10 dead, several feared trapped as four-storey building collapses in Indore

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Indore: As many as ten people died while three are critically injured as a four-storey building collapsed near Sarwate bus stand in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore around 9:15 pm on Saturday night.

A large team of police and fire brigade personnel have been carrying out rescue operations through the night. The Collector of Indore said that two to five people may still be trapped under the rubble.

The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has tweeted that he is keeping a close watch on the rescue operations. Mr. Chouhan has announced a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each, for the families of those who died and Rs. 50,000 each, for those who have been injured.

The building, which is very old and in dilapidated condition, housed hotels and lodges. A large number of police force reached the spot and rescue work is underway. Among the five people who have been taken out, two are in a critical condition; they are being treated at the government-run My Hospital in Indore.

Locals say that the building was over 50 years old and already in a run-down condition and housed the MS Hotel. Most of the victims are staff and guests of who were staying at the hotel on the top three floors. Primary investigations suggests that the building collapsed after a heavy vehicle rammed into it say police sources.

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