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11-16-2010, 09:48 AM #1
32 killed, 60 hurt as building collapses in DelhiAt least 32 people were killed and over 60 others injured when a four-storey building collapsed in a busy east Delhi locality on Monday night.
The building caved in at around 8.15 pm in congested Lalita Park area of Laxmi Nagar. Some 60 people were rescued from the building but scores of others are still feared to be trapped, a senior police official said.
"32 people have been killed in the incident," Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia said. City Police Commissioner B K Gupta and medical officials said over 60 people were injured.
The injured persons and the bodies have been taken to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital and Hedgewar Hospital.
Finance Minister A K Walia said the foundation of the old building could have weakened due to the heavy rains in the monsoon season when water of the Yamuna river flooded the area.
Locals said some water was still there in the basement of the building. Some residents also claimed that construction of an extra floor was going on when the incident took place.
Many of the injured were labourers. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the incident, Delhi government officials said. Huge mounds of concrete slabs and rubble were seen all around as rescuers, helped by the local residents, faced a tough task extricating people from under the debris.
The building is owned by a cement businessman named Amrit Singh, police officials said adding, an adjoining building also faces the risk of collapse and people have been evacuated....being a human...
11-16-2010, 09:53 AM #2
Delhi building collapse: 61 dead, 80 injuredThe toll in the East Delhi building collapse mounted to 61 this morning even as scores of rescue workers were working to pull out people trapped inside the debris of the structure.
The 15-year-old four-storey building, which housed 200 people, caved in at around 8.15 pm on Monday in the congested Lalita Park area of Laxmi Nagar.
Till now 39 bodies have been taken to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, 16 to Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, five to Hedgewar Hospital and one to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital. Around 80 people have been injured in the incident, officials said.
"Till now 61 people have been killed in the incident," Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia said.
According to reports, the foundation of the building had weakened due to water having seeped in during the monsoon when the Yamuna had breached its banks.
The injured were taken to three government hospitals where the death toll kept rising through the night. At the LNJP hospital where the maximum number of people were brought in dead, there was a sense of complete disbelief at what had happened. Through the night, ambulances carting the dead and the injured came in and doctors said that even though they were trying their best, the death toll was likely to go up.
At Lalita Nagar, the anger spilled over on the streets. Even as the owner of this building went missing, residents said it was a tragedy waiting to happen.
People said that the building collapsed when an attempt was being made to build extra floors. What's even more frightening is that there are several other illegal constructions like this in the area that could follow this disaster....being a human...
11-16-2010, 12:14 PM #3