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6-story building collapsed in Guj:

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In Surat’s Sachin Pali village, tragedy struck as a six-storey building collapsed amidst relentless rainfall, claiming one life and leaving several feared trapped under the rubble. The incident, which occurred in broad daylight, saw one fortunate woman pulled out alive, but with 15 others injured and the fate of those trapped uncertain, the scene was fraught with tension.

The building, housing 30 apartments despite only five being occupied, had been erected just eight years prior. Shocking images depicted a grim aftermath: massive concrete slabs strewn haphazardly in what once was a structure, now reduced to a mound of debris. As the day wore on, rescue efforts intensified with personnel from police, fire departments, and eventually the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) converging on the site.

Eyewitness accounts painted a chaotic picture of the collapse, with locals recounting frantic efforts to save lives amid the dust and chaos. Authorities, led by Surat’s District Collector Dr. Saurabh Parghi and Police Commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot, remained resolute in their mission to rescue those trapped. They expressed hope and confidence in their teams, citing ongoing communication with voices from beneath the wreckage.

Despite its relatively young age, officials noted the building’s dilapidated state and high vacancy rate, raising immediate questions about structural integrity and maintenance practices. An investigation into the causes of the collapse was announced, promising scrutiny into any potential lapses or oversights.

As night fell, the focus remained on the painstaking rescue operation, with the community holding onto hope for more survivors amid the tragedy. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the risks posed by inadequate building standards and the critical importance of prompt response and preparedness in such emergencies.

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