A four-storey under-construction building collapsed at Ullawas village in Sector 61, Gurugram on Thursday morning.

At least eight labourers are suspected to be trapped under debris.

Currently, more than 500 personnel including the rescue teams along with the district administration, local police, fire department and National Disaster Response Force are at the spot.

According to Assistant Divisional Fire Officer I.S. Kashyap, the building collapsed around 5 a.m. and the control room received a call at 5.15 am from a local about a building collapse in the village.

Prima facie the building appears to be an unauthorised construction and tragedy happened as extra floors were added to an already weak structure, he added.

Speaking to media, Subhash Bokan, Police PRO, Gurugram said, “Rescue teams are still searching for trapped labourers by removing heavy concrete material and iron grills. Efforts are on to save them”,

“Rescue teams are facing difficulty as they are removing concrete, iron grills, debris. There could be seven people, all labourers, feared trapped”, said Isham Singh, a fire and safety officer.

Adding that cutters were being used to cut through the debris to pull out the trapped, Kashyap said, “Two backhoes were being used to remove the debris and pull out those trapped inside. It is a congested area causing difficulty in carrying out the rescue operation at a faster pace. The locals said that 5-6 people were staying in the building. All are feared trapped.”

The incident happened when work was underway for the fourth floor of the building, he said.

According to reports, the building belongs to a person identified as Dayaram. Around 20 people, mostly security guards employed and deployed in the nearby sectors were living there on rent in the building.

Police are on the lookout for the owner of the building, a resident of Ullawas village. 

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