New Delhi: As many as 17 people, including four children, died in Pune’s Kondhwa after a compound wall of a residential complex collapsed early Saturday morning.
At least two people are reported to have suffered injuries and admitted in a nearby hospital. Rescue operations are underway as many are believed to be trapped under the debris.
The incident occurred around 2.15 a.m. when the compound wall of Alcon Stylus Building suddenly came crashing down trapping the victims still asleep in their huts, police and NDRF officials said.
The rescuers have so far pulled out three people alive out of the debris.
“The wall collapsed due to heavy rainfall. Negligence of the construction company is coming to light with this incident. Death of 15 people is not a small matter. Mostly were labourers from Bihar and Bengal. The government will provide help to the affected,” said Naval Kishore Ram, district collector Pune.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted on the incident and conveyed condolences to the kin of the dead. The state government also announced Rs 5 lakh as compensation to the kin of the dead.
“We are immediately issuing a Stop Work order to an adjoining building where construction activities are underway. We shall also give full relief to the victims’ families,” Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak told the media there.
Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil who said he was rushing to Pune, warned that no guilty will be spared.
The Pune Collectorate and Pune Municipal Corporation authorities said they will probe the tragedy.
With IANS inputs