OMR building collapse: Death toll rises

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 23, 2018 01:58 PM IST

Chennai: Casualty in the Kandanchavadi building collapse increased to two today, after a construction worker who was undergoing medical treatment at a private hospital on Old Mammallapuram Road succumbed to injuries. He is said to be a native of Bihar.

Initially, one person was killed and several others were injured as a shed of a hospital which was under construction collapsed near Taramani on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, social activist Traffic Ramasamy today filed a plea in the Madras High Court, urging the Court look into the matter and take action against those behind the mishap. The bench of Judge N Kirubakaran said it would take up hearing on the petition tomorrow.

Since Saturday night, Police and Fire and Rescue Services personnel had a tough time as the site had no electricity. Ambulances and two earth movers were also pressed into service to remove the debris and search for workers who could have been trapped.

At least 28 persons have been admitted in hospitals for treatment and about 12 of the injured were sent to the Government Hospital at Royapettah, police said.

According to sources, a Coimbatore-based hospital was building a branch at Kandanchavadi and its construction was in full swing. Around 7 pm on Saturday, the shed collapsed, trapping the workers, who were working on the night shift.

More than 50 construction workers, mostly migrants, were on the site and many of them ran away as the shed started collapsing.

The city police have arrested a site engineer and a project deputy manager in connection with the collapse. More persons are likely to be arrested, sources said.

Yesterday, the National Disaster Response Force said that the search has ended from their end. Vinoj, Assistant Commandant, NDRF said, “From our end search has concluded. One dead body was recovered. 61 personnel were part of this operation.”