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Death toll rises to 17 in India building collapse


January 06. 2014 4:36AM
Associated Press

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(AP) Rescuers found two more bodies under a massive pile of broken concrete from a building that collapsed while being constructed in southern India, raising the death toll to at least 17 workers, a lawmaker said Monday.


Local legislator Ramesh Tawadkar said rescuers have recovered 23 survivors, pulling the last from the wreckage late Sunday. There was little hope of finding any more people alive in the rubble two days after Saturday's collapse of the five-story structure.


Digging at the site was halted temporarily on Monday after two adjacent buildings, also under construction, developed wide cracks, raising fears that they might also collapse. Police cordoned off the area and called engineers to inspect the two buildings, police officer Mohan Naik said.


The building was being constructed in marshland in Canacona, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) from Panaji, the capital of Goa state.


Police said they were unable to determine how many workers were at the site when the structure crumpled because they could not reach the builder and contractor, who are suspected of fleeing.


Building collapses are common in India, as massive demand for housing and lax regulations often encourage builders to cut corners by using substandard materials or add unauthorized extra floors.


Associated Press


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