A four-storey building collapsed at Bharat Nagar, Sawan Park in Delhi’s Ashok Vihar today. At least five people — four children and a woman — have reportedly been killed and as many as eight people have been rescued, search and rescue operations are underway, according to ANI.
Rescue teams have arrived at the site of accident. A call about the incident was received at 9.25 am and six fire tenders were rushed to the spot near Sawan Park, an officer was quoted as saying by PTI. Seven people have reportedly been injured and were rushed to Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital.
Two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been mobilised for Ashok Vihar, New Delhi, at the building collapse site, the NDRF confirmed in a tweet. The building was about 20 years old and was in a weak condition, a senior official of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation was quoted as saying by PTI.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visited the victims at Deepchand Bandhu Hospital and said the AAP government will give compensation to the next of kin of the deceased and the seven injured persons.
He also ordered a magisterial probe into the matter, reported news agency PTI.
The chief minister also hit out at BJP-led North Delhi Municipal Corporation over the incident and said it will have to keep its “system in order” and “strictly enforce their laws.”
More details awaited.