Building collapses in Maihar, 2 killed
bhopal Updated: Aug 21, 2016 19:35 IST
Heavy rain over the last 72 hours triggered the collapse of a three-storey building in Maihar town, Satna district on Saturday morning, burying alive a man and a woman.
Six residents of the building have been rescued from the rubble; however, many are still feared trapped in the ruins.
The deceased have been identified as Rani Gupta (50) and district-level cricketer Babloo Martin (40).
According to administration and police sources, the building, which housed 30 flats and 20-odd shops, collapsed in the morning.
With no administrative or police help at the spot, it was the local residents first who rushed to help those trapped in debris.
Subsequently police, home guards and administrative helped arrived at the spot and JCB machines were pressed into action to remove the debris and rescue those trapped inside.
Talking to HT over the phone Satna district collector Naresh Pal confirmed that Gupta had died and added that six others have been rescued alive. “Owing to rains and holidays, not many people or shop owners were present in the building, due to which only a few persons may still be trapped in the debris,” he said.
The building was built just five years ago by the Madhya Pradesh Housing Board and had developed cracks a few weeks ago, but the housing board and local administration, rather than getting it vacated, had merely patched over the fractures.
Sources in Satna said it was constructed under the supervision of MP Housing Board (Rewa) deputy commissioner DC Dohre and a sub-engineer, now posted in Seoni district.
The basement of the building was also flooded with around 5 ft water for the last three to four days, but no attempts were made by the administration to pump it out.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, after chairing an emergency meet in Bhopal to take stock of the rain and flood in the state, ordered a probe into the collapse of the building. The probe will be conducted by public works department engineer Vikay Singh Verma.
Chouhan immediately left for Itarasi (Hoshangabad) by road route and boarded the Sanghmitra Express train to Satna.
He also announced `4 lakh as compensation to the kin of the deceased. “I’ve directed all administrative and police officials to rush to the spot and carry on rescue operations fast,” he said.
MP Housing Board chairman and senior BJP leader Krishna Murari Moghe also ordered a probe into the episode and assured that any official or private contractor found guilty of negligence will not be spared.
Meanwhile, Dohre speculated that the the building may have collapsed due to the water-logging in its basement.
“It’s quite possible that heavy water in the basement could have weakened the building’s foundation,” he said.