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Sunday 21 September 2014

Building collapse death toll rises

Published 02/07/2014 | 11:52

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Rescuers stand around a man they found beneath the debris of a building that collapsed in India (AP)

Rescuers in India have pulled another 13 bodies from the ruins of a collapsed building, bringing the death toll to 42.

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Twenty-seven people have been rescued so far, including seven on Tuesday, from under the enormous heap of broken slabs and twisted iron girders in a suburb of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state.

A police spokesman said that rescuers have not heard any more voices from the debris since yesterday, and that there is only a slim chances of finding more survivors.

But rescuers have not given up hope yet. In the past, survivors were found nine days after a building toppled.

Nearly 90 contract workers were in the basement collecting wages when the 11-storey building under construction collapsed on Saturday night.

Hundreds of rescuers, wearing hard hats and breathing masks, are likely to continue searching at least two more days, police said.

Police have arrested six construction company officials for alleged criminal negligence and violation of building codes. Authorities are investigating the cause of the collapse.

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