20 killed in India cremation building collapse
Published: 12:06 PM, 4 January 2021
Rescue workers spent hours searching the rubble for survivors of the collapse which occurred in the city of Ghaziabad on the outskirts of New Delhi on Sunday; Photo: AFP
At least 20 people were killed in northern India after a roof collapsed at a crematorium amid heavy rains on Sunday, police said.
Rescue workers spent hours searching the rubble for survivors of the collapse which occurred in the city of Ghaziabad on the outskirts of New Delhi. – reports AFP.
According to local media, 38 people were rescued, while at least 15 were injured and taken to hospital,
“We have a confirmation of 20 bodies thus far but the number may rise,” local police officer Mahipal Singh told Press Trust of India, adding that the cremation had been for an elderly individual who was not a Covid-19 victim.
“They took shelter under the newly constructed structure… The structure could not bear the rain and collapsed, leaving these persons dead.”
In a tweet on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep grief and condolences to the victims’ families.
Building collapses are frequent in India. Many firms use cheap materials and bribe officials to evade regulations, while on-site safety is lax.