Four children among 17 dead after wall collapse in Pune's Kondhwa area

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 29, 2019, 07.09 AM(IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

A wall collapsed in Pune. Photograph:( ANI )

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Rescue operations are underway.

Four children and a woman among 17 dead on Saturday following a wall collapse in Pune's Kondhwa area.

The compound wall collapsed around 1.45 am on Friday night in the Kondhawa area, an official said. 

The District Collector of Pune, Naval Kishore Ram said, ''The wall collapsed due to heavy rainfall. Negligence of the construction company is coming to light with this incident. Death of 15 people is not a small matter. Most were labourers from Bihar and West Bengal. Government to provide help to the affected.''

Two to three people are still believed to be trapped as rescue operations are underway. 

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Saturday ordered an in-depth inquiry into the incident of wall collapse in Pune, in which 15 people were killed.

"Extremely saddened to know about loss of lives in the Kondhwa, Pune wall collapse incident. My deepest condolences to the families and praying for speedy recovery of the injured. Directed Pune Collector to conduct an in-depth enquiry," Fadnavis said on Twitter.

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According to reports, the number of people who have been injured in the accident is yet to be confirmed.

The identities of the deceased are yet to be ascertained.

The NDRF team has reached the accident spot for rescue and search operations.