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Solan: Building Caves In, 14 Dead, One Army Jawan still trapped

Solan: Building Caves in, 7 dead, more than 23 injured

At least 14 people lost their lives after a guest house building collapsed in Solan district in Himachal Pradesh, rescue operation underway.

Update: 4.15 PM IST Archana also died in the accident. The owner Shail Kumar was not present in the building at the time of the accident. So far 17 Jawans and 11 civilians have been rescued.

District Magistrate K.C. Chaman said to the reporters that one more Jawan is still trapped in the collapsed building and efforts are on to rescue him alive.

The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur visited the accident site on Monday along with his cabinet minister Rajeev Saijal, M.P. Suresh Kashyap and Speaker Rajeev Bindal to take stock of the situation.

Thakur said it appears that the building was not built as per the set standards of Construction. He has ordered an inquiry to probe the cause of this accident and to lodge an FIR against the owner of the building.

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At first, the top floor of the multistorey building collapsed and afterwards, the entire building caved in under the pressure of heavy rain. This residential building situated on Kumarhatti-Nahan Highway housed a dhaba too where a group of Army Jawans of Assam Rifle from Dagshai cantt. were making a party along with some of their family members in the afternoon. They were on their way to Uttarakhand. Search and rescue operations are still on.

Update: 3 PM IST The death toll in Kumarhatti building collapse increased to 14 on Monday including 13 Army Jawan and one civilian while one more Jawan is reported still trapped under the debris. In a joint operation, NDRF along with rescue teams of police and army are trying to save him. The wife of the owner of the ill-fated building

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A guest house situated on the Kumarhatti-Nahan highway in Solan, Himachal Pradesh suddenly collapses in on Sunday late evening killing at least 7 persons. The deceased include one civilian and six Army personnel.

Soon after the accident, police and the SDRF team rushed to the site and started the rescue operation. During a late night operation, the rescue team managed to save the lives of 10 persons trapped under the debris while seven others were not so lucky. They breathed their last.

The search operation was still underway till late in the night to ensure no dead or injured is left under the debris. Director-cum-Special Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management DC Rana had said that 25 people are stuck under the debris.

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KC Chaman, Solan’s Deputy Commissioner, told news agency ANI that six Army personnel and one civilian have lost their lives in the tragedy. “Around 17 Army personnel and 11 civilians rescued so far. Seven Army personnel are still feared trapped. Search and rescue operation to be completed by today afternoon,” he said.

He told the media that a rescue operation was on to save the people trapped inside, the injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.

Initial reports suggest that the Army personnel had stopped to have their lunch at the Building (Guest House) which has collapsed.

Sources have confirmed that there were around 30 persons inside the building including an Army troop and two families.

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