Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said eight people have been extricated from the debris so far.
Bengaluru: At least two persons have been killed and around 50 are trapped after an under-construction building collapsed in Karnataka’s Dharwad area on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident took place in Kumareshwara Nagar area of the district, which is about 400 kilometres north of Bengaluru. Around 10 ambulances and more than half a dozen fire engines are at the spot.
According to reports, construction had been going on in the building for the last two years and work was ongoing on the third floor.
The first two floors had around 60 shops that were operational. Some reports suggest about 150 people were in the shops when the structure crashed.
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said he was shocked to learn about the collapse of the under-construction building. He said eight people have been extricated from the debris so far.
“I’ve instructed the Chief Secretary to supervise rescue operations. I have also directed the CS to send additional resources and expert rescuers by a special flight to Dharwad,” he said.