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Building collapse:Death toll 61, rescue work over

Rescuers search for survivors

Seven days after a 11-storeyed under construction building collapsed here, rescuers called off their massive non-stop operations today as the death toll was put at 61 with no survivor or body being found during the day.
Chennai- Seven days after a 11-storeyed under construction building collapsed here, rescuers called off their massive non-stop operations today as the death toll was put at 61 with no survivor or body being found during the day.

Twenty seven persons — 19 men and eight women — were pulled out alive till July 1 from the concrete rubbles after the residential building collapsed on June 28 at suburban Porur, about 20 km from here. The site has been sealed and handed over to police, a top state revenue official said.

“We have completed rescue work. There are no more survivors or persons trapped,” said S P Selvan, DIG of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which spearheaded the rescue operations in coordination with various other agencies including the Fire and Rescue Service and Police.

On apprehension that approximately 20-25 persons could have been trapped in a particular spot measuring about 2000 sq ft close to the basement, he said “I can tell you that the rescue work is over 100 per cent, there is no such thing.”

The toll in the mishap rose to 61 yesterday with the recovery of 14 bodies with the breakup being 41 men and 20 women, several of the them migrant workers from states such as Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

“The site is sealed, cordoned off and it has been handed over to the police,” Additional Chief Secretary and Commissioner of Revenue Administration T S Sridhar told reporters after chairing a meeting of officials from multiple agencies including the NDRF.

“This site has been declared as a prohibited place. Only authorised personnel involved in investigation can access it till the completion of probe,” he said.

Director of Public Health K Kulandaisamy said eight bodies were yet to be identified. The injured persons were being discharged “one by one”
from various hospitals based on their health condition, he added.

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