Second building collapse in Ghaziabad

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GHAZIABAD: At least Five labourers have been killed and more are feared trapped beneath the rubble after an under-construction building collapsed in Mishal Garhi in Dasna in Ghaziabad. The labourers were working at the construction site when the incident took place. The Ghaziabad police said in a tweet that some labourers were rescued and sent to a hospital for treatment.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were pressed into service soon after the incident and rescue and search operations were underway.

It was a five-storeyed building which was nearing completion. No one was living in this building yet. There are no details yet on who was the owner or builder.

Ghaziabad District Magistrate said an inquiry has been ordered to find out the reason for the collapse. "Prima facie, there seems to be issues with the quality of the building. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered. Seven people have been rescued and sent to the hospital. Rescue operations are underway," Ghaziabad DM Ritu Maheshwari said.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the DM and the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ghaziabad to visit the site of the building collapse in Ghaziabad to take immediate action for rescue operations. He also directed that an FIR should be lodged against the guilty and strict action be taken.

Initial assessment by the authorities suggests that rain might have been the reason for the collapse of the building as the foundation might have been weak. However, officials said they will be able to confirm the reason of the mishap after the probe.

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