Saturday 1 October 2016

Eight killed as building collapses in India

Published 29/07/2016 | 10:31

The official said the top section of the building in the city of Pune came crashing to the ground
The official said the top section of the building in the city of Pune came crashing to the ground

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

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The official said the top section of the building in the city of Pune came crashing down to the ground.

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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