Most of those trapped were migrant labourers from north India who were engaged in laying the tiles.

Former Karnataka minister and Congress leader from the region Vinay Kulkarni said one of the partners in the building was his relative. Speaking to reporters, he said whoever was involved should face action.

(With inputs from agencies)

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