One person died & four people have been rescued after two building blocks constructed under a government housing scheme nearly two decades ago collapsed in Ahmedabad’s Odhav locality on the night of Sunday, 26 August.
According to the rescue team, five people were trapped under the debris of the building. While one of them has died, the four injured have been moved to Shardaben Hospital.
Speaking to the media, Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja said, “Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the local fire brigade were deployed to rescue people from the debris of the two blocks, each four-storeyed.”
He had said that these teams were using modern equipment for the rescue operation.
“The blocks were vacated yesterday by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) officials after it appeared that the building might collapse any time. But a few residents came back today and were inside the building when it collapsed,” Jadeja said on Sunday.
Ahmedabad mayor Bijal Patel had told, “Some residents had returned to the building on Sunday due to rains despite the AMC officials asking people to vacate their houses.”
AMC Commissioner Vijay Nehra said two blocks of the building of the government colony, each having around 150 residents, collapsed completely.
Gujarat Chief minister Vijay Rupani had directed the district collector to take the services of the NDRF to evacuate the trapped people, a government official said.>