The death toll in the multi-storey building collapse in Moulivakkam near suburban Porur in Tamil Nadu rose to eleven on Sunday even as fire service personnel continue to search for workers feared trapped under the debris.
Police sources said that seven more bodies were recovered under the debris during the rescue operation taking the toll to eleven.
The victims were killed after a 11-storey building under construction at Moulivakkam near the city collapsed after heavy rain on Saturday evening.
Rescue operations were still on and it was not yet known how many people were trapped under the debris. “It will take at least another day to clear the debris.
The rescue and relief operations will continue. How many people are trapped can be ascertained only after the debris are cleared,” a senior fire service personnel told Deccan Herald.
Most of the people who are trapped under the debris are said to be construction workers from Andhra Pradesh and some might have taken shelter under the building as it was raining at the time of collapse, he added.
The 20 rescued people were admitted to Ramachandra Medical College and Hospital near Porur and the conditions of two were said to be serious.
More than 15 fire tenders and 150 fire and rescue service personnel with the help of ten teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were involved in the rescue operations with advanced equipment to detect trapped people.