15 killed after apartment complex wall collapsed due to heavy rains in Pune

Fifteen people were killed and three were injured after portion of the wall of a residential building collapsed early this morning after heavy rains in Pune’s Kondhwa area. Among the dead were four children and a woman.

Visuals showed several cars stuck in debris. The wall crashed down into tin sheds next to the apartment complex, taking down the parked cars as the ground caved in. The sheds were built for labourers working at a construction site nearby.

Rescue personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the fire department were at the site of the accident, searching for people who may be stuck. The 12 to 15-feet-high wall collapsed at around 1:45 am, an official said.

The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital. The construction work going on barely 40 feet away from the residential building’s wall.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis condoled the deaths, tweeting, “Extremely saddened to know about loss of lives in the Kondhwa, Pune wall collapse incident. My deepest condolences to the families and prying for speedy recovery of the injured. Directed Pune Collector to conduct an in-depth enquiry.”

“Our team is investigating the reasons behind the incident. Firm action will be taken against those responsible. We will check whether proper permissions were taken and safety measures were followed,” Pune police chief K Venkatesham told reporters.

Pune received the second highest rainfall on Friday in June since 2010.  The city has been seeing heavy rain since Thursday. As of last night, Pune received 73.1 millimetres of rain in 24 hours.

Source : Various