1 killed, 19 injured after roof of bank building collapses in Solapur

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Updated: Jul 31, 2019 5:59 PM

The slab of the Bank of Maharashtra branch in the Karmala taluka of the city collapsed around 12.30 pm on Wednesday.

Rescue operations are on. (Express Photo)

A person was killed and 19 others injured after the roof of a housing bank in Solapur collapsed on Wednesday. The slab of the Bank of Maharashtra branch in the Karmala taluka of the city collapsed around 12.30 pm on Wednesday, reported the Indian Express. Karmala is located at a distance of 160 kilometres from Pune and 125 kms from Solapur city.

The report quoted Karmala Deputy Superintendent of Police as saying that there were at least 30 people present inside the building when the slab collapsed. “All the people trapped have now been taken out with the help of local citizens and other government agencies,” Vishal Hire told the Indian Express. Hire also said that a probe would be initiated into the incident.

Police also said that while some of the officials working in the bank managed to come outside, customers and some staff members were trapped under the debris. A bank staffer died in the accident, while the injured are being treated at a hospital. Locals and civic administration assisted police in the rescue operations.

On July 16, twelve people were killed when a four-storey building collapsed in Dongri area of Mumbai. The accident site being located inside a narrow lane caused difficulty for the rescue teams. The officials carrying out rescue operations had to remove debris by bare hands. The accident had brought to light the state of infrastructure across the state. The building in Dongri was over 100 years old. As many as 499 buildings in Mumbai have been identified as similarly vulnerable. In September 2017, 33 people had died when seven-storey Husaini building collapsed in Bhendi Bazar area, which is close to the building that collapsed in Dongri. Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim once owned properties in Bhendi Bazaar.

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