Rescue operations underway at the site where a roadside three-storey eatery caved in owing to heavy rains at Kumarhatti in Himachal Pradesh's Solan district on July 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Shimla, July 15, 2019
Seven people -- six soldiers and a civilian -- were killed and 35 rescued after a four-storeyed building collapsed due to rain at Kumarhatti town of Himachal Pradesh, rescuers said on Monday.
It is believed that six to eight people are still trapped in the debris.
As many as 23 soldiers and 12 civilians were pulled out from the rubble in the rescue operation by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Army and the state police that has been on for more than 16 hours.
The dead included the building owner's wife Archana.
According to officials, the incident occurred on Sunday when soldiers belonging to the Assam Rifles of nearby Dagshai Cantonment were having their party at a roadside eatery-cum-residential complex which caved in due to heavy rain.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who is monitoring the operation from here, said soldiers and civilians were present in the building, located on the Kumarhatti-Nahan road, around 55 kms from Shimla.
Thakur, who has ordered a probe into the incident, is visiting the spot later in the day.
Deputy Commissioner K. C. Chaman said measures to rescue people trapped in the debris were on. The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.
Locals blamed unscientific construction methods and violations in the granting of construction-sanction for the building collapse.
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