(Updates death toll from 11 to 15)
CANACONA, India Jan 5 At least 15 workers were
killed and many feared trapped when a half-built apartment block
collapsed in the Indian resort state of Goa, police and media
said on Sunday, the latest disaster to draw attention to safety
standards amid a construction boom.
The multi-storey building in Canacona, just over 4 km (two
and a half miles) from the popular Palolem beach in the western
state, collapsed on Saturday.
Senior police official O.P. Mishra said 15 workers were
killed and 21 had been rescued so far. Some media reports put
the death toll at 16.
Around 50 people were working at the site at the time and at
least a dozen were still trapped under the concrete, according
to witness accounts cited in media reports. One report put the
number of people trapped as high as 60.
India's booming construction industry is set to be worth $1
trillion by 2025, which would make it the world's third largest,
according to a report by Global Construction Perspectives and
But this dazzling growth has often come at the expense of
At least 50 people were killed when a five-storey apartment
block in India's financial centre, Mumbai, collapsed last
A collapse in April killed 72 people in Thane, a satellite
city just outside Mumbai. Officials said the structure was built
with poor materials and did not have proper approvals.
Goa police have registered a case - using a process known in
India as a "first information report" - against the real estate
development firm building the Goa block.
"Legal action will be taken against all who are responsible
for this," Mishra said.
(Reporting by Danish Siddiqui in Canacona and Shyamantha Asokan
in New Delhi; Editing by Nick Macfie)