National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team joined local authorities to help rescue people after an under-construction building that came down on Tuesday night in Karnataka’s Dharwad. 3 people have died and nearly 15 are feared trapped, 37 rescued.
The collapse took place in Dharwad’s Kumareshwar Nagar, about 400 kilometres north of Bengaluru.
Hospitals in the district have been placed on alert and 20 ambulances sent to the accident site, said Dharwad’s top medical officer Giridhar Kokinad. Fifty six labourers have been rescued so far.
Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy expressed his shock over the unfortunate incident. “Shocked to learn about the collapse of an under-construction building in Dharwad. I’ve instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. I have also directed the CS to send additional resources and expert rescuers by a special flight to #Dharwad,” he tweeted on Tuesday night.
Cops and fire tenders rushed to the spot soon after the collapse and commenced rescue and relief operations. District Collector Deepa Cholan was also present here soon after the collapse.
The reason for the under-construction building – owned by three individuals named Basavraj Nigadi, Gangadhar Shintre and Ravi Sobrad – is not yet known with authorities saying that rescue operations are the main focus area as of now. An investigation could be launched once it is confirmed that everyone has been rescued from the site.