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4 kids among 15 killed in Kondhwa wall collapse in western India

At least 15 people were killed, including three children, when a 60-ft-wall of a residential complex compound wall near a construction site fell on temporary huts of labourers in the western Indian city of Pune following heavy rain, a fire brigade official said on Saturday.

The compound wall collapsed around 1.45 am Friday night in the Kondhwa area, an official said.

Families of construction labourers were sleeping in the huts when the building wall collapsed in the early morning, he added.

“We are trying to rescue people that are trapped under the wall and the soil mud,” said the official, adding “so far we have rescued three workers.”

where some information technology and auto companies are based, has been getting heavy rainfall since Friday afternoon and it could have weakened “the poorly built wall”, said a Pune city government official.

Authorities have ordered an inquiry into the incident and announced a cash compensation to the families of those killed.

It is the latest in a series of deadly building accidents in India that mostly occur during the rainy season that runs from June to September.

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