At least three people are reported to have died and many injured after two buildings including a six-storey under-construction site collapsed in Shah Beri village under Bisrakh police station limits of Great Noida in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Tuesday.
Several people were still believed to be trapped under the debris even as members of National Disaster Response Force, around 400 of them, have launched the rescue operations.
Chief Fire Officer Arun Kumar Singh said at least 12 labourers were inside the building at the time of the incident and all of them are feared trapped.
A report by ANI said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had taken cognisance of the incident and has asked the District Magistrate to take up relief measures with the NDRF and Police to ensure immediate rescue.
“As of now we don’t know what happened, it is too early to say anything in that regard. Our motive right now is to save any life that is left. Rescue operations by NDRF are underway,” Kumar Vineet, ADM, Gautam Budh Nagar was quoted by news agency ANI.
Union Minister Mahesh Sharma, who’s also the local MP, said, “Our priority right now is to save any life that is left. 12 ambulances are present here & all the hospitals nearby have been alerted. NDRF teams & dog squads are also present on the spot.”
Rescue dogs, two hydraulic cranes and six bulldozers have been pressed into service to rescue the people trapped inside the debris.
An official told IANS that both the building had been built illegally and construction work on one had been completed after which a dozen families had shifted in it. The other was still under-construction.
Heavy machinery has been brought in to clear the debris. Drilling machines are being used to remove metal rods so that the debris can be cleared and the people trapped be reached.
Residents here have long complained of small time builders entering the construction business while repeatedly flouting the building norms. Not so long ago, two labourers from Bihar had died after they fell into a lift hole of an under-construction building in the same village.