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Uttar Pradesh: Kanpur building collapse, death toll rises to 7

Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajesh Modak confirmed the number of deaths and informed that many of the injured were still in critical condition.

The death toll in a building collapse here in Uttar Pradesh rose to seven today, with three more labourers succumbing to their injuries, a police official said.

Eight persons trapped in the debris of the six-storey under-construction apartment building, owned by Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mehtaab Aalam, were also rescued, the police official said.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajesh Modak confirmed the number of deaths and informed that many of the injured were still in critical condition.

Most of the victims were labourers and their families belongs from Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon when the sixth floor was being constructed.

All of a sudden, the building crumbled like a pack of cards and thereafter there was chaos and wails for help, an eyewitness told.

All through the night, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, who were rushed in from Varanasi and Lucknow, continued their relief and rescue operations.

FIR registered against SP leader Mehtaab Aalam and his contractor at Kaikeri Thana in Kanpur.

The Army was also helping, a district official informed. But since the building is located in a narrow lane, rescue work was hampered.

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