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One dead, 32 injured in building collapse in Chennai

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Chennai: In an incident that took place in Chennai’s Kandanchavadi yesterday killed one person and 32 others got injured after an under-construction building collapsed. The rescue operations are still on-going to remove the debris on the incident site.

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Explaining the incident to the media, Rajendra Ratnoo, Commissioner, Disaster Management went on to say: “A total of 32 people have been injured and sent to Apollo Hospital and Royapettah government hospital. The body of the dead man, Babloo from Bihar, was recovered late yesterday (Saturday) night.”

He further explained: “To ensure that there is nobody else trapped inside the debris, we are clearing it out. Our teams from National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, the District Collector and myself are at the accident site since last night and are monitoring the rescue operations. We are awaiting bigger cranes and gas cutters to get through the debris and will clear it out soon.”

Rajendra Ratnoo also said that there are minor damages to four other buildings due to this incident and that two auto rickshaws were also damaged in the incident.

The building is an upcoming hospital on MGR Salai, across from SP Infocity. While the building structure remains unscathed, it is the scaffolding and the iron girders of the generator room that caved in and caused the tragedy.

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Kanchipuram District Collector Ponnaiyah spoke to the media on Saturday night and said that 17 people were rescued and sent to private and government hospitals nearby for treatment. He also said that of the 17 people, five had head injuries.

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