India

Construction workers die in Goa building collapse

  • 5 January 2014
  • From the section India
Site of collapse in Canacona, 4 Jan
Image caption Some 40-50 people had been on the site in Canacona at the time of the incident

A building under construction has collapsed in the western Indian state of Goa, killing at least 14 people.

Dozens are feared trapped after the five-storey apartment building fell in the town of Canacona, Indian media say.

At least 40 people - mostly construction workers - are said to have been on the site at the time of the incident. Rescuers are digging through the rubble in search of survivors.

There is no word on the cause of the collapse.

One witness told Agence France-Presse the building collapsed like "a pack of cards".

The agency quoted Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as saying police would arrest the "builder, the contractor and municipal officials involved in sanctioning this construction site".

Another witness, Ramesh Naik, told Associated Press: "It was like an earthquake when the building fell. You could not see what exactly happened because of the dust."

Soldiers have been deployed to help with the rescue efforts, according to reports.

At least 42 people died after a four-storey building collapsed in Mumbai in September.

A lack of construction codes, leading to lax safety, is one reason for frequent collapses of buildings and other infrastructure projects in India.

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