8 killed as portion of building collapses in Tamil Nadu
Eight people were killed and three others injured after a portion of an over six-decade-old building collapsed in Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam district collapsed today morning.
The crew members, who belonged to the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC)'s Porayar branch were sleeping in the building when a portion of it collapsed around 3.30 am. They died on the spot.
The three others who sustained injuries were rushed to the Karaikal General Hospital.
Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami has announced a compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh for people with severe injuries and Rs 50,000 for people with mild injuries.
He has also announced a compensation of Rs 7.5 lakh for the next of the kin of the deceased and a government job for any one member of the families of the deceased.
Nagapattinam District Collector Dr C Suresh Kumar visited the spot and conducted enquiries.
State Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar rushed to Porayar, officials said.
The building was constructed in 1952.