7 killed in Bengaluru building collapse

Posted October 17, 2017

Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George said the government would adopt the girl, and take care of all her expenses.

Many are still feared to be trapped under the debris. "At around 6 a.m., there was a loud noise, either due to gas cylinder explosion or building collapse", said Karnataka state home minister Ramalinga Reddy.

"Cylinders on both ground and first floor had no gas in them".

Although initial reports suggested that the buildings collapsed due to an explosion of an LPG cylinder, Reddy refuted the charges. The blast is said to have occurred on the ground floor and ripped through the first and second floors of one building.

The deceased were identified as Maladri, 25, Pavan Kalyan, 19, Prasad, 18, Ravichandran, 46, and Kalavathi, 68, the official said.

Portions of four buildings had collapsed in the city Ejipura's area on Monday.

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In the same area, an illegally constructed multi-storey building was demolished after it tilted to one side in August.

From the rubble, two children were rescued of which the girl child has been adopted by the Karnataka government.

Personnel of the Fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force, who rushed to the spot, recovered the bodies including that of two women.

The family members of the deceased said that there were cracks in the building and the owner Gunesh did not bother to fix it when they repeatedly complained about it.

At least 40 fire-fighters and NDRF personnel were carrying out rescue operation.