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Building collapse: two bodies unidentified

Rescue and clearing-up operations of a collapsed four-storied building in west Delhi were completed on Monday.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2007 14:55 IST

Rescue and clearing-up operations of a collapsed four-storied building in west Delhi were completed on Monday while two bodies awaited identification, said officials in New Delhi.

Eight people, including three children, were killed when the old building caved in Sunday. The injured have been admitted to hospitals.

"We completed our operations on early Monday. There were no more dead bodies inside the debris. The tragic incident took a total of eight lives and injured that many people," said a Delhi Fire Service official.

The Delhi government has announced compensation for the victims and ordered a high-level enquiry into the incident.

"We are carrying out post-mortems of the deceased. But two of the dead are yet to be identified," said AK Jena, the medical superintendent at the Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital in New Delhi.

"Three people - Swarn Kumar (40), Lila Devi (55) and Yadram (35) - are nursing bone injuries in our hospital," Jena .

While residents blamed the ongoing demolition drive for weakening the building's foundation, fire officials said excessive rain over the last two days and construction extension could be the main reasons for the sudden collapse of the building.

The Delhi government has announced a compensation of Rs 100,000 each for the families of the five adults killed, Rs 50,000 to the relatives of minors and Rs 20,000 for the injured.