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Old building collapses in central Kolkata, two dead

A century-old building collapse in Kolkata’s Taltala area at about 12.45pm Tuesday.

kolkata Updated: Jul 25, 2017 21:57 IST
HT Correspondent
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Kolkata, Hindustan Times
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Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee at the site of the building collapse on Tuesday.(ANI Twitter)

A portion of an almost century-old building collapsed in Kolkata on Tuesday afternoon killing two people.

The two-storied structure suffered severe damage when a first floor ceiling caved in around 11.50 pm.

Many residents managed to rush out of the 10 Mirror Street building in central Taltala area when the collapse happened at about 12.45 pm, the official said.

The dead were later identified as 48-year-old Himadri Sekhar Pahari - resident of the building - and 18-year-old Hansha Shaw- a maid who used to work in the building.

Kolkata mayor Sovon Chatterjee said, “The remaining part of the building will be demolished by the Kolkata municipal corporation. We have identified several buildings that pose a danger to the people and property. All of these will be demolished.”

“It was a residential building that was being used as a godown,” he added.

Two fire tenders, a large fire department team, personnel from disaster management units and local police were been deployed for the search and rescue operation.

The building is close to a hundred years old, local people told the authorities. It was not properly maintained as well, fire brigade officials said. In fact, an adjacent building was even declared “dangerous and dilapidated” by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation a few years ago.

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 15:22 IST