Two killed, many trapped in under construction building collapse in Karnataka

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Two killed, many trapped in under construction building collapse in Karnataka

Two people were killed and several others trapped when a four-storey under-construction building collapsed at Dharwad in north Karnataka Tuesday.

Two people were killed and several others trapped when a four-storey under-construction building collapsed in Dharwad in north Karnataka on Tuesday.

The building came crashing down, triggering panic among neighbours and passers-by, a police officer said.

"Two have died while some 30 to 40 people are trapped," said a police officer at Dharwad police station.

Police said four people have been brought out from the debris while rescue operations are in full swing.

As many as 10 ambulances and five fire tenders have been engaged to carry out rescue and relief operations.

To aid the rescue operation, at least six senior fire and emergency service officers have been sent to the spot by a special aircraft from Bengaluru.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said he was shocked to learn about the collapse of the under-construction building.

Kumaraswamy said he has directed the chief secretary to supervise the rescue operation and to send experienced rescue teams by a special flight to Dharwad.

(with inputs from agencies)