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22/03/2019 10:07 AM IST

14 Dead In Dharwad, Rescue Efforts Continue 3 Days After Building Collapse

Rescuers feared some people were still trapped under the debris as they heard voices coming from inside.

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The death toll in the building collapse in Karnataka’s Dharwad has risen to 14, Deputy Commissioner Deepa Cholan told ANI on Friday.

“Three more people are trapped in the debris. We have given oxygen and ORS to them. SDRF and NDRF teams are conducting rescue operation,” she said.

On Thursday pulled out three bodies from the rubble of the under-construction building that collapsed at Dharwad in north Karnataka three days ago, police said.

The bodies of Divya Unakal (8), Dakshayini (45) and an unidentified person were retrieved from the debris.

Rescuers feared some people were still trapped under the debris as they heard voices coming from inside.

The four-storeyed building, which belonged to one of the relatives of former Congress minister Vinay Kulkarni, came crashing on Tuesday.

As many as 55 people were injured in the incident.

Anger and frustration were palpable as more bodies were retrieved from the accident site with loud wails of relatives.

Locals sought to know how the civic agencies turned a blind eye to sub-standard materials being used for the construction, though everybody was apprehensive about the strength of the building.

Police have not arrested anyone yet.

BJP MLA from Hubballi-Dharwad Central and former Karnataka chief minister Jagadish Shettar visited the spot and took stock of the situation.

(With PTI inputs)