Tamil Nadu: 11 labourers killed as wall collapses after heavy rains, one rescued

Most victims were construction workers and they lived in huts along a godown's compund wall.

By: Express News Service | Chennai | Updated: July 6, 2014 4:02 pm
Workers clear the debris after the boundary wall of a warehouse collapsed on the outskirts of Chennai on Sunday. (Source: AP) Workers clear the debris after the boundary wall of a warehouse collapsed on the outskirts of Chennai on Sunday. (Source: AP)

At least 11 construction workers were on Sunday killed after a newly built compound wall adjacent to their huts collapsed near Uttarapalayam in Tiruvallur district in Tamnil Nadu.

A 19-year-old youth Nagaraj was rescued from debris, police said.

All the labourers, said to be from Andhra Pradesh, were working in a private godown. Five fire tenders were pressed into service for rescue work.

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

Tiruvallur District Collector K Veera Raghava Rao visited the accident spot 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 told reporters.

Tamil Nadu witnessed a major tragedy when an 11-storey under construction building collapsed at Porur on June 28 in which 61 persons were killed.

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    jayaram jayaram
    Jul 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm
    People living in huts near a wall. This is a pathetic scene that you see all over India, while going on a highway, exiting into towns, various localities in villages and towns. There is no way India can become a superpower, not in the next hundred years.
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      Citizen
      Jul 6, 2014 at 1:45 pm
      Is life has no value in the nation???? Otherwise why we see so many accidental deaths in the nation???? On the roads every day, building collapses all most every day and other drowning etc is it because we have no regard to safety precautions or the regulation s are not implemented strictly due to corruption every where??? Hope new rulers would spare some time on this issue of accidents and reduce them for the benefit of all. Jaihind
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