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Himachal building collapse: Death toll climbs to 13, one person still feared trapped

Solan Sub Divisional Magistrate Rohit Rathore Said One Person Was Still Feared Trapped Under The Debris.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Raghwendra Shukla | Updated on: 15 Jul 2019, 01:03:39 PM
However, the actual number of those trapped inside would be clear only after the rescue operation ends. (Image Credit: ANI)

New Delhi :

The death toll in a building collapse in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district climbed to 13 on Monday after five more bodies were retrieved from the rubble, officials said.

Twenty-eight people were injured after the four-storey building, which housed a restaurant, collapsed on the Nahan-Kumarhatti Road on Sunday evening following heavy rains, they said.

The bodies of 12 Army personnel and a civilian were extricated from the debris, the officials said.

Solan Sub Divisional Magistrate Rohit Rathore said one person was still feared trapped under the debris.

However, the actual number of those trapped inside would be clear only after the rescue operation ends, which was expected to be over by the evening.

An injured soldier told reporters from the hospital that when the building collapsed, there were 35 Army personnel inside it, of whom 30 were Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs).

He said Army personnel belonging to the 4 Assam Regiment of nearby Dagshai Cantonment went to the restaurant "to party as it was a Sunday but suddenly the building shook and collapsed in no minutes".

Another injured person Rakesh Kumar, said that about 50 people, including several Army personnel, restaurant staff and other customers were in the building when it collapsed.

"We thought it was a quake and did not know how the building collapsed and we were trapped under the debris. I remained trapped for about 10-15 minutes after which some people rescued me," he added.

The Indian Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police initially carried out the rescue operation.

Expressing grief, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

“It is very unfortunate. The rescue operation was started immediately. Orders have been given to investigate the cause of the collapse. As per info received till now, the building structure was not as per specifications,” Thakur said after visiting the site.

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First Published : 15 Jul 2019, 01:03:39 PM