Update: At least seven labourers killed as under-construction building collapses in Kanpur’s Jajmau area.
Kanpur: At least four people died and over 100 were trapped when an under-construction seven-storey building in Kanpur’s Jajmau locality collapsed on Wednesday.
While relief and rescue operation is underway involving the Army, police, as well as fire and emergency services personnel, rushed to the spot. The toll is likely to go up further.
According to the officials present on the spot, labourers were working on the sixth floor when the incident happened. While a dozen people were already rescued, efforts are being taken to rescue those still under the debris. NDRF and Army personnel are jointly carrying out the rescue operation and JCB machines have been deployed for the same.
The city hospitals have been put on alert and the injured are being given immediate treatment, said Kanpur DM adding that over a dozen ambulances were pressed into action to ferry those injured in the incident. As per the sources, the magnitude of the accident was so huge that the adjoined building too showed signs of extensive damage.
According to Kanpur SSP Akash Kulhari, sub-standard building material was allegedly used in the construction of the building. The collapsed building is believed to be owned by a local Samajwadi Party leader Mehtab Alam who was getting it constructed to open a tannery.