June 29, 2019 / 6:07 AM / 19 days ago

At least 15 dead as construction site wall collapses in western India

Rescue workers look for survivors among the debris of a collapsed wall of a residential complex in Pune, India, June 29, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

MUMBAI (Reuters) - At least 15 people were killed, including three children, when a compound wall near a construction site fell on temporary huts of laborers in the western Indian city of Pune following heavy rain, a fire brigade official said on Saturday.

Families of construction laborers were sleeping in the huts when the building wall collapsed in the early morning, he said.

“We are trying to rescue people that are trapped under the wall and the soil mud,” said the official, adding “so far we have rescued three workers.”

Pune, where some information technology and auto companies are based, has been getting heavy rainfall since Friday afternoon and it could have weakened “the poorly built wall”, said a Pune city government official.

Every June-September monsoon season, India experiences fatal incidents of building and wall collapses as rainfall weakens the foundation of poorly-built structures.

Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Richard Borsuk

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