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Death toll in south India building collapse reaches 55

English.news.cn   2014-07-03 15:59:55

MUMBAI, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in a building collapse in the southern Indian city of Chennai has risen to 55, according to official data released Thursday.

Six days have been passed but rescue operations are still on.

As many as 27 construction workers have been rescued from the debris of the under construction 11-storey building that collapsed on last Saturday evening.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has ordered for a one- man probe commission headed by an ex-judge to look into the building collapse.

The inquiry commission will probe reasons for the collapse, fix blame on those responsible and suggest future course of action to prevent such incidents.

The State government will take action on the report. Jayalalithaa had earlier blamed the builder for flaws in the building.

Six people, including the builder, were arrested in connection with the building collapse.

The Odisha government on Wednesday announced an ex-gratia of 500,000 rupees each for the kin of those killed and 50,000 rupees for injured persons in the building collapse incident in Chennai, official sources said.

Building collapses are common in India where there is a high demand for housing. This is because of poor construction practices.

74 people died after a eight-storey building collapsed in Mumbai in April last year.

Editor: Fu Peng
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