Five people were killed and two others were seriously injured when a dilapidated two-story building collapsed in Maharashtra's Amravati city on Sunday. A senior police officer gave this information. The incident took place around 2 pm, the official said. The Maharashtra government has announced financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of each of the deceased. Amravati is about 150 km from Nagpur.
Amravati Police Commissioner Dr. Arti Singh said, "The building in the Prabhat Chowk area of the city collapsed, killing five people and injuring two others." The personnel of the rescue team reached the spot and started the rescue operation. An official said most of the houses in the building were vacant as its residents had already moved elsewhere.
There were five shops on the ground floor of the building and some work was going on in a unit selling bags. Those trapped under the debris were rescued and taken to a hospital, where five were declared brought dead, he said. District Magistrate Pavneet Kaur said that the rescue work is still going on. Kaur said the incident would be investigated and strict action would be taken against those responsible. An Amravati Municipal Corporation (AMC) official said the corporation had issued a notice to demolish the building in July this year as it had become old and dilapidated.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief over the incident. Fadnavis tweeted that Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has decided to provide financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. Fadnavis said that the state government will bear the cost of treatment of the injured. The Deputy Chief Minister said in a tweet that the Divisional Commissioner has been directed to investigate the incident.