The death toll from a collapsed apartment block outside Delhi rose to nine on Thursday (July 19) as emergency workers pulled four more bodies from a huge pile of rubble and metal, India’s fire brigade said. The death toll was the result of an under construction building that collapsed on to residential dwellings.
Emergency workers sifting through piles of iron and concrete overnight pulled out the bodies Wednesday from the site in Greater Noida, a satellite town east of the Indian capital.
The number of people believed trapped remains unknown, reports claiming families were living inside the residential complex when the collapse occurred were not confirmed.
Police have arrested four people, including the landowner, on charges of manslaughter and want to question 20 others.
Building collapses are common across India, especially during the monsoon season from late June to September, although it was unclear whether this latest disaster was due to recent heavy rain.
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