Two people died and over 70 others were trapped under debris after a four-storey under-construction commercial complex building collapsed in Dharwad, Karnataka, at around 3.50 pm on Tuesday. Dharwad deputy commissioner Deepa, who is supervising rescue operations, said the identity of the deceased was yet to be ascertained.
Four shops on the ground floor were rented out even before the building was completed and several cars were parked near the building.
The building belongs to Gangadhar Shintri, father-in-law of former Congress minister Vinay Kulkarni. “He has assured he’ll pay the medical expenses of the injured,’’ officials said.
Rescuers deployed heavy machinery to shift concrete slabs and used drills to reach people buried under the debris while sniffer dogs searched for signs of life. Officials said rescuers were exercising caution while operating the machines so that those trapped were not harmed.