At least seven persons were killed and many feared trapped when two three-storey buildings collapsed in Madhavnagar locality in Vadodara district in Gujarat in the wee hours of Wednesday.
The incident occurred behind Atlandara area around 4.30am when the buildings came crashing down, catching the sleeping occupants unawares, HJ Tapariya, chief fire brigade officer of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation said.
About 14 families were staying in the building.
Manish Bhardwaj, Vadodara Municipal Commissioner, Satish Sharma, city police commissioner and city Mayor Bharat Shah and other senior officials have rushed to the site.
"Rescue and relief operations are in full swing.However, it is difficult to tell the exact number of people trapped under the debris. A few people, including a minor girl, have been rescued from the site so far," Vadodara mayor Bharat Shah said.
Talking to PTI, he said, "I was admitted to hospital and soon after learning about this mishap, I am on my way to the site.
According to Tapariya, about 13 to 14 families were staying there.
While several people are believed to be still trapped under the rubble. The rescue operations are going on in full swing.
Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have arrived to assist the fire brigade in the rescue work.
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi consoled the death of people while asking the state authorities to conduct the rescue operations to bring out all those trapped inside. He announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the dead and also ordered constitution of an enquiry commission to probe the incident, officials said.
He also asked the state finance minister Nitin Patel to rush at the spot for monitoring rescue operation launched by Vadodara municipal corporation and national disaster relief force.
Chief minister also announced a relief of Rs two lakh for the kin of the deceased and said an inquiry commission will probe the incident.
"10 persons have been brought out and they recieved some injuries while five dead bodies have also been removed so far," said an official from Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC).
Built for the economically weaker sections by the Vadodara Urban Development Authority (VUDA), the buildings were in dilapidated conditions and locals blamed the poor construction and no maintenance by the authorities.
"We had drawn the attention of authorities like VUDA about the buildings but they paid no heed and now both buildings collapsed as we had feared," local residents told local channels.
The injured have been rushed to SSG hospital for treatment.
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A decade down major building tragedies
* August 3 -- Gujarat: At least 31 people are killed when a building collapses after a gas explosion in Gujarat, northwestern India.
* August 23 -- Mumbai: At least 30 people die or are listed as missing after a four-storey building collapses in Mumbai after torrential rains.
* November 15 -- New Delhi: 67 people die and about 100 are injured when a five-storey residential building collapses in New Delhi after a monsoon.
* August 9 -- Rajkot: Eight persons die asleep after a two-storeyed building collapsed at Prabash Patan town in Junagadh district of Gujarat.
* April 4 -- Mumbai: At least 72 people die when a partly built seven-storeyed apartment block collapses on the outskirts of Mumbai.
* August 28 -- Vadodara: At least three persons were killed after a three-storeyed building collapsed in Madhavnagar locality in Vadodara.
(With agency inputs)