24
Jan

8 Trapped As Building Collapses In Lucknow, Had Cracks After Earthquake

Three people were killed after a four-storey residential building collapsed in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow today. Eight more are feared trapped under the rubble of the collapsed building in Lucknow’s Hazratganj, officials at the site said.

Three people have been rescued.

UP Deputy Chief Minister Brijesh Pathak is on the spot, overseeing search and rescue work involving teams of the state and national disaster response force.

“The building collapsed suddenly. Three bodies have been found and sent to hospital. NDRF, fire brigade personnel are present at the spot, rescue operation is underway,” Mr Pathak said, news agency ANI reported.

An earthquake had been reported across northern India earlier in the day, though officials are yet to check if the tremors had weakened the old building.

Hazratganj is dotted with old buildings. The one that collapsed today was known as Alaya Apartments.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office in a statement said it has asked rescue officials to work fast to find survivors. The Chief Minister’s office said hospitals have been asked to remain alert and promised aid to the injured.