Eight families living in a multi-storey state government quarters were evacuated in Surat on Saturday morning after the building developed cracks and started titling,official sources said.
The building,located in Sagrampura area of the city,is a three-storey structure in the Public Works Department quarters,where the Road and Building staff lived. Though the building has 20 flats,only eight families were staying in the quarters at the moment.
On Saturday,the plaster began to crack and the building started tilting towards the backside. The fire department officials rushed to the site and evacuated the building and moved them to government quarters at Athwalines and Khatodara.
The PWD officials also rushed to the spot to examine the building and found it in a dangerous condition. The Surat Municipal Corporation officials,with the help of a private contractor,also started demolishing the building later in the day.
PWD deputy engineer of the R&B department K D Goplani said,The building was around 35-40 years-old and some of our Class IV rank staff were staying there. But all are safe now.
Due to the heavy rainfall and floods in the low-lying areas,water entered the building for three days and might have damaged the lower portions of the building. We have shifted all the eight families and allotted them quarters in Khatodara and Athwalines area, Goplani added.
The incident comes close on the heels of similar building-collapse incidents in Vadodara.