Five dead in India building collapse

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AHMEDABAD: Five people died and several others were trapped when a four-story apartment block collapsed on Wednesday in the western Indian city of Vadodara, officials said.

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The government-built block “caved in” at about 4 a.m. in the city’s Manjalpur area, senior administrator Vinod Rao said by telephone.

Rescuers in Vadodara, which is about 110 kilometers from Ahmedabad, had so far retrieved eight people from the debris of the building, which had 14 apartments.

“There were 15 to 20 people in the building which caved in early today. Eight have been evacuated and five bodies found so far,” said Rao.

Last month, a two-story hotel collapsed in the southern city of Secunderabad, killing 13 people and injuring 17 others.

Several buildings have collapsed in India in recent months, many of them apartment blocks in the financial capital Mumbai. One collapse in April in the city killed 74 people.

The accidents have highlighted shoddy construction standards in the country, where huge demand for housing and endemic corruption often results in illegal buildings and a lack of safety inspections.

AFP     

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