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   5 labourers buried alive as earth caved in
Wall collapse, GMC, Daily wage worker, Guntur, Construction site, Accident, Workers death

Five daily-wage workers, including four women, were buried alive when mud blocks and boulders of a compound wall collapsed on them at an underconstruction multi-storied building site here on Thursday. Search is on for another worker who was feared to have been trapped under the debris. Four critically injured labourers were rushed to the government general hospital.

The workers, who were digging a trench for construction of a basement below the building, had little chance of surviving after they were buried under the heaps of sand at a multi storied building under construction at Kakumanuvari Thota. Four women were among those who were killed.

The workers have been engaged by a Bangalore based contractor for constructing a multi storied school complex by Narayana Group of Educational Institutions.

The mishap took place at around 8.30 am at Donkaroad centre in Arundalpet when the workers from Srikakulam district were working in the 12-feet deep cellar. The partially completed compound wall suddenly came crashing down on the workers resulting in the instant death of five of them.

The victims were identified as Orsu Nagamani, 21, Komiri Adilakshmi, 23, T Padma, 22, Varalakshmi, 28 and Komiri Venkateswarlu, 20. The victims were residents of NTR Colony. Ten other workers had a lucky escape as they were having their food outside the construction site. "If we were at the work site, we could have lost our lives," one of the survivors recalled.

Minister for Rural Development D.M. Vara Prasada Rao visited the mishap site and promised criminal action against those responsible. I.G., Guntur Range, Harish Kumar Gupta also visited the spot.

Local legislator Mastanvali said the civic officials and engineers should also be booked for allowing a private school management to construct the building illegally. Collector Vishnu appointed joint collector N Yuvaraj to probe the incident, while Rs 25,000 ex-gratia amount was announced to each of the victims' families.
Thu 12 Apr, 2012,10:00:53 PM
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