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2 dead, many feared trapped after under-construction building collapses in Karnataka’s…

Two people were killed and six were injured when an under-construction building collapsed in Karnataka’s Dharwad district on Tuesday, according to news agency PTI.

The incident took place in Kumareshwara Nagar area of the district. Officials said around 40 people are believed to be trapped in the debris of the five-storey building.

A senior official at the Dharwad district hospital said many injured persons had been admitted to the hospital.

Hubli-Dharwad police commissioner, MN Nagaraju, said, “We have deployed three cranes and four earth movers. We have rescued 14 people so far. There is confusion whether it is a four or five storey building. We will verify this later, as of now our priority is the rescue.”

Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy tweeted that the chief secretary has been directed to send additional resources and expert rescuers to Dharwad by a special flight. “Shocked to learn about the collapse of an under-construction building in Dharwad. I have instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations,” Kumaraswamy said.

The rescue operation is on and five people have been extricated, so far, from the debris. I have instructed the concerned officials to be on location.

— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy)

March 19, 2019

Former Congress minister Vinay Kulkarni said one of his relatives was involved in the construction of the building. “There were eight partners, one of whom is my relative. It’s a big incident and no matter whose mistake it is, action should be taken,” he said.

First Published:
Mar 19, 2019 17:16 IST

Source: HindustanTimes