At least 10 people were feared dead after an under construction seven-storey building collapsed in Nanakramguda area of Hyderabad on Thursday.
According to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials, the incident occurred around 10:30 pm. The workers were engaged in tiling and plumbing work when the building suddenly caved in.
Locals told the GHMC officials that five families, including that of a watchman, were inside the building when it collapsed.
GHMC commissioner Janardhan Reddy said there were no immediate reports of any casualties, but the survivors said at least 10 persons might have died and several others could be trapped under the debris.
Inquiries revealed that the building belongs to one Satyanarayana Singh and it was in the final stages of completion. GHMC officials suspect weak foundation in the cellar could be the reason for the collapse.
Telangana home minister N Narsimha Reddy and several other leaders and officials rushed to the spot where rescue work is underway.
Teams of the GHMC, National Disaster Response Force and Cyberabad police also rushed to the accident site.
(With inputs from agencies)