2 rescued and 11 killed in Hyderabad building collapse

Two persons were rescued on Friday in a continuing operation 22 hours after a multi-storey building collapsed at Nanakramguda late on Thursday. Six more persons, including a three year old child, are believed trapped under the debris. The bodies of 11 persons were brought out of the debris by National Disaster Response Force personnel. NDRF officials said since this was a case of “pancake collapse”, where the floors progressively collapsed, there was no chance of finding survivors.

“In the preliminary inquiry we found a deep excavation conducted for another under construction project behind this collapsed building. A part of this building’s foundation had caved in into that area and a retaining wall is not visible. That would be one reason for this mishap. Fault in design, lack of quality building materials and negligence of the builder are also reasons,” said Cyberabad commissioner of police Sandeep Shandilya.

Cyberabad police commissioner Sandeep Shandilya said these were early findings and a team of experts would pinpoint the exact cause. “At the moment, our priority is the rescue operation. The investigation against builder is taking place in parallel,” he said. He said multiple police teams were looking for Satyarayana Singh. “There should be a strong retaining wall and gap between two buildings. We are examining if this project had followed the rules,” he said, referring to the Sumadhura Constructions building.

Some of those inside the building could be workers from nearby sites, police said. K.T.Rama Rao announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of dead adults. Injured persons will be paid Rs 1 lakh, and treatment costs. The government has arranged for the bodies of the dead accompanied by their family members to be transported to their native places.
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“We could save two of the 13 people who were trapped in debris in the six storey building collapse. Unfortunately, the remaining 11 lost their lives. It is a painful incident. We extend our sympathies to the families of the deceased on behalf of state government,” Rao said. The preliminary report of the investigation by JNTU experts said extremely poor quality of material, gross violation and structural standards led to the collapse. JNTU civil engineering rector Dr N.V. Ramana Rao said, “We are studying the role of the construction being taken up behind the building.”

Courtesy : http://www.deccanchronicle.com

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