Two people were killed and 53 others were rescued after a multi-storey commercial building under construction collapsed in Dharwad in Karnataka on Tuesday. Three survivors of the incident are critical while others sustained injuries in the incident and are currently being treated at the Civil Hospital in Dharwad.
Rescue operations were led by 10 ambulances, 5 earthmovers and 20 fire officials who rushed to the spot as the news of the building collapse spread at around 3:30 pm on Tuesday afternoon. A five-member team from Bengaluru and a team of NDRF officials were flown in from Lucknow to help rescue efforts.
Rescue operations continued on Wednesday morning to find the remaining persons trapped under the debris of the building.
I am closely monitoring rescue work at the #Dharwad building collapse site.A special 25member NDRF team is being brought for the rescue operations frm Lucknow by a special flight.A 5-member team of experts from Bengaluru is on site& another 25-member team will soon reach the spot— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) March 19, 2019
Congress leader Vinay Kulkarni's father-in-law Gangadhar Shintry was one of the owners of the building which was under construction. The owners had obtained a partial completion certificate from the Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation. The first two floors of the building had several shops including a photostat shop, tea shop and a restaurant, which were operational at the time of the incident. The floors above were still being constructed and the reason for the collapse remains unclear.