Collapsed Buildings Kill 22 in India

    Rescue workers conduct a search operation for survivors at the site of a collapsed 11-storey building that was under construction on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Chennai June 29, 2014. Two building collapses in New Delhi and Tamil Nadu states killed at least 11 people on Saturday and left dozens trapped, highlighting the need for increased monitoring of construction across India where such incidents are common. The 11-storey building under construction in southern Tamil Nadu state came down, killing one worker, said K. Shanmugasundaram, a spokesman for the state police. REUTERS/Babu (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER) - RTR3W9YM

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    At least 22 people are dead after two buildings collapsed this weekend in India. The first occurred in New Delhi, the capital. A 50-year-old building toppled and killed 11 people, including children, on Saturday. Later in the day in Chennai, an 11-story building under construction collapsed and killed at least 11 people. Many workers had been gathering in the basement at the time to collect their wages. The BBC reports that more than 100 workers are feared to still be trapped. Five people from the construction company, including two directors, have been detained by authorities, but building collapses are unfortunately common in India. There are major housing shortages, and apartments are often constructed without permission, using substandard materials. In April 2013, 74 people were killed when a building in a suburb of Mumbai collapsed.

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