At least three people were killed after an under-construction four-storeyed building collapsed in Kumareshwar Nagar of Karnataka’s Dharwad, news agency PTI reported. According to the police, the building came crashing down, triggering panic among neighbours and passers-by on Tuesday night. As many as 10 ambulances and five fire tenders were pressed to carry out rescue and relief operations.
Rescuers have pulled out over 50 people from the rubble, police said, adding,the injured have been hospitalised. Residents said there were several shops on the ground floor and many people often used to visit there. However, most of those who are trapped were believed to be migrant labourers from North India who were engaged in laying the tiles. An eyewitness claimed the building did not have the strength to bear four storeys, while an extra floor was being added.
Highlights: Dharwad building collapse in Karnataka
Rescue ops continue at building collapse site in Dhadwad
Rescue operations continue as many are still feared trapped under the debris of the under-construction four-storeyed building, which collapsed in Kumareshwar Nagar of Karnataka’s Dharwad Tuesday.
Karnataka: Rescue operation is still underway in Dharwad's Kumareshwar Nagar where an under-construction building collapsed last night. At least 37 people have been rescued so far. 2 people have died in the collapse. pic.twitter.com/Vq0vlHCg6C— ANI (@ANI) March 20, 2019
Karnataka under-construction building collapse: Two more rescued
Two more people have been rescued from under the debris at the site of the building collapse: ANI
Karnataka under-construction building collapse: 35 people rescued, two killed
Rescue operation underway after collapse of an under-construction building in Kumareshwar Nagar, Dharwad. 35 people have been rescued, two killed
Collapse of an under-construction building in Kumareshwar Nagar, Dharwad: Latest visuals from the spot as the rescue operation continues. 35 people have been rescued so far, 2 people have died. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/vgYlxYlVik— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2019
Rescue operation to continue throughout night: Dharwad DC
Dharwad Deputy Commissioner said oxygen and water have been given to seven people buried under the debris, adding that rescue operation will continue throught night.
Deputy Commissioner #Dharwad on building collapse: 2 people dead, 28 people rescued & receiving treatment at Civil Hospital. NDRF and SDRF team has reached the site of building collapse. Oxygen & water given to 7 people buried in debris. Rescue operation to continue at night. pic.twitter.com/VYgA67mWi9— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2019
Whoever involved should face action: Congress leader Vinay Kulkarni
Former Karnataka minister and Congress leader from the region Vinay Kulkarni said one of the partners in the building was his relative.
Speaking to reporters, he said whoever was involved should face action.
There were shops on first two floors: Residents
Rescuers have pulled out 28 people from the rubble, police said, adding, the injured have been hospitalised.
Residents said there were several shops on the ground floor and many people often used to visit there. Rajesh, an eyewitness, told a Kannada TV channel that the first two floors of the building were being rented out to shops. "There was a tea shop, a photostat shop," he added. (PTI)
24 people taken to Dharwad Civil Hospital
At least 24 people were brought to Dharwad Civil Hospital, said Assistant DMO Dr Sangappa, adding that three of them were critical and have been referred to KIMS, Hubli.
Dr. Sangappa, Assistant DMO, Dharwad Civil Hospital on collapse of an under-construction building in Dharwad: 24 people have come here out of which 3 were in critical condition and were referred to KIMS Hubli. 1 person was declared 'brought dead', all others are being treated. pic.twitter.com/81iQfjBhE4— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2019
Rescue operations underway at Dharwad
Rescue operations underway at Dharwad
Latest visuals from collapse site in Dharwad
Latest visuals from the collapse site.
10 ambulances, 5 fire tenders at rescue
As many as 10 ambulances and five fire tenders have been engaged to carry out rescue and relief operations, reported PTI.
Five persons rescued: Kumaraswamy
Five persons have been rescued, tweeted Kumaraswamy.
The rescue operation is on and five people have been extricated, so far, from the debris. I have instructed the concerned officials to be on location.— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) March 19, 2019
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy expresses shock
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy expressed shock over the incident.
Shocked to learn about the collapse of an under-construction building in Dharwad. I have instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. I have also directed the CS to send additional resources and expert rescuers by a special flight to #Dharwad .— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) March 19, 2019