April 1, 2018 / 4:58 AM / 6 months ago

Hotel collapse in central India kills 10, two injured

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Ten people were killed and two were injured when a four-storey hotel collapsed in a crowded part of the central Indian city of Indore late on Saturday, a local police official said.

People remove the debris as they search for survivors at the site of a collapsed hotel building in Indore, India, March 31, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Rescue operations were complete and no other casualties were likely, assistant sub-inspector Ramesh Kirade told Reuters by telephone.

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While the building was old, the reason for its collapse was not immediately known, Kirade said.

According to local news reports, the building collapsed after a heavy vehicle rammed into it.

Building collapses are common in India, where unscrupulous builders and officials often dodge regulations or overlook the need to renovate old structures.

In August, a 117-year-old building collapsed in the financial hub of Mumbai killing at least 22 people.

Reporting by Aditi Shah; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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