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Chennai building collapse

A 11-storeyed under-construction
building collapsed in a city suburb today and several persons
are feared trapped under the debris, a top Fire and Rescue
Services official said.

’11 floors seem to have been completed so far. The building
collapsed suddenly according to statement of eyewitnesses,’
Fire and Rescue Services Joint Director S Vijayasekar told
PTI.

One worker has been rescued, he said adding ambulances,
doctors and paramedical personnel were on the spot.
Twelve fire tenders and 100 personnel were involved in the
rescue work, he said.

The incident occurred at Moulivakkam near Porur in the
western suburb, about 20 km from here, as rains lashed the
area and several other parts of the city this evening.
Asked if rains could also have been a factor in the
collapse of the building, the official said ‘it does not seem
to be due to the rains..we have to see.’

On the number of trapped workers, he said ‘it is not
possible to categorically comment on it..eyewitnesses say that
there were about 50 construction workers at the time of the
collapse.

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