10 teams of the NDRF and 180 experts have been working at the spot where the 11-storeyed under construction building collapsed due to heavy raining in the city. 12 fire tenders and ambulances were also at the spot.
DIG NDRF SP Selvan was quoted as saying, "10 NDRF teams are working together with other departments of state government. More than 300 personnel working. Our Main challenge is removing debris. The work could take at least 2 or 3 days. We are hopeful that there will be other survivors."
The incident occurred at Moulivakkam near Porur area, about 20 km from Chennai. Most of the people who were trapped under the debris are said to be construction workers from Andhra Pradesh while some might have taken shelter as it was raining at the time of the collapse, local witnesses said.
The reason for the collapse of the building was not clear. While some said the structure was not strong enough, others said the collapse was caused by a lightning strike as it was raining heavily then. The residential project Trust Heights is being constructed by Prime Sristi Housing Pvt Ltd.
The project consisted of two 11-storey blocks - The Belief and The Faith. Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah expressed his shock over the tragedy.