10 killed after car crash triggers Indian hotel collapse (PHOTOS)
Local officials told the Times of India that the collapse happened after a car rammed into the building at around 9:20pm local time on Saturday night, trapping at least 20 people under the rubble. Emergency services were dispatched to the scene, where they set up a cordon and began pulling people from under the debris. The bodies of 10 people had reportedly been removed by 11:30pm.
Speaking to Reuters on Sunday, building inspector Ramesh Kirade said rescue operations had concluded and no further casualties were likely to be reported. The Siasat Daily reported that Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan offered compensation of two million rupees ($30,720) to the families of those killed in the incident. Those injured will receive 50,000 rupees ($770). Writing on Twitter, Chohan lamented the incident as “extremely tragic” and offered his sympathy to the victims.
An official investigation has been ordered. The hotel overlooked one of the most crowded parts of the city. A portion of the hotel is reported to have fallen into a nearby auto-parts shop and an ATM.
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