November 15th, 2010
02:06 PM ET

At least 32 killed in building collapse in Indian capital

[Updated at 2:06 p.m.]At least 32 people are dead and 40 are injured aftera residential building collapsed in the Indian capital Monday night, New Delhi fire-service chief R.C. Sharma told CNN.

About two dozen people could still be trapped, he said.

[Posted at 1:04 p.m.]At least 23 people were killed when a residential building collapsed in the Indian capital Monday night, authorities said.

Another 40 people were pulled from the rubble and taken to local hospitals, New Delhi's municipal spokesman Deep Mathur told CNN.

Video from the scene showed residents digging through the debris with help from construction equipment. Some men carried dust-covered victims to waiting vehicles.

The five-story building apparently collapsed because its foundations had weakened from seepage of rain water from this year's heavy monsoons. The fallen structure was situated closely to the Yamuna River that flows through New Delhi.

Mathur said rescue operations were still on, and fire officials estimated that as many as 20 people could still be trapped.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit expressed her sympathy for the families of the victims and promised to "inquire into the causes of the tragedy."

"I don't know if we can call it negligence ... it seems people were living comfortably there," Dikshit told CNN sister network CNN-IBN.


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  1. Christian

    November 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. osiris zapata

    So...this is not news. Give me a break CNN, does not India about 1 billion people? 32 out of a billion is not news worthy!

    November 15, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • widdlepiggy

      Why do you CARE what they report? Does it have to be a certain % of the population that dies in order for you to get hard? You're a sick person.

      November 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. osiris zapata

    Stick to the story is not about my opinion. I guess, you too noticed its no big deal since you prefer to talk about me instead of this irrelavent story. I am not sick, just don't think its news worthy, I'm just saying!!!

    November 15, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. really?

    osiris zapata, would you think differently if one of your family members were among trapped in that building? Really, would you.

    November 16, 2010 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. really?

    I meant to say " were among those trapped"

    November 16, 2010 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. really?

    I meant to say among those trapped

    November 16, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. ernest

    u sound like a heartless person. If u have notin 2 say simply dont post ok. My deepest sympathy and condolance 2 the berieved family

    November 16, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |