5 security guards found dead in a room, death toll rises to 14

ARVIND TENGSE, CANACONA | 05 January 2014 11:42 IST

Removing a dead body from under the debris (Photo: Arvind Tengse)

The death toll in Canacona building collapse tragedy has reached 14 with fire brigade and military personnel removing five more dead bodies today morning.

The five workers were the Nepali security guards, sleeping in one room.

The five-storeyed building of Ruby Residency at Chaudi in southernmost Canacona taluka, 75 kilometers from Panaji, collapsed like a pack of cards, with floor slabs over each others.

The tragic incident occurred at 2.30 pm yesterday.

“We are still not getting the exact number of workers working in this building”, said Ajit Panchwadkar, the deputy collector.

However, he said, many lives were saved as some workers had gone to the weekly market and Chaudi while some were working in other buildings.

The personnel had succeeded in saving almost 28 lives yesterday, some of them with extreme difficulty by cutting the rods cautiously and entering inside by breaking the slabs.

 

Two hydraulic poklens with brakers have been requisitioned to break the concrete rubble in order to enter the debris and find trapped workers.

“We have also managed to get help from some private parties like Sesa Goa and contractors like Domnic Gaonkar”, said Panchwadkar.

Though the fire brigade and 300 military personnel have been working round the clock in clearing the debris, local authorities feel it would take at least two more days to clear the whole debris.

Goa government has also requisitioned services of the Disaster Management Rescue Force from Pune. They would reach Canacona by afternoon, said South Goa Collector Venecio Furtado.

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