Death toll in Greater Noida building collapse rises to 9, infant among those killed

A NDRF official said based on the operation conducted with the help of sniffer dogs, “chances of anybody surviving under the concrete debris were slim” as more than 36 hours have lapsed since the buildings collapsed in Greater Noida.

noida Updated: Jul 19, 2018 11:16 IST
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National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rescue workers retrieve a dead body from the debris of the buildings, at Shahberi village in Greater Noida.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

The death toll from a collapsed apartment block in Greater Noida’s Shahberi village rose to nine on Thursday as emergency workers pulled four more bodies from a huge pile of rubble and metal, a fire brigade official said.

Rescue operations were still on in the Shahberi village, an official said.

A six-storey building caved in late on Tuesday and crashed into a neighbouring building, trapping more than a dozen people, including labourers and two families in Greater Noida.

A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) official said based on the operation conducted with the help of sniffer dogs, “chances of anybody surviving under the concrete debris were slim” as more than 36 hours have lapsed since the incident.

A 14-month-old infant, Pankhuri, is among those killed in the building collapse. Five other victims have been identified: Priyanka Dwivedi (26), of Mainpuri, Shamshad (25), of Faizabad, Ranjeet Bhimali (30), from West Bengal, Raj Kumar (50) and Shiv Trivedi (28).

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the victims.

The District Magistrate of Gautambuddh Nagar (Noida) has ordered a magisterial probe and cases have been filed against two dozen people and four accused. The builder Ganga Sharan Dwivedi, and brokers Dinesh and Sanjeev have been arrested.

Hundreds of low-budget residential complexes have sprung up in recent years in the many fast-growing satellite towns dotted around Delhi, but construction firms often cut corners with cheap materials.

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 10:41 IST