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13 Army men among 14 dead in Himachal building collapse

NDRF men undertake rescue works after a building collapsed at Kumarhatti-Nahan road in Solan, Sunday, July 14, 2019.

NDRF men undertake rescue works after a building collapsed at Kumarhatti-Nahan road in Solan, Sunday, July 14, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Operations on to rescue people trapped in rubble

The toll in Sunday’s collapse of a multi-storied building in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh rose to 14, with six more bodies being retrieved on Monday. Thirteen Army personnel are among the dead.

“Besides the 13 defence personnel, who were all Junior Commissioned Officer'sone civilian also lost his life,” an official statement said.

Twenty-eight people, including 17 Army personnel and 11 civilians, were injured after the four-storey building, which housed a restaurant, collapsed on the Nahan-Kumarhatti Road on Sunday evening following heavy rains, officials said.

Additional Superintendent of Police (Solan) Shiv Kumar told The Hindu that rescue operations, jointly conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the police and the district administration, were over.

The injured have been admitted to the Maharishi Markandeshwar Medical College at Kumarhatti and the Civil Hospital at Dharampur.

“The operation is still underway to find out if any other person is still trapped under the rubble,” Deputy Commissioner K.C. Chaman said.

“We have registered a case against the owner,” said CM Jai Ram Thakur who visited the site at Kumarhatti.

With PTI inputs

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