12 killed as building collapses in India after monsoon rains.
The death toll in the building collapse incident in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan has risen to 14 from two while the remaining people who were trapped under the debris have been rescued, police said on Monday.
The multi-storey building located in Kumarhatti area that housed a restaurant on its top floor collapsed around 4 pm on Sunday following heavy rain in the area.
According to reports, the Army jawans had stopped to have their lunch at the place when the building collapsed. At least 30 Army men and seven civilians were present at the spot at the time of the incident.
Earlier in the day, Solan Deputy Commissioner KC Chaman had said that at least 17 Army personnel and 11 civilians were rescued, adding, efforts are underway to rescue those trapped under the debris.
“Around 17 Army personnel and 11 civilians rescued so far. Six Army personnel and one civilian casualty have been reported, seven Army personnel are still feared trapped. Search and rescue operation to be completed by today afternoon,” the senior police official had said.
The injured people have been admitted to a hospital.
He further said that an FIR has been registered against the owner of the building, adding, an inquiry will be initiated to ascertain the cause of the mishap.
“It’s a matter of inquiry as to how the building collapsed. This building was constructed in 2009, and a floor was added to it recently. An FIR against the owner has already been lodged. We will conduct an inquiry,” he added.
Earlier today, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur visited the incident site to review the rescue operation and said that the building structure was not as per specifications.