Rescue workers called off search on Saturday after five more bodies were pulled out overnight from the wreckage of a building that collapsed in Hyderabad,taking the death toll to 11 in the incident.
Two people – a woman and her son – were rescued alive from the rubble, a day after the under construction building came down on Thursday night.
Authorities said the search operations, lasting 36 hours, were called off after all the missing people were accounted for.
According to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation authorities, the deceased are from Bobbili in Vizianagaram district of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. Among the dead is Shiva, the husband of the rescued woman, identifed as Rekha.
“The government will pay an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to each of the bereaved families. We have made arrangements for sending the bodies to their native places,” Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao said.
The builder of the house, Satyanarayana Singh alias Sattu Singh, was arrested in Kerala and the police are on the lookout for his son, Anil, who was supervising the construction of the building.
The minister announced suspension of two officials of the GHMC – deputy commissioner Manohar (Circle-II) and assistant city planner Krishna Mohan for allowing Sattu Singh to take up construction of a seven-storey building in just a 200 square-yard plot.
He said as many as 1800 such illegal constructions were identified and orders would be issued to demolish all of them for violating building norms.
The Gachibowli police under Cyberabad police commissionerate registered a case against the builder.