5 detained, 26 dead in India building collapses

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Associated Press

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 29 at 7:33 PM

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in southern India are detaining five construction company officials as rescuers search for dozens of workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed during monsoon rains. It was one of two weekend building collapses that killed at least 26 people.

Nearly 90 contract workers were believed to have been in the basement of the 11-story structure to collect their wages when it collapsed Saturday on the outskirts of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state.

Police say eight died on the spot and another seven succumbed to injuries in a hospital. Another 20 people have been pulled out alive.

Earlier Saturday, 11 people died after a four-story, 50-year-old structure toppled in an area of New Delhi inhabited by the poor. There was one survivor.

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