India: 15 killed construction disaster as Pune rains cause wall collapse

India: 15 killed construction disaster as Pune rains cause wall collapse
A construction site wall collapsed in India's Pune city.
Published: 30 June 2019 - 10:15 a.m.
By: Jack Ball

At least 15 people have reportedly been killed in India’s western city of Pune after a construction site wall collapsed on temporary huts of labourers. with Reuters reporting that three children were among the victims, who were said to have been sleeping in their huts when the building wall collapsed on 29 June.

The disaster followed heavy rains in the city, a fire brigade official said, as quoted by the news agency.

A Pune city government official said heavy rains may have weakened the “poorly built wall”, Reuters added.

According to a report by Indian news outlet The Hindu Business Line, India’s annual monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country, coming as welcome news for the nation that has been reeling under the scorching sun for the past few months.


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