Building collapse in Lucknow: 12 rescued; 4 feared trappedtext_fields
Lucknow: At least 12 residents of a building that collapsed here on Tuesday night have been rescued and sent to the hospital.
Teams from the SDRF, NDRF, and army worked until the early hours of Wednesday to carefully remove the debris and free the trapped people.
Following the collapse, nearby structures have also started to show fractures.
The injured were taken to various Lucknow hospitals.
According to District Magistrate Suryapal Gangwar, it's believed that four perso sens are still trapped. He claimed that efforts were being made to securely rescue people.
"The rescued persons were given timely medical assistance, and oxygen supply had been ensured to those trapped under the debris," he said.
Principal Secretary (Home), Sanjay Prasad, who personally supervised rescue operations through the night, said that priority was to ensure the safety of those trapped.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also continued to take updates on the situation.
"The incident took place around 7 p.m. No casualty has been reported," Prasad said.
While the reason for the collapse of the residential building - Aliyah Apartment - in the Hazratganj area could not be ascertained immediately, preliminary reports indicate that construction work was going on in the building's parking lot. The building had 12 flats and two penthouses on the top floor.
"Probe will be conducted to ascertain the reason for the collapse," Prasad added.
The Chief Minister has directed officials to ensure that adequate treatment is provided to the injured. He has also issued directions to hospitals to stay alert, a senior official said.
"Eight families were inside when the building collapsed. As per our estimate, 30-35 people should be (trapped)," said Director General of Police D.S. Chauhan.
Army personnel, along with teams of NDRF and SDRF have been deployed for the rescue operation, which continued through the night.
The NDRF, police and fire brigade personnel are present at the spot. A rescue operation is underway.
With inputs from IANS