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Building Collapses: Dual Accidents Kill at Least 22 in India

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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 June 29, 2014.

By    |   Tuesday, 01 Jul 2014 08:03 AM

Two separate building collapses in New Delhi and Tamil Nadu, India, killed at least 22 people — including five children — on Saturday, sparking an outcry about the lack of construction oversight in the developing nation.

"Some 10 workers are in hospital and one of them is in the intensive care unit," K. Shanmugasundaram, a spokesman for the state police, told Reuters. "Many more are still feared trapped."

The first building to collapse was a 50-year-old set of apartments with 14 occupants, where at least 10 were confirmed dead. It was a building occupied by some of the nation's poorest citizens.

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Later that day, an 11-story building under construction in Tamil Nadu collapsed, killing at least one worker. It is unknown how many might still be trapped under the rubble between the two buildings, but some outlets reported that 90 workers were believed to have been in the basement of the second building collecting their wages when it collapsed.

S.P. Selvam, head of the rescue operation, told Fox News, "Removing debris is a major challenge. It may take two to three days to clear the rubble." He said that some have already been rescued, and that crews are continuing to focus on areas where they could hear voices through the debris.

Vijay Goel, a lawmaker from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party that controls the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, issued a tweet in response to the news, saying "Building collapse in Delhi brings forth need to adhere to safety requirements."

A police officer said two directors, two engineers, and one supervisor from the construction company were detained for questioning.

Approximately 100 people died in building collapses last year across the country.



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Two separate building collapses in New Delhi and Tamil Nadu, India, killed at least 22 people — including five children — on Saturday, sparking an outcry about the lack of construction oversight in the developing nation.
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