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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

Chennai building collapse: Death toll rises to 47

Reuters  Chennai, July 02, 2014
First Published: 11:07 IST(2/7/2014) | Last Updated: 17:12 IST(2/7/2014)

The death toll in a collapsed building in Chennai has risen to 47, the latest disaster to highlight poor safety standards in India's booming construction industry.

The 11-storey building under construction in Tamil Nadu came down late on Saturday following heavy rains. It was not clear how many people were in the building at that time.

The number of people rescued alive has now risen to 27, senior police officer Karuna Sagar told Reuters, as search operations continued. Six people including construction company managers and engineers have been arrested in connection with the collapse, Sagar said.

 

Rescuers, look at a worker's body buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed late Saturday during monsoon rains on the outskirts of Chennai. (AP Photo)

 

Lax and poorly enforced construction standards amid booming demand for housing have resulted in frequent and deadly collapses across India.

Many of those killed are poor migrants who find themselves living or working in illegally and hastily constructed buildings in or near major cities that offer rock-bottom rents.

Earlier on Saturday ten people including five children were killed in New Delhi after a 50-year-old apartment block with 14 occupants collapsed. More than 50 people were killed when an apartment block collapsed in Mumbai in September.

Watch: Chennai building mishap: many still trapped as death toll rises

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