The death toll in the building collapse in Dharwad rose to seven on Wednesday. A day after the incident, operations are ongoing to rescue around 15-20 people trapped under the debris. Among those who are still stuck under the rubble are a group of 10 students who were in the building to get a photocopy from a cyber cafe, an eyewitness said.
The others who are trapped were working on the ground floor of the building, which has sunk beneath the ground after the crash. There were five floors in the building, including a basement and a ground floor.
On Wednesday, the rescue operations were intensified after the arrival of three teams of 11 NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) personnel along with specialised equipment like breathing apparatus, life detectors. The NDRF personnel have arrived from Ghaziabad and Bengaluru.
Eighty officials from the Fire and Emergency Services were also flown in from Bengaluru to help with operations. They will be bolstering the 10 ambulances and five fire tenders deployed on Tuesday.
The under-construction building in Kumareshwara Nagar in Dharwad collapsed on Tuesday afternoon at 3:40pm.
Officials began rescue operations on Tuesday evening to locate the people trapped under the debris. The operations continued on Wednesday morning and the CM Office confirmed that as many as 53 persons had been rescued and that three among them were critical.The injured persons are being treated at Civil Hospital in the city.
One of the owners of the building is Gangadhar Shintry, a relative of Congress leader Vinay Kulkarni. The owners of the building had obtained a partial completion certificate from the Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation.
A case has been filed under section 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC against the owners of the building and a special team will be constituted to investigate the case and arrest the culprits.