19 August 2019

Building collapse kills 12 in India after monsoon rains

Rescuers of India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) look for survivors after a three-story building collapsed in monsoon rains near the town of Solan, a hilly area 310 kilometers (195 miles) north of New Delhi, India, Monday, July 15, 2019. Photo: AP -

Rescuers say 11 soldiers are among a dozen bodies recovered from the debris of a three-story building that collapsed after monsoon rains hit a hilly area of northern India.

Gaurav Srivastav, an official from the National Disaster Response Force, or NDRF, says the rescuers are looking for two to three people still unaccounted after Sunday's collapse.

Fire official Raja Ram Bhagate says the dead included 11 army soldiers who were having a party in a ground floor restaurant in the building when it collapsed. One civilian also was killed.

Several soldiers were among the 31 people rescued after the collapse occurred in Solan, a town in Himachal Pradesh state.

More than 70 NDRF rescuers and 40 fire officers have been clearing the rubble, using earth movers, drillers and gas cutters.


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