Date
25 September 2017
Rescue workers pull a man out of the rubble of a collapsed building in Chennai, India. Photo: Reuters
Rescue workers pull a man out of the rubble of a collapsed building in Chennai, India. Photo: Reuters

Rescuers scramble for survivors in India building collapse

Two construction company directors have been detained as rescuers continued to search for dozens of workers believed buried in the rubble of a collapsed building in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The disaster was one of two building collapses during heavy monsoon rains over the weekend, killing at least 22 people.

Police announced the arrests as rescuers using gas cutters and shovels dug for dozens of workers believed trapped under an 11-year-old apartment building that collapsed in Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu.

Thirty-one construction workers had been pulled out of the wreckage, police said. Four died on the spot and another seven succumbed to injuries in a hospital, police said.    

Nearly 90 contract workers were believed to have been in the basement of the structure to collect their weekly wages when it collapsed, the report said.

The collapsed structure was one of the two towers being built in the area.

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