A two-story hotel collapsed on Monday at dawn in Secunderabad in southern India, killing at least 13 people and 17 were injured, police said.
Rescue crews searched through the tons of rubble hours after the collapse in the city of the State of Andhra Pradesh in search of survivors, said local police officer K. Satyanarayana told AFP.
The City Light was one of the oldest hotel in the city. Rescuers evacuated twenty-two people from the debris, fifteen of them were taken to the Gandhi hospital, some in critical condition. According to the police, who estimated that fifty people were present in the hotel at the time of the collapse, “Some twenty people were still trapped at the debris.”
“The death toll is now 13,” said the officer. Most of the victims were employees and local residents reported that among them was the son of the hotel owner.
The owner of the hotel was trying to build a brick oven on the roof of the hotel to cook. This building, weakening the structures of the building, could be the cause of the accident. Especially since a warning was recently issued against the hotel.
About 25 people were working at the hotel, located on a busy street in Secunderabad, where the kitchen wall gave way and caused the collapse, said local police officer B. Surender told AFP.
It was unclear how many people were still trapped in the rubble, although some witnesses quoted by local media said early in the morning that could be a 40. Rescuers have installed lights continue overnight search, said an AFP photographer at the scene.
The building collapses are common in India. Several buildings have collapsed in India in recent months, many of them residential buildings in the financial capital Mumbai. A landslide killed 74 people in April in the city. And now the hotel collapsed in India have killed at least 13 people.