New Delhi: Fourteen people, including 13 defence personnel, are reported dead from the multi-storey building collapse in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district.
More than 20 army personnel and 11 civilians have were pulled out while four more are still believed to be trapped under the debris of the three-storey dhaba (eatery) that crumbled due to heavy rains in Kumarhatti in Solan district, nearly 55 km away from state capital Shimla, on Sunday evening, Deputy Commissioner K.C. Chaman said.
The trapped people reportedly include some Army personnel and their family members who were on their way to Uttarakhand and had stopped at the restaurant for lunch, a district official said.
Rescue operations are still underway and the injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals, Chaman told the media.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur addressed the situation saying, “The NDRF team from Panchkula have reached the spot and medical teams have also reached the spot. Rescue operations are underway. I hope within the next few hours rescue operations will conclude. Proper investigation will be done.”