India's building collapse death toll rises to 42

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Associated Press

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 6:33 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — Rescuers in India have pulled another 13 bodies from the ruins of a collapsed building, bringing to 42 the death toll since the weekend with slim chances of finding more survivors.

Police say 27 people have been rescued so far from under the enormous heap of broken slabs, twisted iron girders and concrete dust in a suburb of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state.

Police Inspector-General Sandeep Rai Rathore said Wednesday that rescuers haven't heard any more voices from the debris since Tuesday. But he hasn't given up hope yet.

Nearly 90 contract workers were in the basement collecting wages when the 11-story building under construction collapsed Saturday night.

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