Eight people killed as a building collapse in India

A building collapse in southern India left eight people dead on Friday, an official said, the latest such disaster in the country known for its dilapidated properties and poor quality construction.

The group was among 11 employees of a state-run transport company, including bus drivers and cleaners, who were sleeping in the 60-year-old, two-story office block near a bus depot when a portion of it caved in.

“It was an old building that suddenly collapsed while the staff was asleep,” said C Suresh Kumar, the top government official for Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu state, where the incident occurred.

He said emergency workers had managed to rescue three of the workers from under tons of debris, who were being treated for their injuries at a government-run hospital.

The state government has also offered $2,300 in compensation to the victims’ families.

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