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11 storey building under construction collapses in Chennai

June 28, 2014 - Chennai

An 11 storey building under construction collapsed on Saturday at Moulivakkam in Porur near Chennai killing one person.

Reports say that 11 persons have been rescued and are being treated at Ramachandra Medical College hospital for treatment. Nearly 50 persons are trapped under the debris. National Disaster Management team along with 12 fire tenders are participating in the rescue and relief operations.

The trapped people included 14 persons from Viziangaram and majority of them are Telugu people according to sources. The Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa directed the district Collector of Viziangaram in the relief operations. Minister Kimidi Mrunalini has brought the new to the notice of the Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu.

The trapped people included from Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Rescue teams have retrieved 7 dead bodies and rescued 11 persons trapped under the debris.

Viziangaram District Collector Kanatilal Dande said that the Tamil Nadu government is taking up rescue operations. He said that the administration is monitoring the situation. A team of officials are leaving to Chennai to participate in the operations.

The trapped persons from K Krishnapuram villge of Dattirajeru Mandal of Viziangaram are Peketi Appala Ramu, Peketi Lakshmi, Vanam Durga, M.Meenakshi, Karri Tavudamma, Pativada Gowreswari, Bangaru Naidu, Siripuram Ramu. The following are Meesala Srinivas, Bhavani, Srinu, Togarapu Srinu of Gotta village of Hiramandalam of Srikakulam district.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao spoke to the Tamil Naidu Chief Secretary requesting him to do the needful help to the people from Andhra Pradesh. On the directions of the Government, Joint Director of Labour Department rushed to Chennai.

CMDA officials give permission for construction:

Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) officials said they had given permission to two people, Balamurugan and Manoharan, to construct a twin-tower building at Bai Kadai Shop in Moulivakkam. The permission was granted in June 2013 to build 43 residential apartments in each tower, totaling 86 dewllings.

Rescue operations are in full swing:

A total of 20 persons were rescued and admitted to the nearby Sri Ramachandra Medical University (SRMU), of whom five — three men and two women — died, hospital spokesperson P V Nallamuthu said, adding one of the injured is in critical condition. Five persons were killed and several feared trapped in the debris.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister orders action:

Tamil Naidu Chief Minister Jayalalitha expressed grief and directed the officials to initiate proceedings against those concerned. She ordered deputed the Minister for Animal Husbandry T K M Chinnaiah to the spot besides officials of various wings. She said special lighting arrangements had been made to ensure unhindered rescue operations through the night. She also ordered for supply of rescue equipment form Chennai Metro Rail Limited, City Corporation and High Ways departments.

Governor Rosaiah expresses condolences

Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah expressed deep shock over the mishap and wished speedy recovery to the injured. ‘I am sad that many of the construction workers who are from other states have been trapped in the debris. I wish the injured a speedy recovery,’ he said in a message.

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