Tuesday 6 December 2016

Eight dead after 13-storey building collapses in India

Published 29/07/2016 | 09:34

At least eight dead as building collapses in India. Photo: Indian Express
At least eight dead as building collapses in India. Photo: Indian Express

At least eight workers were killed when part of a 13-storey building under construction collapsed in western India.

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Fire officials said the top section of the building in the city of Pune came crashing down to the ground.

Building collapse in India. Photo: My Republica
Building collapse in India. Photo: My Republica

Rescuers were looking for workers possibly trapped in the rubble, said the official.

Pune is 100 miles (160km) south-east of Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra state.

Building collapses are common in India, where high demand for housing and lax regulations have encouraged some builders to cut corners, use substandard materials or add unauthorised extra floors.

In April 2013, 74 people were killed when an eight-storey building being constructed illegally in a Mumbai suburb caved in. It was the worst building collapse in the country in decades.

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