A total of 11 bodies have been recovered from the debris of a seven-storey under-construction building that collapsed in Hyderabad Thursday night, news agency ANI reported. While two people including a minor were rescued Friday, there were no other survivors. The police has arrested the owner of the building. All the victims of the tragedy are workers who lived in the basement of the building. Except one family, all others reportedly belonged to Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.
NDRF personnel along with members of the local administration were involved in rescue operations at the site of the building collapse in Nanakramguda. Mayor Bonthu Ram Mohan told news agency PTI that the rescue work took time as the lane leading to the building was narrow. Telangana Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao visited the spot Friday and announced ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to the next of kin of those killed. The state government would take tough action against the building owner for alleged violation of construction rules as well as the civic officials “who looked the other way”, he said. N Narsimha Reddy and P Padmarao, ministers in the state government, were present Friday to supervise the rescue operations.
Cyberabad police commissioner Sandeep Shandilya told PTI that Rekha, a 35-year-old, and her son (4), who hailed from Chhattisgarh, were pulled out alive from the crash site Friday. The woman and her son were admitted to a hospital for treatment, he said.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, has been asked to investigate the cause of the collapse. A preliminary report in this regard was expected tonight, the GHMC said.
The state government has also requested the secretary of Municipal Administration Department to examine the relevant issues and suggest systemic improvements to prevent such incidents in future, it added. Meanwhile, Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya met Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao who was in Delhi and discussed the incident with him.
Dattatreya also directed Labour Ministry officials in Hyderabad to provide necessary help to the victims, a release from the Union Minister said.
(With inputs from PTI)