Canacona death toll ends at 32, rescue work over

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 13 January 2014 20:53 IST

With two more dead bodies being recovered in last two days and all the debris of the collapsed building cleared, the rescue work at Ruby Residency at Canacona was officially stopped after 10 days.

The rescue teams, with the help of vibration-free machines, managed to recover two bodies of Purso Velip from Barshem yesterday and Pankaj Goswami from Jharkhand today.

The rescue team, in first two days, also rescued 22 injured workers alive.

It was thus established that 54 workers were working on different floors of the five-storeyed building when it collapsed on 4 January like a pack of cards.

All these workers were from Canacona and Quepem in Goa as well as migrant labourers from Jharkhand, UP, Karnataka and Kerala.

The rescue teams managed to clear all the debris without demolishing the buildings, which have also developed cracks and one of the buildings has event tilted.

To get into the collapsed area, the rescue teams however had to demolish two villas of the same block.

The authorities however are yet to take a decision on demolishing these buildings, though chief minister Manohar Parrikar had stated that there is no other option than demolishing it.

After experts from Goa Engineering College certified that these three buildings of the same block are not safe, PWD minister Sudin Dhawalikar preferred to appoint yet another committee to decide whether to demolish the buildings or not. 

Though the police have arrested only one deputy town planner till date after filing FIR against all those responsible for the building collapse, others are still out, some of them absconding while some have moved anticipatory bail applications. 

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