Chennai building collapse : 17 injured as 4-storeyed hospital building in Kandanchavadi collapses

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Chennai building collapse : A four-storeyed building in Chennai collapsed in Kandanchavadi near Taramani on Saturday leaving about 20 workers injured.

The building was supposed to be a new hospital for a Coimbatore-based hospital network.

According to news reports, the Chennai building collapse occurred after the shed of the future hospital collapsed. At least 17 workers were pulled out from the accident site with five of them sustaining head injuries.

The rescue teams are not sure if there are some more workers trapped under the debris.

Ten of the injured workers in the Chennai building collapse are receiving treatment in the Royapettah Government Hospital. Their condition was already stabilized before they were brought there.

The building collapse in Chennai reportedly took place at about 7:00 PM after a portion of the scaffolding structure fell on the workers and also on three houses near it.

Fire engines and earth movers were deployed at the accident site alongside ambulances. Some of the injured workers in the Chennai building collapse were rushed to a nearby private hospital located on Old Mahabalipuram Road.

It is learnt that rescue operations were hampered owing to lack of electricity around the location.

Kancheepuram Collector C. Ponnaiah confirmed that while 17 workers were rescued, there is no clarity on whether three more workers are still trapped. Ponnaiah suggested that the Chennai building collapse was due to the very less concrete used for constructing the shed of the new hospital by using iron girders.

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