|Rescue teams at work (Pic: AP)|
Saturday, January 04, 2014
7 killed in building collapse in Goa
MUMBAI (AA) - At least seven people were killed on Saturday when an under construction six-storey building collapsed in Canacona town in western coastal state of Goa.
Cancona is 80 kms away from Panaji, the state capital.
Sources told Anadolu Agency that over 30 people, most of them construction labourers, are still trapped under the rubble as relief and rescue operations are underway in South Goa town.
According to an English newspaper, the 10 injured, who were rescued alive, were admitted to a local government hospital.
South Goa collector Venancio Furtado told Times of India that the cause of the collapse is being investigated but their first priority is to perform rescue operations and help those who are feared trapped under the debris.
The tragic incident occurred at around 3 pm local time when construction labourers were at work.
Fire-fighters and ambulances have been rushed to the spot from Madgaon.
The building was reportedly being constructed by a Delhi-based real estate developer and it was part of a project comprising six buildings out of which three have been completed.
The death toll is likely to go up as rescue teams cut concrete slabs and mangled steel to take out the people trapped inside.
Chief minister Manohar Parrikar and several other senior officials were present at the tragic site supervising the relief work.
In September 2013, a four-storey government building collapsed in Mumbai, capital of neigbouring state of Maharashtra, killing 61 people.
On September 21, a five-storey private residence complex collapsed in Mumbra, a suburb on the outskirts of Mumbai, killing 3 people.