In what many have described as a divine miracle, workers of Indian emergency department on Friday rescued three people who were trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building for three days. This happened at the time the official death toll was put at 17.
At the time of filling this report, emergency workers were still searching for eight more people, already declared missing after a five-storey building in southern Karnataka state collapsed on Tuesday.
A video shared by Karnataka’s emergency services chief, M N Reddi, showed a man and his wife being pulled out of the rubble after remaining trapped for about 72 hours.
As the woman was being carried out on a stretcher, a rescue worker lifted her husband on his back up the ladder out of the debris amid claps and cheers of happiness from the people standing by.
According to Reddi in a tweet “Two more survivors — Dilip and his wife Sangeetha, rescued by our Fire Force rescuers just now! This takes the total rescued so far to 59. Kudos to the Rescue team!,”.
Also another man was rescued early Friday morning after being trapped for more than 62 hours. The man had no visible injuries and was hugged by the rescue team before he walked away from the debris and was taken to a nearby hospital.
Information from the collapsed building site indicated that as many as 54 people have been rescued alive by the hard working team of about 400 people who have been scouring through tonnes of concrete and steel.
“Those rescued have been shifted to the hospital and five persons have been arrested in the matter,” emergency official Srikant, who goes by one name, told AFP.
Police have charged the owner of the construction company, one of the five arrested, with manslaughter.
For more efficiency, heavy earth-moving equipment and rescuers with specialized operational tools, including sniffer dogs were deployed in the increasingly desperate operation.
Unfortunately, most of the victims were from northern Indian states who had come to the region for work.
As a matter of fact, building collapses are very frequent in India, as it has been discovered that many firms use cheap materials and also bribe officials to evade regulations, while on-site safety is hardly taken serious.
As a result of rapid growth in many Indian cities since the last few decades, new buildings have always been erected, but without proper quality supervision, and the older ones poorly maintained.