The death toll in the building collapse of a plastic factory in Ludhiana has risen to 10 on Tuesday. The five-storeyed building, located in the Industrial area near Cheema Chowk, had collapsed on Monday afternoon following a powerful blast triggered by a major fire in the building earlier.
District Commissioner of Ludhiana, Pradeep Aggarwal, told ANI, "10 bodies have been recovered so far. Rescue work still underway near Sufia Chowk in Ludhiana where the building collapsed after a fire broke out."
Still, 22 people are feared trapped in the debris of plastic factory.
Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner of Police Dhruman Nimble said out of ten bodies, six have been identified. Bodies have been sent to civil hospital for postmortem, Nimble further said.
Five fire tenders doused the flames. Also, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is at the site. The reason for the fire is yet to be known. No injuries have been reported yet.