Two buildings co llapse in Bengaluru; 5 ki lled

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BENGALURU: The de ath toll in the twin building collapse at Hutchins Road, Thomas Town in Pulakeshinagar rose to five.

Cops said four bodies have been identified, while efforts are on to identify the fifth one, who is a middle-aged man. De ceased are Narayana, 26, Nirmala, 20, Anushka, 03, and Shambhu Kumar. A total of 13 laborers from Bihar were working in the under-construction building, on which a residential apartment col lapsed, cops said.

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Four men have been r escued so far and operations are on.

BBMP’s east zone chief engineer BS Prasad said that the incident took place at around 2 am after the four-year-old residential apartment, in which eight families were staying, came down. He said, “The apartment co llapsed after earth below the basement floor shrunk. Similarly, the neighboring under-construction apartment also c ollapsed.”

In the residential apartment, all eight families were rescued. However, rescue operations continued as the authorities are yet to ascertain how many people stayed in the two buildings. The local cops, fire service personnel, NDRF, and Karnataka Civil Defence teams are at the spot and trying to rescue the trapped people. Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun and East zone joint commissioner Raveendra visited the spot.

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Prasad said that the under-construction building had violated building bye-laws during the construction. The local engineer had already issued provisional and confirmation order for the demolition of the under-construction apartment but the builder had continued with the construction. BBMP engineers have also asked structural engineers to visit the spot and submit the report.

Mayor Gangambike said: “The foundation of both the apartments were not laid properly even though the land was not fit for the construction of the apartment. BBMP will demolish both the apartments. The architect, engineer and the builders will be held responsible for the incident. It has come to notice that one floor was constructed illegally by deviating the sanctioned plan. The builder will be asked to compensate the in jured and family members of the de ad woman.”

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