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Explosion, Collapsed Buildings in India Claim 24 Lives, PTI Says

Building Collapse in India
Indian rescue workers look for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed building in Porur town, situated on the outskirts of Chennai, on June 29, 2014. Source: AFP via Getty Images

June 29 (Bloomberg) -- At least 24 Indians died when two buildings at different locations collapsed yesterday and an explosion occurred at a shipbreaking yard, the Press Trust of India reported.

Ten people including three women and five children were killed in the north Delhi area of the national capital when a four-story building came down, the news agency said yesterday, citing Madhur Verma, deputy commissioner of police. The incident probably happened due to construction work at an adjacent plot, according to the report.

The death toll in a building collapse in Chennai city in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state rose to nine as four more bodies were recovered from the rubble, the news agency reported today. Eighteen people rescued from the debris are being treated in two government hospitals.

A blast triggered by a suspected gas leak at the Alang shipbreaking yard in Bhavnagar district in the western Indian state of Gujarat left five dead and seven injured, the Press Trust said, citing police officials.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kartik Goyal in Mumbai at kgoyal@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Stanley James at sjames8@bloomberg.net Garry Smith

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