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11 killed, many feared trapped as warehouse wall collapses in South India

English.news.cn   2014-07-06 13:21:27

MUMBAI, July 6 (Xinhua) --At least 11 people were killed as wall of a warehouse collapsed on Sunday morning in Tiruvallur district of southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, official sources said.

The incident occurred after heavy rains lashed the area Saturday night, police said.

Nagaraj, 19, was rescued from debris, police said, while many are feared trapped.

Five fire tenders were pressed into service for rescue work.

Victims are hutment dwellers who lived along a warehouse's wall, local police said.

Tiruvallur District Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao visited the disaster scene and said those responsible for the incident would be punished.

"A total of 11 people died on the spot, including four women and a child. Rescue operations are going on," Rao said.

The 20-feet warehouse wall collapsed after the rains. The incident came a week after an 11-story building collapsed in Chennai killing 61 people.

Building collapses are common in India because of poor construction practices amid a high demand for housing.

A total of 74 people died after an eight-story building collapsed in Mumbai in April last year.

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