1 killed as under-construction building collapses in India

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One person was killed and eight others rescued after an under-construction building collapsed Wednesday morning in southern Indian city of Bengaluru, officials said.

The building collapsed in the Pulikeshi Nagar area of Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka.

"One person identified as Sambu Kumar of Bihar was killed today after an under-construction building collapsed here," a police official said. "Eight people have been rescued."

Following the collapse, police, firefighters and disaster response personnel reached the spot to carry out rescue operations.

The injured according to officials have been removed to Bowring and Lady Curzon hospital.

Municipal officials said the building was constructed in violation of the rules.

"The building collapsed because an extra floor had been built, violating the rules," Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) mayor Gangambika Mallikarjun said. "I have instructed officials to take strict action and to demolish such buildings."

Deadly accidents due to failing infrastructure (either new or old) is common in India. Construction experts blame the lax administration and corruption in India for flouting building rules that often results in using poor quality materials, inadequate supervision and poor safety standards for workers.

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