17 killed in Pune wall collapse

Pune, June 29: At least 17 people were killed and three others injured on Saturday when a 60-ft-wall wall collapsed on Saturday near talab masjid in Pune’s Kondhwa area.Rescue operations are underway.

Mayor of Pune, Mukta Tilak said, ” An investigation will be conducted into the incident. We are giving a ‘work stop’ order so that no work can be continued at the construction site here. “

The incident occurred early Saturday morning trapping the victims as they slept in their huts, the police and NDRF officials said.

Teams of rescuers which rushed to the spot have managed to rescue three people including two minors.

The victims comprise 10 men and five children. Work is on to save others still feared trapped in the rubble.

The shanties were built for the labourers working at a construction site nearby, they said.

The compound wall collapsed around 1.45 am Friday night in the Kondhwa area, an official said.

Two to three people are still believed to be trapped and rescue operations are underway. The number of people who have been injured in the incident is yet to be confirmed.

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