At least six people,including two children,were killed when the wall of a building collapsed on two adjacent huts in MJ Colony here,police said.
The incident took place at around 2 AM when the retaining wall of the building came down crashing. The deceased include two children,DCP (Malkajgiri Zone) V Shivkumar said.
Rescuers managed to save two other children trapped in the rubble.
Personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF),Fire department,GHMC besides,the police were engaged in rescue operations,a senior police officer said.
He further stated that the reason for collapse seems to be heavy rains which have been lashing the city for the past two days.
GHMC Commissioner M T Krishna Babu said two families were staying in these huts since a decade. “One family of four members and another consisting of a couple were killed in the incident while their two children were rescued,” he said.
All the bodies have been recovered from the debris and rescue operations have come to an end. The deceased have not been identified yet.
Two teams consisting of 100 personnel from NDRF stationed at Hakimpet had reached the spot within 45 minutes of the incident and began rescue works,Krishna Babu said.
Revenue Minister Raghuveera Reddy,who visited the spot announced financial assistance for the victims.
In a similar incident on July 8,18 people were killed when a two-storeyed hotel building collapsed in Secunderabad.