Several remain trapped, rescue operations continue

At least three bodies have been recovered and three others were rushed to hospital after two buildings collapsed in Greater Noida’s Shahberi village on Tuesday night.

The incident took place at around 9.30 p.m on July 17. The police have detained the builder and property dealer for questioning.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday night directed the police and administration to reach the spot and coordinate with the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). The rescue operation began on Tuesday night, and a dog squad team was also called upon for the purpose.

The rescue operations continued on Wednesday morning.

A local said that at least 40 persons might be trapped inside the building. At least 12 families had shifted to one of the building, the local added.

Initial information suggests that the buildings were illegally constructed right under the nose of district administration and Greater Noida authority.

“Four teams of the NDRF and a dog squad are at the spot,” said Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate B.N. Singh.

“Exact casualties are yet to be ascertained as the rescue operation is on,” regional chief fire officer Arun Kumar Singh said.

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