Ludhiana factory collapse: Death toll mounts to 10

According to the information given by the official, the death toll in the building collapse of a plastic factory in Ludhiana, in Punjab, has risen to 10.

The five-storey building, located in a congested part of the Industrial Area near Cheema Chowk, had collapsed on Monday afternoon following a powerful blast triggered by a major fire in the building earlier.

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The official said 20-25 people, including officials of the fire department and municipal corporation, were feared trapped inside the building after it collapsed. The official said 10 bodies had been recovered from the debris of the building and rescue operations continued through the night (Monday-Tuesday).

While three bodies were recovered on Monday evening, more bodies were recovered in the night. “The rescue operation will continue today (Tuesday). There are some people still trapped inside,: a senior district officer told media.

Teams of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), Army, Punjab Police, Fire Department and a local NGO were engaged in rescuing those trapped. Two people, who were pulled out of the debris alive, were admitted to a hospital.

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Police Commissioner RN Dhoke said the trapped officials had gone inside the building for inspection after it caught fire on Monday morning. Chemicals and plastic material stored in Amarson Polymers stoked the fire, he said.