Two people have died and three others are feared to be trapped under the debris of a building that collapsed late Sunday night following incessant rains in Gurguram, a city near India's capital, Delhi.
Speaking to Sputnik, a police official from the Farukhnagar police station in Gurugram, Haryana state, said that about three people could still be trapped under the bricks, as the exact number is yet to be determined.
"Two people have died. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials are present at the site, along with police personnel, to carry out rescue missions. The reason why the building collapsed remains unclear as of now. Our priority is to help anybody who could be trapped under the debris for now," the official said.
Videos from the site have emerged on social media showing cranes being used to move the rubble away.
A three storey building collapsed in Khawaspur area on Gurgaon-Pataudi road. Five people are trapped. One suspected death, rescue operation underway. Numbers of people trapped/died may increase. @TOIGurgaon@timesofindia #gurgaon pic.twitter.com/KjpNYAswbX— Ipsita pati (@IpsitaTOI) July 18, 2021
#GurugramBuildingCollapse— ѕαtчα prαdhαnसत्य नारायण प्रधान ସତ୍ଯପ୍ରଧାନ-DG NDRF (@satyaprad1) July 18, 2021
UPDATE @ 22:00 18/7/21
🔸rptd by Hry police
🔸Persons susp trapped
🔸teams from @8Ndrf on site
🔸Coord with local police
🔸@NDRFHQ monitoring@PMOIndia @HMOIndia @BhallaAjay26 @PIBHomeAffairs @PIBChandigarh @ANI pic.twitter.com/nNGE2AXp4t
One person confirmed dead in a three-storey building collapse in Khawaspur village of Pataudi collapsed on Sunday evening. At least 4 more feared trapped. Chances of survival slim,been trapped for over 5 hours now. Rescue operations on @TOIGurgaon @timesofindia @NDRFHQ @TOIDelhi pic.twitter.com/8mdVl8J2Xp— Joel Joseph (@journojoseph) July 18, 2021
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Yash Garg revealed to the media that the rescue operation is likely to continue throughout the day because of fluctuating electricity due to the rainfall slowing down the search process at night.
According to preliminary reports, the building was a lodging facility for labourers working at a warehouse company, the details of which remain undisclosed as of now.
Meanwhile, the rain showers are blocking roads and underpasses in different parts of Gurugram city. People have shared visuals of water entering into their houses exposing residents to the risks of unfortunate accidents.