A building collapsed in the Bawana area of north Delhi on Friday afternoon, killing four people, including a woman and a nine-year-old girl, police said.
Two women were pulled from the rubble and rushed to a hospital. His condition was said to be out of danger, they said, adding that the rescue operation is almost over.
According to the police, the victims are Rukaiya Khatun (55), Shahzad (25), Afrina (9) and Danish (24). A case will be filed and legal proceedings will be launched in accordance with the law, police said.
The Delhi government, in a statement, said a departmental investigation has been launched into the matter.
“The Delhi government is saddened to learn of this tragic incident. An immediate departmental investigation has been launched into the matter. The government is closely monitoring the entire situation.
“All agencies involved have been deployed for relief work and officials are doing their best to rescue all victims,” the statement said.
The fire department received information about the incident at 2:48 p.m., after which three to four fire trucks were moved to the scene. Police were told that the building near the Delhi Jal Board had collapsed and four or five people are reportedly buried under the rubble.
Police rushed to the scene and found that the collapsed building was the part of Rajiv Ratan Aawas in which there were between 300 and 400 apartments, a senior police official said.
Three earthmoving machines, a hydraulic machine and two ambulances arrived at the scene and the rescue operation was launched, they said.
“Two women, Fatima (21) and Shahnaz (28), both residents of JJ Colony, Bawana, were pulled from the rubble and sent to MV Pooth Khurd hospital,” Deputy Police Commissioner (Outer North) Brijender Kumar Yadav said. . saying.
“The building was three stories high. The old vacant building collapsed and some people were trapped underneath. The rescue operation was started immediately. Four bodies, two women and two men, were removed and sent to Maharishi Valmiki Hospital,” said a senior fire official.
One person, who claimed to be a relative of the victims, said they had come to the scene to graze their goats.
“My sister-in-law together with my niece took the goats to graze near the spot. Six to seven people were also on the spot at the time. The building suddenly collapsed. I learned that two people had been rescued safely. ” he said.
Another person said: “We saw that the fire and police personnel began their work immediately. We can only hope that the number of victims does not increase.”
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