6 Killed In Bengaluru Building Collapse, Minor Girl Rescued From Wreckage Adopted By Govt

| October 16 , 2017 , 13:00 IST

At least 6 people have been killed when 4 residential buildings partially collapsed in the Ejipura area of Bengaluru on Monday morning. During the rescue operations at the building collapse site, a girl child was rescued, whose parents had tragically died in the incident, and the government has decided to adopt the orphan.

"Six people are dead, out of which five were residents of the building and one was a neighbour," said state Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy while visiting the site.

Several people are reportedly still trapped under the debris of the collapsed buildings.

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Although initial reports suggested that the buildings collapsed due to an explosion of an LPG cylinder, Reddy refuted the charges.

"An LPG cylinder exploded on the ground floor of a two-storeyed building sometime between 6 and 7 a.m. in Ejipura area. The building collapsed. We have rescued four persons from the debris, while two others have been rushed to a nearby hospital," an official from the Commissioner of Police had said in the early morning.

"Cylinders on both ground and first floor had no gas in them. So it is unlikely that the buildings collapsed due to blast," Reddy later added.

Another 4 people are suspected to be trapped under the debris of the building collapse, an official of the Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services said.

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"A compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to injured has been announced," said state development minister K.J George.

Bengaluru has been reeling under the influence of incessant rains over the weekend, which resulted in the death of around 19 people. The heavy rains also caused the collapse of the roof of a home in Gadag district's Gajendragad on Sunday, resulting in the death of 3.

Watch the rescue attempt below: