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Bengaluru building collapse kills at least five

  • Published at 05:59 pm October 16th, 2017
Bengaluru building collapse kills at least five

A multi-storey building collapsed in the south Indian city of Bengaluru on Monday, killing at least five people and injuring several, officials said.

The accident occurred in a densely populated residential area in the south-east of the city after the suspected explosion of a cooking gas cylinder, they said.

Rescue operations were under way, according to media reports.

"Five people have died and five have been rescued," Bengaluru Development and Town Planning Minister KJ George said on TV from the accident site.

"The building is more than 20 years old. At around 6 am (local time), there was a loud noise, either due to gas cylinder explosion or building collapse," said Karnataka state home minister Ramalinga Reddy.

Bengaluru Mayor R Sampath Raj said four families were residing in the building

At least 40 fire-fighters and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were carrying out rescue operation.

While clearing debris to pull out those trapped in the building, three fire-fighters were injured as a wall fell on them, police said adding they had been shifted to a nearby hospital.