|The Goa building (Pic: NDTV)|
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Goa building collapse: death toll rises to 15
MUMBAI (AA) - At least 15 people have died and many are still feared trapped inside the debris of a five-storey under construction building which collapsed on Saturday afternoon in Cancona town in western coastal state of Goa, 80 kms away from Panaji, the state capital.
Sources told Anadolu Agency that death toll is likely to rise. At least 20 people could still be trapped under the rubble and possibility of finding more survivors appeared bleak as fire-fighters and Army carried out rescue operations overnight clearing the huge pile of concrete slabs and mangled steel.
The chances of finding anybody alive is being ruled out by rescue teams as the rescue and relief operation are still being carried out 24 hours after the tragic incident.
At least 11 injured construction labourers have been admitted to local hospital.
Venancio Furtado, acting South Goa collector, told the media that the building was being built by Ruby Constructions, an arm of Mumbai-based Bharat Developers.
A case has been registered against the real-estate developers Jugdeep Kumar Sehgal, Pradeep Singh and director Vishwas Desai under various sections of Indian penal code for negligence, endangering human life, causing death, South Goa Superintendent of Police Shekar Prabhudesai said.
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar said that prima facie it appears that the collapse was due to poor quality of construction.
Parrikar said that district administration will look into all aspects of the collapse and submit a report to the government.
Meanwhile, a search operation has been launched for the builder and contractor who remained untraceable following the collapse.
“Both the builder and contractor have been missing while attempts are on to trace them,” police inspector Harish Madkaikar told Press Trust of India.
In September 2013, a four-storey government building collapsed in Mumbai, capital of neigbouring state of Maharashtra, killing 61 people.
Anadolu Agency, January 5, 2014