A three-storey building on Saturday collapsed in Punjab's Mohali. Till now, the NDRF team has rescued two people. Meanwhile, the rescue operation The building, located on the Kharar-Landran road, came down when a JCB machine was digging its basement. A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has also been called to the site.
Himanshu Jain, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) said: "Two persons have been rescued. 6-7 persons still feared trapped under the debris. NDRF team & other support staff carrying out search and rescue operation."
Two persons, including the JCB machine operator, trapped under the debris are in touch with the rescue workers through mobile phones. A team of the National Disaster Response Force has reached the site, Jain said, adding a rescue operation is underway.
Senior officials of the district administration and police have also reached the spot. An ambulance has been called for providing immediate medical treatment to those trapped.
The officials said the heavy earth moving machine might have hit the foundation of the building, but added that the exact cause of the incident would be known after the inquiry.
A 30-member team of the National Disaster Response Force was engaged in the rescue operation and one more NDRF team from Ludhiana has also been called, the SDM, adding that police and civil administration personnel and members of some NGOs were also providing assistance in the rescue operation.
The SDM said that the exact number of persons trapped under the debris is not clear. “We have made all arrangements for undertaking rescue operation at night to ensure nobody remains under the debris," Jain said. "Sniffer dogs have been pressed into service to help trace the trapped people," he said.
Mohali Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said that the SDM of Kharar has been ordered to inquire into the incident and submit a report within three days.
"How did this happen and did they (builder) have requisite permission to do this will be known only after the inquiry," said Dayalan. The Army has also been put on standby to assist in the rescue operation in case the need arises, said the DC. Requisite machinery and equipment were pressed into service in the rescue operation, said the SDM.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed anguish over the building collapse incident and said he has sought a detailed report from the Mohali Deputy Commissioner.
Saddened to hear about the tragic firecracker blast in Tarn Taran that left 2 dead and 9 injured. My govt will give ex-gratia of ₹5 lakhs to the kin of deceased & free treatment for the injured. SDM Tarn Taran will probe the incident to fix responsibility.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) February 8, 2020
"Anguished to learn of the collapse of a three-storeyed building in Kharar today with 2 people trapped. @NDRF , Fire Brigade & Mohali Admin are on the spot for immediate rescue and relief. Have asked DC Mohali @GirishDayalan to send a detailed report on what caused this collapse," Singh tweeted.
Anguished to learn of the collapse of a three-storeyed building in Kharar today with 2 people trapped. @NDRF, Fire Brigade & Mohali Admin are on the spot for immediate rescue and relief. Have asked DC Mohali @GirishDayalan to send a detailed report on what caused this collapse. pic.twitter.com/rkYri3HtAJ— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) February 8, 2020