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Bengaluru: 3 dead as under-construction building collapses

Bengaluru: 3 dead as under-construction building collapses

"They had constructed five storeys in the building, but only three were sanctioned", Mayor Sampath Raj was reported as saying.

According to the police, seven people were rescued by fire and emergency personnel with the help of local residents immediately after the collapse while more than 13 are feared trapped inside the debris.

The building collapse incident today comes barely a week after two dilapidated buildings in the city, located in Yeshwanthpur and Jayanagar localities, tilted to one side.

Three persons died and several others were feared trapped after an under construction building collapsed at Kasavanahalli near Bellandur on Thursday evening. The report further said that the building had been under construction for six years, however, the work was halted for the last two years for unknown reasons.

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Fire services officials said they had rescued eight labourers but one of them succumbed to injuries in the hospital and some of the rescued had sustained serious injuries. "We will initiate action against the owner and the contractor but our priority is to rescue people trapped under the debris", Raj said.

The State Disaster Response Force was pressed into the rescue operations.

Reports said the building belonged to a Kerala-based person named Ahmed. "It was developed to accommodate paying guests but later the owner tried to convert it into a commercial building", he said. The building was under construction for six years.