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Goa building collapse: Death toll mounts to 28

Goa building collapse: Death toll mounts to 28

The rescue operation had been continuing manually after buildings adjacent to the site tilted.

Panaji: The death toll in Canacona building collapse in Goa has risen to 28. More than 40 people were trapped under the debris when the under-construction five-storey building caved in on Saturday afternoon. Rescuers had since managed to pull out 16 people alive from the debris.

Ashok Menon, incharge of rescue operation, had earlier said, "The rescue operation had been continuing manually after buildings adjacent to the site tilted."

Police had arrested Deputy Town Planner Prakash Bandodkar on Monday night in connection with the collapse. However, Municipal Engineer Ajay Desai and three directors of a property firm (Bharat Realtors and Developers), constructing the structure, are still untraceable.

first published:January 11, 2014, 16:23 IST